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How to eat well, spend less, keep healthy: week 1

Eat well, spend less, keep healthy

5 weekday meals and 2 treats from an affordable shopping bag. Use meal planning to help keep you organised and healthy.

The shopping bag needs to contain

1 packet of part baked bread rolls, 2-3 smoked mackerel fillets,     1 pkt ready roll of puff pastry,  150g minced beef,  1 hake or haddock or cod portion,  80g portion fresh cooked prawns,  3 pork sausages,  1 tub creme fraiche,  Pkt noodles

Fresh fruits and vegetables: butternut squash, 3 onions, 3 tomatoes, 2 cox apples, small bunch green grapes, pack walnuts. pecans and 1 lemon.
Check your fridge: 3-4 eggs, margarine or butter, cheddar  Store cupboard: couscous, horseradish sauce, worcestershire sauce and sugar.

 

  

 

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How to eat well, spend less and stay healthy: week 2

Eat well, spend less, stay healthy:  Week 2

5 weekday meals and 2 treats from one shopping bag of ingredients. Careful shopping and meal planning is the key to making your money go further and eating well and staying healthy.

Here is a list for a one stop shop to create several meals and a couple of treats

  • 2 - 3 carrots
  • Small pack chestnut mushrooms
  • 2 red peppers
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 garlic
  • Portions of squash and sweet potato
  • 2 large baking potatoes
  • 2 - 3 onions (red and white)
  • 2-3 bananas
  • Frozen peas (or peas and beans)
  • 1 tin cherry tomatoes
  • From the chilled counter: 1 tub creme fraiche
  • 1 carton milk
  • 100g cheddar cheese
  • 2 chicken breasts  (or Quorn fillets) Frozen is fine
  • 150g streaky bacon
  • 1 Pkt Rissoto rice (Arborio)
  • Bread

Store Cupboard: porridge oats, pasta, caster sugar, soy sauce, stock cubes, cooking oil and salad dressing.

Fridge: eggs, margarine (or butter)

 

 

 

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Gluten in baking
Gluten is the protein in wheat flour.     Understanding gluten is key to many aspects of baking.  It is a strange and wonderful revelation when gluten is extracted from a dough.  Once you have seen it you can comprehend the techniques and processes that either promote or reduce gluten development.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yeast for baking
Yeast is a useful ingredient in cookery. Yeast is used as a raising agent to make a dough mixture light with an 'open texture'.  Yeast is a biological raising agent. It is a single cell living organism called 'bakers yeast' or saccharomyces cereviciae.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cooking a celebration turkey meal

Are you cooking the Christmas meal or Thanksgiving dinner or simply a Sunday roast for the first time?

Excited but not sure how to do it?  

Follow my plan, shop and cook for success.

 

 

 

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Gelatinisation

Gelatinisation 

The understanding of thickening and cooking of starchy foods.

Gelatinisation is key to learning when making sauces. The application of gelatinisation covers many dishes and cuisines.

 

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