Fish, waste and poverty
Had the U3A budget cookery group round this afternoon. We did some mackerel things. I showed how you can make 8 portions of lunches and dinners from a pack of two smoked mackerel fillets, each portion being less than 50p. Each recipe makes 2 portions. We made mackerel pate and crudités Mackerel pate and pasta Mackerel and beetroot salad Mackerel kedgeree
Then we did a fish pie using frozen pollack and some smoked river fish. The cheapest I could find in my local shops per kilo, but still too much for here. The frozen pollack was £1.79 for 520g and the fresh, smoked river fish, a comparatively whopping £2.75 for 240g. We cooked it gently in milk and bay leaves. Then flaked the fish and made a white sauce with the milk. Boiled some eggs and peas and mixed everything together and topped the lot with buttery mashed potatoes. The whole thing made 6 portions, which was deliberate, as I wanted everyone to be able to take one home. Fish pie is a popular meal, but most fish is very expensive and extremely difficult to incorporate into £1 a day meals.
I’ll post the full recipe tomorrow as I know not all readers need £1 a day. I’m too busy being cross after watching the recorded programme on waste by Hugh F-W, and a programme I’m watching right now on extreme poverty.
Take care of your family and your budget
Before putting together the meal planners, Lesley surveyed what was needed. Of the existing 14 budget meal plans, most are cheap meals for 2 people so can be sized up or down. Others are cheap family meals for 4 people, or meals for one