LBLUK, an alternative £5 basket, from Aldi

Apr 13, 2014 | 6 comments


Having researched a basket of food with just £5 available at the checkout, I am sort of attuned to it now and I have come up with 2 more, both from Aldi. This is the first one.

I wondered if perhaps, other than LBL’ers, it might be useful for people to shop with.

What do you think, useful? Or not?

Aldi £5.00
Loaf, 22 slices, 45p
Flour 1.5kg 45p
Jam 29p
10 eggs £1.15
Brie 200g, 99p
Perfect for Baking 250g 49p
1kg carrots 59p
1kg onions 59p

2 toast, 2 eggs
Pancakes, jam
2 toast, 25g Brie, 1 egg
Pancakes, jam
2 toast, 25g Brie, 1 egg

2 toast, 2 eggs, on toast or as sandwich
3 scones, 50g Brie
2 toast, 2 eggs, on toast or as sandwich
3 scones, 50g Brie
Soup of 200g carrots, 200g onions, dumplings. To make the dumplings, make a dough using flour and water and break off walnut sized pieces. Simmer them either in the soup, or in water for about 10 minutes.

100g flatbread and 1 of the below
Flatbread is flour and water, mixed to a soft dough. Leave for at least two hours, so make first thing and leave covered until you want it. Then roll it out to about 0.5cm and dry fry in a pan, or cook under a hot grill, turning when the first side is flecked with brown. Spread with a tiny bit of spread if you like.
Or make pasta with the flour, maybe using 1 of the eggs. 50g flour a serving, mix to a soft dough with water. Knead a little and roll out thinly, to the thickness of a credit card. Cut into strips, small strips or squares and simmer for just a couple of minutes in boiling water. Can be kept in the fridge for a few days

1 egg, 50g Brie, 100g onion
200g onion, caramelised, with 200g carrots, grated and sauted
Roast 200g onions, 200g carrots
1 egg, 50g Brie, 100g onion
200g onion, caramelised, with 200g carrots, grated and sauted

If using pasta, do a Carbonara type dish on the days using egg, Brie and onion

Scones and jam, 250g flour, 100g spread
Pancakes and jam
Toast and jam

For the pancakes, mix 50-100g flour depending on how hungry you are, to a batter with water. Heat a little spread in a frying pan and drop in spoonfuls of batter. Cook until the top is firm, then flip over and do the other side.



  1. Lesley

    Thanks Jill. I’ve never made stock in a slow cooker, good idea though! Next time I’ve got a chicken carcass, I’ll give that a go

  2. Jill McAleese

    This site is fab and it must be such a help to people who need it. I like to ‘live lightly’ even though I don’t need to. It’s like a game, making food and pennies stretch, whilst keeping the quality good. I’m a great fan of making stock in the crockpot – it’s at the heart of a lot of my cuisine. For baking/sweet dishes, I find coconut a tasty and cheap ingredient (milk,cream, dessicated, etc) Congratulations on your work!

  3. Lesley

    Don’t think I spotted the lard/beef fat when I was doing this list, but good idea.

    Yes, I am using self raising flour. It worked fine for the bacon dumplings this evening. The pasta may swell a little more in the cooking than if using plain flour, but should work well enough in this context. I have never done a like for like comparison, maybe I will now 😉

  4. Katherine

    Hello Lesley, I’m very impressed with your site and how well you are doing living below the line. I made some of your pancakes recently and they were very good -indistinguishable from ones with egg and milk. I also enjoyed a marmalade chocolate sponge cake based on your recipe.
    WRT LBLUK, have you thought of using lard or beef fat instead of cooking margarine? It would be better for roasting vegetables and slightly cheaper. I also wondered whether you can make pasta with sr flour as you seem to suggest above. I assume it is not plain because you are also making scones. I think the brie and eggs option sounds very good.

  5. Lesley

    You can, if you like, whizz over some of the stuff you have and I could cast a fresh eye on it and suggest a few things

    Going to post Aldi basket number 2 in a bit 😉

  6. Anne

    Wow! I bet you could live for months on the contents of my cupboards and fridge/freezer with just a few inexpensive ingredients here and there. Yet I look and don’t know where to start. Please keep sharing the inspiration.

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