I picked up some discounted fruit and vegies. Although produce is expensive due to the natural disasters, if you hunt around, you can get some great food. And you can create some amazing dishes. I estimate all dishes I cooked were $8 - $10 and contained 3 serves - some of the ingredients I didn't even buy!
Mushroom soup. If only smellovision existed. This soup smells like the most comforting, nourishing, yummiest soup I've ever made. I cooked this on Sunday and reheated on Monday.
I first cooked a leek, and zucchini, both finely diced, and some chopped garlic in a teaspoon of butter and olive oil.
And add three cups of water, a tablespoon of vegeta stock and placed the lid on and let simmer. The smell was amazing!! And the taste! So rich and flavoursome.
They turned out lovely! Really tasty but may have needed more fat?
I served one with a side of salmon - raw (as a ceviche with soy and lemon), just how I like it. Does this negate the meatless Monday rule?
I normally make stewed rhubarb, apple or pear and berries. Berries are expensive, and I picked up some really cheap stewing apricots (maybe 50 cents for a huge bag), so I improvised. I also added a passionfruit and two plums.
These plums were free from someone at work. Look how crimson they are!
The crumble is flour, brown sugar, oats and melted butter.
I love cooking! These three dishes are fresh and healthy and I have leftovers for more meals through the week!