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Written by
Jennifer Wickert
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Check out our low cost recipes, simple, tasty and easy to make. 

Tasty Pancakes

Serves 4 (Makes eight large pancakes)

4 tablespoons/60gs of plain flour (6p total)
2 eggs (32p)
200ml/8 fl oz semi skimmed milk (22p)
Butter or oil for frying, 4 tablespoons  (36p butter; 8p oil)
Sugar: 4 tablespoons or 50g (4p)
Lemon: 4 tablespoons/50gs (4p)

Price whole recipe: £1.04 
Price per head:  26p

Add if you like:
Fresh fruit eg sliced banana (13-15p each)
Tinned fruit (80p-£1 each) 
Nutella (40p for 80g)


1. In a large bowl or jug, add the flour, eggs and milk
2. Whisk ingredients together to form a batter (should be the consistency of single cream)
3. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a frying pan and add to the pancake batter, mix thoroughly
4. Heat a little more butter or oil in the frying pan on a medium heat
5. Now pour in the pancake batter, just enought to cover the base of the pan
6. Fry for 30-40 seconds until set and then flip the pancake over
7. Alllow the other side to cook and then serve
8. Repeat as above until all the pancake batter is used up
9. Now you can add your sugar and lemon, or fruit and nutella if you prefer. 

Watch our short video to see how it's done!



Serves: 5
Cost per serving: around 60p each

For a delicious lunch or supper try this hearty, one-pot stew. Created in the Irish capital, ‘coddle’ comes from the word ‘caudle’, meaning to simmer. Think of a cauldron bubbling but not boiling, and you get the idea. Traditionally made to use up leftovers, feel free to add any other veggies or herbs you have to hand. It’s also delicious reheated the next day.

½ lb/225g sausages, chopped in half if you like
½ lb/225g bacon, chopped
1 large onion roughly chopped
½ lb/225g potatoes, peeled and diced
3 carrots, roughly chopped
½ litre/1 pint stock eg chicken, or just use water
½  litre/1 pint whole milk
Salt, pepper, parsley, thyme or sage to taste

1. Brown the sausages, bacon and onions in a little oil, in a large saucepan with a lid. 
2. Add the remainder of the ingredients and stir well.
3. Put the lid on the pot, and allow the liquid to simmer, not boil, until the potatoes and carrots are cooked through (30-45 minutes).
4. Season to taste with salt and pepper, sprinkle with more herbs for colour, then serve.

Check out or short video with all the details...