I’ve said before that I try to be smart with my money so that I can go on lovely holidays, and SHOP. And being smart with my money also applies to food. I used to buy my dinner every night on the way home from work and it cost me a fortune. So now, I plan meals and I do a weekly shop. It has made such a difference.
But on the odd occasion that my planning has gone wrong – we’re short of food or I’ve been too tight and haven’t accounted for the fact that P and I eat a lot more than we probably should – it’s good to have a few recipes up my sleeve that allow me to create a meal or a snack from the basics in my cupboard.
My first example: Chilli cheese scones
They’re tasty, tempting and almost posh(!) but they are one of the easiest things to make in the world. Also, they’re a great substitute for bread if you’ve run out.
To make 6 small ones, which will do two of you for a meal with some ham (ooh or proscuitto!!), all you need is:
4 oz self raising flour
Seven twists of a salt mill (ish)
1 oz of butter
1/2 tspn of chilli flakes (omit if you fancy regular cheese scones)
1/2 oz grated cheddar (the more mature the better)
Mix together the flour, salt and chilli flakes and then add the softened butter. Once mixed well, chuck in the cheese and the milk and you’ll see it form a dough like consistency. Combine into one ball, lift out of the bowl and place on a floured surface.
Knead it a bit, flatten to 2cm thick with the palm of your hand and then cut into small rounds. I used an espresso cup as my cutter and it worked pretty well.
Once you’ve got your 6 rounds, lay them on a greased baking tray, brush with milk and then bung them in the oven at 200 degrees fan for 15 minutes until golden brown.
It takes about 20 mins in total to make the things and you’ll feel so resourceful. You’ll also have saved yourself a few quid! Enjoy!
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