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OK perhaps not restaurant class, but good tasty grub. We were gifted some Tesco Gluten free bread buns which were past their best before date. They were absolutely fine and the Sausages were on special at £1.29 for 8. So this really was “Grub on a budget!”


Onion, finely sliced
English Mustard
Tomato Sauce
Cheese, grated


(1) Roast the Sausages in the over.
(2) fry the Onion until it is translucent.
(3) Slice the Sausages in half
(4) Assemble - Enjoy!

We just had a few hand cut chips for a side and this was a tasty, quick and easy change for us.

Garlic Sour Dough Bread

Shop bought sliced Gluten free bread is OK for some things but really not great for others. That why we often make our own bread.

There is a network of Food Banks and ‘Pay as you feel’ cafes in our part of York.We have a friend who spends a great deal of his time collecting and distributing ‘End of life’ food.  Unfortunately some of this can’t be given away and ultimately he composts what he can’t get rid of. He gave us a Warburtons Gluten free Sour Dough Cob a few weeks ago. This was the equivalent gift value as giving Sue a Gold ingot - She cuddled it like a baby.

So it was frozen intact and we saw slices off it when we have something in mind which calls for good bread.


Sour Dough Bread, sliced thickly
Garlic (Lacto-fermented in our case), minced
Fresh Parsleys (From our balcony), finely chopped
Mixed Herbs


(1) Mix everything in an old Margarine tub. Sue makes the Garlic ‘Butter’ in batches which keep well in the fridge.
(2) Spread the Garlic ‘Butter’ generously on both sides of the sliced Bread.
(3) Pop in a sandwich toaster, or in a griddle pan and cook until browned evenly.

A great side to go with Pasta Bolognese. The Mince was on special in a 500g pack, so we have a second helping each for this evening which we’ll serve with Potato wedges and Tortilla chips. 


Sticky Belly Pork Slices

Not actually a discount fridge gig for a change. But Belly Pork is cheap as chips and this recipe was packed with flavour.


4 Slices of Belly Pork
4 Tsp of Tomato Ketchup
1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp Cider Vinegar
1 Tsp English Mustard powder
1 Cloce of Garlic, minced
Salt and Pepper


(1) Mix all the ingredients and coat the Belly Pork strips.
(2) Cover with foil in an oven proof trap and place in the fridge for an hour.
(3) Pop in the preheated oven at 160c for an hour or so.
(4) Remove the foil and place under the grill for a couple of minutes on each side.

We served ours with crispy Kale, Mustard mash and Corn on the cob.

Discount Fridge “Pub Classic”

We were probably very close to breaking budget with this one, but Camembert, Chorizo etc. and Pork Fillet just had too much potential to leave behind…..

Breaded  Camembert


Cornish  Camembert, cut into six triangles
Flour (Gluten free here), seasoned with added Five Spice
Breadcrumbs (Gluten free here)
2 Eggs, beaten for the Egg wash


(1) Dredge each triangle of Cheese in Flour.
(2) Dunk in the Egg wash.
(3) Dredge in the Breadcrumbs.
(4) Deep fry in small groups until golden brown. Make sure to take them out of the Oil before the melted Cheese escapes!

Pork Fillet with Hot & Spicy Cured Meats & Cheese.


2/3 of a pack of  Hot & Spicy Cured Meats & Cheese. This was Chorizo, Peperami and Chilli Cheese
Small end of Pork Fillet, halved lengthways and beaten out
1 Red Onion, sliced
2 mushrooms, sliced
Soy Sauce
Salt & Pepper


(1) Marinade the Pork escalopes in Soy Sauce, Salt & Pepper.
(2) Shallow fry for a couple of minutes on both sides.
(3) Lay the Cured Heat and Cheese over the escalopes and place under the grill for a couple of minutes.
(4) Gently fry the Onion and Mushrooms.
(5) Lay the  escalopes over the Onion and Mushrooms.
(6) Dress with the greens of a couple of Spring Onions.

We enjoyed ours with a home made sweet Chilli dipping sauce and hand cut Chips.


Chicken and Bacon Salad with Gherkins

We roasted a whole Chicken on Saturday. We  never manage to eat a whole Chicken in one sitting between the two of us, so we had the best part of half of the meat in the fridge. It really was too warm last night for another cooked meal so we opted for a quick Chicken and Bacon salad which only needed the Bacon grilling and a Potato boiling.


Cooked Chicken, stripped and cubed
4 Rashers of Bacon, grilled and cut into strips
2 Spring Onion, sliced
2 Gherkins, finely chopped
Black Pepper
1 Large Potato. Boiled, cooled and cubed
A squeeze of Lime juice


(1) Reserve the green tops from the Spring Onions and a little of the chopped Bacon.
(2) Mix everything else in a large bowl.
(3) Serve over a fresh green salad.
(4) Dress with the remaining Spring Onion and Bacon.

We still had a little left over, but that was doomed to become my breakfast!

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