Bubble & Squeak

Bubble & Squeak
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This is a British term and is intended to use leftover cabbage and other vegetables, and meat from a Sunday Roast, pan fried and mixed into the leftover mashed potatoes. A good friend of mine in the US told me what his wife did with the leftover cabbage and pasta from a meatloaf dinner they enjoyed, she took the leftover cabbage and pasta, added some chopped veggies, some chicken broth and potatoes, and the first thing that popped into my mind was Bubble & Squeak. You can make patties out of this and fry on each side or just cook everything in a pan to get a crispy crust as you mix and cook it, like a hash. Can be a breakfast side, lunch, or dinner. There is no servings or times listed, nor quantities for ingredients, this is a true make with what leftovers you have, can be a side dish or a main.
Bubble & Squeak
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This is a British term and is intended to use leftover cabbage and other vegetables, and meat from a Sunday Roast, pan fried and mixed into the leftover mashed potatoes. A good friend of mine in the US told me what his wife did with the leftover cabbage and pasta from a meatloaf dinner they enjoyed, she took the leftover cabbage and pasta, added some chopped veggies, some chicken broth and potatoes, and the first thing that popped into my mind was Bubble & Squeak. You can make patties out of this and fry on each side or just cook everything in a pan to get a crispy crust as you mix and cook it, like a hash. Can be a breakfast side, lunch, or dinner. There is no servings or times listed, nor quantities for ingredients, this is a true make with what leftovers you have, can be a side dish or a main.
Ingredients
Leftover Veggies and Meat you can use
Servings:
Instructions
For a Whole Pan
  1. Heat a large heavy pan on medium heat and add some vegetable oil.
  2. Mix the leftover veggies into the mashed potatoes or crushed roast potatoes, add to the heated pan and spread out to an even layer. Allow to cook until crispy on the bottom, then flip or just mix it up with a spatula to get more crispy parts to it.
  3. Serve as a side or a main, depending on how much you have. Main with a fried egg or two on top sounds very good.
For Patties
  1. Heat a large heavy pan on medium heat and add some vegetable oil.
  2. Mix the leftover veggies into the mashed potatoes or crushed roast potatoes and shape into patties, fry on both sides to crisp them up golden brown.
  3. I would serve these as a side at breakfast or with pasta for a dinner.
Recipe Notes

Low cost since you are using leftovers.

Inspired by Hans Schmidt.
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Crab Bisque

Crab Bisque
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Sounds, and reasonable enough to use imitation crab for cost saving instead of lump crap, which is what I will do the first time I make this to verify the consistency of the bisque. There is several shortcuts for additional savings. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Crab Bisque
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Sounds, and reasonable enough to use imitation crab for cost saving instead of lump crap, which is what I will do the first time I make this to verify the consistency of the bisque. There is several shortcuts for additional savings. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large sauce pan, mix together the milk, soups, and cream, bring to a boil stirring often, then reduce to a simmer.
  2. Stir in the crab meat and warm through.
  3. Serve garnished with chives sprinkled on top and crackers or bread on the side.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I either pick some fresh crabs (cheapest way) or buy lump crab meat frozen. This should be easily low cost.

Shortcuts: Condensed Cream of Asparagus Soup, Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Condensed Cream of Asparagus Soup

Condensed Cream of Asparagus Soup
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I have never seen this variety of condensed soup in Thailand, at least where I live, so here is a shortcut, you know what goes in it exactly. This makes basically 1 can of Condensed Cream of Asparagus Soup.
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Condensed Cream of Asparagus Soup
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I have never seen this variety of condensed soup in Thailand, at least where I live, so here is a shortcut, you know what goes in it exactly. This makes basically 1 can of Condensed Cream of Asparagus Soup.
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: can
Instructions
  1. Place chopped and blanched asparagus and oil into a 2 quart microwave safe bowl. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  3. Microwave for 2 minutes, stopping to whisk after 1 minute and again when finished, if not thick or to your desired consistency, microwave for another minute and whisk again, continue until thickened.
Recipe Notes

Most recipes will just call for a can of condensed soup, some recipes (or if you just want to make the soup by itself) call for plus 1 can of water. One can equals 1 1/4 cups of water. But as a healthier alternative to using water, try using whey if you recently made cottage cheese, or water used to boil potatoes. Milk can also be used in place of water to make a creamier soup.

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Crab Bisque.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Oyster Chowder

Oyster Chowder
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Sounds like a great chowder, and oysters are readily available at Tesco in the small containers.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Oyster Chowder
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Sounds like a great chowder, and oysters are readily available at Tesco in the small containers.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a sauce pan, add the milk and scald, which means bring it just to a boil.
  2. Strain the oysters and reserve the liquid. This is the type from Tesco I will use and I will verify the weight of each container and will update this with what I find out.
  3. In another pot, melt the butter then add the onion and parsley and cook until the onion is soft and translucent, then add the Worcestershire sauce, season with salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste.
  4. Add the oyster liquid and stir constantly and bring to a simmer, spring in the flour and stir continuously to thicken the mixture.
  5. When thickened, stir in the oysters and simmer until the edges curl, this is about 5 minutes, do not overcook the oysters.
  6. When the milk is scalded, that into the chowder until well blended.
  7. Serve with crackers or bread.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I figure out how many containers of oysters I need, but reasonable to say this is low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Red Lentil Curry (Masoor Dal)

Red Lentil Curry (Masoor Dal)
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This is an Indian dish, sounds very good but I would probably serve this with some roasted chicken or maybe some pan fried fish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
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This is an Indian dish, sounds very good but I would probably serve this with some roasted chicken or maybe some pan fried fish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Tarka
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large sized saucepan on high heat and add the water, garlic, lentils, onion, tomato, salt, turmeric, and cayenne pepper and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, place lid off center and cook for about an hour or until the mixture is thickened and the lentils are tender, stir often so no burnt spots. Remove from heat and set aside.
For the Tarka
  1. In a small pan, heat the 1 1/2 teaspoons of oil, add the sliced onions and cook, stirring until the onions are golden brown, use a bit more oil if needed.
  2. To serve, place some some curry in a serving bowl, top with some of tarka and cliantro.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Drunken Garlic Slow Cooker Roast

Drunken Garlic Slow Cooker Roast
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Sounds good. On my too cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
7-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
7-8 hours
Drunken Garlic Slow Cooker Roast
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Sounds good. On my too cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
7-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
7-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large heavy pan, when hot, brown the roast on both sides while seasoning with salt and pepper. Remove the roast to a plate and set aside.
  2. Same pan add the remaining oil and add the onions and cook until they just start to soften and wilt then add the garlic and cook a few more minutes until the onions are translucent.
  3. In a measuring cup, add the hot water and the bullion cubes and mix to dissolve, then pour that into the pan, also to the pan, add the beer, brown sugar, vinegar, and stir to mix well.
  4. Pour the mixture, carefully, into your slow cooker insert, place the roast on top of that mixture. Switch the slow cooker to Low setting for 7-8 hours. Check for tenderness at 7 hours. If needed, continue to cook until the roast is tender to your liking.
  5. When the roast is tender, remove from the slow cooker and place on a platter. Pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a saucepan on the stove and bring to a boil.
  6. While the liquid is heating, mix together a slurry of 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2-3 tablespoons of cold water, stir into the liquid until the gravy is thickened to your liking.
  7. Serve with mashed potatoes or pasta, spoon gravy over slices of roast and potatoes.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 300 Baht/1 kilo of beef. For 4 servings, this is about $2.20 per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Creamy Shrimp Pasta

Creamy Shrimp Pasta
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This comes from a good friend, and her recipes have never failed me. I love pasta and shrimp, this sounds absolutely wonderful, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Creamy Shrimp Pasta
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This comes from a good friend, and her recipes have never failed me. I love pasta and shrimp, this sounds absolutely wonderful, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in a pot of salted water until just tender, drain, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the shrimp and season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of paprika or according to your taste. Toss the shrimp to make sure they are all seasoned.
  3. Heat a large non stick pan on medium heat and add the oil, when hot, add the shrimp and stir often to cook until pink on all sides, takes just a few minutes then quickly remove them from the pan to a plate.
  4. Same pan, add the butter and onion and cook, stirring often until golden brown, then add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute. Now stir in the white wine and cook this to reduce to 25% of the liquid remaining in the pan.
  5. When the wine is reduced, stir in the cream and bring to a low boil then reduce heat to a simmer for 2 minutes. Now sprinkle on the Parmesan and stir only until smooth and creamy, simmer for a minute or two then turn off the heat, do not let it get to a boil. Season to taste with additional salt, pepper, and paprika as desired.
  6. Stir in the shrimp then the pasta and toss to coat the pasta.
  7. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan and parsley.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht/500 grams of large shrimp. For 4 servings, this is about $1.10 per serving.

This recipe for Creamy Shrimp Pasta is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Bacon Gravy & Biscuits

Bacon Gravy & Biscuits
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This is a Southern US dish and any kind of gravy on biscuits is good. You can use refrigerated biscuits or homemade, I am going the route with homemade. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Bacon Gravy & Biscuits
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This is a Southern US dish and any kind of gravy on biscuits is good. You can use refrigerated biscuits or homemade, I am going the route with homemade. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. You can use a can of refrigerated biscuits and just prepare those according to the package instructions, make homemade biscuits with your favorite recipe, or you can use the shortcut for biscuits here on this site, link to that is in the Recipe Notes section.
  2. Prepare and bake the biscuits. Remove from oven when they are done, don't forget about the biscuits.
  3. Cook the bacon in a deep heavy pan until crispy. Remove the bacon when done, leaving the fat in the pan.
  4. While the pan is still on low heat, stir in the flour into the bacon fat so no lumps form, then whisk in the milk, continue cooking and whisking until thickened.
  5. Crumble the bacon and stir into the gravy, season gravy with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Split the biscuits in half and spoon over the gravy, couple of sunny side up eggs would be great as well. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Biscuits.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Fresh Pumpkin Pie
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This is a from scratch pie, no canned pumpkin, for where I live, plenty of winter squash, which is a pumpkin, but depending on your location, feel free to use orange pumpkin, acorn squash, butternut, or Hubbard squash. I am really surprised I have not made this before as winter squash, called pumpkins here, is grown here locally and available everywhere. I made this on 16 Oct 2017 and it came out beyond all expectations, this was just perfect, very liked by the family, so much so, I was asked to make this again on 17 Oct. Most of the steps and photos is just to prepare the pumpkin, keep in mind, you are going to go from a whole pumpkin to making the mix, this actually moves along quickly however.
Servings Prep Time
1 pie 1 hour
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
1 pie 1 hour
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Fresh Pumpkin Pie
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This is a from scratch pie, no canned pumpkin, for where I live, plenty of winter squash, which is a pumpkin, but depending on your location, feel free to use orange pumpkin, acorn squash, butternut, or Hubbard squash. I am really surprised I have not made this before as winter squash, called pumpkins here, is grown here locally and available everywhere. I made this on 16 Oct 2017 and it came out beyond all expectations, this was just perfect, very liked by the family, so much so, I was asked to make this again on 17 Oct. Most of the steps and photos is just to prepare the pumpkin, keep in mind, you are going to go from a whole pumpkin to making the mix, this actually moves along quickly however.
Servings Prep Time
1 pie 1 hour
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
1 pie 1 hour
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Ingredients
For the Filling, after pumpkin is cooked
For the Pie Crust
Servings: pie
Instructions
To Cook the Pumpkin
  1. First things first, you need to prepare then cook some pumpkin. If you have a preferred way, use that. Here are my steps I used. I bought a 3 1/2 kilo pumpkin, yes, this is what is called a pumpkin here, not very attractive looking. I cut a section out, removed the seeds and weighed (I use a digital scale) and the piece was 770 grams.
  2. Cut the piece into large chunks. I used my little rice to steam this, place the chunks in the steamer basket, add water to the pot, set to Cook setting.
  3. About 10-15 minutes to bring the water in the rice cooker to a boil, and about 15 minutes steaming the pumpkin, done. It is cooked when it easily pierces with a fork. Turn off the rice cooker, remove the steamer basket and let the pumpkin cool, about another 20-30 minutes.
  4. Once the pumpkin has cooled, use a pairing knife and cut off all the green skin, it comes off very easily, takes 2 minutes if that. Place the trimmed pieces in a small pot. With a potato masher, fully mash the pumpkin well, takes just a minute or two, no need for a food processor or any other kitchen devices.
To Make the Filling
  1. Add the cooked and well mashed pumpkin to a large mixing bowl, add the rest of the Filling ingredients and mix well. I used a spoon at first then switched to a whisk, takes just a minute or two.
For the Crust
  1. Mix together the flour and salt from the Pie Crust ingredients, cut shortening (or butter) into the flour with a fork, add cold water 1 tablespoon at a time, mix until dough is moist enough to hold together. Shape into a ball and place on a floured work counter, roll to about 1/8 inch thick and larger than your pie dish. roll the dough on the rolling pin and transfer to the dish and unroll. Press the dough in, trim away excess, flute the edges.
  2. Now is the time to preheat your oven to 200 C.
Assemble the Pie
  1. Give the pumpkin another good stir, then pour into the prepared pie dish. As you can tell, I absolutely suck at fluting a pie crust.
  2. When the oven is heated, bake for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted 1 inch from the edge comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  3. Cut and top slices with whipped cream, serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Reduce sugar to 1/2 cup.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Drunk Monkey Garlic & Mushroom Pork Chops

Drunk Monkey Garlic & Mushroom Pork Chops
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This is from a good friend and I trust her recipes, and this is delicious, I made this on 14 Oct 2017. The red wine imparts a nice flavor in the chops and the sauce. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Drunk Monkey Garlic & Mushroom Pork Chops
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This is from a good friend and I trust her recipes, and this is delicious, I made this on 14 Oct 2017. The red wine imparts a nice flavor in the chops and the sauce. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. You can use standard bone in or boneless pork chops this. I used 4 thick cut (1 1/2 to 2 inches thick, 350 to 430 grams each) boneless loin chops, read the Variant listed below if you want to use these.
  2. Place the pork chops in your slow cooker, top the chops with the mushrooms and garlic.
  3. Mix together the wine and soup, pour over the chops. (This photo is from about an hour into cooking.)
  4. Cover and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours. Check for tenderness at 6 hours, if tender they are ready to be served, if not tender to your liking, continue cooking and keep checking every hour. Serve with mashed potatoes and a vegetable for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

For the pork chops I used, the thick cut loin chops, 4 of them were 200 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $1.47 per serving.

Shortcut: Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Variant: Use thick cut boneless loin chops or any chops thicker than 1 inch, if you want to use these, first, pound each chop with a needle tenderizer, two, you may need to extend the cooking time for tender chops but you do risk drying them out as well, so keep checking tenderness from 6 hours on.

Provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and the link to this recipe is here. You have to scroll down to find this recipe.
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