Beef, cheap, Danish, Meats, Pork

Danish Breaded Meatballs – Karbonader, (57p per meatball)

Not sure we got an expression for it here in the UK, but in Denmark there is certain types of food we call for Grandma Food (Mormor Mad). This is typically traditional Danish dishes that our grandparents used to make or food that the younger generation got a lovely memory of being served as a child.

It’s not a specific meal but loads of different meals and everyone got their own favourites. For me, one of the dishes I remember with great fondness is Karbonader or Danish Breaded Meatballs. It wasn’t my grandma who I remember cooking it, but my lovely Aunt Sonja and my Dads Sister Ingrid. I still can remember visiting my Uncle and Aunt and stepping into the kitchen where a frying pan with Karbonader being cooked and an amazing aroma that came from it. I used to long for the food Sonja cooked and it was always a pleasure to visit, not only for the food obviously but also for the company.

Often when I visited, I would go with my uncle to the farm and see the cows coming in and being milked, it was lots of fun. I remember tasting the fresh milk straight from the cow, it was still warm and delicious! we would be allowed to feed the animals and see how they went from calves to full grown cows; it was an amazing experience. When we were finished being outside, we were starving and ready for dinner time!

I seem to remember that my Aunties Karbonader was served with new boiled potatoes and a delicious brown sauce. However, I also loved when it was served with a warm sweet and sour potato salad. Which is what I served it with for my boys, together with sweet corns, peas and carrots and some pickled beetroots and a lemon wedge.

Most of my meals seems to have sweetcorn, peas and carrots in fairness. Just because I know both boys like those vegetables and therefore will eat them quite happily. I like to ensure that they get enough vegetables as its full of vitamins.

Now, I must add this is probably not the healthiest recipe as its breaded and fried in oil and butter… but please try it as its yummy. I know there is quite a few different recipes for karbonader, however, this is mine. Both Flipper and Blip ate the meat and vegetables, but neither was keen on the potato salad. Luckily, I had a leftover Yorkshire pudding and some garlic bread for them on the side. But at least they tried it.

I make mine a bit smaller than they normally should be, as neither of my boys could eat that much meat and I would struggle as well. Normally its 300g of meat to two kabonader. So Instead of getting five Karbonader out of my 750g meat, I made 7.

Danish Breaded Meatballs (Karbonader)

Feeds 4 -6 adults

Ingredients:

750g Mixed Beef and Pork Mince
3 Tbsp flour
2 Eggs
2 Tbsp Oil
2 Tbsp Salted Butter
300 Ml Breadcrumbs (preferable coarse breadcrumbs)
Salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Crack the eggs and whisk them in a bowl.
  2. Form the meatballs (if you have bought the beef and pork mince separately, you should mix it together before forming the meatballs).
  3. Season the meatball generously with salt and pepper on both sides.
  4. Then dip the meatballs first in flour then into the egg mixture and lastly into the breadcrumbs. Put on a plate until you have formed them all.
  5. Now heat the butter and oil on a large frying pan, and when warm brown each of the Karbonader for about 1 minute on each side. Then turn the heat down to medium heat and finish cooking them for about 5-7 minutes on each side or until finished. (this depends on the size of the meatballs).
  6. Best enjoyed straight away.

Bon Appetite as my grandad would have said.

Costings:

These has been based on Tesco’s prices and the basic products where possible (Correct as per April 2019).

I used Aldi’s Mince as they had a combination off both and was reduced. I also use my own breadcrumbs, simply made with any stale bread I got and then kept in my freezer until needed.

Ingredients:

Pork mince (£1.99/500g)x375g= £1.50
Beef Mince (£1.49/500g)x375g = £1.12
Flour (0.45/1500g)x10g= 1p
Eggs = 16p
Oil (£3.50/5000)x30ml =3p
Butter = £1.50/250g)x30g =18p
Breadcrumbs (preferable coarse breadcrumbs) (0.80/2)= 40p
Salt and pepper 2p

Total cost = £3.42
Per portion (£3.42/6) = £0.57 per portion

 

Beef, middle eastern

Lazy Beef Tagine (£1.17 per portion)

I used to have a Tagine years ago, however, we broke the lid by mistake. I never got around to replace it as I always seemed to have other things to use my money on. The other day I went into a small charity shop on my way back from a friend’s house and there I found a brand-new Tagine!! It even had the sticker on it with original price £20.00 and the care instructions of how to care for it. I snapped it up for a few pounds.

When I got home, I immediately started to think, what can I cook in my tagine, and I went through my freezers. Two recipes came in mind, my Moroccan inspired chicken recipe or the Lazy beef tagine which I used to cook a lot. I had both chicken and stewing beef in the freezer. In the end I decided to use the reduced 95p Stewing Beef, I had picked up from The Co-op.

I was going to serve this for Blip and Flipper as dinner, but plans changed, and I was getting a friend over for lunch the next day. I thought this would be much more appreciated by her, than by my two wonderful boys.. Especially, as I wanted to serve it with a quinoa salad, Babaganoush and Tzaziki.

Don’t get me wrong I love serving healthy interesting food for my two boys, but occasionally it is nice to serve it to another adult who really appreciates it. Instead my two boys and I had reduced meatballs and pasta for dinner (£1.35 for 12 meatballs).

This tagine dish can be made in the slow cooker as well or as a casserole dish as well. What I like about the tagine is that it is very easy and the flavour seems to be much better than when you use a slow cooker. All you do is literally to put all the ingredients into the tagine and leave it to be. Make sure to cook it low and slow, to ensure tender meat. It could be served with couscous or as here with quinoa or even rice, depending how you like it.

Even a big bowl of salad with some flatbreads on the side. The dish taste even better the following day.

Lazy Beef Tagine

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

400g Stewing Beef, Diced
1 Can chopped tomatoes
5 medium potatoes
1 Can chick peas, including liquid
1 medium onion finely chopped
2 medium sized carrots, chopped
3 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 lemon
1 tbsp oil
2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp Cumin
½ tsp Ginger
Salt and pepper to taste.
Roughly chopped parsley for the top

Method:

  1. Turn the oven on to 160C (140C if fan assisted).
  2. Finely chop the onion, peel the garlic, peel the potatoes and quarter them, peel the carrots and slice them into 1 cm discs.
  3. Add the oil in a pan and fry the onions until they take a brown almost burnt colour on the edges. Then add all the spices to the mix and fry for another minute.
  4. Now add the tin of chickpeas including the liquid and the chopped tomatoes to the tagine, then add the fried onions, squeeze the garlic in and add potatoes and carrots, mix it together. Add the beef to the mixture and mix it all.
  5. Place two half lemons to it, then top up with water, about 200 (depending on the size of the tagine, be carefull to not overfill it). season with ½ teaspoon of salt and pepper.
  6. Put the lid on and place the tagine in the bottom of the oven cooking it for 1 hour 45 minutes.
  7. Be careful when you take it out as the steam builds up inside it. Now taste the tagine and season accordingly.
  8. Scatter the chopped parsley on top before serving.
  9. Serve with couscous or quinoa salad.

 

 

Bon Appetite as my grandad would have said.

 

 

Costings:

These has been based on Tesco’s prices and the basic products where possible (Correct as per March 2019).

Ingredients:

Stewing Beef £2.59
Chopped tomatoes 30p
Potatoes 50p
Chick peas 40p
Onion 18p
Carrots 12p
Garlic cloves 9p
Lemon 19p
Oil 1p
Turmeric 2p
Cumin 2p
Ginger 1p
Salt and pepper.2p
Parsley 23p

Total cost = £4.66,  Per portion (4.66/4) = £1.17 per portion

 

 

 

Beef

Jamie’s sizzling steak with broccoli and noodles

So this week I got another delivery from Hello Fresh. I have tried them quite a few times but I never was quite convinced. This week however I was impressed. Had 5 very good meals for the price of £15 as I had a half price offer and £10 credit, If I had bought the box without discount or then £10 off it would have cost me £50 which is a lot. I’m still not convinced; I would pay the full price for it.

I must admit that the products you get from Hello Fresh and also the recipes are excellent. It is also convenient as everything is in the right portions, if you need 1 carrot that is what they have provided you with.

Next time I make this dish I would cook the steak on a griddle pan then slice it after so it is nice and rare. Alternative it should probably be made in a wok instead of the flat pan I decided to use.

I was amazed that even Baby Blip ate the noodles and beef; he did leave the broccoli though. We are still working on getting him to eat vegetables.

Serves 2 +a hungry baby

Ingredients:

160g purple/normal broccoli

250g lean flank steak

1 tsp coriander seeds

2 tbsp sesame oil

1 small red onion

1 clove garlic

3 cm fresh ginger

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 Lind

1/2 – 1 fresh chilli

125 g medium free range noodles.

Method:

  1. Trim broccoli (if large half them) place in bowl cover with boiling water. Leave for 10 min, drain and put aside (whilst you are doing this, keep cooking)
  2. Drop noodles into boiling water. Cook until just tender, drain then toss with 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Return to pan and cover.
  3. Finely slice onion and garlic and finely chop the ginger, keep to one side. Then finely slice chilli, and cut wedges of lime. Keep aside.
  4. Now pound the coriander seeds.
  5. Finely slice the steak across the grain into finger sized strips, season with sea salt (or normal salt) and pepper. Sprinkle the coriander seeds over steak.
  6. Now fry the onion, garlic and ginger in olive oil, when onions are slightly softened add the beef (high heat). After 1-2 min add broccoli fry for another 2 min. Now add soy sauce/sesame oil.
  7. Serve on top off the noodles and sprinkle chilli over the top (if you like)

Bon appétit