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       Cut the cost                                                                                                                                                 RECIPES
                                                                                                                                                                  Turkey with
     of your food bill                                                                                                                                            mustard and
                                                                                                                                                                  tarragon marinade
                                                                                                                                                                  This recipe needs to be prepared
     Become a canny shopper with our                                                                                                                              at least one hour in advance.
     money-saving shopping tips                                                                                                                                       To create your marinade,
                                                                                                                                                                  take two tablespoons of smooth
                                          It’s all in the budget                                                                                                                                        Spicy red lentils
     ➧Everyone is talkingfood. And
        price increases – whether it’s
     electricity, clothes or
                                          It’s worth visiting a budget
                                          supermarket such as Lidl or Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                  mustard, four tablespoons of
                                                                                                                                                                  red wine vinegar and one of
                                                                                                                                                                  olive oil. Mix together and add a
                                                                                                                                                                                                        with aubergine
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Stir fry some diced onions.
     there’s no doubt our shopping        if there’s one nearby. Rice, pasta,                                                                                     teaspoon of dried tarragon and        When soft, add one small
     basket is costing more this year     eggs and other basic food stuffs                                                                                        a pinch of pepper.                    aubergine chopped into cubes,
     than last. Every time we visit the   taste the same wherever you buy                                                                                             Take two washed turkey            a clove of chopped garlic and
     supermarket, it seems we are         them. Try the budget ranges in                                                                                          breasts, chop them into chunks        a half teaspoon each of ground
     paying more. So what can you         other supermarkets, too. They can                                                                                       and put in a bowl with the            turmeric, cumin, coriander,
     do about it?                         often taste just as good as the                                                                                         marinade and leave for an hour        ginger and chilli. Cook for one
        Maybe the answer is a return      more expensive labels.                                                                                                  or longer. If longer, cover and put   minute and then remove from
     to some of the things your parents                                                                                                                           it in the fridge. You can leave the   the heat. Wash 100g (3.5oz)
     used to do when you were a child     Look out for offers                                                                                                     turkey marinading in the fridge       of red lentils and cover with
     and food was a bit scarce. But       If you’re on your own, try shopping                                                                                     overnight. Stir fry it and serve      boiling water. Once the water
     there are plenty of other ways you   with a friend. That way you can       storage space and the offer is on          Go to market                           with rice and vegetables.             is absorbed, add the lentils to
     can keep the price of groceries      take advantage of some of the         things you usually buy, this is often      Lewisham has several markets                                                 the mixture as well as a can of
     down. We’ve come up with some        ‘three for two’ or ‘buy one, get      worthwhile. When it comes to               – in Lewisham High Street,                                                   tinned chopped tomatoes.
     tips that we hope will help.         one free’ offers. If you have the     buying multiple packs, check the           Catford Broadway and Deptford                                                Simmer together for 30 minutes.
                                                                                saving is a good one, as sometimes         High Street – where you can                                                  Serve with rice or potatoes and

                                                                                it can be quite small.                     buy fresh fruit and veg at                                                   your favourite vegetables.
                                                                                                                           budget prices. And with the
                                                                                Cook in bulk                               savings you make you could buy                                               Both recipes serve two
                                                                                If you take advantage of a special         some special treats at one of
        You don’t need a garden to                                              offer and buy food in bulk, try            the weekend farmers’ markets
        grow your own fruit and veg.                                            cooking double your usual amount.          – at Blackheath, Manor House                                                 mushrooms, celery, peppers and
        You can grow tomatoes, for                                              Then pop the meal in the freezer,          Gardens, Telegraph Hill and Hilly                                            onions. Any leftovers can be made
        example, in pots on balconies.                                          ready for another day. This saves          Fields. For details of market                                                into sandwiches on Tuesday and
        Alternatively, you could rent                                           money by using less fuel for cooking.      opening times and locations go                                               the bones can be used to make
        an allotment. Lewisham has 36                                                                                      to and type                                                 stock for a soup on Wednesday.
        allotment sites with more than                                          A bit of planning                          ‘markets’ into the search box, or
        900 plots. Plots cost around                                            Try to plan what you want to eat           call 020 8314 2050.                  if you use a variety of online          Use discounts
        £35 a year to rent depending                                            for the week. Your day-by-day                                                   supermarkets, they will often send      Make the most of the vouchers
        on their size. Waiting lists for                                        menus and list of ingredients              Shop online                          you offers on email to tempt you        and coupons you receive in stores
        a plot can be long, however.                                            will save you time, too. Make a            If you use the internet, try         to keep using them.                     or those printed in publications.
        Once you get a plot, easier                                             list before you go shopping and            shopping for groceries online.
        crops to start with include                                             stick to it. That way you are not          All the major supermarkets offer     Make food go further                    Use cheaper options
        potatoes, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, courgettes and carrots.             so tempted to buy on impulse.              online shopping and, once you        Bulk out some more expensive            Instead of always buying chicken,
            Lewisham Council has a few free compost bins available if           But if do have some tired looking          have signed up, it can be very       foods with cheaper options. For         think about using turkey, which
        you’d like to make your own compost. Call Beth Sowden on                vegetables at the end of the week,         straightforward. You do have to      example, use one chicken breast         is cheaper. Or try pulses, such as
        020 8314 2053 (email if you’d              don’t throw them away. Use them            pay a delivery charge, but you       between two, but bulk it out with       lentils or butter beans, instead of
        like a bin. For more information on allotments, call Katy Delaney       for soup along with some lentils or        are saving on your own transport     more vegetables or pulses. A roast      meat – they’re cheap, very tasty
        on 020 8314 2277 (email                  parboil them and freeze them for a         and you won’t be tempted to          chicken on a Sunday can be curry        and nutritious. See our recipes,
                                                                                future meal.                               buy things you don’t need. And       on Monday, padded out with              above, for ways to cook them.
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