Monday, 30 June 2014
You would have to be living on the face of another planet right now, not to have realized that the price of food is sky-rocketing. Recent studies show that spiraling food costs have driven the annual cost of a family's groceries up by £1,100 a year, and there is no relief in sight. Unfortunately the costs of everything else are going up as well . . . petrol, heating fuels, electricity, clothing etc. . . . everything that is except wages! Living on a fixed income is when you really begin to feel the pinch.
About the only thing most people have any control of in the case of rising costs, is the food budget, and it has been reported that some people are now cutting back to only one meal a day, whilst the higher end grocery shops are losing out to cheaper shops as families seek to make their food dollars go a bit further. Morrisons has introduced many cuts in their prices and a new Price Checker Tool which you can use to check out their new lower prices and help to cut your food costs that little bit more.
Even though there are only two of us . . . and a dog, it is a real struggle at times to stretch our food budget to provide nutritious and yet economical meals. Mitzie is eating a lot more table scraps these days and I am trying my hardest to not let anything go to waste. On the menu more often than not are cheaper cuts of meat and economical meals. Economical meals such as this tasty chicken dish shown here today. It uses the cheaper cuts such as thighs and legs . . .
I save even more money by buying whole chickens and cutting them up myself at home. I package and freeze each cut individually, so that I have bags of thighs, breasts and legs in my freezer at any given time. I also have bags of wings and backs, just perfect for making delicious stocks and soups. It's not all that difficult to do.
This is one of my economical dishes. Cheap cuts of chicken marinated in a tasty spicy sticky marinade and then baked in the oven until they are scrummily glazed. I serve it with rice and a vegetable and it always goes down a real treat. If you don't like things too spicy, cut out the cayenne pepper!
We love this chicken. Not only does it make for a fairly economical meal but it is a real family pleaser, which just goes to show you that delicous food doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.
Serves 4 to 6
Scrummy chicken that has been marinated in a delicious marinade spices and chutney and then grilled baked until glazed and succulently yummo!
6 chicken drumsticks
6 chicken thighs
1 TBS oil
3 TBS chutney, finely chopped or mashed
1 TBS Worcestershire Sauce
2 tsp English Mustard (hot)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
With a sharp knife make several slashes deep into the chicken pieces, cutting down to the bone. Mis the oil, chutney, Worcestershire Sauce, mustard, cayenne, ginger and seasoning together in a bowl. Add the chicken pieces, tossing to coat them well with the marinade. cover and let stand for one hour.
Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6.
Arrange the chicken pieces in a single layer on a nonstick baking sheet, brushing them with any extra marinade. Bake in the heated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until crisp, deeply golden, sticky and the chicken is cooked through. (The juices should run clear if pricked with a fork.) Serve hot or cold, as desired.
I am entering this chicken recipe into the #MorrisonsMum Summer Recipe eBook Challenge sponsored by Morrisons, which has recently cut prices on over a thousand every day products. Find out more here price checker tool”. Wish me luck! As you can eat this hot or cold I am thinking it would fit into two categories, both the Picnic Favourites and the Lighter Summer Family Meals!