Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The My Kitchen Rules, $10 twitter challenge

It is very easy to sit at home and criticise while watching the MKR contestants flap about without showing any obvious signs of common sense. But how easy is it to walk in their shoes and try the challenges yourself? Minus the cameras. Well I put the call out on twitter this morning via @WeNorthside  (where I am hosting this week) to try the $10 meal for 4 challenge.
The rules were pretty relaxed, as we wouldn't be fighting for the chance to win $250000.
Budget was $10 with the aim of feeding 4 people, 1 course, 2 courses or 3 courses depending on how far your creativity could stretch the budget.
There was a list of common pantry items that were included as free items: oil, milk, eggs, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and any spices you already had. There was also a clause for the home grown such as herbs, veg, sauces as long as you disclosed what they were. I was really looking forward to seeing what people could use from the backyard.
The most important factor I found to staying within budget was where you shopped,  I would normally get my fruit and vegetable from the green grocer but for the sake of 1 receipt I thought I'd try the supermarket. I was able to pick up some reduced to clear/nothing wrong with them items there, but the rest of the produce was more expensive. I have compiled a budget from the best of both stores and have made a spreadsheet, yep a spreadsheet how many food blog benefit from the joys of excel??
This meant there was a $1.22 leeway from the 1/2 packet of parmesan not used towards the meal.
The Menu, 3 course for 4 $10 plus pantry
  • Entrée - Cauliflower soup with parmesan wafer
  • Main -  Meat balls in rich vegetable sauce on spaetzle
  • Dessert- Lemon syrup cake

The verdict, in hindsight less is more and I'd stick to a simple tomato sauce for the meatballs as while being delicious and healthy the colour of the sauce was vile. The rest I'm sure would have impressed Manu.

Item Cost  $10
Beef Mince $2.10 $7.90
Cauliflower $1 $6.90
Silver beet $0.99 $5.91
Garlic $0.25 $5.66
Eggplant $0.34 $5.32
Parmesan Cheese 1/2 pack  $1.22 $4.10
Bacon 2 rashers $1.32 $2.78
Brown Onions $0.75 $2.03
Carrots $0.43 $1.60
Lemon $0.59 $1.01
Celery  $0.94 $0.07
Pantry Items    
Passata Home Grown  
Herbs  Home Grown   
Eggs Home Grown  
Salt, pepper    

Lemon Syrup Cake,
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water

  • Preheat oven to 160°C
  • In a mixing bowl add the eggs and sugar
  • Beat with an electric mixer till fluffy and pale
  • Add the oil, milk, flour, zest and 1/2 the juice of the lemon and mix to a smooth batter.
  • Pour into a greased and floured Bundt cake time
  • Bake for 30 -40 mins till a skewer comes out clean when poked into cake
  • Cool the cake
  • To make the syrup, put the other 1/2 of the lemon juice, water and sugar into a medium saucepan and simmer to a thick syrup but not toffee.
  • Pour syrup over the cake and allow it to soak in.
  • Can be served with cream but is just as good on it's own.

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