Another day of British Pie Week and another slice of the pie! After yesterday’s pretty poor efforts with serving vegetables with my Pukka pie, I made a little more effort and used Chantenay carrots and peas – with mash and Bisto gravy.
Again, I cooked the pie in the toaster oven, in 20 minutes, on the bottom shelf in a dish. The side vegetables were cooked in the following ways:
- Chantenay carrots were steamed in the microwave.
- The peas were frozen peas which I defrosted in boiling water, then I microwaved the peas for just under a minute.
- The mash was instant mash again, nearly the last of that packet, I must remember to buy more – this is made with boiling water and a knob of butter. I love real potatoes, but, cooking for one, they’re not always practical to keep in the house.
- Bisto gravy is made from instant gravy granules and boiling water added.
Total time to cook and get it plated was 25 minutes from start to finish!
I always keep peas in the freezer and I’d bought the Chantenay carrots from one of the budget supermarkets on their Offers of the Week at 65p/500 grams, so they needed using up. Carrots kept wrapped in foil in the fridge last longer than other methods I’ve found of storing them, so they have lasted quite well.
10 a Day
This is a bit better than yesterday, with two portions of that mythical 10 a day we’re supposed to be having!
The pie was 50p, the vegetables, mash and gravy added under 30p to the cost. This definitely cost less than 80p in any case. Bit of a bargain when you consider a single Pukka pie could cost £1 on its own if bought individually!