Sometimes, the ADHD gets the best of me, and I end up following the Internet’s rabbit trails. In my “On This Day” flashbacks on Facebook the other day, I came across an article from a couple years back from the Daily Mail, an English newspaper, on a woman who had a food budget of £1 a day. That’s a whopping $1.44 as of today (and about $1.60 when the article was published). I’m always looking for ways to save money on food while still eating reasonably nutritiously, so I decided to have a go at some of the recipes on that woman’s blog, Thrifty Lesley. First off, her first recipe, raisin pancakes for 8p ($0.12) per serving, with the recipe serving 2 people.
Pinch of salt
Half a tsp sugar
Mix all the ingredients together with enough water to make a thick batter. Heat a frying pan and add some oil. When the oil is hot, drop spoonfuls of raisiny batter into the pan and cook over a low heat until set, flip over and cook the other side.
Share the pancakes out between 2 people
Now, these aren’t your big fluffy pancakes like you’d get at IHOP or Denny’s. These are smaller, almost kid-sized pancakes. I ate them with my fingers, dipped in some maple flavored agave syrup. I didn’t have any raisins on hand, so I used bits of dried apples and pears. I only used about 30g, though – if I’d used 80g of apples and pears, the pancakes would have been solid chunks of fruit! I’ll try these again, but with a little more sugar.
My cost breakdown:
$0.11 = Approx. 3.5 oz of flour at $0.031/oz
$0.01 = Pinch of salt
$0.01 = 1/2 tsp sugar
$0.15 = Dried fruit
Total = $0.28 for 2 servings. Well, one serving for me, since I was hungry It wasn’t bad. I’ll remember to take and share pictures the next time I make these!