Frugal French Pantry August 2017

This month the focus is on frugal barbecue recipes with Bourbon Ribs, Lemon Chicken Brochettes, Thai Fish Burgers and Sticky Chicken wings.
This month the focus is on frugal barbecue recipes with Bourbon Ribs, Lemon Chicken Brochettes, Thai Fish Burgers and Sticky Chicken wings.Frugal French Pantry August 2017. Are you a savvy shopper? I'm naturally frugal when it comes to food so I'm happy to buy the cheaper frozen fish and any meat that is reduced ready to pop into the freezer for a later time. Typically, in August in France, it is barbecue weather so for my contribution to the Deux Sevres Monthly magazine this month, all of the recipes can be cooked in the kitchen or on the barbecue. Cheap barbecues don't have to be all unhealthy budget burgers and sausages; a little bit of time and effort will have your guests and family satisfied without breaking the bank. Sticky chicken wings with a barbecue flavoured glaze of ketchup, honey, soy and balsamic vinegar. Easy to do in the oven or on the barbecue. First up are my Sticky Chicken Wings. Chicken or turkey wings are always economical and everyone loves them. These are baked in a store cupboard barbecue sauce mix that is so easy to do. Up next are my  Thai Fish Burgers. I love fish in a burger and this is an economical way using frozen hake fillets. Everything gets thrown in a food processor with Thai red curry paste, ginger, fish sauce, chillies, coriander and lemon grass before being formed into burger patties. Here's a very simple recipe for slow roasting pork ribs and then covering them in a simple sticky Bourbon glaze. It's delicious! The next recipe on the Frugal French Pantry August 2017 are my Barbecue Bourbon Ribs. We can often buy a massive piece of pork belly with the ribs still attached so I separate them and freeze them for later. I think they are best cooked slow in the oven until tender before glazing and baking or barbecuing . This month the focus is on frugal barbecue recipes with Bourbon Ribs, Lemon Chicken Brochettes, Thai Fish Burgers and Sticky Chicken wings. My final recipe uses chicken thighs  for Lemon Chicken Brochettes. It's cheaper to buy the bone in and skin on thighs and take a few minutes to bone them and leave the skin on for easy basting. The lemon gives a great flavour to the meat and it's easy to make the brochettes go further by adding extra veggies like courgettes, mushrooms, peppers and onions. This month the focus is on frugal barbecue recipes with Bourbon Ribs, Lemon Chicken Brochettes, Thai Fish Burgers and Sticky Chicken wings. Of course, here's the most important bit as it's in the Deux Sevres Monthly magazine. You can pick up the magazine in many supermarkets, shops and restaurants around Deux Sevres or click here for the online version. It's full of great things to do and see, history, French tips and lots more! Do you try and be frugal with your meals? Do you have any tips I could use? I would love it if you could pass me your tips!                                                                       

8 thoughts on “Frugal French Pantry August 2017

  1. What a great recipe roundup! I am definitely all about saving money but cooking delicious food, so this is right up my alley. One of my favorite tricks is to shop for meat AFTER holidays like Memorial Day and Thanksgiving here in the states—and, of course, Easter and Christmas. Stores are always overstocked with holiday meats and have to get rid of them before the sell-by date: I can often find roasts that aren’t sold at any other time of year, steaks, ground meat, turkey and more—for crazy-low prices.

    1. I do exactly the same Michelle and my husband cringes as we go to the cashier! It’s the only way that we can afford a roast in the winter at all, although I’ve not had a beef roast for a long, long time! The French people often refer to the Brits as Les rosbifs and I do miss that sort of food when I’m surrounded by cows too!

  2. Hahaha Amanda you’re too funny about “Les Rosbifs”, don’t forget to mention that the British call the French “the Frogs”, haha even funnier! This said, I’m like you about my shopping, I don’t see why I should pay more when I can pay less. Often I buy my frozen food at Picard, there’s always sales, so I buy only the fish that is on sale, whichever it is providing that we like it! My favorite recipe in your roundup is the ribs and the hake burger, I love hake and Thaï flavors.

    1. Thanks Patty. I have to laugh at how we all treat other countries. I haven’t heard of Picard so we rely on Lidl and reduced food in the other supermarkets. The prices have definitely risen this year and our gite guests have mentioned it too. Fish is definitely expensive, especially even frozen salmon and cod.

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