Inviting friends over for a meal can always be a challenge when you’re on a budget. But watching the pennies doesn’t mean you have to compromise on flavour. Brunch is always a good meal to have guests over for, as breakfast items are usually a lot cheaper when catering for large numbers. I thought I’d combine the flavours of the beautiful Farm Eggs I purchased from Headington Farmers Market yesterday with my budget local Rectory Farm potatoes and Summertown market cabbage to create a sumptuous bubble and squeak with a golden yolked egg on top. Here’s the recipe:
Frugal Bubble & Squeak
Take half a kilo of potatoes, peel, cut them into chunks and boil in salted water until soft. Mash with a little milk and butter, salt and pepper until they are nice and smooth. Fry an onion and some garlic in olive oil until golden brown add 1/2 a cabbage chopped into fine strands and stir. Splash in 3 tbsp of water and place the lid on allowing the cabbage, onions and garlic to steam/fry together for 5 minutes. Once the cabbage is tender, season with salt and pepper. Mix the mashed potato and cabbage together throughly. If you’ve used a red cabbage it will turn the potato a lovely purple colour. Heat some olive oil or butter in a frying pan, then add the potato cabbage mixture and pat it down. Leave to cook on a medium heat for 5 minutes until it begins to crisp up on the underside. Flip in over (don’t worry about it breaking up) and repeat on the other side. Poach some eggs until they are soft boiled and on top of the bubble and squeak. Serve with fried chorizo and beans – delicious frugal brunch for friends!
How much does this dent the Budget?
1/2 kilo of potatoes = 14p
6 eggs = £1.20
1/2 a cabbage = 50p
1 onion, garlic, butter & oil = 50p
Tin of beans = 24p
Chorizo (optional) = £1
Total for 6 people = £3.58
Price per person = 59p
Price per person without chorizo = 43p