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To think £25 is too much for casserole

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justonemorethen Tue 04-Jan-11 22:32:51

Possibly it's just new year tightness but have just got Nigella's Kitchen for Christmas and went to make the beer braised casserole because I thought casserole used cheap cuts.
Recommended beer is dark Belgian which is £5 a pop in supermarket. I decided to cut the amount to thirds so asked butcher for 1/2 kilo of shin - £5.88! That would be £18 for the amount she suggests. Together with the beer and odd herb she requires it's £25. Granted she says it feeds 8 but that doesn't include any veg or stuff to go with it. I'm pretty sure I could get a couple of free range chickens or side of beef, veg and potatoes for the price of her casserole.
Perhaps I'm just being cross because her cheesecake to use up leftover bananas just cost £6 (bloody bananas only cost 69p in the first place).
So is it worth it? Anyone had ago?

JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 04-Jan-11 22:36:12

Nigella isn't exactly known for her frugality though is she.

Perhaps you should go to the library and get another cookbook.

BaroqinAroundTheChristmasTree Tue 04-Jan-11 22:37:48

what JJJ said - plus its her "for Christmas" one - where she probably spends even more.

LittleMissHissyFit Tue 04-Jan-11 22:37:51

Oh bless, I totally hear you, although could you not have used Guinness instead of the Belgian beer?

How did it all turn out though? did you try making it in the end?

charliesmommy Tue 04-Jan-11 22:39:59

you just have to adapt the recipe to cheaper items... the cheapest cheap meat will taste good so long as it is cooked for ages..

oldraver Tue 04-Jan-11 22:40:40

I think all TV cooks dont have a clue to being frugal or even within a budget. For me its when they say ooh throw some of fresh this, this, this, and this herb and I'm sat thinkingh that would cost £££'s. Yes I know you could grow your own but not always possible

charliesmommy Tue 04-Jan-11 22:42:25

frozen herbs are as good as fresh.. I buy up the reduced priced fresh ones and bag it up in the freezer.

Rocket100 Tue 04-Jan-11 22:44:16

I think your problem lies in not being married to Charles Saatchi. £25 for a casserole wouldn't even register with you then. smile

chillichill Tue 04-Jan-11 22:45:05

I'm surprised the beef was that much, I would have assumed it would be cheaper. I made the 40 garlic clove chicken tonight, was so so good and cost less than a fiver to serve 4

coldtits Tue 04-Jan-11 22:46:17

Shin beef is a very cheap cut and your butcher overcharged you for it. £11.76 a kilo? Piss off!

charliesmommy Tue 04-Jan-11 22:50:09

Buying at the butchers itself is almost double the cost of supermarket meat. I know ideally we should support local shops, but it takes the piss when they are so bloody expensive.

Katisha Tue 04-Jan-11 22:50:34

I also think Nigella is pretty clueless about portion size, judging from the tv show, which is strange given her insistence that she is soooo greedy...

coldtits Tue 04-Jan-11 22:51:06

about £8 a kilo here

£7 a klio here

you can tell it's shin by the rounded shape - £5.20 a kilo

So unless you beef cow spent it's entire life being massaged by tiny magical gnomes and drinking champagne, you've been GROSSLY overcharged.

justonemorethen Tue 04-Jan-11 22:52:02

We only have one butcher though and I still haven't caught on to metric. I thought shin was cheaper so perhaps I'm moaning about the wrong person.

ThisIsANiceCage Tue 04-Jan-11 22:52:23

An editor friend once worked on a cookbook or woman's mag recipe pages or summat. She complained about the ludicrous and unnecessarily extravagant ingredients - the most expensive type of cream, hard-to-get fresh stuff, quality wine that was then boiled to buggery, etc. Managing ed said "Ah, but that's the image we're selling to our readers. They like to imagine they're doing something luxurious and exclusive."

Nigella would sooo be in that market, I bet.

ZacharyQuack Tue 04-Jan-11 22:52:34

Well, if she wrote a recipe calling for dark beer and casserole steak, it would just be yet another casserole recipe.

I always like Jamie's instructions for "Chicken, preferably free-range and organic".

Thanks for that, mate. Let's just stick to the recipe and leave the ethics debate out of it.

charliesmommy Tue 04-Jan-11 22:52:45

The only thing of Nigella's that I have made is Grasshopper Pie.. which was lush, but very expensive... as Creme De Menthe does not come in miniatures... I didnt even bother buying a bottle of Creme de Cacao too, and it still tasted great. The Creme de Menthe is very nice in hot chocolate hic

coldtits Tue 04-Jan-11 22:52:49

500g (half a kilo) is about a pound (lb).

charliesmommy Tue 04-Jan-11 22:56:32

I often buy a slab of brisket and cube it for a casserole.. as that is the cheapest and least fatty meat normally. The stewing steak is cheaper, but full of gristle too in Sainsburys.

Lilymaid Tue 04-Jan-11 22:56:40

Shin of beef used to be the cheapest cut - you doidn't go to Nigella's butchers (Lidgates) did you? I often make this as a cheap casserole and buy whatever beef is cheapest in the butchers/Waitrose and whatever beer is on offer - not lager. Any malty bitter or stout will produce a good gravy.

BaroqinAroundTheChristmasTree Tue 04-Jan-11 22:59:28

I just found the recipe online - says you can juse Belgian or English dark ale.

Surely you can buy a bottle of dark English ale for less than £5???

bellavita Tue 04-Jan-11 23:00:33

I bought two pieces of shin beef at the supermarket for a casserole, it cost about a fiver - it fed four of us and there was plenty.

OooohShiny Tue 04-Jan-11 23:41:23

yep, I always downgrade Nigella's recipes where possible. I have a white choc chip brownie recipe which calls for green & Blacks dark choc and some hideously expensive white choc buttons ....I substituted value dark choc and value white choc broken into chunks and it tastes just the same at a fraction of the price

narkypuffin Tue 04-Jan-11 23:52:05

It's £7.49 per kg for Aberdeen Angus sliced leg at Waitrose. I suspect you're paying over the odds.

Also, don't expect Nigella to do money saving.

BuzzLightBeer Wed 05-Jan-11 00:06:47

454g to the pound (2.2lb to kilo)

You was robbed for shin.

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