Cheesy Biscuits

Having entered the ‘if I see food I have to have it’ stage of pregnancy the time has come to progress from three meals a day to three meals plus copious numbers of snacks. Little Splodge is also a great believer in snacks and regularly has two snacks a day between meals.

So, when I saw this recipe it just had to be made. Not only is it very wallet friendly it is also very easy to make which made it perfect for involving Little Splodge.

Ingredients

  • 200g Plain Flour
  • 200g Butter
  • 200g Grated Mature Cheddar Cheese

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees / gas mark 6
  • Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl
  • Stir to combine
  • Bring together with hands to form a dough
  • Roll out to approx 0.5cm thick
  • Cut out biscuits
  • Place onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper
  • Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown
  • Leave to cool for a few minutes
  • Eat

This is not the first food she has had a hand in helping to make so I already knew that she enjoys giving things a good mix but I wasn’t sure how she’d react to rolling and cutting. (The majority of her playdough play results in manic squishing and attempting to eat it.)

Knowing that with the ‘help’ of a toddler this was going to take much longer than I would normally we set up a mini kitchen in the living room using Splodge’s art table as a work top and off she went.

I helped her get all of the ingredients into the bowl and she stirred them around for a while before I stepped in and helped bring it together to form a dough.

little splodge mixing ingredients

Next Little Splodge had a go at rolling out the dough with various degrees of success.

Once she’d finished poking and beating the dough with the rolling pin we finally got to cut out the shapes.

rolling out the dough

Our cookie cutter collection is small to say the least so the majority of the shapes are Christmas themed and the round ones were created by a glass that was helpfully sitting in the kitchen cupboard.

cut out shapes

Then it is simply a case of popping them in the oven for about 10 minutes. We baked the larger ones for 12 minutes just to be sure.

Don’t they look delicious?

cooling biscuits

Then came the final test for the biscuits. Would Little Splodge like them?

tasting the biscuits

That looks like a yes to me.

Credit where credit is due this recipe came from the lovely Kim over at The Triplet Diaries. My theory is if it’s good enough for triplet boys it’s good enough for our Little Splodge.

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12th August 2013 – Meal Plan

Since finding out that we’re expecting our second baby we’ve been on a bit of a money saving drive and every part of the budget that could be cut in some way has been. The food bill has proved one of the easiest places to save some money.

Up until recently we have been guilty of wandering somewhat aimlessly around the supermarket putting things in the trolley that “might be nice” or “we could maybe have that for dinner one day”.

So, the first thing we did was take stock of exactly what we had in the cupboards, fridge, freezer etc and started to come up with meal plans that would use up what we already had rather than buying more food that would inevitably just end up sitting in the cupboard for weeks, if not months, on end.

Once we’d used up the majority of the food in the house I started looking for recipes that were filling, nutritious, family friendly and easy on the wallet. I did suspect I was asking the impossible but as luck would have it at the same sort of time I was really starting to get serious about cutting the food bill there was a lot of media coverage about food banks and families living below the poverty line and the BBC started airing the Great British Budget Menu which suddenly flooded the BBC website with many many recipes that, for the most part, fitted all of my criteria.

The outcome is that for the last few weeks our food bill hasn’t been above £20.

I’m so pleased with how it’s turning out so far that I thought I’d share my weekly meal plans so you too can get a taste of these deliciously thrifty recipes.

All of the recipes in the meal plans link through to the relevant recipe on the internet.

meal plan 12th august 2013