Pork and Apple burger with quick beet slaw – 59p – 81p per burger

I don’t know about you, but I’m always slightly let down by so-called ‘pork and apple’ things. I feel that they’re either too watery, or you can’t taste the apple, or they’re just a bit… meh. Definitely not one of my usual flavour combinations!

So I don’t honestly know what first possessed me to try doing these pork and apple burgers – I’m glad I did though, because they’re quick, cheap and summery. And go wonderfully well with the quick-slaw and fried onion I served them up with (we had no relish in the house, or salad – I had to think fast! 😉 ). I’ve pictured the burger here with home-made potato wedges though these are not included in the price below. We were stuffed from eating the burger on its own so the wedges were just a bit superfluous. If you want to make them then slice some potatoes, and toss them in a bowl, add a teaspoon of sugar, a good pinch of salt and some chilli flakes. The sugar makes them crisp really well and helps give them a sweet chilli flavour. Yum!

The bun is actually made using the naan bread recipe – don’t add the nigella and instead of shaping into a tear-shape, roll into a ball and leave on a baking sheet for 20 minutes to rise, remembering to leave a good space between them! You should only try to fit 6 to a tray as these grow like you wouldn’t believe. Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes.

The main ingredient is listed as being from Aldi, but you can use other high meat-content sausages if you don’t have a store close by (the minimum you want to go is 85% meat), otherwise, prices are Tesco via mysupermarket as always.

Anyway, without further ado, you need:

1 pack of Aldi outdoor bred pork sausages (these are the cheapest 90% meat sausages I can find) – £1.75
1 apple, grated – 14p
1 onion, sliced into half rings – 16p
1 carrot, grated – 7p
1 cooked beetroot, grated – 9p from multipack of 5.

The bread cost 3p from the Naan recipe as it went mad whilst rising and we got 18 buns out of one batch! If you don’t want to make your own bread, Aldi Brioche buns are pretty good and work out at 25p per bun.

Price with homemade bread: £2.33 for 4, or 59p per burger
Price with brioche buns: 81p  per burger

For the patties, skin your sausages and grate your apple. Knead the sausagemeat and apple together then pat into 4 burgers. Fry these and set to one side. Using the fat in the pan, fry off your onion and place this on the bread. Pop your burgers back into the pan to keep them warm while you grate your carrot and beet. Stir these together with a little salt and distribute between your four buns. Place the meat on top and serve.

Easy, quick, impressive looking… ideal summer party food.


— Farn ❤


Coleslaw Soup – red cabbage and apple, 24p-36p

Not literally, you understand – bleh! (Though of course, if anyone has any good experiences of blending coleslaw into a soup, please correct me.)

In any case, I stumbled upon this recipe when I made a batch of coleslaw and had half a red cabbage left to use up. It wasn’t quite the right time of year for pickled red cabbage, nor did I want yet more coleslaw… feeling distinctly uninspired, I threw all the leftover veg from my fridge into the soup pan and made this. It remains one of my favourite soupy offerings – both earthy and sweet.

Prices are from Tesco via mysupermarket 🙂

So, you need:

  • 2 apples – 28p (ish, using Gala apples)
  • Half a red cabbage – 26p (ish – 80p per kg)
  • 1 diced onion – 16p (ish)
  • 1 vegetable stock cube – 2p
  • WaterYou can also add a tablespoon of yogurt/dash of milk if you like a creamier soup.

Total: 72p. Will feed 2 hungry people (36p) or 3 not so hungry folks (24p).

Finely chop your onion and apple, and shred your cabbage.  Put the lot in a pan with enough water to cover and toss in your stock cube. Simmer until the apples dissolve and then blend. Season to taste.


— Farn ❤