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Maysakkasagna

Yesterday B and I went dumpsterdiving and we got a huge load of potatoes. Yes, a bit of them were bad and soft, but still…there was a lot and we even gave my son a large bag plus some other stuff to take home.

Earlier today I texted one of B’s colleagues, an around 60year old guy I’ll call Bear on this blog. He lives alone, and I know how it is for most people who lives on their own; cooking is seldomly prioritized. Bear has also helped me (us) during the toughest crisis this december, and hes a friend og B’s mom as well. So…kind of a member of our family you could say. I asked if he’d like a portion of whatever I came up with tomorrow on the job and he did. So there was no way I would NOT cook today.

I came up with a…erhmmm…mix of mousakka (without eggplant) and lasagna (because of the bechamel and no pasta), and we didn’t have any ground beef, so instead I used ground chicken. Oh yeah. And my name is Maya hence the name of this dish.

Here’s my extremely loose recipe. I made enough to feed 9 people of moderate appetite especially if serving bread with it.

Potatoes and shredded cheese and…

Meatish tomato sauce

  • A package of ground chicken (400g)
  • A splash of oil
  • 2 large onions (in Denmark that is aprox. 200f)
  • 4 cans of chopped tomatos (4×400g)
  • spices + salt and pepper
  • 2-4 “icecubes” of frozen cream (I freeze my cream to make it last longer)

1. Brown the meat in a splash of oil

2. Throw in the onions and stir until they’re soft and glasslike.

3. Dump in the cans of tommatos and heat it till it’s boiling.

4. Season it with salt, pepper, and perhaps thyme and oregano. I also added 2 cubes of vegetable stock but you don’t need them.

5. Add the cream -fresh or frozen – mix it in and put aside in a large bowl .

Bechamel sauce

  • 50g salted butter
  • 4 chaotic tablespoons of all purpose wheat flour
  • 1 liter of milk, preferably not a skimmed type. The fat ia good if you, like me, always put a bit too much flour in so you need to add water.
  • salt, pepper and a good dash of nutmeg.

1. Melt the butter in a large pot

2. Add the flour to create a ball of butter and flour

3. Add the milk little by little while making sure you heat it up along the way to avoid lumps.

4. At some point, you’ve probably added all your milk, then add water until it has the required texture. Which is.. not thick nor thin. Not too sticky nor too runny

5. Season it.

ASSEMBLING IT ALL

1. Peel a whooole lot of tomato and slice them in 0,5 slices.

2. First add meatish sauce, then potatoes, then bechamel, then potatoes, then meatish…etc. and keep doing it until you run out of both. Top it off with the bechamel as it makes it easier to save on the….

3. Cheese which you will add after having it in the oven at 200°C for about 40 minutes, and then give it another 25 minutes. Time in the oven is really depending on how thick you sliced the potatoes. But around 1 HR all together.

Enjoy with a salad or bread or whatever you feel like.

My top 5 money-saving food apps.

I don´t know how it is in your country, but here in Denmark almost all supermarkets have their own app, where you can find things on sale and so on. There´s also a few apps that manage food waste, apps where people who has gardens and an overflow put up fruits and vegetables. I will list the danish apps below ofcourse, but if you have an app YOU use and would recommend, let me know, and I´ll put it on my links page for other people to find as well – and yes, I´ll sort it by country and maybe even leave a little word/recommendation from you, if you wish.

But – as you know, I´m a dane, so heres a short list of my money-saving apps.

Lidl Plus – I like this because it´s the nearest shop, and because their coupons are actually giving a fair discount on specific products. We don´t have the coupon-system as the states, but in a Danish perspective, it´s pretty good. There´s also a bonus-ticker, but I haven´t spent enough money there to know what it is…or…yes I have, but I forget to scan my phone, and it´s a problem when B is shopping, because the app is personal. I´d like to have two or more persons added to one account.

Mad skal spises is an app, by Salling Group who has the supermarket chains Netto, Bilka and Føtex, but in this app, they invite everyone, shops or consumers to add different products that are maybe on the edge of “too old” and extremely cheap. I downloaded it a few weeks ago, and I´ve used it three times at least. If I need something specific, I go through the list and see if I can get it cheaper. I hope the other local supermarkets will use this soon.

Too good to go is where it´s impossible not to make a good deal. Supermarkets, bakers and restaurants list “bags” with food, that they sell for a lot less than the normal price. It´s important to act quick and look out for the time they list their bags, because sometimes, they´re sold – “just like that”. The other challenge is, that you don´t decide what goes in your bag. If you buy from a baker, you might end up with a lot of cakes and no bread – or the other way around. I bought a bag from a supermarket three days ago, hoping there would be a lot of vegetables, but I´m still baking banana-muffins and tomorrow I´m making plum-chutney. The roses are still pretty though 😛

E-tilbudsavis is amazing when you´ve gone through you fridge and freezer and made a food plan, and you know what you need. It´s an app where every shop or supermarket that usually sends paper-ads to fill your mailbox have digital versions of their “papers”. It´s possible to make shopping lists and share that between people you know, and it even has this little feature where it adds the price, so you know how much you´re spending BEFORE leaving home. That feature saved me a lot of money, to be honest, because I didn´t like the amount at the bottom, so I went through the list a few times and again re-thinking if I really needed stuff, just because it had glitter on it.

Vild mad is for when you are adventurous and wants to know if the plant you see, when you´re hiking, is safe to eat or not – or tasteful too ;-D I´ve used it a bit when walking the dog, especially this autumn with all the rain and moist that make mushrooms grow all over. It breaks down every now and then, and I wish I could use it without internet-connection, but…if you can live with that, it´s a fine thing, and it looks pretty awesome too.

So – that´s the first 5 apps that I use the most. Not every day, but at least once a week. I hope you will share your food-apps and share some tips with the rest of us in the comments.

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