Fridge Foraging and Fast Foods 

Really tasty food doesn’t have to take ages to make. This week I have not really been up for standing in the kitchen for hours making something delicious. 

As vegetarian  I love to try different things with foods that others see as boring. Last night was one of those nights where I found myself peering into the fridge in for some inspiration. I admit my menu planning had gone awry this week. 

A couple of minutes rummaging in the fridge, cupboards and fruit bowl delivered a bit of a mixed bunch of ingredients.





cherry tomatoes 



So, I cooked the penne pasta, my method is to boil the kettle and add the boiled water to a pan, splash of olive oil, pinch of salt and bring back to the boil then add the pasta and cook for about 10-12 minutes

Meanwhile, in a frying pan, I heated the oil and then lowered to the lowest setting and added the garlic, leaving it to infuse for a couple of minutes. Then I sauteed off the mushrooms and tomatoes with the olive oil and grated in some lemon zest, added the juice of half a lemon and added in the olives. 

In a seperate bowl I put the rocket and added a little more lemon juice.  

Drained the pasta, reserved a little bit of the water, added the pasta back to the pan and then threw in the rocket allowing it to wilt. Next I added in the mushrooms, tomatoes and olives, bit of toss and hey presto 

I ended up with a really fresh tasting pasta dish which I will call

 Lemony Mushroomy Pasta 

Total cooking time 15 minutes. Cost? Well I didn’t weigh it all out but approximate costs 

Bag of pasta  85p lidl – used about a handful = 10p if that 

mushrooms – 59p on offer in garage – used 1/4 =13p? 

olives – jar 99p lidl – used about 10 = 2p 

tomatoes – 99p punnet – used a 1/4 =25p 

rocket – £1 bag used a handful (had 5 meals from it) =20p. 

lemon – bag of 5 on offer 39p 

splash of olive oil, pepper, salt – pennies 

Total cost for 3 servings £1.09 @ 37p per serving.  Not bad. Tasty and very filling. 

And now for our very own game of Ready Steady Cook. 

I made an even nicer meal tonight – again from the bottom of the fridge stuff but forgot to take pictures. I enjoyed it so much I might make it again, if I do I will take photos and put the recipe onto the blog. In the meantime though, here are the ingredients. Why not share what you would have cooked with them? Better still if you have them in why not cook something and share a link here. 

new potatoes 

goats cheese 




olive oil 




creme fraiche 

red onion 

white wine vinegar