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Old 18.07.2011, 00:59
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Re: Making dinner for two under 10CHF?

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Go on then, you can't just leave us hanging! I like egg fried rice just about any way I've had it, but what's the secret?
My asian friend showed me how to do it right lol. silly things like micowaving the rice when its cooked to take all the moiisture out. and dont over cook it. Simples
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Re: Making dinner for two under 10CHF?

Potato pancakes are cheap and nice.

Around 6 large potatoes, 1 onion, 2 spoons of flour, 1 egg, salt & pepper, oil.

Peel, wash and grate potatoes. Add grated onion. Put the potatoes and onion on a sieve to get rid of the water. Add the rest of ingredients apart from oil. Mix well. Place large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the hot oil, pressing down on them to form 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick patties. Brown on one side, turn and brown on the other. Let drain on paper towels. Serve hot!

I like them with sour cream
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Old 19.07.2011, 15:50
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Potato pancakes are cheap and nice.
Sounds suspiciously like rosti to me
Anyway still a tasty and cheap meal
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Re: Making dinner for two under 10CHF?

They're a bit similar but I like them more than rosti and used to make them before I knew about rosti I also grate raw potatoes very fine rather than shred them.
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Re: Making dinner for two under 10CHF?

I made Lamb Kofta's with roasted veg and cous cous last week. A very cheap and tasty meal if you already have the herbs and spices?

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2187/lamb-koftas

Also, what about ratatouille with pasta? Chunky chopped veg, tin of tomatoes, tomato puree, garlic and dried herbs (I used to add smoked sausage too) served with pasta with grated cheese mmmm
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Old 19.07.2011, 16:14
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Re: Making dinner for two under 10CHF?

I cooked for 4 adults and one child this dish the other night, cost about 12-13 chuffs for the basic ingredients

One prix guarante chicken 50 % reduced (5.50)
Roast potatoes (About 1 franks worth from the local farmer)
Honey carrots (1 for the carrots, the honey free from my father-in-law)
Beans (from the neighbour)
Mushroom gravy
Apple and peach cobbler ( 4 franks or so)
Cream (1 frank)
And there was cobbler left over
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Old 03.10.2011, 15:15
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maybe not what you had in mind, but 4 mcdonalds cheeseburgers costs exactly 10chfs. not that i order that a lot, or anything...
Goes to show the prices here. I could get 4 cheeseburgers, plus a large iced tea, in the U.S. for around $3.75 (3.40 CHF). I've been here over a month and the prices still amaze me. I wonder how long it'll be before I break down for a Whopper or a Big Mac... :-)

Sorry for the off-topic...
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Potato pancakes are cheap and nice.

Around 6 large potatoes, 1 onion, 2 spoons of flour, 1 egg, salt & pepper, oil.

Peel, wash and grate potatoes. Add grated onion. Put the potatoes and onion on a sieve to get rid of the water. Add the rest of ingredients apart from oil. Mix well. Place large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the hot oil, pressing down on them to form 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick patties. Brown on one side, turn and brown on the other. Let drain on paper towels. Serve hot!

I like them with sour cream

I love potato pancakes, but we used to make them from leftover mashed potatoes. Just add egg, cook on a griddle, and viola!
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Old 03.10.2011, 15:34
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Re: Making dinner for two under 10CHF?

What a nice thread!

Very handy for some inspiration of what to make when one has no idea or original inspiration!
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Re: Making dinner for two under 10CHF?

That's exactly what I'll be cooking tonight! My dad used to also add a ball of mince in the middle of the potato pancake, i.e. heat the oil, put a spoonful of the potato mixture into the pan, add the minceball (raw, salted and peppered), let it fry a bit, put another spoonful of the potato mixture on top of that and then flip it over to fry the other side! Sour scream makes it, that's right

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Potato pancakes are cheap and nice.

Around 6 large potatoes, 1 onion, 2 spoons of flour, 1 egg, salt & pepper, oil.

Peel, wash and grate potatoes. Add grated onion. Put the potatoes and onion on a sieve to get rid of the water. Add the rest of ingredients apart from oil. Mix well. Place large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the hot oil, pressing down on them to form 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick patties. Brown on one side, turn and brown on the other. Let drain on paper towels. Serve hot!

I like them with sour cream
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Re: Making dinner for two under 10CHF?

Just gobbled up the first potato pancake, das schmeckt gut!

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That's exactly what I'll be cooking tonight! My dad used to also add a ball of mince in the middle of the potato pancake, i.e. heat the oil, put a spoonful of the potato mixture into the pan, add the minceball (raw, salted and peppered), let it fry a bit, put another spoonful of the potato mixture on top of that and then flip it over to fry the other side! Sour scream makes it, that's right
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Re: Making dinner for two under 10CHF?

For 10 CHF I would buy 7 kilos of potatoes and a bottle of cooking oil and feed about 20 people rösti.

The most important tricks are:
1. Buy Lady Felicia or other waxy potatoes available from most Landi's. (I'm not kidding, they are 1CHF/kilo). You can also get potatoes under 1CHF directly from many farms.
2. Pre-boil them in their jackets until they are still a pretty firm and let them sit and dry in the fridge over night.
3. Peal them and roughly shred them, then cook very slowly in the oil in a very heavy pan.

Invite 19 friends and ask them each to bring a bottle of wine.

On the other hand (and even cheaper) a kilo of polenta can feed almost as many people.
My recipe:
1/4 cup of polenta per person
Toast polenta lightly in the pan.
Add water until all the polenta is wet and cook slowly and stir constantly.
When the polenta gets dry add milk.
Keep stirring and adding milk for 45 minutes until the polenta is creamy and smooth.
Adjust seasoning and add a small handful of 1 cm cheese cubes (blue cheese works well) per person and serve or pour in a greased pan and brown under the broiler.

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Re: Making dinner for two under 10CHF?

Minestrone!!!

It's very cheap because a classic minestrone doesn't use meat.

Get yourself:

a zucchini,
two or three carrots
a can or kidney beans
any kind of small shaped pasta (i use hornli, but ditalini or elbow mac would work)
three cans of lombardi diced tomatoes
five cubes of chicken or beef bouillon (dissolve in five cups of water to make broth)
3 onion, roughly or finely chopped
3 large cloves garlic, minced
generous salt, pepper, and italian seasonings

I'm a very underpaid au pair, so I make a large pot for myself that lasts about three days.

Chop up onion and garlic and sautee with some olive oil for a few minutes. Throw in diced carrots, diced zucchini, all of the broth, all three cans of diced tomatoes, and heavily season with italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Now simmer this for about two or three hours. Then add however much pasta and beans you want in there, but don't go overboard, the pasta will take up a lot of room once it cooks out. Also throw in an extra cup of water to account for the pasta. Let that cook for about 15 minutes and you're all done Very cheap, filling, hearty, healthy, and makes a LOT.. if you want a bigger pot, just up the amounts of everything a little bit. Good luck!!
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Old 19.02.2012, 14:12
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Minestrone!!!

It's very cheap because a classic minestrone doesn't use meat.
We always add meat, or rather offal (tripe), but even that's pretty cheap.

Tom
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We love Chick Pea curry.

An onion, a can of tomotoes and 2 cans of chick peas plus a few yummy spices (garlic, chilli, ground cumin, coriander, paprika, garam masala).

It is not only good for you but is < CHF 5 for our family of 4.
thanks, sound good to me and I love chick peas. I'll surely try it soon.
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Minestrone!!!

It's very cheap because a classic minestrone doesn't use meat.
If you ever have a left-over parmesan rind then throw it in, helps to flavour the stock. I keep a bagful in the freezer for just this sort of thing. Works in casseroles and stews as well.

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If you ever have a left-over parmesan rind then throw it in, helps to flavour the stock. I keep a bagful in the freezer for just this sort of thing. Works in casseroles and stews as well.
Same here, but best to cut it into smaller pieces before freezing!

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Bottle of cheap swiss wine for 6-10 chf works for me. No cooking. Easy clean-up. Problem solved.
Recyclable too. Think of the grey bag savings!
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If you ever have a left-over parmesan rind then throw it in, helps to flavour the stock. I keep a bagful in the freezer for just this sort of thing. Works in casseroles and stews as well.

Sorry, can't get the quote thing to work properly!
It's a very traditional Italian thing to do and gives good depth to the soup. My only caution would be in respect to the amount of stock cubes quoted in the recipe as this could lead to the whole thing tasting very salty after parmesan rind is added (although 5 stock cubes would seem too much salt for me already.)
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Re: Making dinner for two under 10CHF?

Reading this thread makes me ashamed at my absolute lack of frugality - although I have taken away some good tips to apply for the future. It does also make me wonder though why so many people come to Switzerland if it involves them living on the breadline as some posts suggest?
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