Three ‘fakeaway’ ideas to help you cut food costs and still indulge

AFTER working all week, a takeaway meal is the perfect gift to welcome the weekend.

However, ordering food can affect your budget.

Ordering food can take a toll on your budget - so here are some spoof ideas you can make at home


Ordering food can take a toll on your budget – so here are some spoof ideas you can make at homeCredit: Alamy

‘N’ FISH CHIPS: A portion of fish and chips can easily go up to £10 — but kitchenware retailer CookServeEnjoy reckons you can make a similar meal for four for under £3 a portion.

Choose white fish that is both delicious and not as expensive as cod.

For example, Iceland sells a pack of whitefish fillets for £5.

TV chef Peter Sidwell has this recipe for making a delicious version at home. For smooth fries, peel and cut potatoes into thick, finger-short pieces and cook in salted boiling water for five minutes.

Toss olive oil over spuds and place in a preheated oven at 180C for 45 minutes until golden.

Meanwhile, roll the defrosted fish in flour and dip in the beaten egg then breadcrumbs.

Heat six tablespoons of oil in a large skillet and fry the fish until crispy on both sides.

PIZZA: Making your own pizza can be around £5 cheaper than ordering it, according to CookServeEnjoy.

Crosta & Mollica sourdough pizza base with tomato sauce, £2.35, by Sainsbury’s, simpler than making your own dough.

Garnish the base with your favorite sauces, including mozzarella, pepperoni, or chili. Or instead of buying more ingredients, try rummaging through the fridge to use up leftovers, such as ham and mushrooms.

CHINESE PEOPLE: We all love a delicious Chinese dish but cooking your own can save you £5 a time, CookServeEnjoy calculates.

Make egg fried rice simply by heating some oil in a pan.

Cook a packet of microwaveable rice according to the instructions – Sainsbury’s white rice is 50 minutes – then place in the pan.

Crack a few eggs into a bowl and add to the rice. Continuously stir until cooked.

Then get creative and add in some of your favorite ingredients like pre-cooked shrimp or peas.

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