Fuel bills do nothing but go up don’t you agree? Those direct debits never seem to get reduced so we are always on the look out to find some frugal ways to save money on boring household bills (leaving spare cash to have fun with!).
Last week I was invited to an event at E.ON’s Open House in Nottingham for an event with Michelin award winning chef, and Nottingham restauranter Sat Bains!
The Open House is E.ON’s way of getting back into the high street offering a service for customers who would prefer face to face contact, tips and assistance rather relying on call centres and online billing. I think this is a great idea, particularly for more vulnerable customers who may not have internet access at home or understand complicated tariffs (the latter certainly includes me!).
I can definitely vouch for Sat Bains’ amazing food as for the husband’s birthday we visited his restaurant in Lenton for lunch in the “Development Kitchen”. This experience really deserves its own blog post but suffice to say it was delicious!
Anyway, back to E.ON and for the day Sat was cooking up dishes that were efficient on energy rather than flavour.
Here is his recipe for Chorizo Eggs. This is also served in his hotel for breakfast. I think it would also make a delicious supper or after school tea. The emphasis is using the chorizo as a spice and maximising the flavour.
Chorizo Eggs (Serves 4)
8 large free range eggs
Coriander cress (coriander seeds toasted and ground)
- Cut the chorizo into 1x1cm cubes.
- Divide between 4 hot 12 cm pans.
- Fry off the chorizo until golden.
- When golden, add the eggs, 2 per pan.
- Gently cook to your liking.
- Season with sea salt and dress with the coriander cress.
Here are a few of Sat’s tips for achieving maximum flavourwith minimum fuel bills:
- Making “one pot” meals for all the family to enjoy. (E.ON’s research showed 35% of families in Nottingham were preparing multiple evening meals with some children having allergies, work/after school commitments, vegetarian etc). This also means you are using less energy (less hobs) and keeping the flavour together.
- Using the best produce (organic eggs for example) and making the most of the flavours.
- Slow cooking is very economical – get creative with the ingredients!
- Buying food that is in season as it will be at its best and also cheapest. For example butternut squash and pumpkin currently. Check out this delicious soup recipe that Sat also made.
- Cut vegetables smaller when cooking keeps the goodness in and the energy usage down.
- Season throughout the cooking process (not just at the end)
- Use cheaper cuts of meat for slow cooking as this is full of flavour.
I was also on Radio Nottingham (which was the first time I have done something like this!) from around 1.22.