Monday, 26 November 2012

36p tomato pasta with cheese

I apologise for neglecting the page recently, im sure you understnad that as students workload really does fluctuate.

Here is something extra easy, 36p tomato pasta with cheese:

8 ingedients, couldn't be simpler. makes 2 large servings

1 Tbsp oil
1 med Onion
1 dorot garlic cube
1 tsp mixed herbs
1 canned tomatoes
1 tsp of sugar (takes away acidity in canned tomatoes)
1 stock cube
1/2 bag pasta

1. Chop onion and place in the pan with oil, allow to cook slowly untill brown. 3-5 min

2. Add garlic, cook for a further 1-2 min (don't let it burn or it will taste bitter)

3. add canned tomatoes, mixed herbs, stock cube and suger. simmer without a lid for 10-15 min, till liquid is reduced and thickened sightly

4. once sauce is simmering put past into boiling water. cook till it isn't quite done, still a little hard.

5. drain pasta at this stage and add sauce, contue to cook together for a further 3-5 min. this finishes cooking the pasta and adheres the sause to it.

6. serve with a teaspoon of parmesan.


Ingredients list

Tate and lyle Granulated Sugar 1Kg Packet £0.88      > 1p
Tesco Everyday Value chicken stock cubes £0.10 £0.01
Dorot Crushed Garlic 80G          £1.00 £0.05
Tesco Everyday Value  Tomatoes 400G £0.31 £0.31
Tesco Pure Vegetable Oil 1 Litre         £1.39 £0.02
Tesco Everyday Value penne 500G £0.30 £0.15
Tesco Everyday Value Onions [12-15]Pack £0.69 £0.05
Tesco Everyday Value Mixed Herbs 30G       £0.99 £0.03
Sainsbury’s Basics Hard Cheese 250g   £2.78 £0.05

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

11p chocolate chunk cookies

makes 12 medium cookies.  (Please don't substitute any of these ingredients, or they don't work out. )

1/4 cup of fat (Vegetable trex or lard)
1/4 cup real butter
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cup plain flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
disolved in 2 tsp hot water - 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp bicarb

1.Make dough

Cream fats and sugar togetheradd egg and vanillaadd flour add water mixture and combine to smooth doughstir in chocolate chips or other mix ins. 

2. roll dough

take 1/2 a 1/4 cup of mix and roll into tight balls, press till its about 1.5cm thick and resembles a puck. (at this staget the dough can be frozen flat on a tray and baked from frozen, increase cooking time to 10 min. )


no need to grease tray. Space evenly, leaving an inch space beteen. bake at 200C for 8 min.


When removed from oven drop tray onto side or bored, this removes air added by action of bicarb, but leaves the textrue it creats. JUST TRUST ME. leave on tray for 10 min before transfering to wire rack or eating. 

Cost is  for basic dough with chocolate chunks (other variation ideas are listed below)

Tesco Bicarb 170G  £0.99 £0.03
Tate and lyle Granulated Sugar 1Kg Packet  £0.88 £0.07
Tesco dark brown Sugar 500g £1.39 £0.35
Tesco Everyday Value Plain Flour 1.5Kg  £0.52 £0.12
Tesco Everyday Value Eggs Box Of 15  £1.50 £0.10
Tesco Everyday Value Lard 250G  £0.33 £0.08
Tesco Everyday Value butter   £0.89 £0.23
Tesco Value chocolate  £0.30 £0.30

Variations are endless, these are my favorites

 1. Double Chocolate - Replace 1/2 cup of flour with 1/3 cup coco and add 100g chopped white chocolate.
2. Snickerdoodle - Plain dough rolled in cinnamon sugar (2Tbsp cinamon, 1/4 cup sugar should do this batch.
3. Oatmeal - Replace 1/2 cup flour with 1/2 cup of rolled oats. then add either 100g of raisens and 1tsp of cinnamon,  OR 100g dark chocolate. 
4. Terry's - Add the zest of 1 orange to the sugar, use chocolate dough and 100g milk chocolate/ orange chocolate.
5. Reeses - Reduce the lard by 1Tbsp and add 2 Tbsp of crunchy peanut butter, add 50g milk chocolate and 1 packets reeses pieces (available at sainsbury and asda). also good with the chocolate dough. 

38p Lamb stew with mash and veg

This weeks recipe is another winter warmer: lamb stew and dumplings with mash.

Lamb is obviously more expensive than other strew/casarole meats such as beef or chicken, but it also has the most flavor. This recipe calls for breast of lamb, a very inexpensive, albeit fatty, cut. In cooking terms, fat is flavor, and other than the dumplings, no other fat is added to this recipe. 

£2.31 for 6 servings - 38p/serving

1. Brown 1/3 of a 0.5kg pack of lamb breast in a frying pan 
2. meanwhile add the folllowing to the slow cooker:

1/2 bag casarole veg
3 litres water
1/2 tsp each rosemary and thyme 
2 stock cubes
salt and pepper. 

3. add the rendered lamb to the liquid. 

4. slow cook on high for 2-3 hours.

5. when lamb is very tender make the dumplings:

combine the following and scoop out in spoonfulls placing on the surface of the stew. 

150g flour
50g margarine/butter/lard
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 black pepper
1/4 tsp mixed herbs
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup milk 

(all dry ingredients should be sieved together, then butter rubbed in with fingertips till there are pea sized pieces before adding the milk)

quantity of milk varies depending on flour. dough should be wet, but not liquid.  

6. replace slow cooker lid and alow stew with dumplings on top to steam for a further 30-45 min.

7. make mash

In a bowl, combine:

packet of instant potato flakes
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp gound black pepper
1 cup milk cold milk
1 cup water boiling water

whisk quickly and place in the microwave for 2 min

8. Vegetables:

I have green beans pictured, but normally i would do peas, i had just run out. Defrost  1/2 cup of peas per serving in boiling water, drain and place covered in the microwave for 1 min. 

8. the gravy should naturally thicken from the dumplings, but if its not thick enough for your taste stir a couple table spoons of gravy granuals. 


Shopping list

Tesco Everyday Value Lamb Breast         £2.70 £0.90
Tesco Everyday Value Garden Peas 900G         £1.00 £0.10
Tesco Baking Powder 170G                  £0.99 £0.03 
Tesco Everyday Value Plain Flour 1.5Kg         £0.52 £0.05 
Tesco Everyday Value chicken stock cubes £0.10 £0.02
Tesco dried thyme 16g                                  £0.75 £0.05
Tesco dried rosemary 16g                          £0.75 £0.05
Tesco Creamfield Semi Skim 4 Pint 2.272L £1.00 £0.25
Tesco Baking Fat 250G                         £0.55 £0.11 
Tesco Everyday Value Mash 120G                  £0.20 £0.20
Tesco Casserole Vegetables 1Kg                  £1.00 £0.50

Thursday, 8 November 2012

31p cheesey broccolli soup

Hey, my greatest apologies for not posting for 2 weeks, but I GOT ENGAGED!!!!!!

Hope this recipe makes up for it, good for you and delicious, enjoy!

Makes 6 large servings. £1.88, 31p per serving

1. Defrost broccolli  (1/2 pack)in pan of hot water
2.Meanwhile fry off 1 onion and garlic dot in 2 Tbsp oil till

3.Add brocolli, 2 stock cubes and 1 litres water

4.Once brocolli is tender (10-15 min), remove from head and

blend before adding :

100g skimmed milk powder
60g Instant mash
50g Hard cheese

5. season to taste with salt and pepper and serve

Shopping list

Tesco Everyday  Stock Cubes £0.10 £0.02
Tesco Everyday Value Broccoli 907G £1.00 £0.50
Dorot 20 Cubes Crushed Garlic 80G £1.50 £0.07
Tesco Cooking Onions 1Kg £1.00 £0.10
Tesco Everyday Value  Oil £1.29 £0.04
Tesco Everyday Value Mash 120G £0.20 £0.10
Tesco Everyday Value Dried Milk 454G £1.15 £0.25
Sainsbury’s Basics Hard Cheese 250g £2.78 £0.55

Friday, 19 October 2012

16p large potato cakes

I don't often have bread in the house because i love toast, and honestly that's all i would eat given half a chance, but when i feel like a hearty breakfast, this is my go to item - quick, easy and cheap. Great with if you add a couple sausages (10p) an eggs (10p) and 1/2 a can of beans (13p). Super good, filling breakfast for 49p

Serves 2  16p each

1. In mixing bowl combine the following until evening incorporated

1 beaten egg
200 ml milk
1 stock cube (crumbled )

2. mix in the following and leave to stand for 1-2 min. 

it will look running to begin with. if its dry add a couple table spoons of water until it isn't. if it seems too wet add a little more potato. moisture content on products like this varies with storage, so i can't be 100% on the measurement. 

50g potato flakes (just less than half a packet)

3. form into 2 large or 4 small potato cakes (flattened balls with smooth edges) 

4. in a  non-stick pan heat 1 tbsp oil over LOW heat. cook cakes on first side for 2 min

5. add 1 more table oil and quickly turn, cook for 2 more min. 

6. turn frequently to prevent burning, but do not flatten.

* if you are having sausages with your meal, cook them in the pan first, and reserve the oil, that way you are saving the money you would have spent on the oil and reducing the over all cost by 3p. 

this is actually something i do whenever i cook fatty meat, its a bit old fashioned to save things like pan drippings, but often there is a lot of great flavor that can be used for other things. just store covered in the fridge or freezer. 

It's all about STARVING STUDENT SURVIVAL! - Mags, x

Nutritional information (Per Serving)

calories 254
carbs 16
fat 18
protein 7

shopping list

Tesco Everyday Value Mash 120G       £0.20 £0.08
Tesco Creamfield Semi Skim 4 Pint 2.272L £1.00 £0.11 
Tesco Everyday Value Eggs Box Of 15         £1.50 £0.10 
Tesco Everyday Value Vegetable Oil 1 Litre £1.29 £0.03

* if you are worried about the fat, just use less oil, smear it over the top and bottom and oven bake for 10 min. not quite as good, but VERY close*

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

50p Pineapple Jerk Chicken and Caribbean Rice

This one came just on  budget at 50p, few... didn't want to start eliminating ingredients. 

Decided i would make this one last week when i was looking for cinnamon for my banana cupcakes and nearly poured the jerk seasoning into the cinnamon cream cheese frosting instead. Which reminds me, i should really put that recipe up too sometime - so simple and uses up those bananas we all forget about.  

Anyways, so i came up with this recipe last year, but the addition of the Caribbean rice is new, it balances the spicy nature of the jerk seasoning really well. 

£2.98 :Serves 6 (50p per serving)

Pineapple Jerk Chicken

1. In a slow cooker, or oven proof dish combine the following. 

1 can pineapple (with juice)
1 can tomatoes
1 cube garlic
1 Tbsp jerk seasoning
4 frozen chicken pieces
1 stock cube
2 med sweet potatoes
1/2 cup red lentils (for thickening)

Slow cook on low for 6 hours 
Oven cook at 180 for 2 hours (make sure dish is tightly covered with foil and use defrosted chicken for oven variation)

* 30 min before the end of cooking put the rice on *

2. after cooking remove chicken from bone and add back to the 

sauce, along with:

1 yellow pepper (diced)
1 can corn

Caribbean Rice - 

1. add these ingredients together and bring to the boil. 

1 can of kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
1 garlic cubes
1/2 tsp chili flakes
1 sachet coconut cream
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp dried thyme 
7 cups water

2. add 3 cups of rice and simmer for 15 min, cover tightly (foil and a lid). turn off and leave to steam for 20 min. 

3. Enjoy! As always, freezes well and remember not to keep the rice in the fridge for more than a day. 

It's all about STARVING STUDENT SURVIVAL! - Mags, x

Nutritional information (per serving)

calories 534
carbs      89
fat         10
protein    23

Shopping list

Tesco Everyday Value Chicken Portions 2Kg £3.19     £0.64
Tesco Everyday Value Peppers                £1.07     £0.11  
Millstone Crushed Chillies 28G                £0.69     £0.03
Tesco Everyday Value Sweetcorn 325G         £0.33    £0.33
Tesco Wholefoods Red Split Lentils 1Kg         £1.80     £0.18
Pataks Creamed Coconut Sachets 200G         £1.20    £0.30
Tesco Everyday Value  Tomatoes 400G         £0.31    £0.31
Tesco Everyday Value Kidney Beans 400G £0.18    £0.18
Dorot Crushed Garlic 80G                         £1.00    £0.10
Tesco Everyday Value chicken stock cubes £0.10    £0.01
 Schwartz Jamaican jerk seasoning 51g        £1.76     £0.18
Tesco Everyday value tinned pineapple         £0.32   £0.32
Tesco sweet potatoes 1.25kg (2 for £2)        £1.00    £0.40
Tesco dried thyme 16g                                £0.75    £0.07

 I like this best made with chicken, but sausages work great too, if you want a little bit more more meat for around the same amount of money. 

Tesco Everyday Value 20 Sausages 1Kg  £1.00,  2 per portion - 12 for  60p

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

19p easy macaroni chee

Firstly my apologies for not posting in a week, to say I've been busy would be an understatement. I had my first test of the year this week, i won't complain too much, but lets just say i needed a little comfort food when i was done. Macaroni cheese is a great option for this, and my version is quick, easy and reasonably healthy in comparison to most at only 300 calories. 

The basis for a macaroni cheese is the beshemel (white sauce).traditionally you would need to gently heat butter and flour together to make what is called a rue, and then gradually add milk whisking together to avoid lumps. This recipe for an all in one  sauce much simpler. it also conveniently takes about the same amount of time as pasta does to cook.

Serves 4

1. put the pasta on 200g dry pasta into a large pan of BOILING salted water. if the water is at a rolling boil and there is plenty of it, it won't stick. boil for 10 min or until tender.

2. in a large microwave safe bowl, combine:

2 Tbsp flour
4 Tbsp water
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp mustard powder (or English mustard)
1/4 tsp ground pepper

2. add 600ml milk gradually, stirring to avoid making lumps.

3. Heat in the microwave for 5-8 min,whisking about every 2 min.

4. once thickened add:

         2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
         Cooked pasta (well drained)

Check below the shopping list for another alternative - 16 p CARBONARA, and  go on and enjoy that comfort food,remember:

It's all about STARVING STUDENT SURVIVAL! - Mags, x

Nutritional info (Per Serving)

calories 307
carbs          13
fat           5
protein  10

Shopping list.

Tesco Everyday Value Penne 500G £0.30  £0.12
Tesco Everyday Value Plain Flour 1.5Kg £0.52  £0.01
Tesco Creamfield Semi Skim 4 Pint 2.272L £1.00  £0.25
Sainsbury’s Basics Hard Cheese 250g £2.78  £0.33
Colmans Mustard Powder 57G         £1.34  £0.06

There are hundreds of alternatives to this sauce, here's another of my favourites:

16p Carbonara. Leave out the cheese and mustard, fry off bacon and garlic  before adding the sauce to a pan to heat (rather than microwaving). the flavors will then permeate the sauce.

extras shopping list:

Dorot Crushed Garlic (20 for £1.00) -  1 cube -  £0.05
Sainsbury cooking bacon (1kg for £2.00) - 100g £0.20

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

30p mexican chili

I love mexican food, and I promise you'll really enjoy this Mexican chili too, it's completely worth the effort it takes to prepare. Enjoy it with a couple of our 3p tortillas or maybe some of our perfect rice (see 44p thai green curry). If you like sour cream and cheese with yours, a great cheaper option is a sprinkly of parmesan (sainsburys do a grated hard cheese for around £3, thats 5p/tsp )and a spoonful natural yogurt (tesco value - 500g for 52p, thats 2p/ Tbsp)

You will also need a slow cooker for this recipe. i've had this one for 3 years and it still works perfectly:

At the moment the price is £15 online, but they are often £10 in stores, similarly priced alternatives are available from most supermarkets, wilko and argos. 

If you don't have one, this recipe is ALOT of baby-sitting the stove. If this is your option, remember books and laptops work fine in the kitchen too, 6 hours procrastinating is a bad plan. 

£1.52 serves 5 - 30p a serving 

1. In a large bowl or saucepan soak 100g of dry pinto beans in plenty of cold water. set aside to soak for 24 hours.

2. Place the following in a large frying pan.

100g mince
1 small pepper ( i like green for this recipe)
1 onion

Over low heat, and stiring occationall allow to simmer for 15 min. you want the mince to brown, it adds flavor. 

3. now add the following and stir for 5 more min

1 tsp Sugar (off sets the acidity of the canned tomatoes)
1 Garlic cubes
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp dried Oregano
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp chili flakes

4. drain the beans, and place the meat and drained beans into the slow cooker with

1 can Tomatoes
1 can water.

5. Cook low overnight, or high for 6 hours, in the last hour add: 

1 cans of kidney beans
1/2 can corn (drained)

It's all about STARVING STUDENT SURVIVAL! - Mags, x

Nutritional information (per serving)
calories 225
carbs         31
fat                  5
protein   13

Shopping list
Tesco Everyday Value Mince 1Kg                  £2.75 £0.28
Tesco Everyday Value Peppers                  £1.07 £0.11 
Tesco Everyday Value Onions [12-15]Pack £0.69 £0.05 
Tate and lyle Granulated Sugar 1Kg Packet £0.88 £0.01 
Dorot Crushed Garlic 80G                          £1.00 £0.05
Tesco Everyday Value Kidney Beans 400G £0.18 £0.18
Tesco Wholefood Pinto Beans 500g         £0.99 £0.20
Millstone Crushed Chillies 28G                  £0.69 £0.04
Millstone Ground Cinnamon 40G                 £0.69 £0.02
Tesco Dried Oregano 14G                          £0.75 £0.04
Tesco Ground Cumin 43G                          £0.57 £0.06
Tesco Everyday Value Sweetcorn 325G          £0.33 £0.17
Tesco Everyday Value  Tomatoes 400G           £0.31 £0.31

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

17p Large Scotch Eggs

This past weekend I knew i was going to be out with friends most of the day Saturday and Sunday, so i prepared a few things for a picnic. these were one of the most popular items. 

£1.40 for 8 - 17p each

Recipe for 8, keeps well in fridge for 3-5 days

1. Place 12 sausages to defrost in the fridge the day before. 

2. Boil 8 eggs for 10 min in salted water.

3. Place eggs in cold water and allow to cool

4. Peel of shell and dry off 

5. Roll in flour (10g)

6. Cover each Egg in 1 1/2 sausages (skins removed)

7. Roll in stuffing

allow to rest for 30min before baking to prevent the sausage  meat from shrinking around         the egg during cooking. 

8. Bake at 180C for 10-15 min (or until golden brown)

allow to cool before refrigerating.  

It's all about STARVING STUDENT SURVIVAL! - Mags, x

Nutritional information

Per Serving:
calories 300
carbs            17
fat                    18
protein           15

Shopping list

Tesco Everyday Value 20 Sausages 1Kg £1.00 £0.40
Tesco Everyday Value Stuffing 85G   £0.15 £0.15
Tesco Everyday Value Eggs Box Of 15 £1.50 £0.80
Tesco Everyday Value Plain Flour 1.5Kg £0.52 £0.03 

Friday, 5 October 2012

3p Homemade Tortillas / Chappattis

Flour tortillas and Chapatti's are basically the same thing, although Chapatti's are traditionally made with more costly wholewheat flour.

Tortilla's are part of most Mexican meals including fajitas, burritos,quesadillas and enchiladas. The corn variety are a little trickier to make, but flour ones are super cheap and easy.

Chapatti's are a traditional Indian flat bread you may or may not have heard of. Basically they are an alternative to naan. Naan are quite time consuming to make, and no where near as tasty if not made in a tandoor (traditional oven).

Both of these are quite expensive items to buy in stores, averaging around £1-£2 for the equivalent amount. Considering how quick and easy these are to make, it hardly seems worth the expense.

These would be great with the 20p Korma soup, and look out for the Mexican chili recipe this evening. I'll refer back to this recipe in future for other Mexican dishes, and as an accompaniment to Indian.

30p batch of 10 large tortillas/chapattis - 3p each

1. In a large bowl sift together:

2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

2. mix in the

4 tablespoons oil

3. quickly combine the

2/3 cups warm water

approximate amount - add a little more till a damp dough forms, you'll be adding more as you roll

4. Knead gently till a SOFT, smooth dough ball forms

5. Pinch the dough into 10 equally size pieces, roll (with some force) into smooth balls.

6. Roll out on a well floured surface using a rolling pin (or a wine bottle works too). you want to roll these out thinly, they should look a little see through, but not too much, 1.5-2mm

Flour well before stacking, and do not stack more than 3-4 in a pile or they will stick together. if this happens just remake into balls and re-roll.

I normally roll one with another is cooking, as it makes this whole process quicker, but don't try this till you are confident you won't burn them, or have someone else on hand to watch the pan.

7. Place a large frying pan on the largest hob, on a medium heat.

this allows for slow even cooking without over colouring.

8. Do not turn until they look puffy, 1-2 min. once turned only leave for another 30 sec or so.

9. Immediately place the next one in the pan, this prevents it from over heating

10. once cooked they can be safely stacked on top of one another, serve immediately or allow to cool uncovered (this prevents them from becoming overly moist)

Once cooled they will keep well flat in a Ziploc bag, or wrapped well in clingfilm for 2-3 days. don't put them in the fridge. they do however freeze well.

It's all about STARVING STUDENT SURVIVAL! - Mags, x

Nutritional information (per serving)

calories 222
Carbs        36
Fat 6
Protein       5

Shopping list

Tesco Baking Powder 170G £0.99   £0.04
Tesco Everyday Value Plain Flour 1.5Kg £0.52   £0.17
Tesco Pure Vegetable Oil 1 Litre £1.39   £0.09

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

20p Korma Soup

Originally I called this "spicy lentil soup" when I made it last year for a Sunday gathering with friends. People kept telling me it tasted like Korma, hence the new and improved name. 

Everybody loved it best of all its quick, easy and freezes really well. 

(£1.19, serves 6 - 20p/serving)

1. In a large saucepan combine the following and heat over low flame for 2-5 min, until soft.

2 tsp Oil
1 small onion
1 red pepper

2. Add the following and stir continuously to prevent burning for about a min

1 large carrot
1 tsp garlic paste
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp curry powder
100g lentils

3. Add the following and simmer for 10 - 20 min with a lid on, until lentils carrots are completely soft and lentils are dissolving. 

1 stock cube
1500ml water

4. Blend with a hand blender *  before adding:

50g coconut cream

It's all about STARVING STUDENT SURVIVAL! - Mags, x

*I have this £4 blender, it works great:

Nutritional information

Calories 212
Carbs     42
Fat          7
Protein   18

Shopping list 

Tesco Wholefoods Red Split Lentils 1Kg         £1.80  £0.45
Pataks Creamed Coconut Sachets 200G         £1.20  £0.30
Tesco Everyday Value chicken stock cubes £0.10  £0.01
Tesco Ground Ginger 38G                                   £0.60  £0.02
Tesco Everyday Value Curry Powder 50G    £0.52  £0.05
Dorot Crushed Garlic 80G                                  £1.00  £0.05
Tesco Everyday Value Carrots (18-20)         £0.92  £0.05
Tesco Everyday Value Peppers                       £1.07  £0.20
Tesco Everyday Value Onions Pack £0.69  £0.05
Tesco Pure Vegetable Oil 1 Litre                  £1.39  £0.01

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

15p cream tea

This past Sunday my housemates and I threww a "tea party" to celebrate my lovely friend Jenny's birthday. Despite it being a little impromptu, my housemate Ellie and I took the opportunity to make scones here's the recipe:

Makes 8/9 medium scones - bake at 200C for 10-12 min

1. In a mixing bowl, using  finger tips, combine the following until there are mostly pea sized lumps:

250g flour
40g cooking margarine (cold)

2. Add the following and stir gently

40g sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder (12.5g)
1 egg (beaten)
pinch of salt

3. Add the milk slowly till a soft dough consistency is attained, you may need to add a little more or less milk depending on the flour so add slowly. if it gets sticky at a little extra flour. 

80 ml milk (any, cold)

4.  turn out on work surface using:

20g flour to roll out

This prevents the dough from sticking while you gently kneed it to form a consistent textured dough. when you have (3/4 kneads) this pat gently into 2.5cm thick sheet.

5. cut out with a glass, recombining and patting out when necessary.

again, handle the dough as little as possible
do not turn or twist (this will prevent them from rising properly)
try and cut as many out of the first sheet as possible (re-rolled scones will be slightly less awesome)

6. place on a lightly greased baking sheet, about 2cm apart.glaze with 20ml milk to glaze top (cold) using a pastry brush,or the back of a spook

7. bake at 200C for 10-12 min or until light golden brown

8. allow to cool on a wire rack ( i use the grill rack sometimes)

Now for the really yummy part:

I am sorry to say I do not have magical powers to reduce the cost of cream. Clotted cream is obviously the best, but thick double cream is similar in consistency and alot less expensive. 

Consider this for a housemate tea, that way you won't have to pay for and then not eat a whole load of cream. 

Here are your best options atm:

Langage Farm Clotted Cream 400g - £2.79 (£0.70/100g)
Tesco Extra Thick Double Cream 600ml - £1.70 (£0.28/100ml)
(2 for £1.70 - offer ends 27/11/12)

As for the Jam, Tesco value stawberry jam is GREAT and 35p 
(but avoid the mixed fruit, it really isn't worth saving the 6p/jar)

It's all about STARVING STUDENT SURVIVAL! - Mags, x

Cost breakdown for the Cream tea
scone                              5p 
2 Tbsp thick cream    9p 
           clotted                21p
3 tsp Jam                        1p

Nutritional info (Per Scone)
Calories  177
carbs 29
Fat 4
Protein        5

Shopping list

Tesco Creamfield Semi Skim 4 Pint 2.272L £1.00 £0.04
Tesco Baking Powder 170G                               £0.99 £0.07
Tesco Everyday Value Eggs Box Of 15           £1.50 £0.10
Tate and lyle Granulated Sugar 1Kg Packet £0.88 £0.04
Tesco Baking Fat 250G                                        £0.55 £0.09
Tesco Everyday Value Plain Flour 1.5Kg      £0.52 £0.08

Tesco Extra Thick Double Cream 600ml £1.70   £0.09
[Langage Farm Clotted Cream 400g            £2.79   £0.21]
Tesco Everyday value strawberry jam £0.35 £0.01