Easy homemade sweet and sour sauce

Sweet and sour is one of those dishes most of us love to eat, but few of us know how to make from scratch. The good news is its actually very easy using a few cheats such as good old ketchup!

For the sauce you’ll need:
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1tbsp light soy sauce
2tbsp tomato ketchup
A medium sized can of pineapple rings in juice cut into chunks.
1 tbsp light brown sugar 
2tsp cornflour mixed with a little cold water.

Heat the vinegar, soy, ketchup, pineapple juice and sugar gently until the sugar dissolves, add the cornflour paste and bring to a gentle simmer stiring constantly. Take off the heat and add the pineapple chunks. Leave to infuse while you stir fry whatever veg and meat/fish you want.


When the meat/fish/veg and done to your liking, taste the sauce, add more sugar, vinegar, ketchup or soy if needed and pour the sauce over the veg.  Serve with rice or noodles. 


Frugal February. Week 2.

Welcome to the second week of frugal yet satisfying, (mostly) home made meals. If you missed last week, you can have a look here. Otherwise, here is our menu this week (please note all costings are approximate, and I haven’t accounted for things we’ve already got in the cupboards):

Monday: slow cooker vegetable curry, rice & naan using vegetables we still have in the fridge. £2.60. I loosely followed this recipe although I left out the Coconut milk as I didn’t think it needed it, cut back on the curry powder for Phoebe’s sake, and added in yellow pepper, courgette, frozen spinach and half a carton of passata instead of fresh tomatoes, oh and of course a couple of dashes of lemon juice. Oooh, and I used white kidney beans because I’d run out of chickpeas. It was lovely.

Tuesday: Assyrian macaroni using quorn mince. £2.80

Wednesday: Vegetable bake. £3.50


Phoebe was especially excited about tonight's dinner and polished it off in about five minutes!

Thursday: Sweet & sour prawns, stir fried veg and rice. £4.00

Friday: Cheat (aka shop bought) pizza for the hubby & little one as I’m out at a local charity fundraiser. £3.50
Saturday: Valentine’s Day… I’m hoping my DH will give me the evening off!
Sunday: Good old Sunday roast with all the trimmings. I’ll see what offers there are on meat at the supermarket tomorrow.

What’s on your menu this week?