Fuel Poverty Day 2

Pulled Pork with potato and peas • Photo by PhilAshley.com

For our Sunday dinner of pork I have used one of the cheaper cuts, a Pork shoulder, as this will end up so tender after having slow cooked for hours while you go about your Sunday activities. It will be ready for your evening meal just needing you to microwave the potatoes and peas. Although it’ll be hard not to have second helpings there should be plenty left over to make other tasty meals later in the week so it makes a great start to the week.

Using a slow cooker is a great way to feed your family. You can use the cheaper cuts of meat like stewing steak etc, and after hours of slow cooking will be as tender and juicy as anything. It just takes a bit of being organised, It needs to be prepared well in advance, but once it’s cooking away in its pot you don’t need to even think about it for the rest of the day.


Scrambled egg on toast or porridge with honey

Beans on toast

Pulled pork with jacket potato and peas

Peanut butter and jam brownie


Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Serves 4 with leftovers for two other meals


4 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
2 Teaspoons Paprika
1 Teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
1.185g Shoulder of Pork


In a bowl, mix all the marinade ingredients.

Add the pork joint and make sure it’s coated in the marinade and leave it in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, put the pork and marinade into a slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.

Once cooked, remove any fat and pull the meat apart with forks. Serve with microwaved Jacket potatoes, and peas

This recipe was so easy and in-expensive, as the pork shoulder is a cheap cut and the slow cooker uses hardly any electricity. We will be doing this one regularly.

Peanut butter & Jam Brownies • Photo by PhilAshley.com

After the success of the coffee cake in the microwave, I had a go at this Peanut butter and Strawberry Jam Brownie. It might not look that great, but it tasted delicious.


Peanut butter and jam brownie in the microwave

Makes 8


75g Butter, plus a little extra for greasing
50g Peanut Butter
1 egg
25g Cocoa Powder
50g Plain Flour
100g Sugar
Few Teaspoons of Jam


Add the butter and peanut butter to a microwave-proof bowl and cook on High for 30 seconds to melt.

Grease with the extra butter a second microwaveable dish (about 15cm wide).

Remove from the microwave and stir allowing to cool slightly then add the egg and mix together.

Mix together the sieved flour and cocoa powder and put the mixture into the second dish. Smooth the top of the mixture with the back of a large spoon, then using a teaspoon, make holes in the top of the brownie mixture and fill each with jam

Pop in the microwave for 3-4 mins on High. Remove and leave to cool for 15 minutes, it will carry on cooking as it cools.

Slice once it has cooled.


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