Fuel Poverty Day 4

Pork Dim Sum buns • Photo by PhilAshley.com

Pork Dim Sum buns with salad

Tonight we made Dim Sum with some of the left over pork. We often make this dish if we have roasted meat at the weekend. It’s a great way to make a little meat go a long way, and it looks pretty impressive too.

I also made Flapjack too for the lunchboxes later in the week. We’ve been making our lunch boxes for years now, even before children, since I worked out that between us we spent £10 a day on coffees and lunch, that worked out as £50+ a week. £2,600 a year that we didn’t need to spend. That can be used for holidays and treats.


Porridge or toast and peanut butter

Pulled pork or cheese salad sandwiches, melon

Pork Dim Sum buns with salad



Steamed Pork Buns
Adapted recipe from Jamie Oliver

Makes 12

Left-over cooked Pork 150g-200g
3 Tablespoons of Black Bean Sauce
A dash of Hot Chilli Sauce

For the Bun mixture

250g Self Raising Flour
200ml Semi-skimmed Milk
1 Tablespoon of Sesame Seeds (optional)

1/2 Red Chilli
2 Spring Onions
1/2 bunch Coriander
Few Lettuce Leaves
Hoi Sin Sauce and Sweet Chill Sauce to serve

12 Muffin cases (I only had flowery ones left)


Pull the pork into shreds and mix with the black bean and chilli sauces.

Mix flour, and milk together to make a dough, then divide into 12 and roll into balls. Flatten these balls into circles about 5mm thick.

Place a pile of the pork in the centre of each circle and fold up the edges covering the filling. Pinch the top edges together to make sure it’s closed, then Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top if you are using them.

Place the ball in the paper muffin case and put into the steamer, fill the steamer with the cases until you have used all the dough. You may need to do this in 2 batches if you don’t have a two layered one. The buns will expand to twice their size so don’t over crowd them.

Place a shallow microwaveable dish under the steamer if it doesn’t come with one, and fill with water, Microwave on full power for 8-9 Minutes, then check they have fluffed up.

Meanwhile prepare your spring onions and chilli by finely slicing them and lay them out on a dish along with the lettuce, the Hoi sin and sweet chill sauces. Then serve with the steamed pork dim sum buns and some coriander.


Flapjack in the microwave

Makes 12


75g butter
5 Tablespoons Sugar
2 Tablespoons Honey
150g Porridge Oats
2 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder


Place the butter, sugar and syrup in a microwave safe bowl and cook on high power for 1 to 2 minutes, or until butter is melted.

Press mixture into a small greased baking dish.

Cook on high power for about 5 minutes or until the centre is bubbling. Allow to cool then cut into squares.