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October 2008 Grocery Challenge. Please read first two posts.
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# 481
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Old 07-10-2008, 11:48 PM
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... Or can anyone suggest an alternative use for pork mince (given hubby doesn't like "dry" meals made with mince and I gag when cooking don't like curry). Any (and all) suggestions gratefully appreciated
I think pork mince would work as well for the meatballs but there's a thread here with a few more ideas for pork mince
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Hiya guys,

Listed things in freezer so I can figure out what to use it all up on, (did have a list but forgot to update it. doh)

Can't sleep so sat here working out my meal plan with whats in the store cupboard/freezer, it may get a bit boring, meat wise but I will endeavor to be imaginative, there will be lots of meals containing mince lol plus still have loads of sausages/burgers left from when mr m had their 50p offers.(now what can you do to disguise burgers :confused:

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Morning everyone - all quiet here this morning so sneaking on before anyone else awake. Must get some more Bananas today but apart from that not planning on buying anything else.

Dinner tonight is Sweet & Sour pork from the Freezer, pudding will probably just be some fruit.

Still not found out why my Post was deleted yesterday morning.:confused:

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Spent a bit more... had to get loo roll eventually!

Also, managed to hunt down some decent-looking birthday cards for 88p from Asda. I know they were only29p on the market, but they looked it.

The lure of the chocolate machine was too much on Monday when they wouldn't put the heating on at work. I've now got cupasoups handy - but the heating has been fixed. ho hum.

I succumbed to a bus pass as I wasn't sure my knee was completely better. I'll start walking again on Monday.

Today would be a NSD, but I need to get another card. This time In Sympathy. Old family friend who has always been good to me. Not happy times this week...
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Old 08-10-2008, 7:30 AM
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I have two packs of pork mince (250g each), and I used 250g lean beef mince to make meatballs last week -- which went down really well with the blokes when served with pasta and sauce (which surprised me)...... But can I make meatballs with pork, or is it likely to collapse when cooking it? I didn't use anything except HM breadcrumbs with the beef mince, but looking at the pork am thinking I may have to use egg to bind it :confused: Or can anyone suggest an alternative use for pork mince (given hubby doesn't like "dry" meals made with mince and I gag when cooking don't like curry). Any (and all) suggestions gratefully appreciated
Hi,

I use the following pork meatball recipe which we all enjoy.

Pork meatballs

2 oz cheddar cheese
2 garlic cloves
1lb minced pork
5 ½ oz fresh white breadcrumbs
1 tbsp chopped parsley (don't always add this)
1 tbsp chopped sage (dried is fine too - but I only use half this amount then)
1 egg

Mix all of the above together with enough water to bind. Divide into small balls – size is up to you – I tend to make them quite small – with a heaped teaspoon of mixture as the kids like them that size and you get more! You then bake in a well greased ovenproof dish for about 35-40 mins at 180oC, shaking the dish every now and then until they are golden brown.

Serve with spaghetti and tomato sauce or however you fancy.

Planning to visit Lidl today to take advantage of their half price fruit and veg and do some more soup for the freezer.

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rosieben and perrywinkle - thanks for the pork mince link and recipe

wishus - the bus pass sounds like a good idea to me. if you don't let the knee get properly better it will only give out again soon. much better to treat it with some respect and pace yourself


trying to work out what meals to do this week to maximise the resulting freezer space -- which I can then fill with the cheap veg from Aldi. The meat in there should last us for at least 7 weeks, but I only have enough veg for a couple of weeks so it would be nice to bring them more into line with each other.....
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Old 08-10-2008, 8:31 AM
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Morning all

Well my sig shows everything. There's a strong possibility that I am gonna fail again this month although I aint going down without a fight. I need to stick with it cause I need to pay for my driving test and the cost of my chickens next week.
On the plus side I have got loads in freezer and cupboards and I made my very first hm apple crumble on sunday and it was lovely so froze what was left.

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Question for folks -- having done the stock take on my freezer earlier this afternoon, I'm now looking at a few of the bits and wondering how to make best use of them.

I have two packs of pork mince (250g each), and I used 250g lean beef mince to make meatballs last week -- which went down really well with the blokes when served with pasta and sauce (which surprised me)...... But can I make meatballs with pork, or is it likely to collapse when cooking it? I didn't use anything except HM breadcrumbs with the beef mince, but looking at the pork am thinking I may have to use egg to bind it :confused: Or can anyone suggest an alternative use for pork mince (given hubby doesn't like "dry" meals made with mince and I gag when cooking don't like curry). Any (and all) suggestions gratefully appreciated
Ive made sweet and sour pork balls with pork mince. Make them into meatballs -just the meat and coat them in batter. You can add the breadcrumbs if you think it will be too sqooshy(is that a word?)so basically its a meatball in batter. My kids loved them too!

Now I'm tempted today to do an inventory of the freezer as like others-I take out one meal and put in 3 or 4 to replace it. Not too many ufo's anyhow or too many odments like it used to be. Just a bit too much of some things.

Made some bread last night in BM and cooked some steak pies for tonight along with a streudel(DH took half of it to work tho)so I only have to cook the veg today. Started a trifle also. Now Im going to boil some eggs for egg mayo for sarnies and put on the yoghurt maker. May also do a bread and butter pudding to use up the bread. I had the last bit of cooking bacon with eggs on toast last night to "use stuff up". Im right off of bought bread though since Ive been making more of it so I usually leave that to those who have to take sarnies with them.

Spent £29.14 so far on food this week so just have to last until Friday. New week begins Saturday.It will be well under budget this week and will more than balance the £10 over last week.
Turning out the crockery cupboard now and giving away what I don't use-there is just too much stuff in there-its an avalanche of tumbling plastic when I open the door.
Must start flylady again. I must go shine the sink! Dh had a right old moan yesterday about the state of the kitchen and how he spent 2 hours cleaning it up. Oh I was helping a family friend clean up! Ironinc I know but his needs are greater than mine. So I will try harder and today and tomorrow are to be NSD's.

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Hiya guys,

Listed things in freezer so I can figure out what to use it all up on, (did have a list but forgot to update it. doh)

Can't sleep so sat here working out my meal plan with whats in the store cupboard/freezer, it may get a bit boring, meat wise but I will endeavor to be imaginative, there will be lots of meals containing mince lol plus still have loads of sausages/burgers left from when mr m had their 50p offers.(now what can you do to disguise burgers :confused:

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Well Ive served them with chilli sauce(as in a chilli con carne sauce)-instead of a chilli con carne. Or a nice bolognese sause. Well-its beef is what I said-you'd pay a fortune in a restaurant for such an original dish! Or if its for kids-a home made McD? I did that a couple of times-burgers in buns with a few trimmings-american fries in a separate dish and a bottle of coke served in plastic cups!
They thought it was great-daft really I know but if Id done it the normal way it would have been boring.
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Old 08-10-2008, 12:36 PM
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Hi everyone

In case anyone has a farm foods near them they have got milk on offer full or semi for £1 for 2 litres got my supply!
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Hi all

Am flying in and out for now because I have to make some phone calls but wanted to say that to anyone who likes fish, my OH went to Lidls last night and they have 1kg of frozen Pollock fillets (approx 12 per packet) on offer for £2!!

Pollock is a nice tasting white fish and isn't endangered like cod and at that price it's a real saving. I am already planning fish menus..

Will post back later

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afternoon all

talking about fish has anyone tried PANGA it is nice like haddock and quite cheap as well,, from the Indian Ocean,, I like pollock too ,,and coley but its a bit grey

patentgirlHi everyone

In case anyone has a farm foods near them they have got milk on offer full or semi for £1 for 2 litres got my supply!


wish I had known this yesterday as I needed some and had to pay full price

I think I may have lost a receipt somewhere as I dont seem to be spending any money..will have to check these in front of me

see you soon

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Hi all! Well it looks as though I'll finally manage a NSD woohay!!

I've never tried panga, coley and pollock are nice though. I love char too, tastes like wild salmon, but even nicer. It was on offer in MrT a few weeks back, lots of omega 3's too.

Wish I had a Lidl near me--nearest is 20+ miles away, can't really justify it! we have an Aldi though, thankfully!

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Hello been in the process of moving. Can you put me in for £300 again. It was a disaster last month. I am hoping to do a lot better this one. I am not at work so I have got to cut it down. Wages reduced by 1/3 means I have no choice. Could do with being even lower, but with 2 babies and 4 adults i think I would be pushing my luck.!
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I just made homemade carrot soup with 1.5kg of carrots and half a onion and garlic and veg stock and it worked out at overall cost of just over£1. It fed 2 adults and 3 kids and is enough for me and my friend for dinner tomorrow. think we worked it out at about 12.5p per person! but not including the bread we had with it
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Been to ASDA and got bread, carrots, houmous, chocolate n loads of bits n spent around £10.There's no way I'm gonna make the challenge this month, with DD living here Thank God she's moving out nex month or i'd be bankrupt
I also made potato n leek soup, which was scrummy
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I had set up a delivery from Mr T which would have cost £54, but as I was in town on Monday I thought I would shop instore instead - ended up spending £82!!! I didn't really buy any fripperies - although I did buy a teapot and baking tray. Mainly it was extra fruit and veg - but it just shows. I think I will just shop online next time.

I did pop back in today and bought lots of muller corners whilst they are on offer.

We went blackberry and elderberry picking on Sunday afternoon. Hubby made elderberry cordial yesterday which is so easy and very, very good for you.

Put all your elderberries in a pan and cover with water. Stew for 10 minutes.
Strain the elderberries to get as much juice out as possible.
For each pint of juice add 1lb of sugar and about 6 cloves.
Boil for 10 minutes.

This can then be used as a cordial. We have it with hot water and it is so good for vitamin C and helping keep colds at bay.

Hope this helps someone.
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Courgette flatbreads


Thanks for the tasty sounding recipe! Can't wait to try that one.


catnap - ascorbic acid is just the proper name for vitamin C, so whatever it's doing in your flour, it won't do any harm!

I've updated my sig - I spent so much last week it has left me a bit fed-up. I came onto the board to get cheered up and inspired again - we had a friend staying for a few days, and I cooked a couple of MSE dinners, but OH got carried away buying treats and booze and the like, and having struggled the last 2 months to stay on budget, I justs don't know how i'm going to reclaim this month.

One of the issues I have is that I don't have time for any more homebaking than I'm doing, and I'm sure this would be a big save right there - all the treats such as cookies could be homemade, plus the bread. I envy all of you guys who are so good at filling your freezers!!

On the bright side - there are 6 portions of HM bean and mushroom stew in the freezer, so that is some dinners taken care of this month, and 2 portions of HM vegetable rice. Just got to keep at it I guess.

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Hi all,
managed another NSD yesterday, so starting to feel that i might just meet target.
Hope to spend the afternoon surf casting, so with luck kahawai will be on the menu. Would prefer snapper, but its too windy to take the boat out!
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I have been to Netto today and spent £8 odd (i will get receipt and add it to totals). I would nto of spent this much but i saw some chicken breast coacted in bbq sauce (i think it was bbq) for £2.79 so got them. I just stocked up on biscuits, crisps, yogurts, chicken roll etc. Should last me the week, need to pop into somewhere tomorrow for milk.
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Sorry Mrs M - I think I forgot to declare my Sept total which was £349.19 - just 81p under but I am happy with that given the extra catering for my DD1 who was home sick for a week.

Work has been manic and I haven't had time to post or even read much here - sorry. Also had some bad news - DD2 has lost her job after just three months and we don't know what will happen - she may have to come back home - so that will mean a lot of adjustments(and I don't mean just to the GC budget!)

Have managed 3 NSD so far this month but have my weekly 'big shop' tomorrow so will update my signature then.

Off to bed now. Night night everyone.

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