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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 27th Feb 17, 4:33 PM
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    Love Food, Hate Waste
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    • 27th Feb 17, 4:33 PM
    Love Food, Hate Waste 27th Feb 17 at 4:33 PM
    I have been surfing around the internet this afternoon and found a site about Stop Wasting Food I think had quite a good idea ,in that instead of restricting ourselves from certain stuff during Lent perhaps it would be better to limit the over buying, and use up the initial stuff we already have .There is apparently a Russian young lady who seemingly has reduced the amount that Dennmark wastes by changing peoples out look in the supermarkets, and they have significantly reduced the amount of stuff being binned into landfill

    Now to me that seems like a pretty good idea. The supermarkets have reduced amounts binned by instead of offering BOGOFFs they have reduced single purchases so its more economical to buy less. Doesn't sound like a bad idea ,I can understand people buying large amounts if they have larger families, but how often have we all been swayed by BOGOFFs,myself included. What do you all think ?
    Quot Libra,Quam Breve Tempus.
    New food budget £60.00 for May First shop of the month 6/5/17 £17.56 Balance £42.44 in food budget purse last shop of the month and have £15.59 left in food budget purse, used up my W'rose vouchers
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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 16th May 17, 5:05 PM
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    I had a load of potatoes to use up so did jackets and scooped the innards out to make croquettes.

    Other than filling them with whatever I can find in the fridge, does anyone have any ideas how to use up jacket potato skins?
    Originally posted by Izadora
    Spray with oil and sprinkle with seasonings, and give them a blast in a not too hot oven to turn them in to crisps.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 16th May 17, 10:10 PM
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    A sad day in the VfM household
    I have had to throw away 3 courgettes - I never quite got round to eating them and now they are no more than a putrid mush in cellophane

    On the bright side, I bought the pack from Aldi a couple of weeks (maybe three?) ago for just 29p. I console myself that I will make that 29p back when I next find a YS item that I both need and eat.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...If in doubt, don't pull out... I love chaz-ing!
    • Izadora
    • By Izadora 17th May 17, 9:58 AM
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    Spray with oil and sprinkle with seasonings, and give them a blast in a not too hot oven to turn them in to crisps.
    Originally posted by mcculloch29
    Thank you, it looks like I'll be having potato skin crisps as snacks this week
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 17th May 17, 10:32 AM
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    Last night I used up the leftover filling from the cheese and potato pasties I made at the weekend to make some bubble and squeak which was delicious. One of the leftover pasties with some salad is going to be my lunch today.


    I have a butternut squash that looks like it needs using as the skin is starting to blemish so tonight I will be making a risotto with it (and also onion, a bendy carrot, a bendy stick or two of celery, a lemon and some feta - the rest of the feta will be crumbled and frozen for another day). I'll deliberately make too much so I can freeze a couple of portions for lunches next week as well. Planned leftovers are the best!


    Tomorrow is my day at home with my boy so I'll make us some sweet and sour veg with cashews and rice for lunch. He'll probably offer to 'help' which means eating the ingredients as I prepare them. :-)
    • Cappella
    • By Cappella 18th May 17, 7:59 AM
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    Sweet and sour veg with cashews sounds lovely GinmonsterCould I make it with frozen stir fry veg do you think? I have a bag lurking in the depths of the freezer and was wondering what to do with it?

    Managed to make half a portion of homemade soup serve two of us for lunch by adding a small tin of tomato and vegetable soup and a little water. Quite tasty, and no waste.
    Sadly though a quarter of a pot of coleslaw had to be binned as it had turned very nasty indeed. We'd eaten it with salad, and in sandwiches over four days but There was still a LOT left. It was just too huge a pot for two of us. MrC still thinks larger is cheaper - but it's not if you don't eat it all!!! Shan't ask him to pick up deli stuff in L**ls again, will make a quick saladfrom stuff we have in in future.
    May challenge £260/£360
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 18th May 17, 1:58 PM
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    Capella - there's no reason why frozen veg wouldn't work. Using what you already have is a good plan!
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 18th May 17, 6:36 PM
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    I find getting the portion size right so that there isn't anything left over again is a challenge!

    I am enjoying all the recipes of ways to use those odds and ends, and the tales of thrifty using up of food. It strikes me that being an experienced, or at least experimental, cook helps a lot in avoiding the waste of food.
    Originally posted by Skintmama
    I must have got the portion sizes right this week as weíve had no LOs at all! I too like to read about how others use up their odds and ends; weíre never too old to learn, after all, and I think itís really helpful for those who might not have a lot of confidence or experience in the kitchen. Not to mention being purse-friendly.

    A Sainsbobs small gammon joint (normally £3.30, on offer at £2.50) has made 3 meals for us this week: hot on Sunday with potatoes & spring greens, cold on Monday with chips & a fried egg (havenít had one of those in ages) and sliced last night with potatoes & cauliflower cheese.

    The little bit thatís left isnít enough by itself for another meal and I didnít want to make a quiche with it (have already got two in the freezer) so Iíve chopped it up into small pieces and will use it for Saturdayís dinner with mushrooms, peppers and courgette in a sauce with pasta.

    On Tuesday we had hm spicy lamb & chickpea pasties (from freezer) with potatoes and peas/sweetcorn mix. Tonight itís liver/bacon/onion casserole with potatoes and the last of the spring greens.

    This week Iíve been concentrating on using up fresh stuff from the fridge and next week itís the turn of the freezer to feed us. Iíve also got my eye on using up some oats (flapjacks spring to mind), Ĺ a carton of LL milk (for porridge or custard, not sure which yet Ė the other half made the sauce for the cauliflower cheese) and a couple more packets of casserole mixes. I always like to have LL milk in stock, especially in winter, in case we canít get out to the shops but this one had passed its BBE date (just) so needed using.

    Staples are gradually going down and inside one of the cupboards I have a list of items that have passed or are getting near to their BBE dates. Iíll be trying to incorporate these into meals when I sit down tomorrow to work out next weekís plan.

    Iíve just over £32 left in my purse and Iím hoping to spend as little of that as I can between now and next Thursday (the end of my May GC). Will I do it? Watch this space .....
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!

    May GC: £160 - £149.63 = £10.37 / NSDs 20/28
    June GC: £200 - £101.45 = £98.55 / NSDs 2/35
    • Livelongandprosper
    • By Livelongandprosper 18th May 17, 7:27 PM
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    Making peanut butter is a regular thing now as everyone prefers the homemade - what have I started? There is slightly too much for one jar so the extra stays in the blender for our new favourite ice cream, Cacao, frozen banana, peanut butter. I have now finished my frozen banana stock. DH and DS then clean out the blender with long spoons, so no waste



    I am enjoying all the recipes of ways to use those odds and ends, and the tales of thrifty using up of food. It strikes me that being an experienced, or at least experimental, cook helps a lot in avoiding the waste of food. Thank you to all
    Originally posted by Skintmama
    This is the joy of this board. You don't have to be masterchef material, all you need is to have an idea that you want to cook healthy cheap filling meals and waste as little as possible

    You yourself have taught me a new dessert ( above) JackieO teaches me nothing is to be thrown, MrsLw inspires me with her menu, PN shows how difficult it can be when cooking for one with foibles, Islandmaid with her lovely pictures, just far too many people to mention ( sorry I've not named everyone, you all inspire me)

    I have until just recently cooked professionally. I don't turn a hair turning out 50 or 60 3 course meals in 2 hrs. But I don't need to think about them they are on the menu and I've cooked them a million times

    Cooking for 3 at home, whilst ringing in the changes is much more of a challenge and I'll take all the help and advice offered that you all, no matter how skilled, offer
    Last edited by Livelongandprosper; 18-05-2017 at 8:27 PM.
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 18th May 17, 7:37 PM
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    Had some radishes in my veg box this week and neither DH nor I like them particularly but found a recipe for a radish salsa which I decided to use the whole bunch for! Fortunately we both liked it and had some with burgers & fried onions tonight.

    There's enough left to have with a bit for salad for lunch tomorrow! Just need to go to my account to add "radishes" never to be sent to me again LOL!

    Denise
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 19th May 17, 9:24 AM
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    Morning all!


    Yesterday I made a lovely sweet & sour veg with cashews and rice and my 4 year announced that he now doesn't like rice (he doesn't like pasta already which is a pain). He then clarified it with 'I like the white rice at nursery but I don't like your rice Mummy' - I use brown rice. Hubby would be delighted to hear it as he much prefers white everything but I'm the one that does the food shopping so it's wholegrain all the way Chez Ginmonster.


    I fed the boy a baked sweet potato with beans, sweetcorn and the tail end of a tin of sardines that needed using up for his tea and he wolfed it (not surprised - he was hungry after only eating veg and cashew nuts for lunch!).


    OH and I are both working from home today so we will be sharing some leftover fridge bottom soup and the last cheese and potato pasty for lunch. Tea will be some sarnies in the car as we're off visiting far away rellies for the weekend straight after work.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 19th May 17, 9:59 AM
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    .... clarified it with 'I like the white rice at nursery but I don't like your rice Mummy' - I use brown rice. Hubby would be delighted to hear it as he much prefers white everything but I'm the one that does the food shopping so it's wholegrain all the way Chez Ginmonster.
    Originally posted by Ginmonster
    I despise brown. It's got a hideous texture and is quite gross and nasty. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE white rice, eat it all the time, basmati Grew up with white long grain being "the norm" for rice, basmati's nicer imho as the grains stay separate.

    Brown just has a very funny texture....
    • Out, Vile Jelly
    • By Out, Vile Jelly 19th May 17, 10:41 AM
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    I've realised I eat more rice than pasta these days; rice just seems to go with more stuff. However, pasta is very often in supermarket deals, usually where a posh brand is at a comparable price to the cheap stuff. I've had to train myself to ignore these "offers" when they turn out to be not that great value. Rice is rarely on offer I've noticed.
    They are an EYESORES!!!!
    • Livelongandprosper
    • By Livelongandprosper 19th May 17, 11:15 AM
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    I prefer rice to potatoes, only trouble is I can eat mountains of it Basmati is my favourite but I do like brown rice with some dishes, those with a strong brown gravy type dish
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 19th May 17, 12:44 PM
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    I despise brown. It's got a hideous texture and is quite gross and nasty. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE white rice, eat it all the time, basmati Grew up with white long grain being "the norm" for rice, basmati's nicer imho as the grains stay separate.

    Brown just has a very funny texture....
    Originally posted by PasturesNew

    Maybe I should send my husband and son round to yours for dinner - I think they might prefer it. ;-)


    I really like both brown and white rice and the brown I use is basmati (I agree about the grains). The white rice is fluffier and lighter and the brown is lovely and nutty and chewy. The brown wins hands down on nutritional value though and I've got to do something healthy to offset the gin-drinking. ;-)


    It does bug me that brown rice costs loads more than white though.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 19th May 17, 1:03 PM
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    Maybe I should send my husband and son round to yours for dinner - I think they might prefer it. ;-)

    I really like both brown and white rice and the brown I use is basmati (I agree about the grains). The white rice is fluffier and lighter and the brown is lovely and nutty and chewy. The brown wins hands down on nutritional value though and I've got to do something healthy to offset the gin-drinking. ;-)


    It does bug me that brown rice costs loads more than white though.
    Originally posted by Ginmonster
    So actually, you DO eat white.... and now you're just exercising your power, like a kitchen-dictator, just because you CAN...
    .... all in order to hide your secret alcoholism.

    Great.

    • Sabina595
    • By Sabina595 19th May 17, 2:41 PM
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    Please can you complete a questionnaire for my dissertation
    Hello everyone, I am currently in the middle of my dissertation, for my masters course in marketing. I would like to ask if you could complete my questionnaire. I am trying to find out which age groups of consumers respond to which type of promotions the most in supermarkets. You can of course skip some questions if you want, and the questionnaire should take around 5 - 10 minutes. I will be very grateful if you take part. Please message me for the survey monkey link to my questionnaire. Thank you.
    • WeegieWumman
    • By WeegieWumman 19th May 17, 3:50 PM
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    Love food, CREATE waste! Making scrambled eggs and toast for breakffast. Cracked 3 raw eggs into bowl. Accidentally knocked bowl off worktop. One heck of a slippery mess on floor. Need to buy a new bowl!
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 19th May 17, 5:28 PM
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    So actually, you DO eat white.... and now you're just exercising your power, like a kitchen-dictator, just because you CAN...
    .... all in order to hide your secret alcoholism.

    Great.

    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Absolutely! I am completely power mad. My husband and son tremble at my approach and obey my every command.

    *Falls off chair laughing at the very thought of her 4 year old obeying any of her commands, ever*
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 19th May 17, 6:04 PM
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    Love food, CREATE waste! Making scrambled eggs and toast for breakffast. Cracked 3 raw eggs into bowl. Accidentally knocked bowl off worktop. One heck of a slippery mess on floor. Need to buy a new bowl!
    Originally posted by WeegieWumman
    Not funny for you of course, but sorry, couldn't resist! What did you end up with?

    A couple of things used up today: two small slices of hm pizza from the fridge and a can of chickpeas (for hm humous) from the store cupboard. More existing stocks will be consumed this coming week as there's not a lot of dosh left in the food budget - could be some "interesting" meals in the pipeline!
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!

    May GC: £160 - £149.63 = £10.37 / NSDs 20/28
    June GC: £200 - £101.45 = £98.55 / NSDs 2/35
    • WeegieWumman
    • By WeegieWumman 20th May 17, 12:14 PM
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    Not funny for you of course, but sorry, couldn't resist! What did you end up with?

    A couple of things used up today: two small slices of hm pizza from the fridge and a can of chickpeas (for hm humous) from the store cupboard. More existing stocks will be consumed this coming week as there's not a lot of dosh left in the food budget - could be some "interesting" meals in the pipeline!
    Originally posted by YorksLass
    YorksLass,
    DH had porridge followed by toast. I took the remains of a banoffee pie. The banana in the pie is very healthy.
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