November 2008 Grocery Challenge

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  • MRSMCAWBERMRSMCAWBER Forumite
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    Hi purple skies

    I soak my fruit and feed my cakes in -Port, brandy, rum, kirsch and anything else I can get my hands on -but always at least the 1st 4 :p ..hick.... kirsch/cherry brandy is yummy in there.. so you can soak it in something else other than brandy ;)
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  • gilly1964gilly1964 Forumite
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    Quick Q about Christmas cakes! I'm planning on making one soon then feeding it with alcohol before xmas but I'm not really a big fan of brandy and was wondering if anyone could recommend a substitute alcohol. Does it only really work with brandy or could I use any other kind?

    Sorry to post this here but I asked in the christmas cake thread and didn't get a reply so I was hoping I'd have more luck here!

    Also to get back on topic, I've managed to survive over a week without heading to the shops but think I've stretched it as far as I can since I ran out of milk this morning and the fridge is looking very bare! Just about to write up a list and this time I'm sticking to it!

    I don't eat Christmas Cake so don't really know what tastes best. I can tell you hoewever that my friend makes my OH one every year just for him and she always puts Port, Sherry and Brandy in.

    And Rum - I forgot the Rum.

    HTH
    Gilly
  • ifonlyitwaseasierifonlyitwaseasier Forumite
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    Okay, ideas are in red, hth

    gilly1964 wrote: »
    Well I have finally completed my freezer and cupboard inventory.

    Come on folks - some new ideas please for my meal plean

    Freezer
    Meat/Poultry
    Beef Joint 1 roast and then slice for sandwiches
    Minced Beef 1½ lbs meatballs, chilli, sheperds pies, cottage pie, spag bol, lasagne, burritos
    Stewing Steak 1lb stews, pies, slow cooked in gravy
    Pork Joint 1 roast then sliced for sandwiches
    Pork Loin Steaks 6 served with chips and fried eggs/pineapple, sliced up marinaded in soy sauce and sliced spring onions and fried, served with egg fried rice (works well with beef too)
    Whole Chicken 1 roast, then stir fry, soup, stock, pie,
    Chicken Breast 8 kievs, chicken casserole, fajitas
    Chicken Chargrills 2 serve with mash,

    Fish/Seafood
    Haddock 1 bag fish pie with a mix of the fish below
    Cod ½ bag
    Haddock in batter 4 pieces
    Salmon fillets 4
    Mussels in Garlic Butter 1 bag
    Half shell mussels 1 box in a white wine and shallot sauce
    Lobster 1 nomnomnom, no recipes but nomnomnom
    Raw King Prawns 1 bag add to fish pie, curry, fried rice, marinade in sweet chilli sauce and fry
    Prawns 1 bag same as above
    Thai Tuna 2 pieces served with rice and steamed asian veggies
    Meditteranean Cod 2 pieces
    Garlic Crust Salmon 1 piece

    Non Meat
    Quorn Mince 2 bags add to mince recipes
    Quorn Fillets 1½ bags stir fry, fajitas
    Quorn Sausages 6 fake toad in the hole, sos & mash & onion gravy

    Vegetables
    Casserole Mix 1 bag add to chicken casserole, make soup
    Green Beans ½ bag add to chicken casserole, make soup ;)
    Spinach ½ bag add to fish pie, use for sag aloo
    Roasted Veg Mix ½ bag use with sos & mash, have with roasted joints

    Bakery Goods
    White Loaf 1 sandwichs!
    White Rolls 4
    Wraps 2 packs fajitas
    Danish Pastries 6 nomnomnom
    Cookies 8
    Pizza Bases 2

    Odds
    Sausage Rolls 1 bag
    Pizza - Ham & Pineapple 1
    Pizza - Pepperoni 1
    Freezer Surprises 12
    Samosas and Onion Bhajis

    Cupboards
    Vegetables
    Baked Beans 8 add to mince, have with saus and mash
    Kidney Beans 9 add to chilli's
    Chick Peas 1 make curry,
    Tomatoes 9 add to mince, curries, make soup
    Sweetcorn 5 sweetcorn fritters

    Fish Tuna 10 fishcakes, pasta salad
    Crab Meat 1 crabcakes
    Red Salmon 2 fishcakes, pasta salad

    Meat Corned Beef 1 corned beef hash!!!
    Hot Dogs 2 hot dog casserole

    Soups Tomato 2
    Oxtail 1
    Chick &Sweetcorn 2
    Med Tomato 1


    Fruit Apricots 2
    Peach Slices 2
    Pineapple Rings 1


    Staples
    Rice 1kg
    Pasta Shells 1kg
    Macaroni 500 gms
    Lasagne Sheets ½ box
    Plain Couscous 500 gms
    Flavoured Couscous 2

    Cook In Sauces
    Korma 2
    Tikka Masala 1
    Rogan Josh 1
    Creole Sauce 1
    Fajita Mix Sachets 2

    Condiments
    Various Herbs/Spices
    Mustard Powder
    Olive Oil
    Sunflower Oil
    Spray Oil
    Cider Vinegar
    Balsamic Vinegar
    Soy Sauce
    Lemon Juice
    Lazy Garlic
    Tomato Puree 4

    Baking
    Most things

    Then in the firdge are salad, fresh veg, mushrooms, cheese, butter, milk, eggs and fresh potatoes in their rack.

    All ideas greatly appreciated to help me beat my target.
    Gilly
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  • OrkneyStarOrkneyStar Forumite
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    gilly1964 wrote: »
    Well I have finally completed my freezer and cupboard inventory.
    Come on folks - some new ideas please for my meal plean
    All ideas greatly appreciated to help me beat my target.
    Gilly
    Gilly, Try these links (Pink or Penny may suggest others!), as I don't want to repeat on here what is on other threads already.
    **** Store cupboard challenge (lots of people post lists here, like you have on GC, and peeps come up with great ideas) **** BEST BET here! :D:D
    Meal plans (a new one starts every week- there is 1 coming soon I expect as they normally start around now/thur)
    Post no 2 on this thread, under the guidelines, has a lovely collection of links.
    Not meaning to be cheeky but this is not the best thread to be asking for meal plans on I don't think. Good luck.
    As for me not much to report, car needs more done so huge bill looming (its only a 53 plate too), not sure how much GC money we will have so trying to be frugal. Did get a massive bag of baking tatties on special offer (Half norm price), and BOGOF little stars yogs for DS, in the Scottish Coop.
    x
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  • gilly1964gilly1964 Forumite
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    Okay, ideas are in red, hth


    Thank you, although I am a bit worried about adding the quorn mince to the mice recipes :D
  • gilly1964gilly1964 Forumite
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    OrkneyStar wrote: »
    Gilly, Try these links (Pink or Penny may suggest others!), as I don't want to repeat on here what is on other threads already.
    Store cupboard challenge
    Meal plans (a new one starts every week- there is 1 coming soon I expect as they normally start around now/thur)
    Post no 2 on this thread, under the guidelines, has a lovely collection of links.
    Not meaning to be cheeky but this is not the best thread to be asking for meal plans on I don't think. Good luck.
    x


    Thank you I found the store cupboard challenge after posting above so have posted there also.
  • ifonlyitwaseasierifonlyitwaseasier Forumite
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    oops, edited :o to not be disgusting

    :rotfl:



    OS - you are a tiny bit cheeky but i'll let you off!
    Nonny mouse and Proud!!
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    Amor et metus. Lac? Sugar? Quisque massa vel duo? (stolen from a lovely forumite!)

  • OrkneyStarOrkneyStar Forumite
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    gilly1964 wrote: »
    Thank you I found the store cupboard challenge after posting above so have posted there also.
    Great, that should give you some ideas. Be prepared to be surprised too ;).
    gilly1964 wrote: »
    Thank you, although I am a bit worried about adding the quorn mince to the mice recipes :D
    I don't fancy quorn and mice either :eek: (sorry IOIWE I know it was a typo!- hmmm and you've edited it too!) tee hee.
    :wave:
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  • MRSMCAWBERMRSMCAWBER Forumite
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    Well IOIWE..

    if you left the mice in -it would make very nice "bubble n SQUEAK" :rotfl: -Ok Im going now :o


    On topic -huby is nipping me to ALDI when he gets in -only NEED fruit, milk yoghurts n coffee -so shouldn't be tto bad ;)
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  • tirlittantirlittan Forumite
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    I'm getting paid on the 15th. Would be easier to budget for food on the same time scale. Is anyone else doing it like this?I did October normally as I only got my first pay on 15/9. But now I'd like to change. How do I do this,when should I start and which monthly challenge to join?Thanks for help.
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