Weezl and friends Phase 2 -giving it a whirl for Shirl! Testing meal plan for a month

edited 5 April 2010 at 6:54AM in How much have you saved?
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  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    frankie, have you got a grill section above your oven?

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  • FrankieMFrankieM Forumite
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    weezl my grill is in my oven
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    weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    edited 5 April 2010 at 9:13AM
    FrankieM wrote: »
    weezl I would find it helpful to know what main meals can be frozen.

    On the bread front, I've worked out that at 5 slices a day, I would need to make 14 loaves a week...I think I'll see how it goes before I committ to that today!

    Frankie, DH and I have tried everything except the spanish omelette from frozen, and felt it was only the pasta dishes that suffered. Tasting good but being a bit soggy :( You could freeze the pasta sauces though, apart from the carbonara. HTH xxx

    :hello:Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz:hello:
    :)Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz:)
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  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    FrankieM wrote: »
    weezl my grill is in my oven
    ok, was thinking of best place to put your loaves to rise. if you are preheating your oven, then is it quite warm on the top, on the hob?:)

    :hello:Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz:hello:
    :)Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz:)
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    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for £40
  • FrankieMFrankieM Forumite
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    Thanks for the freezing info, that's really helpful.
    My DH puts the bread on the hob to rise, so I will probably do that.

    Is there a method somewhere for the pizzas? Anything with dough involved is a bit of a weak area for me :)
  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    FrankieM wrote: »
    Is there a method somewhere for the pizzas? Anything with dough involved is a bit of a weak area for me :)
    will look at that now frankie, just after K's feed if that's ok? Are you starting it in the next 20ish mins? xx

    :hello:Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz:hello:
    :)Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz:)
    cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it £67/£3.60/£0
    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for £40
  • FrankieMFrankieM Forumite
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    Whenever you get around to it is fine. I'm not sure if I'll get around to it today, but didn't want to be searching around for one on Saturday.
  • FrankieMFrankieM Forumite
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    I have decided to do my To-Do lists in OneNote. I don't know if anyone else has/uses that but thought I'd mention it in case it's helpful.

    So far my list looks like this:

    • Bread
    8 loaves

    • Tangy bean pate
    2 batches

    • Houmous
    2 batches

    • Nut butter
    2 batches

    • Pastry for tart
    For freezer

    • Pastry for pie
    For freezer

    • Slow cook chicken
    Portion out for pie and freeze

    • Carrot cake
    1 batch

    • Savoury bites
    1 batch

    • Oat biscuits?
    • Soak peas
    Portion out and freeze

    • Make up sandwiches
    For freezer


    Monday is already the day I set aside for cleaning and cooking, though not usually to this extent, so I'm just working on this weeks food.
  • FrankieMFrankieM Forumite
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    weezl Just a couple of other questions, if you don't mind...

    Do the cheese balls need to be made and eaten straight away or can they be stored?

    Do you think if I made the oaty biscuits today, they would still be ok for Sunday?

    How long do you think the savoury bites would stay fresh?

    Is there a list somewhere of the other cakes/snacks?
  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    FrankieM wrote: »
    Whenever you get around to it is fine. I'm not sure if I'll get around to it today, but didn't want to be searching around for one on Saturday.

    I've updated the one in the usual place now. I'd be grateful if you could have a look and tell me if detail needs adding :D

    :hello:Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz:hello:
    :)Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz:)
    cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it £67/£3.60/£0
    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for £40
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