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February 2011 Grocery Challenge

edited 28 January 2011 at 9:44PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • beemuzedbeemuzed Forumite
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    Mortgage-free Glee!
    Very late u[dating this - not been around for a while! Overspent too - so not too good!
    Month finished at £370/350
    Think twice before spending anything!
  • rosiebenrosieben Forumite
    5K posts
    Hey, just worked out my budget and I'm aiming for £20 a week or less on groceries in March. Sorry to butt in!

    :wave: you're not butting in, everyone is welcome!

    have you posted your budget on the March Challenge thread?

    to make sure MrsMC sees you and adds you to the list, its best to type your figures in red (click on the big A with the black line under) ;)
    ... don't throw the string away. You always need string! :D

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  • mfwin2019mfwin2019 Forumite
    115 posts
    Part of the Furniture Combo Breaker
    Declaring £176.79/£175 for Feb was OK until DH remembered a couple of bits he bought
  • mrs_bagginsmrs_baggins Forumite
    1.3K posts
    Part of the Furniture Combo Breaker
    glad to say I managed to get about £55 from my original £70! Used up loads of things which were in freezer and cupboards as well.
  • MothershipMothership Forumite
    823 posts
    janie-h wrote: »

    This apple cinammon cake is really easy to make and tastes yum!


    8oz soft margarine
    8oz brown sugar
    3 eggs
    4oz walnuts (chopped)
    4oz sultanas
    8oz SR flour
    2tsp baking powder
    14oz apples (peeled, cored and grated)
    1tsp cinammon

    Oven 180C/350F/Gas4. Grease and line 9" deep cake tin.
    Mix marg, sugar, eggs, walnuts, sultanas, flour and baking powder together until thoroughly blended.
    Put half mixture in cake tin, then grated apple, sprinkle cinammon, then rest of mixture. You can sprinkle with more sugar and walnuts on top if you want.
    Bake for about 1quarter-1half hours or until well risen and golden brown.

    Delicious cut in wedges with or without custard/cream/ice cream! :D

    Made one of these this morning and its nearly all gone LOL, Its one of the nicest cakes I've tasted in a long time, thank you so much for posting the recipe :)

    Fish pie for dinner yum yum!
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  • uolypooluolypool Forumite
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    martafdz wrote: »
    Again, I found this recipe online, I have tried it and I am happy with the result so here it goes!


    175g butter/margarine (I used I can't believe.. and it was fine)
    175g sugar (recipe said caster sugar but I used normal sugar and a bit of icing sugar since I run out before the 175g, and it also was ok lol)
    3 eggs
    250g self rising flour
    1 lemon


    1. Mix the butter and the sugar together. Stir until you get a creamy paste.

    2. Add one egg (whole, no need to separate) and one tablespoon of flour. Mix well. Repear again with the rest of the eggs, adding a tbsp of flour each time too.

    3. Add the juice of the lemon and the rest of the flour. Mix well.

    4. Bake at 180C in the centre of the oven for 1h - 1h and 15min. My oven is fan assisted and it was ready in 45 min so check if the centre is done with a toothpick every now and then. In the recipe it said after 25 min you could also add some thin citron peels on top and put back in the oven, I have not done that.

    5. Let it cool for 10 minutes before taking it out of the tray (I used a round one). Then remove and put in a plate to cool down completely.

    Well, mine is still warm but there is a quarter missing! :rotfl:Really nice and the after taste is great (lemony mmmm)

    Made this earlier after finding the recipe it is lovely.Nice and cheap and leaves you wanting more;)
    Paul Walker , in my dreams;)
  • sandraroffeysandraroffey Forumite
    1.4K posts
    please can someone put up the link to the recipe for lemon curd made in the microwave. thanks a lot.
  • l.m.hart wrote: »
    7 G SALT


    Thank you for all your kind thoughts, they are greatly appreciated.

    How much yeast do you need?
  • HomeagainHomeagain Forumite
    551 posts
    Ninth Anniversary 100 Posts Combo Breaker
    ChocClare wrote: »
    Your wish is my command, mothership :D Accept no substitutes: Emperors and beggars alike would step over their dying mothers for my grandmother's trusty, no-cook Apple Chutney recipe.

    You will need one pound each of:
    Apples, peeled, cored and diced
    Dates, minced
    Onions, finely chopped
    Sultanas (I use value ones)
    Brown sugar

    Put these into a bowl and stir

    Pour over one pint of malt vinegar

    In a piece of muslin, tie up 1 rounded teaspoon salt; pinch cayenne pepper and 1oz pickling spice. Bury this bag in the mixture and stir again.

    Leave for 24 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove the spice bag. Decant into sterilized jars.

    Preferably leave at least 6 weeks before munching your way through this. It will keep for YEARS - none of this once opened keep in the refrigerator and consume within 3 days mallarkey. The jar in my cupboard which is open and used for cheese and pickle sandwiches on a weekly basis says September 2006 on the label (we stored things in a less than optimum way and ate the 2008 batch before the last of the 2006 was finished). I used to make a big batch every two years (as you may have gathered) but now make it annually as so many people who've once tasted it now insist on jars of it as presents :rotfl:


    I am trying out your recipe as we speak (as it were) ... will let you know in 6 weeks time. Thanks
  • HomeagainHomeagain Forumite
    551 posts
    Ninth Anniversary 100 Posts Combo Breaker
    Ok, the changes are (all MSE):-
    Apples on special at Mr S;
    Dates (bit more than I expected to spend but Tesco is far from me (i.e petrol vs. saving);
    Onions on special;
    No muslin ... clean pair of tights cut up;
    Value Malt Vinegar;
    and the family are eating it straight from the bowl, before I have even the chance to decant into my (old) jars.
    Tastes great and would make a really good Christmas present! Thank you so much for this recipe!
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