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March 2011 Grocery Challenge

edited 28 February 2011 at 1:01AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • TheBeesTheBees Forumite
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    Had a really busy day rushing all over the place. But somehow during my mad day of dashing around, I managed to make a couple batches of fairy cakes, went to the butcher and got a leg of lamb for tomorrow and made the base of the trifle. Also cleaned my DS17's stinky trainers and football boots, a couple loads of washing, took DS out for an hour's driving practice, cleaned the kitchen and have taken and fetched him from his part time job twice today!

    The monthly budget is £380 and we now have £235 left. :eek: I will have to do an internet shop for Thursday delivery due to next week having loads of things happening and simply no time to get to a supermarket even if I wanted to (which I don't because I'm doing it all online this month!) There's lots of food in the freezer but may need to adjust the menu plan to allow for various activities going on and everyone getting home late on differerent days of the week!

    Yesterday's Daily Mail was full of doom and gloom about the price of food and fuel going through the roof due to the forthcoming oil crisis. It's a bit scary but at least all of us on here are one step ahead of everyone else by trying to watch what we spend on food.

    Good luck everyone
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    Going away for a few nights, money from holiday budget, so have updated signature to reflect them as nsd from grocery budget.

    When I get back I will clean out the freezer as I have run it down over the last few weeks. Due a little bonus in this months pay so I have decided to re stock the freezer with good quality meat from local butcher.

    Anyhow must go and pack as we are leaving at 7 in the morning.

    Keep up the good work everyone :T
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  • esmeresmer Forumite
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    40.89 for me.............. Only 89p over. I have got all my stuff to make my Hidden Veg Tomato sauce with mascarpone....... Turkey meatballs with apple....... and Chicken Curry, which reminds me need to take my chicken out of the freezer.
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  • martafdzmartafdz Forumite
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    I keep reading abiut slow cookers and I was wondering how many different kind of dishes can you do there. Can you do anything else other than stews? Without knowing anything about SC I kind of wonder if there is any other use other than braised beef, meatballs, bolognese, mince meat fillings.. I use my oven a lot, 80% of the time, I love roasted/grilled stuff. I would like to know what the slow cooker could bring to my home if I were to buy one. I know my next purchase should be a chest freezer, but then maybe either a Breadmaker or a Slow Cooker. I need to think what I would use the most :think:
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  • esmeresmer Forumite
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    There are a lot of slow cooker cook books. Maybe have a look at one of those and get LOTS of ideas. I used to use mine a lot, but now im on my own with my DD I have not used it. I made Roastbeef, BBQ Chicken, bolognese, mince, Currys........... always found meet so tender and tasty. I want to get a smaller Slow Cooker, you might have spurned me on :) Thanks
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  • katenutkatenut Forumite
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    We cook at least half our meals in the SC, there are hundreds of recipes out there! My favourite is a whole chicken, it just falls off the bone and it is so moist and tender, I'd never roast one again! There is only two of us but we normally make a whole pot of curry/chilli/stew etc and we just freeze the leftovers for another day. Cheap cuts of meat are good in the SC as well, I love a nice lamb tagine in the SC. Try googling some recipes :)
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  • Day five - another no spender! That's five in a row - milk running low, but I have a some tassimo discs, and fruit teas available. No panic yet. I can always get my coffee fix at work - tea club is bought and paid for already!!

    Soup tonight. Oh, and my 3 year old son has chicken pox - nice!
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  • HippeechiqHippeechiq Forumite
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    This is totally off topic - other than being food related - so please forgive me.
    But on searching for new recipes as I do most evenings, I've stumbled upon this.
    21485_.jpg?Wise-owl-birthday-cake-recipe
    How cute is this cake for a little girls birthday? ......that said, a BIG girls birthday too....I wouldn't refuse it ;)

    Well done on your NSDs Roger :T bit of a bummer about your little boy though :( poor little chap.
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  • Great cake - looks fairly easy. I love the Elvis hairdo!
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    martafdz wrote: »
    I keep reading abiut slow cookers and I was wondering how many different kind of dishes can you do there. Can you do anything else other than stews? Without knowing anything about SC I kind of wonder if there is any other use other than braised beef, meatballs, bolognese, mince meat fillings.. I use my oven a lot, 80% of the time, I love roasted/grilled stuff. I would like to know what the slow cooker could bring to my home if I were to buy one. I know my next purchase should be a chest freezer, but then maybe either a Breadmaker or a Slow Cooker. I need to think what I would use the most :think:

    Hi Martafdz,

    i have two slow cookers and i wouldn`t be without them, i have the MR 6.5 litre and also the tesco value 3.5l (which was only £10) Here is a thread where peeps post some recipes and what they have in their sc at the moment - very good read http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2197233

    Also there is a sc recipe thread here http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4273&highlight=slow+cooker+recipes

    I love my slowcookers and i wouldn`t be without either of them - especially good in summer when you really don`t want the heat from the oven.

    RE bread makers, i used to have an old breadmaker which never turned out an acceptable loaf, when i joined this site i learned about the Panasonic breadmakers. I saved and got the Panasonic SD254 and i`ve never looked back or bought bread since. This model is no longer available but the closest that i could find is this one which is on offer atm http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-SD-256WXC-Automatic-Breadmaker-program/dp/B003DNRTEG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1299374644&sr=8-2 I can highly recomend the pannys although a bit pricey they will give years of service.


    HTH

    SD
    Planning on starting the GC again soon :p
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