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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
Hi there
Since joining this site ive saved so much money which im very pleased about. We now eat proper meals and I cant remember when our last takeaway was. Im all smiles as my hubby got on the scales and hes even lost weight (he needed it)
Im cooking all my own bread with a maker and use my slow cooker as much as possible. But im still in my opinion wasting money and im hoping that if I post my "wastes" youll be able to help me. Basically one large one is sauce mixes. I use one when I make chilli and shepards pie. They cost about 70p each so there not cheap. I asked my friend whos an ace cook if with the chilli I could just use a small amount of chilli powder but I was told no as the mix had toms in and things like that. I do put a tin of toms in with my chilli anyway any ideas for me please? Also the same with shepareds pie, I use a mix, can anyone please point me in the right direction of something else ti use. Also rice pudding. I use pudding rice, but thats really expensive. I tried it with normal rice and it didnt taste right. Does anyone please have a recipe or tips. Even can I put it in the slow cooker? Also a recipe for crumbles and any tips would be post welcome. Im sorry to ask for such a lot. Were looking at buying a larger house so every penny counts. My daughters 6 months old and is so small she still fits in the 1st size nappies so thats money saving!
I wanted to use washables but there still to big on her.
Thanks in advance to you all
2007 is my getting slim year
Total weight loss so far is 16llbs:T
Total to go 15 pounds:eek:
Not no more as im having a baby:D
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  • MagentasueMagentasue Forumite
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    Is pudding rice really expensive? I thought it was about 60p a pack. I use 2 pints full cream milk, 5 tablespoons rice, 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar (stick a vanilla pod in a jar of granulated sugar) and an ounce or go of butter. Grate nutmeg on top and put in oven at 150C.

    For apple crumble, I use about half a pound of plain flour, just over half a pack of butter and about three ounces of sugar. Demerera sugar on the top!

    For chill I use a chopped chilli pepper, fried with some finely chopped onion,then some crushed garlic before I add the tomatoes. I normally add a teaspoon ofbrown sugar and some tabasco sauce if it needs to be hotter.

    Checkout Delia (https://www.deliaonline.com) for more ideas - my ways are probably not very authentic!
  • When i make Chilli, I use fresh chillis, a little chilli powder, a counple of teaspoons of ground cumin seed, a couple of onions and as much garlic as I think every one can take. This i gently saute in a little oil before adding mince, chopped tomatoes a squeeze of tom puree. The cumin seed makes the difference and gives it that flavour that you find in the good sauce mixes. ( Check the ingredients panel and you will always see it listed.) Cook a chilli for at least a couple of hours or in the slow cooker to develop the flavour.

    As for shepherds pie, the best one is made from the previous days left over roast, beef or lamb. You dont need a lot. chop in the processor, add to some softened onions and add any left over or fresh carrots. Add the left over gravy and cook for about half an hour. Top with mash and grill with some cheese on top. I deliberately make some extra gravy and veg so that on a monday we have a "free meal". the other thing we do with the Monday shepherds pie is instead of just plain mash on top we make a bubble and squeak topping and use that. Yummy
  • mmm I dont know what my other halfs doing with his rice pudd then.
    This is what I watched him do the other night. A whole 400g of pudding rice in a sauceman with a pint and a bit of milk. This was bolied. Then once boiled hr put it in ana oven dish with another pint of milk suger cream and butter. This was then cooked. Tasted so yummy. But not really that cheap when you can buy it for 17p a tin!
    2007 is my getting slim year
    Total weight loss so far is 16llbs:T
    Total to go 15 pounds:eek:
    Not no more as im having a baby:D
  • Jay-Jay_4Jay-Jay_4 Forumite
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    As for shepherds pie, the best one is made from the previous days left over roast, beef or lamb. You dont need a lot. chop in the processor, add to some softened onions and add any left over or fresh carrots. Add the left over gravy and cook for about half an hour. Top with mash and grill with some cheese on top. I deliberately make some extra gravy and veg so that on a monday we have a "free meal". the other thing we do with the Monday shepherds pie is instead of just plain mash on top we make a bubble and squeak topping and use that. Yummy

    That sounds srummy!!!

    I haven't got a food processor though.....is there any other way to 'grind up' meat?
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  • MagentasueMagentasue Forumite
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    mmm I dont know what my other halfs doing with his rice pudd then.
    This is what I watched him do the other night. A whole 400g of pudding rice in a sauceman with a pint and a bit of milk. This was bolied. Then once boiled hr put it in ana oven dish with another pint of milk suger cream and butter. This was then cooked. Tasted so yummy. But not really that cheap when you can buy it for 17p a tin!

    But better for you! Can't believe 400g rice ...
  • he does try bless him. Weve had some great trys out of him. He once did such a super looking lamb roast. Full credit to him. He said 2 mins its ready so I was licking my lips. He brought it through to the table and I just couldnt work out what was wrong. Hed poured boiling water over all of it. Hed forgotton to add the gravy powder!
    The rice pudding he makes in very solid to say the least.
    Thanks for the ideas about the chilli. Im taking it all in. Our spending is very litte. Theres just the 2 of us and our little girl. I make all her food but the powdered milk she has is very expensive at around £6 a tin. But thats one thing I cannot but back on.
    2007 is my getting slim year
    Total weight loss so far is 16llbs:T
    Total to go 15 pounds:eek:
    Not no more as im having a baby:D
  • crana999crana999 Forumite
    573 posts
    When i make chilli i just add a tin of tomatoes, a chopped onion (I miss this out if my bf will be eating), tin of kidney beans, tin of sweetcorn (both drained) and about a teaspoon each of powdered cumin and coriander, then some chilli sauce. and i just boil it :)

    it would be better with the onion fried, but i can't fry anything.. works OK like this.
  • LuisLuis Forumite
    637 posts
    With my 'shepherds pie' I use mince, brown that off with some onions, throw in a tin of toms, a pinch of chinese 5 spice (truts me - yum), then chuck in some froz mixed veg. Top with mash. Never fails to please.

    Spag Bol - mince, onions, 2 tins toms, squeeze of tomato puree, chopped garlic (fresh is cheapest but a faff), tsp oregano, voila!

    Crumble topping - mix about half the usual amount of flour, butter sugar etc, and bulk out with porridge oats - yummy.
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  • A shake of worcester sauce into any mince dish makes it taste great and I'm a fan of Swiss vegetable Boullion, a tsp into any casserole type dish is yummy, and when making Rice Pudding you should only use about 2-3oz 50-75gms to a pint of milk! but using some evaporated milk makes it very creamy
  • jay-jay wrote:
    That sounds srummy!!!

    I haven't got a food processor though.....is there any other way to 'grind up' meat?

    Go speak to your butcher. It only takes a few seconds to run through the mincer in the shop. If you ask nicely they should put anything through for you for free. I'm a butcher by trade, and used to do this regularly for my customers. The only problem with a shop mincer is that it needs something coming behind your meat to make sure it all comes out, and if you buy cheaper cuts, then they don't make as much profit, so they won't all be as amenable. To be honest, cheap mince from the butchers is about as cheap as you'll buy anywhere, especially if there's a deal on. And yes it can be a bit fatty, but that's the only way to get flavour. Less chance of bone/gristle in the local butchers too, as they won't risk wrecking the mincer. Parts are astronomically dear.
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