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50p a day til christmas, healthily?!-Weezl's next challenge (part 2)

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • Pretty much all of it, as the cleaning cupboard is both full and rarely used! Son has school dinners which at £8 per week is going to have to be seperate :( I take a lunch to work with me but it's negligable (seriously, wasn't joking about tummy size, have had surgery recently). Hubby buys his own lunches and uses his own money for that.

    Cupboards include -

    Pasta
    Rice
    Lots of bread making ingredients (plenty for the month)
    Baked beans
    Beans & Sausages
    Tinned tomatoes
    Tomato Concentrate
    Tomato Puree
    Tinned Soups
    Tinned Tuna
    Corned Beef
    Chick peas
    Red Lentils
    Broth Mix Lentils
    Haricot beans
    Lots of stock concentrates
    Lots of curry sauces
    Flour
    Sugar
    Cornflour
    Currants/sultanas/raisins
    Hot & Spicy Marinade
    1 Microwave marinaded tuna fillet
    Chilli con carne mix
    Loads of herbs and spices
    Jars of lazy ginger/chilli/garlic
    Tomato/Chicken/Mushroom condensed soups (not cooked with these before, but bought for pasta bakes or chicken bakes?)
    1 jar moroccan spread n bake or whatever its called
    Tin hot dog sausages
    Princes tinned mince beef pie (dinner for the boys tomorrow)
    Porridge oats
    Instant mash
    Chorizo Sausage

    Thats off the top of my head, may be other stuff. Going to inventory the freezer after strictly.

    Oh and we don't have puddings. ever.

    Most nights I just cook for the boys and do myself a 1 egg ommlette as my food has to be very low fat/sugar.
    Weight loss to date - 8st 13lbs :j
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    ShelBell wrote: »
    Oh and we don't have puddings. ever.
    What'a a pudding :confused:

    Seriously, neither do we. Hubby doesn't have a sweet tooth, and DS doesn't like many other than HM rice pudding (only made when I get Whoopsie! milk) or apple crumble with cream (again, only when I have fregan stewed apples and find Whoopsie! cream)

    Will have a trawl through what I've made over the last few months and see if anything 'fits'. Is your family happy with the value/smartprice mince and sausages?
    Cheryl
  • Shelbell have you looked on feed a family of 4 thread for £20, that also has some good recipes, not that many can beat weezl, just adding to the pot as it were.
    Corned beef can be used for sandwhiches, or put in a pan , for corned beef hash with potatoes, onion and water..boil up and put in at last minute...truely scrumptious.. you can add carrots to it and peas and put it in a pie, as well.

    lots of veggie dishes with rice can also be made..see what else you have in freezer.
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  • Evening all

    Shelbell... i posted a recipe for savoury meat roll on this thread (i think)... It has very little meat -but it doesn't taste like it ;) . I made 1 today and still have half left for tomorrow -as with most things it tastes better when it has stood :D .
    Will hubby eat corned beef? Only corned beef hash is another good one-especially as the weather is quite nippy... I made a pan of that the other day with dumplings nomnomnom :p and there was enough left to put it in a big dish and stick a crust on it -enough for 4 too :T

    Im lucky -hubby eats what is put in front of him.. he doesn't "do" vegetarian -but will happily eat meat free meals -as long as I don't lable them as veggie :confused: :rotfl:

    If hubby "must" have meat.. I would go for stewing/shin beef for casseroles -as long as you cook it long and slow its scrummy -most of your cheap cuts are much more flavoursome -you just need to cook them right...
    Oooh and the good old chicken can be stretched to within an inch of its life..

    Im sure you will get loads of help on here ...

    Boredofbeingathome... great minds think alike with the corned beef hash lol
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    our corned beef hash is just dry-fried corned beef whipped into made-up instant potato.

    really quick to make when we're short on time, but I have been having problems finding cheap corned beef :( £1.16/tin (Mr A Smartprice) just doesn't fit into our budget as only hubby and I eat it -- and a smaller tin doesn't make enough, so we both end up picking on other things later!!!
    Cheryl
  • Ahhh

    I make cornedbeef hash by :-
    chopping up peeled potatoes, chunks of carrot, swede, parsnips and onions -throw them in a huge pan and add water -put the lid on and cook until everything is tender -then bail out some of the liquid if there is too much don't want it to sloppy (keep it in a jug though in case you want to add more later ;) )... add a tin of corned beef (cut into chunks)and a tin of marrowfats and leave to carry on cooking with the lid part off so the liquid reduces down.. plenty of seasoning and then I add dumplings...
    200g SR flour
    1tsp salt
    100g veg suet
    and enough cold water to make a dough
    break into 4 and shape briefly -try not to handle too much so they stay light
    Drop the dumplings in and put the lid on for about 10 mins then roll them over and put the lid back on for 10-15 mins -if you get 2 forks and pull one apart gently it should be fluffy inside
    there should be loads left and it will thicken as it cools... the following day either re-heat or i remove all the solids into a pie dish and top with a crust -any left in the pan gets the stock added back to it and blitzed and you have a thick tasty soup too :D ..its a meal i had on a regular basis as a kid and still a fave :T
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    :eek: I couldn't eat your version MrsM :(

    I detest swede and parsnip, and have to hold my nose if faced with marrowfats !! had a version something like that put in front of me on a guide camp -- and went to bed very hungry :o
    Cheryl
  • MRSMCAWBER wrote: »
    Ahhh

    I make cornedbeef hash by :-
    chopping up peeled potatoes, chunks of carrot, swede, parsnips and onions -throw them in a huge pan and add water -put the lid on and cook until everything is tender -then bail out some of the liquid if there is too much don't want it to sloppy (keep it in a jug though ;) )... add a tin of corned beef and a tin of marrowfats and leave to carry on cooking with the lid part off so the liquid reduces down.. plenty of seasoning and then I add dumplings...
    there should be loads left and it will thicken as it cools... the following day either re-heat or i remove all the solids into a pie dish and top with a crust -any left in the pan gets the stock added back to it and blitzed and you have a thick tasty soup too :D ..its a meal i had on a regular basis as a kid and still a fave :T

    oo i have done that as well and put a crust on:o I love marrowfat peas but am the only one in this house..gawd my mouth is drooling at the thought of it now..it was also a staple in my house. The children also like it in a chilli con carne..they emphasise the CON bit as it is the only bit of meat in it..:rotfl:
    I agree Shaz ASDA have put it up..how dare they, luckily i have tins stashed at the back of the cupboard..guess what i am having tomorrow:j With dumplings..goes waddling off to think about it..sluuuurpppp:rotfl:
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  • hugs for you shelbel...sure the ole weezilties will help you through it..I'm going to try and cut down this month and sandwiches are made for tomorrow...still working my way through the freezer and will try and keep it low. Wish I wasnt a pudding person but I do have a sweet tooth (& fillings to proove it). Re the slow cooker I saw one at the car boot yesterday and almost got it thinking I could flog it but wasnt sure...am happy to have a look if anyone wants one as long as they'll pay postage although theyre quite heavy and cookworks do a cheapy one I think from argos (using quidco of course!!)...
    corned beef hash...umm we used to have it when I was at boarding school and the only way it was pallatable was to add jam to it!! also the same with bacon - add marmalade and my fave sandwiches are bacon and marmalade sandwiches on white bread with butter - butter and marmalade minge and yummy BUT - cant even stand the smell of corned beef...makes me feel queasy to think of it!!
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  • HI Seakay
    My water bath is like a huge pot, have seen them also used as a tea urn. Has a thermostat on the front and a tap to get rid of the water. Will hold 7 preserving jars at a time.
    Hope this helps
    Cheers
    Jennie
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