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November 2010 Grocery Challenge

edited 28 October 2010 at 12:59PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • edited 31 October 2010 at 6:05PM
    MonikerMoniker Forumite
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    Mortgage-free Glee!
    edited 31 October 2010 at 6:05PM
    I have found Aldi absolutely wonderful for cheap good quality chicken and fish , not to mention all their other lovely cheap veggies :)
    I buy eggs in bulk by the tray from a local producer (works out at 1.50 per dozen).

    Waitrose is our most local supermarket and they sell OX cheeks - lovely made as a madras curry in the slow cooker ! and pigs cheeks which are so lean and tender if cooked in the slow cooker :j

    oh and i almost forgot - missing rice ? cauliflower rice makes a wonderful replacement - using the grater blade on food processor "grate" the cauliflower , then place in a microwaveproof dish , cover and ping for 8 mins .

    Unfortunately I live in a small village and our nearest Aldi is 15 miles away. However, the grated cauliflower rice recipe sounds good. Do you add any water? If so how much? We have a leek and cauliflower puree recipe which we love and which is a good substitiute for mash potatoes - you couldn't use it to top a shepherd's pie but at the side of the plate it's ok! I think I have posted this recipe already. I will check this list at the beginning and if it's not here post it again.


  • MonikerMoniker Forumite
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    Mortgage-free Glee!
    I can't find this in the list at the beginning of the thread so here it is again:

    Serves 2-3

    half a med calliflower broken into florets
    2-3 med leeks, washed and cut into slices
    black pepper
    good pinch of nutmeg
    1oz butter
    2-3 tbps single cream

    Steam the leeks and cauliflower for about 10 mins until tender. Drain and place in a bowl with the butter and seasoning. Use a stick blender to puree and then add the cream. Check seasoning. Serve with roast meat, or with fish - it seems to go with everything. You can keep in the fridge for a day or two and reheat in microwave or freeze on the day you make it. It separates a bit on defrosting but stir it and its as good as new. It is seriously yummy! My OH loves it and doesn't miss the potatoes if he has this!


  • agiagaagiaga Forumite
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    I've been reading GC threads for a long time. Now I'd like to join for the first time.
    Please put me in for £120.00, £19.86 already spent. I really hope I can manage :)
    mortgage started 31st May 2011 -£59200
    mortgage overpayment started July 2011 :D
  • adelightadelight Forumite
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    £2.50 on a reduced beef joint- it was irresistable!
    I'm going to market tomorrow on my break at work to pick up some cheap veg for the week. I will NOT go over this month!
    Living cheap in central London :rotfl:
  • amber03amber03 Forumite
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    Just spent another £5 at mr t thats the problem with working there, your always tempted but not back in work till wednesday so hopefully a couple of NSD's ahead.

    When i started reading these boards i am sure i saw a thread for money saving tips. ie, breaking a dishwasher tablet in two and the same with wipes that sort of thing, but i cannot remember what the thread was, does anybody else remember seeing this or was i daydreaming.
    :j Debtfree and and staying that way.:j
    £1000 Emergency fund No.112 £375.00
  • hex2hex2 Forumite
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    amber03 wrote: »
    When i started reading these boards i am sure i saw a thread for money saving tips. ie, breaking a dishwasher tablet in two and the same with wipes that sort of thing, but i cannot remember what the thread was, does anybody else remember seeing this or was i daydreaming.

    Try this and there is a link to the original thread in the first post

    We had cauliflower cheese with Sunday Lunch at DHs request but I had no cheddar. Rather than spend yet more money and trot to the Co-op we had it with stilton, which was outstandingly good.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need' Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • recovering_spendaholicrecovering_spendaholic Forumite
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    Sue14 wrote: »
    Well done for getting so much for so little, and the stuffed BNS sounds delicious, will have to try that sometime, do you eat the flesh of the BNS or just the filling?


    I usually wash it well and then eat it - it ges lovely and crispy and is nice IMO!

    I went to the local Tesco little shop today and got a tub of haribo for the trick or treaters for £5 and while I was there I impulse bought some light up balloons (they have a little led light in them) for £3.50 - they are totally rubbish and you can't tell that they are light up so I am going to take them back later - I don't like taking stuff back but £3.50 is £3.50!

    Made mini hamburgers and had them in baguette with salad for lunch and am just making chicken hash (diced chicken thighs, cooked with diced onion, bacon and potatoes until it is lovely and crispy) with cabbage for dinner. I spent ages doing my meal plan last night and I figured out that I should be doing the meal plan BEFORE I go shopping as I had bought some stuff which I really didn't need and which may not last until next week. I froze some stuff and incorporated the rest but will defo do the mea lplan before I shop next week.

    The thing I find most expensive is meat - I find our local butchers really expensive compared to the supermarket but sometimes the supermarket meat isn't nice. There is a farmers market but the meat there is really really expensive. Where do you all get your meat from? Also what kind of stuff do you buy? I usually buy pork chops, chicken, braising or stewing steak, mince and diced lamb - I almost never buy steak or anything fancy but I still seem to spend about £15 - £20 a week on meat.

    ENDIS. Employed, no disposable income or savings!
  • waddy80waddy80 Forumite
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    Well I offically start tomorrow but I've still managed a NSD today. Yesterday was a cheeky chinese, but only cost me £7.50 as split it with my mum! The leftovers have provided tonights tea and went to a relatives house for sunday lunch, DH couldn't come as he was working, but has a dinner waiting in the fridge.

    I've got a sainsburys order that is coming on tuesday (got a £12 off £60 coupon), I very rarely shop at Mr S, so is there anything that is particarly cheap there that I should include?
    Money, money, money, must be a rich mans world.

  • MonikerMoniker Forumite
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    Mortgage-free Glee!
    Meant to ask earlier if anyone has any recipes/tips for using soya flour? I bought some a while back and used it successfully half and half with plain flour in a crumble but haven't had the courage to try anything else. Have any of you used it for cakes and biscuits or even pastry? It would be good if it does work as it is lower carb than ordinary flour.

    As for meat - I usually buy mine in the supermarket but buy FR chicken and outdoor reared pork chops and bacon and English or Scottish beef. I sometimes buy lamb when it is on offer. It is a bit easier for me as there is only the two of us and I don't need a lot - but I don't think it is good value to skimp on the quality of meat. Just my opinion -I would like to buy my meat at a farmer's market or buy organic from the butcher but this would be a step too far for my budget! I suppose the answer is to buy the best you can afford and enjoy it!

  • CupOfChaiCupOfChai Forumite
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    Hi everyone, just popping in to log my first November spend at £17.03. That did include a couple of unnecessaries, but not too bad yet I think. Off to update my sig now.
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