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January 2011 Grocery Challenge

edited 29 December 2010 at 11:09AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • wssla00wssla00 Forumite
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    Mothership wrote: »
    Then I'm going to have a bash at making bread, (by hand) not made bread for 20 years. Looking forward to that.

    I find it makes me feel better- the kneading is very therapeutic!
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  • lou1981lou1981 Forumite
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    I had a small spend today just bread and milk. £3.50 just bought a small milk as we will need to do shop this week.
    mandco That cake sounds yum,:D I have copied it ready for a lunchbox treat. Thank you. xx
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  • CatslovelycatsCatslovelycats Forumite
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    Off to do inventory on my kitchen cupboard . . .
    If I'm not back in 6 hours, someone come over and fish me out of its depths, please...! :p:D
  • rosiebenrosieben Forumite
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    mandco, your fruit cake sound lush, its now in the index thank you ;)
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  • jintybjintyb Forumite
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    mandco wrote: »
    made a yummy fruit cake today theres lots of similar one out there but I use a recipe i've been making since i was a kid its pretty healthly too as its virtually fat free
    1 cup hot black tea/boiling water
    2 cups of dried fruit(you can add cherries/nuts ect at the mixing stage if you want but reduce the amount of dried fruit by 1/2 a cup)
    1 cup sugar(often i use a little less)
    2-3 teaspoons mixed spice (you can use cinnamon/nutmeg)
    put these in a saucepan and bring to the boil for 5 mins then leave to cool for about 20 mins
    2 cups SR flour( I use 1 reg & 1 wholemeal)
    2 eggs
    stir these into the cooled fruit mix(add cherries/nuts if using)
    pour into a greased/lined tin and bake for approx 50 mins in 1lb loaf tin till knife comes out clean (i often make 2 and cook side by side)
    depending on the size/ shape of tin & cup size you use it may take a bit longer

    right i'm off to catch up with the rest of this tread coz it grows so fast

    Mandco, that sounds great, I'm going to make it this weekend. I take it for a 2lb tin you would double up the ingredients? Also, what temp for the oven?

    Thanks for posting:)

    you will always be rich enough to be generous.
  • CatslovelycatsCatslovelycats Forumite
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    the recipe looks great! :j
    on my list for when i next shop is mixed spice and dried fruit now!
    perhaps tho ought to make sure i finish the 2 christmas cakes :eek: before making one :D
  • JayJay14 wrote: »
    Have looked here they are free delivery and work out at about 24p a pouch.

    And if you have a nectar card you can go to amazon through their website and get points too.

    Thanks JayJay14, the only problem is that SkittlesCat will only eat Felix "As Good As It Gets" Tuna flavour and thats quite literally the only wet food she will eat and my other cat Crunchy will only eat Sheba Chicken & Turkey in gravey & Lamb in gravey so I end up having to buy the single pouches/foil trays, which when you are watching the pennies is vexing.

    Argh two fussy cats!:mad: But I've never explored Amazon so I'm definatley going to have a good look at it.

    Thank you so much again for posting the link for me:T x
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  • edited 13 January 2011 at 8:29PM
    LittleMissHappy_2LittleMissHappy_2 Forumite
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    edited 13 January 2011 at 8:29PM
    Just want to say Thankyou to kezlou for the yummy macaroni cheese recipe on the 1st page :) Just had it for dinner and nom nom nom :D Really yummy and hardly costs anything (it made 4 portions for 2 x bottomless pits (or DS1 and DS2) 1 x DD (5yo) and 1 x adult) with added veg on the side. I think the meal must have cost around [STRIKE]£2[/STRIKE] £1.20 (got my sums wrong :o) including the veg :D
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  • katenutkatenut Forumite
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    Sausage, Black Pudding, Bacon & Bean Stew

    Just wanted to say thanks to CherryPie for the recipe - it is delicious!!! A proper hearty cheap winter warmer :)

    January budget is going well, trying to empty the freezer so we can defrost it so only need to buy fresh stuff. Just need to work out what the random lumps of meat at the bottom of the freezer are!
    Trying to jump back onto the moneysaving wagon .... :cool:
  • cha97michellecha97michelle Forumite
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    Thanks for the cake recipe mandco. I have a huge 400g tub of mixed spice which i got at costco for only 47p last autumn, and i have very few recipes that use it to be honest so i am glad to have another one, particularly as my boys love fruit cake.

    Has anyone else got any great mixed spice recipes? I have been adding it to tomato based home made pasta sauce which has gone down well, but i am intrigued how i will use up all of this great big tub without being too repetitive.

    I thought i would also share our recipe for cowboy hash that we had tonight as i realised it is something i use quite regularly. I'm not sure how cheap it is, but it would depend on what brands you use i guess, and it is a different way to use mince when you are bored of spag bol/chilli/shep pie.

    Cowboy hash (originally sampled in a pub in Sheffield when we were students, and the recipe cribbed at home)

    saute an onion till soft, before adding mince. (Tonights was about 200g, but i have used more if i wanted to make more for the freezer.)
    when the mince is cooked, add one tin of oxtail soup, one tin of baked beans, and about a tins worth of sweetcorn, and heat it through thoroughly.
    Originally served in the pub with a giant yorkshire pudding, but we mostly have it with rice, or it would work with a jacket spud or mash.

    Not too pricey, very filling, appeals to kids and it has a lovely taste.

    I hope that appeals to someone as i would like to feel i am making a worthwhile contribution.

    I was also going to say, for anyone who lives in the south yorkshire area, we have a local place called factory foods which is very similar to approved food with food near or past its best before date. It mainly deals with frozen food though, and every weekend they have great cheap bargains. We get a lot of stuff from there and it is really cheap and it definitely helps my budget.

    EG. This weekend there are WW meals for 39p each, frozen ham joints 500g for £1.50. In the summer they were doing 30 branded ice creams for £1. They let you go in on a day pass, or you can sign up and become a member. They are about to start charging for membership. The people who run it are lovely, and always have food to sample so you can try certain things before you buy. Thought that might help someone too.
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