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March 2011 Grocery Challenge

edited 28 February 2011 at 1:01AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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    Now then I did mine in the remoska but I will give the oven version and then add the remoska version for anyone else who has one wink.gif
    SERVES 4

    3 syns per serving on Red/EE
    1. 4 lamb shanks (fat removed)-I used 2 as there is no way we can eat a whole one each tongue.gif
    2. 2 red onions -thinly sliced
    3. 2 cloves garlic -crushed/grated
    4. 100ml balsamic vinegar (now I liked the full amount but it might be a bit much for some -so you can always start off with less and add more if you like it ..)
    5. 300ml red wine (11)
    6. 2tbs tomato puree (1)
    7. sprig rosemary -I used 1 tsp of dried
    8. 150ml hot water
    9. 2 oxo cubes -I used lamb
    10. seasoning
    • pre-heat oven to 150c/130fan/gas2
    • heat a large casserole on the stove and drop in the lamb shanks to colour.
    • remove the shanks onto a plate
    • drop the onions into the pan and cook for a couple of minutes
    • add in the tomato puree, garlic, stock cubes and rosemary and sit over the heat for a couple of minutes
    • add the balsamic and wine and bring to the boil, add in the water
    • drop the lamb shanks, cover and cook for approx 2.5hrs until the meat is tender
    • remove the lamb from the pan and keep covered and warm
    • place the casserole on the stove and boil the sauce down to the consistancy you like and season to taste
    • serve...
    Now I stripped the meat off the bones and dropped it back into the sauce -made it much less messy to eat tongue.gif

    Ok -so a quick remoska version....
    • drop the shanks in the remoska and switch on -cook for about 30mins until coloured
    • take them out and add in the onions and cook down for about 10 mins
    • stir in the puree, garlic, stock cube and rosemary -cover with foil and cook for about 20mins
    • pour in the wine and balsamic (no need for the 150ml water)
    • add the shanks back in -cover with foil and cook until tender
    I found that eventually the sauce went all thick n sticky drool.gif
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    Now I have tred all sorts of home made burgers but this one is IT :jand I know some of the ingredients might sound a bit odd -but trust me -NOMNOMNOM tongue.gif

    Ox burger

    makes 6X100g burgers
    • 500g extra lean minced steak
    • 1 onion -finely chopped
    • 1tbs capers - well chopped
    • gherkin-finely chopped - (about 1tbs once chopped)
    • 1tsp wholegrain mustard (0.5)
    • 1tsp worcestershire sauce.
    • 2tbs fat free natural yoghurt
    1. Squish everything together with your hands and chill for about 1hr
    2. break of 100g pieces and shape into patties (I have a burger press tongue.gif)
    3. place back in the fridge until required
    4. heat a non-stick frying pan and cook drop them in and let them seal before turning over and cooking the other side -I cooked them on a fairly high heat to stop them losing all their juices wink.gif
    We had 2 each with some home made wedges and the leonslaw (which was also gorgeous -so I will post that recipe in a moment too) and the burgers are seriously savoury and juicy, oh and the leftovers are lovely cold :D
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    Righty-ho then the Leonslaw, Is a lovely winter coleslaw thingy.... and is:-

    serves 8
    0.5syn per serving
    • 1 raw beetroot -peeled n grated
    • 1 large carrot -grated
    • 1/4 small celeriac -peeled n grated
    • 1/4 small cabbage -finely shredded
    • 1/4 red cabbage -finely shredded
    • 2 sticks celery -finely sliced
    • approx 30g pickled gherkin -roughly chopped
    dressing :-
    • 2tsp cumin seeds -toasted
    • 1/2 tbs white wine vinegar
    • 2tsp extra virgin olive oil (4)
    1. mix all the veggies together
    2. mix the dressing ingredients together
    3. then mix all together -tada tongue.gif
    I was suprised by how tasty this is - and it is better when it has stood over night and had time to "give" ... on tasting it-my first thought was *falafel* -it must be the cumin seeds....
    I hope you all like it as it is a serious hit of goodness in this cold weather
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    Now I use my slow cooker -but you can always do it in the oven (you will need to add 350ml of water though)

    Mechado beef stew
    serves 4
    1 syn per serving on Red/EE
    1. 600g braising steak - cut into bite size chunks
    2. 1 medium onion -finely chopped
    3. 2 cloves garlic -grated/minced
    4. 2 large carrots -finely diced
    5. 2 red peppers - finely diced
    6. 1 bay leaf
    7. juice 1/2 lime
    8. 2tsp sugar 2
    9. 2 large tomatoes -peeled and chopped
    10. 1tbs tomato puree - 0.5
    11. 1tbs tomato ketchup - 1
    12. 2tbs soy sauce
    13. 1 oxo cube
    • drop the diced beef in the slow cooker and switch on -I use high..... you can brown the meat if you prefer
    • cook for about 1hr
    • ad the crumbled oxo, puree, ketchup, garlic, soy, sugar and lime juice and mix well
    • add in everything else and stir
    • switch onto auto and cook until the meat is tender
    • if you need to you can strain off the liquid toward the end and reduce down -but we didn't need to.
    • oooh remove the bay leaf and serve
    it is supposed to be served on rice
    The only thing I changed the next time was to cut the meat smaller so its more evenly distributed wink.gif Im also going to try making it with minced steak
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  • edited 4 March 2011 at 10:06AM
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    edited 4 March 2011 at 10:06AM
    First shop of the month today - £17.18/£125
    Spent a bit more getting more cat food and a lock for the shed so i think i'm at 27.66 for the week, will have to rein in a bit next week
  • RhealeaRhealea Forumite
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    £435.00 for me again this month please.
    Grocery Challenge - Jan £426.06 / £435.00
    Feb £376.37 / £435.00
    March £0.00 / £435.00
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    cheesy bacon lasagne
    serves 4
    EE = 1heA+1.5-ish syns

    Green = 1heA+5.5 -if synning the bacon ;)
    1. 1/2tsp oil (1)
    2. 1 large onion -chopped
    3. 2 cloves garlic - grated
    4. 120ml hot water
    5. 1 oxo -I used lamb
    6. 200g bacon(14)(chopped) -weight after all fat removed
    7. 400g mushrooms -I used frozen ones defrosted and squeezed out
    8. carton passata
    9. 1tsp dried mixed herbs
    10. slosh of balsamic
    11. seasoning
    • heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan
    • add the onion and cook for a couple of minutes
    • add the garlic and the oxo and hot water -bring to a bubble and then reduce down and cook until the liquid has evaporated and the onions are sticky
    • throw in the bacon and mushrooms and cook for about 5 mins
    • add the herbs, balsamic, passata and bubble ove a low heat until thickened -season
    1. 375ml semi (1.5xA)
    2. 5tsp cornflour (5) let down with a little of the milk
    3. 1tsp English mustard (0.5)
    4. seasoning
    5. 105g low fat cheddar or 70g full fat (2.5XA)
    • warm the milk
    • add the conflour mix and stir until thickened
    • add mustard and seasoning
    I used about 1/4 of the white sauce on the base, then half the bolognaise, then 4 sheets lasagne, the rest of the bolognaise and top with 4 more lasagne, pour over the white sauce and top with the grated cheese -bake until golden..
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    Right I will leave it there before Rosieben belts me for creating more work :rotfl:(sorry Rosiben :D)
    Off to update the list.... and I will be quiet now ;)
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  • Mrs Mcawber - all those lovely sw recipes are making me hungry!!! I haven't posted probably for a couple of years but have been lingering in the background. I find I spend far too much time on here and far too little on what I should be doing. Anyway thank you for all the lovely meal ideas. My spend for this month would ideally be £600.00for usually 6 adults (2 x adults and 4 large teenagers) and one dog! and anyone else who appears at the door in need of feeding - have already spent £129.00 this week!!!!!
    :jApril 2011 Grocery Challenge £116.57/£600.00:jone NSD:rotfl:
  • boultdjboultdj Forumite
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    Got another $12.62 to add on... and it's only the second day for me.
    £150/ £42.08
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