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May 2012 Grocery Challenge

edited 19 April 2012 at 6:45PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • NickJWNickJW Forumite
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    Thanks MunniMuncha and Florenceem. :D

    Can anyone vouch for either of the Toad in the Hole recipes on the front page? I've never done it before, but I have an abundance of sausages in the fridge, so it is something which will be good to have on the meal plan in the near future.
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  • Coxy11Coxy11 Forumite
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    Oh my days.....I just made muffins for the first time (I'm 42 so a bit of a late starter.....). I made Ms Lawsons jam doughnut muffins.....they are sooooo delicious. Just like a fresh cooked doughnut nommy nom nom.

    They were our pudding - had another of her recipes for dinner - macaroni cheese from her Expre$$ book. I adding chopped bacon - delicious even if I say so myself :D

    Went to MrT today and spent £31 of which £5 was the muffin tin and £14 on clothes for DS2 (another budget), rest on food.

    Looking forward to trying some other muffin recipes - Florenceem what have you started :rotfl:
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  • FlorenceemFlorenceem Forumite
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    ......... I know Florenceem, but at least I had an edible meal instead of throwing it all in the bin as the yp was flat, oily and rubbish, so for me 8 eggs is a cheaper option:rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

    What does TITH mean please?:o
    Toad in the Hole.
    What oven temp do you cook YP on - it is having the melted fat hot plus cooking in a 220c oven that makes them rise.
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  • FlorenceemFlorenceem Forumite
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    Coxy11 wrote: »
    Oh my days.....I just made muffins for the first time (I'm 42 so a bit of a late starter.....). I made Ms Lawsons jam doughnut muffins.....they are sooooo delicious. Just like a fresh cooked doughnut nommy nom nom.

    They were our pudding - had another of her recipes for dinner - macaroni cheese from her Expre$$ book. I adding chopped bacon - delicious even if I say so myself :D

    Went to MrT today and spent £31 of which £5 was the muffin tin and £14 on clothes for DS2 (another budget), rest on food.

    Looking forward to trying some other muffin recipes - Florenceem what have you started :rotfl:
    Yeah! :D Getting folks baking! :j
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  • abitofhelpabitofhelp Forumite
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    Goodness me, i spend one day in the office and not working at home and the thread flys by. Small spend today of £2 for some apples & pears. As a full time working mum my baking day is Sunday afternoon. I also make a pan of soup then. Also have a bread maker which tends to be on every other day. Great device i even use it for pizza dough etc.
    Mrs F i made yorkie puddings last Sunday afternoon & i used two eggs for 8, i have 4 left in the freezer for this sundays lunch. The next time i make them i shall use your one egg recipe. Very cheap Sunday lunch this weekend as the joint we had last week was big enough to slice up and freeze. It will make 4 meals in total. Three roast meals & one cottage pie (bulked out with a few lentils & grated veg) Best wishes to all.
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  • jumblejackjumblejack Forumite
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    Coxy11 wrote: »
    Oh my days.....I just made muffins for the first time (I'm 42 so a bit of a late starter.....). I made Ms Lawsons jam doughnut muffins.....they are sooooo delicious. Just like a fresh cooked doughnut nommy nom nom.

    They were our pudding - had another of her recipes for dinner - macaroni cheese from her Expre$$ book. I adding chopped bacon - delicious even if I say so myself :D

    Went to MrT today and spent £31 of which £5 was the muffin tin and £14 on clothes for DS2 (another budget), rest on food.

    Looking forward to trying some other muffin recipes - Florenceem what have you started :rotfl:
    Are the jam doughnuts on page 1? If not please could you post it?

    Cheers me dears.

    Tea was lovely tonight. Had beef rogan josh and rice. As I had brought plain flour with me, I also whipped up a batch of chapatis too.
    We are on the way back home now. A day early but we are fed up of the leaky toilet. We are all a little OCD so the thought of stepping out of a shower onto a murky wet floor is a bit :eek: I miss my bath. :)

    We have had 2 sunny days though so can't complain that much.

    Have a nice evening all. :)
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    BarbedukBarbeduk Forumite
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    edited 3 May 2012 at 7:54PM
    Ok, so last night DH made a lovely curry with leftover chicken and told me he'd left enough meat for another meal tonight. So today I lift the foil off the plate to find . . . a chicken breast . . . no carcass:eek::eek:. Where does he think that yummy stock comes from!

    But on a happier note I made some delicious banana and chocolate muffins. Those Jam donut muffins sound amazing Coxy, I'm going to have to find that recipe! :pUpdate: found it! Definitely making those tomorrow, thanks for that!:T
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  • Coxy11Coxy11 Forumite
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    jumblejack wrote: »
    Are the jam doughnuts on page 1? If not please could you post it?

    Oooh get me, posting a recipe :D

    These are from Nigellas Domestic Goddess book:

    125ml milk
    85ml veg oil plus more for greasing
    1 large egg
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    200g S.R. flour
    100g caster sugar
    12 teaspoons strawberry jam
    100g unsalted butter
    150 granulated sugar
    1 incredibly well-greased or silicon mini muffin pan

    Preheat oven to 190C/Gas 5

    Beat together the milk, oil, egg and vanilla extract. Stir this into the flour and caster sugar to combine (just): the lumps don't matter and if you overbeat the muffins will be tough.

    Spoon the mixture into the muffin pan so that it's just under a third full. Add a dollop of jam - about the size of a fat broad bean - then top with more muffin mix.

    Cook for 20 mins until the tops feel springy.

    Melt the butter and lay the sugar out in a wide, shallow bowl. When the muffins are ready, carefully lift out of the pan, dip them in butter and roll in the granulated sugar.

    Eat warm.

    Mine is a 'normal' sized muffin pan, so the mixture made 9 full size and 3 half sized muffins. So delicious, but only for treats!!
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  • jumblejackjumblejack Forumite
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    Now THAT sounds right up my street!!!!!!!


    Nom nom nom.

    Thanks so much for sharing:T
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  • MrsCDMrsCD Forumite
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    Evening all.

    2 NSDs in a row :)
    However, DD2 brought me some eggs home and I haven't paid her yet :D:o

    Starting to get the hang of this using stuff up business. Made quorn spag bol for tea. I only used half a packet of frozen mince, 2 onions, a jar of Ragu pasta sauce which had just gone past its BB date, and 2 carrots diced, with half a pack of spaghetti for the 4 of us (all adults) There was still a portion of sauce left over for lunch tomorrow. Thanks Florenceem for reminding me about portion sizes :)

    I had a bit of a baking session yesterday. I made 24 plain buns - smaller than muffins, and put a small dollop of water icing on the top and some 100's and 1000's on 12, and some jelly orange/lemon half moon shapes on the other 12. I also made 3 plain cakes - jam through one of them to take to church, butter icing on another for us, and the last one for the freezer! Then I made a batch of cheese scones from the BE-RO recipe book (minus mustard as we don't like it) Haven't bought any cake this month so far... Trouble is when I bake cakes myself they seem to disappear too quickly ;)

    When I make Yorkshire Puds on a Sunday, I have a roasting tin and heat a small amount of oil in a very hot oven (220-230C) while I mix the following.
    I use a measuring cup.
    1 cup plain flour
    Pinch salt
    2 large free range eggs
    1 cup milk
    1 cup cold water

    Put everything except water into a large bowl, beat well then add enough water to make a coating batter ( so that a spoon dipped into the mix comes out with a coating on it rather than a thick spoonful)

    Pour into the now very hot tin/oil - it should sizzle as you pour it in, and cook for about 30 minutes. If your tin has sides of at least an inch - sorry 2.5cm (I still think in 'old money') your puds will rise better. :) We then cut it into 8 and have one piece with Sunday dinner and the other piece each on Monday with Left over Sunday dinner.
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