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make do and mend for tougher times

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • Mrs_ChipMrs_Chip Forumite
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    Fuddle -try this recipe,it is dead easy, and makes lovely bread! The trick is when you take it out to use it will be very soft and you just shape it gently (you can find vids on You Tube showing this) and place on the tray it will cook on - and thats's it!. As you keep it in the fridge you always have dough ready to make bread, rolls or pizza.

    Five minute bread

    Authors: Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë Francois

    Chuck in a large bowl: 3 cups water, 1Tbsp yeast, 1Tbsp salt and 6.5cups of plain flour.
    Mix until combined.
    Cover loosely.
    Let rest for 2hrs.
    Shove it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

    To bake: take out some dough using as light a touch as possible.
    Leave it to rise for about an hour on an oven tray.
    Put an empty baking tin in the oven and heat oven to max.
    When oven is hot, put the tray with dough in it and pour some hot water in the baking tin.
    Bake until golden (depends on the size of your loaf ...about 30min for me)

    Right, there you have it: no copyright breach as it's in my own words and it's a simplified version anyway.

    Having said that, seriously guys just type 'Master boule recipe' into Google and you get the original recipe.
    Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures
  • katieowl_2katieowl_2 Forumite
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    vacumn sealer ...and see if I can work it going by the videos I have watched.

    There is a very clear one on the Lakeland website, as I was looking at it yesterday. I'm contemplating buying an Excalibur dehydrator with the money Mum sent me for my birthday....and of course if I buy one I will also need a dehydrator eventually...

  • GreyQueenGreyQueen Forumite
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    ginnyknit wrote: »
    GQ you made my day I havent laughed so much in ages, the thought of you calling the police cos you have folded some one up will stay with me now :rotfl:
    :p They'd potentially be in trouble if I can remember my aikido as there are some armlocks with only two ways out; being a darn sight better at aikido than me or being prepared to break your own arm/ dislocate your shoulder to escape. I'd be tempted to take it up again but I couldn't do it in glasses as you tend to get smacked face-first into the mats. And as I see badly without them, I'd have to have contacts at least for class and it starts getting expensive.

    :o I spent quite a bit of time in my late teens/ early twenties exp why I had friction burns on my elbows and knees (flying over cotton tatami covers, not a raunchy love life). One of my funniest practices was when we had a new guy join us for the first time. He did a lot of different martial arts and was, not to put too fine a point on it, an @rse. The sensei can refuse to teach anyone who they think is likely to use the skills for the wrong reasons but mine was a wily Scottish electrician and decided that a bit of humiliation for the guy would be better, to drive him away because his dignity was offended. And if he could get past having his ego dented, maybe he was good enough to be trained.

    :D So he partnered the guy to me, an ungraded white belt, for some practise on some throws he knew I was particularly accomplished at. And I spent a happy 10 minutes throwing him around the hall, which offended His Machoness so much he never came back to class...........:rotfl:Aikido is fun and I regularly used to get trounced by a woman in my class who was 4 foot 10 (a foot shorter than me). Short people have power because of their lower centres of gravity. And a woman's centre of gravity is lower than a man's, even if they are the same height, so we have an advantage when it comes to throwing people about.

    I always treasured the tale of the 13 y.o. girl who was grabbed on the street by a grown man with evil intent. She did judo and threw him over her shoulder; he landed badly and broke his arm and was arrested. A happy ending to what would have been a disaster for the child. Go her!
    fuddle wrote: »
    Really interesting pah. I'd love to read some recipes, whereever you would like to post them. :)

    I'm having difficulty with my bread making. It just doesn't rise very much. :( I have been using a recipe from bakingmad and thought to look on as I'm using their flour. It seems I need to knock it back etc. Will try their recipe later his afternoon.
    :)Fuddle, I had a thought; are you using wholemeal flour? If so, it won't rise like white bread. I was told by a professional craft baker than not all craft bakers can "do" wholemeal bread. Also, commerically-produced bread is treated with flour improvers to make it take up water and air and produce a large, airy loaf. Water is cheap and air is cheaper and you pay for that.

    I'm using my wholemeal windmillers' flour from the farmer's market and it's lovely, nutty flavour, you can almost feel it doing you good. But my bread rolls look like cobblestones.;)

    Right, I have rationed myself to t'internet as I have some stuff to do (I'm going to the Army Surplus store te he) so must run off.

    Catch up later, GQ x
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  • Mrs_ChipMrs_Chip Forumite
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    We don't do a fully wholemeal loaf in the machine, it is usually half and half or 60/40 wholemeal - this makes a good flavoursome loaf with a good texture that is not too dense. All wholemeal does tend to be a bit brick-like!

    All this talk of dehydrators is making me twitchy to get one again, but not sure I have enough need for one (especially this year from the garden) - what, apart from the usual veg do people dry in them?
    Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures
  • Sunshine4Sunshine4 Forumite
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    Morning everyone,
    Well we did have sunshine for a few mins now its dark and black so rain is on its way again.
    PAH That list was very interesting would love to see some recipes.
    Would love to get a dehydrator, can you let me know where you got your please.As I know I would use it alot.

    Fuddle I think you doing very well, not letting the panic attacks take over.

    Got given some small balls of cotton yarn, so I am knitting some dish clothes with them. They are so soft.
    Not used to being home all the time, so I am trying to keep busy with knitting and decluttering.
    I am really looking at things we have and seeing if we really need them and are they useful if not they are going .
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  • edited 14 July 2012 at 9:49AM
    Mrs_ChipMrs_Chip Forumite
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    edited 14 July 2012 at 9:49AM
    Oh forgot to say, re wartime recipes, The Works have got 'We'll Eat Again' a book of wartime recipes selected by Margueritte Patten for £2.99 - not a big book but quite interesting.

    I can put up some recipes from there too if anyone wants them.
    Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures
  • katieowl_2katieowl_2 Forumite
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    Mrs_Chip wrote: »
    We don't do a fully wholemeal loaf in the machine, it is usually half and half or 60/40 wholemeal - this makes a good flavoursome loaf with a good texture that is not too dense. All wholemeal does tend to be a bit brick-like!

    All this talk of dehydrators is making me twitchy to get one again, but not sure I have enough need for one (especially this year from the garden) - what, apart from the usual veg do people dry in them?

    Fruit....Think of all the times you see exotic fruit marked down, and how expensive dried fruit is to buy? (Mind you we could be in double cream territory here - I was thinking to myself yesterday at how long it had taken you to find a reduced cream mountain) You can also make fruit leathers. I thought we might be able to use our home dried fruit in cakes.

    I though mushrooms would be something we'd do a lot of, not brave enough to forage, but again I often see them reduced.

    Herbs... Apparently do well

    Lots of the raw foodies make crackers and stuff in them...

  • SDG31000SDG31000 Forumite
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    Morning all from rain drenched Leicester :)

    I'm slightly bleary eyed this morning. DH got home at 6pm, then rushed past me at 7pm saying "No time for dinner, have to go to London. Bye" The he slammed the door and I saw him again at 2.30am this morning. Of course my body clock then wakes me up at silly o'clock, so I'm drinking tea in the largest mug I have in the hopes of waking up at some point.

    I've managed to resist the lure of Kemps lucky bags so far as I'm waiting to get some patterns from a lady at Knit and Natter on Tuesday. Then I'll see what I need to order. I don't mind making something multi coloured as a beginner's piece.

    I'm meant to be going to a birthday party today. Our friends/neighbours son is 4 and I have to make an appearence at some point. DH juggles/makes simple balloon animals and they wanted him to be the entertainment for 8 4-5 year olds :eek: The sole entertainment I hasten to add. I found out yesterday that they had no games planned or even what sort of games that you play at kid's parties. Another friend has taken charge of that thank goodness. Such a pity DH is on call and can't do it ;) . In fact he is going around another friend's house to hide for a few hours. He normally wouldn't mind helping out for an hour, but this child is a complete brat. He swears, he throws tantrums, he insults people and I have to bite my tongue to stop myself from telling him off. I can normally find something nice to say about any child, but after his one glared at me and ordered me around in my own house, I really can't with him. Hopefully the rain stops and the little darlings can play on the bouncy castle they have ordered to replace DH.

    I should pop to the shops at some point to just pick up a few bits for dinner tonight. I'll see what the weather is doing later and then decide.
    I'm waiting for DH to surface so I can have a shower and get dressed. He gets up all ready to start the day and I look like the lazy one as I'm still in my pjs despite having being up for a few hours.
    Take care everyone. xxx
  • katieowl_2katieowl_2 Forumite
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    fuddle wrote: »
    pointy things? :eek:

    You asked....

    They must be wearing substantial belts, cos' if you bunged this lot in your pockets your trousers would fall down!

  • Evie74_2Evie74_2 Forumite
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    Good morning all

    Still raining here Chez Evie... There's just no let up. It's more of a fine drizzle today so fingers crossed it will dry up later. Big DD is supposed to be in a dancing display at the church fete later - suspect she may be doing it in wellies if things don't improve soon.

    DH's car has gone in for its MOT today... <gulp>. I just hope it's not too expensive. Cars are always a bit of an unknown quantity to me, and DH is probably only marginally more knowledgeable - so the MOT always holds a certain fear.

    I did the usual weekly shop last night - there were still plenty of tinned spuds at both A!di and Mr T at a reasonable price. I bought a couple of bags of Value dried mash as well and will add tinned/dried spuds to the weekly shop from now on. The fresh spuds were still the same price as in recent weeks but I am sure that will change soon enough. I'm already buying an extra pasta/spaghetti every week to add to my stash - I am sure the price of all wheat-based produce is going to rocket in the very near future.

    My mum was throwing out a fairly robust plastic drawer unit and so I have adopted it to use as an overflow cupboard for tinned/dry goods. It's in my hall at the moment (no space elsewhere!) which isn't ideal but as I've mentioned before, I have plans to clear out the understairs cupboard as soon as I get some child-free time.

    I was talking to a friend yesterday - she has just learnt that her tax credits have been withdrawn and so she is worrying about money. We were talking about the rising cost of food - she routinely spends over £100/week on feeding her family of four, and at the end of the week her cupboards are completely bare - no stores at all! :eek: She was astonished when I told her I feed my family of four on half that. I didn't tell her about my storecupboard - she would probably think I am completely nuts. Maybe I am nuts, but I sure won't be hungry! :rotfl: I have promised to help her economise - I am not sure how she will take to my OS suggestions (she was a bit sniffy about economy ranges), but I'll do my best.:o

    I've been lurking a bit on the UK Preppers site. A lot of it scares the heck out of me (I scare easy) but it does provide a lot of food for thought. I have no water stores at all (apart from a couple of bottles of sparkling mineral water in the cupboard, and the manky water in the water butts in the garden). I have no idea where I'd store enough water to keep us all going (space is definitely an issue here) but I am going to give it some thought. We already have wind up torches, as well as ordinary torches and lanterns (and solar lamps in the garden) and about a million tea lights and candles, but a wind up radio would be a very helpful addition, as would solar chargers for phones/MP3 players. Yet more for the wish-list!

    Fuddle - modern life makes me anxious too. I think it affects a lot of people that way. My GP has given me anti-D's specifically for anxiety as my panic attacks were getting more troublesome than the general depression - mostly they do the trick. They are called Escitalopram (or something like that) - might be worth a mention if you think you need to change your meds. I do the elastic on the wrist thing too; sometimes it helps but in an overwhelming situation it doesn't really do a lot for me :(

    Winchelsea - I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend :(

    Well, better go and get [STRIKE]some housework done[/STRIKE] another coffee.

    (((Hugs))) to all in need

    Evie xx
    "Live simply, so that others may simply live"
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