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    • cw18
    • By cw18 21st Sep 08, 7:25 PM
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    cw18
    The main problem is hubby, who thinks fillet steak should be a weekly meal, and that a meal without meat is a snack!
    Originally posted by ShelBell
    Mine doesn't expect the steak, but is the same about meatless meals as your hubby.....
    Cheryl
  • ShelBell
    Pretty much all of it, as the cleaning cupboard is both full and rarely used! Son has school dinners which at £8 per week is going to have to be seperate I take a lunch to work with me but it's negligable (seriously, wasn't joking about tummy size, have had surgery recently). Hubby buys his own lunches and uses his own money for that.

    Cupboards include -

    Pasta
    Rice
    Lots of bread making ingredients (plenty for the month)
    Baked beans
    Beans & Sausages
    Tinned tomatoes
    Tomato Concentrate
    Tomato Puree
    Tinned Soups
    Tinned Tuna
    Corned Beef
    Chick peas
    Red Lentils
    Broth Mix Lentils
    Haricot beans
    Lots of stock concentrates
    Lots of curry sauces
    Flour
    Sugar
    Cornflour
    Currants/sultanas/raisins
    Hot & Spicy Marinade
    1 Microwave marinaded tuna fillet
    Chilli con carne mix
    Loads of herbs and spices
    Jars of lazy ginger/chilli/garlic
    Tomato/Chicken/Mushroom condensed soups (not cooked with these before, but bought for pasta bakes or chicken bakes?)
    1 jar moroccan spread n bake or whatever its called
    Tin hot dog sausages
    Princes tinned mince beef pie (dinner for the boys tomorrow)
    Porridge oats
    Instant mash
    Chorizo Sausage

    Thats off the top of my head, may be other stuff. Going to inventory the freezer after strictly.

    Oh and we don't have puddings. ever.

    Most nights I just cook for the boys and do myself a 1 egg ommlette as my food has to be very low fat/sugar.
    Last edited by ShelBell; 21-09-2008 at 8:26 PM.
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    • cw18
    • By cw18 21st Sep 08, 7:38 PM
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    cw18
    Oh and we don't have puddings. ever.
    Originally posted by ShelBell
    What'a a pudding :confused:

    Seriously, neither do we. Hubby doesn't have a sweet tooth, and DS doesn't like many other than HM rice pudding (only made when I get Whoopsie! milk) or apple crumble with cream (again, only when I have fregan stewed apples and find Whoopsie! cream)

    Will have a trawl through what I've made over the last few months and see if anything 'fits'. Is your family happy with the value/smartprice mince and sausages?
    Cheryl
    • boredofbeingathome
    • By boredofbeingathome 21st Sep 08, 7:46 PM
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    boredofbeingathome
    Shelbell have you looked on feed a family of 4 thread for 20, that also has some good recipes, not that many can beat weezl, just adding to the pot as it were.
    Corned beef can be used for sandwhiches, or put in a pan , for corned beef hash with potatoes, onion and water..boil up and put in at last minute...truely scrumptious.. you can add carrots to it and peas and put it in a pie, as well.

    lots of veggie dishes with rice can also be made..see what else you have in freezer.
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  • MRSMCAWBER
    Evening all

    Shelbell... i posted a recipe for savoury meat roll on this thread (i think)... It has very little meat -but it doesn't taste like it . I made 1 today and still have half left for tomorrow -as with most things it tastes better when it has stood .
    Will hubby eat corned beef? Only corned beef hash is another good one-especially as the weather is quite nippy... I made a pan of that the other day with dumplings nomnomnom and there was enough left to put it in a big dish and stick a crust on it -enough for 4 too

    Im lucky -hubby eats what is put in front of him.. he doesn't "do" vegetarian -but will happily eat meat free meals -as long as I don't lable them as veggie :confused:

    If hubby "must" have meat.. I would go for stewing/shin beef for casseroles -as long as you cook it long and slow its scrummy -most of your cheap cuts are much more flavoursome -you just need to cook them right...
    Oooh and the good old chicken can be stretched to within an inch of its life..

    Im sure you will get loads of help on here ...

    Boredofbeingathome... great minds think alike with the corned beef hash lol
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    • cw18
    • By cw18 21st Sep 08, 7:53 PM
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    our corned beef hash is just dry-fried corned beef whipped into made-up instant potato.

    really quick to make when we're short on time, but I have been having problems finding cheap corned beef £1.16/tin (Mr A Smartprice) just doesn't fit into our budget as only hubby and I eat it -- and a smaller tin doesn't make enough, so we both end up picking on other things later!!!
    Cheryl
  • MRSMCAWBER
    Ahhh

    I make cornedbeef hash by :-
    chopping up peeled potatoes, chunks of carrot, swede, parsnips and onions -throw them in a huge pan and add water -put the lid on and cook until everything is tender -then bail out some of the liquid if there is too much don't want it to sloppy (keep it in a jug though in case you want to add more later )... add a tin of corned beef (cut into chunks)and a tin of marrowfats and leave to carry on cooking with the lid part off so the liquid reduces down.. plenty of seasoning and then I add dumplings...
    200g SR flour
    1tsp salt
    100g veg suet
    and enough cold water to make a dough
    break into 4 and shape briefly -try not to handle too much so they stay light
    Drop the dumplings in and put the lid on for about 10 mins then roll them over and put the lid back on for 10-15 mins -if you get 2 forks and pull one apart gently it should be fluffy inside
    there should be loads left and it will thicken as it cools... the following day either re-heat or i remove all the solids into a pie dish and top with a crust -any left in the pan gets the stock added back to it and blitzed and you have a thick tasty soup too ..its a meal i had on a regular basis as a kid and still a fave
    Last edited by MRSMCAWBER; 29-09-2008 at 5:33 PM.
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    • cw18
    • By cw18 21st Sep 08, 8:11 PM
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    I couldn't eat your version MrsM

    I detest swede and parsnip, and have to hold my nose if faced with marrowfats !! had a version something like that put in front of me on a guide camp -- and went to bed very hungry
    Cheryl
    • boredofbeingathome
    • By boredofbeingathome 21st Sep 08, 8:16 PM
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    boredofbeingathome
    Ahhh

    I make cornedbeef hash by :-
    chopping up peeled potatoes, chunks of carrot, swede, parsnips and onions -throw them in a huge pan and add water -put the lid on and cook until everything is tender -then bail out some of the liquid if there is too much don't want it to sloppy (keep it in a jug though )... add a tin of corned beef and a tin of marrowfats and leave to carry on cooking with the lid part off so the liquid reduces down.. plenty of seasoning and then I add dumplings...
    there should be loads left and it will thicken as it cools... the following day either re-heat or i remove all the solids into a pie dish and top with a crust -any left in the pan gets the stock added back to it and blitzed and you have a thick tasty soup too ..its a meal i had on a regular basis as a kid and still a fave
    Originally posted by MRSMCAWBER
    oo i have done that as well and put a crust on I love marrowfat peas but am the only one in this house..gawd my mouth is drooling at the thought of it now..it was also a staple in my house. The children also like it in a chilli con carne..they emphasise the CON bit as it is the only bit of meat in it..
    I agree Shaz ASDA have put it up..how dare they, luckily i have tins stashed at the back of the cupboard..guess what i am having tomorrow With dumplings..goes waddling off to think about it..sluuuurpppp
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  • In Search Of Me
    hugs for you shelbel...sure the ole weezilties will help you through it..I'm going to try and cut down this month and sandwiches are made for tomorrow...still working my way through the freezer and will try and keep it low. Wish I wasnt a pudding person but I do have a sweet tooth (& fillings to proove it). Re the slow cooker I saw one at the car boot yesterday and almost got it thinking I could flog it but wasnt sure...am happy to have a look if anyone wants one as long as they'll pay postage although theyre quite heavy and cookworks do a cheapy one I think from argos (using quidco of course!!)...
    corned beef hash...umm we used to have it when I was at boarding school and the only way it was pallatable was to add jam to it!! also the same with bacon - add marmalade and my fave sandwiches are bacon and marmalade sandwiches on white bread with butter - butter and marmalade minge and yummy BUT - cant even stand the smell of corned beef...makes me feel queasy to think of it!!
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  • kiwiblue
    HI Seakay
    My water bath is like a huge pot, have seen them also used as a tea urn. Has a thermostat on the front and a tap to get rid of the water. Will hold 7 preserving jars at a time.
    Hope this helps
    Cheers
    Jennie
  • ShelBell
    Freezer

    Lamb in mint gravy x 1
    Hot Chilli Con Carne x 1
    Lemon Chicken x 1
    Chicken Chasseur x 1
    Sausage Casserole & Mash x 3
    Cheese & Ham Cottage Pie x 2
    Chicken in White Wine x 1
    Chicken Rogan Josh x 1
    Chilli Con Carne x 1
    Cottage Pie x 3
    Spaghetti Bolognaise x 1
    Cottage Pie Ready Meal x 1
    Chicken Lasagne Ready Meal x 1
    Minty Lamb Casserole Chunks x 1
    4 Terry Sausages x 2
    6 Terry Sausages x 2
    100g King Prawns
    8 Irish Sausages
    6 Pork & Ham Hock Sausages
    2 Chicken Sausages
    8 Pork Sausages
    Rump Steak x 2
    2 Pork Steaks x 5 (various marinades)
    Beef Casserole Steaks (Large pack)
    Stuffed Belly Pork x 1
    4 x Beef Kebabs
    Bacon x 4 rashers
    4-5 Chicken Fillet Portions
    500g Lean Steak Mince
    440g Mince
    1 bag Quorn Mince
    1 x Small Steak & Kidney Pudding
    2 x Lemon Sole Fillets
    2 x Rainbow Trout Fillets
    2 x Smoked Haddock Fishcakes
    2 x Fish Steaks in Butter Sauce
    5 Stuffing Balls
    Mashed Potato (2 portions)
    ½ small bag oven chips
    Bag Garden Peas
    2 x Mozzarella
    Assorted muffins/bagels
    Box 10 mini Duck Spring Rolls

    Quite a lot then! Keep thinking of things in the cupboard and updating that list too lol.
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  • MRSMCAWBER
    CW18
    You could have mums version....no swede or parsnips ... I add them as I love em ... the only time I will eat marrowfats is in that... hubby loves em mind, and its the only way i will eat cornedbeef too :confused:

    Mum was on about how much cornedbeef is the other day -when I left the UK a bit over 1 year ago i was paying 79p... here i was moaning as i pay €1.29 about £1.04 ...until mum told me its now more in the UK ..... if i want it from the NAAFI its €2.35 a tin ..I can get a whole chicken for about that

    Bob.. I love dumplings ..in fact i could quite happily just have the dumplings fished out of the stew .... I need to have a word with my mum as atora -the only boxed suet i can get out here is €1.99 nearly £1.60 a box .... i like the veggie one -so need to get mum to post me some ... I keep threatening to try the fresh suet from the supermarket -but I can feel it furing up my arteries from here

    Heck shelbell...thats some freezer list lol
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  • ShelBell
    thanks for the suggestions. the corn beef gets used for my teas, i have a lot of 1 egg ommlettes and have corn beef in them sometimes. Hubby won't eat it!

    Mrs M with the savoury roll is pastry easy to make my hand (I don't have a mixer)? Wouldn't know where to start and I don't have any in the freezer! My boys do like pies etc so I know they'd like it.
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  • ShelBell
    lol mrs m its bad that the only veg in there is one old bag of peas! Loads of foil dish meals though, which is handy for when I'm working for my boys. Can't beleive how many sausages we have!
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    • cw18
    • By cw18 21st Sep 08, 8:40 PM
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    Very promising looking lists Shelbell

    I've copied them out, and will have a play and see what I'd come up with for my blokes from it -- probably won't post back until tomorrow morning though I'm normally a night-owl, but having spent 2 hours mowing the front lawns this morning and an hour and a half mowing the back after tea (when it cooled down a bit - we've had a gorgeous day for once) I think it'll be an earlier night than normal for me :confused:
    Cheryl
    • Pitlanepiglet
    • By Pitlanepiglet 21st Sep 08, 8:43 PM
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    Pitlanepiglet
    Hubby buys his own lunches and uses his own money
    Originally posted by ShelBell
    Is there some room for economy here? Could Hubby contribute his lunch money to the budget, I bet you could produce him a better and more cost effective lunch than he buys for much less money. It's difficult for you to deal with the stress of feeding the family on your own, can you share it with him?

    Good luck!
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  • MRSMCAWBER
    Hi shelbell

    Yep..I make pastry by hand -and i make cracking pastry if i say so myself

    I do this:-
    1. 400g plain flour
    2. about 1/2tsp salt
    3. 100g lard -cut into small pieces
    4. 100g butter/marge -cut into small pieces
    Just throw it all in a bowl -do you have one of those silicone spatulas? i use that to cut the fat into the flour (warm hands and pastry don't mix ).. once its like bread crumbs.. add ICE COLD water -I do 2tbs per 100g flour -so you will want 8tbs to start with -you may need to add a drop more today i used 10tbs in total... use a dinner knife to mix it until its all starting to stick together then stick your hand in to bring it all into a ball -as quickly as possible so you don't touch it too much -then stick in a plastic bag and shove in the fridge to rest and chill...
    When it comes out it may need a couple of minutes to soften slightly -but that depends on the marge you use -if its soft from the fridge then you should be fine

    And if it makes you feel better I usually have about 80+ sausages in the freezer at a time..hubby is panicing as i used the last today -and i can't make anymore until i have made some room in the freezer

    dipstick -forgot the recipe for the savoury meat roll

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?p=13971839&highlight=savoury+meat+ roll+recipe#post13971839
    Last edited by MRSMCAWBER; 21-09-2008 at 8:54 PM.
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    • cw18
    • By cw18 21st Sep 08, 9:31 PM
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    Shelbell - have had a play, and our 'starter for 10' menu plan (based on cooking for 2 instead of 3) would look something like this. I'd need to buy some more veg (normally have frozen bags of peas, sweetcorn and pea/corn/carrot/bean mix in our freezer) though, and potatoes as well. Still another 8 meals to sort, but will have a play to 'find' those later with as few 'need to buy' ingredients as possible.

    30 days = 4 weeks and 2 ‘odd’ days.

    one of each of the following 'sets' each week......

    pork steaks in marinade (5 x 2 from freezer, so that's one of the odd 2 days sorted). Depending on marinade I'd serve with pasta, rice or potatoes and the addition of veg.

    fish (lemon sole, rainbow trout, haddock fishcakes, with butter sauce). The only one of these I do is the butter sauce, which I serve with rice. I cook frozen peas and sweetcorn in with the rice (saves on a pan, and makes the rice look more than it is). Possibly use the chips with the fishcakes? Other than that I'd probably be looking at boiled potatoes (with a smidgen of butter/margarine to coat them) and veg.
    And for the other 'odd day' I'd do our tuna fish pie. Make a white sauce, then stir in tinned tuna (I use 1.5oz each margaring and plain flour with 3/4 pint milk for the sauce, and add 2 small tins tuna - this serves three easily and will stretch to 4 where 2 of them are older teenagers, so you can probably get away with half). Then top with mashed potato and bake like a cottage pie - or just serve up the mash and spoon the sauce over the top which saves energy - and I serve with veg (and tomato ketchup for those who want)

    Mince dish - I work on 125g mince per person, so would use 250g per meal for 2. So your pack of 500g should do 2 meals, and the 440g should do 2 more depending on the meal.
    I'd be looking at cottage pie (I cook peas/corn in with the mince, which makes the mince go further) for one meal - but I note you already have some ready made cottage pie in the freezer to cover this one.
    I'd also use some to make a Chille Con Carne, but again I see you have two in the freezer which can be used.
    Then what we call 'macaroni casserole' and is a family favourite. For this I dry fry mince (I'm down to 110g a head for this, so 220g would easily do yours) with chopped onion, then stir in a tin of baked beans, then stir all this into cooked pasta. Unless really strapped for cash I add a small amount of grated cheese to the top of each portion (and my son and I normally have some tomato ketchup as well)
    I'd probably look at making spag bol as the fourth mince dish, but my lot wouldn't complain at having macaroni casserole twice in a month and it's quicker and cheaper
    As you have lean mince, then perhaps you could make up some meatballs (something I want to try next month) to serve with pasta and a HM tomato sauce (you mention having the things I’d expect to need to make the sauce – though I plan on ‘whizzing’ a red pepper into mine to hide it from the blokes )


    Sausage meal - starting with 2 of the sausage casseroles you have in the freezer. We have sausage and mash (with veg and gravy), sausage and chips (with veg and gravy), sausage and stuffed pasta with pasta sauce (pasta and sauce normally from whoopsie though), and sausage with batchelors beef savoury rice (something the family as whole refuse to swap for a cheaper alternative).

    chicken dish - first thought is whether your menfolk will eat different meals at the same sitting, and which of your ready meals each will eat. With Lemon Chicken, Chicken Chasseur, Chicken in White Wine, Chicken Rogan Josh and Chicken Lasagne Ready Meal I’d be looking at covering two meals with these. Probably White Wine alongside Rogan Josh (with rice for both) and Lemon Chicken alongside Chasseur with the same potatoes/pasta/rice or whatever suits.
    As your DH is like mine (likes to see the meat) I’d probably cook up a couple of the fillets for a ‘roast’ type meal (with spuds, veg and gravy – and possibly your stuffing balls?) for a third chicken meal. And that still leaves some fillets to chop up and doing something with for a fourth meal.
    Last edited by cw18; 21-09-2008 at 10:17 PM.
    Cheryl
  • kiwiblue
    Shelbell
    Rainbow trout
    I use this a lot, makes a dish that gets lots of comments.
    Trout Cocktails
    Trout
    Seafood sauce ( or mayonnaise and tomato sauce mixed together)
    Place trout in boiling water for exactly 6 minutes. Remove from the waterr, peel the meat from the bones. Salt to taste.
    Chill thoroughly and serve in cocktail glasses with seafood sauce.
    Can also serve on a bed of lettuce with quartered tomatoes and lemon slices.
    Jennie
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