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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 25th Sep 10, 10:37 AM
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    October 2010 Grocery Challenge
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    • 25th Sep 10, 10:37 AM
    October 2010 Grocery Challenge 25th Sep 10 at 10:37 AM
    Hello everyone!

    Welcome to the tenth Grocery Challenge of 2010.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your September budget, then keep on posting in the September 2010 Grocery Challenge

    As always this challenge is to reduce your own grocery budget to levels that you will be pleased with, not forgetting that we always recommend that you stay inside your own comfort levels and take things gently one step at a time. Remember that this is not a competition....it's designed to take you and your grocery spending to a level you are happy with.

    If you are new to the challenge I have quoted the advice from Galtizz below which will help you get started.

    Please post into this thread for help and advice and support at any time. Good luck to everyone taking part!


    I have said this before, but for all the newbies to the challenge;

    For the first month I took a guess at the budget but I really had no idea how much I was spending.

    I found the best thing is to have a guess the first month but SAVE ALL OF YOUR RECEIPTS (and yes, that does include the ones from the local shop when you run out of milk ), then at the end of the month add them all up and have a look if you were on budget, if not, it doesn't matter because your budget was a guess. For the next month you can use the total of your receipts and take a bit off to get a realistic budget, just shave off as much as you think you can, it could be £1 a week or £20 a week.

    If you are currently spending £200 a month don't suddenly drop it to £100 - you'll never do it but if you cut £20 a month off for a few months you'll get there eventually without feeling you're missing out on anything.

    You might think you've done everything you can in the first month but someone always comes up with a new idea and, if you try it you often find you save a bit more (unless you are SarahSaver who is an expert at this and could only save more if she turned her back garden into a paddy field and lived on rice ) In the first month I thought, I'm planning meals, I couldn't possibly save any more, but then I started double cooking and freezing, and making soup instead of buying it in tins.

    I've been doing this since Feb but only saved ALL of my receipts last month, it has given me a much better idea of where it is all going. Budget for next month is £80 for 2 of us, I'll start on 30/4. I could probably save more, by eating different foods but I can afford to live on £80, I have saved a lot of money since Feb. and I don't waste food or money any more. So I'm happy with my budget.

    For guidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For everyone's targets and totals for the month please read posts #3 and #4 on this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #5 and #6 on this thread.


    Wishing you all a great Moneysaving Month!

    Pink
    Last edited by Pink.; 27-09-2010 at 9:32 PM.
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    • LannyLee
    • By LannyLee 7th Oct 10, 3:08 PM
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    LannyLee

    I've used Oxo stock cubes for years, and have even recently tried their jars of stock granules but the stock created from them never seems to taste of much anymore, as you say, there seems to be no depth of flavour, so changing to a new stock cube may well be the answer for improved flavour.

    Originally posted by Hippeechiq
    Don't know if it would be a better flavour, but Dan Appfo0d has got 2 x OXO liquid concentrate for 99p?

    HTH
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 7th Oct 10, 3:55 PM
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    JackieO
    Rice pudding
    45ml/3 tbs pudding rice
    30ml/2 level tbs caster sugar
    568ml/1 pt milk
    knob butter
    nutmeg
    Wash rice, put into buttered 900ml/11/2 pt dish with the sugar. Pour on milk, top with shavings of butter & grated nutmeg. Bake 150c/gas2 for about 2 hours, but stir after 1/2an hour.

    Not done it in the s/cooker.
    Ps - see I did my sig, thank you
    Originally posted by Diflower

    I have done it in a SC and its great, its best done overnight then decanted into a dish first thing in the morning and its ready to eat.
    I cook most things in the SC overnight then I come down to a slightly warmer kitchen first thing in the morning
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
    • LannyLee
    • By LannyLee 7th Oct 10, 3:56 PM
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    LannyLee
    I have done it in a SC and its great, its best done overnight then decanted into a dish first thing in the morning and its ready to eat.
    I cook most things in the SC overnight then I come down to a slightly warmer kitchen first thing in the morning
    Originally posted by JackieO
    My SC is huge, can you sit a smaller dish in it & fill the SC with water like a bain marie,as I really don't want 6 litre of rice pudding
  • Hippeechiq
    Thanks Lannylee, but I think I'll try a completely new brand for a change

    Phoolgrrrl It's not the acutal touching of the garlic that bothers me, it's how it makes your breath smell. Garlic is divine, but extremely anti social if you've had it and someone else hasn't, and vice versa

    So I'm hoping I don't stink as much if I use Lazy Garlic......but I could well be kidding myself
    Aug11 £193.29/£240

    Oct10 £266.72 /£275 Nov10 £276.71/£275 Dec10 £311.33 / £275 Jan11 £242.25/ £250 Feb11 £243.14/ £250 Mar11 £221.99/ £230
    Apr11 £237.39 /£240 May11 £237.71/£240 Jun11 £244.03/ £240 July11 £244.89/ £240
    Xmas 2011 Fund £220
  • katholicos
    I've pulled a cobnut squash, a few parsnips, a few hanger on tomatoes from the garden and have added some potatoes bought from a shop last week....i've chopped them up and now i am parboiling them and then i will roast them all in my hugo, my halogen oven...will also pop nut roast in there to heat through and voila, that's our evening meal. Today was my 4th NSD of the month and today was one so quite pleased :-)
    Grocery Challenge for October: £135/£200


    NSD Challenge: October 0/14
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 7th Oct 10, 4:07 PM
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    XSpender
    Today was supposed to be a NSD but I discovered I did not have enough brown sugar to make the 2 fruit cakes I had soaked the fruit for yesterday. Whilst there I replaced the crisps I bought yesterday as DH snaffled them even though he is supposed to be on a diet Serves me right for not eating them(or hiding them better). I have also made some Twinks and added the last few raisins that were leftover from the 2 fruit cakes.

    I also got some cornflakes to practive/perfect the buns I am making as part of DS Christening cake. I spotted and bought some chocolate regal icing which is ideal for the main part of his cake but this comes out of a different budget.

    Total spent £6.16.

    DH has had a very stressful 2 days at work and has asked if we can have a takeaway tonight, something we do very rarely these days, and this will come out of the budget as well.

    I received the Qu0rn recipe book in the post today that they are promoting on their packs at the moment for £2.99 and I am very impressed with it. I have amended next week's menu plan to include a couple of the recipes as I have loads of mince and pieces in the freezer and I need to make room as I want to make as much HM stuff for Christmas as I can.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 7th Oct 10, 4:25 PM
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    JackieO
    My late am-in-law used to make cheese on toast with milk and mustard, grated up in a saucepan on the top of the stove and brought to a slow rolling boil .Has anyone else done this only I can't remember exactly how she did it .She said that it was the way her OH told her to cook it the 'proper welsh raebit ' way that his mum cooked for him in Tredegar when he was a boy
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
  • katholicos
    My late am-in-law used to make cheese on toast with milk and mustard, grated up in a saucepan on the top of the stove and brought to a slow rolling boil .Has anyone else done this only I can't remember exactly how she did it .She said that it was the way her OH told her to cook it the 'proper welsh raebit ' way that his mum cooked for him in Tredegar when he was a boy
    Originally posted by JackieO
    still make welsh rarebit for my lunch sometimes. My Dad used to make it for us on chilly Sunday evenings (can't recall him cooking anything for us other than a fried breakfast and welsh rarebit). He used to grate some cheese, finely chop an onion, put it in a bowl, add a few tbs of milk and add a dash of Worcester Sauce. Toast one side of the bread and then when you turn it over, spoon the mixture on the bread and bung it under the grill. I am salivating just thinking off it...
    Grocery Challenge for October: £135/£200


    NSD Challenge: October 0/14
    • tessasmum
    • By tessasmum 7th Oct 10, 5:06 PM
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    tessasmum
    Had a few odd spends today so just updating. £5 in Somerfield and then £6.50 at a farm shop for some pickling onions and a dozen eggs.
    December GC: £350
  • rosieben
    ... Could you add it please Rosieben?
    ...
    Originally posted by Hippeechiq
    great recipe H

    Until I've resolved my space problem on the recipe index, I'll gather new recipes here:


    Cheap and Cheerful Jambalaya
    Cheese and Lentil Loaf
    Couscous with chorizo & chickpeas (ext. link)
    Liver and bacon pate
    Moroccan Inspired Braised Chicken (ext. link)
    Sausage and Potato Roast

    Lemon Drizzle Cake

    Piccalilli - Diva's pick a lilly
    Spiced Apple Chutney
    Last edited by rosieben; 26-10-2010 at 6:05 PM.
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  • SalAmander
    I have done it in a SC and its great, its best done overnight then decanted into a dish first thing in the morning and its ready to eat.
    I cook most things in the SC overnight then I come down to a slightly warmer kitchen first thing in the morning
    Originally posted by JackieO
    That's ingenious. It simply didn't cross my mind to use the time overnight - I love multi-tasking and getting more use out of my time. I really must get a slow cooker. I'm sure there'll be a thread here somewhere about it...
    Keep on doing what you're doing, and you'll keep on getting what you've got.
    • jammy dodger
    • By jammy dodger 7th Oct 10, 5:57 PM
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    Sounds like you're doing really well angelatgraceland , as are a lot of people on here, so well done everyone

    I go to Icel@nd most days for milk, so I'll look for leeks next time I'm in, thanks

    What does butternut squash taste of/like? Please don't say pumpkin as I've never eaten that either, but I'm just curious.

    Made a Shepherdess Pie last night for tea - it's probably the fourth or fifth time I've made it, but there's no escaping it....it's boring and bland, and my least favourite tea of the month, and I so don't want it to be, as I don't have many veggie meals, so really don't want to drop it from the menu. Last night I used Leek instead of onion, and it was even more bland than usual - anyone got any suggestions for pepping it up a bit please?

    1 Clove Garlic
    1 Onion
    125G Carrot
    1 Tbs Flour
    ½ pint Veg Stock
    110G Red Lentils
    1 Tin Baked Beans
    1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
    Lots Freshly Ground Black Pepper
    500G Potatoes


    I use Lazy Garlic in all my cooking. 1tsp = 1 Clove (always been a bit shy of using the real thing, as I don't want to walk around reeking of garlic) I tried upping that to 1½ last night, I also added ½tsp Onion Salt, but then had to counteract that with a bit of sugar as the stock cube contains salt. It all got eaten, but it was bland beyond belief for all the faffing about involved in making it, and as the recipe stands, I don't think I can force myself to be bothered to make it again.
    Originally posted by Hippeechiq
    try adding a tsp of ground cumin ..it goes REALLY well with lentils should stop the blandness but without adding heat hth
    • jammy dodger
    • By jammy dodger 7th Oct 10, 6:16 PM
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    jammy dodger
    bread pudding
    ive just made a lovely bread pudding hadnt made it for ages and to make it sweeter i made it with half a whoopsie loaf i got last night for 2p

    8 oz bread crusts removed torn inot small pieces
    10 fl oz milk ( I use half milk half water )
    2oz melted marg
    6 oz mixed fruit
    2 oz sugar
    1 beaten egg
    zest of orange ( optional )
    pinch nutmeg


    soak bread in milk till soggy
    add rest of ingredients
    bake 160 Deg ( fan oven ) 40 mins till golden brown cool and slice

    i use 9 inch square tin and it cuts into 12 good sized slices

    hope this helps someone who wants something sweet but dont break the bank
  • Hippeechiq
    My late am-in-law used to make cheese on toast with milk and mustard, grated up in a saucepan on the top of the stove and brought to a slow rolling boil .Has anyone else done this only I can't remember exactly how she did it .She said that it was the way her OH told her to cook it the 'proper welsh raebit ' way that his mum cooked for him in Tredegar when he was a boy
    Originally posted by JackieO
    Am wondering if he added a bit of flour to that Jackie to thicken it up a tad, so that it was almost a cheese sauce?

    Thanks for that suggestion jammy dodger - I've made a note of it along with the others
    Aug11 £193.29/£240

    Oct10 £266.72 /£275 Nov10 £276.71/£275 Dec10 £311.33 / £275 Jan11 £242.25/ £250 Feb11 £243.14/ £250 Mar11 £221.99/ £230
    Apr11 £237.39 /£240 May11 £237.71/£240 Jun11 £244.03/ £240 July11 £244.89/ £240
    Xmas 2011 Fund £220
    • Spiggle
    • By Spiggle 7th Oct 10, 6:39 PM
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    Spiggle
    Hey all,

    Welcome to any newbies I've missed. The results on here are just getting better all the time. And the enthusiasm is quite contagious. Keep up the brilliant work everyone.

    I wish I could say my spends were low but they have been hit a bit by a big shop at MrT today. Now I did have a list and I did stick to it on the whole but I seem to have a sweet/sugar need today as I've bought things I never usually even consider!

    It started this morning when I filled the car on the way to work and ended up picking up two galaxy bars for a quid and I just don't buy that sort of thing normally. If I have chocolate then it's normally G&B which is divine but only in small quantities. Then when I'm in MrT I see the Gu/Fru desserts which are ridiculously expensive and usually make me sneer. But the appeal of a key lime dessert and because they were on bogof, I ended up buying the key lime cheescake and a chocolate gu too. I must be losing it folks!

    Can anyone tell me when baked beans became a luxury meal? The price is absolutely ridiculous. And to make matters worse I get home, have the MrM email and find I could have got one more tin for the same price there!

    You know we were having the conversation about bulk sizes no longer meaning cheaper prices last month? Well the MrT loo rolls are £4 for 12 at the mo but you could buy a 24 pack for £9.20! The world has gone truly mad.

    There were a couple of good deals to be had (I hope). I got two 12 packs of Wh**k*s for £4 and three packs of Kn**r stock cubes for £1.50. and whilst I don't normally get them from the sm, the bag of 5 quite large bramleys for 80p seemed fair. The shop did include a few cleaning things (again seem to have gone up considerably) and two lots of the aforesaid loo rolls. So the grocery shop came to £57.61 (my receipt tells me there were total savings of £10.01) plus £4.50 for cigarette papers and filters bringing my total to £62.11. I've also added my £1 on chocolate (if you can call it that). So, we've done over half the budget, it's only the 7th and I'll be going to the butcher and greengrocer either tomorrow or Saturday. Hmm, a worrying amount spent methinks.

    Hippeechiq, I noticed that there were some vegetable stock cubes in MrT by Kallo that were reduced to 37p from about 75p. I don't know if they're on offer everywhere but they looked good (organic, no gm etc) if you're after a different stock cube. The other thing that struck me and I don't know if it would work but when I used to use red lentils for veggie shep pie, I always fried them before putting it all together and they were very tasty. Not sure if it would fit in your recipe but just thought I'd mention it. I'll try and rack my brain a bit tomorrow to remember the whole recipe.

    Rosieben you are a star capturing all our recipes for us, don't know what we'd do without you.

    Ok, off to have a lovely broc in cheese sauce for my dinner. Sig is updated. Well done everyone and I'll see you all tomorrow. Lie in in the morning , hoooray.

    Take care,
    Spigs
    Mortgage Free October 2013
  • brodie1
    stock or bouillon
    Hi,
    for years I have used marigold bouillon stock (comes ina small tub) or kallo. Both excellent , made the mistake the other day of buying supermarket own brand, far too salty with no depth.
    Brodie1
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    • cw18
    • By cw18 7th Oct 10, 6:56 PM
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    cw18
    Re the Butternut Squash.....not for me then, as I eat carrots under duress, but I can't be doing with parsnips at all
    Originally posted by Hippeechiq
    I only use B/nut Squash in soup, but can't abide sweet potatoes, parsnips or swede. (I do like carrots though). Love the soup, but have never (yet) plucked up the courage to try squash as a veg with a meal (or as the main component of a meal).

    My dog loves it raw though..... I always end up with pools of drool on my ceramic kitchen floor when I'm prepping it
    Cheryl
  • Hippeechiq
    Any preferences as to how I re-organise? are there any sections that you don't use that I could get rid of? all suggestions welcome, this is YOUR recipe index
    Originally posted by rosieben
    I've had a look, and I probably don't use the last two much, but that's not to say I wont, and I think they're worth keeping. IF, something has to go, I'd say those, but only if something has to go.

    I'm a bit of a recipe freak, so I love how it's all laid out, it's extremely well done, and am not sure you can improve on it....unless of course you wanted to get into the realms of Vegetarian Recipes, Mince Recipes, Pork Recipes, Beef Recipes, Lamb Recipes and so on, but unless you're looking for something to do, I really don't think it's necessary, especially as everything is already listed alphabetically
    Aug11 £193.29/£240

    Oct10 £266.72 /£275 Nov10 £276.71/£275 Dec10 £311.33 / £275 Jan11 £242.25/ £250 Feb11 £243.14/ £250 Mar11 £221.99/ £230
    Apr11 £237.39 /£240 May11 £237.71/£240 Jun11 £244.03/ £240 July11 £244.89/ £240
    Xmas 2011 Fund £220
  • Hippeechiq
    Hi,
    for years I have used marigold bouillon stock (comes ina small tub) or kallo. Both excellent , made the mistake the other day of buying supermarket own brand, far too salty with no depth.
    Brodie1
    Originally posted by brodie1
    I think I may try that, or even maybe Kn0rr, or would you say marig0ld and kall0 are superior to Kn0rr too? I don't mind if one is a little more expensive than the other, as I'm not using it all the time, and it's false economy to buy one that isn't going to give me a rich stock......which 0xo certainly haven't been doing. I think the stock granules produce an even more wishy-washy stock than the cubes, if that's possible......sometimes you find yourself using ingredients because your Mum used to, don't you? Or is that just me
    Aug11 £193.29/£240

    Oct10 £266.72 /£275 Nov10 £276.71/£275 Dec10 £311.33 / £275 Jan11 £242.25/ £250 Feb11 £243.14/ £250 Mar11 £221.99/ £230
    Apr11 £237.39 /£240 May11 £237.71/£240 Jun11 £244.03/ £240 July11 £244.89/ £240
    Xmas 2011 Fund £220
    • CupOfChai
    • By CupOfChai 7th Oct 10, 8:27 PM
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    CupOfChai
    Hippeechiq, on the stinky garlic subject...

    If you can see a sort of core down the middle of the clove of garlic (which is often a bit green-y), remove this and discard it. It's that part that causes the really bad garlic stink. Also allegedly parsley helps to neutralise the garlic smell on breath, so if you can use some of that in the dishes alongside the garlic it may help.

    Afraid I doubt Lazy Garlic would be a much reduced odour, aside from on the hands, as it's still fresh(ish) garlic. Plus garlic doesn't just leave a smell on your breath, it comes out your pores in your sweat as well so no matter how much you clean your teeth you'll still smell of it. You could always do like me and just not care if you smell a bit garlicky on occasion, after all it's good for you!
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