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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 4th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
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    • 4th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
    4th Jun 11 at 11:19 AM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the fourth Grocery Challenge of 2012

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your March budget, then keep on posting in the:
    March 2012 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.
    By request, here is Spiggles wonderful helpful post

    We all have different budgets that suit our households. The most important thing to remember is that you set yours according to your needs and finances. It can take time to get to where you want to be too so don't knock yourself out if you go over in the first few months. We are here to support each other and it is not a competition.

    I thought it might help to outline where we've come from and the top tips I've learned.

    When we started in March 2010 we had spent in excess of £600 in the previous month. This had to stop, (there's only me and him and our two beautiful black cats) something which thankfully my OH completely agreed with so I have been lucky that he has been on board from the start. He gave me his debit card voluntarily and I still keep hold of it until he needs to get something for the home. At the same time we set up a system of pocket money (pm) at £15 each per week which doesn't count towards the GC and which we can each spend as we wish with no comebacks or complaints. OH predominantly uses his pm on his beer and I ferret mine away mostly.

    The next step was to set up my own spreadsheet which is absolutely simple onto which I put all spends so that I have a continuous running total for the month and for the year. We initially set our budget at £280 per month and brought it down to £240 where it resides for most of the year it is occasionally increased to allow for extras e.g. Christmas to £260.

    The important 'tools' we found greatly helped and continue to do so now are:

    Stocktake cupboards, fridge, freezer - make lists and ensure that the older products get used up first. You'll be amazed at what you find squirrelled away and it will help with your shopping list as you'll realise that you don't actually need so much.

    Before you go shopping check staples - running out of milk, bread, butter, etc often leads to going into a shop for one thing and coming out £20 lighter. Always check these and if they'll run out tomorrow buy them the same time as getting other things.

    Always make a shopping list and stick to it - the supermarkets (sm) try every which way to get us to spend so having a list and strong resolve is the only way to beat them.

    Keep every receipt - and then note it down on your spreadsheet/spend diary so that you always know where you are.

    When tempted, ask yourself do you NEED it or just WANT it - now this advice goes with two things. Firstly, the things you see in store when shopping that APPEAR to be bargains - if you hadn't planned spending the money then its not a bargain. Secondly, the sm send us loads of vouchers for £X off a spend of £XX - if you had no NEED to spend £XX then have you SAVED anything???

    Use my supermarket to compare prices (limited to four of the biggies) - The site may be used to actually do an online shop at whichever of the big four offers the best value or, if you have the time and sm availability, to make up lists for visiting each of the stores so that you can purchase all you need at different stores thus getting the best possible value. (I'd add, do a 'shop' virtually on this site and take the list you create on it with you, whichever one you shop at, it will help keep target prices in your head and allow you to spot bargains. MrM is not included but you can do a virtual list on their website so you know what you're going to be spending.)

    Always have a list - this is just as important when shopping online as shopping on foot.

    Use Approved Foods online (with a list!) - if you don't mind out of date things (ood) or you can search for only in date items. The only drawback is storing the goods as far as I can tell. Oh, and watch the delivery as it's done on a scaled charge for weight so keep an eye on it. You can of course do an AF order with friends, family, colleagues or like minded neighbours. Other GCers use Big Br*nds 4 Less too.

    Invest in a breadmaker - we have saved so much by making our own bread. The prices in the shops are extortionate for bread these days. There's loads of advice on this thread and others in the forum on this.

    Use the recipe lists - always posted at the front of a new thread. There are fantastic, tasty, healthy and economical recipes to use on them and there are a number of other threads on the forum such as Weezl's that will help you to eat well on a budget.

    Shop locally - the local greengrocer (or preferably market but I don't have one ) is usually cheaper as an option for fruit and veg (f&v) than the sm. Often the prices may look the same but when you look at the quantity for the same price the greengrocer will be cheaper. The same goes for the local butcher. Often you will have far more variety of meat available, advice on how to cook a particular meat can be offered and there is (for me at least) no comparison in terms of quality. We buy our huge FR eggs there and I'm yet to find an equivalent FR egg in a sm at the same or lower price. Obvioulsy if you have your own chicks/know someone who has chicks you can get them even cheaper again.

    Grow your own - it's quite simple to grow some f&v at home even if it's only in pots on the patio. There are also supportive threads on the forum for this.

    Cook your own - making meals at home from ingredients is far more economical, often tastes better than shop bought and is probably far better healthwise.

    Meal Plan - this is something that others can advise on as we don't do it. I have a tremendous capacity for eating the same food over many days but presented in slightly different form. For example, we could buy £7 worth of brisket from the butchers and eat it as pot roast for a couple of days, sliced for sarnies, sliced with a salad, chucked into a casserole or shredded up and fried as crispy beef.

    Don't waste food - either only make what you need or use any leftovers for other meals/creations or freeze it for another day.

    Withdraw the cash you want to spend - and keep it in a separate purse. This can be particularly effective as you have the money in front of you reducing rather than spending with plastic which is so easy to lose track of. Very useful when you first start out.

    Don't go to the shops to browse - this can only lead to pain and hardship!!!

    Keep posting and reading the thread - there really is no better supportive, wise and inspirational place to be! I think I saw that somebody mentioned forgetting to read/post. I get around this by using the Advanced button to post, below the window where your text is displayed you will see Additional Options. In the Thread Subscription box use the dropdown to select either instant email notification (this is what I use) or daily email notification before you submit your latest post. Then you will get an email into your inbox from which you can click to the thread to see what others are saying.

    Always remember the sm is not your friend - it wants to profit from you and take as much of your money as it can coerce out of you!

    So, there you go as a starting point. Others on here will offer tremendous advice on meal planning. And don't forget, the only silly question is the one you didn't ask!

    See you all later,
    Spigs
    For quidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #3, #4, #5 and #6 on this thread.

    For everyones totals, see post #7 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Zip
    Last edited by zippychick; 25-03-2012 at 4:56 PM.
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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 9th Apr 12, 8:00 PM
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    PennyGrabber
    Tesco value pasta quills are now 15p!
    Originally posted by jumblejack
    I may have to break my no buying pasta rule!! I love to stock up while it's cheap, and watch others pay more... I think 14p was the lowest it ever got before, so 15 p is an awesome price! Thanks for sharing that.

    What is puzzling me now is, since it came out of the freezer, why the heck cant i fit it back in? Come to the conclusion that if you take stuff out its virtually impossible tofit all the different shapes back together in the same way. Like a huge not doable jigsaw. Anyway happy now that i am not the waster that Iwas feeling.
    Originally posted by meg72
    Freezer tetris!! There is only one way it will work, and you'll never remember what that is if you take one thing out. I took out a massive (for us) joint of pork to roast a couple of weeks ago. Took it from one of the drawers, but it was at the bottom. As I put everything back in, the drawer was still full!!
    Grocery challenge for family of three - me, dd(12) and ds(11), feeding dp 2 or 3 x a week too. Only food, not toiletries. Jan £87.97/£100 Feb £0/£100
    Frugal 2018 needed! Saving and NOT spending
    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 9th Apr 12, 8:02 PM
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    PennyGrabber
    My freezer too. My family asked why I was bagging up oven chips into individual portions? I answered to make it easier for them, If I was not there they would just then be able to get one portion out and no hassle.
    The truth really was that I could not get the full bag in whole without rearranging everything else.
    Originally posted by JIL

    : rotfl:
    Grocery challenge for family of three - me, dd(12) and ds(11), feeding dp 2 or 3 x a week too. Only food, not toiletries. Jan £87.97/£100 Feb £0/£100
    Frugal 2018 needed! Saving and NOT spending
    • FrugalLina
    • By FrugalLina 9th Apr 12, 8:17 PM
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    Hi everyone, I have had a busy weekend, with visitors, going out and generally getting all chocolatey!

    I have also been typing my fingers to the bones in the evenings listing stuff on Ebay.

    I have great things to report - I have CLEARED MY CREDIT CARD!! It was over £2,000 at the beginning of the year and by selling and reducing and selling some more, I have paid the last installment off today. I am so blinkin pleased. Thanks so much for the help here on OS and on the GC thread.

    I have also heard that my gas and electricity bills are now in credit. Phew!

    So that is the good news. The bad news is I popped in to get my grocery shopping on my way home today and everything seemed so expensive. No reductions, prices gone up and I spent £18.01 on not much more than fruit and veg, some tuna, some cheese and some loo rolls. I am really, really cross about this as I am sure after Easter, there will be some price reductions and I had to shop today or I would have nothing to eat for the week.

    Grr, so my total is now £30 out of £60 for this month already and it is only the 9th!

    Hope everyone had a lovely Easter and didn't overdo the chocolate (like me).
    17.5/100
    • Florenceem
    • By Florenceem 9th Apr 12, 10:33 PM
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    Florenceem
    Monday.
    NSD again.
    Tonight for dinner we had sausage & veggie pie with cous cous, cauliflower and green beans. HM shortcrust pastry - in pie - four sausages/ cheap tin of baked beans/ past their best carrots & mushrooms/ onions/ gravy + seasonings - black pepper/garlic granules/paprika/mixed herbs and chilli powder. It was yummy.
    There are still two day's dinners left of the pie - total cost of pie for six portions - £ 1.60.





    15 in 2015 1/15
    • baroley
    • By baroley 10th Apr 12, 4:12 AM
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    Well, my Easter shopping was not a huge success.

    I went to A*da on Saturday. I thought most people would have done their shopping on Thurday so as to have a lovely clear Easter weekend, and that I would be able to swan about picking up lots of bargains, but the place was bedlam.

    I went with my OH ( elementary mistake) so bought more than I would have if I had gone alone, spent £65.74. This included a nice bottle of Cava, which when we opened it on Saturday night was flat! What a disappointment! I will have to take it back,aaargh!

    Back at work now, signature updated. May need to be a little more careful between now and the end of the month. Hope everyone had a good Easter break.

    xxx
    Grocery challenge month runs from 25th to 24th
    January £100. £96.20
    February £100. £1.64
    • LavenderBees
    • By LavenderBees 10th Apr 12, 5:15 AM
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    LavenderBees

    I have great things to report - I have CLEARED MY CREDIT CARD!! It was over £2,000 at the beginning of the year and by selling and reducing and selling some more, I have paid the last installment off today. I am so blinkin pleased. Thanks so much for the help here on OS and on the GC thread.

    I have also heard that my gas and electricity bills are now in credit. Phew!

    .
    Originally posted by FrugalLina
    Well done you! A great achievement
    • fozziebeartoo
    • By fozziebeartoo 10th Apr 12, 6:29 AM
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    I have great things to report - I have CLEARED MY CREDIT CARD!! It was over £2,000 at the beginning of the year and by selling and reducing and selling some more, I have paid the last installment off today. I am so blinkin pleased. Thanks so much for the help here on OS and on the GC thread.

    I have also heard that my gas and electricity bills are now in credit. Phew!.
    Originally posted by FrugalLina
    Congratulations - fantastic achievement!!
    • looie
    • By looie 10th Apr 12, 6:51 AM
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    looie
    Just totted up my receipts from the weekend and I am at £56.26 now.

    I have spent quite a bit over the Easter weekend which has all been junk really I am going to have to pull my belt in for the rest of the month if I am going to come in under budget.

    I am having a nsd so no shops for me today
    • NickJW
    • By NickJW 10th Apr 12, 7:28 AM
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    NickJW
    I have great things to report - I have CLEARED MY CREDIT CARD!! It was over £2,000 at the beginning of the year and by selling and reducing and selling some more, I have paid the last installment off today. I am so blinkin pleased. Thanks so much for the help here on OS and on the GC thread.
    Originally posted by FrugalLina
    Well done! It's such an amazing feeling when the money coming into your bank account is YOURS and not for paying interest for the credit card.
    Grocery Challenge 14 Jan 14 £46.05/£130

    Grocery Challenge 13 -spent £1453.06
    Grocery Challenge 12 -spent £1565.51

    DFD 1st March 2011
    • euronorris
    • By euronorris 10th Apr 12, 7:30 AM
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    I made the Baked Bean Pasties yesterday! Could've done with a little longer in the oven to crisp the pastry a tad more, but otherwise lovely! For 2 of them, I separately pan fried some small pieces of chicken, and added them for OH (only did 2 to make sure he liked them first and this was cos he complains about no meat otherwise). Anyway......they were a success! The taste was lovely! Almost exactly like the pasties we're used to back home, which is a real treat for us! OH didn't even notice the lentils (I didn't tell him about them until after he'd given his verdict).

    So, we'll be making those again! I think it would be quite easy to substitue out the lentils and add minced meat instead, if you wanted. OH said the chicken also worked well with it.

    I have one with me for lunch today! AND...OH said he'd gladly take pasties into work with him for lunch. So I've finally found something he likes enough to take with him! At last!

    Sorry, a lot of rambling about the pasties. I thought I'd make a mess of them, so I'm dead chuffed they came out OK.

    Also managed home made bread that's actually edible!!! Been working on that one a while. Multigrain it was too. Bl00dy lovely. And guess what? Made from EuroShopper value flour! Oh, and I made rice pudding too. I have a very, very nice lunch today!

    I tried some Polish Jelly type thing we had at home. One of OH's colleagues gave it to him to try (she's Polish). It wasn't very nice. Tasted kinda waxy. Which is a real shame, as they're Cherry flavour, and I was really looking forward to them.
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 10th Apr 12, 7:32 AM
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    hi...sunny today a bit different to yesterday ...im going out today as am fed up with being in the house....might go to costco but havent decided yet...might go looking at easter eggs to see if any are reduced...going to order a pizza tonite....its 2 for 1 so bad but could be worse....need to think about meals for the next couple of days as havent done that

    i have some leftover beef to use so think i will just do it with a salad nothing fancy

    take care tess
    onwards and upwards
    • Barbeduk
    • By Barbeduk 10th Apr 12, 7:43 AM
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    Barbeduk

    I have great things to report - I have CLEARED MY CREDIT CARD!! It was over £2,000 at the beginning of the year and by selling and reducing and selling some more, I have paid the last installment off today. I am so blinkin pleased. Thanks so much for the help here on OS and on the GC thread.
    Originally posted by FrugalLina
    Fantastic News! Well Done You!
    June GC £288.01/£400
  • cleggie
    FrugalLina- Well done on clearing your CC!! What a fab achievement!!
  • jumblejack
    I made the Baked Bean Pasties yesterday! Could've done with a little longer in the oven to crisp the pastry a tad more, but otherwise lovely! For 2 of them, I separately pan fried some small pieces of chicken, and added them for OH (only did 2 to make sure he liked them first and this was cos he complains about no meat otherwise). Anyway......they were a success! The taste was lovely! Almost exactly like the pasties we're used to back home, which is a real treat for us! OH didn't even notice the lentils (I didn't tell him about them until after he'd given his verdict).

    So, we'll be making those again! I think it would be quite easy to substitue out the lentils and add minced meat instead, if you wanted. OH said the chicken also worked well with it.

    I have one with me for lunch today! AND...OH said he'd gladly take pasties into work with him for lunch. So I've finally found something he likes enough to take with him! At last!

    Sorry, a lot of rambling about the pasties. I thought I'd make a mess of them, so I'm dead chuffed they came out OK.

    Also managed home made bread that's actually edible!!! Been working on that one a while. Multigrain it was too. Bl00dy lovely. And guess what? Made from EuroShopper value flour! Oh, and I made rice pudding too. I have a very, very nice lunch today!

    I tried some Polish Jelly type thing we had at home. One of OH's colleagues gave it to him to try (she's Polish). It wasn't very nice. Tasted kinda waxy. Which is a real shame, as they're Cherry flavour, and I was really looking forward to them.
    Originally posted by euronorris
    What a brilliant post
    It's great when a day ends so well. Well done you.
    Is the recipe on page 1?

    Tessiebear, How much will your 2for1 order be? £13? £10?

    Why not, just this once, nip to Tesco, buy the strong flour 1.5kg, at 60p, easy yeast sachets (around 65p), a small jar of pasta sauce for the topping, a value mozzarella (about 45p), and a few other bits that you may like as toppings: a jalapeño pepper, ham, value pineapple chunks, a cooked chicken portion from the deli (around 60p), etc and have a bash at making your own?

    I guarantee you will feel proud as Punch

    The ingredients will only cost around £5 tops. Probably MUCH less than that AND you will have leftover store cupboard ingredients for next time!

    If you make a large batch of pizza dough (using 1 Kilo of flour), you can portion it into 8 sections. Use 2 tonight and freeze the other half a dozen in food bags. Whenever you have a pizza hankering, just pull a couple out of the freezer and they are ready to roll within the hour and take minutes in the oven when you've topped em.

    Go on.... You know it makes sense.

    We will all be so proud of you
    Every moment is a gift. That's why we call it the present.!
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    • mummyyof5
    • By mummyyof5 10th Apr 12, 8:19 AM
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    mummyyof5
    MrAs home delivery came yesterday so will add the £55.50 to my sig...forgot catfood though so will have to get some today...off to Meadowhall today so will pick some up from W***kos on my way back through town..have 2 teen sons with me so will get 2 six packs..will last the week then
    Florenceem ..that pie looks delish..

    Frugallina..well done on clearing the CC xx
    Feeding 6 Adults 1 Teen a 8 year old with hollow legs and a very fussy 5 year old. Also 3 cats and 3 fishies
    To include all Food,Toiletries and Petfood.
  • jumblejack
    Tessiebear

    Look how easy the basic recipe is:


    Basic Pizza Dough Recipe Ingredients

    1kilo flour (strong flour is best but plain flour will work too)

    Tablespoon salt

    Tablespoon sugar

    2 sachets of Tesco easy yeast

    650ml warm water



    Easy method to prepare:

    Mix the yeast and sugar into hand hot water.
    Leave for a couple of minutes.

    Sieve flour and salt into a BIG bowl,

    Make a hole in the flour and pour in the yeast solution.

    Using a fork, mix as well as you can from the sides to the centre.

    Then use your hands to form into a ball.

    Plop it onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until it goes elastic.

    (You can use it as it is without rising if you are in a rush but otherwise.....)

    Pop into an oiled bowl and place somewhere warm for an hour to rise.

    Then knead again for a minute or 2 and cut into 8 sections.
    Unused pizza dough can be chilled to use the next day or frozen individually to roll when needed.




    Easy peasy.

    Even I can do it
    Last edited by jumblejack; 10-04-2012 at 8:33 AM.
    Every moment is a gift. That's why we call it the present.!
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  • mummybearx
    Well, Im up to £161.28

    I mean honestly, there is TWO of us plus a small dog. TWO OF US!! That's a shocking amount of cash to have spent since 30th March.

    Don't get me wrong, cupboards fridge and freezer are all full, so all I need is maybe a bit of fresh veg later in the month, but still

    We went to the local chinese supermarket on Sunday, spent £28 odds. I had taken my bagged 1p's and 2p's etc to the local shop and cashed them in, had £30, so this paid for that shop. Still counting it in my budget though. Did get some cheap noodles and a nice big bottle of sweet chilli sauce, can use for dipping or for cooking with. And we got some nice dim sum type things.

    Dog food and coffee, another £12 for that. DH bought us a takeaway from the chippie on Sat night (naughty) and then we bought pizza's for dinner last night (another £4 for two of them)

    Which is ridiculous, as I could have easily have made dinners from what I had both nights. I'm just sick of being the only one that ever cooks. I'm the only one that shops, I try to meal plan, but..... I don't know. Sometimes I deliberately don't make dinner, don't plan anything, don't defrost any meat, just to make a point to DH. Not that it ever works. We had 'words' about the cooking/meal planning etc at the weekend. He says that I have taken control of it all, he doesn't want to interfere with my plans. My point was that the only reason I do everything is because he does nothing Last time he went shopping on his own he spent over £25 on ONE meal

    Rant over lol
    Can't think of anything smart to put here...
    • fozziebeartoo
    • By fozziebeartoo 10th Apr 12, 10:48 AM
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    I am hoping for another NSD......if I can avoid going out to buy milk......

    I have a phobia about running out of milk!

    Honey nut shredded wheat for brekkie.

    LO sweet and sour pork for lunch - which was left over from yesterday and that was made from the left overs from the previous Sunday joint

    Tea is planned to be sausage pasta bake with whoopsied posh sausages from the freezer. I usually make chicken pasta bake but toddler DGS is with me and he likes sausages best

    I really have the munchies today......desperate for something sweet or crunchy or just generally naughty!!

    Wonder if it's the sugar in my brekkie cereal causing it????

    When I have granola and greek yogurt I dont feel like this, I assume because the fat in the yog keeps me feeling full for longer.

    I have shredded wheat AND shreddies to use up, but if they cause me to stuff my face all day, it will be false economy to finish them up and cheaper to chuck them out!
  • jumblejack
    Can't wait for my lunch.

    I've got a tomato soup simmering away in readiness of the blender.
    I hauled 1.5kilos of ripened vine tomatoes yesterday at whoopsie time for 20p.

    Just did the kids a cookery lesson making a soup. We have also put a celery stick and carrot in there too with a few herbs from the garden.

    We did a taste test of vine ripened and cheap salad tomatoes. The kids rated the depth of taste in a blind testing and couldn't believe the difference! They were also amazed by the difference in colour and fragrance too.
    Can't wait. There was so much juice released that we haven't had to add any liquid at all, just a wee bit of boullion.

    Not sure what we are doing for tea. More than likely a veggie curry as OH isn't in so a meat free day for us again. Got LOADS of fresh veggies to use up again.
    Last edited by jumblejack; 10-04-2012 at 11:38 AM.
    Every moment is a gift. That's why we call it the present.!
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    • euronorris
    • By euronorris 10th Apr 12, 11:44 AM
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    euronorris
    Which is ridiculous, as I could have easily have made dinners from what I had both nights. I'm just sick of being the only one that ever cooks. I'm the only one that shops, I try to meal plan, but..... I don't know. Sometimes I deliberately don't make dinner, don't plan anything, don't defrost any meat, just to make a point to DH. Not that it ever works. We had 'words' about the cooking/meal planning etc at the weekend. He says that I have taken control of it all, he doesn't want to interfere with my plans. My point was that the only reason I do everything is because he does nothing
    Originally posted by zepsgal
    I've done this before, and it's pointless. The man will even sit there and complain that he's hungry!! To which I reply 'Well make some dinner then.', and he replies 'There's nothing to eat!'!! Infuriating. There's plenty to eat. What he means is 'There are no ready meals that I can stick in the microwave for five minutes, and then eat out of the plastic pot it came in so I can also avoid washing up!'.

    Drives me nuts!!! After quite a few arguments about it though, we've come to a small compromise in that, if I don't feel like cooking, he'll pay for us to order a takeaway that night (we can usually make it last 3 nights! They send so much stuff!). This is what I did on Saturday, but with McDonald's. I needed to go out and get a few bits, but my stomach was cramping and I was generally feeling low and down and irritable. So I just asked OH if he would treat us to a McDonald's as i was not going to cook. And he did.

    I do wish he'd just cook more often though. Firstly, the number of meals cooked by me, and paid for/ordered in by him, is not split equally. I still do most of the work on that front. And secondly, I don't want to have to eat junk food, just to get a night off from cooking!! Though, he does sometimes make scrambled eggs on toast, or beans on toast too, but usually after I've moaned at him for ages and made it clear he'll go hungry if he doesn't cook!
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