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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 seventh 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:
    June 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; 04-06-2012 at 12:30 PM.
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    • keza
    • By keza 12th Jul 12, 3:09 PM
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    keza
    ok so ive gone sailing over now ive got some store cupboard stock and my veg box came today! !!!!!!

    I will cut myself some slack thou as i only grabbed the bull by the horns at the beginning of July (we start our month on 25th - payday). so id already done a 95 shop! and i only just started the 2nd purse challenge this month too so i need to find the right balance.

    next month i will come under budget
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    • GreenFairy
    • By GreenFairy 12th Jul 12, 3:27 PM
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    Am feeling very blah today. Did some dishes and a couple of loads of washing - other than that have been wasting time online, which of course just makes me feel more blah.

    NSD at least. Spoiled for choice as to what to have for dinner. Have the makings of about fifteen before I even have to start getting really creative. Still can't decide what to have lol

    Tomorrow I'll have to do a little top up shop at the supermarket for tins of toms, salt, icing sugar, marg. Might get a couple of bags of pasta to add to the store cupboard.

    Thursday pm is normally good in my local Ts for grabbing a few decent YS. They want everything cleared out before the weekend so I may take advantage
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  • rosieben
    Lavendar biscuits worked out ok...
    Originally posted by jumblejack
    and they're on the front page list
    Last edited by rosieben; 12-07-2012 at 3:57 PM.
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    • jedi82
    • By jedi82 12th Jul 12, 4:14 PM
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    Hi everyone,

    well, weather here today is awful, really heavy rain that hasn't stopped . Small spend of 0.80 on ibuprofen as went to the docs with my back and apparently it is muscle spasms which may have affected the nerve root so he has got me an appt with the physio. Other than that haven't felt like doing anything and me and DD2 had 'snuggle time' for 2 and 1/2 hours. I am so grateful she slept as really she is getting too old now but needed the rest today!

    I was planning on going to L!dl tomorrow but really, apart from F&V I don't need to and so will get some in town and resist the temptation to buy more stuff. For the first time in ages, i am almost halfway through the month and have spent less than half my budget. Got to remain foccussed.

    Had half a punnet of plums about to turn and so have cut them up, made up a crumble topping with oats and bunged it in the oven Kids will no doubt hate it but I can finish off what they don't want .

    Hope everyones day is okay and drier than mine!

    Jedi x
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  • KatyReed+5
    A 9.90 spend to add to my total as bought a bumper lot of fruit on the local market today. Hopefully should last us a couple of days.

    Kids had mince, veg and gravy from the freezer with YS new pots tonight, i had the rest of yesterday sausage and bean casserole with new pots. They're having strawberry and ice cream for pudding right now,

    A bit not GC related but i'm going to make some jelly with fruit in for the kids puddings and wondered what fruit stops jelly from setting. I have got bananas, strawberries, grapes, blueberries and oranges, hoping they're all ok,

    Katy, X
    June 0.00 GC / 200.00

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  • sonastin
    Gah - another 12+ spent on *bits* last night in a$da. All stuff we're short of and will probably need before the end of July but the total is running away faster than the days at the moment!


    I need some inspiration from you good folks. My ma gave me 1lb of strawberries from my gran's garden at the weekend. Neither me nor OH particularly like eating strawbs as a fruit - he grew up in hampshire and his mother picked strawberries for a living when he was younger so he's eaten a lifetimes worth already. I suffer really bad hayfever and a lot of fresh fruits set my mouth itching at this time of year. So what can we do with them that's not just a bowl of strawberries?

    My original thought was jam but 1lb doesn't seem like it would be anywhere near enough for that, and I haven't got a clue where to start or whether I've got the right kit for it. We have a load of rhubarb in the garden which looks ripe for the picking. Do strawbs go with rhubarb?

    I need inspiration PLEASE!!!!
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 12th Jul 12, 4:47 PM
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    think youre ok with those fruits in jelly, its kiwi that stops it setting
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    • Kitchenbunny
    • By Kitchenbunny 12th Jul 12, 4:53 PM
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    Kitchenbunny
    Afternoon, Kitchenbunny checking in. My hands are aching a bit from scrubbing the kitchen floor so thought I'd take a break. Happily I can report an NSD today, but I do need some stuff tomorrow so will have to pop to the shops. Oh well.

    We're having chicken drumsticks seasoned with some random spices and with a bacon and mushroom risotto. I want something nice and simple. Right, kitchen floor looks to be about dry so everything's got to go back in now. A woman's work is never done!

    K xx

    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 12th Jul 12, 5:26 PM
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    Have you tried the Iceland ones, 4 for a pound, 3ply and really good,I got fed up of chasing offers and stick to these now
    Originally posted by meg72
    I don't get these, because our iceland is in town, and I never go there! Farmf00ds is right around the corner, I just haven't been able to get there lately, what with work, and jam making, and kiddy stuff!
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    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 12th Jul 12, 5:30 PM
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    Coxy11
    So what can we do with them that's not just a bowl of strawberries?

    My original thought was jam but 1lb doesn't seem like it would be anywhere near enough for that, and I haven't got a clue where to start or whether I've got the right kit for it. We have a load of rhubarb in the garden which looks ripe for the picking. Do strawbs go with rhubarb?

    I need inspiration PLEASE!!!!
    Originally posted by sonastin
    Sonastin - how about strawberry muffins? I made some and they were lovely. I have the same issue with raspberries - don't like them 'as is' particularly but in muffins they are lovely hth.

    In other news.....I baked some raspberry and white choc muffins this afternoon. Raspberries from the garden. They were okay....think I should've put more choc in (only put in 50g).

    DD asked a friend home for tea (in front of me, which makes it really awkward to say 'NO') so the curry had to s-t-r-e-t-c-h. Luckily remembered that I had two large ys naans in the freezer, so broke them into pieces and did extra rice Muffins for pud. Also had a twinks disaster as I put them in the oven with the muffins and they are over-done Edible, but not the same as usual.

    Hugs to all those in need, particularly jedi82 with your poorly back - been there myself
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  • smelkel87
    Im not officially 'in' for this month but have been reading this thread for a couple of weeks and have learnt so much from all you guys. I have set my self a budget and i have set up a spreadsheet to record what im spending and its working!! i dont enjoy adding amounts to it so its making me think more about buying stuff. Yesterday and today are both NSD and with my meal planning i should come in under target for the month!! YAY to me!!
    My meal planning doesnt seem to working as i planned but to my advantage... i seem to have lo's which go for another day which is good.
    Im buying a slow cooker tomorrow as im going in to hospital on sunday to have a baby and my super saver sister really recommends me getting one to save time and effort.
    Sorry for blabbing loads!! I'm new to all this but wanted to get in the habit of posting..
    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 12th Jul 12, 5:53 PM
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    PennyGrabber
    A 9.90 spend to add to my total as bought a bumper lot of fruit on the local market today. Hopefully should last us a couple of days.

    Kids had mince, veg and gravy from the freezer with YS new pots tonight, i had the rest of yesterday sausage and bean casserole with new pots. They're having strawberry and ice cream for pudding right now,

    A bit not GC related but i'm going to make some jelly with fruit in for the kids puddings and wondered what fruit stops jelly from setting. I have got bananas, strawberries, grapes, blueberries and oranges, hoping they're all ok,

    Katy, X
    Originally posted by KatyReed+5
    Strawbs are my fave to put into jelly - think the others will be fine. As said before, it's kiwi that are the problem.

    Gah - another 12+ spent on *bits* last night in a$da. All stuff we're short of and will probably need before the end of July but the total is running away faster than the days at the moment!


    I need some inspiration from you good folks. My ma gave me 1lb of strawberries from my gran's garden at the weekend. Neither me nor OH particularly like eating strawbs as a fruit - he grew up in hampshire and his mother picked strawberries for a living when he was younger so he's eaten a lifetimes worth already. I suffer really bad hayfever and a lot of fresh fruits set my mouth itching at this time of year. So what can we do with them that's not just a bowl of strawberries?

    My original thought was jam but 1lb doesn't seem like it would be anywhere near enough for that, and I haven't got a clue where to start or whether I've got the right kit for it. We have a load of rhubarb in the garden which looks ripe for the picking. Do strawbs go with rhubarb?

    I need inspiration PLEASE!!!!
    Originally posted by sonastin
    1lb will be enough to make some jam! I used 2lb yest, and that made seven pots of jam! (The mint sauce sized pots - 7oz pots)

    Sonastin - how about strawberry muffins? I made some and they were lovely. I have the same issue with raspberries - don't like them 'as is' particularly but in muffins they are lovely hth.

    In other news.....I baked some raspberry and white choc muffins this afternoon. Raspberries from the garden. They were okay....think I should've put more choc in (only put in 50g).

    DD asked a friend home for tea (in front of me, which makes it really awkward to say 'NO') so the curry had to s-t-r-e-t-c-h. Luckily remembered that I had two large ys naans in the freezer, so broke them into pieces and did extra rice Muffins for pud. Also had a twinks disaster as I put them in the oven with the muffins and they are over-done Edible, but not the same as usual.

    Hugs to all those in need, particularly jedi82 with your poorly back - been there myself
    Originally posted by Coxy11
    Ooh, I remember getting a clip round the ear for doing that!! We were never allowed to ask in front of the child, we had to ask mum first, then the child. I'm quite lucky with my two, and they don't do that, but I'd be having a similar conversation (without the clip!) if they did!

    nsd today - children are just having a packet of pasta n sauce, and I've no idea what I'm having. Had a friend round until 6, collecting my old cot, so needed something quick. Was really tempted to go out for fish and chips, so impressed that I didn't. Children seem to be enjoying it; not sure if they would, as it''s not hm stuff...

    I'm out at a works do tom night, and I volunteered quiche. Going to knock one up this evening! I wanted to sign up for something that wouldn't wreck my budget. So that's tom sorted, and it's just me for sat, so roulette, then I'm thinking boiled ham on Sunday, already in, with the los for meals and sandwiches throughout the week, using my new slicer!

    Cheap few days for food, and have already made my list for the weekend. Icing sugar, granulated sugar, fruit incl any for jam/chutney, tom soup and milk. May cycle to leedl and aldee, then go to a$da to finish. Really trying to make a effort to go places on my bike when I don't have the children, as it's free transport, and then I can save the fuel for another day.
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    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 12th Jul 12, 5:56 PM
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    Coxy11
    Im not officially 'in' for this month but have been reading this thread for a couple of weeks and have learnt so much from all you guys. I have set my self a budget and i have set up a spreadsheet to record what im spending and its working!! i dont enjoy adding amounts to it so its making me think more about buying stuff. Yesterday and today are both NSD and with my meal planning i should come in under target for the month!! YAY to me!!
    My meal planning doesnt seem to working as i planned but to my advantage... i seem to have lo's which go for another day which is good.
    Im buying a slow cooker tomorrow as im going in to hospital on sunday to have a baby and my super saver sister really recommends me getting one to save time and effort.
    Sorry for blabbing loads!! I'm new to all this but wanted to get in the habit of posting..
    Originally posted by smelkel87
    Welcome smelkel87 . It's sounds like you have got yourself organised so well done. I really wish I'd have had a slow cooker when my children were babies. Would've been a godsend. Good luck for Sunday and do let us know what you have
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    • mummyyof5
    • By mummyyof5 12th Jul 12, 7:00 PM
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    mummyyof5
    Been out today to get food in for DGDs birthday..shes 3 today and having her party on Sunday..got some good Ys while we were there..H**s 50/50 for 19p a loaf so grabbed 5 for freezer....half price mince,chicken breasts,yoghurts and pizza...Spent 6.50 all together so very pleased.
    Will add to sig now

    thank you for all the nice comments about my cakes...hope the parents at school like them lol xx
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  • jumblejack
    Rounded off, I have spent 40 today. This is going to be shared over the next 2 weeks' budgets at 20 a week which will leave me 10 of the budget for both next week and the week after (milk n f&v)

    I am well chuffed though as I have had a whopping haul at tescos tonight!! I am going to HAVE to upload a pic of the YS goods, both meat n fresh produce. I'm not going Lidl for the next 2 weekends for offers as I am doing ok for stuff now.

    It was actually a pleasant experience as there was plenty to go around and the shoppers were all really helpful and patient. Lovely
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    • katiegirl
    • By katiegirl 12th Jul 12, 7:59 PM
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    I spent 37.49 in Sainsbury's yesterday So I won't be coming in under budget I suspect!

    It was all on stuff that was good value for money though, I'd looked at the offers on mysupermarket before I went to see what I could stock up on, I was really only going for olive oil - which was a good deal I think 4.13 for 2ls.

    Also got 800g TTD mature cheddar 4.15, 2 x 500g packs half price de cecco pasta 77p each, tortillas 1, and also a Sharwood's chilli wrap kit which was YS for 99p (includes 8 wraps, seasoning and chilli sauce, so the seasonig and sauce is kind of free because I would pay 1+ for wraps), a ready meal deal 2x mains and a side for 5 for my nightshifts at the weekend, sure deodorant x2 85p each (half price), stocked up on enough washing detergent and fabric condtioner to last at least the summer on special offers, a few treats for dd for the school hols - toffee dodgers 57p, babybels 1 (neither something I would usually buy), and a few other things.

    So even though I spent a fair chunk of my budget I think it was all well spent. We should only really need fruit, veg, tinned tomatoes (Aldi 30something pence ones I tried are fine), milk and eggs for the rest of the month (15 days). We are going out for tea to celebrate the end of term with my friend and her kids on Thursday, which will come out of the GC budget as well.
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  • adelight
    greenfairy i know how you feel, just want to flop on the sofa with a cup of tea and stream of carp tv
    sonastin 1lb is plenty or something i like to do when there's not a lot of fruit is turn it into sauce. Microwave the fruit with sugar and water until you get a runny strawberry sauce with small chunks of fruit in it (think m*ller c0rner texture). Great for pouring on yogurt, porridge, cake etc. Keeps in the fridge a couple of months and freezes well.

    Wow some good YSs being had today! I have cleared some space in my teeny tiny microscopic freezer in case I get lucky at Asda tomorrow but I'm not very hopeful
    I'm currently planning a coupon based trip to Asda tomorrow. Should get plenty free or close to free, plus need to get value pasta. Horrible stuff imo but OH likes it and I need to make sure the house is stocked with quick stuff he eats as I'm going away again next week.
    I'm not going on lots of holidays or anything, I'm just going home to help out with family as they're having a bit of a rough time and I want to do what I can before I get busy again.
    Living cheap in central London
  • jumblejack
    Just some of my haul.....


    I now have these 5 whoppers in the oven. All 2 each!!



    I am going to slice them tomorrow with my electric carver and freeze ready for roast dinners and sandwiches. It will be easier to pack stuff into the freezer then too!!!

    Yay!
    Last edited by jumblejack; 12-07-2012 at 8:24 PM.
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    • tigerfeet2006
    • By tigerfeet2006 12th Jul 12, 8:33 PM
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    tigerfeet2006
    GF & DF Chicken, leek and tarragon pie.
    I dont know enought about CD but can you use tesco veggie mince or Morrions version?
    Originally posted by Welsh Poppy
    Unfortunatly it has gluten in it. I have two who are gluten free and this was one of the things I thought would help but was disappointed. It is surprising what has gluten in it when you look.

    They look fabulous. I am sure they will sel quickly.

    A 9.90 spend to add to my total as bought a bumper lot of fruit on the local market today. Hopefully should last us a couple of days.

    Kids had mince, veg and gravy from the freezer with YS new pots tonight, i had the rest of yesterday sausage and bean casserole with new pots. They're having strawberry and ice cream for pudding right now,

    A bit not GC related but i'm going to make some jelly with fruit in for the kids puddings and wondered what fruit stops jelly from setting. I have got bananas, strawberries, grapes, blueberries and oranges, hoping they're all ok,

    Katy, X
    Originally posted by KatyReed+5
    Pineapple and kiwi are the ones that are not good with jelly, it won't set.

    Smelkel, well done on being so organised and good luck with the birth of your LO. Slow cookers are fantabulous, I wouldn't be without mine.

    Tonight's dinner was GF chicken.leek and tarragon pie with sauted potatoes and veg.

    I made pastry using Doves GF plain flour and butter (use a spread like Pure for DF) and wrapped it in cling film and put it in the fridge.

    Chopped up an onion, 2 large leeks and 3 crushed cloves of garlic. Sweated them off in a little butter (Pure for DF) Stripped the chicken off the carcas from yesterday and added it.

    In another saucepan I put 2 tblsp butter (Pure) and 2 tblsp Doves GF plain flour and stirred it till cooked and then added a little milk (use something like Lactofree for DF) and stirred till incorperated, added a little more etc. till 300ml is incorperated. I then added 300ml chicken stock (Bisto Best), 3 tsp dijon mustard, 3 tsp dried tarragon and cooked it off a little longer.

    I then put the chicken mixture in a pyrex dish and poured the liquid over it. Fetched the pastry from the fridge and rolled it out and popped it over the top and brushed some milk over it. The popped it in a pre-heated oven (220degC) for 30 mins.

    Clean plates all round from the five of us and a portion in the freezer.
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    Wow!! Jumble that is one heck of a haul

    I rarely have any luck with YSers, once in a blue moon, if that.
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