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    weezl74
    Weezl and friends Phase 3 - sitting pretty with Kitty
    • #1
    • 4th Aug 10, 4:21 PM
    Weezl and friends Phase 3 - sitting pretty with Kitty 4th Aug 10 at 4:21 PM
    Hello!


    A new thread is required

    We have a new launch and some brave new testers.

    A summary of the story so far, a few pals on MSE old style wanted to create a resource for those who are struggling with debts too big for them.

    We knew that often one of the bits of advice on DFW is to drastically cut your food budget.

    But most of us understandably don't know where to start, and more importantly don't want to damage our health or our family's health, so we decided to put together an internet resource with meal planners shopping lists and recipes to help you do just that.

    Interested?

    Do please read on...
    Last edited by weezl74; 04-08-2010 at 4:54 PM.

    Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz
    Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz
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    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for 40
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  • artybear
    • #2
    • 4th Aug 10, 4:21 PM
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    • 4th Aug 10, 4:21 PM
    Yay new thread!!!!

    Hi guys here is the link to the main site for you all to try the yummy frugal recipes ....

    http://www.cheap-family-recipes.org.uk/index.html
    Last edited by artybear; 04-08-2010 at 4:29 PM.
    In art as in love, instinct is enough
    Anatole France

    Things are beautiful if you love them
    Jean Anouilh
  • Allegra
    • #3
    • 4th Aug 10, 4:23 PM
    • #3
    • 4th Aug 10, 4:23 PM
    Kitty is now live !!!!

    Cheap Family Recipes Option Two in all its beauty

    A big welcome to all - this thread is dedicated to the testing of the new frugal meal planner on the CFR website.

    Weezl's Phase 1 was the gestation period of the marvelous Weezl's concept.

    Weezl's Phase 2 was dedicated to the in-depth testing of the "Shirl's" Option 1 planner ( a bunch of us lived it for a month to see if it's workable), this thread, Weezl's Phase 3, is dedicated to the testing of the "Kitty's" Option 2 - a planner that is suitable for vegetarians and vegans and meets the non-negotiable of having a piece of fresh fruit every day.

    Artybear, bigjenny and yours truly are on boar to do the testing, with a few others who will try an odd recipe here and there - but we are hoping that a lot more people will join in with the challenge, especially those who liked the concept but were unable to test Option 1 because they do not eat meat.

    All the relevant information for the testers can be found by clicking on the top link above, but further separate links to essential info are to follow.

    Of course, as ever, if the thread was just testing alone, it'd soon go deadly dull (even with my kitchen misadventures), so chat, edits, and anything and everything can now move on here - and a lot of cheering us on, I hope

    Some shortcuts to the parts of the site that you will need for testing:

    Weekly shopping lists

    And some backup info:

    Batch cooking, rough draft


    We are now also testing Christmas Recipes - please click here to see the planner !
    Last edited by Allegra; 09-09-2010 at 10:02 AM.
  • Allegra
    • #4
    • 4th Aug 10, 4:23 PM
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    • 4th Aug 10, 4:23 PM
    I'm looking forward to this ! My start date is 09/08, to run for 31 days and end 08/09. I am cooking for two at the moment, but DD will be back about halfway through the test period.

    The way I'll do it is about 80% on plan, 20% off - all the breakfasts, lunches and snacks will be plan - the 15 separate dinner dishes will be day on/day off (Kitty's vegan meal one night, something meatier to keep us happy the next). I will also utilise all the free stuff I have growing in the garden - so I might bung in an illicit herb or two if I have tested a dish in its "as published" state already - and if a meal calls for, say, carrots and peas to be served on the side, I might serve runner beans and courgette instead, so they don't go to waste and I save even more money
    Last edited by Allegra; 04-08-2010 at 5:06 PM.
  • artybear
    • #5
    • 4th Aug 10, 4:54 PM
    • #5
    • 4th Aug 10, 4:54 PM
    Hi guys

    My plan is to not exactly stick to the planner (only because I am a little bit fussy and don't like the porridge, also we do have some meat and stuff in the freezer so it makes sense to use that) but to do all main meals at least once and to try out the lunches and snacks too. I am also doing Weight Watchers at the moment so may have to swap meals round so my points are ok.

    The reason I am doing this is mainly because I thoroughly enjoyed doing the Shirley planner, the new recipes, skills and friends I made in that month so I am hoping to have a similar experience this month. As many of you know my circumstances have changed now and I have my own kitchen so this month should be significantly easier for me in practical terms.

    So here goes month two...............
    In art as in love, instinct is enough
    Anatole France

    Things are beautiful if you love them
    Jean Anouilh
  • weezl74
    • #6
    • 4th Aug 10, 5:07 PM
    • #6
    • 4th Aug 10, 5:07 PM
    Allegra, primrose posted on the it's tough now thread that she was looking forward to a veggie version....

    Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz
    Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz
    cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it 67/3.60/0
    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for 40
  • weezl74
    • #7
    • 4th Aug 10, 6:16 PM
    • #7
    • 4th Aug 10, 6:16 PM
    oh and just some news to cheer us on, 117,413 page hits now and 6637 unique visitors

    Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz
    Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz
    cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it 67/3.60/0
    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for 40
  • Marru
    • #8
    • 4th Aug 10, 6:36 PM
    • #8
    • 4th Aug 10, 6:36 PM
    Ummm - did I hear something about no kned (sp?) wheat free bread? I would be ever so grateful for the recipe - especially one for the bread machine
    "Everything will be alright in the end. If it's not alright, it's not the end."


  • weezl74
    • #9
    • 4th Aug 10, 6:40 PM
    • #9
    • 4th Aug 10, 6:40 PM
    Ummm - did I hear something about no kned (sp?) wheat free bread? I would be ever so grateful for the recipe - especially one for the bread machine
    Originally posted by Marru
    hello

    poohbear tried one with spelt flour marru, and i think it worked well. I'm guessing she used it as a direct swap in our normal recipe.

    Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz
    Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz
    cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it 67/3.60/0
    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for 40
    • hornetgirl
    • By hornetgirl 4th Aug 10, 7:26 PM
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    hornetgirl
    Ohh, lovely new thread, and Kitty's site looks beautiful. Well done and thank you everyone for all your hard work
    I'm looking forward to trying out more recipes.
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  • weezl74
    Ohh, lovely new thread, and Kitty's site looks beautiful. Well done and thank you everyone for all your hard work
    I'm looking forward to trying out more recipes.
    Originally posted by hornetgirl
    thank you HG

    Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz
    Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz
    cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it 67/3.60/0
    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for 40
    • Bigjenny
    • By Bigjenny 4th Aug 10, 8:21 PM
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    Bigjenny
    New Kitty site looks good.

    Looking forward to testing some of the recipes, either 1/4 or half portions to see if I like them
    Last edited by Bigjenny; 04-08-2010 at 9:26 PM.
    • queen of string
    • By queen of string 5th Aug 10, 2:57 AM
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    queen of string
    Loving the new part of the site, I shall try and slide some of the recipes into the meal plan and report back. Sweetcorn fritters for starters probably as it's corn season here :-).
    Eat food, not edible food-like items. Mostly plants.
  • weezl74
    Loving the new part of the site, I shall try and slide some of the recipes into the meal plan and report back. Sweetcorn fritters for starters probably as it's corn season here :-).
    Originally posted by queen of string
    hello QOS has life settled down a bit now? Nice to see you!

    a link here is quite interesting. I guess these are the kittys and shirls it will be much harder to help.

    Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz
    Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz
    cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it 67/3.60/0
    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for 40
  • domesticgoddess789
    Oooh shiny new thread for Kitty!

    I am definitely going to try making a few more of Kitty's meals this month, can't wait
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    • ariarnia
    • By ariarnia 5th Aug 10, 7:57 AM
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    ariarnia
    hello - have been reading but didn't really have anything to add for a while, but out of interest, what are the doughnuts like?
    Oh really like's the one's he buys when we go to shows, but are they like them?
    And, the batch is for 80, do they freeze? or do you snaffle them all when hot (*explodes*)?
  • weezl74
    And, the batch is for 80, do they freeze? or do you snaffle them all when hot (*explodes*)?
    Originally posted by ariarnia
    hi welcome back

    not sure where you linked from but if you go to recipes and then snacks the table there has a column showing which recipes freeze well. HTH

    Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz
    Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz
    cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it 67/3.60/0
    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for 40
  • artybear
    Well I already have to go back on my promise to test all the dinners at least once. I have just spied the eviiillllllll sweetcorn fritters on the planner, no way will I eat sweetcorn for anyone. Not even lovely Weezl.

    So thats off my list


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    In art as in love, instinct is enough
    Anatole France

    Things are beautiful if you love them
    Jean Anouilh
  • Allegra
    hello - have been reading but didn't really have anything to add for a while, but out of interest, what are the doughnuts like?
    Oh really like's the one's he buys when we go to shows, but are they like them?
    And, the batch is for 80, do they freeze? or do you snaffle them all when hot (*explodes*)?
    Originally posted by ariarnia
    They are absolutely delightful. I have not managed to freeze any yet as DD likes them so much !

    You might find them a bit denser (not as airy and fluffy) than the shop-bought ones - if you are scared of not liking them and don't want to risk 2kg of flour, just halve or quarter the batch, or bake part of the dough as bread and just do some of it as doughnuts.
  • Allegra
    Well I already have to go back on my promise to test all the dinners at least once. I have just spied the eviiillllllll sweetcorn fritters on the planner, no way will I eat sweetcorn for anyone. Not even lovely Weezl.

    So thats off my list


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    Originally posted by artybear
    I must admit, I am struggling with fitting the tomato and olive pudding into our meal plan, as that's one that !!!! has stated catgorically will not try ! I do want to try and find a gap where I can wedge it in for me to try though....
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