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    weezl74
    weezl and friends Phase 4 - recipe testing christmas treats!
    • #1
    • 29th Oct 10, 7:27 AM
    weezl and friends Phase 4 - recipe testing christmas treats! 29th Oct 10 at 7:27 AM
    Hi all,

    This thread is for people who would like to test our Christmas meals. Any friends of the project who would like to do this are more than welcome.


    Aless is following with more info

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    • aless02
    • By aless02 29th Oct 10, 7:28 AM
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    aless02
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    • 29th Oct 10, 7:28 AM
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    • 29th Oct 10, 7:28 AM
    Hello all! Here is the link to the new Christmas planner:

    http://www.cheap-family-recipes.org.uk/planner-christmasweek.html?opt=pc



    From there you can find the week's plan, recipe links, plus a few standalone recipes for those wanting an extra treat. Nomnomnom!
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  • domesticgoddess789
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    • 29th Oct 10, 8:07 AM
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    • 29th Oct 10, 8:07 AM
    Hi everybody!
    56 sleeps until Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hurrah for this lovely shiny new thread too.

    Cannot wait to get testing and see how everybody gets on with the Christmas recipes. Exciting times!
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  • domesticgoddess789
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    • 29th Oct 10, 8:20 AM
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    • 29th Oct 10, 8:20 AM
    p.s I have just added the chocolate brownie ingredients to my shopping list for the coming week, so will be testing those. Can't wait!

    Am also going to make the tomato houmous again this week as it has become a firm favourite here

    What is everyone else going to try out?
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  • Lesley Gaye
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    • 29th Oct 10, 8:43 AM
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    • 29th Oct 10, 8:43 AM
    I have tried the brownies (amongst other things) pinkhayley, they are truly scrummy. I reduced the sugar tho to 250g, didn't increase the flour or anything else. However, my tin is 23cm'ish square, so that prob made up for slightly less mixture

    hooray for shiny new thread
    Last edited by Lesley Gaye; 29-10-2010 at 9:14 AM.
  • artybear
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    • 29th Oct 10, 9:01 AM
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    • 29th Oct 10, 9:01 AM
    I think I have made quite a few of the Christmas recipes already, have done the salmon, toad in the hole, brownies, and the sausage and potato salad. We have enjoyed them all. Unfortunately I cant test the main meal on Sunday due to some family things but will do it next week I think.

    Remember lots and lots and lots of photos people :-) Maybe we can put them on facebook then.

    xxx
    In art as in love, instinct is enough
    Anatole France

    Things are beautiful if you love them
    Jean Anouilh
  • Allegra
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    • 29th Oct 10, 9:34 AM
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    • 29th Oct 10, 9:34 AM
    Ohhhh a shiny new thread !

    I am aiming to test everything, although as it turns out, it might not exactly be at all the right times and in all the right order - today's breakfast already is down the virtual pan due to circumstances, and not at all sure about the lunch as yet.

    However, at the moment am still confident that dinner will happen as planned, so fingers crossed for CFR toad
    • Apricot
    • By Apricot 29th Oct 10, 9:45 AM
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    • 29th Oct 10, 9:45 AM
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    • 29th Oct 10, 9:45 AM
    So toad in the hole tonight - I have never actually made this before so am looking forward to it (except the sprouts!)! Seems like proper comfort food when the weather is so awful outside!
    DD July 2011


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  • Boodle
    • #9
    • 29th Oct 10, 10:58 AM
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    • 29th Oct 10, 10:58 AM
    Hi everyone

    As I said on the other thread, we will follow the Xmas week tweaking recipes where we have to accomodate veggie requirement. We are two adults (one male, one female) and two young girls (currently ill with chicken pox! :O so all the soup and fave foods like sausage and hummus should go down well.) This is how our adapted plan looks so far:

    23rd Dec
    B: Waffles + cinnamon syrup
    L: French onion soup (also making tomato swirls at DD's request but they do use Shirley ingredients)
    D: Sausage casserole + wedges instead of toad in the hole

    24th Dec
    B: Fruity pancakes
    L: Tomato hummus on toast
    D: Pasta with chick peas and greens instead of smoked salmon

    Xmas Day
    B: French toast and veg sausage
    L: Mushroom soup. Cashew and Cranberry nutroast from planner with roast potatoes, carrots, sprouts, fruity gravy and stuffing (no york pud). Xmas pud (will try without egg) with white sauce
    D: French onion soup + garlic croutons

    Boxing Day
    B: Waffles and cinnamon syrup
    L: Tomato hummus on toast
    D: Fry-up (or hash or fritters if want to sound a bit posher ) using up nutroast with carrots and wedges instead of spanish omlette

    27th Dec
    B: Fruity pancakes
    L: Avocado and Marie Rose sandwiches instead of egg mayo
    D: Spaghetti aglio e peperoncino

    28th Dec
    B: Waffles and cinnamon syrup
    L: Veg soup
    D: Tortillas with tomato-chilli sauce + leftover veg with guacamole instead of leftover pork in sauce (might make this into an enchilada bake)

    29th Dec
    B: Fruity pancakes
    L: French onion soup
    D: Veg sausage and potato salad

    For the snacks, I will see if I can include dates and brazils - ETA and peanuts -on the adapted shopping budget/list (will post this later on). The brownies will be made to our own recipe and the yule log i will have to fashion a log shape out of a loaf cake and cover with vegan butter cream as I don't know any recipe that will give a light enough sponge to roll without eggs

    Good luck with the testing everyone! xx
    Last edited by Boodle; 29-10-2010 at 11:02 AM.
    Love and compassion to all x
  • weezl74
    Hi everyone

    As I said on the other thread, we will follow the Xmas week tweaking recipes where we have to accomodate veggie requirement. We are two adults (one male, one female) and two young girls (currently ill with chicken pox! :O so all the soup and fave foods like sausage and hummus should go down well.) This is how our adapted plan looks so far:

    23rd Dec
    B: Waffles + cinnamon syrup
    L: French onion soup (also making tomato swirls at DD's request but they do use Shirley ingredients)
    D: Sausage casserole + wedges instead of toad in the hole

    24th Dec
    B: Fruity pancakes
    L: Tomato hummus on toast
    D: Pasta with chick peas and greens instead of smoked salmon

    Xmas Day
    B: French toast and veg sausage
    L: Mushroom soup. Cashew and Cranberry nutroast from planner with roast potatoes, carrots, sprouts, fruity gravy and stuffing (no york pud). Xmas pud (will try without egg) with white sauce
    D: French onion soup + garlic croutons

    Boxing Day
    B: Waffles and cinnamon syrup
    L: Tomato hummus on toast
    D: Fry-up (or hash or fritters if want to sound a bit posher ) using up nutroast with carrots and wedges instead of spanish omlette

    27th Dec
    B: Fruity pancakes
    L: Avocado and Marie Rose sandwiches instead of egg mayo
    D: Spaghetti aglio e peperoncino

    28th Dec
    B: Waffles and cinnamon syrup
    L: Veg soup
    D: Tortillas with tomato-chilli sauce + leftover veg with guacamole instead of leftover pork in sauce (might make this into an enchilada bake)

    29th Dec
    B: Fruity pancakes
    L: French onion soup
    D: Veg sausage and potato salad

    For the snacks, I will see if I can include dates and brazils - ETA and peanuts -on the adapted shopping budget/list (will post this later on). The brownies will be made to our own recipe and the yule log i will have to fashion a log shape out of a loaf cake and cover with vegan butter cream as I don't know any recipe that will give a light enough sponge to roll without eggs

    Good luck with the testing everyone! xx
    Originally posted by Boodle
    Booodle! Yay! I'm sorry I forgot to pop you on my list of who's doing the planner, thanks for reminding me Shanks and allegra will really enjoy having your company, as will more of us on sun All your adaptions sound fab, I can't wait to see your ingreds list!

    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
  • Boodle
    Booodle! Yay! I'm sorry I forgot to pop you on my list of who's doing the planner, thanks for reminding me Shanks and allegra will really enjoy having your company, as will more of us on sun
    Originally posted by weezl74
    Hi Weezl That's fine - takes a lot to huff me :P TBH, I find it very difficult to keep up with the threads but will try my utmost to keep up to date this week. Hopefully the girls will sleep quite a bit to recover in the next couple of days (one can but hope.)

    Onion soup is reducing nicely and tastes yummy so far (I used 3 tbsp yeast extract instead of a stock cube) and I even dunked a tomato swirl in the pan () which was delish...
    Love and compassion to all x
    • Sami_Bee
    • By Sami_Bee 29th Oct 10, 11:41 AM
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    Sami_Bee
    I'm hoping to test the waffle recipe, in a proper waffle iron! I've not used it before though and need to prep the cast iron so not sure if I'll be able to do it this week.
    I'm such a flake
    The very best is sometimes what nature gives us for free.
    I think Sami is right, as always!
    Originally posted by 3onitsway
  • weezl74
    I'm hoping to test the waffle recipe, in a proper waffle iron! I've not used it before though and need to prep the cast iron so not sure if I'll be able to do it this week.
    I'm such a flake
    Originally posted by Sami_Bee
    sami, lesley did one in a cast-iron pan, hers looked amazing in the pics, I'm sure she'd be v up for giving you the low-down on what she did if it'd help?

    Is it a bit like sealing a wok?

    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
  • maltesers
    The chololate log looks amazingly tempting. Actually so do the brownies.

    Any chance of a reply Weezl?
    • Sami_Bee
    • By Sami_Bee 29th Oct 10, 12:09 PM
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    Sami_Bee
    sami, lesley did one in a cast-iron pan, hers looked amazing in the pics, I'm sure she'd be v up for giving you the low-down on what she did if it'd help?

    Is it a bit like sealing a wok?
    Originally posted by weezl74
    If Lesley can tell me a nice easy way I'd love to hear it
    It all sounds very much a faff! This is the waffle iron I have http://www.amazon.com/Romes-1100-Fashioned-Waffle-Iron/product-reviews/B000BWCTL0/ref=dp_db_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
    along with everyone's tales of seasoning the iron

    I think there was mention of doing it in the oven on the instructions which would be my choice as I have the boys here most of the time and my kitchen isn't very well ventilated so smoke causes a right nightmare. I'm contemplating taking it to my parents as they're away all weekend and their kitchen has a door straight to outside

    My sausages are in the freezer, do we think they'd defrost in 4ish hours/be ok to cook from slightly frozen?
    DH was hoping for takeaway I think but I'm not in the mood for it, much rather toad in'th 'ole
    Last edited by Sami_Bee; 29-10-2010 at 12:12 PM.
    The very best is sometimes what nature gives us for free.
    I think Sami is right, as always!
    Originally posted by 3onitsway
  • weezl74
    thanks the chocolate ones are v popular, I'll pop my responses on the other thread when I have had chance to do all my research, and heard back from folk.

    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
    sami I cook from frozen, in the oven.

    What kinda bangers have you got?

    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
    • aless02
    • By aless02 29th Oct 10, 12:28 PM
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    aless02
    We'll be doing the pork dinner and Christmas pud for dessert on Sunday. I fear mushroom soup would just be too much, so I'll do that separately another day.

    Have made the brownies in the past - caution, DO NOT attempt to cut or extract from pan while the least bit warm. It's hard to wait, I know, but they will totally fall apart if they're not cool.

    Salmon pasta is also yummy, as is toad in the hole.
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  • VenusFlytrap
    Hello everyone, yay for the new thread!

    Sorry not been around much this week, my Skype has been acting funny again! Am still planning on doing some Mockmas testing this weekend - fruity pancakes, eggy bread, French onion soup, Toad in the Hole and the Mockmas dinner (but with chicken, not pork) are all on the hit list, need a trip to Asda tonight/tomorrow to pick up a few bits and I'll be set.

    Have already done two lots of Brownies (which went down a storm with everyone who tried them! ) and may well do another, or perhaps try the Yule log instead... ooh decisions, decisions!

    Will report back on how everything goes and if I can get my dad's ancient digital camera to work, will have pics too.

    Best of luck to all the fab testers out there!

    Venus xxx
  • maltesers
    thanks the chocolate ones are v popular, I'll pop my responses on the other thread when I have had chance to do all my research, and heard back from folk.
    Originally posted by weezl74
    But you said you have the figures and that's is all I asked for.

    I have analysed the amount of ALA in both the planners now, and they are below the level which one of the studies based on the nurses study correlated with an increased risk of Age-related macular degeneration (1.44g/1.47g daily). The figures are available for those who would like them.

    why make the statement above if you aren't prepared to give the figures?
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