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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 13th Jan 18, 9:18 AM
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    JackieO
    Love food hate Waste Part two for 2018 :)
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    • 13th Jan 18, 9:18 AM
    Love food hate Waste Part two for 2018 :) 13th Jan 18 at 9:18 AM
    Hi chums I see for some reason unbeknown to us all that the previous thread was deleted .OK well lets no be despondant it was 11 months old and I certainly didn't expect it to run as long as it did,but this will no defeat us in our object to LFHW will it .So come on chums get those ideas rolling again for the new year ahead

    JackieO xxx
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
    2019 January £ 41.45 in total spent this month Feb £38.95 spentMarch food spend so far £24.90
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    • Cappella
    • By Cappella 16th Jan 18, 7:03 AM
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    The Moroccan vegetable casserole I made on Sunday was from an ĎEat Well for Lessí cookery book from the local library. I havenít watched the series but was really pleased with this recipe, it used up lots of veg thatís been hanging around a while: three wrinkly peppers, 5 very large carrots from the pantry, 2 tins of out of date chick peas, a bag of frozen courgette chunks from the summer allotment courgette glut, a bag of out of date dried apricots, a good amount of spices I already had and one of MrCís squashes. It made a huge amount of food, served 6 of us easily on Sunday, two of us for tea yesterday and I have frozen two generous portions.
    If Iíd had to buy ingredients it could have been expensive, but they were already lurking in various cupboards.
    I served it with cous cous (spelling?) and wilted lemon and garlic spinach as I bought a big packet of cots cous earlier this year and hadnít used it all, but it would have been equally good with rice. The spinach was our own, frozen earlier this year. Made a lovely change from our usual Sunday roast and used up a lot of odds and ends of veg.
    We certainly ate our 5-a-day as well
    Iíd recommend looking through the indexes of cookery books in your library, as well as searching online if you have something to use up. I was looking for ways of using chick peas. I often find inexpensive recipes in the books there for ingredients I want to use up and I find that onlinerecipes often seem to involve buying MORE ingredients rather than using what you already have.
    • MankyVegSoup
    • By MankyVegSoup 16th Jan 18, 7:19 AM
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    This weekend I bought a ham hock (£4.95). So far we have had ham with green lentils & carrots (with 1 portion left over for lunch), spaghetti (sort of) carbonara plus about 6 portions of ham and lentil soup for lunches/freezing. And there's still some ham left over.

    Any ideas apart from more soup? Preferably something I can freeze.......
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 16th Jan 18, 7:21 AM
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    We have enough cold cooked pork left for another two portion meal today (from a YS loin joint I got from Mr.T for £3.15p). On Sunday we had a lovely roast dinner, yesterday I used half of the cooked meat to make two large rissoles which were delicious and today I will make sweet and sour pork served with stir fried veg that I already have in the fridge, a sachet of stir fry sauce from the store and some basmati rice that we always have in. The sweet and sour sauce will be from ingredients we already have in too. If we want pudding I have some blueberries and half a tin of light custard and I'll make a blueberry fool. Lunch will also be home made in the form of Baked Bean Soup to use up some cooking bacon in the fridge and tins of baked beans and tomatoes from the store, all of the above is real comfort food for this colder weather and I won't have to go out into the cold to get any of it, hoorah!
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 16th Jan 18, 7:30 AM
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    JackieO
    Lunch today is parsnip and apple soup from the freezer and tonight I am out at quiz night so no cooking as the meal comes with the price of the quiz £2.00 great night out with laughs and food can't be beaten

    Slowly getting some room in the freezer
    Cheers chums
    JackieO xx
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
    2019 January £ 41.45 in total spent this month Feb £38.95 spentMarch food spend so far £24.90
    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 16th Jan 18, 8:44 AM
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    Apologies as I am one of those who has occasionally hit the spam button by mistake when scrolling on the iPad. But the system does alert you to what you have done and gives you an opportunity to recant, which I always do. Surely leaving a spam notification in place must be deliberate? Or maybe the notification could be bigger and shoutier?
    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 17th Jan 18, 8:45 AM
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    Still trying to clear some food backlog.

    Yesterday I decided to make what we call "Granddad Pie" - a form of corned beef hash that my dad used to make. I thought i would use up some frozen mashed potato with it. Then discovered I didn't have any...

    So I made some more mash - throwing in a few bits of the frozen squash glut I have - and now have some left over. it's like a never-ending cycle. But today it's just me here for tea so i am having some leftover beef casserole that I'd frozen, the leftover mash and the ends of a white and red cabbage. I have some bacon to use up (the 'children' had opened two packs ) so might throw some of that in the cabbage mix...
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 17th Jan 18, 8:56 AM
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    JackieO
    Its a never ending cycle isn't it at times I too am using up stuff from the freezer and have got two chicken thighs out and they are defrosting in the fridge for tonight's dinner I shall use some of the herby mash also from the freezer tonight, and steam some sweetheart cabbage and some carrots for the side veg.I have a feeling there is some asparagus in the bottom drawer of the freezer so I may dig that out and steam it as well.I am determined to get my freezer empty and defrosted so I am not buying any meat or fish to go in there until I have used up what I have .I know there are two lamb shanks in there and I will wait until my friend comes down from Dartford for the day and defrost and cook them for our dinner in the SC. This Saturdays soup will be made with a large pack of chunky mixed veg that was y/s last October Its gotta go

    Have a good and frugal day chums

    JackieO xxx
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
    2019 January £ 41.45 in total spent this month Feb £38.95 spentMarch food spend so far £24.90
    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 17th Jan 18, 12:31 PM
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    Islandmaid
    Using up 3rd of a bag of french beans and some frozen Tuna steaks in NiÁoise salad tonight - freezing cold wind here, shouldn’t be eating salad, but craving green stuff....
    Note to self - STOP SPENDING MONEY !!
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 17th Jan 18, 1:12 PM
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    I made a lovely dhal yesterday with all the wrinkly bits of veg in the fridge - beetroot, onion, swede and squash. I also had half a tin of coconut milk to use up and I managed to finish off a packet of dried split chickpeas I've had for eons. Oh, and half a lemon that needed using up. It was delicious and a lovely pink colour from the beetroot. My 5 year decided it was 'Yum! Delicious!' and I even ate it without adding extra chilli (I prefer a hot curry usually). I've frozen a couple of portions for a future date too.
    • lickylonglips
    • By lickylonglips 17th Jan 18, 1:23 PM
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    lickylonglips
    I've had a tidy out of my cupboards and found so much out of date stuff that I had to bite the bullet and throw a lot of it away. I know this isn't in the spirit of love food hate waste, but I'll never be able to get to half of my stuff if I don't clear some of the Ęrap out.

    Now that everything is easy to get to and is in date, I can start using stuff up.

    I've used a packet of dried potato and a tin of tomato soup up today already, so onwards and upwards!!!
    • Cappella
    • By Cappella 17th Jan 18, 1:45 PM
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    Cappella
    Iíve made green soup this morning from half a bag of spinach and a lettuce my neighbour passed on to me as she was going away for a few days, two leeks leftover from last week, the rest of the bag of frozen courgettes I opened on Sunday, lots of nutmeg and a stock cube. Blended it when it was cooked and served it with a teaspnful of double dream swirled in( also a gift from my neighbour). Really delicious.
    I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge of finding ways of using things up. Many thanks JackieO!
    • MrsPear
    • By MrsPear 17th Jan 18, 3:17 PM
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    Cleaned the pantry cupboard - just a double wall cupboard really - and the only thing I threw were these awful chocolates that my husband bought some time ago - they were out of date by 6 months Iíve told him not buy more unless he actually eats them plus they were in a huge box. So more space. We still have a celebration tub filled with mini chocolates from Christmas!

    Tomorrow I am going to do something with coconut as I need to use by the open bag.

    Tonightís dinner was pasta sauce using up soft tomatoes, floppy celery, slight wrinkled peppers, carrots dito, garlic and red onions - including half rescued from the bottom of the veg box. Smells good
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    • lickylonglips
    • By lickylonglips 17th Jan 18, 4:41 PM
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    lickylonglips
    Used up a pumpkin, some couscous and some roast pork for tea.

    I hydrated the couscous with a vegetable stock cube, chilli flakes, cumin, celery salt, cracked black pepper and garlic powder. I used it to stuff the pumpkin that I'd started off in the microwave and finished in the oven.
    Last edited by lickylonglips; 17-01-2018 at 6:17 PM.
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 17th Jan 18, 4:53 PM
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    YorksLass
    Do you find home baking cheaper? I love baking but sometimes thinks it's more economical to buy some value biscuits (Although a lot less enjoyable)
    Originally posted by FrugalWeirdo83
    Not necessarily cheaper - especially given the price of butter these days - but definitely tastier and more enjoyable than shop-bought.

    What can I do with left over roast beef?
    Originally posted by MrsPear
    This reminded me of a time many years ago when my two were children and, unbeknown to me, they'd invited a couple of their pals for tea. I had a small leftover piece of roast beef that wouldn't have stretched out if I'd just sliced it so I minced it up, cooked it in the gravy with some onions, carrots, celery, pearl barley and lentils, added hm Yorks puds and cabbage. Hm apple pie and custard for afters, there was more than enough for 2 adults and 4 children.

    I think that half a cauli may have gone a bit too far to reclaim, but I will check today and salvedge it if possible. I need to grate a batch of cheddar, so may get a cauli cheese from it
    Originally posted by maddiemay
    Did it happen?

    Celery & bacon soup made this week and it turned out much nicer than I'd expected so another one for the repertoire.

    Since joining in LFHW way back, my cupboards are much tidier and I can see what's in them. Everything now within date - apart from some gravy granules that seem to be taking forever to use up. I reckon another couple of uses and they'll be gone. I won't by buying them again; not expensive but no flavour to them; they just colour and thicken the gravy.
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 17th Jan 18, 6:42 PM
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    JackieO
    I stick to Bisto gravy powder, I have never got on with granules at all, plus they never seem to go as far as the powder

    Bought a couple of bits for my forthcoming gt granddaughter at the shopping centre today ,gosh kids stuff has really got very expensive hasn't it. But its my first gt grandchild so I suppose she's got to have something nice.

    No food shopping though and DD bought some rolls and we took them to DGD's and had lunch and waited for the baby to kick, but she was obviously not going to oblige us only 9 more weeks to go

    Keep warm and dry chums its blooming cold out there
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    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 17th Jan 18, 9:14 PM
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    maddiemay

    Did it happen? .
    Originally posted by YorksLass
    Sort of, I salvaged just over half the cauli, OH popped it in with the boiling potatoes part way through so we ate butcher's sausage, potato and cauli mash, carrots, broccoli and gravy, so very tasty, and some mash left for bubble and squeak or something similar
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 17th Jan 18, 10:26 PM
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    Today I used up the remaining tinned pork in a boring sandwich as I was working in a different base today and didn't know their layout. Dinner was a chicken & hoisin stir fry, using up a hoisin sachet which was probably way out of date as we haven't bought sachets for forever!! But it was very tasty and there are two portions left for lunches tomorrow (back in my usual office!).

    But I am starving now!! If I go to bed then I can't eat and I'll get some extra sleep before work tomorrow. So night night everyone
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    • pelirocco
    • By pelirocco 17th Jan 18, 11:06 PM
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    Couple of ideas - make the Spam button a different colour from the thanks button - maybe make it red?
    Have an "Are you sure?" stage, so that the person reporting Spam hits the Spam button, then has to hit another button to confirm they actually wanted to report Spam.
    I don't know how practical these would be, as I'm not a coder, but it's my two pennyworth, fwiw.

    Re: LFHW - I am pleased to say we are still managing ZERO food waste in this house; mainly I think due to careful measuring (even if it's by eye) to ensure correct portions for Mr LW and myself, c/w Mr LW's ability to eat up anything on my plate that I find I can't manage.



    We're both a bit under the weather at present (I have lupus-related nausea and he has a poorly back) so not sure what tonight's dins will be; something easy I think, as I have another meet'n'greet visit tonight, a little Shih Tzu coming to visit at 20:00.

    I recently rescued a couple of slightly geriatric bananas by making them into banana cake (added bonus - it's one where you chuck all the ingredients in the food processor and wuzz it) which did us for dessert for a few days.
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    I often accidently hit spam when i am scrolling so an are you sure promp would help ( I always un spam when i notice ..not sure if this cancels it out officially tho )
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    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 18th Jan 18, 1:26 AM
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    Hi everyone,

    The meal plan went to pot! My DH kindly treated us to a curry which has fed us for two days and not a scrap left! The coconut biccies I baked on Saturday are now all gone��
    So new meal plan needed & back to emptying the freezer & using up larder stores.
    DH did an sm shop on Saturday but the plan is not to do another one until the 27th.
    Found out that you can roast frozen veg - toss in a little olive oil (lemon & dill is rather nice) and cook near top of oven @ 200C for 30/35 mins. DH is now a big fan & so am I as it means fresh veg is not a priority & I am less likely to waste anything! Also need to bake some biccies as the tin is completely empty now!

    LFHW

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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 18th Jan 18, 6:44 AM
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    OH and I have both been a little off colour and not wanted proper meals for a couple of days, so I think that half a cauli may have gone a bit too far to reclaim, but I will check today and salvedge it if possible. I need to grate a batch of cheddar, so may get a cauli cheese from it
    Originally posted by maddiemay
    If I've got any cauli left over I freeze it and if it's not good enough to serve with a dinner, I mash it and add to mashed potato for a pie topping.
    Good way to up your 5-a-day.
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