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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 sixth 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:
    May 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; 11-05-2012 at 6:59 PM.
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    • purplesheila
    • By purplesheila 11th Jun 12, 8:04 PM
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    Bacon Hotpot
    Hey guys

    I have a load of bacon to use up, so am wondering what you would use it for (to go into main meals for dinner)?
    The only thing i can think of is carbonara, but we all hate carbonara! Any ideas?
    Originally posted by cleggie

    An old recipe that has been passed from my Grandma is Bacon Hot pot. It’s a quick, cheep and easy meal. It is scrumptious

    You will need

    1 Onion - Chopped

    Potatoes – Peeled & Sliced in to disks

    Bacon (Fat not removed as this adds flavour to stock)

    Salt and (white) pepper

    Method

    Fry onion and bacon in a deep frying pan

    Remove bacon and keep warm

    Put potatoes layered in pan followed with salt and pepper ( I like lots of white pepper)

    Continue layering potatoes and S&P

    Put bacon on top

    Add water covering potatoes and bring to the boil – cover top of pan with lid leaving a large area for steam to escape so liquid can thicken

    Serve with cooked frozen peas and buttered bread



    Variation

    Instead of salt and pepper add a stock cube

    This is one of my family Favourites - kids love it

    Enjoy

    NSD For me today :-)
    Last edited by purplesheila; 12-06-2012 at 8:42 AM.
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  • archived user
    I've got to add another spend today which will take me up to 105 but that includes lots of meals in the freezer already and DR sausages coming on Saturday so we should be ok.
    I had the oven on for some sausages for dinner so I made some flapjacks to use the oven so Flo wouldn't tell me off I put some chocolate chips in but they melted - I was disappointed till I tried one just now - they're way too nice to be good for me!
    Leftovers tomorrow as DD working late
    • MrsCD
    • By MrsCD 11th Jun 12, 8:09 PM
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    Hey guys

    I have a load of bacon to use up, so am wondering what you would use it for (to go into main meals for dinner)?
    The only thing i can think of is carbonara, but we all hate carbonara! Any ideas?
    Originally posted by cleggie
    You could make Pan Haggerty - it's sliced potatoes, onions and bacon all layered in a dish with some veg stock and cooked in the oven until soft. There are lots of regional variations of this.
    Or you could make some broth with whatever veg you have, chopped bacon, veg stock and barley, lentils, peas etc. - just whatever you have that will go mushy to make a thick broth

    I thought I was going to have a NSD today, but I went with DD2 to MrA's and I bought some ice cream and scampi for DH. Will update sig after I've done the 'proper' weekly shop tomorrow!
    Last edited by MrsCD; 11-06-2012 at 8:12 PM. Reason: I said there was lots of regional variations!
    • debbiedeejay
    • By debbiedeejay 11th Jun 12, 8:10 PM
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    Little spend of 3.50 on garlic pizza bread and bacon yesterday. Both now eaten,bacon stretching over three meals x two people so not too bad,although really should not have bought them but they helped to make quick meals.

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    • mrsplymdaz
    • By mrsplymdaz 11th Jun 12, 8:28 PM
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    mrsplymdaz
    5 min potatoes
    An old recipe that has been passed from my Grandma is Bacon Hot pot. Its a quick, cheep and easy meal. It is scrumptious

    You will need

    1 Onion - Chopped

    Potatoes Sliced in to disks

    Bacon (fat not removed as this adds flavour to stock)

    Salt and (white) pepper

    Method

    Fry onion and bacon in a deep frying pan

    Remove bacon and keep warm

    Put potatoes layered in pan followed with salt and pepper ( I like lots of white pepper)

    Continue layering potatoes and S&P

    Put bacon on top

    Add water and bring to the boil cover top of pan with lid leaving a large area for steam to escape so liquid can thicken

    Serve with cooked frozen peas and buttered bread



    Variation

    Instead of salt and pepper add a stock cube

    This is one of my family favorates - kids love it

    Enjoy
    Originally posted by purplesheila
    You could make Pan Haggerty - it's sliced potatoes, onions and bacon all layered in a dish with some veg stock and cooked in the oven until soft. There are lots of regional variations of this.
    Or you could make some broth with whatever veg you have, chopped bacon, veg stock and barley, lentils, peas etc. - just whatever you have that will go mushy to make a thick broth

    I thought I was going to have a NSD today, but I went with DD2 to MrA's and I bought some ice cream and scampi for DH. Will update sig after I've done the 'proper' weekly shop tomorrow!
    Originally posted by MrsCD
    My mum used to make this all the time when I was growing up; my grandad was Welsh and I think it was a Welsh version although we always just called it 5 minute potatoes - but it was basically the same as Purpleshelia's recipe.

    I make it now for my LO's and it's always clean plates and full tummy's, even the fussy DH loves it.
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    • Aldahbra
    • By Aldahbra 11th Jun 12, 9:21 PM
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    Hi,

    As far as I'm aware the calcium content is the same for different dilutions of milk, so FF has the same calcium as Sk, only the fat content is reduced.



    XK
    Originally posted by mrsplymdaz
    Yes, it is true for skimmed/semi/whole but it won't stay the same if you add water to it, the content of calcium per pint will drop.
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  • sonastin
    I am just getting into Moroccan flavours, can I ask what sauce you got?

    I think there are probably too many ingredients to warrant me buying them individually just for me, but I am happy to get a jar of something, thank you!
    Originally posted by fozziebeartoo
    The brand is Alfez and its an Apricot and coriander Moroccan Tagine Sauce. I've seen other flavours of Alfez sauces in one of the really big SMs I sometimes use - either Mr T or Mr A can't remember which. My usual Mr A doesn't stock it and my usual Mr T used to do the Apricot and coriander but they don't seem to stock it any more. Don't tend to go to Mr M very often these days but that was where I first found these to try. Before I got adventurous enough in the kitchen to have a go at DIY.

    Ingredients are: tomato, water, olive oil, sugar, apricots, rice flour, coriander, garlic, salt, mint, paprika, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cumin, lemon powder, parsley, caraway, pepper, citric acid. Have quite a few of these in the cupboard so might just have a go at throwing something together...
    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 12th Jun 12, 5:54 AM
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    PennyGrabber
    I haven't spent anything since the weekly shop on Saturday. No plans to get anything until at least Saturday, although we're going for a picnic on Sunday... Have stuff that will do for a picnic, but we may want to get a few bits - I'll have to see.

    As of today, my daily budget is 3.46, so going up all the time! It was only 3.30something when I started looking at the figure. This is ok, especially as I don't have to cater Christmas this year. Well, I'll need to do tea for me and the children, but not the big ole dinner. That always seems to cost loads, because of the extras you 'have to have', just cos it's Christmas!!

    Money is very tight for this month now - still have to pay for the dentist (hopefully just a check up), AND the overtime I should be paid this month hasn't gone through. It's fine, as I'll get it next month, but I kind of wanted it this month!

    Hoping to spend as little as possible for the rest of the month. There are two weekends left, so hoping for 30 max between them. That'll raise my daily limit to nearly 4 if I can manage it! It's become a bit of a personal challenge now!!

    Have a good day all, keep those delicious sounding recipes coming!!

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    • craigywv
    • By craigywv 12th Jun 12, 6:46 AM
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    How to make oven chips from scratch pls
    excuse my ignorance but could someone pls tell me how to make my own oven chips , i read on one of the threads a woman casually saying she made her own oc but i didnt know you could do that i thought they went through a factory process or something, anyway i have just emtyied and cleaned my deep fat fryer in preparation on going on hols next week as it was needing oil change and washed out and dont really want to refill until we come home thanks
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    • Possession
    • By Possession 12th Jun 12, 6:59 AM
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    Cut up potato and baste in a little oil in a baking tray, stick them in the oven for about half an hour depending on the size of the chips at about 190 degrees. You could make them really nice by parboiling them for a couple of minutes first but I don't bother. In fact I'm so lazy I really prefer potato wedges that I don't even have to peel!

    excuse my ignorance but could someone pls tell me how to make my own oven chips , i read on one of the threads a woman casually saying she made her own oc but i didnt know you could do that i thought they went through a factory process or something, anyway i have just emtyied and cleaned my deep fat fryer in preparation on going on hols next week as it was needing oil change and washed out and dont really want to refill until we come home thanks
    Originally posted by craigywv

    • craigywv
    • By craigywv 12th Jun 12, 7:05 AM
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    craigywv
    Cut up potato and baste in a little oil in a baking tray, stick them in the oven for about half an hour depending on the size of the chips at about 190 degrees. You could make them really nice by parboiling them for a couple of minutes first but I don't bother. In fact I'm so lazy I really prefer potato wedges that I don't even have to peel!
    Originally posted by Possession
    great thanks thats brill!!!!
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    • Kitchenbunny
    • By Kitchenbunny 12th Jun 12, 7:32 AM
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    Morning everyone! That bacon hotpot recipe looks awesome - I shall be trying that one Thanks! Looks like I've got to go to Mr T today so I'll be having a spend day. The good news is that it should be a weekly shop so while it might cost a lot it'll most likely last us until the end of the week. I'll update a bit later on with the spend and then probably have to have a sit down as I'm getting rather used to NSDs now, and any spends I'm starting to resent a teeny bit! I've actually lost a couple of lbs from not getting snacks and stuff in, however Mr Kitchenbunny deserves a pud in the cupboard from time to time so that's what I'll do. He'll be coming with me today.

    Have a good day, everyone. Here's to a low spend in spite of everything!

    K xx

  • chelseabun
    Cut up potato and baste in a little oil in a baking tray, stick them in the oven for about half an hour depending on the size of the chips at about 190 degrees. You could make them really nice by parboiling them for a couple of minutes first but I don't bother. In fact I'm so lazy I really prefer potato wedges that I don't even have to peel!
    Originally posted by Possession
    I love these! If you parboil them, then you don't need to add much fat at all, and end up with Sl!mming W*rld syn free chips! You can add a sprinkle of your favourite herbs & spices as well, or use the ready made Schw@rtz or equivalent packets, so you get spicy chips or wedges. We prefer them to normal chips now!

    Thanks for the link to the breakfast bar recipe, Possession, I'll make some of those next weekend!

    At college today, so unlikely to be an NSD as we go for coffee at lunchtime . However I have managed to reduce my spend from 20 every Tuesday to 5, which is good going I reckon!

    Have a good day, everyone! CBx
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  • jumblejack
    Good morning!

    A nice dry start so far

    I managed to start tackling the garden again yesterday. Everything is growing so fast, especially the lawn and hedges. I pulled all the forget me knots, etc, out that are now seeding and no longer the vibrant blue that they were. I feel so much better when the garden looks nice. Why is that?!

    I don't want to defrost anything today but tidy out the fridge contents. I have an assortment if things to use up such as radishes, cucumbers, eggs, bacon, cabbage, sage, lettuce. Nothing that readily lends itself to a meal but I am NOT going shopping.
    My freezers are bulging with wonderful things but I don't want the sad fridge contents to end up in the bin so must use them up somehow.
    Maybe a tidy-up soup for dinner and omelette with side salad?
    Hmmm *rubs chin thoughtfully*

    Edit:
    Gonna do a Cheesy bacon quiche and a slaw type of salad with the cucumber, radishes and cabbage and red onion.
    That will use quite a bit up. Will incorporate what's left into a meal for tomorrow...
    Last edited by jumblejack; 12-06-2012 at 8:02 AM.
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  • Mrs Addicted to Spending
    I have recently mastered the art of "proper gravy" - mainly through not having an oven for 9 months! I have been cooking joints of meat in the slow cooker and using the combi-bit of the microwave for the spuds. Basically, when the spuds have about 10-15 minutes left, I take the joint out of the SC, pour the juices into a pan and return the joint to the empty SC to "rest". I put a teaspoon or two of cornflour into a wee jar (like the sort that mint sauce or horseradish come in), add a bit of water, put the lid on and shake like mad to get a runny flour/water mix. This is added to the pan with the SC meat juice and it goes on the hob to bring to the boil - stirring to make sure it don't go lumpy. When its thickened, taste & add salt, gravy browning and/or a wee bit of stock cube if the colour/taste dictates. Not sure what I'd use if I did the meat in the oven. Probably just a stock made with stock cube but haven't been that adventurous yet - particularly as OH still says he prefers b!sto
    Originally posted by sonastin
    Thanks very much I'll be trying that on Sunday !

    I don't worry about it at all as they have a fab diet. They have yoghurts etc quite a lot too.

    A lot of folk dont even realise that coke/caffeine drinks prevent calcium absorption. My kids don't touch the stuff so their bodies can utilise all the calcium that their diet includes pretty well.

    I totally understand your point though
    Originally posted by jumblejack
    Just a quick note that calcium absorption is helped by drinking orange juice or eating food containing vitamin C .
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    • Possession
    • By Possession 12th Jun 12, 8:27 AM
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    Possession
    Yes if you use Fry Lite, syn-free. And even better with an egg or two cracked in to them about 6 mins before the end of cooking, chips and eggs! We like cut up peppers too (put in with chips at the beginning of cooking) for a complete one-pan meal. Haven't done this for ages, think I might know what we're having for tea tonight!

    I love these! If you parboil them, then you don't need to add much fat at all, and end up with Sl!mming W*rld syn free chips! You can add a sprinkle of your favourite herbs & spices as well, or use the ready made Schw@rtz or equivalent packets, so you get spicy chips or wedges. We prefer them to normal chips now!

    Thanks for the link to the breakfast bar recipe, Possession, I'll make some of those next weekend!

    At college today, so unlikely to be an NSD as we go for coffee at lunchtime . However I have managed to reduce my spend from 20 every Tuesday to 5, which is good going I reckon!

    Have a good day, everyone! CBx
    Originally posted by chelseabun

  • jumblejack
    Thanks very much I'll be trying that on Sunday !


    Just a quick note that calcium absorption is helped by drinking orange juice or eating food containing vitamin C .
    Originally posted by Mrs Addicted to Spending
    Good point!!!

    Actually I used to buy 4 of the 4pint bottles of while milk every week.
    I only get 3 now as i water it down so I have saved a quid off the weekly shop.
    Not much I know but when your budget is 30 it makes a difference!

    As I drink soya milk, that still means 4 pints of milk are being consumed per week for each remaining member of the family. Not bad! It's over .5 pints a day per person.

    That's why I'm not overly concerned about calcium intake as it's reached anyway and supplemented by their food with leafy veg, fish, etc.

    I have cut back on my own stuff too. I STILL haven't bought myself redbush tea as the cheapest it gets is 1 for 40 bags it's normally much more than this.

    Water has been serving me well and it means I have been using less soya milk too as I use loads in tea! Also it means the kettle hasn't constantly been on these last few weeks
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    • Florenceem
    • By Florenceem 12th Jun 12, 9:18 AM
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    Cut up potato and baste in a little oil in a baking tray, stick them in the oven for about half an hour depending on the size of the chips at about 190 degrees. You could make them really nice by parboiling them for a couple of minutes first but I don't bother. In fact I'm so lazy I really prefer potato wedges that I don't even have to peel!
    Originally posted by Possession
    Not lazy - healthier to eat with skins on - loads of goodness just under skins which is lost when peeling.
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    • fozziebeartoo
    • By fozziebeartoo 12th Jun 12, 9:22 AM
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    fozziebeartoo
    The brand is Alfez and its an Apricot and coriander Moroccan Tagine Sauce. I've seen other flavours of Alfez sauces in one of the really big SMs I sometimes use - either Mr T or Mr A can't remember which. My usual Mr A doesn't stock it and my usual Mr T used to do the Apricot and coriander but they don't seem to stock it any more. Don't tend to go to Mr M very often these days but that was where I first found these to try. Before I got adventurous enough in the kitchen to have a go at DIY.

    Ingredients are: tomato, water, olive oil, sugar, apricots, rice flour, coriander, garlic, salt, mint, paprika, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cumin, lemon powder, parsley, caraway, pepper, citric acid. Have quite a few of these in the cupboard so might just have a go at throwing something together...
    Originally posted by sonastin

    Thank you - that sounds lovely!! I got some M&S Moroccan tagine paste a while back (very cheap with YS) and I have used it all.......if I had realised how delish it was, I would have bought the whole shelf!

    Might venture into the city centre on Thursday, the Asda there has a really diverse customer base and loads of ethnic specialitites.....yum!
  • helen jelly
    Hi and welcome to all our new people - very nice to see you on here. Please read the first post, especially Spiggles bit - lots of helpful tips. Ask lots of questions and try to post everyday - it really helps on the focusing bit.

    I'm away from the 15th to the 22nd june - if any new people join and they don't post their budget in red and big could someone show them how to do it - I can then just skim through the posts when I get back - thank you lovely people

    I'm supposed to be packing but I'm lacking serious motivation to get it done, I had a migraine yesterday and its left me feeling very tired today - oh well, must get on and do something!

    Helen x
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