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    • JIL
    • By JIL 10th Jan 18, 12:20 AM
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    What are you making for dinner 2018.
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    • 10th Jan 18, 12:20 AM
    What are you making for dinner 2018. 10th Jan 18 at 12:20 AM
    There were problems with the original thread in that it disappeared and could not be reinstated.

    So a new thread was created and we all started again, unfortunately that thread also seems to have joined it's predecessor.

    So here's a new one. We need to hear about Suki's lamb casserole and Island Maid is back from Amsterdam and must have delights to tell us about.

    Maybe if the old one can be found then this can be merged?

    Anyway without further ado...
    Last edited by JIL; 10-01-2018 at 12:32 AM.
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    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 9th Apr 18, 7:52 PM
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    Hi frualish - I bought a 'vintage' one from e bay recently for my DD and her boyfriend, same era as mine, which was bought in 1989 and is still going strong.

    I paid 20 delivered for DD's one and it looks like it's never been used

    The new ones are lovely and shiny, but cook too 'hot' for my liking
    Last edited by Islandmaid; 10-04-2018 at 6:33 AM.
    Note to self - STOP SPENDING MONEY !!
    • Itisme
    • By Itisme 9th Apr 18, 8:08 PM
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    Spinach and ricotta tortelloni with garlic bread, activia cereal yoghurt, and ocean spray cranberry juice.
    Last edited by Itisme; 09-04-2018 at 9:54 PM.
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 9th Apr 18, 9:32 PM
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    Welcome frugalish I'm afraid can't help on the slow cooker front as I don't have one myself but when I do my casseroles in the oven I've started adding the veg later than the meat in stages (so things like carrots and potatoes that take longer before mushrooms that cook quickly). That way they don't get as over cooked. In addition I often batch cook so knowing that the casserole will be reheated I don't stress to much if the veg are still a little al dente after 'first cook'

    On the subject of which, I had LO cauli cheese with a portion of oxtail casserole for dinner tonight. Two glass dishes freed up for the next batch cook. OH has pasta of his own making.

    Not sure about tomrrow, have mashed swede to use so I might have that, OH wants pasta AGAIN ....he'll start speaking Italian at this rate
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 9th Apr 18, 10:45 PM
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    Yep, slow cookers cook a lot hotter then they once did, ruined a bit of beef last week. It was edible, but well over cooked

    I prefer now to slow cook on the hob

    Mum is back eating

    I lifted her from hospital after her op and she says, ' oh don't worry about me, a tin of soup will do me just fine' and thats with her not eating all day. So I said we were having a burger and salt, would she try one. Try one?? She Neal licked the plate lol

    Since then she's eaten everything Ive sat in front of her

    Tonight we had pulled pork thats been in the fridge for a month at least, on jacket spuds and salad. Was ok, but oh so sweet and lord knows what preservatives were in it seeing as it was that old and still hadn't gone off lol ( was two days OOD )
    if you lend someone 20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • JIL
    • By JIL 9th Apr 18, 10:53 PM
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    Hi all, I hope you don't mind me joining in here. I've got an old Tower slow cooker (from the '70s / '80s - one of those lovely brown and cream ones! ) that I've been using for about twenty years, but it's not getting hot enough any more, and things aren't cooking properly . So I have to invest in a new one. I saw one in Mr T for 15 which I thought looked reasonable, but I don't want to buy something that'll only last five minutes and then have to be replaced again. Can I ask for any recommendations from you lovely folk? I'm very sad to have to get rid of the Tower one - I thought it would outlive me!

    In light of not having a working slow cooker, I've got a chicken casserole in the oven slow cooker style - heat it up on the hob, preheat the oven, bung the casserole in, bring back up to temp then turn the oven off and leave for a couple of hours without opening the door. Just reheat when needed. Works well for meat, but tends to sometimes overcook veg

    The casserole should do two of us for three meals each midweek, probably with jacket potatoes and peas added. We've got a yellow sticker pizza for tonight - cheese feast, yum!
    Originally posted by frugalish
    I bought mine for 6 from Asda about 8/9 years ago, it's a bit battered has a low and a high setting and I think it does a great job. I have looked on their website it's the George one at 14. I'm sure very similar to the Tesco one.

    https://direct.asda.com/george-home-3l-slow-cooker-stainless-steel/001585477,default,pd.html

    I did buy a multi pot, it was all singing and dancing, I gave it away to my son. Far too complicated.

    Tonight we had actifry roast potatoes and parsnips, home made Yorkshire puddings, stuffing, chicken, green beans and sprouting broccoli and gravy. Yum.
    Last edited by JIL; 09-04-2018 at 10:57 PM.
    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 10th Apr 18, 6:35 AM
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    Some form of marinated chicken breasts with cous cous Salad, will decide on flavours when brain wakes up

    Went for Satay chicken with Soy, ginger and lime cous cous Salad
    Last edited by Islandmaid; 10-04-2018 at 3:31 PM.
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    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 10th Apr 18, 8:58 AM
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    It will be a veggie dinner tonight - Linda McCartney red onion & rosemary sausages, new potatoes, cabbage and brocolli.

    Denise
    • whmf00001
    • By whmf00001 10th Apr 18, 9:55 AM
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    Had frozen faggots and chip shop chips last night (and peas) with Gson. So tonight I will be having the left over chips, last 2 faggots and the l/o tinned tomatoes which we had for brekkie on toast with eggs. Not a lover of tinned toms so only have when Gson stays over to help eating them. We are out for lunch so only need small dinner tonight.
    • hatful-of-hollow
    • By hatful-of-hollow 10th Apr 18, 10:09 AM
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    The butcher's roast chicken last night was excellent - all the remaining meat bagged up and frozen to make a pie and stir fry later in the week.

    Tonight we're trying the butcher's burgers, in a bun with salad, served with chunky chips and onion rings.

    I've just made a lime and coconut loaf - we'll probably have a slice of that with custard for pud.
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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 10th Apr 18, 10:50 AM
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    I've got a steak out of the freezer to have with the mashed swede that needs using and some veg I will liberate from the fridge or freezer.

    Have a chicken in the freezer I really need to defrost and roast at some stage.
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    • *iluvmymini*
    • By *iluvmymini* 10th Apr 18, 3:25 PM
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    Sunday: Roast chicken, roast pots and yorkshires, cauli and broccoli cheese and carrots.
    Yestaerday: McDonalds whilst out and about.
    Today: Pork shoulder in s/c for pulled pork wraps. Will also fry up some peppers and onions to add in.
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 10th Apr 18, 6:04 PM
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    Pork and apple burgers, salad and skinny fries and onion rings

    Pure junk food but Ive been a busy bee working on another challenge and didn't want to have to stop to cook
    if you lend someone 20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • Ilona
    • By Ilona 10th Apr 18, 6:26 PM
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    Broccoli, leeks, parsnip, carrot, potato, and spinach, steamed with a blob of mayo. Just finished it.

    Ilona
    I love second hand furniture that other people have thrown out. I wear other people's second hand clothes. I eat out of date (yellow sticker) food, and I love skip diving. My brilliant life on a pension.
    • frugalish
    • By frugalish 10th Apr 18, 6:33 PM
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    I did a post thanking everyone for your comments about my slow cooker question, then lost it!!

    So, thank you everyone for your comments! I'm going to try ebay for a second hand one, and I'm going to add the veg later It's good to know that Cookworks ones last well, and that the Asd@ one is probably the same as Mr T but cheaper!

    We've got chicken casserole with baked potato and peas for dinner, and I've made a butternut squash, courgette and lentil soup for lunches out of storecupboard and freezer. It actually tastes quite nice!
    "What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?" - George Eliot

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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 11th Apr 18, 8:22 AM
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    DH is cooking kippers for breakfast. Dinner will be one of his salmon and spinach pasta creations. He's head cook today and I'm head gardener.
    Savings 2018: 795.85
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 11th Apr 18, 9:22 AM
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    An easy day today! Boiled eggs for breakfast; LO butternut squash soup for lunch and a beef stew from the freezer. Will only need to reheat and make mash!

    Denise
    • hatful-of-hollow
    • By hatful-of-hollow 11th Apr 18, 9:42 AM
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    Tonight's dinner will be hm chicken curry and bombay potatoes from the freezer, together with a veg curry I made yesterday. Will be served with pilau rice and some hm garlic and coriander naans.

    I have a few limes to use up so might make a key lime pie for pud if I can find a tried and tested recipe.

    eta Actually, couldn't get condensed milk from the local shop, so I'm going to make a lime cheesecake instead.
    Last edited by hatful-of-hollow; 11-04-2018 at 10:26 AM.
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 11th Apr 18, 10:30 AM
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    Found some slice turkey in the freezer since Christmas, has a bit of freezer burn on the edges but theres plenty fir the three of us with that trimmed off

    Cauliflower cheese, roasties, carrots and parsnips, makes up the the lack of veg yesterday
    if you lend someone 20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 11th Apr 18, 1:20 PM
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    Chilli and nachoes here - it's a crowd pleaser and uses up a load of peppers and onions from the fridge
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 11th Apr 18, 1:34 PM
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    Chorizo risotto here tonight.
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