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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 13th Jan 18, 10:18 AM
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    Love food hate Waste Part two for 2018 :)
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    • 13th Jan 18, 10:18 AM
    Love food hate Waste Part two for 2018 :) 13th Jan 18 at 10:18 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. 2018
    Three months totals £96.53 April,Last shop of April bringing my totals for April to £29.71 very pleased as I was away for a week on holidayRunning total for four months food only shopping =£126.24.Freezer stuff slowly going down at last
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    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 9th Feb 18, 9:42 AM
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    Ginmonster
    As expected my apple cake isn't perfect. I did check it by poking a cocktail stick in and it came out clean but I must have just got a cooked bit by accident as the middle is all squidgy and uncooked although the outside (about 2/3rds of the cake) is fine. I'm wondering whether I could cut the middle out, cook it in the microwave and have it with custard? I seem to remember my mum making sponge in the microwave in the 80s. Any suggestions?
    • silver-oldie
    • By silver-oldie 9th Feb 18, 9:50 AM
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    I find any type of rice pudding freezes well, tho you may need to add a little extra milk when heating.


    on the whole I use evaporated milk making rice pudding, I boil it briefly in plain water, discard that and add evaporated milk and top up with normal semi-skimmed if needed. it's hard to say without seeing the amount you're making, my brain doesn't compute weights of rice, I go by eye


    hope this helps and isn't too late
    Originally posted by purpleybat
    Thank you.
    DH has Barrett's oesophagus and finds milk based food helps, having some frozen would be good if he can't wait 3 hours whilst I put it in sc. Also I don't like coconut rice pud but he loves it so we can both be happy
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    • THIRZAH
    • By THIRZAH 9th Feb 18, 10:26 AM
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    Does anyone know if almond milk freezes? I've a friend coming round who is lacto-intolerant and she likes almond milk in her coffee. I've looked in the supermarket and it only seems to be available in quite large cartons so it looks as if there will be some left after her visit.
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 9th Feb 18, 7:41 PM
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    Does anyone know if almond milk freezes? I've a friend coming round who is lacto-intolerant and she likes almond milk in her coffee. I've looked in the supermarket and it only seems to be available in quite large cartons so it looks as if there will be some left after her visit.
    Originally posted by THIRZAH
    Can't see any reason why it wouldn't freeze. But if you don't want to risk it then it makes amazing rice pudding! I actually buy Almond milk when I want to make rice pudding as I prefer it to my usual 1% milk!

    I'm sure the rice pudding would freeze as well!

    Denise
    • THIRZAH
    • By THIRZAH 9th Feb 18, 7:56 PM
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    Thank you. I'll try the rice pudding-I like it made with coconut milk so am sure I'll like it with almond milk. I might try freezing a small amount of the milk to see how it turns out.
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 9th Feb 18, 11:13 PM
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    Hi everyone,
    Havenít been around for a couple of days because I was a bit ashamed of myself - we had another takeaway on Wednesday but it does do two days my menu plan has gone completely out of the window but got back on track tonight

    Roast beef, roast potatoes, roasted fresh carrots & parsnips & frozen green beans (finished bag) + the last 3 frozen Yorkshire Puddings & DH made proper gravy it was delicious. The lo beef has been sliced - two person portion for dinner tomorrow & a two person portion put in freezer for Ron.
    As my DH made loads of gravy the beef slices, the 3 lo roasties & the lo Veggies have been added.

    Today I also made a 2 litre pot of Stilton & Potato soup but added roasted paprika instead of black pepper. This is for lunch tomorrow but I will be attempting to freeze some. Tomorrow I will be making Stilton & bacon scones - cook 1/3 for lunch & then freeze the rest of the dough in two 1/3 portions.
    Tomorrow I will also be making choc chip biccies & peperonata which will go straight in the freezer.

    Oh, I finished the last bit of double cream in a cup of coffee - talk about decadent

    Thanks everyone for all the great recipes/bits of useful info etc.

    LFHW

    MrsSD
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 11th Feb 18, 7:38 AM
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    Good morning chums ,well been a good and frugal week so far, and looks even better for next week. Tomorrow night I shall be using up my freebie main meal pub voucher.

    I had two sent to me from different chains for my birthday as I have loyalty cards, and Friday night was fish'n'chip at the local Beefeater pub, and tomorrow night it will be something chickeny at the Brewers Fayre pub.
    I still have my Dobbies tea and cream scones voucher to use up before the end of the month as well

    Tuesday nights meal will be at our pub quiz, so no cooking for me until Wednesday.

    This morning I only have breakfast to make which will be probably scrambled eggs and coffee ,my normal Sunday morning breakfast, then at lunchtime DD and I are off to a baby shower for my DGD Katie ,her friend arranged it at a local hotel, and sandwiches, cakes and tea are all laid on.

    I found a small piece of gammon in the back of the freezer forgotten all about, which I have defrosted. I am glad now the large bits of gammon were all sold out as I had forgotten all about the bit already in the freezer as it was tucked away behind something else. So that will be cooked in the slow cooker and sliced up. Mre than enough for several meals this week.

    Hope we are all getting on OK with Frugal February its almost a year since I started the original thread which came about because I was wondering what to do about Lent.I decided that just giving up chocolate etc wasn't that hard so I would have a Love Food, Hate Waste Lent ,which evolved into almost a year instead of 6 weeks. How well its all grown, with so many folk following and having a go themselves. I am so pleased and well done to you all for your excellent feed backs and tips on streetching things out and using everything up that you can

    Onwards and upwards chums, well done

    JackieO xxx
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    Three months totals £96.53 April,Last shop of April bringing my totals for April to £29.71 very pleased as I was away for a week on holidayRunning total for four months food only shopping =£126.24.Freezer stuff slowly going down at last
    • silver-oldie
    • By silver-oldie 11th Feb 18, 8:02 AM
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    Oh dear, just as it was going so well. I managed to empty the small freezer in the garage and turn it off and then I got sent money off supermarket voucher and I went shopping.
    I did buy food, no biscuits, cake or treats so pleased with that but didn't really need to buy anything.
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    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 11th Feb 18, 9:31 AM
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    Well a second unexpected bill means that frugal February will be followed by miserly March. So I need to live out of the cupboards and freezer. Depending on how I feel later it will be either a dall with spinach and spicy mange tout or mushroom risotto. Buying some fresh mushrooms to go with the porcini won't break the bank and it's a lovely day for a long walk to the big supermarket in the next London 'village'.
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 11th Feb 18, 11:30 AM
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    Dinner tonight will be a sausage & bacon cassoulet. Everything from freezer, cupboards & veg basket. Sasuages & bacon from freezer; tinned tomatoes & beans from cupboard and onions & garlic from veg basket. Will add some frozen spinach and the last few mushrooms about an hour or so from the end to use up some more stuff before going on holiday at the end of the week.

    Lunch is a Thai style butternut squash soup from the freezer.
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 11th Feb 18, 4:55 PM
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    The pork spread sounds good - might have to pinch that one for when I have some LO roast pork!Denise
    Originally posted by joedenise
    Another vote for the pork spread - I'd never have thought of doing something like that! Sounds really good.
    Originally posted by crazytree
    I always do this with any small amounts of LO meat and just add whatever I think will go with it and depending on what I have in. So, for beef it would probably be onion, perhaps some finely chopped chilli pepper with horseradish or mustard; for lamb add chickpeas with chilli powder, mint and tomato puree; for pork then grated apple or apple sauce and maybe the odd bit of stuffing. I like to experiment and don't think I've had any major disasters (so far ).

    We've had a very frugal week by continuing to use up freezer stocks and cupboard items as well as LOs that didn't get diverted to the freezer. I made a large custard tart and used the pastry trimmings for x6 mini beef, veg & rice pies baked in a muffin tray. The beef and veg was from the weekend's cottage pie base and the rice from Saturday's prawn curry, mixed together with some curry powder. They went down well at lunchtimes with a mug of hm tomato & red pepper soup. This week I'm making butterbean & lentil soup with added spices for a bit of oomph. Tasty, filling and economical.

    I need to re-do my store cupboard inventories (a) to make sure they're up to date and (b) 'cos they're getting very messy . It shouldn't take as long this time as there's less in there than when I first did it. And I've realised a lot of the stuff I've been using up has been impulse buys, some of which I will buy again but a lot that I won't.

    Now I have some room in the freezer I can start batch cooking again for hm ready meals. Candidates this week are ys minced lamb (for moussaka), minced beef (for bolognaise sauce and chilli) and cheapy white fish fillets (for fishcakes). We also need to use up some salad-y stuff from the fridge; not really salad weather but needs must to avoid waste. Plenty of tinned fish to go with it too.

    For dinner today we're having beef, onion & mushroom casserole. There will probably be some leftover for another day; if it's a small amount I can pad it out with extra veg and Yorkies or dumplings.

    Belated birthday wishes Jackie sounds as if it was a good one!
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    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 12th Feb 18, 1:00 AM
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    Hi all,

    Sunday dinner was hm Stilton & potato soup with hm Stilton & bacon scones. I have put two portions of Stilton & bacon scone dough in the freezer. Will finish the soup on Monday with the sm bread DH bought on Friday. Lunches through the week will be cold meats, sm bread & pickles especially silverskin onions & peperonata (which I havenít made yet). The lo double cream from the soup is being used up in my coffees! I also made choc chip biccies on Sunday so the biscuit tin is nearly full again

    The menu plan is done up to Thursday.

    My big plan is to have enough prepared food in the freezer so I donít have to cook from scratch for a whole week! apart from veg, rice or pasta.

    Thanks for all your inspiration everyone.

    LFHW

    MrsSD
    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 12th Feb 18, 11:02 AM
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    Hi all, I have been following the thread for a while but not been posting but can see there is a wealth of knowledge within regarding using up random items. i have a lot of random items..... am slowly sorting through a storage area where I have all sorts of interesting things that I have bought in the dim and distant past for a reason that currently escapes me. A few I have unearthed today and was hoping for some pearls of wisdom if possible please.

    Dried Aduki beans
    Linseed seeds
    Blue poppy seeds
    Sesame seeds
    Dried vegetable suet

    I have started making my own muesli and just made up my second big container as it turns out I have all the types of ingredients squirreled away, lol. Can I use those seeds in a future batch do you think?

    Thanks for any ideas thrown my way!
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    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 12th Feb 18, 4:57 PM
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    I am sure the seeds would be fine in muesli - or you could make some form of seed cake?

    We are, once again, having an "eat out of the freezer" week - it just will not go down.... I took my brother out for lunch today so i will have a freezer soup tonight, especially as it is just me eating.

    After that, I am not sure - we have lots of soups, some chilli, leftover curry from eating out, a pizza bought for DS that he won't eat (got onions on it, to be fair, i know he doesn't like them I just hadn't noticed them); loads of lasagnes (frozen individually);....

    Ah, heck, I've just remembered i promised DD a lentil bake tomorrow - that won't use anything up out of the freezer, although it will use some fridge stuff...

    These freezers are the gift that keeps on giving
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    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 12th Feb 18, 5:37 PM
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    The seeds would be great in hm bread.
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 12th Feb 18, 7:16 PM
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    You can whizz up sesame seeds and use instead of tahini in hummous. Takes quite a lot of whizzing though!

    Had to waste the LO kedgeree frin lunchtime as it was so bland that I don't think it could be saved even by adding more curry powder - will use my own mix when I make it again rather than a ready made "curry powder".

    Denise
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 13th Feb 18, 9:51 PM
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    Inventing a meal?
    Hi all you lovely people.

    Today, in between cleaning & decluttering, I forgot to take pork chops out of the freezer so my menu plan was no good
    What to do? Oh yes - make something up
    Out came the black olives, (too much air had got into the jar so tipped them out, washed them & the jar & then kept half of the olives out & returned the rest to the jar & covered in olive oil - back into fridge), capers, sun dried tomatoes in oil, 1 mushroom, third of a green pepper + tomato pur!e, garlic granules, salt & pepper.
    Finely chopped all the ingredients & thoroughly mixed & tasted - too bland, so added a couple of squirts of tomato pur!e, sprinkle of garlic granules - mixed thoroughly & tasted again,then salt & pepper to taste. Emptied a tin of tuna in oil into saucepan & added my concoction - gently warmed through whilst I cooked the spaghetti. Drained spaghetti & added to tuna sauce, mixed thoroughly & served. Absolutely delicious (Wrote down the ingredients in my notebook but almost certainly will not be able to replicate))

    From deciding what to cook to sitting down and eating - 35 mins

    Back to the menu plan tomorrow - pork chops, use up last of my potatoes & finish carrots, parsnips & leeks. Thursday - lasagne & peperonata with two person portion for freezer.

    Will soon have enough enough meals in the freezer to not have to cook from scratch for a week

    DH has almost emptied the biscuit tin, so need to make more biscuits & probably an everyday fruit cake.

    LFHW

    MrsSD
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 14th Feb 18, 8:46 AM
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    I am seriously impress Mrs SD you concocted something nice to eat out of what you had to hand well done
    Today being the start of Lent my biscuits and cake are off my menu !!! how will I cope without my favourite gingers nuts to nibble with a cuppa Oh well its only 40 odd days I dare say I shall survive .I will have to think of something else to nibble on .My friend left a message on my landline yesterday apparently our 'Don't-know-where-we-are-going' spring holiday is going to be in Warwickshire this year.Every year she shuts her eyes and waves her finger over a map and where it lands is where we have a weeks break.We have been to some lovely parts of the Uk over the past 12 years.Her OH spends a bit of time with his job flitting around the world so we have a weeks break whilst he is away. All I know is its south of Stratford-upon-Avon.I am off out with my DGS today so I may learn more tonight .She books a rented cottage, and we explore the local countryside for a week. Last year we were in Lancashire and had a great time.
    Right time to get a move on as I am taking the boys to Hastings for the day cold and possibly wet later but it gets us all out of the house for a bit DD has the day off so she will come along as well


    Have a good day chums

    JackieO xx
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    • ma-ri-ella
    • By ma-ri-ella 14th Feb 18, 12:35 PM
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    just been reading back. Sounds lovely with the holiday - my friend and i used to do something similar but been missed out a few years due to work commitments - ah well can get back into it now. :P

    Trying to use stuff up but have a confession to make- i don't have any herbs or spices at all in my cupboard. No flour. No eggs. Very few tinned veg.No lentils . No cooking oils.
    Hoping to build this up but gradually in my budget so my question is what do people consider essential herbs and spices like if you had to pick say top 3 most used? sunflower oil or vegetable /olive oil - been using my dairy free spread on frying pan which works ok
    Ive seen eggs 15 pack for £1 at farmfoods but its pretty miserable for walking that way so no eggs in meal plan next few weeks
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    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 14th Feb 18, 12:45 PM
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    We are, once again, having an "eat out of the freezer" week - it just will not go down.... I took my brother out for lunch today
    Originally posted by VJsmum
    That'll have made some room!

    (You must have a massive freezer... there's no way I could fit my brother in mine )
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