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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:15 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Is it, 'ice-cream', as in, 'put it in the freezer for a while', or ice cream flavoured instant whip?

My favourite instant whip/angel delight flavour is Butterscotch - Younger OOD and I  have been known to fight for the biggest bowlful..    

I am not eating sugar atm and, as I feel much better for it, (I'm a sugaholic!), I'm going to extend it past my original goal of Easter. However, Younger OOD has been complaining about the lack of desserts and as I'm not baking any more I reckoned this would be a good compromise.

The only thing I wished I'd brought was the large pack of plain flour.  It'll be a while before I order again but there'll be other flour bargains!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's ice cream - you freeze it. I've done a couple of blogs about it and tonight's blog is another flavour experiment again. I love it, so easy to make. You'll find my photos of past ones on www.frugalblog.co.uk or there might be some on here in the frugal food section under 'homemade ice cream', although this is cheating using packets of instant.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoo -hoo! Younger OOD will be delighted!  Thank you,  Frugaldom, I'm really looking forward to trying it out!

I wonder if it'd be possible to turn it into Mint Choc Chip?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes you can make it into anything. I've done mint choc chip, summer fruits and tonight it was mango and coconut Just posted the blog about that, it is absolutely delicious and I used powdered coconut milk.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Frugaldom. I've just read your blog and as I have/will have all the ingredients once my order arrives I shall be having a go at this one.

I'm sitting having my first cup of tea of the day whilst the pressure cooker cooks up some beans and soup mix to put in a minestrone style soup that I'm making for lunch tomorrow.  All ingredients from the larder or freezer so it will cost me pence for a weeks worth of lunches, especially when I get my aig and make some bread rolls to go with it.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:36 pm    Post subject: February Update Reply with quote

total spent this year (2014)

January: totals 80.31
February: 35.48 + 36.22 + 28.22 = 99,92, stock pile 17.50

last week: + 21.00 (that's what's been left over from last weeks groceries budget and I try not to withdraw more.)

That's -40 from last year's monthly groceries budget. That's awesome! (if I can make the last week)
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:30 pm    Post subject: Excellent work! Reply with quote

You are doing really well, I'm sure you'll manage the final week. Have you found you're wasting even less than before and making food stretch further? Meals tend to get rather creative towards the end of grocery buying periods here.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Frugaldom!

We're really doing well eating lots of soups at home, also matching to the cold weather. I hope I can make it a habit to cook in advance (2 mains, 2 soups) on Sunday for at least until Wednesday which helps saving bits and pieces. I've found lots of tins of beans in the pantry (must have been hiding from me) and made yummy tomato based soups with some substance. I also made some new dishes like Dutch oven baby which is a new favorite in our house for breakfast and breakfast for dinner.

And a bit experimenting on my side with stuff that has been long forgotten in the pantry   The latest experiment was red cabbage salad with apple, dried fruit & quinoa and some fresh or cream cheese on top. I had it 3 times for lunch. And cheap because I had everything at home.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do feel such a backwards type cook when I read of such things as quinoa, I haven't a clue what it is and suspect my little village store may never stock such things. Rural living certainly has its restrictions, as only the very basics are available. I only found out what quark was because an ex neighbour called it that. Turned out it was something I'd learned to make when attending Guides in the 70s, only we called it cream cheese or yoghurt cheese or something. So... in a nutshell, what is quinoa, for the benefit of others like me and to save going searching?.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I occasionally use it, but OH doesn't like it - similar in use to couscous, but it's not a grain I think it's a seed from some type of grass.  It's high in protein and is gluten free, the reason I first tried it.    Millet is also nice too, but OH goes into one about eating budgie seeds when I served that up    
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:14 am    Post subject: That explains it Reply with quote

The only seeds we are likely to see for sale about here are bird seeds, unless you count grain, in which case there's livestock feed and soup mix.

Freezer stock dwindling, so I should be able to get it defrosted and cleaned out soon then look at doing a restock on the meat supplies.

21.38 spent this month to date, still a bit of a way to go to get the average down to within budget and buying stuff like biscuits, sweets and ice cream mix definitely isn't helping.  
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:50 pm    Post subject: Aldi 5 voucher Reply with quote

ALDI are doing the 5 off a 40. Shop again, vouchers are in the Daily Mirror newspaper on Thursday 27th if anyone needs one!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:02 am    Post subject: The hint of a bus! Reply with quote

There are a few rumblings about the village community council requesting a bus comes through our area, that would be phenomenal, as it would mean I could make use of such vouchers! Fingers crossed, although I seriously doubt that they'll reroute the bus.

My 975 annual grocery budget works out at average 81.25 per month for everything. I need to keep a close eye on this, as prices are creeping up in a rather sneaky way again - reduced pack sizes, same price etc.  After the first 2 months, I have already spent 184.38, which means I have only 59.37 remaining for March if I'm to get on target for the quarter year mark. Hmm... 30 set aside for meat order + milk and some toiletries to buy... it's going to be an extremely frugal March, too!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New forum for the grocery challenge is at www.frugalforums.co.uk

See you there!

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