Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Beef, Kidneys & Good Food

Where do you buy your meat if you are a meat eater??? I like to buy some of our meat at our local Vietnamese Supermarket.

Its so much cheaper than the stupidmarkets and also no foam trays wrapped in plastic. Though to make it even better, if I got the meat wrapped in butcher paper, I'd be even happier.

Kilo of tender gravy beef for $6.59........ way cheaper.
The 3 lamb kidneys were $0.76......

At the stupidmarket last time I paid $1.98 for 3 in a pack. Way over priced in my books.

Now the trick is to get the most out of the meat.

Beef curry and rice, two meals for me.

Steak & kidney with vegies, equals two meals for Pat.

Without including the rice and vegies, $7.35 divided into 4 meals ....$1.8375 for each meal. Can't get much cheaper than that.

By looking outside the stupidmarkets in the smaller shops and markets, there is still cheaper food to be bought.

Pat & I are on a disability pension and so we need to account every cent. So where I can help other people by sharing our shopping & kitchen skills, I will.

Also with the vegies soon to be available for harvesting in the weeks to come from our little vegie patch, it'll be even cheaper.

Until next time.... hoo roo

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

1 Chicken Breast Equals 8 Pies

With meat getting even dearer time for another food tip from my kitchen. This one is wonderful and so cheap.

All you need is 1 chicken breast and making it into a pie mixture adding any vegies you like. I use the water I cook the chicken breast as chicken stock. Season to your taste.

1 0r 2 sheets of puff pastry.

My pie maker, great for those pies, made in my kitchen. Be savory or sweet.

After the pastry is cut out with the pie cutter, into the heated up pie maker. Pop on the covers and cook until pastry is brown.

That was my lunch today.

I bought 5 chicken breasts for $15.00. So that was 5 chicken boobs for $3.00 each.

By thinking what I can make with1 breast, it was made into 8 pies. As I have a shocking cold and we had 2 pies each for last nights tea. The other 4 pies I cooked for lunch today and we will eat the 2 left over with tonight's meal.

Hope that all makes sense as my head is all mush with this cold.

Until next time....hoo roo

Monday, April 14, 2008

Bum Nuts & Homemade Bread

For breakfast this morning I had 2 soft boiled eggs and a slice of toast. Nothing is nicer when having soft boiled eggs, than a runny yoke and toast to dunk into that yoke.

Eggs came from my girls and the bread I made myself.

Can't get any simpler than that and what a great way to start off my day mrgreen

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Beating The Supermakets

For people who know me through the forums I live on, my comments on supermarkets is an on going topic. I even like to call them stupidmarkets. So where I can get out of buying food at the 2 top players in this field and support the little man in this cut throat industry......... I will.

The latest find away from the stupidmarkets is cheese.

Each fortnight Pat & I travel by train into the city and visit The Central Markets to buy the foods we have found cheaper than elsewhere.

So lets take a look at our latest find.

From the label you can see its priced by weight and these weights will vary.

For $2.88 we bought 0.322 grams of cheese at $8.95 per kilo.

Comparing the price & weight to the lines carried in the stupidmarkets to the cheese we bought this week.......

I priced cheese not on special as the cheese we bought wasn't on special.

I didn't pick the dearest cheese either when pricing the brands. So the prices from the stupidmarkets are as follows.
  • 250 grams........ $4.00
  • 500 grams........ $6.50
  • 1 kilo......... $10.50
The cheese we bought is as follows.

  • 250 grams...... $2.24
  • 500 grams..... $4.47
  • 1kilo........ $8.95
So you can see, the cheese we bought is much cheaper than the 250 gm cheese in the stupidmarkets.

The cheese we bought is an almost local cheese as its a Mt Gambier cheese.For people overseas, Mt Gambier is south of Adelaide.

With the other items we buy at the markets and the cost of the train ticket and our time, we are out in front. We are also supporting the small business man and keeping the $$$$ at home in Australia.

I hope this gives you an idea that the stupidmarket isn't the be all to end all place from food shopping.

Until next time....hoo roo

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