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What meal-maker brands do you find exceptionally good?
Fri 2-Oct-09
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Danny
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Yesterday Fiona brought home two packs of uncooked breadcrumbed fresh fish from Tesco. Cod and haddock, two pieces in each pack, from the Finest range. I think they claimed to be "line caught" but I cannot imagine how accurate that description might be.
She picked them up only because they were cut-price and we felt like a treat because we were both exhausted.

Now this is something that I would never consider, probably because (a) my perception that fish is now very expensive and (b) I would never have bought pre-coated fish. I would have plumped for lamb chops or steaks for a treat.

Baked in the oven along with some frozen McCain Homefies and fresh green beans on the side, it was a quick meal too.

My goodness. I have never had simple fish and chips as good for as far back as I can remember. There was enough for four reasonable portions but neither of us left a scrap behind.

A regular simple test we apply to these knock-down priced bargains is: would you pay full price for that product. I would say that 8 times out of 10 the opinion is No. But this was a glorious exception.

Never knowingly underfed

Fri 2-Oct-09
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I like Tesco's Finest, too, though I've never had that fish.

I would never pay full price, though. I sublimate a lot of my atavistic hunter gatherer urges into seeking out bargains.

Tonight I'm going to do a beef cassarole, out of half price Welsh stewing steak.

I was going to do a wild plum and apple crumble, too, but that will have to wait till tomorrow as my haw and apple juice for jelly is now dripping into my mixing bowl.Hope the plums (leftovers from the plum vodka experiment) will still be ok - they were picked yesterday.

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Thu 22-Oct-09
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We have 3 cheap/time constraint meals a week.  Every other week we have fish fingers.  Got to love them.

Fri 23-Oct-09
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Ooh fish finger sandwiches. Had some the other week as there was actually some fish fingers in our local supermarket for a change

Sat 24-Oct-09
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ooooh - fish fingers!

Probably the original and best comfort food ever. I have not had them in years but I will keep my eyes peeled in the supermarkets this week. Surprised

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Mon 26-Oct-09
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10 for 47p in tesco's just eat them on there own with salt & vinagar.

Mon 26-Oct-09
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That's something I've not had for yonks.  Must get to the shops...Wink

I'll try that again!

Sat 7-Nov-09
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This evening I picked up an Indian “Banquet for 2” from Tesco, reduced from £9.50 to just over £6. Chicken tikka masala and Chicken bhuma. Packed in a mauve cardboard carrier box, I could not resist the bargain.

We like an occasional treat meal and this was cheaper than steak and a heck of lot less than going out to our favourite local Indian restaurant. BTW we have discovered that, in general, Indian meals from supermarkets are far better than the Chinese equivalents, although Thai is somewhere in between, Indian works best

We had it with some of Fiona’s homemade mango chutney and Apple & orange butter (superb).

We were astonished at the quality. It was a really good meal, unlike some other supermarket attempts.

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Sun 8-Nov-09
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heinz beans.  has to be heinz.  accept no imitation

Sun 8-Nov-09
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Heinz is best thay add onion power to get that taste.

Fish love it but realey have it the cost is crazy

Mon 7-Dec-09
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I came across the cardboard jacket of a ready-made meal that Fiona and I had a few months ago. She had intended to write a blog article about it but forgot.

It made a really big impression on us. One of those rare cut-price ready meals that we would gladly pay full price for when we need a treat to celebrate something. We found it reduced from £5.99 to £2.65

Sometimes that is a sign that something is not selling well but we have never checked back to see if it is still on the shelves.

Charlie Bigham's Indonesian Chicken Goreng. Apologies, Charlie, but I had never heard of you before then. But you have produced a winner with this one! Smile

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Tue 8-Dec-09
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Danny, stand at the back of the class with your hands on your head.  There is not enough information about the meal for any of us to make a comment.  When you have learned your lesson, you may approach the front of the class and tell the story properly.FrownFrown  Wink

I'll try that again!

Fri 11-Dec-09
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TA, whilst I do enjoy our minor and amusing sparring skirmishes, on this occasion I have no choice but to list three words and ask "which of these do you have difficulty understanding?"

INDONESIAN

CHICKEN

GORENG

awright, I concede that it may be "chicken". Maybe you can look it up in Wikipedia LaughLaughLaughLaugh

5 points to the kid with the funny accent!

(no, I never heard of a goreng either, but this one tastes really good. I promise)

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Sat 12-Dec-09
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Laugh Goreng mostly!Kiss

I'll try that again!

Sat 12-Dec-09
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nasi goreng is a type of malaysian spicy rice dish - mein or meh goreng is noodles

so from that I can only deduct that goreng is a name of the spice mix like massalla or it denotes it is left overs.  as when in brunei they eat it for breakfast as the used to in Singapore from street vendors where its is normally wrapped in a banana leaf. 

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