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Extreme poverty...
Fri 23-Sep-11
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Terrier
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Good idea Kaye, I've used similar before on top of shepherds pie and the like

Sat 24-Sep-11
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I suppose they are not unlike 'Saltine' biscuits which the Americans break up & top their corn & fish Chowders. They also sometimes use crushed cornflakes instead of breadcrumbs when frying chicken.  

Glad the family enjoyed it Kaye, that's the main thing. wave

 

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Sun 25-Sep-11
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i was feeling very cooked out and struggling to come up with the sunday miracle , we're very low on protien at the moment and im  skint till the 6th of october , then i read chowder and in the bottom of the freezer im sure theres some anonymous white fish ...i feel a cauldron brewing...lol,, one thing about daughter being at uni , shes next door to morrisons and doesnt finish till late so gets the CFC , but if i see one more cauliflower im going to scream what is it with morrisons and 10p cauliflowers 

Sun 25-Sep-11
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Lack of money does make us very inventive, I think.  Good on you Kaye for managing to come up with fantastic meals on a limited budget.  Great that your daughter can get into Morrisons for the CFC bargains.  Unfortunately for us, we don't live near enough to any supermarkets (or any shops actually), husband works lates/nights and I don't drive (not that there are any buses running in our rural area of an evening anyway), so late visits to the CFC counters are not an option.

Chowder is lovely, haven't had that for ages.  I've got some smoked haddock in the freezer, so chowder is now on the menu for this week, thanks for reminding me.

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Sun 25-Sep-11
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kayerunrig said:

strange topping for the huge quantities of CFC cauliflower cheese ive baked , slightly stale ritz crackers ...a damned fine weird concoction that everybody liked

Stale crisps work well as well cheers

Sun 9-Oct-11
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went hunting for bargains yesterday ...they were a little thin on the ground ..lol...but 10 boxes for £1 apricot paxo just in date , will doubtless get used as will the dreadful £1 a tin luncheon meat that comes with white labels , pack up with some decent home made chutney methinks, cooking bacon this month seems to be packs of decent broken rashers of something posh , so 1.5kg for £2.50 turned out well . no decent meat anywhere and the supermarket 3 packs for £10 arent big enough to be any use ....ho hum ..it could be a very cheesy month 

Sat 15-Oct-11
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love this thread laugh

The exchange rate has reduced our pensions coupled with our shares being almost in minus (we intended cashing them in to pay for the gites to be built) so I have great interest in frugal living. I try to grow what I can and am inventive with veg and also use lentils or other pulses. Once the gites are done we will be able to buy something called real chocolate that I have heard is rather tasty and nothing like the cheap imitation we occasionally have now cry

Rebelled yesterday though when doing the shopping and bought us a pastry each which we really enjoyed with coffee once home. back to home made stuff now!what_the_heck

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Sun 16-Oct-11
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OH does have a talent for poverty , yesterday i picked him up from work and waved half a bread loaf at him we then sneaked off to a layby to watch the hunt while enjoying our first chips from the chippie in months ...lol...his comment ..Were turning in to his mum and dad they used to do that to get away from their kids back in the 60s

His moment of glory however is framing his Court summons for the Council Tax , he says its his first...lol...we did use the heating oil money to pay it ...so its going to be a very cold winter . I wish we had a useable chimney we have tons of wood

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oooh chip butties, luxurybig_laugh

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I sympathise with you, Kaye, when you've only a limited amount of money it's difficult to know what to prioritise to spend it on.  And kerosene is horrendously expensive! surprised  Our cottage has no central heating or double glazing, we have an open fire in the lounge and a Rayburn in the kitchen, which provides oodles of hot water and powers one radiator in the bathroom (as well as keeping the centre of the house warm and cosy, cooking wonderful stews and drying washing).  The trouble is, we cannot have it lit during the summer as a) it's far too hot, and b) we can't afford the oil all year round!  Which means that whilst the Rayburn is off, we have to use an immersion heater for hot water, and they're expensive too. 

Last year we used 3 or 4 electric heaters as it was absolutely freezing here for several weeks (as well as having heavy snow for a fortnight, previously practically unheard of down here in Somerset).  However, after having the biggest electricity bill we've EVER had, we shan't be doing that again and are making big efforts to cut down on our leccy consumption.  I no longer use the dishwasher (and now the Rayburn is lit, with all the hot water it provides I simply can't justify using the dishwasher), and will only be using the tumble dryer on rare occasions.  We will try not to use any of the electric heaters either.  We're going to double-line the curtains, have heavy curtains on front and back doors, have several hot water bottles (although I don't really get cold in bed, having my own personal central heating in the form of hot flushes/night sweats roll_eyesbig_laugh).  I've just finished crocheting a big blanket for the bed and am in the process of doing a couple of lap blankets.  And I shall be making full use this year of the Rayburn for cooking (I was a bit scared of it last year, as we'd never had one before we moved into this cottage) rather than using the electric cooker.

We'll get through this winter if it kills us!!!! big_laugh

(Oh and I love chip butties too, can't remember the last time we had one!)

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Sun 16-Oct-11
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When we had money (in the distant past) what_the_heckwe invested in a heat exchanger thingy that uses solar tubes and the back boiler on the Esse.ok We had also had a massive electricity bill before this project began. yellMy Esse is woodburning and we have an abundance of wood to burn at the moment. When it runs out the oven and our woodburner in the lounge are super efficient to keep the bills down. This is my first year with all the gear. My Esse has been in use every day since March when it was installed and that with the tubes provides hot water and also heats 5 radiators around the house. smileWe are gradually getting the house insulated too and replacing ancient windows with double glazed ones. It is an old granite farmhouse circa 1832 and once heated retains the heat well in the insulated bits. Since all the gear started working we have halved our leccy bill!laugh I also ditched the tumble dryer in favour of free fresh air or the Esse (which is also pretty good at ironing some things) Being past the flushes, in the coldest bit of the year we have an electric under blanket so the bed is warm to get into, a bit of luxury used for about 30 mins each day.

We no longer sit around in T shirts in cold weather with central heating blazing(which we don't have anyway!)

I am happy as it is as I feel I am also doing my bit for the environment toocool

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Sun 16-Oct-11
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The problem here is that we are in a timberframed 1950s council house , they sealed all the chimneys and put in oil fired central heating , its single glazing  because apparently our 3 inch walls wont support the weight of double glazing , none of the windows fit. ive had to use bath sealant round them because you can see daylight , theres no insulation in the floors and last year the cold coming up through them was awful , theres no insulation in the walls and the roof insulation is 3 inches thick ....ive got a couple of small oil filled radiators and thats it , theyre good and reasonably economical . Last winter was spent in the kitchen at least the cooker warms the place up a bit , hot water bottles and duvets on the sofa are great , ive got big bits of carpets that i fasten over the windows at the back for the winter ...ive noticed we dont get many visitors in the winter ..lol

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Don't forget the draught excluders too for the bottom of doors, they help. Shutting doors and having curtains over doorways, particularly outside doors all add to reducing those draughts which make houses feel so cold. Perhaps you've done all of these, but might help others who might not know some of the old fashioned ways of keeping warm. cheers

One way we have found of cutting down leccy bills was to use a large flask for making tea, instead of boiling up the kettle so often. Mind you, we do drink a lot of tea whistle

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One of my retirement pressies was a cast iron kettle to go on the Esse which they knew I was planning to buy. So I use it for tea as it is always alight!ok

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I'd love a kettle to go on the Rayburn, I keep looking out for one at boot fairs and on ebay, not seen one yet - well, there are some on ebay, but not at prices which I'm prepared to pay!  I did, however, recently pick up a really pretty metal coffee pot, reminiscent of the type of thing seen on canal boats, painted white with a pretty country scene of ducks, for the amazing sum of 50p laugh.  I'll be using that on the Rayburn.  Good idea about a flask of hot water - I do have a habit of filling the leccy kettle right up when I really only need a small amount of water doh.

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