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  • HoboMario 6 Jan 2013 15:00:18 28 posts
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    Aargh. wrote:
    Ready meals have less meat in than you would get from paying the equivalent in ready meals, it's also the shittiest quality possible, loaded with salt and fat.

    Good that you have some veg though. At least scurvy won't be a problem.
    Well i love meat, but i just see it as an expensive luxury i can't have right now. I get sliced sandwich meat and stuff sometimes, as that's cheap. But actual cuts of raw meat are expensive. So yeah, i just avoid those.

    My mum also doesn't have an oven so i'm stuck with a microwave for now and so limited to what i could cook anyway. I've tried a few cheap student recipes, but they still end up costing more than i'd usually pay by the time i get all the various ingredients.

    Apparently this makes me a chav!
  • Metalfish 6 Jan 2013 15:02:35 8,785 posts
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    HoboMario wrote:
    I'm actually not a chav ta, but thanks for the snobbery.
    I didn't call you a chav. I called your comment chavy.

    Ready meals are fine every now and then, but pretty much every main meal? If nothing else, that sounds a bit depressing. I was probably at my most culinarily creative as a student: I made roasts (actually really easy /and/ much cheaper than many realise) my own pizzas, though any sort of breadmaking is usually one of the few areas where it is easier and sometimes cheaper just to buy it in.

    EDIT: And per-weight cooked meat (like your cold cuts of sandwich meat) is usually more expensive than raw meat. I'm not saying these things to be contrarian, it's true, honest.

    Edited by Metalfish at 15:04:24 06-01-2013

    Edited by Metalfish at 15:05:48 06-01-2013
  • WoodenSpoon 6 Jan 2013 15:09:00 12,275 posts
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    Just get one of those massive sacks of pasta, they cost about 4 and last like 3 months or something.
  • HoboMario 6 Jan 2013 15:25:19 28 posts
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    @Metalfish
    Fair enough. But i just don't think it'd be worth me buying big cuts of raw meat when i only have a microwave. And plus my mum moans if i make any sort of mess or take ages making something in the kitchen, so it's not worth the grief.
    I just can't do proper cooking right now. And yes it's annoying, that's why i got pissed off with all the comments suggesting i'm stupid/a chav.
  • HoboMario 6 Jan 2013 15:26:34 28 posts
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    @WoodenSpoon
    I've tried that a few times, but i always run out of ideas for cheap stuff to have with it. I used to just put melted cheese through it and it was lovely, but cheese is so bad for you, i don't wanna get into the habit of eating it as a staple.
  • Metalfish 6 Jan 2013 15:27:04 8,785 posts
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    The trick is to have those massive sacks of staple foods, aye, but not to just live off pasta and frozen veg. Also look into things like frozen soya/quorn mince (perfectly okay for pasta sauces and chilli) which are often discounted and last for yonks -unless you're opposed to vegetarian food out of carnivore principles, it's pretty cheap protein.
  • Deleted user 6 January 2013 15:31:21
    Those dry packs of quorn mince are brilliant.
  • HoboMario 6 Jan 2013 15:32:36 28 posts
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    @Metalfish
    Ok thanks i'll look into it. I usually eat stuff like tinned beans for protein, but that's boring.
  • Metalfish 6 Jan 2013 15:35:38 8,785 posts
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    @mowgli, the frozen ones are cheaper.

    Hobo, have you got a hob? The microwave performs a role a lot like a steamer, I can't imagine wanting to steam everything I ate....
  • HoboMario 6 Jan 2013 16:11:42 28 posts
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    @Metalfish
    Nope, no hob.
    The micro is ok for some stuff, it just means stuff turns out a bit lank and not crispy.
  • Metalfish 6 Jan 2013 16:37:02 8,785 posts
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    I've lived in a bedsit without an oven, but I don't know what I'd have done without a countertop hob. I eventually picked up a cheapo micro grill thing as well. I can't imagine it'd set you back mega money for a very simple hob, microwaving is indeed useful, but it sucks for meat.
  • HoboMario 6 Jan 2013 16:45:08 28 posts
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    @Metalfish
    Yeah meat pretty much ends up dry and chewy on the outside and raw in the middle.
    I'd like a micro grill/hob thing, but my mum would just moan about it, cos she's weird about stuff like that. I'd never hear the end of it.
  • Deleted user 6 January 2013 16:48:35
    I'm having slow cooked pork belly with caramelised apple and mash for dinner today.
  • Metalfish 6 Jan 2013 18:09:38 8,785 posts
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    I don't like to make judgements without the facts (massive lie), but your homelife is starting to sound a little worrying. Is your mother, er, alright?

    Excuse me if I'm taking a wide jump out of my area labelled "the mark" and "in order" into the location signposted "conclusions".
  • DaM 6 Jan 2013 18:44:56 12,892 posts
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    Do you have a kitchen? Do they make kitchens without a cooker? Why would you do without even a wee plug-in hob?

    Clay pot chicken rice, made in the rice cooker. And 2/3rds of the children ate it (after I picked the shitake mushrooms out), so result. Turned their noses up at the stir-fried Romaine lettuce though, which is excellent, I thought they'd go for that (slice up, stir fry over a ferocious heat, add a bit of salt at the end, nothing else).
  • Syrette 6 Jan 2013 18:51:34 43,061 posts
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    mowgli wrote:
    Khanivor wrote:
    Mince and tatties!

    Who knew it would be so popular with people from Tennessee?

    Fucking kill for some proper Bisto though :(
    Haven't had this in ages, always craving it but the missus hates the thought.
    Whipped.

  • Deleted user 6 January 2013 18:53:00
    Syrette wrote:
    mowgli wrote:
    Khanivor wrote:
    Mince and tatties!

    Who knew it would be so popular with people from Tennessee?

    Fucking kill for some proper Bisto though :(
    Haven't had this in ages, always craving it but the missus hates the thought.
    Whipped.
    Yes, but you can't really make mince and tatties for one! Even if they are special mowgli portions.
  • Armoured_Bear 6 Jan 2013 19:04:32 10,251 posts
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    mowgli wrote:
    Khanivor wrote:
    Mince and tatties!

    Who knew it would be so popular with people from Tennessee?

    Fucking kill for some proper Bisto though :(
    Haven't had this in ages, always craving it but the missus hates the thought.
    Hates the thought of what?

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  • Deleted user 6 January 2013 19:06:52
    Mince and tatties. Say she has had it before and doesn't like it but I reckon that is nonsense.
  • Syrette 6 Jan 2013 19:07:32 43,061 posts
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    Stuff it in her mouth.

  • Khanivor 6 Jan 2013 19:10:36 40,360 posts
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    You can make it for one. You might have to eat the second half another day but still.

    He'll, make it for yourself then throw some tomatoes and chili powder in the rest and serve it to her as chili.
  • Deleted user 6 January 2013 19:11:13
    Ha, that chilli idea isn't bad actually. Fuck it, tomorrow I'm having mince and tatties.
  • Armoured_Bear 6 Jan 2013 19:11:19 10,251 posts
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    mowgli wrote:
    Mince and tatties. Say she has had it before and doesn't like it but I reckon that is nonsense.
    Try it again ffs, it's minced meat and potatoes. You're not asking her to eat boiled grubs and monkey brains.

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  • Deleted user 6 January 2013 19:12:31
    Tbf, I'm happy eating her curries so not desperate for mince and tatties!
  • Khanivor 6 Jan 2013 19:19:57 40,360 posts
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    How can she not like it? Christ, get a wee girl here who is the size of a stick and is really fussy. But ever since she was about eight her favourite meal has been mince and tatties. Everyone I've cooked it for here has loved it! Although I don't recommend it as a summer meal, not when it's 40 degrees outside. Kinda makes you feel bad after eating it.

    While we are on the subject, does anyone else leave putting the carrots in till 10 minutes or so before serving? I do. Leaves them with some crunch.

    And without being a fanny about it, a little parsley in the tatties works well.
  • Deleted user 6 January 2013 19:30:13
    Fuck me I want mince and tatties now.
  • Khanivor 6 Jan 2013 19:30:48 40,360 posts
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    That reminds me, need to go stir them. Can smell them from upstairs. Mmm.
  • HoboMario 6 Jan 2013 19:43:21 28 posts
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    Metalfish wrote:
    I don't like to make judgements without the facts (massive lie), but your homelife is starting to sound a little worrying. Is your mother, er, alright?

    Excuse me if I'm taking a wide jump out of my area labelled "the mark" and "in order" into the location signposted "conclusions".
    Nah it's cool. Yeah she's a little, um 'eccentric' shall we say. It's fucking annoying at times, but i'm used to it. And plus i'm hoping to move out as soon as i can find a job after college. Then i can cook whatever the fuck i like!
  • HoboMario 6 Jan 2013 19:45:32 28 posts
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    DaM wrote:
    Do you have a kitchen? Do they make kitchens without a cooker? Why would you do without even a wee plug-in hob?
    As far as i know there wasn't an oven when we moved in. And we've never gotten one cos she thinks it's a fire hazard. Got an irrational fire phobia going on. Took convincing to even allow a toaster in there. *sigh*
  • Armoured_Bear 6 Jan 2013 19:50:03 10,251 posts
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    HoboMario wrote:
    DaM wrote:
    Do you have a kitchen? Do they make kitchens without a cooker? Why would you do without even a wee plug-in hob?
    As far as i know there wasn't an oven when we moved in. And we've never gotten one cos she thinks it's a fire hazard. Got an irrational fire phobia going on. Took convincing to even allow a toaster in there. *sigh*
    Drop the lunatic, stat.

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