Eating Well on a Budget

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Today's Lidl 50%-off treasure hunt - 5.6Euros for all these
The apples are also extremely cheap at this time of the year, I got 2kg for 1.79Euros.
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The scallions are processed right away, and I can use them for many dishes next week.
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I will use some banana to bake a banana and walnut pound cake ; half of the cauliflowers will join the curry tomorrow and half will be used next week; the mushroom will be used with ham for the omelet.
 

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A very delicious winter curry - the major ingredients are:
Beef rib (special offer of the week, 7.99Euro/kg)
half a package of 30% discounted ready-to-eat meatballs
carrots, potatoes, pumpkins, onions, an apple, two pieces of 88% dark chocolate, and one 50% discounted cauliflower
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I didn't have a fancy curry recipe. In fact, I don't use any recipe most of the time. So, let me share photos with some descriptions. The curry powder from the discounter can be a nice start for anyone. What we have to do is to adjust the flavor based on the family members and the season. For example, the curry I made today is pretty spicy, as winter is almost here.

I checked two bags of onions before sending them to the pantry. Some will join today's curry party or the dishes for the coming weekdays.
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I love using glass containers to store fresh ingredients - easily see what's inside.
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Beef ribs - the bones are removed to make broth.
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Chili flake and chili powder will improve both the flavor and color of the curry.
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I also chopped one apple and added salt and honey for seasoning. After the ingredients were well cooked, I took them out. Half of the potatoes, onion, apple, and pumpkin were left in the pot and became the natural thickeners.
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It can be easily done with a hand mixer.
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Two pieces of 88% (above 80% is ok) dark chocolate to enhance the flavor and add a bit more acidity
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The ingredients went back, and then the cauliflowers joined. The curry is done after simmering for another ten minutes, which keeps the cauliflower's natural sweetness and ideal texture.
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It's also very suitable for a lunch box.
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OMG, @Phaedra Geiermann , you will LOVE getting/using a pressure canner,. I made the stuffing with turkey broth that I had canned a few week's earlier It will keep until Next year if I don't use it all. I make all of my broth withOUT salt, meaning you can season any way you want. I am perfecting my "chicken soup" broth by cooking the chicken with onions, thyme, carrots and celery and I pour 1/2 teaspoon of celery seed in the jars before I can them.
You Don't have to worry about the supply chain. Broth is NOT a hot item. At ALDI broth is still selling for $1.79/quart. They only carry beef and chicken. I have made turkey broth and lamb broth. I suppose if somebody gives me a deer then I will make deer broth.
We would have such FUN, were we neighbors! :hugs
 

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OMG, @Phaedra Geiermann , you will LOVE getting/using a pressure canner,. I made the stuffing with turkey broth that I had canned a few week's earlier It will keep until Next year if I don't use it all. I make all of my broth withOUT salt, meaning you can season any way you want. I am perfecting my "chicken soup" broth by cooking the chicken with onions, thyme, carrots and celery and I pour 1/2 teaspoon of celery seed in the jars before I can them.
You Don't have to worry about the supply chain. Broth is NOT a hot item. At ALDI broth is still selling for $1.79/quart. They only carry beef and chicken. I have made turkey broth and lamb broth. I suppose if somebody gives me a deer then I will make deer broth.
We would have such FUN, were we neighbors! :hugs
I believe SO! I just ordered an Instant Pot with a good black Friday price. I didn't even use a pressure cooker, so expected.

I love making and use broth very often. Most of the time, I made them with sliced ginger and scallion. Sometimes, I used root vegetables to make the broth, too.

I am sure we would have a lot of fun when we were neighbors. In Mandarin, the term "internet" is translated as "net street" - so, we are neighbors under such an interpretation. 😘
 

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A very delicious winter curry - the major ingredients are:
Beef rib (special offer of the week, 7.99Euro/kg)
half a package of 30% discounted ready-to-eat meatballs
carrots, potatoes, pumpkins, onions, an apple, two pieces of 88% dark chocolate, and one 50% discounted cauliflower
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I didn't have a fancy curry recipe. In fact, I don't use any recipe most of the time. So, let me share photos with some descriptions. The curry powder from the discounter can be a nice start for anyone. What we have to do is to adjust the flavor based on the family members and the season. For example, the curry I made today is pretty spicy, as winter is almost here.

I checked two bags of onions before sending them to the pantry. Some will join today's curry party or the dishes for the coming weekdays.
View attachment 53645
I love using glass containers to store fresh ingredients - easily see what's inside.
View attachment 53646

Beef ribs - the bones are removed to make broth.
View attachment 53647
Chili flake and chili powder will improve both the flavor and color of the curry.
View attachment 53648

I also chopped one apple and added salt and honey for seasoning. After the ingredients were well cooked, I took them out. Half of the potatoes, onion, apple, and pumpkin were left in the pot and became the natural thickeners.
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It can be easily done with a hand mixer.
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Two pieces of 88% (above 80% is ok) dark chocolate to enhance the flavor and add a bit more acidity
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The ingredients went back, and then the cauliflowers joined. The curry is done after simmering for another ten minutes, which keeps the cauliflower's natural sweetness and ideal texture.
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It's also very suitable for a lunch box.
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You make so many beautiful looking dishes!
 

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Ha. There is a Hershey's chocolate ad on this page as I read it!

I like our homemade curry but it is simply using a curry powder in what would otherwise be stew. No, I don't follow a recipe of ingredients or amounts but it's a common meal for us. And then, we may add the curry powder. An ad or no ad•vertisement, using chocolate wouldn't have occurred to me :).

I'd like to think that I might make different meals just by playing around with the separate ingredients in the curry powder. That might be fun aaaannd tasty!

Steve
 

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the first time i ever had chocolate and coffee flavors added to something unusual during cooking was when Mom was making pumpernickle bread. it was good. :) later on in life i had a friend give me a bread machine and i was trying all sorts of old recipes and making up new ones and remembered that and did a loaf which turned out really well, and then i added saurkraut to it and it was even better!

the first time i had mole' was way back when i visited relatives out in Santa Fe. the Mom of that family (just turned 90 and she was a nice person and i miss her and her daughter and can't get out west to visit again anytime soon) was making a big pot of chicken mole' and it was so strange to me but it sure got my attention.
 
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