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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Sausages

When is being Frugal not cost effective?


Oh My Lord, I just have to share with you the absolute disaster that was our tea tonight. This week, I thought I would be a good frugal girl and order the Value Sausages from Mr Tesco. What a mistake.

Almost as soon as they went in the pan they grew a life of their own spilling their guts all over the place. They were definitely well pricked before hand but that did not seem to stop them exploding out of what was clearly an extremely thin skin.

They were sticking to the pan and falling apart and yet still not cooking through so by the time they made it to the plate what was left of them looked like... well I just have to say it..... something a dog might leave on the pavement!! 


They actually tasted worse than they looked. I know, how can that be possible?!? The worst part of it is that we still have another pack of 8 in the fridge!!

Tell me, what have you bought in an attempt to be frugal, that just wasn't worth it?

Sunshine 


I'm not really sure if I deserve the following award as I'm not feeling or sounding particularly "Sunny" tonight, after my sauage disaster, but I want to say a BIG Thank You to Emma at The Log Cabin for passing me the Sunshine Award.

My answers to the 10 questions:-

1. Favourite Colour - Lilac. It was the colour of my bridesmaid dresses and I still love it, in all it's various shades.

2. Favourite Number - I don't really have a favourite number, but if I was pushed I'd have to say 42. It is after all the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything.

3. Favourite Animal - Probably a Penguin, read into that what you will.

4. Favourite Non-Alcoholic Drink - This one's a struggle as my favourite drinks are alcoholic!! I'd love to be really healthy and say Water, but it's probably a cup of good coffee.

5. Do I prefer Facebook or Twitter - Facebook, it's the only way I can communicate with the younger members of my family and I like to look on there to see what they are up to, although I don't post much myself. I do have a Twitter account and I follow a few celebrities, but I haven't been on it for months.

6. What is my passion? - I have a few but the latest is definitely learning to crochet and I am building up muscles in my hands and arms I never knew I had.

7. Do I prefer giving or receiving? - I much prefer giving, although don't get me wrong I like to receive aswell. I like the person I am giving a gift to, to open it straight away so I can see if they like it or not, as I'm always hoping I have given something they will really love.

8. Favourite pattern - I'm not really a gingham, paisley or check kind of girl, but I do kinda like Polka dots, mini ones not giant ones.

9.Favourite Day of the Week - This has to be a Sunday, as I get to spend dedicated time out in the presence of God. I do get to do this on other days but not so consistently.

10. Favourite Flower - Daffodil, that must be my 'Taffy' side.

I really struggled with passing it on to 5 more Blogs, so I can be a real coward and sit that part out?

Thanks Emma you really made my Day, it's nice to know at least one person (other than me) is enjoying my Blog.

Lots of Love Arwedd xx

17 comments:

  1. My hand is up in the air ..."I like your blog , too"
    Jane x

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    1. Thank You, you're too kind!

      Arwedd xx

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  2. Me too. I like your blog loads.

    I've brought those sausages in the past and yes they are pants! Never mind, we live and learn.

    X x

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    1. Never again, only Finest sausages for me in future. Only joking!

      Thanks for saying you like my Blog, it's very kind of you.

      Arwedd xx

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    1. I find it hard to believe, but thank you too!

      Arwedd xx

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  4. I gave up buying cheap sausage years ago. I'd rather pay more for decent ones and have a small amount or do without! BUT all is not lost! I would de skin those left in the fridge, combine the meat in a bowl with some wholemeal bread crumbs, some finely chopped shallots and form into meat balls . BAKE the meatballs on a non stick sheet and serve in a warm tomato sauce over pasta x
    Rachel :)

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    1. That, my friend, is a brilliant idea!

      Thank You Arwedd xx

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  5. Oh that is so funny! YES I have bought cheap things trying to be frugal - they nearly always let me down. It's a trail & error thing to figure out what works & what doesn't. The meatball idea above is a good one. Sx

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    1. It is a great idea and it's what I'll do.

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  6. Me too on the cheap sausages - urgh! We have two sausages each and so one pack lasts the two of us 2 meals, so more expensive ones are still frugal and less fat, too. I like to nearly cook the whole pack of sausages (fry and pour off the excess fat or grill them) cut them into chunks and put aside, fry onion, garlic, peppers and mushrooms, until softened, in the same pan, add the sausages back in, add a tin of chopped tomatoes and a tin of kidney beans, add a tbsp of brown or bbq sauce, maybe a pinch of chilli powder and simmer until thickened. This is good with rice, mash or probably couscous and will stretch the sausages to feed 5 or 6 people or just 4 if you are really hungry!

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    1. Oh and the "disaster" wasn't yours, it was the rubbish sausages. Just the fact that the family is fed is success, it doesn't have to be perfect.

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    2. You are right of course, I'm still learning to treat myself gently when things like happen. Thanks for reminding me.

      Arwedd xx

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  7. I also enjoy your blog although I only found you recently.

    I hate it when we have episodes like you had with your sausages - it is so disappointing apart from anything else. I remember buying some chicken joints from a certain large Supermarket years ago and thinking I had a good deal and then finding some large pieces of skin and fat in the bottom of the pack, to make the weight? Well, the first time it happened, I threw them out and then carried on, but by the third time I was fuming and took them back to the shop and told them how dishonest it was; I got my refund and they lost a little of my respect. Unfortunately, they have lost more over the years!

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    1. I've tried value chicken aswell and I ended up with more of it in the bin, than in the pan. It was so full of fat and grisle. Never Mind.

      Arwedd xx

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  8. Hey honey, I love your blog too, but I love you more. My head has been under the parapet this week - givev me a text and I'll explain x x x God is indeed moving in mysterious ways x x x FM

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  9. OOO let me know how your meatball adventure went! It's a firm favourite in our house xxx

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