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That was a problem for the local mens' shed polytunnel as every few months they had ripped sides due to thefts.

My own frugal recipe is sausage pasta. Can be made with half can of spam or half can of hot dogs.
Fry cubed spam or hot dogs with garlic/ small onion, and smoked paprika. - Makes it taste like chorizo. then a can of blended tomatoes, or half a block of passata. flour roux or cornflour to thicken.

I am growing lettuce hydroponically in a pond I made last year as a floating raft system.
Plus extra spinach, spring onions, rocket, mustard, carrots and later cabbage, sprouting broccoli & kale for the winter.
I made 14 potato bags from woven groundcover fabric 1m wide and will make more. each one is about a foot square but bulges a bit to 18".
Sounds a lot but is only a small garden. Only thing I can't grow here is tomatoes or courgettes. Really need a greenhouse for that unless you have any ideas?

I am making soup for lunch nearly every day. 1 potato or parsnip or lentils give it body, and things like broccoli stems and spinach add nutrition. Any meat bones get boiled to make stock and is frozen to add back to soups. Roasted chicken skin makes good stock too.
 

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Being the son of a very frugal Yorkshire lass, (why save a halfpenny when you can save a penny) brought up on cheap cuts of meat and offal my mother always used to tell the butcher the lamb flaps were for the dog. Hearts extremely cheap slow cooked excellent for stews and in sandwiches, liver kidney tripe all full of iron and minerals.
I am not sure if you can grow pigeon peas in the UK but good food source when fresh and green, when dried makes a good dhal full of protein with less lectin than other pulses. If you can't grow it it is cheap in the supermarket. You could probably almost live off them with some greens on the side.
 

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When we were kids we had buttered toast sprinkled with sugar, not very PC nowadays and bad for the teeth
 

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I have a cupboard of confit of duck as always stock up when in France because it's so much cheaper and then never get round to eating it. It's great with either duck fat scalloped potatoes or puy lentils. Also if things carry on like this might have to crack open the 2018 Christmas cake.
 

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Talking of dried soups you can make some nice sauces with them even cuppa soups just do not add too much water to them or use them to flavour anything like stirfry or fridge leftovers etc just to give that little extra to user ups
 

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When we were kids we had buttered toast sprinkled with sugar, not very PC nowadays and bad for the teeth
Even better if you have any in the cupboard is to mix the sugar with cinnamon then put back under the grill for maybe thirty seconds be careful to watch it as sugar can burn.
 

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And, as I know to my cost, melted sugar is very hot and can stick to the roof of your mouth - ouch!
 

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Does anyone have any inventive recipes using the spent grains from our brews?

Next brew I make, I might try a few sweet and savoury ideas 🤔
 

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Does anyone have any inventive recipes using the spent grains from our brews?

Next brew I make, I might try a few sweet and savoury ideas 🤔
They go ok in bread and there are plenty of recipes and ideas, already, in the forum. If you use too much, though, the husks tends to stick in your teeth.
Could always take your dentures out, I suppose.
 

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Having sorted through a cupboard - what the hell do I do with dried Adouki beans and quinoa flakes? :?:

My partner went though a phase of buying all kinds of weird s!!t and a lot of it was just shoved out of sight and forgotten about.

Just finished off a spicy soup made with a few fresh veg bits and brown lentils. Looked like oxtail. Lentils make a good alternative to potato in soups.
 

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Having sorted through a cupboard - what the hell do I do with dried Adouki beans and quinoa flakes? :?:

My partner went though a phase of buying all kinds of weird s!!t and a lot of it was just shoved out of sight and forgotten about.

Just finished off a spicy soup made with a few fresh veg bits and brown lentils. Looked like oxtail. Lentils make a good alternative to potato in soups.
Adouki beans are a bit like mung beans and you can make bean sprouts out of them,. They're nicer and sweeter than bean sprouts. Look online for method, which is essentially, soak, rinse, soak rinse for a few days until the sprouts are as long as you want them,. The rinse is important.
Quinoa? No idea.
Alternatively, make an adouki and quinoa triple IPA.
 

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As a grower of my own fruit and veg: fastest growing is rocket; grow practically any brassica as sprouting crops (similar to cress) on cotton wool. You can do this on a windowsill. You get all the good things without waiting months for the cabbage, cauli etc to grow. Turnips and beetroot: eat the leaves too, packed with vitamins and minerals.
Pea shoots: buy pea seeds, grow them on cotton wool. When they sprout, cover them with compost and you’ll have both a salad and a cooked veg. Leeks, onions and spring onions can be eaten as shoots. Watercress is fast growing and easy. Buy a pack (preferably with some roots) put it in a glass of water. When it forms good roots, plant it in compost. It will grow all through the summer and autumn.
I hope that helps. Stay safe everyone, this virus is not “just a flu”, it’s a zoonotic novel virus that we have no natural protection against.
 

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I tell you what, since a minor stomach issue I have discovered that lentils are in fact awesome.

These days we nearly always have a pack of 2 in the cupboard, they are insanely versatile.

we like the merchant gourmet range
 
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