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My First Bargain Buy In 2012

You just can’t beat getting some cheap nuts to chew on!


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MibsBlog Meanstreet Meals – Easy Cheesey Smiley Toast

Cheesy Smiley Toast
Even if you are skint or simply on a tight budget, there is no need to eat plain boring-looking food!
Here’s a very simple way to make yourself and your guests smile!
per person
2 slices of bread
enough thinly sliced cheese to cover
some sauce to make the smile
Toast your bread, add the cheese slices to cover, ( in the photo I added a couple of tomato slices to one piece of toast)
Place under the grill or pop in the microwave untill the cheese is melted to your taste.
Serve with a smile!
Cooking Time – 5 to 10 minutes
Cost – approx 30p per person


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MibsBlog Meanstreet Meals – Pizza Toast

Pizza Toast
For those “too long till payday” nights when you really fancy a pizza!
per person
2 slices of bread
some tomato puree (ketchup will do in a pinch)
a few pieces of chopped or “ringed” raw onion
2 slices of tomato
Enough thinly sliced cheese to cover each slice of bread
a sprinkle of black pepper if desired
Toast the two slices of bread
Using a knife, smear the tomato puree or ketchup evenly over the bread, add some onion pieces, two slices of tomato and cover with the cheese slices.
Either pop back under the grill untill the cheese has melted to your preference, or pop into a microwave for a short time, again untill the cheese has melted to your preference.
Add some black pepper if desired, and enjoy!
Do remember that hot cheese can burn your mouth though, unlike me who got a blister recently due to my impatience!
Cooking Time – No longer than 10 minutes in total
Cost – approx 42p per person  
You can play around with the toppings as much as you like, I have made this with sliced cold sausage, cooked bacon pieces, leftover chicken, tuna, pretty much any pizza topping will work, and if you have uncut “doorstep” bread, that works even better!

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Worth A Visit – Foodie Competition Now Live!

Now…I don’t as a general rule, advertise competitions here on MibsBlog other than my own….but a very good friend of mine who runs a fabulous money-saving tips and very funny tales of battles in Morrisons with the Mad Trolley Lady ( believe me, you haven’t lived till you’ve read about her!) is currently running a fantastic competition to win a fab Hamper of delicious foodie goodies.

What more could you wish for in these tough economic times, a lovely basket of treats and some great advice to help you budget/scrimp/save?

Now as I do a tiny bit of bloggy housekeeping for her, I have barred myself from entering, but there is nothing stopping you all from popping along, having a fun read of the useful posts over there and do remember to sign up for updates of her blog and make a comment under the competition post!

Easy peasey, and a visit I promise that you won’t regret making!

Link To Eatingonapound Blog Below Here

Foodie Competition Now Live!.

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MibsBlog Meanstreet Meals – Eggy Jacket Potato Surprise

Eggy Jacket Potato Surprise
This one emerged after I bought a load of free-range eggs really cheaply, they were “close” to their supposed use-by date!
The idea of cooking an egg in a potato comes from years ago when I was in the Scouts, it is one of those meals we tried to do in tin foil on a campfire, and after wracking my brain to come up with something slightly more interesting than fried/boiled/scrambled eggs, I vaguely remembered this and thought I may as well try it out!
per person
1 medium/large Jacket Potato
1 egg
Optional Extras:
1 portion Baked Beans
Wash your potato. Put your oven on full power/heat to pre-heat it for the next stage.
Cook it until almost soft inside (test with a knife blade). I started mine off in a microwave for speed. The time to do this will very much depend on how big your potato is, mine as pictured above, spent 12 mins on high in my old tired microwave, an oven would usually take quite a bit longer.
Carefully, as it will be HOT, cut off the top of the potato about a third of the way down, ( standing it pointy end up), and scoop out an egg-shaped space in the middle. Break your egg into a cup  ( this ensures you don’t have a bad one and thus ruin the potato), then pour the whole egg into the potato cavity you have made. Replace the potato lid you cut off, and remembering to keep it upright still, place in the pre-heated oven for around 15/20 minutes, or until the potato skin goes crispy!
Once crispy on the outside, the egg inside should be cooked through, place on a plate and serve with beans if desired!
Voila, one simple tasty supper!

Cooking Time – approx 45 minutes, less if you start off in a microwave

Cost – approx 35p/ 63p per person, it will depend on where you get your ingredients!



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MibsBlog Meanstreet Meals – Easy Peasey Sausage Casserole

This is not the cheapest of my Meanstreet Meals, BUT when you work out the cost per bowlful, and see how many bowls it makes, it’s a cheap and tasty way to feed several people at once, or to make a batch of dinners and freeze some portions for later.
For anyone feeling a bit adventurous, this is a great recipe to try out my friend Sunny’s     Haybox Cooking Tip!    

Go From These Ingredients...

To Taking This Potful Out Of Your Oven!


per casserole potful (this served me up 6 large portions over a week, although once cooled it can be frozen for a later date)

 6 frozen sausages ( these can be bought very cheaply in economy bags of 20 ish for around £1 in most supermarkets)

8 medium potatoes

2 medium Onions roughly chopped up in chunks

2 Garlic Cloves chopped into small pieces

1 tin plum tomatoes

1 tin Red Kidney Beans

2 handfuls frozen peas

1 tablespoon cooking oil ( anything you have is fine)

Optional extras:

couple handfuls of frozen green beans or any other frozen veg you may have lurking in the freezer


Defrost the sausages, either naturally, or carefully in a microwave ( don’t allow them to start cooking in the microwave!) then cut each sausage into three pieces.

 Turn your oven on to full heat

Put a pan of water on to boil, not too much water though.

 Place the sausage pieces into the casserole dish, along with the chopped onions, garlic, half an egg-cup of water ( this prevents sticking),  and one tablespoon of oil. Place the casserole dish with lid on into the oven for around 10/20 minutes on the full heat, basically untill the sausages and onions start to brown off.

Roughly chop the potatoes into bite-sized chunks, ( it’s your preference whether to leave the skins on or not, I prefer them on!), and add them to the pan of boiling water for around five minutes, YOU NEED THEM HALF-COOKED)

Whilst the sausages are browning off, open the Kidney Beans, drain and rinse them.

Open the tinned Tomatoes, and whilst still in the tin, use a pair of scissors to roughly chop them into smaller pieces within the tin. ( you CAN buy pre-chopped tomatoes, but why pay 15p or more extra for such an easy task?)

Once sausages are lightly browned, turn your oven down to half its heat setting, around Gas Mark 6 or 200°C and remove the casserole dish REMEMBERING TO USE OVEN GLOVES OR A TWICE FOLDED TEA-TOWEL, IT WILL BE HOT! ( also don’t forget to watch out where on your kitchen work surface you place the hot dish, it WILL burn a plastic or wooden surface!)

Drain and add the half-cooked potatoes, ( try to save the potato water), add the drained kidney beans, the chopped tomatoes and their juice, the frozen peas, and any other frozen veg you wish to add, give the whole potful a couple of big stirs, top up the liquid with the potato water untill it is about half an inch below the top of the casserole dish, and replace the lid.

Put the whole thing back into the oven for around 40 minutes, (or for those attempting the   Haybox Tip  , place in haybox now for around 2 hours) basically untill the entire potful is bubbling hot!

Serve into a bowlful per person, add salt and pepper to taste, and maybe a sprig/shake of parsley and enjoy!

 Preparation Time – fifteen minutes ( a lot of it can be done whilst the sausages are browning off!)

Cooking Time – No more than one and a half hours, depending on your equipment

Cost – The entire casserole dish worked out at approx £2.07  which equates to roughly 35p per person for 6 bowls at my rate of eating it!

A Nice Big Bowl Of Filling Comfort Grub - Yummy!


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MibsBlog Thrifty Tips – August 2011

Here I will try to share any money/time saving tips that I have found to be useful each month.

Do feel free to share yours also if you don’t mind me keeping the list updated!

( I will of course name you as the author of your tip!)



Home-Made Plant Food Ideas

Mixing finely crushed rinsed eggshells into your potting soil would give your houseplants a good boost. The eggshells are a good substitute for bonemeal.

If you have a fish tank, when you change the water in the tank, use the water you take out to water your plants. Your plants will love fish fertilizer!

A wonderful plant food is ordinary green tea. Dilute the tea with two gallons of water. You can use this every time you water. Plants love it.

Collect seaweed, wash off the salt, submerge in boiling water and allow to steep. Dilute it to make a weakish foliar feed. Spray plants once a week.

When you have leftover black coffee dilute it in a pail of water and use it to water tomatoes growing in pots or in the ground. It will give them a nitrogen boost.

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