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Old Apr 24th 2015, 10:40 am
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Originally Posted by caretaker
Out here some people can pike with a little oil and ketchup and it's almost indistinguishable from canned salmon; a lady at the beach used to can burbot in the winter as well and it was a lot like tuna (I thought it was even better than tuna).
I'm not too big on freshwater fish. I once went to a place, Uncle Bud's I believe, that specialized in all you can eat catfish, I had the fried chicken.
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A pub around the corner from where I worked for a short time (Portland Sq, Bristol) used to do goat curry at lunchtime. It was good.

I also had it as a goat stew a few times in a small village somewhere on Rhodes. It was delicious.
I raised them for a while back in the 70's, nothing wrong with goat; it's like deer meat.
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I raised them for a while back in the 70's, nothing wrong with goat; it's like deer meat.
Venison's dear.
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The best food for frugality is a jacket potato with lashings of butter, salt and black pepper.
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Originally Posted by Shard
The best food for frugality is a jacket potato with lashings of butter, salt and black pepper.
Butter blows the frugal part....just the spud with a wee drop of olive oil will do it & remember to eat the skin
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Venison's dear.
Rhymes with souvenir.
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The best food for frugality is a jacket potato with lashings of butter, salt and black pepper.
Or...I don't recall the name, but Maille used to do it and Sainsburys did their own version.

It was a bit like a Mayo and something like Green Pepper Sauce. Not Tabasco or anything like that, it really was more like a Mayo.

I cannot find any trace of it anywhere on line.

Fantastic on spuds.
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Or...I don't recall the name, but Maille used to do it and Sainsburys did their own version.

It was a bit like a Mayo and something like Green Pepper Sauce. Not Tabasco or anything like that, it really was more like a Mayo.

I cannot find any trace of it anywhere on line.

Fantastic on spuds.
Would it be like mixing mayo and salsa verde the same way you make faux tartar sauce with mayo and sweet green relish?
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Canned meat an acquired taste?

I haven't tried a canned meat yet that I considered good, some more edible then others. This excludes canned fish which I do not eat despite buying it. The wife eats the salmon and the dog eats the sardines.

Canned veggies are okay, but I prefer frozen as the cans often are lined with less then pleasant materials. Most are still lined with BPA.

Never caught onto canned fruit either, always has this metallic taste to me, and they seem to always be coated in heavy sugary syrup.

Maybe its its from always having fresh or frozen available my entire life.

My great grandma (born in 1912 or 1914) canned everything under the sun, she was convinced her entire life there would be another depression, her house when she had to move into a home, was so hard to clean because she had so much canned food.

I am talking about stuff marked as canned in 1950's still there in the late 1990's, as I said she was convinced another depression was coming and she needed to stock up.

I suppose being as poor as she was in the 1930's, it makes sense since she had nothing during that time frame.


I got tricked into trying deer once, tried a bite and instantly knew it wasn't beef as claimed.

I am not sure why I am so picky.
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The grocery threads are always fascinating to me .

Today's Giant Tiger shop:

12 eggs 2.97
1l canola oil 3.97
Dijon mustard 2.77
Mayo 2.67
1kg Coffee (ground, Folgers) 7.97 on special
500g cheddar 6.29
500g Bacon 2.00 on special
Large can diced tomatoes 1.00
2lb Onions 0.67
Garlic pack of 3 .67
Pint of half & half 1.00 on special

Didn't buy, but noticed prices: 10kg potatoes @ 2.50, 5lb bag carrots @2.99, 1lb butter @3.67, 1kg bags of various frozen veggies @ 2 - 3

Earlier this week I bought tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, lettuce, peppers & squash at the wholesale/indoor markety-type place for 7 bucks.

Have minced beef, a chicken, pork, sausages, shrimp all bought on special in the freezer, + free fish. I buy name brand EV olive oil as & when I need it on special for around 4$.

For one person .

That's about 2 weeks worth of meals, plus several that will go in the freezer for later, with part of what I have in the freezer, and the canola oil, coffee, mayo, mustard will last a while.

I'm lucky to have a Giant Tiger & Maxi (Loblaws) next door to each other, the wholesale/market place plus 2 other supermarkets within 10 minutes walk, and a reasonably priced fancy cheese shop just down the hill.

Last edited by Shirtback; Apr 24th 2015 at 3:15 pm. Reason: Actually more than 2 weeks as I cook large batches and freeze leftovers
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Would it be like mixing mayo and salsa verde the same way you make faux tartar sauce with mayo and sweet green relish?
Now that's an interesting idea. I shall have to try it. Not so sure about the second one.

Superstore's poseur label has a nice Brandy Peppercorn sauce.
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Giant Tiger has the best prices on things. I used to go there all the time when I lived in Ontario.

I wish they would expand into BC.

There is clearly way more competition out east based in the prices here.

Overwaitea Food Group is the dominant player.

Loblaws has several banners like Super Store, Extra Food, I know there are a few No Frills around.

Whatever company that owns Sobey's owns Safeway and Thrifty Foods neither of which are known for low prices, and don't have a lot of locations really, mostly just in the larger city's.

Of course Wal-Mart and Costco.

Then small players out there as well.

Our local Wal-Mart is not zoned for fresh groceries, and limited to what they can sell grocery wise and I don't see the town changing the zoning, and Wal-Mart agreed to it in order to open the store, so I don't think we will ever see a Super Wal-Mart, the current council certainly isn't going to change the zoning.
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On a side note, why doesn't Canada have food programs like the US does?

The US is pretty generous overall when it comes to food stamps for poor, disabled, poor families with kids etc.

I'd imagine if my sister and her kids lived here, they wouldn't eat much, no clue how people with kids can manage to feed their kids.

Do schools in Canada have hot lunches for students?
I don't know about Canada-wide, here in Qc we have food banks which are seeing more and more participants

I volunteer at our local one which caters for a couple of hundred people each week. "Clientele" is families, singles, all ages. Vast majority are on welfare, some receive EI, some are very low income, working single parent families.

Food comes from wholesalers/supermarket donations: overstock, damaged packaging, corporate charity, via a regional centre which supplies several foodbanks.

Examples of the packages for singles over the last few weeks (I don't deal with the families, but quantities are obviously prorated):

Easter week:
1 chicken
Huge amounts of lettuce
2 cucumbers, 3 green peppers, bag of frozen veg, small bag miniature carrots
Box of crackers, large bag of chocolate biscuits
Unlimited bread (we always get too much donated)
3 packs of ready-made soup
4 oranges, bag of grapes
2 large pots of yoghurt
Bottle of salad dressing

2 weeks ago:
Bag of 10 pogos
2 lettuces, brocoli, bag of spinach, another cucumber, 4 large potatoes, bag of frozen veg
Unlimited bread
Box of crackers, box of biscuits, large bag of chocolate biscuits
4 apples, lots of lemons, 2 punnets of strawberries, 3 bananas
3 packs of soup
I can tomatoes, 1 can of peas, 1 very large can of green peppercorn sauce (nearly everyone declined this ...)
Box of pasta
2 large pots of yoghurt

Last week:
Bag of 10 pogos
1 lettuce, 2 courgettes, bag of miniature carrots, squash, potatoes
Unlimited bread
Box of crackers, box of chocolate biccies
4 apples, lots of tangerines
Can of tomatoes, can of "a la king" or brown sauce
Unlimited packs of soup
2 large pots of yoghurt

As you can see, there's not a lot of variety, and making appealing meals from what's on offer requires some creative thinking.

Some of the leftover veg (and there's lots of it sometimes) goes to a local church group which cooks soup for the local shelter & drop in centre. I'm working on a project at the moment with our very new community garden to sent up compost bins for the surplus that currently goes to waste. Another project I'd like to get out of my head and off the ground is simple recipes which could be easily adapted to accommodate the unpredictable nature of what's actually available each week.

In the rural, deprived, areas I know, several charitable organisations provide a hot soup lunch once or twice a week to elementary schools where there is no cafeteria. There's also a provincial free breakfast programme for schools, but not available everywhere.
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We have a food bank in town, I think they are open 2 times a month.

The frequency one can visit and what you get varies big time community to community.

The food bank I used in Ontario was pretty decent, 2 times a month, 2 days of food, but they had good variety, frozen vegetables a lot.

The food bank I used in BC, was the same 2 times a month, 2 days of food generally, but it was largely made up of junk foods from bakeries, starbucks, a few canned goods, and maybe a couple potatoes.

That food bank was heavily used and at it's seams, so they prioritize so childless folks didn't always get much there.
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Ours is once a week. We're getting close to the seams . Summer is always a bit easier however. Thankfully we get lots of (too many) healthy vegetables, enough fruit, and not *too* much junk food, although there's a freezer crammed full of pogos at the moment ...

One of our major problems is refrigeration/freezer space for storage of perishables . Also, the perceived stigma of using a food bank, particularly amongst the elderly, and those recently unemployed.
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