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The Radfords reveals how they feed their family of 22 for as little as 30p per person

Amazing budgeting tips…

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Feeding a family of four can be expensive and tricky at times, but if you think that’s hard the Radford’s – a family of 22 from Lancashire – have revealed their tips to ‘cook on a budget’.

Posting videos on their YouTube, the Radfords reveal just exactly how they manage to feed a family of 22, with some meals costing as little as 30p. 

Parents, Sue (45) and Noel (49), support their family with their bakery business The Radford Pie Company, and explain that all kids get the same meal and are not ‘fussy eaters’.

Sue told Closer: “We don’t really have any fussy eaters, we cook one evening meal and they have to eat what’s in front of them.

“We are lucky that we don’t have fussy eaters because there’s no way we would be messing about cooking two, three meals of an evening.”

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To keep food prices down, Sue explains that the trick is to plan ahead and buy in bulk where you can.

She added: “We buy in bulk things like wash powder, toilet rolls and we shop about for things and see what’s on offer. It’s all about planning and being savvy.

“I just go out and do a shop every day which saves me a lot of money. We also buy things from our local veg man, and we use our local butcher as well because we find it’s a lot cheaper.”

Noel often shares meal tips on Youtube, showing how he whips up giant stews and bakes for as little as 30p a person. 

Speaking on one video, where he is making a ham and potato bake, Noel said: “What we are going to make today is a very simple potato bake. It can be a vegetarian one if you want it to be, I’ve got a bit of gammon leftover from the weekend.”

Sue also explains she gets bargains online, saying: “We always shop around for the best deals online.

“It’s worth making sure you get the best deals on your utilities and take advantage of voucher deals where you can.”

The Radford’s also say pasta helps stretch meals further. Noel spoke to the Mail: “We love pasta and we’ll use up three 500g bags per meal. Or we’ll have a big chicken stew or pork chops. With such a big family you have to be savvy and shop around.

“Our shopping bill is around £250 a week, but we’re pretty lucky to get good deals through a butcher whom we use in the bakery and a local veg delivery man.

“We’ll get through two big bags of apples a day, eight bananas and a bag of oranges.”

On trips out, Sue explains that they will avoid pricey restaurants and instead take packed lunches. She said: “We make up loads of sandwiches and just take a packed lunch with us because if we eat out anywhere it can be really pricey.” 

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Everyone’s making these 5-step Terry’s White Chocolate Orange Blondies and they look so good

These look amazing!

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YouTuber shares recipe to Terry’s White Chocolate Orange Cookies and Blondies and they both look incredible. 

The recipe looks incredibly easy, taking as little as half an hour to bake. The cookies look seriously gooey and delicious while the blondies look like they will melt in your mouth.

Fitwafflekitchen shared the nine ingredient cookie recipe on Instagram in a short 30-seconds long video with step by step instructions. 

Alternatively, the Blondie recipe uses just seven ingredients and will take just 20 minutes to bake.

Terry’s White Chocolate Orange Cookie Ingredients:

115g unsalted butter, cold
150g light brown sugar
55g granulated sugar
280g plain flour
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
100g Terry’s Chocolate Orange (any flavour will work)

Method:

  1. Cream together butter, light brown sugar and granulated sugar
  2. Mix in one egg and vanilla 
  3. add plain flour, salt and baking powder and mix until just combined
  4. Then added chopped Terry’s chocolate pieces and refrigerate the mixture for 1-hour minimum
  5. Split the dough into six equal-sized balls and freeze for a further 10 minutes before baking. 
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes at 180C (fan)
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If you prefer Blondies over Cookies follow the recipe below!

Terry’s White Chocolate Orange Blondie Ingredients:

170g Unsalted butter, softened
165g Light brown sugar
100g Granulated sugar
1 Large egg + 1 egg yolk
2 tsp Vanilla extract
215g Plain flour
24 White chocolate orange segments
(Optional chocolate orange minis for topping)

Method: 

  1. Whisk together butter, light brown sugar and granulated sugar into a mixing bowl.
  2.  Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract and whisk.
  3. Add in the plain flour.
  4. Spread half of the mixture out into a lined 8×8″ baking tray. Then add a layer of white chocolate orange segments.
  5. Top with the rest of the mix and bake in the oven for around 20 minutes, before adding an extra layer of segments while it’s still warm.

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You can get some free McDonald’s nuggets next week

Here’s how…

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You can get your hands on some free McDonald’s nuggets next week, thanks to a special Black Friday deal.

Maccies fans can grab the free McNuggets when they order through Just Eat.

You will, however, also need to order a Big Mac or Big Mac meal to claim the free portion of six nugs – which normally retail for £3.29.

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A single Big Mac will set you back £3.29, while a meal with a drink and side will cost £4.49, although prices do vary in different locations.

In even better news, you can get the free nuggets when you order the brand new double Big Mac from the Christmas menu, which will cost you £4.19 for the burger or £5.69 for a meal.

The deal will run from next Monday, November 23rd, until the Friday, November 27th, and is available at all Maccies that use Just Eat – the fast food chain has 849 restaurants that are on the delivery service.

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All you have to do is add the Big Mac product of your choice to the basket and a pop-up will appear on the app asking you to claim the McNuggets – you can only claim one box of nugs per order.

Andrew Kenny, UK managing director of Just Eat said: “While our customers are hunting out the best Black Friday deals online, Just Eat is delighted to be able to deliver some extra joy to their homes.”

Whenever I order a Big Mac I always get some nugs on the side anyway, so I for one can’t wait for next week…

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A new vegan chippy tea butty is launching this Friday for delivery

Delicious!

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A local sandwich delivery concept in Prestwich will now be offering a vegan Chippy T.

It’s great news for vegans who might often find themselves missing out on a delicious chippy tea. 

The plant-based fish and chip butty will launch on November 20th – this Friday, the perfect day for chippy tea! – and will be the first of its kind in North Manchester. 

Sansan is a sandwich delivery service operating in Prestwich offering all your favourite type of butties, from chicken fried steak to vegan VLT (pictured below).

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Around half of the menu currently caters to vegans but the new Chippy T will be a welcomed and delicious addition.

The Vegan Chippy T is made with beer-battered banana blossom, mushy peas, homemade tartare sauce and a handful of salt and vinegar chips, served on a buttered English muffin.

Sam, chef and co-founder said: “We want to create vegan sandwiches that shouldn’t have to be compared to their meat alternatives, these are great stand-alone flavours in their own right.”

Sansan delivers Tuesday through to Friday in Prestwich and Whitefield. They’ve also got a weekend pop-up open for takeaway on Saturdays 12-5pm. 

You can find more info and order here

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