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.”
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.”
202 Kitchen announces opening date for new £1M Spinningfields venue
New opening alert!
202 Kitchen has revealed the launch date for an insanely Instagramable new venue here in Manchester.
Following the success of its first restaurant in Birmingham early last year, 202 Kitchen initially launched a pop-up unit on Bridge Street in Manchester from August – November last year.
But after outgrowing the space, they have now opted to move to a bigger, more permanent unit in Spinningfields, investing over £1million into the new larger space.
202 Kitchen will now be overlooking the River Irwell, occupying a 7000 square foot space in the heart of Spinningfields, a location formerly occupied by Zizzi and GBK.
The new venue will be dishing up street food-inspired cuisine with a 202 ‘twist’ including fried chicken, burgers, mac’n’cheese, waffles and grilled seafood.
The classic 202 Kitchen cocktail menu will be a feature too, with a choice of classics, originals and frozen tipples to choose from.
202 Kitchen Founders, Leon Beckford, Panikos Myrritis and John Sambo said: “After the success of our temporary pop-up on Bridge Street last year, we’re coming back bigger and better, and believe us when we say we’ve taken the brand to the next level. We can’t wait to reveal what we have planned.
“From the moment you walk in, guests will understand exactly what 202 Kitchen is all about. Customer experience is our number one priority and whether that be from the quality of the food and drinks or the service, everyone is going to be talking about 202.
“We are proud to have been the first to bring this concept to Manchester last year but appreciate that the hospitality landscape is constantly evolving. To provide a unique experience, we have evolved the concept to make sure we’re one step ahead in terms of ideas and concepts.”
202 Kitchen Manchester Spinningfields is set to open its doors on July 15th – bookings will be open from June 27th.
To make your own booking, visit their website here.
Manchester bar named one of the best rooftop bars in Europe
Very well deserved!
Manchester’s very own 20 Stories has been named as one of the best rooftop bars in the whole of Europe.
Opening its doors back in 2018, 20 Stories is perched on the twentieth floor of the NO.1 building in Spinningfields (so that’s where their name comes from…) and is Manchester’s tallest restaurant – despite technically being three storeys below the Cloud 23 bar in Beetham Tower.
The D&D-owned bar is estimated to be about one metre higher, and boasts gorgeous panoramic views of the city’s skyline and beyond.
On clear days, guests can even see all the way out to the Peak District from the elusive roof terrace – so, obviously, it’s going to make the cut for a list of the best rooftop bars, isn’t it?
The ranking was put together by travel guide Big 7 Travel, who analysing online reviews from Google, TripAdvisor, and previous media coverage.
In the fifty-strong list, 20 Stories came in nineteenth place, beating other contenders from desirable locations such as Oslo, Berlin, Prague and Ibiza.
Big 7 Travel said about the venue: “The rooftop terrace has fast become one of the must-be places in the city: it has has trees scaling two stories high and an outdoor lounge bar serving cocktails and craft beers.”
However, 20 Stories was beaten to the top spot by The Culpeper in London, which was crowned number one in all of Europe. Damn it.
Over the years, 20 Stories has become famed for its fancy cocktail menu, which includes original and local creations such as the ‘Champagne Supernova’, the ‘Manchester Gin Negroni’ and the ‘Manchester Tart Punch.’
It also runs an indoor restaurant up on the terrace, though it was forced to close for three days this week after a Covid-19 outbreak among staff members.
Click here to see the full list and all it’s wonderful contenders.
Huge, saucy Neapolitan sandwiches have arrived in Manchester and they look so good
Move over pizza, there’s a new Neapolitan classic in town…
Just when you thought Manchester’s Neapolitan food scene couldn’t get any better, saucy sandwiches from the heart of Naples have arrived in the city.
MIRA, the latest pop up to grace Manchester’s streets, have set up shop at Ancoats’ popular pub, The Crown & Kettle, where they will be dishing out delicious butties every Saturday and Sunday, from 12pm ‘till it’s gone.
Their first ever weekend last month was a complete sell-out, so they must be doing something right.
The menu offers just three staple Neapolitan options – the Diego, the Balls and the Juicy ‘Gine.
First up: The Diego. Named presumably after Argentine footballer, Diego Maradona, who features heavily on the MIRA Instagram page, this hearty creation is loaded with Genovese stew – a highly popular dish in Naples consisting of beef brisket, salumi and onions.
Next, we have the classic, The Balls. I mean, it says it in the name, doesn’t it? This sandwich is loaded with twelve-hour slow-cooked beef and pork meatballs coated in a traditional Neapolitan ragu. The filling is then paired with Fior Di Latte mozzarella and basil – Italian perfection.
And last but certainly not least, is the vegan Juicy ‘Gine, a meat-free butty filled with smoky aubergine parmigiana alongside MIRA’s own cashew cheese, aubergines, fresh basil and pine nuts – a concoction that both meat-eaters and veggies and vegans will love.
To find out where you can get your mitts on one of these colossal butties and to stay updated with their whereabouts, you can follow MIRA’s Instagram page here.