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Am 1 paycheque away from food bank. WTF do I make with 500grams of soft and plump’ apricots?

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Foofloofah · 02/10/2018 21:45

Ideas on a postcard please. Kids want dessert and I just don’t know what to do! Yes have googled etc just need ideas, links and recipes. Kids eat well but can’t go MasterChef on them x

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MrsJonSno · 02/10/2018 22:44

Where does OP mention a husband?


Celestia26 · 02/10/2018 22:46

MrsJonSno I'm assuming the pps are referring to previous threads made by the OP about her husband.


noeffingidea · 02/10/2018 22:51

What does 'one paycheque away from a foodbank' actually mean?


Thesmallthings · 02/10/2018 22:53

Tbf most people are one pay check away from a being homeless/food bank.


noeffingidea · 02/10/2018 23:00

You're unlikely to be homeless after one month, The smallthings. Reposession (in the case of a mortgage) takes a few months, not sure about eviction, but think has to go through court.


florenceheadache · 02/10/2018 23:01

can you get a hold of some rhubarb and an apple?
mix the apricots rhubard and apple together with a little water to make a compote. about the consistancy of apple sauce.
you can then serve it on waffles/pancakes or like suggested make a crumble.
i would make muffins, i'd share a recipe but canadian flour and uk stuff is different.


bridgetreilly · 02/10/2018 23:15

Flapjack, definitely. Cheap to make, very filling, keeps well, yummy.


bridgetreilly · 02/10/2018 23:17

Although, I thought they were dried, but pp's seem to be giving recipes for fresh apricots?


evilharpy · 02/10/2018 23:40

There are loads of blackberries on the hedgerows here. Maybe take the kids blackberry picking, maybe an activity out of it, and turn them into blackberry crumble with stuff you have in the cupboard/fridge?


Foofloofah · 03/10/2018 07:40

No money for food. Three weeks before we get paid.

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notacooldad · 03/10/2018 08:32

No my kids don’t have dessert every day. Mostly it’s fruit & yoghurt, but they need carbs. They are busy kids
You really don't have to justify yourself to a stranger on the internet!


MumW · 03/10/2018 08:42

Here is a recipe for an egg free cake. which I have made a couple of times. I haven't experimented with the recipe yet, but I think you could stew the apricots and replace the syrup.


RayRayBidet · 03/10/2018 08:56

If you have no money for food for three weeks you need to go to the food bank now.


Foofloofah · 03/10/2018 09:07

RayRatBidet don’t you have to be in receipt of benefits? We don’t qualify for any benefits. I am looking for jobs as I am panicking now and fingers crossed something will come out of all the applications.
My OH is a shopaholic. I am selling all his quality sports gear he never used to tie us over but September has been the most expensive month ever. So many bills. My kids extra curricular activities are either free or very inexpensive. Which is a blessing for now.

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SuchAToDo · 03/10/2018 09:25

Op why has your husband been buying "quality sports gear" and not using it, while meanwhile you are down to the reality of needing to use food banks after the bills are paid.

He is being selfish spending on himself without considering the family as a need your finances as a team so that bills get paid, food can be afforded


RayRayBidet · 03/10/2018 09:30

No, you can be working and go to a food bank.
If your situation is as bad as you say you would be helped.


Sparklyfee · 03/10/2018 09:33

There are food clubs as well in our area that anyone can go to and it's around 2 to 3 pounds for a bag full of food worth much more.

Try shopping at whoopsie time at the supermarkets too, sometimes can fill the freezer on a couple of pounds.

Good luck


CuriousaboutSamphire · 03/10/2018 09:39

Foof no, you do NOT have to be in receipt of benefits. You DO need to be referred. Have a chat to your doctor, health visitor about a referral.

If you have a local non Trussel food bank have a look on their website to see who does their referrals.

I volunteer in our local community foodbank, so I know you would be considered as being in urgent need! Don't be ashamed, that's what we are here for!


PikaPikaTink · 03/10/2018 10:25

Some of the independent bakeries near me put fresh bread that hasn't sold that day outside. It's packaged so not dirty. It's officially to throw away but they make it very visible so people in need can pick it up. If you're desperate I think it's worth a look.


PikaPikaTink · 03/10/2018 10:28

Also check this out you might be able to pick some free food up with it.


MTBMummy · 03/10/2018 10:33

My kids love these apricot bars

3/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup water
150 g butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cups self raising flour
1 cup Oats

Boil the apricots in the water until all the liquid is dissolved
Add sugar and butter
let is cool slightly then add the flour
Bake for about 30 minutes at 180C
Cool then slice into bars

Sorry to hear things are so tight x


MTBMummy · 03/10/2018 10:33

^^ sorry that should say add flour and oats


GerdaLovesLili · 03/10/2018 10:36

Apricot bread pudding. Tear up ends of loaf/buns/cake. Make up instant custard using powdered milk if necessary (stir in an egg if you have one) add bread, apricots and custard to baking dish. Weight down for an hour overnight to compress and then bake.

Nicer if you add a glug of brandy and some cinamon or mixed spice.


Ollivander84 · 03/10/2018 10:45

Download the "too good to go" app too
Various restaurants/bakeries etc that give away food for a small charge


TailEndCharlie · 03/10/2018 10:47

Second an apricot flapjack type thing or apricot upside down cake? can use marg instead of butter to make it cheaper and the cake part will still taste good....

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