Bolognese sauce recipe

Ingredients

400 gr minced meat (half and half)

2 onions

Flour to thicken the sauce

Tomato paste

1 cube of meat stock

1-2 cans of tomato sauce (or baked beans in tomato sauce)

A few splashes of soy sauce (can be omitted if you’re allergic to soy)

2 dl water

3 cloves of garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

Pasta of your choice

 

Instructions

  1. Chop the onions finely, it helps if you have a Nicer Dicer or an Alligator (I have an Alligator and I love it!)
  2. Heat up a pan with high edges until it’s very hot
  3. Melt the butter and fry the onion in it until it’s got a nice brown colour and the liquid is gone.
  4. Put in the minced meat (I use one that is 60 % beef and 40% pork since it’s cheaper, but you can of course use only pork or beef if you don’t eat either pork or beef.) and fry it until it too has got a nice brown colour and there are no raw bits. Let the liquid evaporate!
  5. Put in some thickening. This is individual: if you want a thick sauce then you use a bit more and if you want a thin sauce you put in only a bit. I prefer a thin sauce since I can make it last longer.
  6. Press in the garlic cloves (or garlic powder) along with the rest of the ingredients (except the pasta of course) and stir until well mixed.
  7. Season it to taste.
  8. Turn down the heat to low and let it simmer while you cook the pasta to perfection.
  9. The sauce only gets better if you allow it to simmer for a while.

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If you’re allergic to any of the ingredients, then substitute them:

  1. Tomatoes – ajvar relish
  2. Soy sauce – omit, it’s only in for the colour anyway
  3. Onions – carrots

 

The recipe can be made vegetarian by using soy minced meat and vegetable stock instead of the beef one.

You can make the recipe even cheaper by lessen the amount of meat, which is the most expensive part of the recipe, and substitute it with 2 large, grated carrots instead and not even taste the difference.

How to score free soap at hotels

Free tastes good and in this case – smells lovely! I travel a lot in my work, I’m a musician, and ergo: I stay in hotels ALL THE TIME that is either payed for by whoever is employing me, my business (for auditions and is deductible when you do your taxes as travel expenses), or by me (if I’m on holiday). I always take these stays as a way to save money on hygiene essentials that I need at home like: shampoo, body wash and hand soap. Sometimes the hotel put out complimentary teabags, coffee pods, sugar, a cookie and hot chocolate. These things are money makers for me and they are paid for by the price I’ve (or employer) paid to stay at the hotel. So it’s NOT like you’re stealing anything from them.

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In a lot of hotels they put complimentary soaps, little shampoo & body wash bottles and amenity kits in the bathroom and I always take them and put them in my vanity bag on the first day of my stay. I always make sure to bring a large bag and take out stuff like my normal shampoo, body wash, toothbrush and toothpaste and put them in their places. This creates more room in the vanity bag for the free stuff you’re going to get during your stay – this is especially important if you’re staying at the same place for a week or more. If you don’t make room then the things you’ve taken and put there will overflow the vanity bag which the housekeeper will see and stop giving you those daily amenities. One more reason to bring a large enough bag to not run into that problem, plus all your other things must fit in it at the end of your stay.

I usually put the free little things in one of those IKEA bags with Ziploc, and I always separate soap bars and the small bottles of shampoo just in case one of them brakes when I’m travelling home. If I hadn’t done that then all the hard soaps would be ruined, but if I separate them then I just have to clean the other bottles under the tap and throw away the one that broke. No big deal, it’s just a cheap insurance against any mishaps.

The same thing goes for teabags, free cookies, coffee and hot chocolate that some hotel gives you. I put them in a Ziploc bag of its own just so it won’t be contaminated by the soaps. For this one you must try and restrain yourself a bit. The housekeeper won’t believe that you’ve drank four teas, five coffees and two hot chocolates every single day – it’s just not credible – and they’ll stop giving you those things after two days. I’d recommend that you take two or three drinks per day and on the last day you take everything. Otherwise you’re just a cheapskate and not a savvy saver.

 

 

What do I use the soaps, shampoos and body washes for then?

The hand soaps I use in my everyday life in my bathroom, they might not last me long but I’ve got a few months’ worth of soaps – I usually use them when I’ve run out of other soaps and can’t find a good deal and coupons on the soap I usually buy at the shop. The same thing goes with the little bottles. Those I take with me when I travel and have them in my Emergency Bag. There will be a separate post about what an Emergency Bag is at a later date. Sometimes I have guests and I always tell them that they don’t need to bring shampoo and body wash if they don’t want to, I’ll provide it, or they forget to bring those things. That’s when it comes in handy to have all those extra bottles from the hotels. You can just give the guest a couple of bottles and then show where they can get more as they need them.

 

I thought that this would be a short post, but it turned out to be quite long anyway. These tips are just the basics of how I get some of my stash of free stuff, feel free to use them and to expand them with your own insights.

 

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Kellogg’s Urlegender Crunchy Müsli (review)

So, a while ago I bought three packs (I think) of a new Kellogg’s product that I haven’t seen before and thought I might try. img_2020

It’s the Kellogg’s new Urlegender crunchy müsli and it was on sale for 2.50€ since it was about to expire. Its main ingredients are: rye, chiaseeds, Sultanas and pumpin seeds – so it’s not gluten, but it is vegan since it doesn’t contain any milk or egg products. One portion consists of 45 gr (192 kcals), but it’s easy to eat double that with yoghurt.

I tried it on its own, one bowl with yoghurt and one bowl with milk, just to get the differences and most common variations.

 

To start with eating the müsli (or granola if you’re American), I found it very difficult to eat with your hands. This due to it falling apart and not really being clumpy enough to eat it without spilling it everywhere. Some honey, or something else that makes it bind together, to bind it together to rocks would have been nice and made it easier to eat. I would not recommend you to eat it on its own, unless it’s in a bowl on your chest close to your face.

As for eating it with milk it’s almost the same thing as with the first option: since it’s not really clumps it sticks in your thorat when you swallow it and I had to drink a lot of extra fluids to get it down properly.

My favourite option was to eat the crunchy müsli with yoghurt, simply because it was the easiest way to swallow it and not make a complete mess. It goes well with all types of yoghurt really, vegan or regular.

 

To state the positive sides of it:

  1. It tastes nice and is not too sweet – if your eat it with yoghurt that is. I found that the sugars in it was released into the milk and made it really overpowering , almost to the point of being too sweet to eat.
  2. It has a ziplock to prevent it from going bad, your pets from getting in to it etc. It’s easy to use for being a ziplock.
  3. Pretty high in protein and fibre, which is nice.

The negative sides:

  1. It’s difficult to chew, especially the Sultanas, and it doesn’t really get any better when you have it in liquids (milk or yoghurt). My jaw started to hurt after a while and it made it hard to eat everything.
  2. The calorie count is REALLY high: 100 gr = 427 cals, 45 gr (1 port) = 192 cals. The amount of carbohydrates is quite high too.
  3. It’s difficult to eat on its own and with milk. See higher up for a better explanation

 

To sum it up I think I pretty much like it, but I will NOT buy it after I’ve finished the packs that I have at home. The negative stuff outweighs the good to much for me to take a liking to the müsli.

 

Some of my upcoming topics

I’ve started making a list of topics that I’ll be writing about and I’ve gotten quite a few down so far – so I thought that I would share them with you. Of course there’ll be more posts than the ideas, but it’s a start.

  1. Saving when you shower
  2. Dumpster diving
  3. “Stealing” soap from hotels
  4. Coupons
  5. Cheap food that is about to expire in the store
  6. Eating out cheap
  7. Saving water while on the loo
  8. How to eat cheaply but still eat good and getting all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
  9. Vitamin pills
  10. Recipes

If you have a specific topic that you’d like me to write about, then write me a comment and I’ll see what I can do.

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Just a quick post before work!

I just thought I’d write something really quick before going of to work.

 

I created this blog almost two months ago and then forgot about it up until a few days ago, when I decided to start it again – seriously. I’ve been setting up an Instagram account, a Twitter account and a Youtube channel, and I’m planning my next few blog posts so bear with me.

I’d also like to point out that English is my second language, so if there’re any grammar errors, spelling errors etc. – that’s why, but please let me know and I’ll correct them. I won’t be offended if you tell me in a nice way.

My goal is to get a nice camera and start recording videos as well of my weekly shopping, but for Instagram I’m just going to use my iPhone.

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Thanks for today and I’ll be back later this week with a proper blog post.

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