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Stranded in a hotel in an African war zone with no internet access for two weeks, I was forced to resort to desperate measures. Possessing only my passport and the clothes I stood up in; and the warning "You can catch it shaking hands with a vicar out there" ringing in my ears, I had to draw my own porn in order to preserve my sanity.

Alas, it all came out looking like Coronation Street's Audrey Roberts, but, as they say, any port in a storm.

What have you done in times of great desperation?

(, Thu 15 Nov 2007, 10:10)
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Food Desperation
Best thing I've ever found for cheapness, if you're absolutely skint and don't want to eat miserably...

Stock cubes and cornflour. Simple as that. It's strongly flavoured, quite tasty, and one cube will make enough gravy/sauce to add to about four meals worth of pasta. The cornflour's just there to thicken it so it's not flavoured water. Twelve stock cubes will sell for about 30p. Used to be just beef, but now you can get beef, vegetable, chicken, pork, the works.

Plus, Tesco/ASDA/Sainsburys value ranges really aren't that bad, provided you don't buy any pre-prepared stuff. The Smartprice tinned tomatoes, or vegetables are hardly any worse than the regular stuff.

Just don't ever eat a Smartprice Pork Pie no matter how hungry you are. Just. Don't.
(, Wed 21 Nov 2007, 10:43, 5 replies)
does anyone know
where to get those really nice oxo cubes - the indian, italian, chinese etc - ones?

bloody careless bastard supermarkets don't seem to sell them anymore...
(, Wed 21 Nov 2007, 11:01, closed)
sainsburys sells them
at least, the one I go to does

not that I use them. I prefer the stuff that isn't full of shit like msg. makes me twitchy!
(, Wed 21 Nov 2007, 11:19, closed)
Nice cubes
Seems to vary from place to place. e.g. the Tescos near me sells Perfect Rice cubes (put one in and the rice comes out all garlicky and mushroomy), but nowhere else does. Just like the ASDA is the only place that sells the Powder of Happiness. Also known as 'All-purpose Savoury Seasoning' - it's just a metric buttload of MSG.
(, Wed 21 Nov 2007, 12:23, closed)
and for the not quite desperate times of desperation...
for the *deluxe* version try it by cooking an onion & few rashes o' bacon. Add 1.5 beef oxos dissolved in half cup water + 2 tsp cornflour (pre-mixed with dash of cold water so to be lump-free). Then, if it's to hand, chuck in half tin of tomatoes. Lovely with spaghetti and covered with grated cheddar!!

(, Wed 21 Nov 2007, 12:33, closed)
Agreed. Tesco Value tinned tomatoes are an absolute god send when low on cash and high on pasta. I would get Sainsbury Basic tinned tomatoes, but I cannot park in their carpark. The bays are about two feet wide.
(, Wed 21 Nov 2007, 18:18, closed)

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