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What's Good In The Supermarkets? (Excluding Aldi & Lidl)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,130 ✭✭✭Surreptitious


    odyssey06 wrote: »
    It's a mystery how this is on the shelves of so many supermarkets and shops... haven't heard a good word about it from anyone!

    I'm trying to recall eating it and the meat was all gristle. It's not that cheap either.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    I'm trying to recall eating it and the meat was all gristle. It's not that cheap either.

    Probably worse than the aldi ones, and that's hard to beat.

    Tesco finest coconut Greek yoghurt is delicious, especially in a smoothie.
    Also tesos new homemade veg soup isn't bad. Much nicer than the cully ones anyway.
    Not a fan of there pasta bakes as asked a few posts back, my kids like the meat ball ones but not for me


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,643 ✭✭✭✭Muahahaha


    I checked my local SV for lasagne and the deli make them but in a pretty big size. The one they had was 3.5kg and cost 21 euro. I reckon it would have yielded about 12 decent sized portions but its a bit too much for me as Id end up using 2 or 3 portions and then having to freeze the rest and space is tight at the moment till I eat through the two freezers. Interestingly I calculated the cost of the that great lasagne recipe over on the Cooking Club forum before also at 21 euro for all the cheeses and ingredients that go into it.

    Got a rib eye steak instead which are 33% off this week, 14 something euro a kilo. Wasnt intending on getting on till I saw one with lovely marbling and then the sign above saying 33% off, happy days.

    I also noticed that they seem to be doing a copy of Aldis 6oz rib steak burgers wrapped in bacon and with a cheese topper. Cheaper than Aldi too, 3.75 for two 6oz burgers whereas I think the Aldi version is something like 4.50. Will likely try them next week. They are very thick so I think they need cooking on the pan first and then to be finished in the oven, otherwise if you do them only in the pan they burn the bacon wrapping before the inside of the burger is fully cooked.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,173 ✭✭✭con747


    EuroSpar stock a Lasagne called Chef in a Box in my nearest store 600gm for €5.00 and it was very nice, best shop bought I had in a long time.

    Don't expect anything from life, just be grateful to be alive.



  • Registered Users Posts: 880 ✭✭✭_Godot_


    Has anyone tried the meals made easy "fresh" pre-prepped meals in tesco? The ingredients look good for pre-prepared stuff and there is 20% off the range atm. The chicken & veg soup and chicken & pasta bake caught me eye!
    https://www.tesco.ie/groceries/Product/Details/?id=300808208

    I wonder who manufacturers them for them?

    I love these, especially the mac and cheese and the beef casserole. I only didn't like the lasagne, I much prefer the Carrolls lasagne, but I think I'm the only one here who does. :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 122 ✭✭BrosnanL27


    Dunnes sell this duck pancake kit on offer most of the time - €5. It's an absolute bargain and so delicious. Some thinly sliced spring onions and cucumber and you're sorted. It's surprisingly filling. We sometimes have some stir fried greens on the side.

    https://silverhillduck.ie/product/crispy-duck-pancakes/


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,851 ✭✭✭sporina


    Cajun paste from M&S... delicious.. marinated/cooked a chicken breast with it for dinner yesterday - twas soo nice.. you can really taste the flavours.. smoked paprika, chipotle chilli, garlic etc.. hmm hmm.. highly recommend.. twill be great for BBQ chicken skewers when it gets warmer


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 11,304 Mod ✭✭✭✭igCorcaigh


    So, there has been a bit of hype about this mayo. Looking forward to trying it out.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,459 ✭✭✭T-b0n3


    igCorcaigh wrote: »
    So, there has been a bit of hype about this mayo. Looking forward to trying it out.

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    Which of the super markets is stocking it?

    It's great stuff, I've only seen it in speciality shops before.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,851 ✭✭✭sporina


    igCorcaigh wrote: »
    So, there has been a bit of hype about this mayo. Looking forward to trying it out.

    enjoy - not an onion fan but lovvvving the Stokes' Garlic Mayo you recommended to me.. got a jar a few weeks ago and didn't think i'd get to use it all as the shelf life is only 6 weeks on opening... but i'm almost finished it.. will have to take a trip to DS Bishopstown Court to get another one :pac:


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  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 11,304 Mod ✭✭✭✭igCorcaigh


    T-b0n3 wrote: »
    Which of the super markets is stocking it?

    It's great stuff, I've only seen it in speciality shops before.

    I got it in Bradley's in Cork City. They're great for the gourmet stuff. I don't know of any supermarkets stocking it unfortunately.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,907 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu


    I have a problem with people sticking the word "homemade" on commercially produced products. Whose "home" was it made in?

    Likewise restaurants claiming their dishes are "homemade".

    It has become meaningless.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,154 ✭✭✭✭sammyjo90


    I have a problem with people sticking the word "homemade" on commercially produced products. Whose "home" was it made in?

    Likewise restaurants claiming their dishes are "homemade".

    It has become meaningless.

    I really dont think they are actually allowed to anymore. I remember my sister telling me what it should be classified as but i cant recall what it was exactly


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,657 ✭✭✭notAMember


    igCorcaigh wrote: »
    I got it in Bradley's in Cork City. They're great for the gourmet stuff. I don't know of any supermarkets stocking it unfortunately.

    That looks amazing! I will be Straight into Bradley’s tomorrow (and a few of their beers won’t go astray either while I’m there too!)

    I absolutely love homemade Mayo, I used to make it myself, in the old days when you could have a bunch of people over for a bbq. The qty is just too big for us these days.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,907 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu


    notAMember wrote: »

    I absolutely love homemade Mayo, I used to make it myself, in the old days when you could have a bunch of people over for a bbq. The qty is just too big for us these days.

    It would seem that their dodgy use of the word "homemade" on their label is rather effective!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,657 ✭✭✭notAMember


    It would seem that their dodgy use of the word "homemade" on their label is rather effective!

    What is the point of this post? Is it simply to create conflict?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,851 ✭✭✭sporina


    igCorcaigh wrote: »
    So, there has been a bit of hype about this mayo. Looking forward to trying it out

    how did you like your mayo? I got their Red onion and tomato relish at the weekend.. so good with ham.. Ballymaloe has competition.. :pac: and seems that their stuff is handmade.. its a cafe in Galway that makes them


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 11,304 Mod ✭✭✭✭igCorcaigh


    sporina wrote: »
    how did you like your mayo? I got their Red onion and tomato relish at the weekend.. so good with ham.. Ballymaloe has competition.. :pac: and seems that their stuff is handmade.. its a cafe in Galway that makes them

    I haven't tried it yet Sporina! Will probably test it out in a tuna salad.

    I also bought the new Bayymaloe fiery relish. I find their standard one very sweet.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,851 ✭✭✭sporina


    igCorcaigh wrote: »
    I haven't tried it yet Sporina! Will probably test it out in a tuna salad.

    I also bought the new Bayymaloe fiery relish. I find their standard one very sweet.

    oh whats that like? my OH loves chilli relish - the jalapeno one doesn't hit the spot..


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,657 ✭✭✭notAMember


    sporina wrote: »
    oh whats that like? my OH loves chilli relish - the jalapeno one doesn't hit the spot..

    It's really good! Properly hot. My eyes had a few tears of joy. :D


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,800 ✭✭✭NewbridgeIR


    The signature taste one should be good. Tesco Finest Lasagne is delicious too, but it is very rich and filling.
    So I would rate:
    Supervalu
    Cully and Scully
    Tesco Finest

    M&S Best Ever Lasagne lives up to its name - but since Brexit came in, their shelves have been full of gaps so not sure how easy it is to get now.


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 11,304 Mod ✭✭✭✭igCorcaigh


    sporina wrote: »
    oh whats that like? my OH loves chilli relish - the jalapeno one doesn't hit the spot..

    A bit too sweet for my liking.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,480 ✭✭✭caviardreams


    The M&S dark chocolate single origin 100g bar range is superb and great value for single origin chocolate.

    The 78% and 85% are really good in particular and the 100% is a great price for a 100%


    The Tesco High Fibre bran cereal is excellent - less sugar and cheaper than all bran.


  • Registered Users Posts: 979 ✭✭✭fatbhoy


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    Really nice Cornetto-type chocolate ice creams: M&S Chocolate Honeycomb Ice Cream Cones

    I'll soon need rehab to come off them. Problem is...since Brexit they're hard to come by.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,800 ✭✭✭NewbridgeIR


    fatbhoy wrote: »
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    Really nice Cornetto-type chocolate ice creams: M&S Chocolate Honeycomb Ice Cream Cones

    I'll soon need rehab to come off them. Problem is...since Brexit they're hard to come by.

    Had them a while back. Lovely.

    Stopped going to my local M&S a couple of months ago because it had become such a soul-destroying experience. Loads of gaps on the shelves, really short dates on lots of stuff, still no jasmine rice for the Taste of Thailand range...Brexit has done serious damage.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,851 ✭✭✭sporina



    The Tesco High Fibre bran cereal is excellent - less sugar and cheaper than all bran.

    we love the Tesco Sugar free Museli.. much nicer than Alpen - has lots of nuts in it and soo much cheaper


  • Registered Users Posts: 29,100 ✭✭✭✭HeidiHeidi


    Cream crackers - Tesco own brand are my firm favourites - huge pack for 39c, they're well cooked, crispy and tasty (I have been surprised by how many are bland and soft).


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,851 ✭✭✭sporina


    HeidiHeidi wrote: »
    Cream crackers - Tesco own brand are my firm favourites - huge pack for 39c, they're well cooked, crispy and tasty (I have been surprised by how many are bland and soft).

    I am a Tesco girl but their Rick Tea bickies are v v poor.. centra/supervalu all the way for RT


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,784 ✭✭✭snowgal


    Had them a while back. Lovely.

    Stopped going to my local M&S a couple of months ago because it had become such a soul-destroying experience. Loads of gaps on the shelves, really short dates on lots of stuff, still no jasmine rice for the Taste of Thailand range...Brexit has done serious damage.

    same as!! until the past week or so where the taste of Thailand stuff is finally back. I picked up a few 'fragrant wok beef noddle's', their sooo nice but as usual with M&S expensive!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 880 ✭✭✭_Godot_


    I've fallen in love with the tesco snacker crackers, kinda like ritz crackers but cheaper.


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