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Title: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 10:20:33 AM
Does it bother you?  Does it matter?


We have a pizza place and a Thai place nearby and they're both very nice, but they both get the bulk of their ingredients from Lidl.  Obviously there'll be the odd thing they can only get from specialist suppliers, but for the most part it's from Lidl.  And I know this to be true as I regularly see the main men from both places in there with trolleys full of stuff that definitely isn't for home.

When I said this to Mrs Nose, she turned her nose up a bit (not that she likes Thai anyway), despite the fact that the food from both places hasn't changed and is still nice and we do about 70% of our shopping in Lidl ourselves (cos it's a 30 second walk from our back garden).

Obviously there's the fact that I now know what the mark-up is and it's quite eye watering, but thinking logically it would be the same price or thereabouts if they got their stuff from a "normal" takeaway supplier.  After all, the pizza place is a few quid cheaper than Dominoes.

Woss reckon?
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on February 05, 2019, 10:27:52 AM
Is your concern with the potential lack of quality about the ingredients from lidl? Not sure I follow. They want to keep margins low to increase profits but you know that already, I guess they’ve determined lidl is the place to be.

I reckon it’s fine. Pizza shop people have to get their items from somewhere.

Quick edit: unless you mean you saw them with a cart full of frozen pizzas which they intend to pawn off to an unsuspecting public. If so, then that is not on and you can report them to the pizza authorities.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: bgmnts on February 05, 2019, 10:28:29 AM
Maybe you should just cook yourself you fat, lazy cunt.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 10:33:50 AM
Is your concern with the potential lack of quality about the ingredients from lidl? Not sure I follow. They want to keep margins low to increase profits but you know that already, I guess they’ve determined lidl is the place to be.

I reckon it’s fine. Pizza shop people have to get their items from somewhere.

I've got no concerns whatsoever - the food from both is nice, and they've scored 4 (pizza) and 5 (Thai) on the old environmental health thing - just Mrs Nose's reaction made me think about it, and I realised that I've never known (at least knowingly known) a takeaway to buy its stuff from a local supermarket instead of a supplier.

Just wondering if anyone else shares Mrs Nose's opinion...
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 10:35:07 AM
Maybe you should just cook yourself you fat, lazy cunt.

No cannibals in my family.  Although I often say "I'd rather eat my own balls", so there's a first time for everything.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on February 05, 2019, 10:43:50 AM
What makes you think the quality and price would be much different from a wholesalers?
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: ZoyzaSorris on February 05, 2019, 10:48:24 AM
Were you expecting them to be getting their raw materials from the Thai equivalent of Abel and Cole or something? Id think myself lucky if they were getting their ingredients from Lidl, rather than from some dodgy wholesaler bringing in arsenic laced chicken fom the phillipines or something.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: imitationleather on February 05, 2019, 10:54:13 AM
When I had a girlfriend who worked in a Chinese takeaway (which was a boyhood dream come true) she told me that that the chips they serve are the cheapest frozen ones that can be bought. When I learned this I felt as though I was in possession of sacred knowledge. I felt like I had actually become Chinese.

Now, years later, it does seem kind of obvious.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 11:03:04 AM
I think some of you have misunderstood/not bothered reading - it's not me who has a problem with it, it's my wife.

I'm asking if anyone else thinks like her about it...
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: gib on February 05, 2019, 11:04:55 AM
I agree with your wife, i have no idea why you have such a problem with this and as a result i think less of you.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on February 05, 2019, 11:05:19 AM
I've got no concerns whatsoever - the food from both is nice, and they've scored 4 (pizza) and 5 (Thai) on the old environmental health thing - just Mrs Nose's reaction made me think about it, and I realised that I've never known (at least knowingly known) a takeaway to buy its stuff from a local supermarket instead of a supplier.

Just wondering if anyone else shares Mrs Nose's opinion...

That’s fair enough - it’s not something you think of until you see it happen. I see it fairly regularly where I live (lot of takeout places and we shop at a nice but cheap grocery store so it makes sense). I also see it with booze a lot because we all have to go to the same government-run liquor outlet so you see the odd decrepit old Chinese lady wheeling off with 180 bottles of Tsingtao or whatever. Took me a while to clock the reason for it.

Lidl’s alright so I think you’re fine. Let her know my opinion and report back.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 11:06:42 AM
Were you expecting them to be getting their raw materials from the Thai equivalent of Abel and Cole or something?

All takeaways - even the shittest chicken places - should buy all their ingredients from Fortnum and Mason.  Or Harrods, at the very least.  If they don't, they are cunts.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 11:08:44 AM
I agree with your wife, i have no idea why you have such a problem with this and as a result i think less of you.

It's true, she is at least twice the man I am.  On account of her cock and balls. 

On the other hand she's mental and I'm not, so there's that.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: gib on February 05, 2019, 11:12:31 AM
It's true, she is at least twice the man I am.  On account of her cock and balls. 

On the other hand she's mental and I'm not, so there's that.

How's the old cutting down on the mind medication working out?
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Delete Delete Delete on February 05, 2019, 11:15:52 AM
It happens all the time, numerous times ive had hte local takeaways come into my shop and buy boxes of Cucumbers and other Salad ingredients. One Indian would buy mountians of After Eight Mints. The only thing they don't buy is fizzy pop, that seems to come from abroad as it has the squggly writing on it.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 11:16:30 AM
How's the old cutting down on the mind medication working out?

So far so good, thanks for asking.

I have noticed that she gets upset more than she used to when little Nose (who is nearly 9) plays up, which is a fairly regular thing at the moment, but that could just be because it's happening more often of late. 

She's seeing her gp next month for a check and, presumably, to agree (or not) a further reduction in amount and/or frequency.  So we'll see...
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on February 05, 2019, 11:17:10 AM
When I had a girlfriend who worked in a Chinese takeaway (which was a boyhood dream come true) she told me that that the chips they serve are the cheapest frozen ones that can be bought. When I learned this I felt as though I was in possession of sacred knowledge. I felt like I had actually become Chinese.

Now, years later, it does seem kind of obvious.

Those chips are always shit, unless it's a Chinese/chippy hybrid. I usually eat about one or two, think "Yep, they're still shit", then give the rest to the dog, along with the complimentary bag of prawn crackers.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on February 05, 2019, 11:19:37 AM
...I usually eat about one or two, think "Yep, they're still shit", then give the rest to the dog...

This really made me laugh.

Chips from UK Chinese takeouts are fucking great though. Funny little paper bag, plum sauce for dipping. Magic.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: wooders1978 on February 05, 2019, 11:19:51 AM
It does ruin the mystique somewhat to see the folks from the Chinese takeaway shopping in Tesco’s (per my town)
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 11:20:32 AM
It happens all the time, numerous times ive had hte local takeaways come into my shop and buy boxes of Cucumbers and other Salad ingredients. One Indian would buy mountians of After Eight Mints. The only thing they don't buy is fizzy pop, that seems to come from abroad as it has the squggly writing on it.

Oooohhhh!!!!  One of our Indians used to sell Thums Up coke, which was a nice alternative to Coca Cola and Pepsi.  Unfortunately they stopped selling it a few years ago and replaced it with normal Coca Cola.  Wouldn't be surprised if it was only me that bought it.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Wet Blanket on February 05, 2019, 11:22:47 AM
I've seen the Indian takeaway near me chucking out empty industrial size jars of Patak's curry paste, which spoils the magic more than fresh ingredients from Lidl, even if they must buy those from specialist wholesalers.

I note they also often prop the back door open with bowls of cooked chicken
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on February 05, 2019, 11:23:39 AM
It does ruin the mystique somewhat to see the folks from the Chinese takeaway shopping in Tesco’s (per my town)

They should trade with the travelling spice merchant who brings exotic wares from distant lands to source the ancient spice blend for Set Meal #2 With Chips. Nipping to tesco does remove the glamour, I’ll grant you.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on February 05, 2019, 11:24:53 AM
A couple of lads that worked at a fruit, veg and flowers wholesalers used to drink in my pub. Quite regularly you'd see their van outside supermarkets, not because they were supplying fruit and veg, but because they were buying as much short-code stuff as they could.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Delete Delete Delete on February 05, 2019, 11:25:11 AM
The worse bit is their English was so pour, that they couldn't understnd the amount of money they could get back by getting Loyalty card. In the Co-Op its 5% on Co-Op products which is the entire Produce Range and Milk. They could be rakeing it in.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: wooders1978 on February 05, 2019, 11:36:14 AM
They should trade with the travelling spice merchant who brings exotic wares from distant lands to source the ancient spice blend for Set Meal #2 With Chips. Nipping to tesco does remove the glamour, I’ll grant you.

That’s my view on it - My chilli beef comes from tesco? Get te fuck ye charlatans!
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on February 05, 2019, 11:39:44 AM
That’s my view on it - My chilli beef comes from tesco? Get te fuck ye charlatans!

This made me laugh. I’m very sleep deprived though.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 11:54:07 AM
I've seen the Indian takeaway near me chucking out empty industrial size jars of Patak's curry paste, which spoils the magic more than fresh ingredients from Lidl, even if they must buy those from specialist wholesalers.

It is true that a HUGE number of takeaways and restaurants use Patak's lime pickle, but most of them don't try and hide the fact as it is incredibly hard to beat.  I think I can count on one hand the number of restaurant-own pickles that were anywhere near as nice, let alone nicer.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Buelligan on February 05, 2019, 12:05:58 PM
I work in a (fairly highly regarded) restaurant.  We used to source all our ingredients from small organic suppliers and pay for it to be shipped into the country if necessary (this angle was never used as a selling point, we simply did it because we thought the quality and authenticity were better. 

But the restaurant trade is highly volatile and waste will always occur and margins are tight and deliveries can fail.  So now we do a mixture, some shipped in all special.  Some bought local from small mainly organic producers, eggs, cheese, honey, wine, oil, meat and most seafood, veggies, truffles etc.  But we do buy some of our flour, eggs, cheese, dairy and salads from local supermarkets, because you run out or it's cheaper or whatever.  We are working towards producing our own bio oil and flour and we already do most of our cheese and some of our meat (but not many people are in a position to do that).

Salad in Aldi and salad in Waitrose all grew in fields or glasshouses without class systems AFAIK.  As long as things are clean and fresh and not grown by slaves or full of chemicals, it's all good.

(With obvious vegetarian caveats.)
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on February 05, 2019, 12:16:49 PM
[tag] Barry Wom considers album title rewrite [tag]
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: PlanktonSideburns on February 05, 2019, 12:19:13 PM
Linda McCartney do a lovely Vegetarian Caveat, better than the meat ones I recon
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Buelligan on February 05, 2019, 12:21:00 PM
Linda McCartney do a lovely Vegetarian Caveat, better than the meat ones I recon

Do they sell them in Lidl?
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: wosl on February 05, 2019, 12:37:09 PM
[tag] Barry Wom considers album title rewrite [tag]

I'd like you to have a karma.  Or two.  I'd like you to have two karmas.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on February 05, 2019, 12:39:17 PM
Linda McCartney do a lovely Vegetarian Caveat, better than the meat ones I recon

You’ve obviously never had a decent lamb caveat.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Small Man Big Horse on February 05, 2019, 01:04:45 PM
[tag] Barry Wom considers album title rewrite [tag]

I keep on singing the thread title to Coldplay's Fix You, which as you might imagine is quite annoying.

Quote
When you try your best but you don't succeed
When you get what you want but not what you need
When you feel so tired but you can't sleep
Stuck in reverse
When the tears come streaming down your face
'Cause you lose something you can't replace
When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: greenman on February 05, 2019, 01:19:22 PM
Honestly for what I assume is relatively inexpensive takeaway I would consider that somewhat reassuring, I always somewhat fear such places are sourcing ingredients from some ultra cheapo industrial supplier with lower standards than any supermarket.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Janie Jones on February 05, 2019, 01:25:59 PM
Those chips are always shit, unless it's a Chinese/chippy hybrid. I usually eat about one or two, think "Yep, they're still shit", then give the rest to the dog, along with the complimentary bag of prawn crackers.

I wanna be your dog.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on February 05, 2019, 01:32:10 PM
OK. Can you lick your own genitals? If so, the gig is yours.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: gilbertharding on February 05, 2019, 02:14:41 PM
I once saw in my local Asda a couple of Chinese looking lads loading up their trolley (like, literally emptying the shelf) with cases of peanut butter - which was on roll back. I presumed at the time that they worked in a restaurant (I might have been wrong, of course), and had 'done the maths' that this discount made Asda a temporarily economic source of one of their ingredients. It didn't make me think anything, positive or negative, about the local Chinese takeaway - just that this keeping an eye on costs without affecting the end product - was probably a sound way to run a business.

Obviously it's possible they might just really have liked peanut butter, and I was being a bit racist.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 02:43:06 PM
Obviously it's possible they might just really have liked peanut butter, and I was being a bit racist.

As is assuming everyone from the far East is Chinese, as is assuming that all East Asians like peanut butter.

You're on a lose-lose-lose with that one.  #cancelled mate, #cancelled.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: hummingofevil on February 05, 2019, 02:53:55 PM
I'm a fairly handy home cook and reckon i could knock out some amazing pizzas from Lidl ingredients alone. Base is just your basics, they do quite good cheese and plenty of options for good toppings (though anyone who orders anything other than a margherita pizza is a bit of a pervert IMHO.

But Thai? I suppose you could knock up a Thaish meal but there are definitely things in Thai food you can't get in Lidl. Fish sauce? Palm sugar? Lime leaves? Suppose just because you buy some things from Lidl doesn't mean you have to buy everything.

My mate who lives in Singapore said that nobody there ever makes pastes from scratch and its all from jars and all delicious. Another mate said same about Italians never making pasta at home and the dried stuff we all eat is absolutely fine. Anyone care to corroborate those statements about all the people in two different countries?

Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: im barry bethel on February 05, 2019, 03:06:20 PM
You'd often see the owner of the corner shop buying up pot noodles by the case when they were banging them out for 50p
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on February 05, 2019, 03:07:07 PM
I will take a closer look at this but surprised to read it's even feasible to run a business from supermarket ingredients. I thought you would source goods from wholesalers in bulk due to the better margins.

I know a pub where the curry means the bloke opening a jar of Pataks but then conversely the chicken is very good quality and freshly roasted. So you get this fantastic tasty chicken with supermarket standard sauce. Weird. But the pub is a husband and wife operation and the portion sizes are enormous so I will cut them slack for that. Spoons curry is the real rip off. Depressing shit eating that.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 03:09:04 PM
I'm a fairly handy home cook and reckon i could knock out some amazing pizzas from Lidl ingredients alone. Base is just your basics, they do quite good cheese and plenty of options for good toppings (though anyone who orders anything other than a margherita pizza is a bit of a pervert IMHO.

But Thai? I suppose you could knock up a Thaish meal but there are definitely things in Thai food you can't get in Lidl. Fish sauce? Palm sugar? Lime leaves? Suppose just because you buy some things from Lidl doesn't mean you have to buy everything.

My mate who lives in Singapore said that nobody there ever makes pastes from scratch and its all from jars and all delicious. Another mate said same about Italians never making pasta at home and the dried stuff we all eat is absolutely fine. Anyone care to corroborate those statements about all the people in two different countries?

Italians using ready made pasta I can confirm is true for most everyone but your old school mamas way out in the sticks and your top notch Michelin restaurants.  Otherwise 9 out of 10 kitchens will be using De Cecco.

I can also believe that about Singapore, given that in Korea and Japan everyone buys their equivalents of Pot Noodle rather than make it themselves.

It's the same as what I mentioned above RE Patak's lime pickle - every now and again the ready made stuff is just as good, if not better than home made.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Wet Blanket on February 05, 2019, 03:09:21 PM
But Thai? I suppose you could knock up a Thaish meal but there are definitely things in Thai food you can't get in Lidl. Fish sauce? Palm sugar? Lime leaves? Suppose just because you buy some things from Lidl doesn't mean you have to buy everything.

Those are entirely in-keeping with the mad shit you find in Lidl. It's the bizarre absences of everyday items that really make your head spin, like pickled onions or Granny Smith apples on my most recent visit
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: gib on February 05, 2019, 03:10:15 PM
Our local cash & carry is Booker who are now owned by Tesco. Loads of the things are cheaper in Tesco, so yeah.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 03:18:48 PM
I will take a closer look at this but surprised to read it's even feasible to run a business from supermarket ingredients. I thought you would source goods from wholesalers in bulk due to the better margins.

Both establishments are very close - the Thai is practically next door - and I have seen the pizza bloke take a trolley full of flour, eggs, salad items, continental meats etc down to his shop before wheeling the trolley back, so if nothing else they're both saving on delivery, and I suspect they cut their margins of error even tighter knowing they can just pop back out to buy something if they run out, so no doubt that saves a few more quid and reduces waste.

Also bear in mind we live in a small town/large village, so it's not a bustling metropolis where they feed 5000 people every day of the week.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: hummingofevil on February 05, 2019, 03:18:51 PM
Those are entirely in-keeping with the mad shit you find in Lidl. It's the bizarre absences of everyday items that really make your head spin, like pickled onions or Granny Smith apples on my most recent visit

Challenge accepted. Will report back in 3 hours.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: hummingofevil on February 05, 2019, 03:20:44 PM
Italians using ready made pasta I can confirm is true for most everyone but your old school mamas way out in the sticks and your top notch Michelin restaurants.  Otherwise 9 out of 10 kitchens will be using De Cecco.

I can also believe that about Singapore, given that in Korea and Japan everyone buys their equivalents of Pot Noodle rather than make it themselves.

It's the same as what I mentioned above RE Patak's lime pickle - every now and again the ready made stuff is just as good, if not better than home made.

My friend told me that brand specifically but I didn't mention it as wanted to tease out confirmation without prompting. You have made my day. 18 years of thinking he is fibbing resolved. Oh the rigatoni!!! So good.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: holyzombiejesus on February 05, 2019, 03:21:41 PM
I know that there are exceptions and that middle class people hear about them and go scurrying off to Lidl for their extra-virgin olive oil or whatever, but, generally speaking, the cheaper food isn't as good, is it? When they do those adverts comparing a price of two baskets full of food, the reason that, say, the tomatoes are a fraction of the cost in Aldi is that they are watery and with less actual tomatoes in the can. The toilet paper is half the price because you need to wind twice as much round your hand so it doesn't split and their pop tastes weird. Or am I wrong?
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 03:21:59 PM
Those are entirely in-keeping with the mad shit you find in Lidl. It's the bizarre absences of everyday items that really make your head spin, like pickled onions or Granny Smith apples on my most recent visit

True, although as I said earlier, there will be certain things that they both have to get in especially - the Nduja sausage in, the pizza place, for example, is definitely not the same as you get in any supermarket around here.  Ditto the large prawns the Thai place uses.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on February 05, 2019, 03:23:27 PM
Both establishments are very close - the Thai is practically next door - and I have seen the pizza bloke take a trolley full of flour, eggs, salad items, continental meats etc down to his shop before wheeling the trolley back, so if nothing else they're both saving on delivery, and I suspect they cut their margins of error even tighter knowing they can just pop back out to buy something if they run out, so no doubt that saves a few more quid and reduces waste.

Also bear in mind we live in a small town/large village, so it's not a bustling metropolis where they feed 5000 people every day of the week.

Yes I suppose the supermarket supply chain and delivery network might actually save money vs. paying a sell-to-trade firm to deliver, or even driving to a site yourself.

Personally I have no serious issues with a takeaway firm using ingredients from either if they are good cooks and the hygiene standards are ok.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: holyzombiejesus on February 05, 2019, 03:27:01 PM
I'd prefer to see them in Lidl than a Brake Brothers van outside their shop.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 03:27:29 PM
I know that there are exceptions and that middle class people hear about them and go scurrying off to Lidl for their extra-virgin olive oil or whatever, but, generally speaking, the cheaper food isn't as good, is it? When they do those adverts comparing a price of two baskets full of food, the reason that, say, the tomatoes are a fraction of the cost in Aldi is that they are watery and with less actual tomatoes in the can. The toilet paper is half the price because you need to wind twice as much round your hand so it doesn't split and their pop tastes weird. Or am I wrong?

Right in some cases, wrong in others.  There's no blanket rule of thumb unfortunately, and it's very much trial and error.

To take loo roll as an example, Lidl's Floraly three ply (which I think you can only get in a bulk pack of 18 rolls) is mid price, but it's better than every premium shit paper out there - it's soft, doesn't leave dust all over your asshole, doesn't disintegrate on contact with brown, and breaks apart quickly in the pan making it easy to flush.

But their premium stuffed vine leaves are fucking awful.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: MojoJojo on February 05, 2019, 03:33:56 PM
I know that there are exceptions and that middle class people hear about them and go scurrying off to Lidl for their extra-virgin olive oil or whatever, but, generally speaking, the cheaper food isn't as good, is it? When they do those adverts comparing a price of two baskets full of food, the reason that, say, the tomatoes are a fraction of the cost in Aldi is that they are watery and with less actual tomatoes in the can.

It depends. For most things cheap tinned tomatoes will be fine, just a bit less sweet which can be balanced out by adding a little sugar, but for some recipes e.g. https://www.thekitchn.com/marcella-hazans-amazing-4ingre-144538 where the tomato flavour is all there is then getting the best tinned tomatoes makes a difference. At least that's what my experience with my shitty tastebuds is.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: hummingofevil on February 05, 2019, 03:34:15 PM
I know that there are exceptions and that middle class people hear about them and go scurrying off to Lidl for their extra-virgin olive oil or whatever, but, generally speaking, the cheaper food isn't as good, is it? When they do those adverts comparing a price of two baskets full of food, the reason that, say, the tomatoes are a fraction of the cost in Aldi is that they are watery and with less actual tomatoes in the can. The toilet paper is half the price because you need to wind twice as much round your hand so it doesn't split and their pop tastes weird. Or am I wrong?

Best obvious comparison is with booze I suppose. Decent bottle of cognac in Lidl is 15-20% cheaper than equivalent in Sainsburys.

Home Bargains is where its at anyway. Like for like with brands. 27p for 55p cans of Vimto. And their owner was on that list of highest tax payers published last week so money being made somewhere. Probably something deeply unethical somewhere down the line but in one's round here the staff seem to always be quite cheerful and they have plenty of tills open (unlike the Lidl model where the staff get relatively well paid but if you not actively serving customers you need to be stacking which is quite weirdly stressful as someone who has done it myself). 
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Buelligan on February 05, 2019, 03:52:43 PM
OK. Can you lick your own genitals? If so, the gig is yours.

Be very careful Janie, he doesn't mean your own genitals.  Capisci?

Italians using ready made pasta I can confirm is true for most everyone but your old school mamas way out in the sticks and your top notch Michelin restaurants.  Otherwise 9 out of 10 kitchens will be using De Cecco.

Not sure that's entirely true, I know plenty (four) Italians, some living in Rome (a city), some round here (the sticks), all in the 20-35 age group, all of whom make their own pasta.  I'll admit, they don't always always do it but they make pasta several times a week from scratch.  I make my own pasta and I'm not even Italian (if you like ravioli, you have to make your own).
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: willpurry on February 05, 2019, 03:57:33 PM
Were you expecting them to be getting their raw materials from the Thai equivalent of Abel and Cole or something? Id think myself lucky if they were getting their ingredients from Lidl, rather than from some dodgy wholesaler bringing in arsenic laced chicken fom the phillipines or something.

"You were right.  Definite traces of arsenic.".

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Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 04:04:31 PM
Not sure that's entirely true, I know plenty (four) Italians, some living in Rome (a city), some round here (the sticks), all in the 20-35 age group, all of whom make their own pasta.  I'll admit, they don't always always do it but they make pasta several times a week from scratch.  I make my own pasta and I'm not even Italian (if you like ravioli, you have to make your own).

As I said - 9 out of 10.

I've holidayed in Italy about 20 times and it's always been De Cecco in most of the restaurants, and have Italian family and friends (which must number about 30-odd in total), and nearly all of them buy ready made pasta, and of those nearly all of them swear by De Cecco.

I know literally two people who make their own pasta - a mate who isn't Italian and it's fucking awful, and another mate(who is Italian)'s 90 year old grandmother.  All of the other Italians, including my mate and his parents (originating from Rome and Sora) - De Cecco all the way.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Buelligan on February 05, 2019, 04:24:29 PM
My pasta is excellent.  Just wanted to make sure that was recorded.  And so is the handmade pasta of my friends.  Until you have eaten freshly made ravioli, tossed in a little butter and fresh sage, your mouth has not experienced full orgasm.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 04:27:56 PM
My pasta is excellent.  Just wanted to make sure that was recorded.  And so is the handmade pasta of my friends.  Until you have eaten freshly made ravioli, tossed in a little butter and fresh sage, your mouth has not experienced full orgasm.

And until you've eaten my (non-Italian) mate's freshly made pasta, you've never eaten actual shit.

He's a terrible cook and, bless him, he always brings his latest endeavours to our gents gatherings.  We just don't have the heart to tell him nearly all of it is dogshit, mainly cos he had a stroke some years ago and we feel a bit sorry for him.

He did make some nice wild garlic bread.  Once.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Buelligan on February 05, 2019, 04:33:09 PM
And until you've eaten my (non-Italian) mate's freshly made pasta, you've never eaten actual shit.

He's a terrible cook and, bless him, he always brings his latest endeavours to our gents gatherings.  We just don't have the heart to tell him nearly all of it is dogshit, mainly cos he had a stroke some years ago and we feel a bit sorry for him.

He did make some nice wild garlic bread.  Once.

Aww, that sounds very sad.  I'm sure he'll get better with more practice.  I always think cooking, rather like painting or singing or sex, gets immeasurably better with confidence and relaxation and there's nothing like a bit of practice to boost that.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 04:38:21 PM
Well he's 39 and has been "cooking" since I've known him (getting on for 25 years), and he's always been terrible.  Sometimes you have to accept that there's no hope.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Buelligan on February 05, 2019, 04:43:32 PM
I never accept that one.  It's not who I am.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 04:49:33 PM
You haven't eaten any of his slops...
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Captain Z on February 05, 2019, 05:07:11 PM
I will take a closer look at this

"Linda, clear my diary. I must research the economics of independent takeaway businesses for a thread on CaB..."
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on February 05, 2019, 05:07:52 PM
It's the simple lunch "get what you're given" eateries and the intimate osterias that do fresh pasta in Italy. The more formal and larger Restaurants may not do so.

Personally I've had plenty of good pasta dishes using dried pasta so it isn't a big one for me either way.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 05:14:55 PM
It's the simple lunch "get what you're given" eateries and the intimate osterias that do fresh pasta in Italy. The more formal and larger Restaurants may not do so.

Personally I've had plenty of good pasta dishes using dried pasta so it isn't a big one for me either way.

De Cecco is so good I honestly don't see the point in the hassle of making your own and risking it being a disaster.  It's like making your own bread - you spend a day and about £5 making your own, and it comes out tasting like bland cake.  Vot is point?
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Huxleys Babkins on February 05, 2019, 05:15:33 PM
I'd probably be a bit peeved if I'd been served Pataks at a restaurant, particularly after Priti Patel made the case that curry chefs were highly skilled specialists and deserved preferential immigration status over queue-jumping drains on society like Latvian surgeons.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: bgmnts on February 05, 2019, 05:16:43 PM
My pasta is excellent.  Just wanted to make sure that was recorded.  And so is the handmade pasta of my friends.  Until you have eaten freshly made ravioli, tossed in a little butter and fresh sage, your mouth has not experienced full orgasm.

I can echo this.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: hummingofevil on February 05, 2019, 05:24:13 PM
Lidl in Battle Hill has pickled onions and gherkins and cabbage. It has apples but no Granny Smiths. It does not have lime leaves, palm sugar or fish sauce.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: PlanktonSideburns on February 05, 2019, 05:27:40 PM
I like shops
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Buelligan on February 05, 2019, 05:29:08 PM
De Cecco is so good I honestly don't see the point in the hassle of making your own and risking it being a disaster.  It's like making your own bread - you spend a day and about £5 making your own, and it comes out tasting like bland cake.  Vot is point?

Because good fresh bread is sublime and if you have the time to make it and the skill, it genuinely is superior to bread from the shops.  I think it's perfectly reasonable for people who don't have the time or skill to make their own food to buy ready made.  I think it's utterly unreasonable for them to say that there's no difference between the two things.  There is a difference.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: rectorofstiffkey on February 05, 2019, 05:57:08 PM
De Cecco is so good I honestly don't see the point in the hassle of making your own and risking it being a disaster.  It's like making your own bread - you spend a day and about £5 making your own, and it comes out tasting like bland cake.  Vot is point?

I made Delia's coleslaw recipe for guests once.  Approximately seven pounds spent on different veg, mayonnaise, various stuff I didn't have, plus the hour spent chopping.  It tasted not quite as nice as the stuff you'd buy for £2....glad I tried doing it once, but I wouldn't rush to do it again for the sake of presenting something 'homemade'.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Buelligan on February 05, 2019, 06:11:43 PM
Maybe you should've spent the time and money making this (https://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/main-ingredient/strawberry-recipes/fromage-frais-cheesecake-with-strawberry-sauce) extremely good baked cheesecake of Delia's.  Even a novice can make it, it's outstandingly good, looks good and it doesn't take too long either.  I use mascarpone for the full fat cheese.  I've made it a million times (maybe not a million).  Obviously, you could use any fruit, whatever's best on the day.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: rectorofstiffkey on February 05, 2019, 06:16:42 PM
Maybe you should've spent the time and money making this (https://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/main-ingredient/strawberry-recipes/fromage-frais-cheesecake-with-strawberry-sauce) extremely good baked cheesecake of Delia's.  Even a novice can make it, it's outstandingly good, looks good and it doesn't take too long either.  I use mascarpone for the full fat cheese.  I've made it a million times (maybe not a million).

Thanks for the tip!  that looks lovely, I've never seen that recipe before.  I like cheesecake but not claggy ones so that one looks perfect.

this (https://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/international/american-mexican-and-caribbean/four-star-slaw-colesla) is the coleslaw I made.  Looking at the recipe again, it was even more faff than I remembered....'four star' coleslaw indeed, one and a half stars more like, and that's being generous.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Buelligan on February 05, 2019, 06:21:34 PM
It says the page is not found.  She's obviously trying to row back now, the lying cow.  Do the cheesecake though, easy as arse and looks right posh and treaty.

If I was going to criticise, I'd say the base should be crisper.  I plan to try adding a layer of sugar and maybe, grilling it first or blowtorching it to see if I can build up some real crunch.  Or, I suppose, one could try cooking the cheese bit and putting it on the base just before serving, it would be a fiddle but what a fiddle!
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Pijlstaart on February 05, 2019, 06:23:46 PM
Global world, when we're all connected our skills can reach further, and the tesco coleslaw man of yesteryear would be inaccessible, making his ancient coleslaw on a remote hillside, to be tasted by only a few. You can get it home delivered now, a blessing, and he too can get your things on the cheap, whether you are a midwife or a tree surgeon or a customer service rep, he can have would you would do, it's all on the internet now. Best leave it to the professionals, and I would be loathe to even wash now, as it would be a pitiful job in comparison to a professional washer.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Buelligan on February 05, 2019, 06:26:56 PM
Buy a Kärcher and scream at the guards until they oblige, like a normal person.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on February 05, 2019, 06:33:17 PM
Just to chime in - pasta is laughably easy to make. Not saying that to take away from anyone, but it’s literally “mix eggs, salt, flour, oil, a little water. Let rest for an hour. Roll thin and shape, and cook the same way as dried pasta”. It is also no discernibly better than dried pasta unless you use super nice flour and olive oil.

I mention it here only because I used to cook it to impress girls. Cheap, easy, and you look like you know what you’re doing (and that was just me! Hahahahaha). Never worked of course, but I give the idea out to all of you in the hope of doing better with it.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Kelvin on February 05, 2019, 06:33:34 PM
I never accept that one.  It's not who I am.

Do you know, Buellers, I heard a song a few weeks ago, and thought, "This feels like it could be Buellers theme." Not in a sarcy or dismissive way, just to be clear. I really thought it summed up your wonderful optimism and positive energy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHCGfWfr43w&t=7s

It's from a melancholy, wierd video game, but I can't hear it and not think of you now. :)
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 06:39:20 PM
Thanks for the tip!  that looks lovely, I've never seen that recipe before.  I like cheesecake but not claggy ones

You could also try my preference of a cold-set cheesecake - even easier and it guarantees to maintain the smooth creaminess of the sweet cheese topping. 

Obviously you can only go the cold-set route with certain cheesecakes (many of them require at least some oven time), but it also means you can go as thin or as thick with the biscuit base as you like without compromising the sweet cheese topping.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Buelligan on February 05, 2019, 06:45:25 PM
Do you know, Buellers, I heard a song a few weeks ago, and thought, "This feels like it could be Buellers theme." Not in a sarcy or dismissive way, just to be clear. I really thought it summed up your wonderful optimism and positive energy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHCGfWfr43w&t=7s

It's from a melancholy, wierd video game, but I can't hear it and not think of you now. :)

Awww!  That's so incredibly nice!  Thank you!!11!!  :)
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: rectorofstiffkey on February 05, 2019, 06:46:48 PM
You could also try my preference of a cold-set cheesecake - even easier and it guarantees to maintain the smooth creaminess of the sweet cheese topping. 

Obviously you can only go the cold-set route with certain cheesecakes (many of them require at least some oven time), but it also means you can go as thin or as thick with the biscuit base as you like without compromising the sweet cheese topping.

Do the cold-set ones contain gelatine, or are they just whipped cream/cheese?  I tried a jelly-based Mary Berry one, it's nice but it's not quite cheesecake, it's like thick flavoured jelly on biscuit.  Hope this isn't an impertinent question Mr Nose, is there anyone particular's recipe whose is the nicest?
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: im barry bethel on February 05, 2019, 06:52:17 PM
Until you have eaten freshly made ravioli, tossed in a little butter and fresh sage, your mouth has not experienced full orgasm.

You ain't fooling no one

(https://i.ibb.co/g9kNTbQ/heinz-beef-ravioli-200g-2.jpg)
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: hummingofevil on February 05, 2019, 07:09:20 PM
This is the real good stuff. Forgiving her American mangling of German words her recipe and technique is spot on. You can get a spaetzle maker (it’s like a grater with bigger holes and a slidey thing on it) on Amazon for about £8 and it’s the best thing you will ever buy. It’s like little drops of super simple pasta that you can fry in butter and herbs, have as a side with goulash or paprikash or (the best) make a kasespaetzle by adding it to cream and melted emmenthal, grilling it and top with chives and fried onions. Absolute heaven of a food.

https://youtu.be/pW1TJWei6Uo

Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Buelligan on February 05, 2019, 07:23:47 PM
Thanks for that most interesting vid, humming, looks great and I loved the way the woman and man interacted too, very good.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shit Good Nose on February 05, 2019, 08:45:11 PM
Do the cold-set ones contain gelatine, or are they just whipped cream/cheese?  I tried a jelly-based Mary Berry one, it's nice but it's not quite cheesecake, it's like thick flavoured jelly on biscuit.  Hope this isn't an impertinent question Mr Nose, is there anyone particular's recipe whose is the nicest?

No gelatine, just cream cheese, sugar (either mixed with water into a syrup, or fine caster so you don't get a granulated cheese mix), vanilla (extract or seeds), crushed digestive biscuits mixed with some salted butter (but not too much - you only want the butter as a binder and to add a touch of salt), and whatever you want as a topping (fresh fruit, chocolate shavings etc) and/or mix in.  Some recipes call for some whipping cream to be mixed in as well to fluff it up a bit, but that's not necessary - you can literally go as simple as crushed digestives, cream cheese and sugar and that's it - 10 to 15 mins to make then set in the fridge for half an hour to an hour depending on temperature.

Just Google cold-set or no-bake cheesecake and pretty much any of those will suffice.

One thing to bear in mind that you will need to use more sugar and flavourings than you would think necessary - as no cooking is involved, the flavours will be more muted than if baked.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: hummingofevil on February 05, 2019, 10:51:19 PM
Thanks for that most interesting vid, humming, looks great and I loved the way the woman and man interacted too, very good.

They are great. You are very welcome.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: flotemysost on February 05, 2019, 11:48:03 PM
The tonsorial equivalent of the OP's conundrum: the hairdressers I go to (which is also, incidentally, Italian) is verging on fancy, I normally only book them through Treatwell deals but they charge quite a lot otherwise. They always do a nice job, but I've noticed a lot of the products they use are from Poundland (the packaging looks like it could be a more expensive brand to the uninitiated, but I KNOW).

It doesn't bother me, 97% of the ingredients in those products are the same anyway, and the lady who always berates me for having dry hair has suggested more than once that I use olive oil as a treatment (rather than upselling me some 20 quid's worth of product, like most London salons would). She didn't specify if it should be from Lidl or otherwise though.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: rectorofstiffkey on February 06, 2019, 12:51:13 AM
No gelatine, just cream cheese, sugar (either mixed with water into a syrup, or fine caster so you don't get a granulated cheese mix), vanilla (extract or seeds), crushed digestive biscuits mixed with some salted butter (but not too much - you only want the butter as a binder and to add a touch of salt), and whatever you want as a topping (fresh fruit, chocolate shavings etc) and/or mix in.  Some recipes call for some whipping cream to be mixed in as well to fluff it up a bit, but that's not necessary - you can literally go as simple as crushed digestives, cream cheese and sugar and that's it - 10 to 15 mins to make then set in the fridge for half an hour to an hour depending on temperature.

Just Google cold-set or no-bake cheesecake and pretty much any of those will suffice.

One thing to bear in mind that you will need to use more sugar and flavourings than you would think necessary - as no cooking is involved, the flavours will be more muted than if baked.

Thank you!  Sounds like just what I'm looking for.  I used to quite like the traditional cooked ones, and then an Australian Cheesecake shop opened just up the road (don't know if they're still going - haven't seen one for more than 10 years now).  Mr Rector took a fancy to them and brought them back every couple of days for a while.  It turns out my baked cheesecake tolerance isn't quite what I thought it was...after a while I couldn't face them.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Bobtoo on February 06, 2019, 09:09:28 AM
I worked in a restaurant in the late 80s and even then the wholesaler's rep was complaining that the supermarkets were starting to undercut them, so it's nothing new.

I travel a lot for work and it's fairly normal for B&Bs, even posh ones, to openly use Lidl products.


Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: madhair60 on February 07, 2019, 02:03:22 PM
Awww!  That's so incredibly nice!  Thank you!!11!!  :)

I contend THIS is your theme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW2sWSgofbg
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: NoSleep on February 07, 2019, 02:06:06 PM
Just as long as you don't get anything with chicken in it. I purchased a whole chicken from Lidl (because it was incredibly cheap) and found that it had tumours in it... yum!
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: thenoise on February 07, 2019, 02:32:26 PM
De Cecco is so good I honestly don't see the point in the hassle of making your own and risking it being a disaster.  It's like making your own bread - you spend a day and about £5 making your own, and it comes out tasting like bland cake.  Vot is point?

Ingredients for bread don't cost £5.  Unless you're counting the tin, but that will last you a lifetime.

Flour, yeast and salt for a family loaf of bread will cost about 25p, unless you buy it in a little bread makers pack or something equally ridiculous.  Buy expensive flour if you want, but inexpensive is fine.  If it tastes like bland cake, put more salt in and make sure the yeast is in date.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: thenoise on February 07, 2019, 02:36:28 PM
Delia's four star coleslaw (https://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/international/american-mexican-and-caribbean/four-star-slaw-coleslaw)

The dressing is a bit unnecessary, just mayo lemon juice and seasoning is fine, maybe a bit of mustard if you happen to have any in the cupboard.  You should adapt the ingredients based on what you have and/or what is cheap locally.  Spending £7 on one side dish is ludicrous.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on February 07, 2019, 03:09:02 PM
Ingredients for bread don't cost £5.  Unless you're counting the tin, but that will last you a lifetime.

Flour, yeast and salt for a family loaf of bread will cost about 25p, unless you buy it in a little bread makers pack or something equally ridiculous.  Buy expensive flour if you want, but inexpensive is fine.  If it tastes like bland cake, put more salt in and make sure the yeast is in date.

I am quite a good baker, even if I say so myself. Went through a period 2011-2017 where I made all my own bread. Still do 95% of it.

Can provide tips if anyone is interested, though maybe no one is.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: DistressedArea on February 07, 2019, 04:10:57 PM
My local pharmacist buys his drugs from Sid Little.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: rectorofstiffkey on February 07, 2019, 06:55:48 PM
Delia's four star coleslaw (https://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/international/american-mexican-and-caribbean/four-star-slaw-coleslaw)

The dressing is a bit unnecessary, just mayo lemon juice and seasoning is fine, maybe a bit of mustard if you happen to have any in the cupboard.  You should adapt the ingredients based on what you have and/or what is cheap locally.  Spending £7 on one side dish is ludicrous.

Yep, more fool me.  I think I'd seen a review of it that made it sound like the Ferrari of coleslaws and, since my main course was nothing too special, thought I'd try to be impressive with a homemade side dish.  By the time I realised how much the darn stuff was going to cost it was all in the basket and there was little alternative but to press on and hope to be wowed.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on February 07, 2019, 07:45:41 PM
Delia's four star coleslaw (https://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/international/american-mexican-and-caribbean/four-star-slaw-coleslaw)

The dressing is a bit unnecessary, just mayo lemon juice and seasoning is fine, maybe a bit of mustard if you happen to have any in the cupboard.  You should adapt the ingredients based on what you have and/or what is cheap locally.  Spending £7 on one side dish is ludicrous.

Fuck doing that without a food processor.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Camp Tramp on February 07, 2019, 08:11:14 PM
A pizza place around the corner from me has received some bad reviews.

Very very disappointing
Came in here for a friend’s birthday. I ordered Calzone and a “draft” coke.
The £2.75 Coke came out presented in its can which was out of a multipack that clearly stated multipack not to be sold separately on the side.
The calazone then arrived. Cold on the inside, the cheese hadn’t even melted, yet from the outside it looked more than over cooked.
I sent the pizza back and they did me another.
The second calzone came out. This time totally cremated (actually black) on the outside and covered in oil. But still raw and cold.
Basic pizza was fine but undercooked.
My friend also had the £5 banoffee pie which was actually one of the tiny ready made jobs you get from the supermarket. It even came in the original small round plastic pot although they had kindly removed the peel off lid. Left the place still hungry.
All in all a total rip off for really bad food!!!


Management didn't take it laying down.

Thank you for visiting us. You look like a customer who didn’t want to pay from the beginig. You finished ALL TWO PIZZA we served to you without say anything. Our desert is home made with top quality ingredients from Italy. We will be happy if we won’t see you again.

All what your texted in your massage was not true.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on February 07, 2019, 08:58:30 PM
^I fucking love bad tripadvisor/yelp reviews.

What was that hotel that was posted on here with a pig living on the roof? Or the doors held together with gaffer tape? And the entirely unapologetic owners kept chiming in (“he was my pig, and he was unwell so thanks for reminding me of a difficult time” or “a drunk guest kicked the door in a few weeks ago and we hadn’t got round to fixing it yet” etc etc)

That had me laughing like I hadn’t done in years. Had to stop reading because I woke up Mrs Ferris. Sensational stuff.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Buelligan on February 07, 2019, 09:51:45 PM
I contend THIS is your theme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW2sWSgofbg

Thanks maddo, they're both mine axsh, as you probably realise.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on February 07, 2019, 10:02:21 PM
^I fucking love bad tripadvisor/yelp reviews.

What was that hotel that was posted on here with a pig living on the roof? Or the doors held together with gaffer tape? And the entirely unapologetic owners kept chiming in (“he was my pig, and he was unwell so thanks for reminding me of a difficult time” or “a drunk guest kicked the door in a few weeks ago and we hadn’t got round to fixing it yet” etc etc)

That had me laughing like I hadn’t done in years. Had to stop reading because I woke up Mrs Ferris. Sensational stuff.

It was this one. I’m going to read it again

https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=70129.0
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: bgmnts on February 07, 2019, 11:43:52 PM
Quote
The £2.75 Coke came out presented in its can which was out of a multipack that clearly stated multipack not to be sold separately on the side.

Big laughs.

Anyone paying £2.75 for a can of coke needs help.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Sherman Krank on February 08, 2019, 12:28:28 AM
I had a knock on the door yesterday, it was a delivery woman asking if I'd take in a package for the bloke across the road. I said 'Aye nae bother' and was handed a catering sized box of saveloys.

I've just went and typed 'box of saveloys' into google and found them.
http://www.marfast.co.uk/frozen-food/sausages/tasty-bake-premium-jumbo-saveloy-x36-box.html

Seems like a good deal at 26p a saveloy. I reckon Lidl would struggle to match that.
Could be the wholesalers are finally fighting back.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Twed on February 08, 2019, 12:48:49 AM
Tempted to click "Add To Wishlist" on those as a tribute to bleakness.

I'm also fighting the urge to try and get them shipped transatlantically for a lark.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Twed on February 08, 2019, 12:49:43 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/n1f5gve.png)

WHY IS THIS AN OPTION
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Sherman Krank on February 08, 2019, 01:14:18 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/IRxrH4Y.jpg)
You wont get Lidl offering that level of commitment to their customers.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Twed on February 08, 2019, 01:18:34 AM
I think sending pork to Syria might be considered a hate crime.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on February 08, 2019, 01:19:03 AM
Tempted to click "Add To Wishlist" on those as a tribute to bleakness.

I'm also fighting the urge to try and get them shipped transatlantically for a lark.

Get 2 boxes and we’ll split the transatlantic shipping costs.

Actually, get 4.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Twed on February 08, 2019, 01:19:54 AM
Is Toronto the one that's on the left side of Canada or the right side?
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Twed on February 08, 2019, 01:20:44 AM
Ah, the right side! I will remember this forever with the clever pun "My Neighbor Toronto".
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on February 08, 2019, 01:23:33 AM
Ah, the right side! I will remember this forever with the clever pun "My Neighbor Toronto".

Throwing distance from NH, chief. Just ship ‘em over, walk to the border and welly them north. I’ll find them.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Twed on February 08, 2019, 01:26:13 AM
I think if I threw them into the air like doves they might find their way to you under their own steam.
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on February 08, 2019, 06:04:46 AM
Ferrari of coleslaw made me laugh
Title: Re: When your local takeaway blatantly buys their ingredients from Lidl
Post by: rectorofstiffkey on February 08, 2019, 10:27:09 PM
Ferrari of coleslaw made me laugh

Well, at least someone got a brief moment of pleasure from it.  It's an ill wind....