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Only a quick shop today, as mostly catching up on a few home-based bits, so really just popped out to get some dinner. I fancied fish cakes, potatoes and peas, something like that. I walked to my local Co-op and had a little look around, not much choice in the way of fishcakes, in fact I could find no frozen ones. In fairness, this is only one of those small local branches, so they are not loaded with choice.

Had a look in the reduced section (of course), few pies and veg around half price, but nothing that I was really after. Then got to the freezer where they have their famous ‘Freezer Filler’ deal. Now, if you don’t know what these are, every week- I believe it is-they will have five frozen items for a fiver. These selections usually tend to be four savories and one sweet, I think basically the idea is to provide a full meal time for a family. So today it was this lot:

Co-op Frozen Filler Deal

As you can see I chose to get these bad boys home. The thing with this deal is it works out £1 an item which is decent, but like with all deals only worth it if you actually like the products. Now the SFC box is something I keep seeing in supermarkets very cheap, though not usually as cheap as the quid it works out here. I would not normally go for them as I suspect that although they say they are made with 100% chicken breast, it’ll be mixed with water and re-shaped, essentially artificial tasting which I’m not so keen on. Whatever you say about KFC, you can tell where it is actual proper pieces of chicken. This box has dippers, poppers (chicken not drugs) and strippers (chicken not…ah forget it). Then we get a bag of corn on the corb, can’t go wrong here, I love corn on the corb. We also get a bag of mini waffles which I have never had, only the traditional boxed ones are my regular choice. You get a fair amount inside. Then a bag of Mcain fries. I prefer their chips, but these are tasty enough. And then for desert you get a box of four Fruit Patilles lollies-have not had these for about 10 years I think! Used to like them a lot.

For dinner I ended up having the chicken dippers (you get a fair amount of each chicken item), a corn on the cob, some of the waffles, and some asparagus that I got reduced from Sainsbury’s at an earlier date (50p a fresh pack).

As a meal, the lot went down well! Nice simple, sometimes you just want a meal like this. To be honest, the SFC dippers, were as I expected, that sort of mushy reshaped chicken, very artificial tasting, Birds Eye chicken Dippers are in another league. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy again, but as an occasional thing they are fine. The waffles were very nice, perhaps nicer even then the normal ones. And the corn on the corb was yummy, so sweet and tasty, and I had to finish it with a knob of butter on top-perfect. The asparagus was really nice treated in the same way, an the lollies refreshed the palette and I think were roughly how I remember them tasting.

So that was a pretty thrifty dinner, but it was tasty, and that lot will last me a couple of days, so in this case, the Freezer Filler was win-win!

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