Supermarket 43/2021

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Our special offers for this week.

Bonfire Night (Nov 05)

10 Premium Pork Chipolatas
350 g €2.70
Hand towels
75 per pack €2.00
Individually wrapped
firelighters
18 per pack €3.00
Gingerbread Mulled Wine
75 cl €4.00
Courgette & Halloumi
Triangles.
4 per pack €3.50
Chilli Mayonnaise with Tabasco
250 ml €1.75
Drinking Chocolate
250 g € 2.00
Feta Cheese & Herb Pastries
4 per pack €3.50
Alcohol-free Merlot
75 cl. €3.50
Heat Logs
12 per pack €8.00
Kindling Wood
1 kilo, €3.00
Chocolate cream pumpkin
spice liqueur
50 cl €15.00
Cheddar & Onion Crisps
150 g €1.50
Porcini Mushroom & Spinach Vegan Rolls
160 g. €2.90
Pink & White mini
marshmallows
125 gr €0.75
Offers while stocks last. Valid from Oct 25 to Oct 30, 2021

Coffee Chilli

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Ingredients

  • 30 ml oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500 g minced beef
  • 500 g beef, finely diced
  • 2 cans of peeled tomatoes, 
  • 250 ml beer, dark
  • 200 ml coffee, strong
  • 2 small tins of tomato paste, approx. 80 g each
  • 200 ml broth
  • 3 tbsp sugar, brown mixed with chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder (baking cocoa, unsweetened)
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chilli peppers (1 – 3 pieces, depending on how hot you want them), finely chopped
  • 3 cans of kidney beans, approx. 400 g each, drained
  • ½ tsp coriander powder

Method

Heat the oil in a large pot and brown the onions, garlic, meat cubes and minced meat for ten minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients (except the beans) and season to taste – start with less chilli pepper first. Cook over low heat for about one and a half hours, stirring frequently. Then add the beans and simmer for another 30 minutes, adding a little more stock or beer if necessary.

The ingredients may sound strange – cocoa, beer, coffee? But the result is a very spicy, dark, thick chilli that was the winner of the “Statewide Chilli Championship” in Texas in 1999. This chilli goes well with cornbread with honey butter or baguette.

Three plants that are highly toxic for cats

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A kitten is moving in with you soon, and you’re wondering what else to consider before it arrives? Don’t forget your indoor plants! Some of them are actually quite poisonous for our pets.

No kitchen should be without chives. After all, the kitchen herb refines all kinds of delicious dishes. As healthy as chives are, eating them can be fatal for your cat. If your cat mistakes the chives for cat grass and eats them, the leek destroys the haemoglobin in the blood. Poisoning usually manifests itself in the form of diarrhoea, vomiting, and increased heart rate as well as muscle tremors and seizures. The plant is poisonous even in small quantities.

Do you love cut flowers? Your cat probably does too. After all, the flowers smell so nice and usually look interesting too. Unfortunately, what cats and humans don’t know is that cut flowers are poisonous to cats. Tulips, daffodils, or lilies are particularly poisonous. Caution is also advised with lilacs, chrysanthemums, and poinsettias. Roses and sunflowers, on the other hand, are not poisonous.

With its long leaves, aloe vera is a real eye-catcher in the home. And not only that. The plant can also be processed into cosmetics. As useful as the plant is for us, it is also extremely poisonous for cats. The aloin contained in the leaves can lead to severe poisoning. Only the pure aloe vera gel is safe for cats.

How to reduce heating costs.

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The exploding energy costs have not escaped our attention. They are in the news all the time. So, time to save money. Here are four tips that can help you reduce your bills. 

Keep your rooms at an ambient temperature. 

Do you usually switch off the heating when going away for the weekend, on holiday or just out for a few hours?  It seems logical. What is the point of heating a room if you don’t benefit from the warmth? But this is where costs start to increase. 

If you turn off the heating when you are away, the rooms will cool down. When you switch the heating on again upon your return (and then even to the highest level), the energy consumption is significantly higher. This is because the rooms first have to be brought back up to temperature. That costs a lot of money! And there is another reason why you should not switch off the heating completely when you are away: mould.

Are your radiators free of clutter? 

Do you have any decorations, furniture, pictures, or curtains near the radiator? To make the window front look really decorative, you want some decoration. After all, who likes to look at a radiator? But it is this kind of cluttering that can reduce the performance of your heating system. Furniture, curtains, and the like should always be placed far enough away from the radiator so that the warm air can circulate freely in the room. If the warm air cannot spread evenly, we start to feel colder. That can mean we set the heating higher than necessary. When the bill comes, we are surprised by the increased heating costs.

Do you turn the thermostat all the way up? 

When we come in from outside, we want it to be cosy and warm as quickly as possible and turn the heating up all the way. Not a good idea. You are not doing yourself and your bank account any favours. When you turn up the heating, you set the room temperature that the room should have at the end. The room does not heat up faster when the thermostat is set to 5.

Curtains can stop the heat from spreading in the room. 

Keeping the room warm, people often use insulating foil, seals, or curtains. Unfortunately, the latter is not as good as we always assume. The warm air from the heating system remains behind the curtains and cannot spread throughout the room. If you have installed a thermostat, you should also check that the curtains are not hanging over it. It could otherwise send the wrong signals.