• Sausage stew with dumplings

    Published On: February 22, 2024Categories: Mains, Recipes

    I made this sausage stew with dumpling out of what I had in and so it was our Ready, Steady Cook meal today.   We used our home made sausages and it makes the sausages go [...]

  • Rustic hash browns

    Published On: February 21, 2024Categories: Breakfasts, Recipes

    The potatoes that I bought for 15p a bag at Christmas are starting to sprout now and so I am finding different ways to use them up without wasting them.  We like to eat a [...]

  • Pickled red cabbage

    Published On: February 21, 2024Categories: Preserves, Recipes

    We had one of the Christmas red cabbages left which are reduced to 15p in supermarkets over the festive week.  The outside was starting to change colour and so I decided to make some pickled [...]

  • Making breakfast sausages

    Published On: February 3, 2024Categories: Breakfasts, Mains, Recipes

    Any one who has been following my website for a while will know that we try to make as many things from scratch as we can.  This is for 3 main reasons.  We need to [...]

  • Date crunch

    Published On: February 1, 2024Categories: Baking, Desserts, Recipes

    DATE CRUNCH We needed something sweet but I didn't want to put the oven on and bake.  I decided to make date crunch as we have supermarket own brand rice crispies that need eating up [...]

  • Onion bhaji

    Published On: February 1, 2024Categories: Light Meals, Recipes

    We made a little Indian buffet yesterday for our meal.  We used some left over curry, chicken tikka, and chapati, and made some onion bhaji to pad it it out.  We actually did not have [...]

  • Air fryer Chicken Tikka

    Published On: January 31, 2024Categories: Mains, Recipes

    We  are trying to tempt my brother to eat.  He fancied chicken tikka but there are lots of foods that he can not eat anymore due to his illness.  We therefore could not make it [...]

  • Chocolate Yule Log

    Published On: December 21, 2023Categories: Baking, Frugal Festivities, Recipes

    Tonight is the Winter Solstice which is a pagan celebration called Yule.  This is an ancient celebration of the shortest day, midwinter, and the return of lighter days and the sun. A yule log was [...]

  • Slightly healthy, sweet Christmas buffet dessert idea

    Published On: December 18, 2023Categories: Desserts, Frugal Festivities, Recipes

    I always try to make sure that there is some fruit and salad on the Christmas buffet table to we have some slightly healthy food.  This year I managed to get some cheap strawberries (25p [...]

  • Easy, frugal Boxing Day meal

    Published On: December 18, 2023Categories: Frugal Festivities, Mains, Recipes

    We have had our Christmas this weekend as it was the only time that we could all get together.  There are new grandparents in law to consider now, and some members of the family work [...]

  • Quick, cheap sponge pudding

    Published On: December 2, 2023Categories: Desserts, Recipes

    It has been cold this last week and I have been ill.  As I started eating again I fancied a sponge pudding.  I am living out of my cupboards and so am protective of ingredients [...]

  • Christmas Sausage Roll Wreath.

    Published On: December 1, 2023Categories: Frugal Festivities, Recipes

    Sausage rolls have been a staple of Christmas buffets for decades. I am always banging on about how 'normal', every day food can be made special with just a bit of creativity and this Christmas [...]

  • Sweet and sour without a jar

    Published On: November 22, 2023Categories: Mains, Recipes

    This recipe makes a sweet and sour sauce that is a lot healthier than jars and has no additives. It is quick and easy to make, and often I can make it with what I [...]

  • Tasty, cheap, toad in the hole

    Published On: November 13, 2023Categories: Mains, Recipes

    This is an easy, tasty meal that I used to make on a Sunday instead of a roast when times were hard. I often had to make my toad in the hole with only 4 [...]

  • Easy cookies

    Published On: November 11, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    Mr S made some cookies for a relative whilst I was away.  She loves biscuits but is having trouble biting anything hard at the moment, and so he made her these easy cookies that are [...]

  • Mix and match vegetarian soups

    Published On: October 27, 2023Categories: Light Meals, Recipes, Vegetarian

    Some one asked me how to make a soup.  Every soup I make is different as I mix and match ingredients to make my soup, depending what needs using up in the fridge and what [...]

  • Making food go as far as possible

    Published On: October 20, 2023Categories: Recipes, Saving Money

    I am trying to make food go as far as possible at the moment.  A lot of my supplies in my kitchen cupboards are running low and I don't want to spend any money or [...]

  • Pumpkin shaped bread for Halloween

    Published On: October 9, 2023Categories: Baking, Frugal Festivities

    My philosophy is that you do not need to spend a lot of money to make an occasion special.  It just takes effort and creativity.  We are holding a Halloween dinner for family at the [...]

  • Caramelised onion chutney

    Published On: October 9, 2023Categories: Preserves

    Caramelised onion chutney is the favourite preserve of Mr S and we try to make it every autumn. We made 4 12oz jars of it from this recipe last night.  Our eyes were streaming as [...]

  • Overnight oats

    Published On: September 25, 2023Categories: Breakfasts, Recipes

    The chilly mornings have come with a vengeance which means that I want something more substantial for my breakfast but that does not take lots of time to make.  Overnight oats are useful for keeping [...]

  • Cheese, potato and onion pie

    Published On: September 25, 2023Categories: Mains, Recipes

    Cheese, potato and onion pie brings back memories of my gran.  She was making this simple recipe well over 60 years ago.  We would have this served with vegetables (usually green beans that she grew [...]

  • Cheap, tasty, healthier bread and butter pudding.

    Published On: September 2, 2023Categories: Desserts, Recipes

    Bread and butter pudding is a favourite of Mr S.  I usually only make it in winter, but a friend was throwing lots of crusts away after making an afternoon tea, and, hating waste I [...]

  • Quick air fryer pizza

    Published On: August 31, 2023Categories: Baking, Light Meals, Recipes

    Sometimes when Mr S is at work I have a busy day and do not feel like cooking him a meal for when he gets home.  On these days I will make him something quickly [...]

  • Baking bread with dock seeds

    Published On: August 30, 2023Categories: Baking, Foraging For Food, Recipes

    I am always looking for ways to save money or to visit the supermarket less.  During the pandemic I ran out of wholemeal bread flour and so I foraged some dock seeds and used that [...]