• 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 [...]

  • Yoghurt based flat breads

    Published On: August 14, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    We eat a lot of Mediterranean food, and curries in our house, and since we have making all our own yoghurt (I use a slow cooker batch which works out really cheap), I have been [...]

  • Bramble crumble bars

    Published On: August 8, 2023Categories: Baking, Foraging For Food, Recipes

    I needed to make some room in my freezer the other day as I was making bread and it doesn't last as long as shop bought because it doesn't have the additives. I tend to [...]

  • No bake chocolate orange slice

    Published On: July 24, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    I fancied some chocolate and we had nothing in that was sweet except for some cheap Aldi chocolate.  I therefore made this no bake chocolate orange slice as I did not want to put the [...]

  • Beetroot chocolate cakes

    Published On: July 7, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    The beetroots are coming in thick and fast now. Beetroots are really good for you as they lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. I don't really like them, to be honest, though I did [...]

  • Batch cooking with short crust pastry to stretch meals and save

    Published On: July 5, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes, Saving money on food

    Today was bread making day and when use the oven, I don’t want to waste any energy and so I cook a few things at the same time using the same base ingredient.  Today it [...]

  • Coconut, lime and courgette (zucchini) cake

    Published On: June 9, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    This recipe is dairy free and one of our favourites at this time of year.  The courgettes (zucchinis) are coming thick and fast now. We always make a lot of these cakes whilst we have [...]

  • Rhubarb and walnut chocolate brownies

    Published On: May 30, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    I don't usually make brownies as they have so much chocolate and sugar in them, and they cost a bomb to make.  I think that these are good value for the taste.  These brownies can [...]

  • Ideas for Easter cupcakes

    Published On: April 1, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    Every year we make Easter cup cakes, and we have even sold some to family and friends in the past to help pay for a break away for ourselves.  Adults and children alike love them. [...]

  • Fruit and nut chocolate crispies

    Published On: March 30, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    I nearly didn't put this recipe on as it is so basic, but then I know we have some young readers who may not have made these, as over the last 10 years bought cupcakes [...]

  • Wild garlic and cheese scones

    Published On: March 26, 2023Categories: Baking, Foraging For Food, Recipes

    The wild garlic is finally out in Yorkshire.  This is one of my favourite things to forage as I use it in meals, in baking, to flavour butter and to make pesto (which I freeze [...]

  • Afternoon tea

    Published On: March 11, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes, Saving Money

    WHAT IS AFTERNOON TEA? Afternoon tea is basically a pot of tea with cream/milk and sugar provided, and a selection of savoury and sweet treats.  The treats are usually small and they are often displayed [...]

  • Scones

    Published On: March 10, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    Mr S has won awards for his scones and kindly let me put his recipe on here.  He does add more dried fruit than the recipe states which is not particularly frugal.  I am not [...]

  • No Bake Tiffin

    Published On: February 24, 2023Categories: Baking, Desserts, Recipes

    It is coming up to Mother's day and we used to make and sell afternoon teas for Mothers Day.  One item that was always requested was our tiffin which is so easy to make.  I [...]

  • Depression Cake

    Published On: February 13, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    I have made this recipe a few times.  It's origins date back to the depression and I saw it on an American website some years back. It has no eggs or dairy in it and [...]

  • Cornish type pies

    Published On: February 5, 2023Categories: Baking, Mains, Recipes

    We first made these last year to use up some of the Christmas vegetables that were wilting in the fridge. I usually put this mixture in our Cornish pasties, but decided to put them in [...]

  • Frugal Bakewell Slice

    Published On: February 5, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    I love the Bakewell tart flavour but ground almonds are rarely in my budget.  This is a tray bake that is good for packed lunches and tastes just like Bakewell tart but is cheaper to [...]

  • Lemon (or orange, or almond, or vanilla) Extract

    Published On: February 2, 2023Categories: Baking, Preserves

    I am striving all the time to buy less and less from the supermarket.  We use extract to flavour ice cream, icing and sometimes in cakes.  This is an easy recipe to make.  I have [...]

  • Fat Scallies

    Published On: January 31, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    Fat Rascals are a Yorkshire luxury scone type of bake.  When ever I look after my little grandson I almost press my nose to the glass and look at them in the window of Betty's [...]

  • Short crust pastry

    Published On: January 21, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    I do buy puff pastry but I never buy short crust pastry as it is easy and is reasonable cheap to make. It also does not have any palm oil in it as a lot [...]

  • A basic sponge and how to batch for variety

    Published On: January 19, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes

    Every now and again, to save time and money on energy. I batch bake sponge mixtures to make a variety of desserts and fill my freezer.  Some of the sponge mixture I will cook in [...]

  • Orange and Parsnip Cake

    Published On: December 27, 2022Categories: Baking, Recipes

    I am going to make a parsnip and orange cake tomorrow.  I made it for the first time last year and it is a good way to use parsnips up as I do not like [...]

  • Ginger Snaps

    Published On: December 21, 2022Categories: Baking, Recipes

    We have been trying not to spend any money on food leading up to Christmas.  I need to make room for the Christmas baking and my yearly budget is getting low.  Whilst I had the [...]