• Savoury Nests from leftovers

    Published On: April 13, 2024Categories: Light Meals, Recipes, Saving money on food

    We never buy food especially for lunches.  We use what we have in.  Often this means using left overs.  The other day we had a bit of spicy stew left and some mashed potatoes,  There [...]

  • Stretching a tin of beans

    Published On: April 13, 2024Categories: Breakfasts, Light Meals

    At them moment we are not doing any food shopping for 2 to 3 weeks.  I have an annual food budget and we have plenty of food in the house and so I will shop [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Courgette and sweet potato cheesy bites

    Published On: June 19, 2023Categories: Healthy food, Light Meals, Recipes, Snacks

    The courgettes (zucchini) are coming in thick and fast now.  I have picked 9 in the last 2 days.  I didn't really cook with them before I started growing them, but they are so versatile [...]

  • Baked potatoes in the slow cooker

    Published On: April 17, 2023Categories: Light Meals, Mains, Recipes

    I have started cooking baked potatoes in the slow cooker as I can just forget them whilst gardening or going out, and it costs less than using the oven. I didn't realise until recently that [...]

  • Hot tuna and cheese Baguettes

    Published On: April 11, 2023Categories: Light Meals, Recipes, Snacks

    I always make sure that I have some of those part baked rolls or baguettes in the cupboard.  At the moment they are 69p for 6 in Lidl and are good value in lots of [...]

  • Air fryer wild garlic potato scones

    Published On: April 10, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food, Light Meals, Recipes

    A lot of food that I make during April involves wild garlic as it adds a lovely taste to food and saves me buying onions or garlic. We use these  air fryer wild garlic scones [...]

  • Chicken Fajitas

    Published On: March 1, 2023Categories: Light Meals, Mains, Recipes

    This is a one of our favourite family meals.  It is also frugal because you can make one large chicken breast stretch to 2 or 3 people.  We always had it when we needed a [...]

  • English Pancake Recipe and Savoury and Sweet Fillings ideas

    Published On: February 20, 2023Categories: Desserts, Light Meals, Mains, Recipes

    It is shrove Tuesday.  The day when every one traditionally uses up all the things in their pantry that they are giving up for Lent (if they are religious) or just an excuse for eating [...]

  • Quick frugal fish cakes

    Published On: February 16, 2023Categories: Light Meals, Mains, Recipes

    The other day I had forgotten to get any thing out for our meal.  I had about 200g of left over mash potato in the fridge and a small tin of salmon (105g) that I [...]

  • 21 Cheap Sandwich fillings

    Published On: January 22, 2023Categories: Light Meals, Recipes, Saving money on food

    I am always looking for cheap sandwich fillings and something different. I am putting this post on to remind myself of things we have had in the past so that I put some more variety [...]

  • Veggie Bhaji Burgers

    Published On: January 22, 2023Categories: Light Meals, Mains, Recipes, Vegetarian

    These burgers that Mr S made were really tasty and we will definitely make them again. He used Jamie Oliver's recipe but we added some more flour as they would have been very sloppy, and [...]

  • Potato Waffles

    Published On: January 21, 2023Categories: Breakfasts, Light Meals, Recipes

    I got a waffle maker just over a year ago in a sale for £8, but like most gadgets I forget to use it. I have got a very busy couple of weeks coming up [...]

  • Store Cupboard Pizza

    Published On: January 20, 2023Categories: Light Meals, Mains, Recipes

    When we went away, earlier this week, we took a large pizza with us. I had frozen one after making it for dinner after Christmas, using bits of turkey on top. Pizza is one of [...]

  • Stretching a tin of beans

    Published On: January 20, 2023Categories: Breakfasts, Light Meals, Recipes

    We buy a couple of cans of beans a week as they are reasonably nutritious, cheap (if you buy from discount supermarkets or unbranded), good for bulking out food (eg minced beef and baked bean [...]

  • Smoked Fish Pate

    Published On: January 9, 2023Categories: Light Meals, Recipes

    I am cutting back on my spending on food at the moment and trying to shop from my cupboards and freezer. I found a reduced price pack of smoked mackerel. Now I am not a [...]

  • Homemade Ricotta Cheese

    Published On: January 3, 2023Categories: Light Meals, Recipes, Saving money on food

    We made some ricotta cheese today with two litres of blue top,  yellow sticker, reduced milk that was going out of date. Recipe 2 litres of full fat milk 100ml of white vinegar 1 tsp [...]

  • Homemade Pork Pies

    Published On: December 20, 2022Categories: Frugal Festivities, Light Meals, Mains, Recipes

    Christmas is the one time of year when we splash out on food. We like to make it special, entertain, and spend time with family. Mr S loves pork pies (I am not so keen [...]

  • Cheap, filling snack or meal

    Published On: December 3, 2022Categories: Light Meals, Recipes

    A few years ago, we were in a lot worse position than we are at the moment. Our income was the same, but I was having to use petrol money to do the 120 mile [...]

  • Hummus

    Published On: December 2, 2022Categories: Light Meals, Recipes, Snacks

    I don't like butter or margarine and so I like hummus in my sandwiches or wraps to make them less dry. I use it to make vegetable and hummus pie, as a dip, as a [...]

  • Vegetable Croquettes

    Published On: November 29, 2022Categories: Light Meals, Mains

    This recipe is great for using up leftovers or wilting vegetables in the fridge (fridge gravel). If you have cooked vegetables left from a meal you can add that to left over mash and add [...]