• 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • burrito bowls

    Published On: May 22, 2023Categories: Healthy food, Mains, Recipes

    My brother bought me a burrito salad from Morrisons  a few years ago when we were doing some gardening and sorting out my Mum's house after she died. It was delicious.  They are too expensive [...]

  • Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks

    Published On: May 3, 2023Categories: Mains, Recipes

    Have you noticed that the chicken that you get from the supermarket seems to have a more rubbery texture now? Marinating it in yoghurt makes it more juicy and tender. You can marinate it in [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Fishfinger pie

    Published On: April 10, 2023Categories: Mains, Recipes

    This fish finger pie meal is one we make when we want to all eat at the table and have a meal that we like, but also the children will eat.  It is relatively frugal [...]

  • Hawaiian pancake Lasagne

    Published On: March 27, 2023Categories: Mains, Recipes

    I am using up all those bits in the freezer that the labels have fallen off as I am decluttering my freezer and shopping from home.  I thought that I had cooked pork but it [...]

  • Sweet potato, lentil curry

    Published On: March 20, 2023Categories: Mains, Recipes, Vegetarian

    To reduce cost and to keep within our food budget we are eating a lot more food without meat.  I have always made vegetarian curry using chickpeas but was short of them the other week [...]

  • Keema curry

    Published On: March 8, 2023Categories: Mains, Recipes

    It was a lovely sunny day yesterday and so we cooked a curry outside.  I prefer cooking curry outside as it stops the smell lingering in the house. It also makes me feel like summer [...]

  • Beetroot Burgers

    Published On: March 5, 2023Categories: Mains, Recipes, Vegetarian

    I made some beetroot burgers the other day. We are eating more vegan and vegetarian food to save money and hopefully to be more healthy.  I don't like the taste of beetroot but Mr S [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Mediterrean Fish Stew

    Published On: February 26, 2023Categories: Mains, Recipes

    Apparently those that follow a Mediterranean diet have higher cognitive function and it helps protect against Alzheimers, heart disease, cancer and Parkinson's Disease. A lot of the food that we eat is similar to 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 [...]

  • Tuna Potato Layer Bake

    Published On: February 10, 2023Categories: Mains, Recipes

    My daughter asked for a dish with little gluten in it and there were five of us to feed (one a toddler). I actually made this with a couple of fresh salmon fillets as that [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Chicken and Peaches

    Published On: January 11, 2023Categories: Mains, Recipes

    The picture isn't very good as I forgot to take a photo before we had eaten most of it, but this is a lovely, simple way to make a different chicken meal for a change [...]