• Boozy banana, chocolate and apple crumble

    Published On: May 8, 2023Categories: Desserts, Recipes

    I like to make crumbles and we have a lot of different ones throughout the seasons.  It tend to make a big batch of crumble when I have made some butter from reduced cream.  I [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Wild garlic pesto

    Published On: April 11, 2023Categories: Preserves, Recipes

    April is the start of the food season for me, and when I start filling my pantry and freezer again from things grown or foraged.  I am lucky as wild garlic grows in abundance near [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Potato peeling crisps.

    Published On: April 8, 2023Categories: Recipes, Snacks

    Bags of crisps used to be on our shopping list as a treat some times but with rising prices they are a luxury that has had to go.  If we fancy some crisps now we [...]

  • Pickled wild garlic buds.

    Published On: April 5, 2023Categories: Foraging For Food, Preserves, Recipes

    My aim is to be more organised for next winter and make sure that we have enough preserved food for the 'hunger gap' that occurs between us eating most of my crops (usually by the [...]

  • Slow cooker (crock pot) yoghurt

    Published On: April 4, 2023Categories: Breakfasts, Desserts, Recipes, Snacks

    I have only just started making my yoghurt in a slow cooker, but both times it has turned out lovely and thick and I have not had to sieve it.  Getting your yoghurt to the [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Things to do with a pack of bacon mis-shapes

    Published On: March 21, 2023Categories: Recipes, Saving Money

    In my 20s I was vegetarian for nearly a year but a bacon sandwich, passed to me on a long distance walk through the night, was my downfall. I love bacon but I know a [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Easter no bake dessert

    Published On: March 19, 2023Categories: Frugal Festivities, Recipes

    I am trying to do less baking to save money on energy, but we still like our sweet treats, especially during school holidays and special events like Easter.  This is based on a recipe I [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]