These delicious cheese and onion pasties make a great filling lunch idea served with a little salad or baked beans.
This spiced apple sauce cake is great for using up left over apple sauce. Its a cheap and easy cake to make and goes along way. I normally make one and then freeze some for another day. It is delicious served warm with homemade caramel […]
Theres always a time in our lives where we are looking through our cupboards for something to make a cheap lunch. These homemade crackers are wonderful with a little soft cheese and cucumber or sliced or grated cheese with a little pickle. We quite enjoy […]
It is so easy to make your own gravy mix. Of course you can buy a mix but to know exactly what has gone into it has to be a good thing. I always like to have a jar stored in my pantry, it will […]
This delicious chorizo spaghetti meal is ideal for a go to meal. It is one of those comforting meals we go to when we haven’t got anything planned. Spaghetti with tomato sauce is a favourite for children, so I am sure this recipe will go […]
This homemade peanut butter recipe is so easy and quick to make. I use it mostly to make peanut butter cookies. I decided to make it myself and it turned out really well and perfect for my needs. You can make it a little more […]
This easy caramel sauce recipe is amazingly creamy and so delicious. It can be used in brownies, cupcakes, pies but our favourite one is pancakes. With this sauce drizzled over them they are amazing. This simple homemade caramel sauce is quick to make. If you […]
Homemade marshmallow fondant icing is so much nicer than the bought one and comes in cheaper too. I must confess that I did use to buy it until one day I decided to try and make my own. From that day I have never looked […]
Have you ever decided to make bread and when you go to your pantry you have run out of bread flour? It has happened to me on many occasion. The strange thing is I never seem to run out of plain all purpose flour. I […]
I just love to have this bread maker mix stored in my pantry. It makes it so quick and easy to make up a loaf of fresh bread to start the day, also it is so flexible and can be used in many different recipes. […]
If you like lemons like I do you are going to love these lemon curd biscuits. They are very simple to make but taste like you have spent much of your time in your kitchen baking them. I use homemade lemon curd for these cookies […]
Another great time saver is this simple sponge mix. I like to spend a little time over the weekend weighing up my various mixes for the pantry and this mix is always a favourite. Once its weighed up and stored in a jar, making cup […]
We just cannot get enough of these delicious lemon cupcakes. Having the sponge mix already waiting in the pantry it becomes a quick and easy treat for the family. Be careful though as one may not be enough! Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups of sponge mix […]
I really like to keep this cream soup mix in my pantry as it comes in very handy to use in different meals. It has a few benefits in that it is healthier and cheaper too, so it is a win win. This mix is […]
Having a jar of homemade hot chocolate mix in the pantry comes in very handy on those cold wintery days. It is so easy to make just a single mug by just adding a few teaspoons to your favourite mug and filling up with boiling […]
If you are looking for a real comforting plate of food this slow cooker beef in red wine may be the one for you. It is delicious served with mash potato or even crispy roast potatoes. 500g braising steak 4 large carrots 1 […]
With our busy lifestyles there are always times we need biscuits in a hurry, whether its for hungry children, husbands or someone popping in for a quick cup of tea. Once this oat biscuit mix is made up it takes a matter of minutes to […]
This fruit bread mix is so handy to have stored in the pantry. It doesn’t take too long to make up but when you are running short of time its easy to prepare just one loaf for the breadmaker turn it on and that’s it […]
This fruit loaf recipe has become a firm breakfast favourite in our family, its a job in itself keeping enough in the bread bin to go around. It makes a lovely change rather than just having plain toast and it is very reasonable price wise […]
Who would have thought that coffee filters could be so useful. They have many different uses that they are worth putting on your shopping list! Below are a few ideas on how these little gems can be so handy. 1. Cleaning windows and mirrors. […]
This week we wanted something sweet so I made millionaires shortbread. This recipe is so easy and quite quick to make. It’s certainly a favorite in our house and great for the children as a treat.
Having a glut of plums from the tree, I thought I would eventually try and make Chinese plum sauce. There are many recipes to use plums up in desserts but not so many savoury ideas. This sauce turned out very well, making a few tweaks […]
With autumn on its way and the evenings closing in there is nothing nicer than ending the day with this delicious sausage casserole. Served with crusty bread or mashed potato it makes a super family meal. This recipe is very easy and quite quick to […]
There is nothing quite like homemade plum jam is there, buying supermarket jam doesn’t even come close to the taste of homemade. I eagerly wait each year for the plums on the tree to be ripe so I can get into the kitchen and make […]
This school iced sponge cake is another quick and easy recipe and fun to make with children. I used to make this years ago most weeks but you forget about recipes when you come across new ones don’t you. The family were certainly pleased to […]
Its always a job thinking how to use leftover apples that are just about ready to throw away. We had a lot of apples from the tree this year but unfortunately there were plenty that were not so good. Not wanting to throw them out […]
These easy potato wedges make a super addition to a meal or can be served on their own with a dip of your choice. These wedges are crispy, delicious and a more healthy option to chips made in a fryer.
I have a lot of people asking if I still have the chocolate concrete recipe from my school days. I thought it may be a good idea to put the recipe on my blog and hopefully it will take people back in time. Even […]
When making any meat dishes such as this cheap cottage pie recipe I do not use a lot of meat. We are not really big meat eaters as you have probably already seen but this way also keeps the cost down. This makes a lovely […]
If you have a busy day and are looking for a simple rice dish for dinner this one is very cheap and easy. You could always prepare the vegetables beforehand and keep them in the fridge.
Every summer seems to bring the tomatoes all at once. When you have a glut of them it can be daunting on how you can use them before they go bad. Or you may even see them very cheap at the local market if you […]
The grocery bill seems to be the most difficult to keep down, especially when shopping with the family. I have now got the family onboard and its become a bit of a challenge on how low we can keep it. Which I must say Im […]
A delicious apple crumble and custard is definitely a family favourite! Its that time of year again to harvest the apples. There is nothing like a good old British pudding to complete your meal. As with all of my recipes this is another reasonable […]
Todays dinner is homemade Tortilla. This recipe is so easy and one of the cheapest meals you can make for your family. I know you can buy these already to pop in the oven but they are no where near as good as home made ones! […]
I would really like to think that home cooking is making a come back. I am sure there are lots of people that do but there are still many families that do not have warming homemade dinners.
If you are looking for lunch box ideas, these lunch box pasties may just go down a storm. I am not going to call them Cornish pasties as they are not! After living in Cornwall most of my life true Cornish people would soon pull […]
If you are looking for ways to use up your leftover bread, this post may help you. I love to make my own bread but always find the last leftover bits get wasted and end up in the bin. Not one for wasting food so […]
Golden syrup is one ingredient that I use a lot of in my baking, especially with the Christmas baking. Unfortunately sometimes I do run out so I have to make do with making my own, although very delicious and is similar to Tate & Lyle […]
You can save a great deal by living frugally and carefully keeping an eye on your expenditures. We all have necessities but they don’t need to cost an arm and a leg. We all need houses, cars and groceries but we have the control over […]
If you are stuck for ideas for a week day dinner this cheap lentil and tomato soup is a quick but very filling meal. Sometimes it is lovely to have something a little different than plateful of meat and potatoes. This soup is also quite easy to […]