Posts Tagged“frugal”

This is a great basic recipe for a simple yet healthy family meal. Today I only had about 300 gm of mince, so I substituted some more vegetables for the extra mince. This recipe works really well in a Dutch oven because you use the same pan to brown the ingredients and cook the casserole. If you don’t have a Dutch oven you can also make this in a frying pan on the stove top, but you will need to stir it occasionally as it simmers. I prefer to use a Dutch oven so that I can prepare the casserole…

This delicious coleslaw was inspired by a supply of kale, radish, mint, parsley and celery I had in the garden, as well as a cook book my friend loaned me. As I looked through the cook book a coleslaw recipe caught my eye and I thought I have just the veggies to make up a coleslaw recipe! Don’t be afraid to experiment with cooking and try new things, for example if you don’t have cranberries for this recipe substitute sultanas or raisins. The basics of making coleslaw are cabbage, carrot and onion, but there are no fixed rules, I just…

The temperature on the south coast of NSW has been dropping, over these past few weeks.  As winter begins it is a lovely time to cook warm and hearty casseroles for the family.  Believe it or not you don’t need a special sachet of special flavour mix to make a delicious casserole. The key to a good casserole is browning you meat and onions in the casserole dish to create a lovely caramelized flavour.  The easiest way to do this is in a Dutch oven or cast iron casserole dish which you can use on the stove top and then…

This recipe is an adaptation of the whole orange cake recipe from Rhonda at Down to Earth.  The orange cake is delicious and super easy to make, but at the moment I have an abundance of mandarins so I thought I’d make an adaptation.  I washed the mandarins and cut them in half to remove most of the seeds.  The mandarin version turned out beautifully and is a great way to use up mandarins, so why not give it a try while mandarins are in season.  This cake works well with either regular self raising flour or gluten free flour…

Recently I dropped in for a cuppa with a lovely friend of mine, who is a wonderful mum of two young children and a great home-maker. Her home is warm and inviting and on that particular day the most delicious aroma was wafting from her kitchen. When I enquired about the delicious smell, she told me she was cooking a vegetable soup with a butter chicken flavour, and she gave me a little sample. It was delicious! She wrote down the rough proportions of the spices she used, so today I have given it a go and made a very…

I have recently had very first hand experience of the benefits of living within your means.  Homestead hubby had an accident which put him in hospital for a major operation followed by a long recovery at home.  Fortunately, we had been listening to the Dave Ramsay Total Money Makeover on audio book several months before this and had saved an emergency fund as Dave suggests. Jill at the prairie homestead had mentioned Total Money Makeover in her blog and that was the catalyst for me to listen to the audio book.  I am so thankful for the tip as it…

Anzac biscuits are a really easy and frugal biscuit to make at home, and they are so much nicer than the store bought variety.  They make great lunch box snacks, keep well in an air tight container and freeze really well.  Whenever I make them I make a double batch in order to have plenty to freeze.  You can freeze them either as baked cookies or in raw form in a “cookie log” for future baking.  With this batch I made I baked half, then froze half the mixture in log form. The beauty of freezing cookie logs is that…

Yesterday I spent part of the morning baking a few things to put in the freezer for morning tea snacks for future weeks.  These easy banana muffins were inspired by the overripe banana which was languishing in the fruit bowl!  This recipe is nice and easy since it’s just a matter of mashing the banana in the bottom of a large mixing bowl then adding all the ingredients to the same bowl.  I love one bowl recipes!  This recipe makes 12 large muffins, which freeze well.  I wrap them individually in cling wrap and freeze them for lunch box snacks.…

This super easy slice came about on a bit of a whim.  As you know I have just cleaned out my pantry and I found a few bits and pieces that needed to be used up.  Making a slice with some of the odd bits of dried fruit was a good way to use them up and the slice turned out to be really yummy and moist!  Don’t be afraid to just substitute whatever spare dried fruit you have.  It is a really easy recipe, just throw all the ingredients in one bowl and give it a bit of a…

Probably one of the easiest ways to save on your grocery bill is to make sure that you use everything you buy, and not let things go to waste.  I recently had some left over cream in the fridge and decided to make a quick potato bake to make use of it. This made for a tasty but simple side dish, the prep probably only took about 10 minutes and the cream got used! In actual fact I only had about 200mls of cream so I substituted a little milk to make up the difference, and it turned out just…