Welcome to Faye's Frugal Food
Hi I'm Faye, and welcome to Frugal Foods! Come in, make yourself comfortable, perhaps grab a mug of tea.
By the time you are finished investigating the Frugal Food website, we are confident Frugal Foods will become part of your daily life, helping you to create interesting varied family food, whilst maintaining a very tight control on your budget.
If you are feeling the squeeze let me help you with Frugal Recipe ideas, Menus, frugal meal plansand Shopping Lists ensuring you use up the left overs and maximising every penny you spend. The meal plan is free to download - we don't pass on your details to everyone else - we just use it to send you the next one ....and the next one.
Too good to be true - no, but it probably does confirm that I need to get out more!
Its a funny thing - the shops always are well stocked, and the displays look wonderfully enticing. But when you get down to the nuts and bolts of it...you have to admit that Winter Veg is not all that exciting.
Yes, we could pick enticing vegetables with their air miles of moral baggage.
Yes, we can all make a cauliflower cheese (But have you seen how the price of a cauliflower has rocketed over the past few months!)
Yes, Roast Potatoes are good on a Sunday and in fact any day of the week, but once we are in January and those of us who are less virtuous are all trying to undo the excesses of Christmas, and it doesn't matter how you try to play it down, there are a lot of calories in a roast potato, or three!
Bloomin' Brilliant Baked Beans
Every week I get feed back from 'Big Brother' who tell me a lot about the visitors to the Frugal Foods Website, and it appears that there's a recipe on the website which is, week in week out the most popular recipe on the site. Which one is it? This one http://www.frugalfoods.co.uk/index.php/sausage-abaked-bean-casserole
What is it about Baked beans? They are derided as a staple food of hippy students; easily heated in a microwave and very cheap.
British supermarkets may sell store brand baked beans for less than thirty pence a can premium organic brands can see prices at nearly 80 pence but Baked beans are a classic example of aloss leader, a product sold by supermarkets for an abnormally low price, often less than cost.
Just be educated however, all your life you've been lied to, as they are not baked beans, they're stewed beans.
In praise of the humble Potato
I wonder where on the culinary map good old blightly would be without the return of the Spanish adventurers from the Andes Mountains of South America to the present to the nation the humble Potato? Thats not exactly how it happened and we can gloss over the Hundreds of years it was thought to be unfit for human consumption and was only fed to pigs and cattle, and lets also gloss over the fact that when it did finally make its way on to our plates, hailed as the solution to mass starvation, it then took centre stage for one of the most terrible famines in European History, when over a million people died after the crop failed due to potato blight.
It isn't pretty, brightly coloured like carrot or Pepper, it won't grab your attention like lovely deep green broccali or a huge round pumpkin. New Potatoes are small and round, Old potatoes can be huge and odd looking. the Knobbly varieties are a pain to peel. Some are red skinned rather than white and often when purchased they are just a 'lump' covered in mud.
For a crop which isnt indigenous, it grows surprisingly well and fast in cold welt climates. It's cheap to produce cheap to buy. It's barely seasonal - you can buy potatoes pretty much all year round. A combination of a long season and the fact that they store well, makes the potato a friend for 'all seasons'
Easter is a time for family gatherings - which can get expensive when you are catering for a special meal, however with careful planning and buying seasonal produce you can feed a family of six in a very frugal manner. Of course the meat you choose is dependent on what is available at the store on special offer or what you have managed to get at a reduced price in the previous weeks and squirrel away in the freezer.
Here are some frugal ideas for jazzing up your Roasted meats in order to produce more of a family spread, whilst keeping an eye on squeezing a further family meal out of the leftovers.