Plum glut

My neighbour didn’t know they had a plum tree in their garden and being busy full-time workers, they offered me a chance to pick what I wanted. Plum jam I made a small batch of plum jam. Equal weight of white sugar and stoned fruit soaked in the sugar overnight and boiled for an hour […]

Don’t be afraid . . .

Don’t be afraid of just throwing it all in one pan. One pan cooking is not complicated, it means you use less heat and energy and only have one pan to wash. Following on from my chicken for the freezer, I thought I’d prove that one portion of chicken can and does make four adult […]

Saving money through your freezer

Having a well stocked freezer is one way of saving money. Buying in bulk has always been cheaper than buying small amounts of food stuff. I bought a large family pack of chicken breasts that were on offer. Cut into equal portions that would easily serve two or more people. Remember we all need to […]

Simple supper

After a long and hard day in the garden I needed a simple supper I cooked in two pans to save washing up and fuel. I used a little oil in both pans. This meal was for two people.

Plum and onion chutney

Making chutney is simple and not expensive. The plums were from foraging yesterday I added them to a little water and boiled until tender. Then I asked hubby to find the stones ( well he is the one that will eat it over the months so if he didn’t want the stones in his lunch […]

Plums for free

For some reason, here in the northeast of England, the wild plums, or cherry plums as many might call them, have been amazing. Their crop has been overwhelming with plenty for humans as well as the wildlife that relies on these for their late summer food. Aware of the need to share with the animals […]

Food for free

Times are hard and the winter months will be harder as winter fuel bills rise and the cost of essentials like food rise in price too. There is free food to be found out in the countywide, which can be harvested and stored. It’s the countryside that our ancestors turned when times were difficult before. […]

It’s been a long time

It’s been months since I wrote anything on here. Months that my head wrote stuff but when I set about putting my thoughts into written words the energy behind them expired. Cooking and eating have taken place, new ideas of creative food on a budget have bubbled forth on an almost daily basis. However , […]

No meat balls

I’m not a vegetarian or vegan though I do enjoy meat free foods. One that i really enjoy is Birdseye Green Cuisine meat free meat balls. I cook mine either on their own or as I did tonight with chopped onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, tomato purée and seasoning. Simmer for 35 minutes. I served with green […]