Hello Dear Reader,
I've been wanting to take my money saving cooking and budgeting out on the road for years! It isn't something that is widely taught or publicised. TV cooking programmes usually focus on more expensive recipes and show us how to cook like a chef in our own homes. I wanted people to know that you can eat variety, with taste and healthily on the tightest of budgets. I set out and will continue to do so once a week to produce menus and recipes plans for a family of four to eat four meals a day for £40. I also wanted to include ingredients found in Foodbank parcels.
Above and below is the food I included although the frozen veggies remained in the freezer. It was a revelation to some that tinned potatoes were delicious when roasted and that a few ingredients could be used in a variety of ways to make something different and substantial for supper every night.
The oooohs and aaaaahs came when participants tasted the food. They were pleasantly surprised how tasty a veggie stew could be, how fragrant and flavoursome a lentil chilli could be and how utterly delicious eggy bread was. We broached the subjects of budgets and we'll move on to menu planning in the next session. Today was all about the 'value' ranges that can be found in any supermarket. They are surprisingly good.
It was agreed that UHT milk is fine, it's much cheaper and can be stock piled when anyone has a couple of quid spare.
People were surprised to find out that meals can be cooked in minutes and that one meal can be prepared whilst the previous is cooking. The big hits of the day were cheese and broccoli quiche, fritatta and cowboy potatoes.
I thought that I would be really nervous but I was made welcome and I'm really looking forward to the next nine sessions. I felt I made friends today and it was great to feed so many people and their lovely children.
Anything that wasn't eaten went home in tupperware for supper and anything that wasn't cooked went home in shopping bags.Hopefully, the best things that went home were new ideas and that preconceptions of 'frugal food' were left behind.
The next session is all about puds and cakes. Those cheap, filling but lovely desserts that fill little tummies and make meal times just delicious. Cakes? They will all be about 'Mum, I'm hungry!' the stop gap between getting through the door famished and supper time. There will be no need to waste money at the corner shop as there will be a treat waiting at home.
Everything was eaten. I would like to give a massive thanks to Dearly Beloved who was a wonderful children's entertainer and a 'quick draw' with fish and tractors and then ably assisted with the clean up afterwards. A huge thanks to the local church who lent us the facilities and most of all a huge well done to the participants who brought open minds and hearts and made me feel so welcome xxxx
I would like to thank you Dear Reader, it's you that keeps Frugal Queen in the public eye as thousands of you visit each day. It's your interest that allows me to take tips and hints on how to live within your means out on the road. Your support is incredibly valued. I hope everyone is enjoying the shopping list, menu plan and recipes that I emailed today. If anyone else would like the recipes, shopping list and menu plan from today then email me - contact me - see above.
I'll be back tomorrow and I look forward to chatting with you again,
Bye for now,
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