Saturday, 9 September 2017


Good morning, everyone.  It's chilly outside this morning with clear skies and the promise of a reasonable drying day which is definitely a Good Thing!

It's a good start to the day - sitting up in bed, laptop on, coffee beside me, kindle loaded and ready and those foodie magazines stacked up and ready.  My excuse is that I am practising for my holiday.  😄

I've been searching for a bbq sauce recipe but I don't want it for a barbie, just to eat with ham.  There's loads of them out there in the Googleverse but I don't want to have to go out and buy anything; that rather defeats the frugality I am trying to encourage.

Thank goodness for a well stocked kitchen.  It look as as if providing I use tomato based stuff with some vinegar, some spices, and various tasty bits and bobs like soy sauce, etc, I can't really go wrong.  Add and taste is the method!

After a bit of indulgent shopping this week, I am now well stocked with the new foodie magazines.  I'm a sucker for them.  Rarely do I actually make anything - the list of ingredients is often too long and too 'exotic' - but it is such fun reading about them and maybe adapting.

I feel they have got a bit 'luvvie' in the foodie sense, using costly and weird and wonderful ingredients, which is a shame.  Good Food Magazine, for example, used to be really down to earth, not too costly and sensible.  For instance, it used to feature the recipes from Ready Steady Cook which were usually pretty achievable, especially if you weren't pushed for time like they were on the programme.  I miss that programme, do you?

If some one were to bring out a Frugal Food monthly, I'd be front of the queue to buy, even though their idea of 'frugal' would undoubtedly be rather more lavish than mine.  Maybe, one day . . . and until then I will have to be satisfied with the pound a meal recipes from Miguel Barclay and the increasingly infrequent but usually super ideas from Jack Monroe.

I've just looked at the time and I guess I ought to get up and do something useful like getting the washing out!  It's been a lovely start to my day though.

What's your favourite way to start the day?


  1. I get fidgety if I sit in bed so I get up. My favourite moment is when I discover that there has not been a terrorist attack in the kitchen overnight so I can sit peacefully and drink my coffee while I plan out what I would like to do. Sadly I usually plan for too many things which is stupid and leads to disappointment so I am trying to cut the list to only a few things that way I feel pleased that I accomplished what I intended.

  2. Jack Monroe has several cookbooks available. I'm waiting for her latest to arrive. Definitely worth looking for.

  3. Me too, I've been waiting for quite a while now. Fingers crossed it gets sorted soon.

    Diane, I usually do too and much prefer to be down and doing (often with a list), but now and again . . .
    A shorter list is a good idea, thanks.
    J x