Thermos brand flasks have been around for years, since 1904 in fact. I remember when I was younger, when the inside was a silvered glass container which broke if you knocked it. Now they are the leaders of the durable stainless steel flask and vacuum insulation technology. […]
Month: October 2014
Falmouth held it’s 5th annual Oyster Festival to mark the start of the oyster dredging season. Because of ancient laws put in place to protect the local ecology the oyster boats (called Falmouth Working Boats) are prohibited from using engines and must use sail power […]
semi-detached Victorian cottages built in the 1660s for the workers of Queen
Elizabeth I Palace in Enfield. The cottages had names like ‘Rose Cottage and
‘Abesynia Cottage but ours was ‘Frugal Cottage’!
married couple we had to learn to make ends meet and make do and mend and the
name of our house was always at the back of my mind!
that we had set for ourselves, the arrival of children and holidays in the USA
taking up most of my brain space.
no choice of whether to be a savvy shopper or not. I did not see eating cheap
quality food from frozen food stores being an alternative, we both love food
and I love cooking.
nutritious and tasty meal each evening and to cook something special on the
freezer, cupboard and would visit my local Tesco late each day to see what was
reduced in price. At the end of the day the price would be 10% of the original,
allowing me to buy food for a few days at a fraction of the cost.
asked if I would like to receive cheese, meat, sauces, pasta and much more to
cook and review on the blog. This helped to supplement our shopping bill.
voucher offering £8.00 off a £40.00
spend would makes me pick offers that I could cook immediately, freeze or store
so that the actual value of my shopping bill would, with planning come to
£45.00-£48.00 but only cost £32.00!
much of our fresh vegetables to supplement our shopping bill. Last year we
cultivated 1/3 of the plot growing most of our vegetables for the summer and
early autumn with preserving and freezing keeping us going for some time. Limnited
variety but fantastic quality. That first year we had over 15 kg of fresh
blackberries which we used in pies, puddings, jams and chutneys. This year we
cultivated another 1/3 of the plot giving a more varied assortment of vegetables and fruit
for our diet that was virtually free.
forage outside for sloes for sloe gin and elderflowers for cordials making fantastic
presents for everyone.
Pressure is somewhat lifted now that I am in a
full time job. I love the ‘hunt for bargains’ and being inventive with recipes and
meals realising that being a savvy shopper has now become a hobby as well as a
way of life.
This post is in response to Savoo and their Savvy Shopper competition. All opinions are my own.
Unilever Kitchen are the guardian of loads of house hold names such as Knorr, Hellmans, Colemans, Flora and so many more. I was invited to take part in a Halloween Challenge to make something using products included in the hamper they sent me. I wanted to […]
My name is Heidi and I love blankets! There I have said it
out loud!! I love soft cuddly blankets and big warm comforting ones. I like
home knitted blankets and hand woven ones.
travel by car and pine for it when we fly away to some far away location.
my eye caught the charity raffle display. It wasn’t the case of Skinners beer
or the meal for two at a local restaurant but the beautiful blanket by Atlantic
Blankets that got my attention.
all made by crafts people along the Atlantic coast of Britain.
and gaze at it and stroke it occasionally!
to try this one out with me!
and sizes they have (they do a nice range in throws, nursery blankets and outdoor blankets too).
I hadn’t been to Cornwall since 1982, a very long time ago! I was invited to review the Falmouth Oyster Festival recently. Although it is quite a long way to go for us, Mr R and I needed a break away and decided to make […]
I have been sent a copy of a cook book called Fantastic Food for Less. This book is from DairyDiary. It is suitable for vegetarians, freezing and loaded with hints and tips for easy recipes that don’t cost the earth (literally with lots of ideas […]
I visited my sister in her new home in North Carolina for the first time this summer and was looking forward to all the treats she had in store for me that she had been telling me about.
“They are the best ribs around” she said and that we would get some one night for dinner.
We stopped at Big Al’s on our way home and ordered three racks of ribs. I was thinking that three racks might not be enough for us so I persuaded her to get a fourth rack. I was thinking along UK racks of ribs. I certainly wasn’t expecting to see such huge racks of meat and wasn’t ready for the flavour. The meat just fell off the bone it was so tender. Oh the flavour!!
You can order BBQ Pork or Brisket that just melts in your mouth, ribs or chicken and a Southern favourite of Fried Catfish fillets! They have side orders of exotics to us Northerners like Fried Okra, Collard Greens and Hush Puppies.
Whilst we were waiting for our order we were looking over the extensive range of sauces to take home (you fill a small container of a couple) a nice gentleman started to talk to us about the sauce range. My sister said that was Big Al himself.
We chatted about his business and he invited me into the kitchen to see the pork that was slowly cooking, ready for the following day.
A huge oven/smoker which opened up to reveal its precious contents which cook for hours till the meat falls off the bones. This was a consignment of pork shoulder.
When I got back to the UK and told Mr R about Big Al’s he said he had just watched the television programme ‘Man-vs-Food’ and it had featured Big Al and his ribs!
Big Al gave me a bottle of one of his sauces to take home promising me it wasn’t “a real hot one”! I think I will open it with my son-in-law just in case it is too hot for me!
I am looking forward to taking Mr R to Big Al’s when we visit my sister again.
I was not paid to write this and as usual all opinions and photos are my own.