Pasteis de Nata – Portuguese Custard Tarts

Did you watch the Bake Off this week? If you did, you'll have seen the technical challenge this week was Pasteis de Nata, a Portuguese variety of custard tarts. This was a welcome jog to the memory for me and Mr. Saver - when our washing machine was out of action for weeks, the launderette …

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Frugal and Green Cleaning

Ah, the cleaning aisle in the supermarket - identifiable from it's dreadful smell as I dash through the clouds of chemical soup* in the air to grap a new pair of Marigolds (Basics Rubber Gloves actually - you didn't really think I'd buy a brand name product!). The stinky cloud in the cleaning aisle is …

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Fridge Bread

I've had a go at making fridge bread this weekend. I weighed out: 500g strong white bread flour 7g yeast (you need a really sensitive scale to weigh this one out!) 10g salt 1tbsp honey Mix these ingredients together and make a well in the middle - begin to add lukewarm water until it looks …

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Raisin Bread

We made raisin bread! OK, sultana bread, but I have no idea what the difference is and googling is just making things more confusing as everyone thinks differently. I used this Mortgage Free in Three recipe but with some tweaks: 500g plain flour 220ml water 30ml milk 1 1/2tsp dried yeast 1tbsp sunflower oil 1tsp …

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Shoes worth wearing are worth repairing!

As my cobbler says, and it’s true. I took in my brown boots to be re-heeled and for £10, my boots look good as new! Much better than buying a new pair, and the cobbler even cleaned and polished them for me. That way I can go on wearing these boots for the rest of …

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Rubber Chicken

This post is part of the Frugality 101 series, getting back to frugal basics. Not a joke shop chicken, but one of these: S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D for lots of meals, lots of flavour and lots of frugal food fun! And yes, it is possible to get lots of delicious meals out of one chicken - not just …

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Pizza for 2 for £2!

Mmmm, pizza - the perfect treat! I've never been a fan of the delivered kind, as I hate hate hate deep pan. I'm more of a lover of Franco Manco-style thin and crispy. But I can't afford Franco Manco, so Mr. Saver and I set up the Penny Pincher Pizzeria in our kitchen last night! …

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Homemade Flour Tortillas

For such an easy recipe, you get such a great result! It’s a really impressive thing to make for friends. I have seen lots of recipes featuring lard, and I figured that it must be easy to replace that with oil, making these tortillas vegan. Ingredients 200g flour 2tbsp oil – I used olive because …

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Vegetarian Chilli

I have to admit, I'm very pleased with this one! Makes two servings Ingredients 80g black turtle beans (dry weight), soaked, cooked and drained 1 onion 2 cloves of garlic 1 tin tomatoes 2 carrots 1 vegetable stock cube 1tsp cocoa powder 1tsp chilli powder 1tsp cayenne pepper ½ tsp ground cumin Method Add the …

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Butternut squash pasta bake

For my batch cooking this week, I attempted to make my own version of a Pret recipe for butternut squash and ricotta pasta, but with the ricotta replaced by a cheese sauce. However, there was a slight bump in the road with the cheese sauce... Makes six portions Ingredients 500g pasta – Basics penne, 35p …

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