I recently found a good way to use all my odd socks (although I had to reach for the sock drawers to get more!). Put your glasses or other fragile items inside socks to prevent them from knocking each other. You could also use pants, t-shirts, tea towels, etc. Basically, you don’t need to buy bubble wrap!
This is a great, cheap and easy-and-quick-to-make addition to your packed lunch.
One handful of almonds + one handful of raisins. Place in a small plastic container.
Tip: buy a large bag as it works out cheaper than smaller packets and store in an air tight container to keep the almonds fresh as long as possible.
I found another way to re-use sliced bread plastic bags to add to my previous post.
Use a plastic bag instead of cling film to store food in the fridge. In the picture below, a sandwich I had made one morning for lunch.
Cling film alternative
A great way to make small leftover meat go a long way! A 23 cm dish will provide two meals for 2: eat half of the pie hot at night and the other half cold for next day packed lunch.
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This is an improved version of Mary Berry’s tip on butter. She suggests using a grater to cut butter before using it in a dough recipe. My tip goes a bit further, making it just perfect! All you need to do is Continue reading
Now that you know how to make pastry dough, you will find below an easy-to-follow picture guide of how to make a delicious and moist French apple pie. Continue reading
The short video clip below is to complement my dough making post to illustrate how easy it is to mix dough with just one finger. Continue reading
Don’t buy ready-made pastry dough! Unless you want puff pastry, which is rather labour intensive, you can make pastry dough easily and quickly using one finger (literally!). This picture guide will show you how Continue reading
First, you need one tomato. Although, you might have to buy a small packet from your local food retailer first. If you are unsure about which type to get, go for Continue reading
Pies are inexpensive and easy to make. It is a great way to use up leftover meat. Make one pie to feed 4 people or use half the pie to feed 2 and keep the other half for a cold packed lunch for 2 the following day. Below is a step-by-step picture guide on how to make the dough. Continue reading
Suggested ingredients: carrots, sweet potatoes, chestnuts, red lentils, onions, stock, honey, salt and pepper + 1tb olive oil
Don’t waste time frying onions, simply cut up and place all ingredients/vegetables together in a large saucepan with one tablespoon of olive oil then add 500 ml boiled water and simmer until all vegetables are soft. Then, roughly squash the cooked vegetable using a potato masher and your soup is ready to eat.
Tip: Use red lentils as a thickener or chestnuts (or both!). You could also use potatoes but I can’t because Hubby has a potato allergy!
Tip: scatter some cubed cheddar over the soup when serving.
Below is what I used for my dips. This is particularly handy if your packet of tortilla wraps has recently passed its use by date as the tortillas will still be edible but cannot really be used to wrap food any more because they tend to tear easily.
Simply place the tortillas under the grill for a couple of minutes on both sides and cut with a chef knife to the required shape.
This picture-guide recipe is the only soft cookie recipe you will ever need. Trialled and tested by kids and grown-ups. You will need strong will power not to make this cookie recipe too often. Continue reading
Here is how I store my Bramley apples: Continue reading
Stock, whether made from lamb, beef or chicken bones, will give a lovely “meaty” and rich flavour to any dish. and is soooooooo easy to make! Below is a quick picture guide to give you that confidence to try yourself. Continue reading
Simple, re-use a Continue reading
How to make home-made yogurt? It is easy and a whole batch will cost you little more than one small single shop-bought yogurt.
Don’t throw out your leftover pasta//tagliatelle as they will make a lovely diner the next day.
Spread your leftover pasta (stored overnight in the fridge) over the bottom of an oven-proof dish. Here, I also used leftover fish (trout). Break a couple of eggs into a bowl, add milk (about 100-150ml), enough to cover about 3/4 of the pasta), an optional dollop of double/single cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour over the pasta and sprinkle grated cheese (about 50g). Cook in a preheated oven (180 degrees Celsius) until golden brown (about 25 min).
Tip: add frozen peas for added colours.
If you don’t have a salad spinner, here is how to dry your salad leaves. Take a clean kitchen towel and place your salad leaves in the middle. Take all four corners and hold them in your hand, making a tight fist. Lift your hand to the side of your body, ear height, and bring it down fast like you were trying to slap the air. Give two or three vigorous whips like this until no more water falls on the floor.
Did you know that it is actually cheaper to buy chewing gum packaged in small packets rather than in one large pot? So, buy a pack of small chewing gum packets, pour the content into your (empty) plastic pot and you now have a convenient supply of chewing gum.
If you buy jars of vegetable in oil such as sun dried tomatoes or roasted peppers, make sure not to throw out the oil when your jar is empty. This oil, usually vegetable oil, can be used in your cooking. Handy for example when frying onions or in any recipe requiring vegetable oil. The advantage is that it already contains some flavour!
Only using egg yolks in some recipes will let you wonder what exactly you could do with the unused egg whites. Well, do not throw away because Continue reading
I have found a great use for these small net washing tablet bags found in some washing machine packs. Continue reading
When you taste this easy and quick recipe, you will think twice about buying ice cream again! Max cost £1.30 for around 900g of ice cream (using free-range eggs) and there are no additives or other nasty chemicals, just what you put in it! Continue reading
When making lemon or lime zest, most of the zest gets stuck on the grater. I used to run a pointy knife along the little blades to try and scrape off the zest but I have now found an easier way: Continue reading
Don’t worry if things go wrong in your kitchen. It still happens to me even though I have been cooking for nearly thirty years.
I had a couple of egg whites left over from my delicious lime cheesecake. So, I decided to make meringues.
They looked lovely and delicious. But, believe me, they tasted horrible. I had a couple of mouthfulls just to make sure. They had definitely gone past the point of no return! Meringues are meant to look white. The temperature in the oven was just too high. Lesson learnt.
This recipe was easy and simple to make and so yummy that I want to share it with you. Continue reading
Once you have finished your shop-bought sliced bread, don’t throw out the plastic bag because you could reuse it in many ways. Continue reading
Do you burn your fingers when cracking eggs above a saucepan full of boiling water to make poached eggs? To prevent this, here is my tip.
Crack the egg inside a ramekin then empty it gently into your simmering water, pinching the side of the ramekin with your thumb and index finger.
Have you ever wanted to eat crumble for dessert without having to wait 30 minutes for it to cook in the oven? Well, this post of for you then! Continue reading
If your ice cream is too hard to scoop, I found that the following tip works better than dipping the ice cream scoop in a mug of hot water. Continue reading
Chestnuts are expensive but if you prepare them yourself, you can save a lot of money. They will then be readily available, as and when you need them. It took me a few years to perfect my technique and I am happy to share it with you below. Continue reading
Although I use plastic containers for sandwiches and salads, I use aluminium foil for tortilla wraps because it is the only material (I have found so far) that helps them keep their shape. My tip for you today is simply to Continue reading
In this post, I will show you how to make your own sausage rolls. It is easy and quick and you will impress your friends and family. Continue reading
Add home-cooked frozen beans to your savoury salads. Once I have Continue reading