Why being a foodie ‘up north’ isn’t all that grim

Eight years ago, my hubby and I moved from the heart of middle England, the rolling green hills and idyllically charming villages of The Cotswolds. We left behind the beech woodlands and yellow-stone hamlets, said farewell to gastro pubs and farm shops and set off up the M1 to the industrial heartland of the north,… Continue reading Why being a foodie ‘up north’ isn’t all that grim

Five ways to boss your supermarket shop, pennywise style.

As much as I’d love to have the time to shop exclusively at my local market, I’m a mere mortal with two kids, and the idea of making numerous trips every week to my local town centre with screaming munchkins in tow is enough to make the coolest of cucumbers rather stressed. So, I join… Continue reading Five ways to boss your supermarket shop, pennywise style.

Five thrifty ingredients I can’t live without

Everyone has favourite things. Favourite film, favourite holiday destination, favourite Beatles’ record, favourite child. Actually, scrap that last one. Well I’m going to go as far as say the list you’re about to read doesn’t just contain my favourite thrifty ingredients, it includes the five thrifty ingredients I couldn’t live without. Ok, so perhaps I’m being… Continue reading Five thrifty ingredients I can’t live without

Three easy peasy ways to save money on (good) food

I hate the word frugal. It screams of penny-pinching, meanness, and settling for second (or third) best. It goes against my nature, especially when it comes  to food.  The crux of the matter is this. I like to eat nice things. My husband  is the KING of frugality, and we spent the first few years of… Continue reading Three easy peasy ways to save money on (good) food