Category Archives: Food and drink

Do Ethics and the Frugal Life Mix?

We’re halfway through Fairtrade fortnight, which has got me thinking about ethical shopping in general. Before the downturn, buying Fairtrade, organic or environmentally friendly produce was all the rage. Green was the new black. But it’s funny how having fewer … Continue reading

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Chickens, Hugh, Tesco and the Credit Crunch Too

Did you see Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Chickens, Hugh and Tesco Too last night? The Channel Four programme documented Hugh’s campaign, which began last year, to improve conditions for supermarket chickens. As we keep our own hens, Lexi and Molly, I was … Continue reading

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Insights from The Frugal Cook

As an antidote to the cheap budget Christmas food I’ve been sampling, I’ve been chatting to food writer and cook Fiona Beckett about how to save money in the kitchen, as well as cutting costs on festive grub. If you’re … Continue reading

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Credit crunch munchies

Am I the only one, or does anybody else out there have a severe case of credit crunch fatigue? At first I was calm when the HBOS furore began this week. Then it dawned on me our mortgage is with … Continue reading

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Food challenge: Looking back

Wow – from a culinary point of view it’s been an interesting month for me! Five weeks ago MSN set me the challenge of attempting to beat rising food prices by trying out different approaches to my weekly food shop. … Continue reading

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Battle of the Supermarkets

On Friday I stumbled across a great feature by Peter Knight in The London Paper. If you work in London and read the freebie papers perhaps you saw it too. In it celebrity chef Aldo Zilli – the cheery chap … Continue reading

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Vegetarian week: The disgruntled veggie

I got an interesting email this morning from a reader unhappy that I am going veggie for just a week. I don’t know for certain as he didn’t divulge his eating habits, but I’m assuming he’s an angry vegetarian. He … Continue reading

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Vegetarian week: Help from the Vegetarian Society!

 It’s not easy turning veggie, as I’m attempting to this week. Many temptations exist, such as bacon sarnies and leftover cold sausages in the fridge. Oh dear…a frugal dilemma…! So far your blogger has remained faithful to the cause. But … Continue reading

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Vegetarian week: Gordon goes frugal!

Who’d have thought it! Gordon Brown has come out urging us to eat leftovers to combat rising food prices! Mr Brown is busy at the G8 summit in Japan trying to tackle food price hikes and has called on the … Continue reading

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Aldi week – the taste test

Well, overall, my Aldi shopping experience this week was definitely a positive one, I think, even if the food displays weren’t quite as attractive as those in Sainsbury’s and the staff not quite as charming as those employed in Waitrose. … Continue reading

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