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onion rings and designer tags

We’ve walked through and against snow and ice and gale force winds this last week. That’s a lot of weather to deal with! So, reaching for some comforting food, we made beer battered onion rings. The recipe is new to the site here, and is very simple and delicious.

Our order of jumpers for Christmas presents came from Everything5pounds today and we’re very impressed. Designer labels on them all, and an expensive price tag left on one!

Featured warming recipe: carrot, coriander and ginger soup

Stay warm!

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Beer Battered Onion Rings

These are gorgeous! They’re light and crispy and fluffy and wonderfully flavourful. And really, really simple to make.

Ingredients (for four side portions or two greedy ones):
oil to fry; we used sunflower
one large onion
about a cup/120g of self raising flour, we used Asda’s gluten free
about 200ml of beer of your choice; you could substitute sparkling water instead
half a teaspoon of salt
a quarter teaspoon of dried turmeric (optional, makes the batter more colourful)

Slice up your onion to make the rings, not too thinly, and discard the skin. Whisk together the flour and beer/water until a nice thick batter forms. You don’t want it watery but neither do you want it too stiff like a cake mix.

Heat your oil. If you have a deep fat fryer: go for it! We used a large pan with the oil at about an inch deep and did the rings in three batches. Test the oil with a small drop of batter: if it starts bubbling and frying, it’s ready.

Dip the onion rings in the batter, coating them well, and then pop them into the oil to fry for a few minutes until the batter goes nice and golden. It’s best to do this, both the putting in and lifting out, with a fork or other implement: don’t burn those fingers!

You can lay them on a kitchen towel to absorb the excess oil if you want.

Pile them up and enjoy!

Great on a day that looks like this:


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In the Bleak Midwinter…

We’ve been discussing Christmas this week and how sad it is that so many people end up feeling overstretched in various ways – financial, physical, emotional – come January. It doesn’t have to be that way! Some years ago one of us wrote an article on having the Christmas you want here.

Enjoy lovely food though. That’s always good. Our festive recipes are:
nut roast
roast potatoes
sage and onion stuffing
oatmeal stuffing
festive sweets
fruit cake

And if you have to buy pressies, don’t bankrupt yourself! Find the best deals. Places that spring to mind are Everything5pounds and Amazon Warehouse for open box and pre-owned goods.

Featured recipe: a healthy 4 ingredient, but rich and delicious, chocolate ginger mousse.

Stay happy and festive!

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Hailstones and Dumplings!

This week has seen a huge variety of winter weather: black ice (and a bruised knee!), driving rain and sleet, gale force winds and now, today, hailstones. We need soup! And casserole! And mince and dumplings! That last recipe has finally had some pictures added too.

Don’t miss our SALES page for all those pre-Christmas bargains.

And of course Frugal Christmas itself!

Featured site: for those who need it, a dairy free bread sauce recipe. Could be gluten free too if you use GF bread.

Stay warm!

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Sales, Surveys and Chocolate!

Firstly we have a delicious and ever so easy chocolate recipe. Pictured above, go see our 3 ingredient raw chocolate bites here!

Inspired by that amazing £2.50 sale mentioned last time (still on, by the way) we have created a page to list all the sales, bargains and discounted shops we come across. Visit it here.

The Make a Few Pounds page has been updated with some new providers of paid surveys and cashback including Respondi Mingle and Swagbucks.

We hope you’re all enjoying the season of swirling leaves and conkers!

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3 ingredient raw chocolate bites

So simple. So delicious. Very like little Nakd bars. Made on a day when there were no treats, no chocolate, and only really boring biscuits left in the house. There was an old, but still in date, bag of currants in the cupboard and some almonds… so here we go!

Ingredients:
100g currants (raisins would be great too)
100g of almonds (substitute any nut you want)
1 teaspoon of cocoa powder (not actually raw, you could use the more expensive cacao if you prefer)

Food process or blend these ingredients up till they make a soft dough. If using a blender you may have to stop the machine to squash down/stir a bit now and again.

Squeeze the dough into little shapes and eat. You could press them into chocolate moulds or form them into bars to give them a more beautiful appearance. We didn’t do that and they did ever so slightly resemble those novelty Christmas chocolates that get marketed as Reindeer Droppings!

Totally scrumptious though. Totally.


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A Brambley Update

Last time we had pies, this time it’s cake! We have two new recipes, both using seasonal ingredients. First there’s the wonderful Apple, Banana and Raisin Cake which contains no gluten and no refined sugar. Then we have Bramble Chocolate Chip Cakes which are every so slightly purple!

New to the Freebies Page are a free audio book from Audible and Free 6 month trial of Amazon Prime for students.

On the Make a Few Pounds section we have added information about Facebook selling groups.

Cheaper ways to shop on Amazon now include their Certified Refurbished section and their Outlet for overstocks and marked down items.

It’s coming: Frugal Christmas

Don’t forget, we’re now on Facebook, if you fancy following us there.

Here’s hoping for some more sunny days!
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