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Frugal Autumn Recipes: Soup and Pumpkins

Roast Pumpkin and Garlic Soup: frugal autumn recipes

Well, lots has happened here in Frugal Towers since we last wrote. There’s been hospitalisations, there’s been strange symptoms… now there’s bandages and medicine. But the frugal life goes on, as does this peculiar year!

Frugal autumn recipes are on the table:
Roast Pumpkin and Garlic Pasta is seasonal and delicious.
Yellow Split Pea Soup, a great favourite here.
Tomato and Rice Soup is one of our most frugal recipes.
Lentil, yes bring on the soups!
Beer Battered Onion Rings – always good…
Gluten-free Veggie Lasagne – filling for these cold dark evenings.
Baked Tatties, sometimes the simplest things are the best.
Chocolate Cake. No words needed.

See our Frugal Christmas section on how to minimise the cost and stress that can occur at this time. Some festive recipes too.

If you want to stock those cupboards up, Approved Food is the place to do it, selling soap and cleaning products too. Their stock changes daily.

Everything5pounds is the place to get cheap winter woolies for the approaching season. Also good for festive gifts.

The Mermaid and the Bear Cover

Our founder’s debut novel is still available to read for free on Kindle Unlimited (they do a free trial which is a good way to stock up on some autumn reading). THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR, blends an often overlooked period of history, the Scottish witchcraft accusations, in particular the 1597 Aberdeen witchcraft panic, with a love story. Libraries can get it too.

Amazon UK

Amazon Worldwide

Author website

Stay cosy and well fed. Look after yourselves lovelies.

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http://www.frugal.org.uk

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Frugal Summertime and a £1.99 SALE!

tent in the garden
We have reached the summer of this strange year, and very lovely it is outside in the garden. We hope you are all finding some beauty and relaxation too. See our ‘free food’ page for foraging and gardening advice.

Everything5pounds have a £1.99 sale on just now which is well worth checking out for clothing, shoes and accessories. 

Summery recipes:
Minted Noodle Soup is a really refreshing meal.
Chunky Purple Pasta – full of seasonal goodness.
Radish top soup – a good way to use up an oft wasted part of the plant.
Redcurrant and Rosemary Jelly – if you have redcurrants growing this is the time of year to make this, great with roast dinners.
Beer Battered Onion Rings – good anytime of year really!
Banana Ice Lollies

If you want to stock those cupboards up, Approved Food is the place to do it, selling soap and cleaning products too. Their stock changes daily.

Our founder’s debut novel is now available to read for free on Kindle Unlimited (they do a free trial which is a good way to stock up on some summer reading). THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR, blends an often overlooked period of history, the Scottish witchcraft accusations, in particular the 1597 Aberdeen witchcraft panic, with a love story.

Amazon UK
Amazon Worldwide
Author website

Wishing you all a happy healthy summery time.

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http://www.frugal.org.uk

and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/frugaluk
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Immune Boosting and Store Cupboard Recipes

What strange times we are living through. We very much hope that you are all well and safe and have plenty to eat and plenty of, the now most popular item in Britain, toilet roll!

Our recipe selection this time focuses on two things: immune support and meals from store cupboard ingredients.

First the immune system:
Wild Garlic Pesto – can be made with standard garlic too, both being anti-infective and immune boosting.
Nettle Soup – eat up those nutrients! And enjoy the anti-inflammatory properties of nettle (just poking through the ground now).
Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage – a brand new recipe on the site, this one, super cheap and also rich in nutrients.

Store Cupboard:
Yellow Split Pea Soup – delicious and nutrious.
Chick Pea Curry – super cheap and easy, can be made with dried or tinned chick peas.
Mixed Bean Casserole
and one that fits both categories: Chunky Purple Pasta

If you are experiencing anxiety over the current crisis, you could try a tapping meditation. There’s a free specific one here and basic information on the tapping points here

And if you want to stock those cupboards up, it’s better to do it somewhere that is set up for the purpose, rather than depleting the stocks that everyone needs. Approved Food is one such bargain place, selling soap and cleaning products too. And sometimes even toilet roll! Their stock changes daily.


Still a bargain for a traditionally published book at £2.99 for the ebook, our founder’s debut novel, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR, blends an often overlooked period of history, the Scottish witchcraft accusations, in particular the 1597 Aberdeen witchcraft panic, with a love story.

Amazon

Author website

Wishing you all very well, in all meanings of the word!

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http://www.frugal.org.uk

and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/frugaluk
and now, Facebook!

Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage

Recipe submitted by Colleen.

red cabbage

We were really pleased to receive this recipe just now (during the Corona Virus crisis) as red cabbage is a really cheap vegetable that is rich in nutrients and good for the immune system. It’s also unlikely to be sold out due to bulk buying!

Goes with most things and ingredients can be altered to suit e.g. use any cabbage, vinegar, sugar, (what you’ve got).  

This recipe also freezes well.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons marg or veg oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 red cabbage, shredded
  • 2 apples peeled & grated
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • salt & black pepper

Method:

Heat marg/oil in saucepan. Add cabbage & apple. Cook for 5 mins. Stir occasionally. Add vinegar & brown sugar. Season to taste. Cover and cook gently for 20 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Serves 4-6.

Optional: add 1/2 sliced onion with cabbage & apple + pinch fennel or caraway seeds when salting (or whenever).

If you do want to stock up your cupboards, the place to do it is Approved Food. They sell clearance food, drink and household items online. They’re a fantastic source of bargains and are set up to cope with bulk buying, so you’re not depleting resources.

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The Mermaid and the Bear Cover

Ailish Sinclair‘s debut novel, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR, set in a fictional castle in Aberdeenshire, and featuring the 1597 Aberdeen witchcraft panic, is out now.

On Amazon and Waterstones or see Author website for more details.

Autumn Recipes and Clothes and a New Book

the mermaid and the bear
Well, Autumn is upon us. We’ve had our first sparkly frost of the season, all lit up by the full moon. And we’re eating soup. Lots of soup.

Other recipes that are good for Autumn: Root SoupRoast Pumpkin and Garlic PastaBeer Battered Onion Rings and Porridge with a chocolate swirl!

We’ve been doing some jumper and jacket updates of our wardrobes over at Everything5Pounds.

And should you be ready to look ahead to the next season: Frugal Christmas!

Our founder’s debut novel is out today. Traditionally published, and obsessively researched, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR blends an often overlooked period of history, the Scottish witchcraft accusations, in particular the 1597 Aberdeen witchcraft panic, with a love story. And the kindle version is a real bargain… Of course, the book can be ordered from independent book shops and libraries too.

Universal Amazon links:
Kindle
Paperback

Read an article on the extensive research here
Author website

Enjoy the rest of Autumn! All at Frugal Living in the UK
http://www.frugal.org.uk

and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/frugaluk
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Summertime… and the living is easy, or Frugal!

tent in the garden

Summer is well underway here in Scotland. The heatwave actually reached this far North this time. We’ve been cooling off in the tent, and eating ice lollies in the garden: cheapest holiday ever!

Don’t miss our frugal days out and holiday page here.

Everything5Pounds have lots of great £5 summer deals on clothes and accessories for the heat, such as dresses and sandals and swimsuits. See them here.

Cooling, summer day foods:
Minted Noodle Soup
Basic Pasties (great cold)!
Rice Salad
Hummus
Ice Lollies

Favourites:
Make a Few Pounds
Food Shopping Tips

Stay Cool!

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http://www.frugal.org.uk

and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/frugaluk
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£2.50 SALE and onion rings…

frost and trees

A frosty vista lies all around us up here in Scotland. Time for soup and log fires and legwarmers!

Everything5Pounds have their half price sale on. See it here. We were particularly impressed, and warmed, to see a set of four knitted hats in there!

Cosy, warming, filling:
Beer Battered Onion Rings
Porridge
Leek and Potato Soup
Spicy Sweet Potato Fajitas
Crumble

Favourites:
Make a Few Pounds
Food Shopping Tips

Stay Toasty!

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http://www.frugal.org.uk

and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/frugaluk
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Happy New Year!

Happy 2019 to you! Pictured above is the ancient fire festival of The Burning of the Clavie that takes place on the old new year, 11th January, at Burghead in Scotland. May this year bring all that you want it to bring.

And if that’s saving a bit of money? One of the fastest ways to cut back on spending is taking control of your food budget.

Pages to help:
food shopping tips
the 25p meal
all our recipes
Frugal Weightloss

Short and sweet this time but we’ll see you soon!

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http://www.frugal.org.uk

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Christmas Food Bargains

It’s a bright and frosty morning today and we’ve been out and about getting some bargains. Tesco, as seen above, have reduced their basic festive veg (full size bags including potatoes) to 29p. That’s cauliflower, sprouts, parsnips, carrots and tatties. We now have to see if we can fit them all in the fridge!

A staff member at Aldi confirmed that, unusually for a supermarket, the best time to get their marked down veg is first thing in the morning as it’s done the night before. Some Christmas tree shaped pretzels from Aldi:

Christmas Eve is a good time to catch the biggest food mark downs from other supermarkets especially early evening. Roll on the 10p bread and more 25p meal ideas!

It’s not too late to buy some pressies at Everything5Pounds or check those daily deals from clearance food specialists Approved Food.

See our festive recipes on the Christmas page.

Stay cosy, remember to get some rest amidst the rush, and enjoy your Christmases!

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Oh, Christmas Tree!

Six foot of real Crimbo goodness: £9.99 from Home Bargains, cheapest we’ve seen, same price all sizes.

More festive advice and tips on the Frugal Christmas page!


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