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Frugal Grandma’s Jam Explosion

I’ve just spent a week down in Essex, introducing Thrifty Baby to the massed ranks of his nearest and dearest. We spent a couple of days staying with Frugal Grandma and Grandad. They may be in their eighties, but they … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty12 March 30, 2012

banana bread recipe

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Don’t throw those old bananas away – turn them into Banana Bread!

This banana bread recipe is quick, simple – and delicious. Or, to put it another way… This banana bread recipe is so quick that I can make it in between looking after Thrifty Baby; so simple that I can get … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty8 February 24, 2012

yorkshire pudding recipe

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Yorkshire pudding secrets

Today I made this Yorkshire pudding – recipe below. You’ll have to excuse the rushed picture, but I was serving up a Sunday roast and we were hungry… Unsurprisingly, Yorkshire puddings are taken very seriously up here. Not long after … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty9 December 5, 2011

extreme coupon uk

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Why “extreme couponing” ISN’T taking off in the UK

“Families are reducing their weekly shopping bills by more than a third after the American craze of ‘extreme couponing’ crossed the Atlantic” – The Sunday Times. “American craze for ‘extreme couponing’ hits Britain… and it could slash the cost of … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty43 November 22, 2011

jelly ear fungus

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Foraging for Jelly Ear fungus

So the new guy who sits opposite me at work turns out to be a Wild Man of the Woods. Well, not quite, but close… His name is Rob and with his friend Leo, he has co-authored a book about … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty3 November 11, 2011

lentil and chestnut soup

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Frugal Nigella: lentil and chestnut soup

This lentil and chestnut soup is one of my “frugalised” Nigella recipes – and as well as being tasty, it’s a great recipe for using up some of the leftover odds and sods in your kitchen. Two other reasons why … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty5 November 4, 2011

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Well hello Daily Telegraph readers!

As you are here after reading this feature in today’s newspaper, I am guessing that you don’t care much for keeping on the Chancellor’s sweet side… Mind you, the politicians’ approach to thrift and economy confuses me. I don’t often … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty1 October 29, 2011


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Super-easy plum and marrow jam recipe

I love it when my husband’s customers tip him with fruit and veg from their gardens – not forgetting Farmer Christmas – who still leaves freshly-laid eggs on the doorstep every now and then – but I must admit to … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty0 September 25, 2011


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Fruity garden

Our garden, despite being somewhat neglected by yours truly this year, is doing well. The fruit is beginning to ripen. We have: Damsons! Not a damson to speak of in 2010, but 2011 is going to be a bumper year. … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty8 August 21, 2011

keep runner beans fresh

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How to keep your runner beans fresher for longer

I think it’s fair to say that every year, without fail, Frugal Grandma & Grandad manage to turn a few runner bean seeds into a runner bean explosion. It fills the vegetable patch, the fridge, the freezer and more besides. … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty4 August 14, 2011

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Sharon fruit recipe: Sharon Fruit Cake

Sharon fruit are also known as persimmons. Personally I think that persimmon sounds a lot more exotic than sharon fruit (perhaps because I’m originally from Essex), but for some reason supermarkets always label them up as the latter. Anyway, whenever … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty4 April 20, 2011

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Bouquet garni from my garden

I get my bouquet garni (or bouquets garnis) for free: I make them the traditional way, using herbs from my garden. They may look like faddy, fiddly little bundles to make, but they really aren’t. I like them better than … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty5 April 3, 2011

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Reader tip: free jars for homemade pickles

Thanks to Miss Thrifty reader Sharon, who sent this tip in. It’s short and sweet and I’m reprinting it in full. If you can’t find decent-sized jars for pickled onions or other pickled food items, nip to your local chippy … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty2 November 23, 2010

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Half price champagne at Morrisons

Morrisons is running half price deals on champagne from now until stock runs out. Handy if your tastes run to bubbly (even if your wallet doesn’t), or if you’re stocking up for Christmas. Taittinger Brut. Reduced from £33.82 to £16.91 … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty5 November 10, 2010

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Frugal Grandma tip: devilling your leftovers

Asking Frugal Grandma if she has any good thrifty tips is like asking Diarmuid Gavin if he has any good gardening pointers. When I asked for good ideas for leftovers, this quick and easy recipe for leftover meat was emailed … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty1 October 19, 2010

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Romanesco cauliflower – easy-peasy recipe

This is a Romanesco cauliflower. I came across it in Booths (posh supermarket – northern version of Waitrose) the other day and it was on special. The last one of these I saw, in another supermarket, it was on special. … Get the lowdown >>

Miss Thrifty9 October 14, 2010