Category Archives: Budget recipes

Crazy Cake

Crazy Cake

I’m not joking – you can prep this amazingly moist chocolate cake in less than five minutes. You don’t even use a bowl.

We all want to be healthier, eat well and for less. Let us help you get started….

Posted by Plant Based on a Budget on 2012-06-03 06:53:12

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Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie

As always, if you’re interested the recipe is here.

Posted by .mariannika. on 2009-05-08 12:39:44

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The Awfully Bad Guide to Monster Housekeeping: Food & Recipes

The Awfully Bad Guide to Monster Housekeeping: Food & Recipes

This volume of the Awfully Bad Guide to Monster Housekeeping feature failsafe recipes for keeping a hungry monster happy, but more importantly, full. Delicious menus, disgusting dishes – this book has them all.

Written by children from Burbage and St Monica’s Primary Schools, with help from poets Naomi Woddis and Polarbear, and illustrations by Hannah Shaw and Katie Cleminson. Chapters include: Shopping on a Monster Budget, Real Life Monster Munching, Most Disgusting Recipes for Special Occasions and Etiquette Guidance as well as activities for the brave reader to try.

Suitable for readers age 9+

Available priced £3 from

Posted by ministryofstories on 2011-10-27 09:54:10




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Posted by The World at Table on 2012-06-28 14:42:15

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Apricot Jam Captures a Fleeting Taste of Summer

Apricot Jam Captures a Fleeting Taste of Summer

By Sandy Hu
When our boys were young, Steve and I used to do some home canning in the kitchen of our two-bedroom condominium in San Francisco. We did it for the cost savings.

Paying tuition at the French-American International School for our two boys and funding their extra-curricular activities meant that going home to Hawaii was a stretch for us. And, a trip home always involved taking food gifts to family and friends, following the Japanese custom of gifting, omiyage. One way we could ease the budget was to make some of the omiyage ourselves.

So in the summer, we canned. The canning pot and racks, and the canning jars and lids were fairly inexpensive and we could make gifts in quantity. From Bay Area farmers we bought a bounty of peaches for jam and apples for chutney. We cooked the batches, sterilized the jars and as one of us filled the jars, the other cleaned the tops, screwed the lids and settled the jars in the hot water bath. Once you get into the hang of it, it’s really not hard, nor especially time-consuming.

It’s been a long time since we did any canning. I’m sure the equipment is in the garage somewhere. And maybe one day we’ll return to it – this time, for fun. Homemade jams are especially nice as a hostess gift around Christmastime, capturing the fresh taste of summer.

We continue to make jams to celebrate the wonderful summer fruit we are blessed with in the Bay Area. Steve makes apricot jam and I make strawberry. But instead of canning, we just keep our jams refrigerated, where they have a short life of a few weeks; we freeze what we won’t be able to consume to defrost and enjoy through the winter.

If you want to learn to can, there are many how-to-can websites, including the Ball website, providing comprehensive instructions.

Here’s Steve’s favorite jam recipe. Steve is an ardent fan of Susan Loomis and loves her book, On Rue Tatin.

Miche’s Apricot Jam – La Confiture d’Abricot de Miche

3 pounds (1-1/2 kg) apricots, pitted and quartered
3 cups (600g) granulated sugar

Place the apricots and the sugar in a non-reactive pan or bowl, stir, cover and let macerate for at least 12 hours.
Transfer the fruit and sugar to a large, heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat so the mixture is boiling merrily and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and ladle the jam into sterilized canning jars, leaving 1/4-inch headroom. Seal according to the jar manufacturer’s instructions.

Yields about 10 cups (2-½ liters)

From the book, On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town, by Susan Hermann Loomis, published by Broadway (April 30, 2002)

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Posted by Special Fork on 2011-09-12 20:42:50

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