If you are like me and you love your food as well getting the most value out of it, finding different ways to rustle up some tasty treats for the whole family whilst watching the pennies is quite a skill.
From eating seasonally and buying local, to serving appropriately sized portions to avoid unnecessary food waste, there are lots of ways in which we can all easily provide nutritious meals which are not only good for our pocket, they are good for our health and our planet too.
There are also leftovers of course, a firm favourite for thrifty cooks who love to enjoy their best dishes a second time round. The good news here is leftovers are coming back in fashion too – hurrah!
With ‘issues’ surrounding supermarket ready-meals and the ever-rising expense of food, many people are beginning to appreciate the real value of a second meal freshly made from the leftovers of a home-cooked dish.
And what is one of our favourite leftover dishes? Curry, of course.
Now, I’m a curry lover myself, but I must admit I do get stuck in a bit of a rut when it comes to making one. But not any more!
The Hairy Bikers’ Great Curries by Si King and Dave Myers
I’ve recently been sent the latest book from the fabulous Hairy Biker’s collection, ‘Great Curries’ and I love it. To create this book, Si King and Dave Myers have travelled around the world collecting along their way some of the all-time best curry recipes.
As well as some fabulous dishes, my favourite so far Japanese Chicken Katsu Curry, this comprehensive curry cook book effortlessly explains the basics of a curry including the essential herbs, spices and other ingredients, as well as a whole chapter on curry and a beer – what more could you need!
The Hairy Bikers’ Great Curries by Si King and Dave Myers, published by Weidenfield & Nicolson £20 (eBook £10.99).
Freeze by Justine Pattison
The next book I want to tell you about is ‘Freeze’ by Justine Pattison, a gorgeous book that aims to encourage us all to revolutionize the way we use our freezer and ‘make life just that bit easier’.
Now as a freezer-fan myself I thought I’d be pretty clued up on all of the things you can do with a freezer, but it’s fair to say Justine’s book has opened my eyes.
Beautifully illustrated, this book has everything from ‘Quick fix’ meals, family meals, entertaining and cakes and cookies and it will certainly inspire you to get freezing.
Some of my favourite recipes include ‘Super-quick and saucy toffee pudding’ – IT’S DELICIOUS and ‘Roasted tomato soup’ – super simple and fantastic for an effortless, but nutritious lunch.
As well as these mouth-watering dishes ‘Freeze’ also has great advice on getting the most out of your freezer. From space-saving ‘flat freezing’, tips on freezer maintenance, tools and of course an ‘at a glance’ guide on how to freeze everything from artichokes to yoghurts. The only admission, Justine’s not mentioned my very handy and freezer-friendly Count On It® labels.
Freeze by Justine Pattison, published by Weidenfield & Nicolson £18.99 (eBook £9.99)