Thrifty Cook Soup – Discounted!

Thrifty Cook Soup – Discounted!

  With another cold spell due in the UK and freezing temperatures on the East Coast of the USA, I decided to run a limited time discount on my Soup eBook! Thrifty Cook Soup includes traditional soup recipes plus some new ones, which are all incredibly easy to prepare. The soups use every day ingredients which are easy to source. No specialist equipment is needed – just one large lidded casserole or saucepan and a blender (or even a potato masher!), and all the recipes can be made on the hob – so even a camping stove would suffice! The price of the eBook is just 99p in the UK and $1.43 in the US from 19 – 25 February 2016 and if you don’t have a Kindle Reader, a free application can be downloaded from Amazon which will run on a PC, iPad, iPhone or Android device. Please click here to view on Amazon. I hope you enjoy these tasty recipes!...

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Thrifty Cook Soup – Out Now!

Thrifty Cook Soup – Out Now!

I have spent months making soup and finally my new Kindle book, Thrifty Cook Soup is available on Amazon! Soup is the ultimate comfort food and especially at this time of year. My recipes are quick and easy to make, nutritious, filling and most of all – delicious! Serve up in bowls, pack into a flask or slurp from a mug. I have included traditional recipes, adding my own twist, and have made up a number of more unusual soups which turned out really well and were very popular with family and friends. There is also a section on making homemade stocks, which is so easy and very thrifty. All the recipes can be made in one pot on the hob so there’s no need to turn the oven on at all. The ingredients are all easy to source and many of the recipes use seasonal vegetables and leftovers. As with my other books, measurements are in imperial, metric and US cups. But I can’t sit back and relax yet as I’m working on the colour paperback version which will be published very soon! I enjoy choosing photographs for the paperback and working out how to arrange them on the pages. However, I still have quite a lot to do in the kitchen as I’m going to make some thrifty Christmas recipes to post on this website – so perhaps towards the end of December, I’ll have a few days off before starting my next project in the New Year. I’d love to hear your comments and especially if you enjoyed the recipes!     Please click on the book cover to view the book’s details on...

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Main Meals Colour Paperback – Out Now!

Main Meals Colour Paperback – Out Now!

Thrifty Cook Main Meals is now available in three formats! I published the Kindle version in March 2013 and after receiving requests for a printed version, the black and white paperback became available at the end of 2013. Now, a few months later, the full colour paperback is available! The paperbacks are quite large (8” x 10”/20.32 x 25.4cm) so they will stay open on the kitchen worktop without any problem. Anyone who buys the black and white paperback can view colour photos of the recipes on this website. However, many cooks and especially those who have not cooked much before, prefer to look at a photograph of the finished dish in the book.  The colour paperback has large photos of most of the meals. The cheapest format is the Kindle version which includes colour photos. If you don’t have a Kindle device, that is not a problem as Amazon has a free Kindle Reading application which can be downloaded from Amazon and this will enable Kindle eBooks to be read on a PC, Laptop, Mac, iPhone, iPad or Android device. The black and white paperback is very good value for those who are not bothered about colourful photos (or are happy to look at the pictures on this website). The new colour paperback is packed full of photographs, but due to the cost of colour printing it is £2.49 more expensive than the black and white version.   I am planning to publish colour paperbacks of my other two books, Light Meals & Lunchboxes and Main Meals Two … and I’m also working on a fourth book which should be available in the autumn… I’m keeping busy!   If you have any ideas or comments, please write a few words below as feedback is so useful – thank...

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New Paperback Out Now! Main Meals Two

New Paperback Out Now! Main Meals Two

My third book Thrifty Cook Main Meals Two is now available as a paperback as well as on Kindle. Since publishing my first book Thrifty Cook Main Meals last year, I made dozens of new meals and experimented with different, low cost, ingredients. I was surprised when I worked out that my family’s favourite new recipes equalled over a month’s worth of meals!  So I decided to publish a new book and continue the same theme as Main Meals. Many of the recipes in Main Meals Two make use of leftovers, although fresh ingredients can be used if there aren’t any leftovers in the fridge.  Most of the recipes are meat based but there are fish dishes and several vegetarian recipes too. When pricing up the recipes, I calculated that nearly all the meals worked out at under £1 per head.  I haven’t published the costs because it really depends on where people shop, whether there are any bargains to be had and of course, prices change constantly.  However, all the recipes are certainly cheap to make and most of them are quick and easy too.  Above all, they’re delicious which is so important.  Nobody wants to eat bland, tasteless food, nor eat the same dish day after day. Some people prefer eBooks in the kitchen and others like to have a printed copy.  If you prefer eBooks but don’t have a Kindle, you can download a free Kindle Reader application from Amazon.  The Kindle Reader will work on any tablet, iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac or android. I am currently working on two more books, then maybe I’ll take a break for a couple of months and concentrate on writing blogs.  My family (who are my chief tasters) will be thrilled to be able to come into the kitchen and sit down and eat as soon as their meal is cooked.  These days, the evening meal gets complicated from Monday to Friday … three hungry children have to hang around while I take a dozen photos before serving up their meal!  I suppose there is a bonus – they never get bored with the same dish being served up constantly!  Variety is the spice of life as they say. The new paperback doesn’t have photographs inside which is reflected in the price but I am currently getting all three books ready to print with full colour photos of each recipe. So each book will be available as Kindle, black and white paperback and full colour paperback.  All the photos can be viewed on this website and, of course, the Kindle versions have colour photos! I hope you all enjoy my new book.  If you have any comments or questions...

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Five, Seven or None a Day!

Five, Seven or None a Day!

Over the past couple of weeks the newspapers have been full of articles about how many servings of fruit and vegetables we should eat. This week they reported that quarter of British adults don’t eat any fruit or vegetables and prefer to live off junk food instead. I find this difficult to believe. We are informed regularly that several servings of fresh fruit and veggies should be eaten daily. Some suggest we should eat five a day and others seven and some …10 a day! I know people don’t like to be told what they should be eating and how they should live their lives – I don’t like being nagged either, but when thousands of studies conclude that fresh fruit and vegetables are beneficial to health, it seems common sense to eat them! After all, centuries ago the human diet was mostly made up of plants, fruits, seeds and nuts. These days, one in three young adults aged between 25-34 years old are overweight. This figure rises to 50 per cent of 35-44 year olds then the figure improves for the over 45 age group. A diet of junk food, processed meals, sugary snacks, crisps and fizzy drinks is not going to help anyone lose weight. There’s a lot of sugar added to foods which simply should not contain sugar, for example, breads, cooking sauces, baked beans, tinned foods and savoury ready meals not to mention the “low fat” products where often the fat is replaced by sugar to give it some flavour! Fresh food is the answer. I have read dozens of comments related to newspaper articles where people say they cannot afford fresh food. Fruit and veg are cheap but perhaps not if you enjoy eating strawberries or asparagus in January! Processed food is expensive too and not only that, it’s unhealthy. Perhaps it’s easy to heat through, so very convenient, but the key to heating healthily and being able to afford reasonably priced food is to:-   Cook from scratch  Make sure that there are plenty of nutritious, colourful fruit and vegetables in the meals. Onions, celery, spinach, broccoli, carrots, peppers, cabbage, cauliflower and sweet potatoes are good value all year round. In the summer there are a host of others including tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes, aubergines, peas, runner beans, French beans, sugarsnap peas, sweetcorn and salads. A lot of dishes can be prepared quickly and easily using fresh ingredients, for example, stir-fries are very quick to cook for a midweek meal and can include plenty of fresh vegetables. During the summer months a main course salad is a great way to eat several portions of veggies in one meal. Finish off the meal with a...

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