Thrifty Cook Main Meals On Offer!

Thrifty Cook Main Meals On Offer!

The Kindle version of Thrifty Cook Main Meals is in on offer this week! The start of the school holidays means more cooking, especially if your children have a cooked meal in school during term time!  My two Main Meals books are packed full of mouth-watering recipes which are perfect for families or in fact anyone who needs to make tasty low cost meals. Thrifty Cook Main Meals includes both meat and vegetarian recipes and many of them make use of leftover food.  All the ingredients are easy to source and, of course, they are all cheap to make. My eBooks are usually £1.99/$3.31 each but this week Thrifty Cook Main Meals is reduced to just £1.53/$2.55 and is discounted worldwide! The third book in the series, Thrifty Cook Main Meals Two, was published at the end of last month.  This book continues the theme of Main Meals and includes another month’s worth of very tasty, thrifty recipes. My first two books are available as paperbacks and shortly, my third book will be published as a paperback. I have decided, due to popular demand, to publish all three books as full colour paperbacks too which will mean that all three books will be available as Kindles, black and white paperbacks, and full colour paperbacks! A description of all three books can be seen on the “Recipe Books” tab on this website. I hope you enjoy making the recipes, and as always, please leave a...

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Out Now!!! Thrifty Cook Main Meals Two!

Out Now!!! Thrifty Cook Main Meals Two!

My third eBook in the Thrifty Cook series is now available! Thrifty Cook Main Meals Two contains another month’s worth of delicious low cost recipes and was published on 21st March 2014. I have made numerous budget meals since publishing my first book Thrifty Cook Main Meals a year ago and the new book only contains the very best recipes!  They have all been tried and tested thoroughly and the new Kindle version has a photograph for each recipe. The recipes include meat and vegetarian dishes and many of them use up leftovers which is so important these days.  If the recipes aren’t based on leftover food, they use cheap, good quality ingredients to produce mouth-watering meals. The whole Thrifty Cook series focuses on low cost, budget cooking and the dishes are really delicious whether you are cooking on a budget or not! The price is £1.99 in the UK and $3.31 in the USA and the book is available worldwide! To have a quick look “inside” the book, click on the book cover image on the right. Thrifty Cook Main Meals Two includes some very quick and easy recipes as well as a few which need longer cooking. For example, cheaper cuts of meat benefit from low temperature cooking which ensures that the finished dish is succulent and full of flavour.   Some of the recipes are very speedy to make which is especially useful for midweek meals. Most of the recipes can be frozen too which, again, is useful for quick weekday suppers. I hope you enjoy making the recipes and would like to ask a little favour?  If you enjoy the book, please leave a short review on Amazon (about 20 words is all that’s needed) as reviews are important and will help me to plan the next book … which will, no doubt, be out soon!  In the meantime, I’d like to thank all of you for buying my books – I hope you have found them useful!  ...

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Discounted Cookbooks in the UK and USA!

For the next four days, Thrifty Cook Main Meals will be discounted to 99p in the UK and Thrifty Cook Light Meals & Lunchboxes will be discounted to 99 cents in the USA! Both books are listed on Amazon’s new Countdown Deals where e-books can be discounted for several days, and a clock displays how many days and hours the books are discounted for. Both books give recipes for a month’s worth of healthy, budget meals and many of the recipes use up leftover food including the two mushrooms sitting in your fridge, last weekend’s roast chicken leftovers and that bowl of cooked potatoes … The list of ingredients is kept as short as possible and the cooking instructions are clear enough for first time cooks! The ingredients for both books are easily sourced so no trips to specialist food markets to find the ingredients! Both books contain meat and vegetarian recipes.   Light Meals & Lunchboxes are nearly all quick and easy to make (some can be prepared in as little as five minutes) and while some of the recipes can be served hot, they can all be eaten cold for taking to school or work the next day. Although this book is for lunch recipes, there are a number which would make a perfect main meal and then served cold for lunch the next day. I hope you enjoy making my recipes and if you have any comments, then please leave one here or send me an...

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What Are We Eating Now?

What Are We Eating Now?

I have read several articles recently about our eating habits over the last few months, and in particular, how we are buying fewer ready meals.  People are increasingly cooking their own food from scratch, which is good news! Burger sales are only a little down on last year, which must mean that consumer confidence in supermarket burgers has improved since the horsemeat scandal. Ready meals are a different story and sales of these are down. “The most recent figures show sales still down 6% compared with a year ago” says the BBC. Just after the horsemeat crisis a year ago, supermarkets heavily discounted burgers making them irresistible to people looking for a bargain and trying to make ends meet.  Whether you mind eating horse meat or not, the message is clear, we should all be able to buy food that is clearly labelled!  Whatever the ingredients are, we need to know what we are buying and the ingredients should be labelled correctly and accurately.  The label should state (especially with meat), what cut of meat is included and at what percentage.  The label should also state where the animals were reared (i.e. which country) and what other ingredients are used to “pad out” the product e.g. semolina, breadcrumbs, potato, soya etc. It should be quite straightforward to label correctly unless the manufacturer has something to hide… Due to the events in 2013 mass produced ready meals from supermarkets have been analysed, but disappointingly, Which?  stated that Councils have been cutting back on food testing by 6.8% over the past year.  They investigated 395 local authorities.  Apparently, more than a third of high and medium risk food businesses are not complying with food safety rules which is worrying.  Also in decline are labelling and presentation testing which has fallen by 16.2%.  According to Which? “The hygiene risk of a business was based on the type of food, the number of consumers at risk, the method of processing and confidence in the management.” Food hygiene should be of paramount importance to reduce the risk of food poisoning. So, fast food and other takeaway businesses are one thing but what about school dinners, food produced in nursing homes, colleges, universities, hospitals, canteens at work?  Aren’t these important too? It’s time everyone, wherever possible, cooked their own food again, from scratch, at home. People who don’t know how to cook should start learning – it’s not too difficult to learn how to cook a simple meal and it’s so satisfying to serve up a tasty, low cost meal which everyone gobbles up! If you’re struggling to find budget recipes, have a look at my book Thrifty Cook Main Meals (available on Kindle and paperback)...

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Thrifty Cook Series Now Available As Paperbacks!

I have had numerous requests from people asking for my eBooks to be available as paperbacks too.  I can quite understand.  A steamy atmosphere in the kitchen and hands covered in food is probably not the best environment for a Kindle or iPad! For those of you who have asked for print books, the good news is that both my eBooks are now available on Amazon as paperbacks!  They are both 10” x 8”, quite a large size, so they will lie flat on the kitchen worktop when opened.  The recipes are identical to the eBooks but, to keep the cost of the paperbacks down, I have published them with black and white interiors or else the price would have been almost twice as much due to the cost of colour printing!  All the photographs of each recipe, however, can be viewed on this website under the Recipe Books tab. Have a look at the photos and see which dish you fancy making! I have almost finished a third book, which will be published as an eBook and paperback early next year. I do hope you enjoy making the recipes …  I make them all regularly.  But I think the paperback version will live in my kitchen! If you have any comments, then please feel free to send me an...

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More Horse DNA Found In Canned Meat

More Horse DNA Found In Canned Meat

More horse DNA has been found in canned “beef” it is reported today.  The DNA was discovered in canned “beef” and was manufactured in January of this year by a company in Romania.  These products were for sale in Home Bargain and Quality Save. The horse meat did not test positive for the anti inflammatory drug and pain killer, Phenylbutazone or “Bute” which is given to horses to treat a number of anti inflammatory conditions such as laminitis (a very painful hoof condition) but, all the same, we are talking about horse meat in our food chain – yet again. The question I would ask is “why are we buying meat from Romania?”  What is wrong with the UK buying beef from British farmers? The horse meat scandal has been going on for months now and I think it is absolutely disgraceful that the public can buy so called “beef” which has traces of horse meat in it.  The ingredients list does not state that the product includes horse DNA. It really is time that everyone bought meat from their local butcher shops.  Most butchers sell local meat and, in fact, my own butcher even has a blackboard in their shop stating which farm the meat comes from!  The farms can be visited and inspected too! In my mind, eating horses in this country is taboo.  Horses were always a man’s best friend.  They worked long hours for us dragging ploughs and cultivators, not to mention transporting us everywhere and working long hours in dark pits.  Pit ponies worked around eight hours a day and hauled up to 30 tons of coal daily.  The last pit pony to retire was in 1999, so not that long ago. So why are we importing any meat products from Romania or any other country in the first place?  Do you think it is right to do so?  If you want to buy meat and can’t afford much, then go to your butcher.  Tell him or her how much you have to spend and see what’s available for the price.  So many people go to their local shops be it butcher, greengrocer or fish monger and ask what’s available for the amount of money they have.  They will no doubt have a number of ideas and will be straightforward and honest! There is no need to be sickened by lies about meat labelling.  Just shop local – I do! If you have any comments, please leave them below.  ...

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