I’ve got a black clutch that I’ve owned since 1921. Ok, not really, but I’ve had it for over 10 years. I bought it for one cent (again, not really, but you know what I mean!) from a small store in the Greek Islands. I use it pretty much every time I leave the house to go to dinner, a wedding, a fancy lunch, or any other event that requires me to look dressed up. I also own a stunning, hot pink, fully beaded Gucci purse that I’ve used, ummm, let me think, NEVER. It’s too delicate, doesn’t match a thing in my wardrobe and is so small that even a lip-gloss would struggle to get inside. My point? Sometimes the best things in life are not the most expensive.
This is a principle that I believe also applies to food. The yummiest and most satisfying meals are not necessarily the most expensive ones. In fact they don’t have to be expensive at all.
In a recent episode of My Kitchen Rules the contestants competed against each other to cook to a budget of around ten dollars. Sounds tricky but when you break it down it’s not! These days we have so many options in the supermarket and an abundance of inspiration on TV, the internet, in magazines and so on, that there really is no excuse to be spending big bucks on our every day lunches and dinners! Unless you want to, of course!
There’s nothing better than a recipe book, binder, folder, or whatever floats your boat, jam-packed with excellent and inexpensive meals. So let’s all share! I will start with 3 of my favourite recipes that don’t cost the earth to make.