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    Budget recipies for a beginner
    • #1
    • 18th Apr 06, 7:23 PM
    Budget recipies for a beginner 18th Apr 06 at 7:23 PM
    I am not sure whether you can help, but I really need to start cooking properly and stop using jars and packets etc. But the thing is I can't really cook properly, I have never been one of those people that can just throws things together and I'm not very imaginative when cooking, although I love food and will eat/try anything!

    My mum and sister (who I'm sure dispair with me) bought me some cookery books, but they aren't particularly simple and certainly not for people on a budget.

    I really only cook for two, so only need recipies for this - the books I've got here are for servings of 4+ people and I can't always work out how to cut that down for two.

    I really want to get this cracked as I am wasting money on prepared stuff.

    Can anyone take pity on me and help!
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    • LizD
    • By LizD 18th Apr 06, 7:47 PM
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    • #2
    • 18th Apr 06, 7:47 PM
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    • 18th Apr 06, 7:47 PM
    Hi Miffi

    Do an Amazon search for "Alaistair Williams" (he's a food writer). You'll find his excellent books Student Grub and Student Veggie Grub. (Personally recommend the veggie one, as i am a veggie)
    Although marketed for students, they're ideal for anyone who hasn't really cooked before. Very simple, but tasty recipies and (of course) cheap!.

    There's also a recipie collection in the forums, but can't remember exactly where, no doubt someone will post a link!

    Good luck!

    P.S - I usually only need to cook for one!. But basically halve the ingredients. i.e 2 potatoes becomes 1, 1 tin tomatoes = 1/2 tin etc.
    • nuttyrockeress
    • By nuttyrockeress 18th Apr 06, 7:53 PM
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    • #3
    • 18th Apr 06, 7:53 PM
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    • 18th Apr 06, 7:53 PM
    Hi Miffi

    Try The mega indexed thread

    there are loads of recipies on there that are all pretty much low budget.

    I made Tuna fishcakes last week, tin of shops own tuna chunks in brine, mashed potatoes, herbs, make into a fishcake shape, coat in flour and a bit of egg and roll in breadcrumbs. Cook in oven for about 20 mins hey presto!
    It's nice to be nutty but's more important to be nice
  • Miffi
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    • 18th Apr 06, 7:56 PM
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    • 18th Apr 06, 7:56 PM
    Thanks guys, I'll have a look at that other thread and Alaistair Williams' book and get cracking!
    • DawnW
    • By DawnW 18th Apr 06, 9:05 PM
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    • #5
    • 18th Apr 06, 9:05 PM
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    • 18th Apr 06, 9:05 PM
    Look for any books on 'student' cooking/eating (LizD suggested one above, but there are others). The recipes are quick and easy, and intended for 1 or 2 people mostly. Another suggestion is 'The paupers Cookbook' by Jocasta Innes, one of my long time favourites. Delia Smith's recipes are good in that they always work (not all cookbook recipes always do, not your fault necessarily!) Also, Good Housekeeping magazine (plus free or cheap mags from somerfield, sainsburys etc - try these first, they have money off coupons too) often have simple tried and tested recipes.
    Good luck!
    Last edited by DawnW; 18-04-2006 at 9:10 PM.
    • pavlovs_dog
    • By pavlovs_dog 18th Apr 06, 10:43 PM
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    • 18th Apr 06, 10:43 PM
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    best piece of advice i can give is dont be afraid of making mistakes! we all have to start somewhere, and some of the best meals i have ever had have been "i wonder what x will taste like if i add y to it " moments

    have fun, and take it one step at a time
    know thyself

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    • oops a daisy
    • By oops a daisy 18th Apr 06, 11:09 PM
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    • 18th Apr 06, 11:09 PM
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    • 18th Apr 06, 11:09 PM
    cook for 4 and either freeze the excess for your own home made frozen ready meals or eat the same the next day but add different veggies/pasta/rice/bread etc
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    • r.mac
    • By r.mac 19th Apr 06, 7:27 AM
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    • 19th Apr 06, 7:27 AM
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    • 19th Apr 06, 7:27 AM

    i totally understand how you feel! as others have suggested student cook books are a great source of basic cooking instructions and have tasty, budget meals based on protions for one or two people. Try second hand book shops and charity shops to pick these up cheaply.

    also, i have a really good cook book called the complete cook published by hamlyn. while i admit that i havn't got round to cooking many of the recipes, it contains a huge section on identifying, preparing and cooking all different types of meat (including things like how to carve), fish, and veg, an easy glossary for cooking terms, info on appliances and utensils and easy to follow instructions to make basics such as batters, breads etc. I have found it invaluable.

    Also, as mentioned previously a freezer is invaluable. At the weekends I make a big chilli or spag bol - good easy starting recipes and divide into portions to freeze - making an instant ready meal. just take one out to defrost in the morning and hey presto.

    remember - that every experiment is a step forward. Why not set yourself a goal such as trying to cook 2 meals from scratch per week, and work upwards. best of luck and ask any questions you have on teh forum - these people are gold mines of cooking tips - they have certainly improved my cooking no end!!!
    r.mac, you are so wise and wonderful, that post was lovely and so insightful!
    Originally posted by aless02
    I can't promise that all my replies will illicit this response
  • halloweenqueen
    • #9
    • 19th Apr 06, 7:46 AM
    • #9
    • 19th Apr 06, 7:46 AM and put in budget in the search. The bbc did a series call moneyspinners so they may have budget recipes on their website or google and putit budget recipes.
    One of my favourites at the moment is look in the recipe section, the chocolate syrup and caramel corn are really nice, try the vanilla and choclate pudding and she does lots of things with mine. its american but there is a good thread - those crazy americans which can help with any conversions/different terms. I just use a UK cup instead of US, theres not a lot of difference.
    Hope that helps!
    • Debt_Free_Chick
    • By Debt_Free_Chick 19th Apr 06, 10:13 AM
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    Another vote for Delia. As I've just posted on another thread ... you do what she says and the recipe turns out exactly as she says. It really is no-nonense cooking for fabulous results.

    If you've not done so, have a good mooch around here
  • halloweenqueen
    I think they must be on her website but I bought mine at lakeland - the spoonatula - i think its called - a spoon that you can get the last out of the bowl with - dollops just the right amount of batter in a cake case as well!!
  • tina68
    go to the library they have gr8 books for free, take them home read through write them down and try, also why not look to see if there are any books on budgeting ect
    Tina x
  • tina68
    if the recipe says for 4 people just devide the quantities by 4..or look for recipes you can freeze then you won't have to do the maths
    Tina x
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