Make do and eat it Day 5

 Hello everyone,

Thanks so much for the comments. Some people commented about publishing what I write. I feel that I already do so. I write it for you, yes, you who is reading this. You may very well want to make less of an impact on the planet, you may want to save time and money or you just might not have a quid to your name and you’re wondering how the fraggle you are going to get through this week with a family to feed. I don’t ‘monetise’ my blog; there’s no advertising and I want to keep it that way. You can of course keep reading, I’m only half way on my journey to freedom from debt and then there’s my journey to downsize and simplify. You and I are in this together, and as long as you read, then I’ll write.

As I have everything cooked, I can easily pop a pudding in the oven whilst reheating. Yesterday, I made a rice pudding. Rice, milk, sugar and stick it in a low oven for a few hours, or you can do the same in the slow cooker. Again, the rice was lurking at the back of the cupboard and there is a huge bag of it so I better get eating it. For me, the very best part of eating rice pudding and jam is the swirly whirly moment when the whole pudding goes pink and I’m six years old again.

Thanks again for stopping by, until tomorrow,

Froogs xxx

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41 thoughts on “Make do and eat it Day 5

  1. Thanks froogs..i read you for your honesty and down to earth no-nonsense style,admittedly i sometimes have £3 left at the end of the month but i always have a meal or 2 in the freezer.. we love rice puddings..hubby and son put jam on theirs til it goes pink..i prefer mine without jam..still it gets eaten and that what matters..semolina now theres my favourite pudding..wonder if you can get it in bulk in stead of those tichy little packets that don't feed a sparrow let alone me son,hubby and 2 tots..anyone know where i can get a big box of it?
    LOve to you and yours
    sara

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  2. Thank you so much for your blog, Froogs – it is truly inspirational, and is helping me work towards a future which will hopefully be free of financial worries.

    Best wishes, Tiddles xx

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  3. I make my rice pudding in the pressure cooker [12 minutes!]. Even cheaper if I use reconstituted dried milk. I make about 2 litres at a time, then freeze it in 2portion containers. Wonderful comfort food.

    Loving all your tips!

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  4. My husband and I love rice pudding, especially when there is a skin on top. There is something very comforting about it.I made my own damson jam last year from my own damsons and as you say, the moment you add it to rice pudding it goes a lovely swirly pink which takes me back to being 6 years old and gazing in wonder and then eating this lovely pink mixture. Cant beat it!!!!

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  5. I haven't had rice pudding in years..
    My favourite pudding as a child was rice cremola.Mmmmm. Can't get it in Canada. Talking of puds… custard powder is so expensive here because it is mainly for ex Brits, I am going to make my own.
    Jane x

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  6. Rice pudding is my favourite thing! I love the crust that forms on the top. For some reason that I've never fathomed out, up here it's called “Love”! So when it's being dished it up, everyone says, Gimme loads of Love!!

    I love it with evaporated milk.

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  7. Oooo homemade rice pudding, lovely. When we were kids (3ofus) mum always had things like rice pudd or bread n butter pudd cooking in the coal oven. A lovely buttery skin with nutmeg..yum! We always had toast done on the fire too, with a tea towel wrapped round our hands because the fire was soo hot and the toasting fork too short! I usually make Rice Pudding in the slow cooker these days unless there is a dish size space in a not quite full oven, and we have it with jam, stirred in.
    Thank you for sharing x

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  8. Snap. I made one today for small person and myself, also stewed some cooking apples stored from last year, they go well togther and small person loves laps it up. Thanks for the falafel recipe, will be using it.

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  9. I haven't made rice pudding in ages and was thinking about it Sunday. Now I really want it!

    I also don't want to monetize my blog. I think some of us need an advertising free refuge. After all, we're promoting saving money… not spending it!

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  10. I haven't eaten rice pudding for ages and I have to admit that I've never made it. However, I intend to have a go as I reckon my girls would love it.
    Froogs, if you write it… we will read it!

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  11. sl.tudor asks where to get bulk semolina, now i cant comment on other countries exactly, but here in NZ (as im sure it is other places) there are lots of wholesalers that supply restaurants etc with bulk lots of food. Most if not all will allow “cash accounts”. many people dont know this, that you can walk into these warehouses and buy lots of catering packs of goodies, you may pay a different level than say their best customers do, but it will still be a wholesale price. some will allow you to weigh out part of a bag etc (i know this because i used to work for a restaurant supplier)

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  12. I love your style of writing and as long as you keep writing I will keep reading…
    mmmmmmm rice pudding – I actually hate the skin bit, but as my husband loves that part we are both quite happy. Icannot resist stirring in jam and having pink pud, but also as a treat I grate in some chocolate if there is any to hand.
    I too am on a journey to freedom from debt – have only just started so it is going to be quite some time before my journey is over.

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  13. I like rice pudding made with sugar, milk, vanilla flavoring, cinnamon and raisins. My mother likes it with vanilla flavoring and lemon flavoring so that's the way I usually cook it. I have a question. Both you and fostermummy talk about planting potatoes in bags for life. I have woven plastic bags that held 15 lbs of dog food. Can I use those, and do you fill with dirt, plant the potatoes and then add dirt as the potatoes grow?

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  14. Hi Froogs , I love pink rice pudding too , such nostalgia :0)Tonight I've had my favourite pudding of all …bananas and custard.Made with birds custard powder , yummy :0)
    Jacquie x

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  15. I don't make rice pudding as OH doesn't like it. I remember semolina with a dob of jam in the centre from school and people used to stir it in madly. I preferred to eat a bit of semolina with a bit of jam, just like those yoghourts with a pot of fruit next to them. Muellers, that's it, only I never buy them, they're too expensive nowadays.

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  16. Love rice pudding, had some the other night, brings back all those memories. We too fight over the skin but in this instance cook wins as you can hide the skin at the bottom, sneaky I know but everyone loves it. Something about this that is real comfort food. Thank you again. xxx

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  17. Mmm, jammy pud! So enjoying your cooking posts. I go into a primary school once a week and weigh, measure and cook with Reception class. When we go back after the hols I shall make your delicious biscuits with them. We have so much fun baking and they take the recipes home too.

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  18. I too love rice pudding, it does bring back memories of my childhood.
    Mum use to make it often especially in winter.

    My kids now also love it, it certainly doesn't last long in our household.

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  19. hi FQ,I read your blog every day and absolutely love all recipes and money saving ideas .I've not got much money to spend on food this month either so will be pinching some of your recipes! keep up the good work thankyouruplisc

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  20. I just love your blog, mainly because you tell it how it is and no nonsense.Rice pudding – personally can't stand the stuff but there is nothing like nostalgic food to transport you back to childhood.For those few moments you can forget your current fears and worries and become the little girl again – bliss!

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  21. A real reminder of my childhood when my mum made milky puds many days of the week to fill us up and give extra nutrients without us knowing. My boys love it as much as we did and the jam really is essential in my opinion!

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  22. Thinking about your frugal meals I've just checked out a 'so-called' frugal living blog where the writer is bemoaning that you get less for your money these days…and yet a post a few days earlier shows her salad meals containing trout fillets, avocado, cream and proscuito. Nuff sed!

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  23. Isn't it funny how we all love the old favourites, rice pudding, semolina etc. I used to hate the skin when I was little now we all fight for it.

    sl.tudor – do you have any Asian shops near you? They often have large packs of semolina (and rice etc too)

    lfturpin – yes you can use those dog bags. Fill the bag about 1/4 full with compost and put in 3 or 4 seed potatoes. Cover with more compost and water (pierce the bag a few times with a sharp knife to allow drainage). As the leaves grow cover them up too (about once a month) until the summer when you can slit the bottom of the bag and get all those lovely potatoes out.

    Funnily enough my potatoes have been waiting far too long to get bagged up and that's what I'll do today 🙂

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  24. Another one whose hubby dislikes rice pud, but, oh, I love it. Think I will make one and eat it every day for pudding – yummm. Thank you for the idea.

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  25. I rediscovered making rice pudding just before Christmas – such a filling heart warming dessert, that takes 5 minutes to prepare and seconds to eat, but soooo worth it. YUMM!

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  26. I completely understand what you say about not needing to write a book – you're right, of course, and as you say this is just the start. But may I make a plea for some more of your 'frugal philosophy' type posts? They are inspirational not only for those needing to kill off debt but also for people like me who live far more simply than their neighbours, in exchange for financial peace of mind, and enjoy knowing that they are not alone in their preference! Thank you so much for the time and trouble you take to write for us, and for your honesty.

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  27. Gosh look at all your readers who love rice pudding. Guess I'm a bit wierd then – I hate milk puddings, rice pudding, semolina, tapioca and custard – bleurrgghh. Takes me back to primary school dinners, 40 years ago, and having to eat milk pudding or sponge & custard every single day.

    Keep posting Froogs, another fan of your no-nonsense style. We are also half way through our journey to becoming debt and mortgage-free. After that, we will be future-proofing the house, saving and creating a haven that is as eco-friendly and simple as possible. So we're with you all the way.

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  28. We found a few weeks ago that we were a bit peckish in the evening (having given up our bickie much when we get in from work) and I remembered that I had some short grain rice in the cupboard. I too made some rice pudding which we had not had in years. Hubby and I do have slightly different tastes, he likes his thick with jam, whereas I prefer mine more milky without, but we can manage a fair compromise without too much difficulty. At present I am still using up different store cupboard varieties, but I think I am right in saying you can use basmati rice for rice pudding if you do not want to keep different types. Not much use if you only have one variety of budget rice, which I suspect a frugal queen like you would!! Loving the food stretching meal suggestions. Keep up the fantastic work, nearly a week in already.x

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  29. Hi, I'm a new poster although I've been reading for a while. It's nice to see you back.

    Do you make rice pudding using soya milk or ordinary milk (you referred to buying soya previously?).

    Neither hubby or I drink cows milk but I'm not sure how rice pudding would work with soya? Any tips?

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