Get on the thrifty train

Hello Dear Reader,

If you ever want a thrifty staple to add to your menu, then you won’t go far wrong with a stack of buckwheat pancakes. I’d never eaten them before we went to Brittany and when I found out I could buy the flour here (I found it in Waitrose) I’ve made them at home ever since. It’s a simple recipe

330g buckwheat flour 

75cl water

10g salt (it seems a lot but it doesn’t work if you use less)

1 egg

Some melted butter

Add the salt to the flour and mix well.

Beat the egg and water together,

Combine everything. Now traditionally, you beat that with a wooden spoon for about fifteen minutes. I use a k-mix!

Add some melted butter to a crêpe pan, and to the batter mix. Use a ladle to add the very runny batter to the pan and move the batter around by moving the pan. Cook a stack and keep them n the fridge. I use them as gluten free wraps and as meal staples.

I’ve got a very thrifty few weeks ahead of me. I have one more ferry trip to pay for and then need to put money aside to build another internal wall in Huelgoat. We’ll have to batten down the financial hatches for weeks ahead. It might seem like a little saving but it just means I don’t pop to the supermarket and top up. Here’s my menu plan for my main meals for the week ahead.

Buckwheat pancakes with mushrooms and spinach.

Veggie pasta bake.

Smoked mackerel fish cakes with salad.

Bacon and pea risotto 

Baked potatoes with baked beans and grated cheese

Chicken stew – made from chicken thighs with mash

Roast pork shoulder for Sunday lunch 

All extremely cheap, simple to cook and will keep my grocery budget to £30 a week. I’ll keep the utility costs low and we’ll also keep every other expense to a minimum.

The aim? To keep a smile on my face whilst we get there.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxx


3 thoughts on “Get on the thrifty train

  1. Great idea, Jane, healthy wraps can be expensive. The ‘little’ things really do add up. Years ago I read about using a thin rubber spatula to get the last little bit of food out of a jar – you can usually can one or two more bits of jam or peanut butter on toast like this, and I will always get one more pancake from the batter using a spatula too.

    I’m sitting here with a wheat pack down my shirt to stay warm – delays lighting the fire a bit longer 🙂



  2. I am always looking for ways to save and serve meals that everyone will eat. Recently I was put on the FODMAP diet. After three months the dietitian feels I should eat gluten free and reduce certain food groups like the onion family, dairy foods and some others in my diet. I have long wailed about being allergic to certain foods like egg and seafood. Today you have given me some inspiration and hope. I have many of the things you have mentioned in your list. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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