|Froogs’ restaurant of choice!|
Hello Dear Reader,
I bet that got your attention. You may be, or may have been or know some one who eats out. They think it’s normal. They socialise in pubs or restaurants and meet friends in a pub for a meal. They like to eat out as a treat. Some one else does the cooking and washing up and they have nothing to worry about. Good for them! I choose not to. I save myself a fortune and don’t eat out but remember, this is my choice and I’m in no way suggesting everyone should live like me. I don’t have the budget or the inclination to eat in cafes, pubs or restaurants but if you do, that’s very much your choice.
I’ve eaten out on holiday this year , in the E Le Clerc supermarket in Auray on my way to my holiday accommodation in June and in the long weekend after our marriage when we went to Roscoff and went to a cafe in St Pol de Leon but mostly ate street food. I thought I was very very lucky on the occasions I went out and never see cooking as a chore.
|Froogs’ main course|
When I did go to a good restaurant this year, I ended up having my money refunded as it was such a miserable experience. As I cook at home, from scratch every day, I know what good food tastes like, how little it costs, how little effort is needed for it to be of good quality and often feel that home made is better than anything we eat out.
|Froogs’ dish of the day|
I don’t feel as if I’m missing out by not eating out. We tried once to have coffee and a cake in a bookshop cafe in a local town to be given a packet mix cake that was so dry it nearly choked us. A huffing, sighing petulant and underpaid waitress took it away and we were not charged for something we couldn’t eat.
|Froogs’ tea room special|
As it’s becoming increasingly difficult to eat on a budget, eating out on a budget is ever harder. I sometimes surprise people, not you of course as you know me, when I tell people that I don’t eat out. It’s so far down my list of priorities that I really don’t even consider it.
So my answer is not to eat out. Stick to a weekly budget. Menu plan to rotate the meals you know you can cook well, quickly and easily. Eat at home with friends. Use your slow cooker to make a casserole, serve with steamed veggies and buttery cous cous for a fraction of eating out. Ask guests to bring a desert or some ice cream to share. Make your own wine from kits or forgaged fruit such as wild damsons. A veggie curry, pilau rice and ask friends to bring a bottle of wine – a glass each with good conversation is plenty (Thanks for the wine today BTW!).
I often ask people over for mid afternoon tea. I make some scones, serve with home made jam and a pot of tea. It’s a very affordable way of giving people a snack and making them welcome. When I visit friends, I’m made welcome and even if they’ve bought the scones and cake, it’s still cheaper than meeting them in a cafe or tea rooms.
Over to you Dear Reader, do you entertain at home to save money? What’s your ‘special’ or ‘staple’ that you know people will enjoy every time?
Love Froogs xxxx