Ready for the school holidays?

Hello Dear Reader,

Tomorrow, I will be teaching some more easy, quick and economical recipes to a group of parents in Cornwall. Thanks again to St Austell Baptist Church for their hospitality.

 On Sunday morning, I will be on Tracy Wilson’s programme on Radio Cornwall, sharing ideas about school holidays on a budget and preparing for the new school term. School finishes for the year on the 18th July so there’s the rush for every family to financially prepare for the new school term. There is also a half term break and the summer break to budget for. If you have any ideas to share on how you do this, then email What ideas do you have to keep the family occupied over the school holidays? Are family holidays a dim and distant memory now fines are in place for term time cheap holidays?

or you can phone in on Sunday morning by calling 01872 22 22 22 – you don’t have to speak live on air, you can leave a message if you please. 

You may find the holidays, the cost of uniforms, PE kit, school kit, school trips and of course, the holidays, really expensive and feel free to send your message to the point too. 

Tomorrow, I will be running a cookery workshop and here are the recipes if you want to try them yourselves. I will take photos of the finished lunches as I will be cooking for approx. 20 people for lunch tomorrow. 

Quick and Easy Cooking

Sausage Casserole – this works well in a slow cooker or casserole dish = serves 4.

Switch the oven on to 180

1 pack of eight sausages – at home, I use value sausages
1 pepper – finely sliced
1 onion – finely chopped
¼ celery – this goes into everything! Including bolognaise, stew, casserole and so on. I buy it every week.
¼ Chorizo sausage – skinned and finely diced – optional, you could use 1 heaped teaspoon of paprika instead. I add chorizo to stew, casseroles, risotto and paella. It also lasts for ages.
1 tin of haricot beans or baked beans
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 stock cube – 1 cup of hot water to dissolve
1 clove of garlic – optional

1.       Put the sausages in the oven
2.       Fry the onions, pepper, garlic, celery and chorizo.
3.       Add the tinned tomatoes and stock
4.       Combine the beans, veggies and sausages and cook in the oven, make sure it’s covered, for 30 – 40 minutes
5.       Serve with rice, cous cous, veggies, bread – makes a great Sunday lunch, 2 sausages each.

Leek and Bacon Risotto – serves 4
150g of Arborio rice
1 litre of stock
150g of cooking bacon – finely diced
1 onion – finely diced
2 finely chopped cloves of garlic.
2 leeks, very finely sliced and washed – use as much as you can and don’t waste the green bits.
50g of grated parmesan cheese. This goes a really long way, I put this on top of home made pizza, on top of lasagne. It lasts for months in a sealed container.
Butter or oil for frying.

1.       Fry the onions, garlic, bacon and leeks until soft
2.       Add the rice and stir to absorb some of the flavour
3.       Add the stock, mug full at a time, stirring continuously until absorbed and keep adding until all gone.
4.       Check to see if the rice is soft, to your liking, if not, make up some more stock and keep adding and stirring.
5.       Add the cheese and stir through
6.       Serve with salad, cooked veggies or bread.

 Lemon Curd Pudding with Custard

1 sachet of instant custard – follow the instructions
½ jar of lemon curd
2 eggs
4oz marg
4oz SR flour
4oz sugar
1 lemon – zest and juice
2 teaspoons of sugar
1.       Grate the zest from a lemon – put into a mixing bowl
2.       Add the butter, sugar, flour and eggs – beat together
3.       Grease a pudding bowl/or small microwavable casserole dish.
4.       Place the lemon curd in the bottom
5.       Pour the batter mix over to top
6.       Microwave for 3-5 minutes – keep checking
7.       Mix 2 teaspoons of sugar and lemon juice in a cup – microwave for 30 seconds – stir until sugar dissolved
8.       When pud is cooked, pour lemon juice mixture over the top, leave to sink in for 2 minutes
9.       Serve with custard.

Fruit Crumble and Custard – serves 4

Heat the oven to 180
1 sachet of custard – follow instructions
1 tin of cooked apples
½ jar basics strawberry jam
10oz plain flour
6oz sugar
7oz butter

1.       Combine the apples with jam
2.       Place into a casserole dish
3.       Rub marg or butter into the flour
4.       Add the sugar
5.       Sprinkle crumble mix on top
6.       Bake for 30 – 45 minutes
7.       Serve with custard.

    As always, it’s great to hear from you,

    Love Froogs xxxxxx


Froogs on the radio!

Hello Dear Reader,

Another day of unpacking and recycling! It’s been a busy day for me and I’ve spent the morning with Tracy Wilson at Radio Cornwall and no surprise, we chatted about budgeting for Christmas.

You can listen to me here and move the slider to the last hour and Tracy and I chat away about the ridiculous costs at Christmas.

Over to you, who has a Christmas advertisement that they find totally ridiculous? I find most of them totally cynical as if commercialism is the spirit of Christmas!

Have a listen.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxxxxxx

Frugal Queen on Radio Cornwall

Hello Dear Reader,

I had a great time with Tracy Wilson on her programme, this morning. Thanks to everyone who sent emails and to those of you who called into the station. It was great to read out your ways of controlling your spending on Christmas. It was dreadful to hear the news that some families run up debts of £5000 over the Christmas holiday, I’m sure that must include a ski trip? Massive presents? I really hope people do not get into debt for Christmas and I accept that it is a difficult time for families with children, especially with pester power and the power of advertising. I’ve loved the comments that you’ve left for me and some of them really resonate. The advertisers would have you believe that Mum has to go to Iceland because you really need lots of party food. Marks and Spencers would have you believe that you need new clothes, new make up and lots of ready to order and collect food. Boots, and the ‘here come the girls’ campaign would have you believe that swathes of women are crowding round mirrors curling their eye lashes, straightening their hair and fake tanning their legs as they get ready to go to yet another Christmas party.

In truth, most of us just enjoy the time off work. I like to get out for a blustery beach walk or a hang onto my hat walk on the moors. Best of all, I like being snuggled up by the fire with my family. 

I hope you enjoy the programme with Tracy Wilson where I am her guest. To Listen again, click HERE and move the slider to the last hour. The next time I’m with Tracy is Sunday 29th September when we will be talking about feeding a family nutritiously on a micro budget! We’ll be looking at food poverty in Cornwall where 20% of children often go without meals and parents will frequently go hungry to feed their children instead of them. I’ll be taking in food and samples of some staple recipes such as chick pea falafels, kidney bean and carrot burgers (Jack Monroe’s recipe), lentil/shepherdess pie and sweetcorn fritters along with other frugal recipes.

I’m also off to a volunteering project that I’ve been trying to ‘get into’ for weeks as I go off once a week to Cornwall One Parent Support to teach about living well frugally, budgeting, menu planning and making do and mending. I’m really excited about this and I’m meeting with some of the organisers of the charity to find out how I can help and what I can do. I’ll keep you all informed about this later.

I hope you enjoy the radio programme and let me know what you thought about it.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxxx

How do you save money at Christmas?

Hello Dear Reader,

A family came to view our house this morning and we’ll hear what they thought of it in due course. I’ve had a really busy day. I’m making another quilt for Romania and I’ve made another Yoosta-Bee bag.

I want to say a special thanks to L and J and G…… know who you are. Thank you so much for sending me fabric, it’s kindness like yours that keeps me quilting. I’m very grateful.

I’ll be on Radio Cornwall tomorrow and 11am and would love to share your ideas on how to save money at Christmas. Email your ideas to

Share your ideas. Who uses supermarket saver stamps and saves up all year? Whose families have a budget and stick to it. Who is going to find it hard to keep up traditions this year? Who thinks we all spend too much money at Christmas? Who thinks we need to be sensible with money at Christmas and not get into debt? 

Share your ideas for affordable gifts? Who makes goody baskets? Who makes homemade gifts? Who thinks that we need to let our children know straight if we can’t afford something they ask for and just let them know they can’t have it? Who thinks it’s good for children to get used to disappointment and that you shouldn’t get what you ask for all the  time. 

Who shops early for Christmas? Who makes all their own gifts? Which family gets together and has a huge blow out that you’ve saved for, budgeted for all year but don’t get into debt. Who thinks that Christmas isn’t the time to be frugal?

It would be lovely to read out your emails, so instead of leaving a comment please contact via email, thanks xx

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxxxxxxxx

Upcycling on Radio Cornwall

Hello Dear Reader,

I hope you don’t mind the photo, I took it from Radio Cornwall’s Facebook page. I was on air today as one of Tracy Wilson’s guests and we talked about amusing children in the school holidays on a limited budget. We also discussed the ‘Kirsty Allsop’ effect and the interest in upcycling. I knew we would discuss this so I took my latest quilt which is mainly made of shirts, pyjamas, dresses, skirts, old sheets and duvet covers and a few bits of cheap fabric too. The link to listen to the radio programme is HERE and it’s available on line for the next seven days. I’m on in the last hour and you can move the cursor to just listen to that bit.

Well my lovelies, the sun is shining and I’m off out for a walk xxx

I’ll speak to you all again tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxx

Frugal Queen on the radio

Hello Dear Reader,

Listen again to me on Radio Cornwall today – move the slider to the last hour and you can listen to me chatting to Debbie McCrory. Click HERE 

Let me know if you listened and where you are as is great for Radio Cornwall to get listeners from far and wide. Did I miss anything out?

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxx