Thrifty Lesley - the home of Fabulous Frugal Food
Planning permission Yesterday we finally, finally, had confirmation from the architect that our planning permission has been granted. We started it in June 2016!! There are several clauses that he has to go back to them with, but the basic permission is there. Hooray!...read more
It's Valentine's Day on Wednesday and February 14th is the day florists make the most profit, closely followed by Mother's Day. This is partly because 12 red roses, the classic Valentine's Day gift, will set you back a huge amount of money, and as a gardener myself, I...read more
Pancakes are one of those lovely things that can be paired with all manner of other things to make something delicious and here are not quite 101 ideas on what to fill them with.read more
I bought 2 packs of yellow sticker pork mince recently. There was a post on the Facebook group talking about some meatballs from Waitrose which had added vegetables and pearl barley. I thought these sounded lovely, so decided to use some of the mince to experiment. This is the result.read more
I’ve got a couple of veggie side dishes for you today. If you are having something quite plain as the protein element, having veggies that are a bit different will help too shoosh it up. Or perhaps it’s a struggle to get veggies into the family, these might help make them more appealing.read more
The planning permission for the loft conversion finally looks like it might be happening soon. We started the process in July 2016! It’s really not complicated. We live in a two bed bungalow and we want to convert the loft to have two more bedrooms and a bathroom. A couple of years ago we extended the kitchen out by 4 meters and that has made a massive difference. Can’t wait to get that extra space!read more
There are literally thousands of recipes for soup. If you don’t yet know how to make it, Google may prove to be more confusing than enlightening. So, what to do? I’ll try here to demystify the art of soup making and give you a base to work from.read more
On this dark and dank day, I had a potter in the kitchen and one of the things I did was come up with this lovely little tartletread more
I tried this Lentil & Nut Loaf tonight. What a little gem! Cheap, super nourishing and needing no super cookery whizzery skills to make.read more
Today’s recipe is a lettuce soup that can use any leftover bagged salad leaves, wilting lettuce, that half a bag of fresh spinach, gluts from the garden in the summer, etc. The recipe is written by Janice Lambert, one of our lovely Facebook group members. I’ve added the boring costing and nutrition info for anyone who wants it.read more
Are you doing Veganuary?
Do you need or want some ideas of what to eat? I did this post a couple of years ago, and have updated it with new recipes posted since then.
Trawling through the Thrifty Lesley archives, where I knew there were loads of ideas that just happened to be vegan, I extracted a few in the hopes that you might like them, or maybe give you inspiration.read more
Christmas leftovers – part 4. Chestnut Soup; Fruit Crumble Toppings; Mixed Nut Butter; Turkey Zombie Burgers
Updated from 2015, this is the last bit of our attack on those Christmas leftovers. Chestnuts, and no stuffing Don't know about you, but I always buy several packs of ready to eat chestnuts. I didn't even make any stuffing this year 😆. One of the things that I will...read more