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Review: First Tunnels Polytunnel

If you've been reading Thrifty Lesley for any length of time at all, you'll know how I love to grow fruit and vegetables in my small suburban garden. I have a standard sized greenhouse and am always struggling for room. I've often said how I would love a huge...

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Home Made Blackcurrant Jam

Blackcurrants are incredibly good for us, very rich in vitamin C and polyphemols when eaten raw, e.g. In a classic summer pudding like this wonderful looking example from Delia Smith They are easy to grow, not needing much looking after and reward you with 10-15lbs of...

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A holiday at Lake Como

We went away on 5th June for a ten day holiday at Lake Como, a magnificent place.  Mike won't fly so we went by train from St Pancras. The trains are very comfortable, but it takes 2 days to get there! Tuesday We had a very early start today, had to get up at 2:45!...

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Baked Oats

I have been following Slimming World for a few weeks now in my ongoing attempts to lose weight. I cant stand boring or bland food, so am constantly looking for nice things to eat that are allowed. I've written before about how delicious overnight oats are, and can be...

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Bean and Quinoa, Lemon and Herb Salad

This recipe was one that the U3A made when the group came to my house for our monthly meeting. I had been looking through Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty More for inspiration and found this lovely salad. This is my version of it Bean and Quinoa, Lemon and Herb Salad...

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An Authentic Spaghetti Carbonara

This post was last revisited, repriced and updated in April 2018 Inspired by the Great British Budget Menu, I thought I would have a look at the Carbonara recipe I use and see how much it costs. One of my favourite recipe books, and I have a few! is the Italian...

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