It’s the middle of January, and you’re probably, like most of us at Grazia towers, counting down the days, minutes, seconds til payday. But although we're on a budget, we all want to eat well, waste less and save money by home-cooking from scratch. Which is why we thought we’d share with you our five favourite frugal foodies who are currently wowing the webosphere, whizzing up cheap, tasty meals for us all to enjoy. Bookmark them now!
We love cash-strapped mum-of-one Jack Monroe’s warm, down-to-earth attitude to food and how she encourages people to enjoy cooking despite being on a budget. Visit her blog for a mix of main meals, child-friendly deserts and helpful tips that even the most amateur cook can follow. Jack is also a campaigner for Oxfam and Child Poverty Action Group and her book (we’ve seen it and really like it) is out in February. Pre-order it here
Star feature: Her Ready Meal Revolution slot shows how easy it is to make your own, and save money in the process. We thought her homemade BERRY BIRCHER BREAKFAST POT, below, was an inspiration - and a great example of how much cheaper it is to make your own than buying from coffee shops.
Don’t let the title of this name put you off, because you won't find many ‘101 ways with a tin of Londis baked beans’ type features on this blog. Instead blogger Daisy Bun's great photography and recipes will tempt anyone learning to cook or on a tight budget into having a go.
Star Feature: The simple-to-follow step by step recipes with photos. And who doesn’t want to know about Daisy's little cheats, like a chocolate cake in a cup cooked in a microwave? Her shortcut recipes are worth checking out too, like this TERIYAKI CHICKEN IN 15 MINUTES recipe, below.
Her strapline is How To Eat Ridiculously Well on A Tight Budget, and the writer Kimberly Morales certainly lives by this motto, with everything from sandwich ideas to comforting deserts. This is a mix of personal food blog as well as a straight forward recipe guide.
Star feature: The price tag icon, which despite it being in dollars, gives readers an insight into the approximate cost of making a similar meal, and could be useful for those living frugally with housemates. Many of Kimberley's recipes are super-simple, although occasionally she will break out into the more adventurous dishes and flavour combinations, such as this CUCUMBER PEACH SALAD WITH BASIL MINT VINAIGRETTE, below.
Once a wealthy banker, now a (anonymous) recovering alcoholic and benefits recipient, the Skint Foodie is a beautifully presented, thought-provoking blog. Proving that you really can eat well for less, he uses cooking as a form of therapy and a platform for discussion. The blog covers some classic recipes as well as more challenging creations for the cooking pro.
Star feature: Skint Foodie shows just how much you can save if you cook your favourite take-away foods on a Friday night instead of order them in, like this HOMEMADE FISH AND CHIPS below.
Written by brother and sister (Mr North & Miss South), this blog looks at the cultural differences between North/South cooking. It's personal and funny, with Miss South reporting from south-west London and Mr North from the Pennines. The blog features a wide range of dishes to try and cook, as well as favourite places they both like to shop and eat out at.
Star feature: The duo’s respective ‘Favourite 5’s’, as well as their great dinner party ideas. And snacks too, we like the sound of this LAVENDER AND VANILLA POPCORN, below.