This week I almost got by spending just $3. But then I splurged and spent $6 on organic shoyu soy sauce. So grand total $9.
Happy New Year! Happy Chinese New Year that is – 新年快乐，or the more common 恭喜发财 (congratulations and prosperity).
I arrived back home in Canberra just after a whirlwind tour of Taiwan. What fun! I ate and ate and ate some more, and occasionally did a bit of hiking and Youbike cycling and relaxing in the hot springs. Then I arrived home – to an empty fridge.
Ah, Christmas. How did it sneak up on me this year? One day we were still in November (heaps of time), and suddenly it is Christmas day. I didn’t even put up a tree this year. But still, some traditions are still important to me. And one of them is panettone.
What is it like to live on only $50 a week for grocery items? I thought I would keep a diary for a week to show how it could be done.
My housemate begged me to teach her how to make cauliflower gratin. My mum had made it as a side dish for a roast we had had a few months ago. “But I’ve got the craving for it now,” she said.
I am frugal. My purpose in blogging is to share my own financial journey and to encourage others. I don’t consciously identify as being part of the green movement. But being frugal can also be good for the environment.
It is hard sometimes to find healthy lunchbox snacks that your kids will eat and that which don’t contain nuts. And ideally something that isn’t processed (I hate giving them things that contain corn syrup – you would be surprised how common that is).
At the height of summer it seems like everyone is trying to give away plums. Well, not me because my baby plum tree hasn’t reached maturity (yet). But one of my friends put a call-out for a plum give away, and I quickly put my hand up and headed over with the kids in tow. They had a great time jumping up and down on my friend’s trampoline while I collected some of the best dark purple plums ever.
Simple things can become extraordinary in the hands of a good cook. So I was excited when my friend Kirsten, a talented cook and even more talented photographer, shared her recipe for Moroccan carrot soup.