You know what it’s like – people are coming over for drinks, or you need to go to a happy hour, and you feel compelled to bring something. Once upon a time jatz biscuits and some chunks of cheddar cheese would suffice (maybe some pickled onions or gerkins if you were lucky). But these days most people run to the supermarket and buy several expensive chunks of super special cheese, smoked meat, dips and expensive cheese crackers. The last time I went to one of these get togethers we were so full from cheese and meat and pate and everything else I could hardly fit in the rest of the meal.
Sometimes it is the little frugal things you do that add up without you realising it. So it was that I was having a long overdue catch-up BYO lunch with my friend Evangeline from Nilbarcodfood. And while lunch she spotted something in what I thought was a dismally frugal lunchbox that she thought was of interest.
This week I went shopping. I really went shopping. For the first time in months I used a shopping trolley and I piled things up in it, digging into my kitty and spending a huge $78.05 (still much less than the average weekly shop).
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.
Hmmm, the scent of orange peel and its connection with Christmas. Orange peel is an essential ingredient in many Christmasy things including fruit cake. And beautiful just by itself. My Nana used to make the best candied orange peel. I have tried to replicate, and while hers are hard to beat, I think I have done a pretty special job as well.