Every book I read seems to have contradictory nutritional advice.  So I follow my own sense of what is correct. What I have noticed, however, is that books, blogs, TV shows, and so on, always seem to concur in recommending the most expensive, and often rare, ingredients.

That’s tricky.  So I try to find the cheap superfoods, the fruit and veg in season, the better alternatives. You can eat well, eat healthily – and not break your budget.

On the foodie front, I have bought dried peas and intend to sprout my own pea shoots – even though they’re so very 2015….



Franz Snyders – Fruit Stall





William Hemsley – Baking Day


Bread-making is good for the bingo-wings and the spirit.  It is nurturing, therapeutic and sort of cheap compared to the cost ‘artisan loaves’ (FOUR QUID!).

The Grant loaf requires no kneading and you can add as many nuts, seeds, fruit, spices and so on as you wish.  Here’s the wiki recipe:


  • 450g strong wholemeal flour (alternatively you can use Spelt)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar such as Muscovado (1 tablespoon of honey may be used instead)
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • Yeast
  • 400-450ml of hand-hot water

Begin by warming the flour in your oven for about 10 minutes on the lowest heat.

Place the warmed flour into a bowl and add the salt, sugar and yeast. Mix these together, make a small well in the centre and gradually add the water, using your hands or a wooden spoon to combine all the ingredients into a dough. (At this point the dough may seem quite wet, which is normal for a Doris Grant loaf.)

Move the dough to a floured pastry board and stretch it out into an oblong. Take one side, fold it into the centre and do the same for the other side, turn it over and repeat. Place the dough into a well greased tin, cover with a sprinkling of flour and leave to rise for 30–40 minutes in a warm place, or for about an hour at room temperature.

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C and bake the bread for 30–40 minutes. The bread should sound hollow when tapped if it is fully cooked. Return the bread to the oven (out of the tin) for a further 5–10 minutes to crisp up the base and sides. Leave to cool on a wire rack.



Shopping and Cooking


You don’t need to buy the fancy brands

You are not too grand to go to the pound shop

It takes five minutes to write down your expenditure every evening

Frozen vegetables are your friend

Frozen fish is definitely your friend

Get wise about spices







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Five Minutes

It takes five minutes to iron that shirt

It takes five minutes to walk round the block

It takes five minutes to clean a bathroom

It takes five minutes to plant some seeds

It takes five minutes to make tomorrow’s breakfast

It takes five minutes to a short stretching routine

It takes five minutes to do fifty press-ups

It takes five minutes to hoover a room

It takes five minutes to do a candle meditation

It takes five minutes to make an instant salad

It takes five minutes to polish your shoes

It takes five minutes to write down your financial expenditure




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