A small announcement…

by Miss South on January 20, 2013

Miss South's piece in the Observer Food Monthly, 20th Jan 2013

We’ve got some exciting news for you. Just as our blog enters its fourth year, an article and series of recipes I’ve written is published in this month’s Observer Food Monthly!

Based on my piece about food poverty and eating on a budget not being just as simple as it might seem, I’ve written another piece and a week’s worth of recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a treat or two for them. They’ve very kindly published the whole lot, both online and in the magazine itself.

I’ve budgeted that everything feeds 2 for £20 a week each, priced at Sainsbury’s online. There’s a minimum of energy costs, kitchen equipment and herbs, spices and condiments; but the opportunity to add in the things that you absolutely can’t do without to flavour your food. I’ve intended it as a guide–not gospel–and tried to make frugal food seem fun.

I’m so pleased to have been given the opportunity to do this and at risk of sounding a bit like I’m giving an Oscar speech, I’d like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support and encouragement they gave me over the first piece. Many of you took the time to tweet and email me personally as well as leaving personal, thoughtful, honest comments that created a real discussion on the subject. Some of you even went out of your way to suggest a piece by me to the Guardian/Observer and I hope I’ve thanked you personally.

Both Mister North and I would like to thank you all for the fun, support and encouragement we’ve had in our blogging career. It’s been brilliant so far. I’m certainly a much better and resourceful cook than I was and it’s introduced me to wonderful people and opportunities. Here’s to many more years!

Miss South's article online for Observer Food Monthly, 20th Jan 2013

{ 60 comments… read them below or add one }

Miss South January 26, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Jean Francis: blushes gently. If the book fairy brings me opportunities, I’ll let you know!

Diana: good choice starting with the ice cream. It’s my favourite!

Caro January 26, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Top tip about Smash! (I didn’t know if you could still get it and had to do a quick Google..)

Potato scones (my Scots roots won’t let me call them anything else) tomorrow – all being well to celebrate a Murray victory!

Brenda Durham January 27, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Hello – I’ve just been reading your blog after reading your articles from last week’s Observer Food Monthly. I agree with our ethos – I am a pensioner (youngish) on a fixed budget and try to eat as healthily as I can and cook from scratch. I love your blog however I found it difficult to identify the links due to the pale green colour unless I clicked on them. Don’t know if there’s anything you can do about this but now that I’ve found you I will keep reading with interest!

Many thanks, Brenda

Miss South January 28, 2013 at 9:51 am

Brenda: sorry you had difficulty with the links. Hope it doesn’t put you off reading or commenting in the future!

Surinder Bains January 30, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Just adding my pennethworth – great piece which I have only just sat down to read properly. I clocked the recipes at the weekend and made the Chicken cobbler tonight which the (teenage) boys are wolfing down, right now. Going to send the link to my daughter at Uni too.

Really enjoyed reading the piece at full length tonight. Well done. You’re a great writer and the recipes are brill. Here’s to more success.

Now, must put my feet up and read your Blog.

Miss South January 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Surinder: I am chuffed to hear that hungry teenage boys are devouring the cobbler. That’s a proper seal of approval! And thank you for your kind words. Hope you find more things on here to try and to encourage your daughter with. I cooked pretty much everything from scratch in my first year at uni which simultaneously made me a bit odd and very popular with other hall dwellers. I wish I’d known more about shopping though beforehand!

Richard February 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Hi – love the blog, articles and recipes. One question – in the winter vegetable and barley soup recipe, it says 1.2 litres of stock in the ingredients but then only suggests you use 570ml – what should I do with the rest of the stock? Thanks.

Mister North February 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Hi Richard, thanks for your lovely comment! Miss South recommends using the rest of the stock for a couple of other recipes which are in the OFM piece, to make it go as far as possible.

The first is a pearl barley risotto with beetroot (which is a wonderful winter warmer in its own right and also forms the basis of the stuffed cabbage leaves). The second, to use up the remainder, is a corn chowder, which is quick and delicious too. Hope you get good mileage from your stock…

Richard February 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Thanks – but I don’t really understand this. It’s pretty clear in the list of ingredients for the soup that you need 1.2l. Then in the method for the soups, it says add 570ml of stock.

When I made it I was unsure what to do. I started off by just adding 570ml. But I ended up with a fairly dry mixture of veg, not really a soup. So I added enough extra stock to make up 1.2l at the end. The soup was then fine. I think the recipe should be amended to make it clearer as surely this is an error?

That said, the finished soup was delicious so thanks, I’ll be making this again.

Miss South February 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Hi Richard, I think explained before that it was a typo which sadly I have no control over, but I’d have suggested doing what you did and simply adding more stock to your preference. i Like mine quite thick so use less. About a litre to get several portions of soup. Hope that helps!

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