Category Archive: Frugal

Embracing Changes

After the shock of our youngest boy, Mayhem being seriously ill, we quit our jobs, quit the rat race and moved our family to Spain to seek out a simpler life.  This is how… Continue reading

A Simpler Life at Christmas

We’ve always loved Christmas, I mean really loved Christmas.  Even pre-children we had our tree up way before the beginning of December.  Now we have two gorgeous boys we have even more reason… Continue reading

Spanish Style Tomatoes for Breakfast- Pa amb Tomaquet

Pa am Tomaquet is origionally a Catalan dish and has spread throughout Spain to the point where any breakfast establishment we have been to has Pan con Tomate or similar (Bread with tomato)… Continue reading

Escaping the Rat Race – A New Chapter

We have been in our new house-sit for just over a week.  We moved away from the the beautiful beaches of Andalusia, the hustle and bustle of the touristic Costa del Sol and… Continue reading

Wine making

For many years the Malaga province has been famous for it’s sweet fortified wines. The predominant grape variety is the Moscatel, grown on steep terraces in the hills of the Axarquia area. To… Continue reading

A Simpler Life…Escaping the Rat Race

I have a confession to make, some of you might find this really, really shocking… I haven’t bought any clothes for myself for a whole year. 365 days, 12 months, a whole year.… Continue reading

Fig & Nut Energy Bars

These are a great snack, breakfast, elevenses, lunch, after dinner, all of the above, any excuse to eat them really. Another put everything into the food processor recipe and with a short baking… Continue reading

Go Nuts! It’s Almond Pesto

Usually made with basil leaves and pine nuts, pesto is a simple but delicious combination of flavourful leaves, oily nuts, hard cheese, olive oil, garlic, salt and lemon juice; any ingredients meeting this… Continue reading

‘Av’ an avocado

There are hundreds of varieties of avocados, four common varieties sold  are Hass  (dark purple/ black knobbly skin), Ettinger and Fuerte (both pear-shaped, smooth & green skinned when ripe) and Nabal (more spherical).… Continue reading

Five ways with Figs

Fig varieties are either classified as black or white, but they are notoriously difficult to identify the exact type as there are over 700 delicious edible varieties. Figs which are green when ripe… Continue reading