Egg Drop Soup (蛋花湯)

I wonder why, but the meaning of this dish has become lost in translation. ‘蛋花湯’, literally ‘egg flower soup’, describes the appearance of the egg ‘exploding’ when it cooks quickly in heat; ‘Egg Drop Soup’ on the other hand describes the way the soup is cooked – not that this is the most accurate description anyway....more

Inexpensive Meals

With summer fast approaching if you are like me, we tend to need ideas for quick, easy and inexpensive meals.  During the summer I find we entertain more, the kids have extra friends and cousins over.  Not to mention the kids are home all day, so you need to feed them breakfast, lunch and dinner. The need for inexpensive meals comes in handy when you are facing a tougher financial time or even when you are trying to put more money towards debt pay off, or saving for a family vacation, or big ticket item.   I find wh...more

More With Less Weekly Meal Plan

Feed your family of four a week of dinners with a shopping cart maximum of $95.This is not your average meal plan. The point of this meal plan is to help you be smart with your money. Use cheap ingredients to make dinners, without eating beans and rice or pasta every night. These are dinners for regular families living on a budget....more

5 Easy Ways to be Frugal

When you think about being frugal, you probably think of planting your own garden or spending hours every day clipping coupons and comparing store ads. But that's not how being frugal looks for everyone. That's certainly not how it looks to me. I'd love to have a garden and clip coupons but my current residence doesn't have the space for a garden and I don't have near enough time in a day or even a week to clip coupons (I tried it). ...more

Sour Fish Sausage With An Acquired Taste

I went to the Golden Mile Complex on Wednesday, for the first time in my life. There was a HUGE Thai supermarket, and therein lies a HUGE selection of chilli pastes and spices. In fact, there are more pastes that I am oblivious to than there are that I am not....more

May Real Food Meal Plan – flexible, frugal monthly meal plan with printable calendar

The beauteous bulb blooms are just coming up here, and we're enjoying hikes in the woods and some playground time in between gloomy days. Silly New England weather can switch seasons multiple times in one day. We are enjoying the nicer weather and some fairy house adventures. I'm also in the mood for lighter fare and not clinging quite so desperately to my comfort food. Leeks! Leeks are back!It's a good thing this is all seasonal recipes. "May" is just a handy label for lovely things like asparagus and rhubarb. Unfortunately I totally suck at deadlines....more

Simply Belacan For The Chilli Lovers Out There

Making this chili is simple – one needs only to know how to grind and fry. And understand what the difference is between a galangal and a ginger....more

Turning Red Bean Soup Into Popsicles

What do you do with a pot of leftover red bean soup? It would be a total waste to throw it away. If you live in a warm and humid country like mine, sweet dessert leftovers like this usually do not fail to make for a good and refreshing chilled treat....more