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Cheap Dinner Ideas

Welcome to Cheap Dinner Ideas. The reason I decided to start the Cheap Dinner Ideas site is because I have always had a passion for food oh and when I was younger I had busy working parents and dinner usually consisted of something soggy and overcooked out of a pressure cooker.  I did state that live on Air at BBC Radio Sheffield. There were so many foods later in life that I liked once they were cooked properly. Luckily my mother hasn’t listened to the catch up yet and hopefully it expires before she does.

 

We do have a book of hand written recipes but my writing is so bad that I cannot read it the next time I come to cook it, if I cant read it then no one else will. The best recipes from the book will be transferred into the digital realm.

 

 

THE NAME

Cheap,  because we’re all looking to save money in today’s world and I don’t think it matters what the economy is doing we all love a bargain and a good deal. I always say this and it is true, because your cooking on a budget it does not mean the food should taste great. On the other side of the scale, because you paid a fortune for something does not always mean it will taste good.

The Family

I have a lovely wife (the third so far) 4 kids and a boxer called Casper. My eldest has left home and now she has a little girl of her own. Isabelle the little one eats like a horse so no problems there. The eldest does come back to leave our granddaughter but she always seems to head to the fridge before she leaves. The eldest favourite that I make is Dauphinois Potatoes, she can eat 5 portions in one go. My other 3, well two girls and one boy, the youngest are pink and blue twins.

They keep me young, they drive me insane, but I love them all the same.

 

CHEAP DINNER IDEAS TRAINING

I have had no formal training in cookery but I have been lucky to work in a small professional kitchen some weekends for nearly a year. The deal was I did all the donkey work prepping the food (the glamorous ones gutting then filleting fish)for the evening and if Nick (Chef and Owner) then got the time before cooking he would then show me the finer points of being a chef. The place where I worked was Buckinghams in Chesterfield. This place was very different as in it only had one table that seated 8 people (10 at a push) The menus were Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum all ascending in cost.

There were at least 4 course and sometimes up to 8 course depending on the night. What happened in Buckinghams is that they would ring the guest a few days before and ask them what they DID NOT like to eat and any special dietary requirements. Nick would then go to the market on that day and buy all the freshest produce. The butcher and the fishmonger would arrive early afternoon and Nick would choose what would complement what he already had. The menu was never the same, always a delight and an inspiration. I guess this is where my adaptability has come from by making use of what’s available at the time

 

CHEAP DINNER IDEAS HISTORY

My wife and I have both been quite lucky in eating out as we both worked in the Casino Industry (Yes that’s where we met and fell in love) The Casinos of the UK have some great restaurants with great food and I do cover some on my other blog. I was in the supply business so I got to take a lot of customers to different places to eat, I have eaten in some very expensive and posh places but that doesn’t mean that the food is any good believe me, I have even had a kebab in the middle of the night in London and that was delicious. The Kebab Salad was good but not as good as mine.

We do not get out to eat very much at all now (The Kids) but when we do we will give our honest opinion on the food, the wine and the level of service we get. So our food experience has been far and wide with a great variety. Did I mention the wife is Scottish so we have a little regional influence in our cooking as well, Alison (The Wife) has worked a little behind bars (no not prison) so she makes the occasional cocktail or two so we will share the recipies and the cheap alternatives that are out there as well.

 

 EQUIPMENT

I will mainly be using my IPhone 6 to take a lot of the pictures on the go, its quick its easy and in real time for the real food. Occasionally when the house is calm (kids out) I will be using my very old Nikon digital SLR to take some pictures as well. Or what I have to hand so apologies if the quality isn’t great,  The cooking equipment well, there is a story in itself.

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If you are still here then you may as well have a look at some of my favourite recipes.

SWEET POTATO AND AUBERGINE CURRY

Easy Chocolate Brownie

Food Memories

When I was lucky enough to be on the radio the presenter asked me what my early food memories were. So I got to thinking, I will elaborate on them when I get time but for now its a list of memoirs.

Berni Inn

Duck l’orange always when I went out.

lobster

Escargot

Scrambled eggs at my nan’s

My brothers baked beans with cheese and Branston’s pickle, it was a creamy sweet and sour affair even before I know that sweet and sour existed.

Prawn cocktail, the seventies classic, I still love them today

 

I could write recipes all day on my site sharing with you all but I have to earn a living as well. Thats why I have retrained even this late in life. Firstly to get my food site discovered by people and then secondly being an On Page SEO guru in training helping others to be noticed.

If you would like help getting your site noticed get in touch. Karl@cheapdinnerideas.co.uk


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