Thank Christ it’s nearly payday, eh?
We completed on our house in January, so for Mike and I, 2017 is the Year of Frugality. It probably won’t be the first, if I’m honest, because we have a mortgage now and that sucker drags on for nearly a quarter of a century, but it’s definitely the time to get into good habits. Most of my bad habits revolve around food, so we’ve swapped eating out and posh wine bars for packed lunches, Meat-free Mondays and having people over for dinner, rather than going out. It’s actually not too bad – I quite enjoy cooking and it’s always nice to discover a new favourite recipe. Plus, home-cooked food is almost always healthier – I’ve already lost a few pounds without really trying, which is a nice side effect!
Because I’m not alone in putting myself on a New Year frugality drive, the coupon-sharing website Voucherbox (you will definitely have visited it while manically Googling ‘ASOS DISCOUNT CODE’ at some point) has put together an e-cookbook of low-cost meals, and they asked meeeee to contribute a recipe..! Usually my favourite cheapy meal is a homemade soup, but as that’s a bit boring I decided to write up my now famous Smoky Garlic & Red Pepper Dip. I love it as food lube in falafel or chicken wraps, but it’s also a great snack to whip up when you’ve got people over for poker night. It’s chickpea-based, so basically hummus, but in my opinion EVEN MORE DELICIOUS than the proper stuff (authenticity be damned!) It’s a super smoky, super garlicky dip of dreams and takes about 10 minutes to make.
You can read my recipe here, plus 21 other homemade cheap eat ideas from food bloggers like Lela London, Rachel Phipps and Daisy Hatami of Pretty Green Tea. (Daisy’s recipe is a veggie Wellington made with lentils, which sounds bloody marvelous! I’ll be giving it a whirl this weekend – stay tuned!)
This post was sponsored by Voucherbox.
Author: Emily Gibson
Emily is an urban adventurer, blogger and
glutton foodie on an epic quest to uncover the best things to eat, drink and do in London. She lives in Islington and loves ceviche, cycling and magic shows. Lifelong nemeses include beetroot, beards and wine served in tumblers.