This ^^ is me, I am Becky and i am the creator of Quids in Cooking from Pot to Plate. I love to cook and bake, it is something I have enjoyed since school (a long time ago now!) My mum taught me how to cook all her recipes when I was younger and all those necessary basics that i find a lot of people don’t particularly know now.
I am not a chef. It was a dream when I was younger but I remember my parents telling me about how hard it was and you have to start off on the bottom rung of the ladder. I think they thought being a chef would discourage me from enjoying what I love doing and to be honest they probably thought I wouldn’t make it as I hate being told what to do in the kitchen. The ultimate goal when I grow up would be to own a cafe, serve beautiful sandwiches and homemade cakes with tantalising coffee aromas swooping across the air…but one can dream.
Even though I longed for a house with a huge kitchen and an island with one of those sinks in the middle to rinse your vegetables next to the hob, its not what I ended up with. My kitchen is small, my appliances are all out on the worktops, my cupboards are packed with all things cooking and baking and there is very little room to manoeuvre. But I love it. It is my happy place, my cave of wonders, my never-never land. My garden is similar, it is small but perfect, i have a tiny greenhouse that my husband lovingly constructed a base for after high winds once destroyed my previous greenhouse. I have grow sacks, buckets and pots scattered all over in every available space all ready to grow some delicious vegetables for the year ahead, a water butt to further save those pennies as lets face it one thing we are not short of in the North West of the UK is rain to fill that water butt up! and the latest addition to my garden is my compost bin.
I have always cooked for pleasure, I have cooked things that tickle my taste buds and dishes that look delicious, I have been known to cook a batch of cookies because I really wanted one with my morning brew but I never really had to think about cost, that has had to change. I am now batch cooking meals, costing out food shops and having to stick to a budget, growing my own vegetables has only added to the ability to save money.
This isn’t a tale of oh woe is me… I am lucky but now I have to think… really think how much will this & that cost, can I feed my family on a small budget a week? Can they still eat healthy and nutritious meals and be full until the next meal?
This blog is all about the trials and tribulations of cooking and growing your own food, exploring healthy low cost meals and low cost treats and sharing the wins and the epic fails! If you are in the mood to while away the hours then visit the blog section of our site. Some might say that it is the insane ramblings of a nearly 40 year old with a hint of cooking and gardening and who are we to judge? To be honest they are probably right!! But what you will get is a touch of humour, a hint of realism because life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes you try something and it just goes wrong and in some cases very wrong and what better way to make people feel better than for them to see your epic fails because life is easier if we all laugh together.
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