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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Traditional cooking? on: November 30, 2011 07:33:39 AM
I've found myself a bit short on money, and I got the idea that back in the day, people didn't have a lot of money either so a lot of more traditional food (not gourmet) using simple ingredients, might be my best bet. I don't eat processed food either, so I found it was easier to follow more traditional recipes when using whole food.
A few good ones I found are:
http://www.cottagesmallholder.com/superb-food-from-other-great-blogs-chef-at-large-sids-meat-and-oatmeal-stew-2021 (the oatmeal also adds extra protein!)
http://www.chow.com/recipes/28172-boxty-irish-potato-pancake (I also like to add things like onion or cheap meat to these)
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Autumn-Root-Vegetable-Puree-231140 (adjusted for availability, on the side of whatever cheap roast I can get)
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/homemade-chicken-soup/ (made with leftovers of a chicken that I roasted and ate, rather than the whole chicken...if it's not enough I freeze it and make it when I have 2!)

I also make my own bouillon base with old roasts, so I don't have to use the cubes, which are often full of MSG and other nasty stuff!

Anyway, what kinds of cheap, traditional recipes do you make? Preferably using whole food. And country of origin is no object!
2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Flower arranging workshop in Melbourne! on: September 26, 2011 03:34:42 AM
Hey everyone!

In case anyone is interested, I thought I'd share. There's a deal on today and tomorrow for a flower arranging workshop in Melbourne. if it's something you're into maybe it's for you!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Homemade magnetic screens? on: September 20, 2011 01:08:24 AM
Insects are the bane of my existence, but screens are SO expensive, and a lot of the cheaper ones I've found are really ugly.
I have a relative in Canada who keeps raving about these: http://www.seentvcanada.com/magic-mesh-p-681.html ... however, I don't know how I'll get them from Canada (Canada Post is super expensive), so I thought there must be some sort of way to make my own. they have magnets all along the 'opening' that shut it when it's not in use. I looked for magnets but they seem to be really expensive and they have to be somewhat powerful to work for this.  I just came across this Groupon deal: http://www.groupon.com.au/deals/national-deal/-mind-cube-/715861113, which seems kind of expensive, but I think it's enough magnets to make at least a couple of these and when I worked out magnet costs individually, this ends up being a lot cheaper. Anyway I was wondering what everyones thoughts were? Would magnets like that work to make the kind of screen above? The idea is that I'd take the toy apart and sew the magnets into pockets along the opening of the screen.
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