Hedgehogs are tasty and frugal

Before you call PETA, let me explain… I’m not advocating the hunting of hedgehogs or even collecting roadkill to eat. The hedgehogs I’m referring to are fudge-like bars filled with dried fruit, nuts and cookie bits. I’ve never heard of hedgehogs until recently but these sound a lot like bars I’ve seen in candy shops called “bark”. From the web sites that talk about hedgehogs, I’ve gathered that it’s some kind of British and/or Australian comfort dessert. Do we even have real hedgehogs in the US?

Incredible shrinking curry

I’ve mentioned elsewhere that I started this blog to keep track of recipes that I come up with that I want to be able to make again. This curry recipe is one of those. It’s an Indian-style curry with lots of inflammation-reducing (hence, “incredible shrinking”) ingredients like turmeric, ginger and garlic. These ingredients are known to help reduce pain in those suffering from arthritis and fibromyalgia. It’s also super low in carbs and really satisfying.

Cow soy

I’m obsessed with classic dishes. I’m not talking about handmade plates. The classic dishes I’m talking about are those regional recipes that are so ubiquitous in their area that life just couldn’t be the same without. One of the best examples in the US is chili. Even if you aren’t a big chili fan, you still have to admit that chili has become an integral part of American culture. So when I find a classic dish that I’ve never had before, I get excited- and obsessed with trying to recreate it. That’s what happened when I had the Northern Thai dish Khao Soi.

The new frugal Jamie Oliver

There’s been enough news lately on various celebrities jumping on the frugal bandwagon that I should probably create a new category. The term “bandwagon” often has a negative connotation, much like the term “fair-weather fan” for sports. I actually think it’s great that so many people are finding frugality as something that helps you live a better life and feel good about doing it. The more celebs that spread the word the better as they seem to be role models for so many, for better or for worse.

Lox, stock and bagel

One of my favorite meals involves a good bagel with cream cheese, tomato, red onion and lox. Most of the ingredients for this are pretty inexpensive, except for the lox. Good Nova Scotia lox usually runs at least $20/lb or more. I could probably go through a half pound myself on a Sunday morning with a couple of bagels and it would be well worth the money. But why do this when you can make your own lox at home very easily.