When I was in my teens and out of home, I had to very quickly learn how to eat when there isn’t much money. In my early 20s, I prided myself on being able to make dinner for four people for under five bucks – something I think inflation has ensured I probably could never do again!
Having said that, I just had like, five ideas. Anyway.
I always made things from scratch (except pasta, heaven help me) even while at full-time uni and at full-time weekend nightclub partying. It’s stood me in good stead even though I have slightly more than the strict budget days of old (and the I don’t have to shop at the supermarket at 8.45pm to get the marked-down specials), and I still prefer humble, hearty cooking than to fancy frou-frou bits. I’ll leave the frou frou to the experts.
This here is basically flour, salt, butter, apples, cinnamon, and sugar. That’s all you need to make a boring fruit into a cheap dessert that tastes like anything but.
Because I’m a pig, I have to have it with both cream and custard, sometimes ice cream, and sometimes cold out of the fridge. But nothing beats apple pie crust straight out the oven. Yum!