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!
Frugal Food: Apple Pie