Time for another Frugal Friday, and today let’s talk about cooking! It’s another past time which shouldn’t cost a fortune and is very rewarding.
Of course everyone has their own ‘thing’ – some people love to bake and some cook dinnertime masterpieces. At the moment, my obsession is pickling! Right now I have been pickling Kimchi! Kimchi is basically a fermented spicy cabbage. It’s disgusting on one level – like the first time i ate it RAW, it burnt my mouth and tasted like a dirty dishcloth.
Then I learned to cook with it – to make fried rice and tuna stew – and YUM YUM YUM!
Thing is it’s quite expensive to buy the shop bought stuff. About £2.80 for a tub, and I usually use a whole tub just for one recipe. I made my own the other week and so far I haven’t even finished the 1st jar and i’ve cooked with it 3 times. It cost me about £5 to make the two jars pictured above.
I used Dr. Ben Kim’s recipe (thanks to Kathi for the recommendation) which is easy to follow but you do need a blender (Mr C very unhelpfully melted my trusty little smoothie blender in the dishwasher – still not forgiven him).
I am so proud of my home made Kimchi! This must be what giving birth feels like but without the stitches:
Speaking of giving birth, I have birthed another blog, nary a week old but if you like Chinese food, then do pop over. I am taking requests and the blog is of course named after my dear Nana, hence the name Cooking Nana and you can follow it on Twitter here, to stay updated with when I upload new recipes.
So do you like to cook? What was the last masterpiece you made?