Hard Times Frugal Desserts: A Back to Basics Cook Book
Working 12 hours plus and cooking can really be something, I should know. But no matter what I have done in life to earn money, teaching, cooking, many things in different phases of my life, nonetheless, I fell back on my knowledge of cooking. It always saves money when you know how to cook what is called "from scratch", that means nothing comes out of a box prepared.
But when you are short of time, you have to rely at times on things both out of a box, or out of a frozen food package. And of course, I don't care what anyone says, I still would be lost without a can opener.
But I have noticed something for some time and that is that many people are seeing their family budgets shrink. Those who aren't, are lucky I guess, but I do know I kept being asked how to cook, I mean really the basics, like how to cry something. And even what do measurements mean, and also how to chose what to buy so that the small amount of grocery money can go further and be used wisely.
So one day, my husband after one of these sudden teaching lessons I was giving to someone finished. I washed my hands, dried them on the hand tower over the back of a chair and went into the living room for a much needed break, my husband said, "You know you should write a book."
Believe me, I already felt there were thousands if not millions of cookbooks everywhere, so it took some persuading to get me to try this.
I was green as grass on how to write a book, but overly long on experience of cooking, and wanted many times to retire from the kitchen, but I saw a need, at least I felt I could help some people, and so I went to work writing things down.
My own rules were:
1. people had to have asked me many times, how do you make this dish
2. it had to be made of relatively cheap recipes you can buy on the tightest budget if need be.
3. it had to pass on some of the knowledge you only learn in the kitchen with what people call "hands on experience."
So I wrote a cook book and right away people told me how I could have done it better, and they told me after it was a done deal. But I have learned from the suggestions, and that really is how some of the other cook books were born.
Frankly I find that writing books is something like eating Oreo cookies, and their famous slogan, "Best you can't eat just one." I am probably quoting this wrong, but in writing cookbooks, after some time, I felt there were some things I should have said, so I wrote some more, gradually over a period of time.
One of my favorite recipes I share in the Frugal Dessert book is for banana pudding. IT is a great dish for just the family, or for friends, or for social events.
I hope you try it some day!