FROM THE EDITOR
AS A FARM girl from the Boland, a tasty chargrilled lamb chop, juicy, prime beef steaks and fresh fish braaied over the coals were often on the menu at my parents’ house. But when the big city lights beckoned and I started stocking my fridge on my own budget, I had to learn to cut back. I had to think carefully before spending a rand and tried to use affordable ingredients to create versions of my favourite family dishes. The lamb chops were replaced by pork chops, the thick steaks by more affordable but just as tasty cuts and I discovered you could do a lot with a can of tuna. I had to be smart and it has helped me to eat well while keeping my budget in check. Many of us are often looking for ways to cut back but we still want to eat good, flavoursome food. This magazine has great budgetfriendly recipes – we show you how to prepare delicious dishes that will feed a family of four without spending a fortune. Try our beef in a roasting bag ( pg 8) and pumpkin soup with corn fritters ( pg 81) or get creative and serve up baby marrow pizzas ( pg 88). We have also included budget tips with some of the recipes to help you ssave even more. We’d love to hear from you, email any comments to recipes@ you. co. za. Happy cooking – and saving!