All these recipes are tested & approved by me & my family.  They are mostly easy and mostly frugal, but definitely delicious!

I’ve finally amassed enough recipes to warrant an organizational system. Please click on the links here to jump to the anchors below:

Sweet Things

Savoury Things




Sweet Things

Chocolate Chip Mayonnaise Cupcakes

Super easy, super chocolatey, addictive cupcakes that take a full cup of mayo!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Squares

A delicious, superfast no-bake dessert. Let me know if anyone has a vegetarian substitute for marshmallows!

Microwave Jam

Recipe for making very small batches of jam–like one jar at a time.  It isn’t really “preserved” so you need to refrigerate it and eat it within a month.  This link tells the story of my urban foraged blackcurrants and my late-night jam-making adventures.

Chewy Granola Bars

These are more similar to a cookie bar than a hard granola bar.  The secret is pressing them down very hard with the back of a loaf pan before cooking, half-way through cooking, and then after cooking/before cutting.  It helps them to stay together. Also, I use some peanut butter, added into the wet ingredients, which seems to add extra “stick”.

The Best Cookies Ever

Srsly.  They are amazingness cookie-on-ified.  2 kinds of chocolate & 2 kinds of ginger, and no eggs or baking powder, so they’re easy to whip up even when you don’t have your full arsenal of baking supplies!

Peanut Butter & Jam Muffins

These are a bit on the dense side but make a perfect snack.  They are, as most baked goods are, the absolute bestest right out of the oven.  I make them in little mini-loaf shapes and they are a hearty snack indeed!

Chocolate Chip Cookies


Savoury Things


Chicken Broth

Make it with leftover bones and frozen veggie scraps. It is remarkably cheap and very good for you.

Super Economical Black Bean Soup

Around $3 for a pot of soup that will feed our family of 3 for at least 2 meals. And it’s easy, nutritious and delicious too!

Zucchini-Cilantro Soup

Perfect for this time of the summer when there are so many zucchinis and not enough mouths to eat them.

Butternut Squash Soup

I make this when friends come over.  I make this in the winter when I’m craving vegetables.  I’m making this right now.  It is delicious, fast, easy and cheap.


Totally amazing, revolutionary no-knead bread

I think I just about summed it up right there. Click here to see a more detailed version of the instructions (perfect for anyone who has not read Peter Reinhart or taken Bread Baking 101).

Ottawa Sourdough

This is my current sourdough recipe, configured to use the organic bread flour I keep finding everywhere here that is called “white” but has the germ added back in. It behaves differently than other flour, so here is my recipe for a good, light loaf using this flour.

Pizza Dough

This makes a lovely soft crusty flavourful pizza dough.  I didn’t make it, but I ate it happily!  Thanks D!

Flour Tortillas

Super delicious, quick and easy, this is my new summer bread.  Now to try making them on the barbecue!

Corn Tortillas

The “other” kind of tortillas, these are as tasty as, and even easier to make than the flour tortillas above.


Pastry rolls with a savoury filling, these are an easy project you could make with kids.  Perfect for taking to the park or on a road trip, you can easily roll up all four food groups in one hand-held tasty snack!

Assorted Things

Creamy Tomato-Chicken Pasta Sauce

Great recipe to make with leftover chicken.

Spicy Clam Sauce

Quick, easy and clammy! Can’t believe I forgot to add this to the recipe page!

Fish Cakes

A delicious way to enjoy your dose of Wild Pacific Salmon–frozen cuts are perfect, and cheaper than fresh!


Adapted from The New Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen, this recipe is easy, nutritious, filling and frugal, not to mention vegan.

Sesame-Peanut Tofu Rice Bowl

Delicious, easy, cheap, filling, and totally vegan!  What more could you ask for!

Lamb Rogan Josh

This recipe is just plain delicious!!  It’s also easy, though the lamb is not cheap, but it makes a ton and is wonderful to serve to friends.


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