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I am on a drive to get back to  making my own sauces and preserves. I am so tired of reading labels that bear no resemblance to what should be in the bottle/package. The manufacturers feel they should just add a wee bit of extra rubbish and preservatives like sodium sorbate, potassium sorbate or some … Continue reading

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  • Just a quick tip for Senior Citizens: Bryanston Fruit and Vegetable shop at Cramerview Village Shopping Centre on Main Road Bryanston, has 10 % discount day for senior citizens on Tuesdays. This excellent shop with friendly helpful managers and staff, has great deals on quality meats and flowers as well. Happy Shopping x Elaine  
  • QUICK TIP: Get rid of the Garlic / Onion smell. I love cooking with both garlic and onions but can't stand the way that my hands smell afterwards, I found this great tip on Real Simple that solves the problem:  After chopping onions, scrub your hands with salt and a splash of vinegar to eliminate the smell. Definitely worth a try. SOURCE: Happy Monday! x Natalie
  • QUICK TIP: Use Toothpaste as CD Cleaner. To restore a damaged CD, apply a dot of non-gel formula toothpaste to a cotton cloth and rub in a straight line from the center of the CD outward, covering any scratches. Rinse off the toothpaste with water. SOURCE:  P.S I tried this with one of my favourite Cd's that couldn't get through a couple of songs without skipping - And it worked brilliantly! The whole CD plays without one stutter or stammer. When I have a chance I am going to do it to all my CD's.
  • QUICK COOKING TIP: When you fry meat, don’t put the oil in the pan, rub a bit on the meat. That way, it won’t stick but it will seal nicely. You will use a lot less oil this way. Try it, next time you fry bacon.
  • Special notice for pensioners: Seemann’s, our favourite butchery in Strydom Park has a Pensioner’s discount day every Tuesday. Pop along there tomorrow and get all your meat needs at 5% discount. Just a reminder that they sell end-of-factory-run sliced cold meats at hugely discounted prices AND you’ll get your 5% off those packs as well. Happy Shopping x Elaine.
  •   SALE @ HERBERT EVANS: The Great Annual Sale starts this Saturday 28 July and runs until 9th September. Lots of specials. Canvas less 50%, Colour less 40%, paper and pads less 40%. Visit for more details. Happy Shopping! x Natalie    
  • QUICK TIP: If you want to add pasta or rice to soup, never add it during cooking. Pre-cook the rice (or pasta) and when dishing up, place a dollop in each bowl, pour over the boiling soup and it will heat up, and won't become mushy and spoil the soup.
  • QUICK TIP: AN EASY WAY TO THICKEN SOUP. What do you do when you’ve added too much stock to your soup and it is all watery? If it is mixed veg, you can just continue to simmer till the fluid evaporates. However fresh green pea soup must not be over-boiled. Last weekend I had made a big pot of lamb stock using knuckle bones and I had a half a packet of peas. I cooked the peas gently with some onions, pureed them and… added too much stock. Result: Thin and watery and no more peas to plump it out. If I can possibly help it I never thicken soup with flour so, the next thing would have been to boil up some potatoes and mash them to thicken the soup, but everyone was hungry and waiting for supper. So, I peeled 2 medium potatoes and chopped them up into the blender, adding some of the liquid from the soup and blended it finely.  I added this ‘potato smoothie’ to the soup, and simmered it for a few minutes and voilà. Delicious thick pea and potato soup in minutes.
  • QUICK TIP: When buying meat, cheese, and cold meats, always look at the price per kilo to make sure you are getting the best deal. Pick'nPay has a great pricing system that allows you to see the kilo price or the price per unit on most of their items, this make it much easier to compare prices.


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I'm Natalie, creator, writer, editor and sometimes photographer of Cheap Luxury. I created this blog as a project to discover my passion. I write it with my darling mom Elaine and it has evolved into something beautiful and I am very proud of what has been created. I love amazing food, shopping specials and living a fabulously fugal life. Thank you for visiting our blog. Please feel free to pour yourself a cup of tea, make yourself at home and indulge in our recipes, tips and meanderings. x Natalie

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