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Saving on Entertainment - Some Pot Luck

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Ruth Brown
Ruth Brown

Here’s a little hotch-potch of entertainment tips, that means you can have a social life without affecting your savings life.

Sure you can have your friends around for a cuppa – but why not use your time together a little more productively!    Choose a dish, or choose several, have each person bring a certain ingredient and then cook up a culinary storm in the kitchen.  Each person then takes home a share of the results to enjoy!    It’s a good idea to choosing dishes that freeze well and make plenty.   You won’t just enjoy the time you’ve spent with friends cooking, chatting and laughing – when you come home from a hard days work and don’t feel like cooking, you won’t be tempted to turn to takeaway while a home-made gourmet delight is just ready for you to take out and reheat!

Want to save on crackers and dip?   You can make a great dip by combining Philadelphia Cream  Cheese with your favourite flavour, like corn relish or how about your favourite herbs or some sun-dried tomato paste?

And you’d be crackers to spend money on crackers when you can make your own at home in under half an hour.

Cracker Recipe

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons of butter/margarine
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • Approx. ¾ cup of water
  • Sesame Seeds Optional

Preheat oven to 170-180°C.  Sift flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt.  With 2 knives, cut the butter/margarine into the flour until mixture is fine (or pop it in the blender).  Add just enough water to make a firm dough.  On a lightly floured surface, roll out thinly with a floured rolling pin.  Using a cookie cutter (why not choose some shapes for a bit of fun), stamp out crackers, prick them all over with a fork and sprinkle with salt and sesame seeds (if desired).  Bake for 20 minutes on some baking paper, or until crisp.  Cool on a rack and store in an airtight container (if you can resist eating them of course).  Makes around 24 crackers.

So why not entertain yourself, your family and your friends in the kitchen.   Well, it’s food for thought anyway.

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