Meet the Frugal Foodie!

Amelia Clifford

We are so excited to have Amelia join the Best Intentions community as our foodie expert!

Hey! I’m Amelia!

Anyone who knows me knows that food is my happy place! I love trying new restaurants (and going back to my favourites time and time again), reading my endless pile of cookbooks and, most of all, cooking in my own kitchen for my family & friends.

This passion led me to embark on a cooking course at Leiths School of Food & Wine (I know fancy, right!?). I had the best 10 weeks mastering the essentials of being a super fantastic cook! I certainly looked the part (see picture).

While I love nothing more than putting on my chef whites (and a bit of fine dining), at the end of day I am a London girl, who lives on her own. Most of the time I’m cooking for myself on an average London salary, so the day to day reality isn’t quite as glamorous as it may seem…

Though I might not be cooking up a fine dining experiences for myself every evening I am sure not sat eating pesto pasta every night!

There are three things that are important to me when it comes to food:

I am not a nutritionist and I am a strong non-believer in diets! I do everything I can to make sure that I am getting my fill of veggies and fruit each day to give myself the energy I need to get through the day. That said, when you are busy and on the go this can be challenging, so my advice is do the best you can! All you can do is have the best intentions (shameless plug, but it is true).  

Food is an essential expense, yet we often scrimp on it just to save money! 50p for a tin of beans when you are counting the days to pay day? Yes please? But that doesn’t always have to be the option! There are so many ways to use things you have in the cupboard or freezer, save that 50p and have a far tastier meal!

Lastly something that has become more and more important to me, food waste.  Nothing makes me more upset than throwing away unused, gone off food. There is always the lingering thought “someone else less fortunate could have eaten this” but there is such a big financial impact as well. It isn’t just the food you’re throwing away; it is your money too!

Trying to balance these along with my LOVE of food is something that I have been thinking about for years and after a couple of chats with Tara & Mel we realised that this is knowledge that can hopefully benefit a lot of you out there!

So watch this space, I am going to bring you my tips and tricks for all things food, from easy mid-week recipes, weekend treats on a budget (think fake-away not take-away) and tips to stop food waste and ultimately help you get the most out of the money that you spend on food.

Please free to ask my questions and even set me a challenge!

And if you want to see my cliché quarantine banana bread & sourdough makes then give me a follow on Instagram @in_mimis_kitchen