Hot food on a hot day!

Even when we are on holiday and taking time out, I keep a careful eye on the food budget.
We are old enough (and daft enough some might add!) to be unswayed by the trappings of tourism; 'faddy' meals out, high cost snacks, souvenirs, etc.
Adding an ice-cream to a trip out really only adds calories, and it loses you money.

I'm not a total miser, but think of the times you have planned to pay out for a culinary treat only to be hugely disappointed by quality or quantity.
Or thought you could have done better yourself at home?

We do go out, but spend as wisely away as we do at home; and choose where to go as carefully.

When back at base, I have a selection of recipes that are simple to make and the ingredients easy to find in a holiday supermarket or market.

Tonight we are having a smoky bean hotpot.

It was prepared and in the slow cooker before we went out, and we'll enjoy it shortly with a glass of local vino.
While we love salads, there is really nothing like a spicy hot meal on a hot day.

Here's the recipe:

Smoky Bean Hotpot

2 tbsp olive oil
1 lge onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 sticks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 sweet potatoes, chopped
I jar roasted red peppers, chopped
400 ml veg stock
1 tin kidney beans, drained
1 tin haricot beans, drained

Put everything in the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours.

Delicious with crusty bread.

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  1. Smokey bean hotpot sounds delicious! I will definately be trying that out.

  2. That sounds very nice, but you just know I will be adding meat to it m'dear ;-)

  3. I need your wisdom ! Hello from your new follower .. in France !


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