Cheap and Cheerful Carrot Soup

carrot soupThis was another cheap and cheerful lunch!  We had a big bag of carrots reduced from the supermarket and didn’t know what to do with them so made this quick and easy soup for lunch.

1 onion (chopped)
1 crushed clove of garlic
500g of chopped carrots
1 litre of vegetable stock
Black pepper to taste

  • Chop an onion and gently fry in some butter or olive oil with a crushed clove of garlic until soft.
  • Add 500g of chopped carrots and cook for a few minutes.
  • Add the vegetable stock, bring to the boil and simmer until the carrots are tender (about 15 – 20 mins).
  • Remove from heat and season with pepper.
  • Liquidise in a blender or food processor.
  • Serve into bowls and swirl in some cream or yogurt and/or sprinkle with fresh chopped coriander
  • Serve with fresh crusty bread.


  • You can use any combination of sweet-tasting vegetables instead of just carrots (parsnips, butternut squash, red or yellow peppers).
  • To make a thicker soup, add a chopped potato before simmering.
  • Carrot & Coriander soup- Follow the above recipe, but add 1tsp ground coriander to the pan with the onions. Add a good handful of chopped fresh corriander to the soup after blending. Stir in and serve.

Online Shopping Comparison Engines

shopping cartOnline Shopping Comparison Engines may seem confusing but they make shopping online easier and more cost effective.  You can search for the best deals around from just one site.

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There are lots to choose from but today we are going to take a closer look at Kelkoo as it is one of the more established sites and is easy to navigate.

There are a wide range of categories including baby and nursery and flights. You can either search by the category or if you know exactly what you want you can type in the name. Once you are in the right area you can refine your search by price or by more specific categories.


nintendo dsSo if we are looking for DS for our kids christmas we can type in “Nintendo DS” but this gives us alomst 10000 results!! We can then refine it by typing in “Nintendo DS Console” and then clicking on the game console category on the right and we only have 194 results left! You can then sort by most popular or ascending price to find the best deal for you.


Car Scrappage Scheme to be extended

If you are looking to replace your old car and want to save some money this could be the scheme for you. 

The UK’s car scrappage scheme is to be extended, Lord Mandelson has announced.

He said the scheme, which started in May and gives consumers £2,000 off a new car if they trade in one at least 10 years old, was running out of money.

The business secretary broke the news, called for by the car industry, in his speech to the Labour Party conference.

He said “we cannot do everything but that does not mean doing nothing” and said the scheme would be extended to cover 100,000 more cars and vans. The £300m initiative had been due to end in February, or when the limit of 300,000 vehicles being scrapped was reached.

Read More at the Direct Gov Site here..

Household Insurance

Insurance Rip Offs

Household InsuranceI got my renewal for household insurance a few days ago and finally got around to doing something about it today. What an eye opener!!  The letter from the broker stated that it was the best offer available so I decided to do a little shopping around to check.

By chance I got a letter the same day from Churchill Insurance as we have our car insurance with them.  They were offering a great rate and a saving of £70 on our renewal quote. I called to check the details were OK for running my small business from home.  The customer service assistant was very helpful and as it was such a good deal I signed up to pay in instalments.

When I went to cancel my insurance I was told that they could maybe do something for me and came back with a quote £60 cheaper than originally.  This made me really annoyed, if they were honest in the first place and given me the best quote they would still have my business, as it is I have made the move!

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Always shop around before signing up for any insurance to make sure you are getting the best deal possible. Try shopping around at one of the many comparison sites.