Frugal French Pantry July 2017. What is this all about? Well, I live in Deux Sevres which is the northern region of the new department 'Nouvelle Aquitaine' in Western France. We have a magazine which is aimed at holidaymakers and English speakers called The Deux Sevres Monthly. It's a great way to find out what is going on and gives us lots of ideas on places to visit and where to source help if we need it. More importantly I am so excited that I have been asked to do a regular feature page called 'The Frugal French Pantry'! The aim of my page is to present seasonal recipes which are also designed to be frugal or on a budget. If you have visited France you will realise that the cost of food is quite high and, although many of us choose to live here for different reasons, we probably all agree that the food is fantastic but it is difficult to feed a crowd without breaking the bank. When I first started my blog, at the end of June 2015, I had it in mind to focus on frugal foods. It is easy here to grow so many things that I wouldn't contemplate in the UK such as melons, peppers and squash amongst many others. Everyone in my hamlet of six houses grows something and we tend to share what we have grown too. We are lucky that our garden provides apples, pears, plums, peaches, kiwis, grapes, redcurrants, figs, blackcurrants, hazelnuts, strawberries, rhubarb, chestnuts and cherries without effort. In the lane outside we have walnut trees and can collect rosehips, elderflowers, blackberries and sloes. Believe me, we need to gather while we can! Although this website now has recipes for a variety of budgets I still cut corners whenever I can; if I see reduced meat I buy the lot and freeze it, much to the embarrassment of my husband! Lidl is my regular shop and I top up from others if I have to. Most people I know do the same. Frozen is good! For the month of July I am focussing on easy salads that use local ingredients that you can grow or forage for in France but I hope you will enjoy these recipes wherever you are. Here's what I have included this month on the Frugal French Pantry July 2017. Rocket and Walnut Pesto Pasta. Pasta always fills up a crowd and with this recipe it's easy to make your own pesto too if you can get the walnuts. Rocket is quite happy to grow in a pot so no need to buy expensive bagged salads. Garlic and Tarragon Potato Salad. Although I use new potatoes for this salad they are horrendously expensive in France. The last time I checked they were the same price as cod fillet! Instead try using boiling potatoes cut up into a similar size and use dried tarragon instead of fresh. No one will really notice! Tomato, Feta and Oregano Salad. Most people here grow their own tomatoes, but whatever you have cut them the same size and enjoy a delicious salad. Proper Coleslaw. Buying a white cabbage isn't expensive and goes a long, long way. Add in a few foraged walnuts, apple, onion, a dash of maple syrup and coriander and this will fill plates and bellies too. If you don't want to look at the recipes individually check out the link to The Frugal French Pantry July 2017 and see all the recipes on one page. Remember that I have lots of other salads on the website that are easy to do. Frugal is good!