Budget Cooking – Bacon and Lentil soup

As we all know, I love bacon. And I love soup. Why not combine the two into a hearty meal that serves 4 whole people and cost only £2 to make. Thats a massive cost of 50p per serving!

In this video I share a meal that we love – tasty, easy to cook and cheap! What more can you want!?


2 carrots, pealed and chopped roughly

3 celery sticks, chopped roughly

1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tin 400g chopped tomatoes

1 pack of cooking bacon, chopped

150g red lentils

2 tins of Vegetable stock

Spoon of oil


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, then add the onion, garlic and bacon. Fry this until the bacon is cooked, which will only take a few minutes.
  2. Add the celery, carrot, tomatoes and stock, give it a stir, then add the lentils.
  3. Bring to the boil and simmer for around 20 – 30 minutes to allow the lentils to cook.
  4. Serve

For a crunchy twist, keep some of the bacon bits to one side and fry these up until very crispy while the soup is cooking. When serving the soup, sprinkle the crispy bacon on top. Yum!

We are in Sydney!

We love living on a narrowboat and are very much enjoying all the experiences that it brings. One of the great benefits for us is that we have been able to save some money to enable us to make a trip to Australia to visit with Anna’s friends and family for the first time in 4 years. We are really excited about the trip and wanted to share it with you guys. Anna was especially excited to show us all round her home town of Sydney.
In this week’s vlog, we take you with us on a whirlwind tour of Sydney in 1 day. We had a lovely day out including a wonderful boat tour around the harbour, a walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens, drinks at the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) and ended up at the Sydney Observatory. Unfortunately, our lack of organisation meant that we missed out on any of the special tours running at the observatory, but we were able to capture the Sydney skyline as the sun went down.
We hope that you enjoy the vlog.
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