Save Money, Reduce Rubbish: Workshops with Tracey

Tracey Smith teaching bread making workshops at Lyme Regis, Dorset
Tracey puts the eco-into easy bread making with fabulous frugal recipes

The Book of Rubbish Ideas positively celebrates reducing waste in your home and keeping more money in your pocket by being savvy with some of your shopping ideas.

Of course, cooking from fresh is a terrific way of combining both and I’ve been doing it for years.  I started making simple recipe loaves and rolls when the children were born.  I wanted to take more charge of what was going into the bellies of my babies and I soon realised, it was a very fulfilling process too.

But being a busy mother of three, I also realised I didn’t have much spare time to indulge either…who does!

So I started ‘tweaking’ the recipes and fiddling around with kneading methods too and I devised a way of reducing the time and effort needed to make it and a way to save pounds and pennies too by incorporating some of the usual kitchen leftovers in the recipes.

Don’t be alarmed, I’m not talking about chopped up chicken bones or anything, I mean stuff like the last few spoons from the pan that cooked up the breakfast porridge, or a grated carrot or courgette that has gone floppy and is past it’s best….these accessible ingredients added to a dough not only reduce the rubbish that might have ended up in the bin (or hopefully the compost), but they can significantly reduce the cost you’d have spent on the raw ingredients – it’s a win, win situation!

So, I’ve put together a few 2 1/2 hour workshops to teach some of my favourite frugal recipes and I run them at a delightful little shop in Lyme Regis, the doorway to the Jurassic Coast and an area of outstanding natural beauty.

There are lots of bed and breakfast places nearby and I’d be delighted to help you find one that suits your budget and expectations, so, if you’re keen on mastering the art of easy bread making and ensuring you never go hungry again, hop onto the courses page at Magic Oxygen and see if you can find a recipe to whet your appetite!

I look forward to welcoming you down here soon, oh and gift vouchers are available too if you’re looking for a unique eco-experience to give to someone you love,

Rubbishly yours,


Exciting Times Ahead

Tracey Smith at a book signingFirstly, if you have a copy of The Book of Rubbish Ideas, then well done!

It is now completely sold out and you are one of a very select group of people who got in first and are probably far more environmentally passionate than average!

If you didn’t manage to get your hands on a copy, then do not despair, for there is some hope for you…

As you read this, the digital elves are hard at work putting together a downloadable digital edition! Yes, you will be able to carry this incredibly valuable tome around in tiny bits of information amazingly packed into the very smallest of silicon chips.

As if that weren’t enough, the delectable Tracey Smith is also beavering away night and day to create an even more splendid second edition.

She is speaking to people across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom who have innovative ideas on ways to reduce the amount of stuff they use every day and if you are such a person (or if you know someone who is) we would love to hear from you. Drop us a line by emailing

Check back here very soon for the launch of the digital version and for a likely publishing date for the second edition.

This post has been happily brought to you by Simon West of Swan Developments, Eco Digital Publishing