Cobb salad (the salad haters’ salad)

4 portions. Approximate cost: £15.25 if buying all ingredients, but you will have a lot left over,  Skill level: Easy, Total cooking time: 45 minutes, 

Tuna Nicoise salad

4 portions. Approximate cost: £9.40 (with a lot of leftover black olives),   Skill level: Medium (beware of over cooking tuna, eggs and green beans at your peril!),  Total cooking…

Sticky citrus chicken

(BBC Good Food’s) Sticky citrus chicken with roasted beetroot

4 portions. Approximate cost: £15.60 (and that’s assuming you have a jar of preserved lemons, otherwise £19) Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 1 hour, 10 minutes (plus…

Duck breast salad

Honey roast duck breast salad

2 portions.  Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 35 minutes, 

Mushrooms on toast

Mushrooms on toast

2 portions. Maximum cost: £3.70,  Skill level: Super easy, Total cooking time: 15 minutes,

Jamie Oliver Herb crusted cod

(Jamie Oliver’s) Herb crusted cod with minted mash

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £11.15,  Skill level: Medium (requires a food processor),  Total cooking time: 50 minutes,  

Recipes that use a food processor

Is a food processor worth the money?

Purchasing large pieces of kitchen equipment can be costly; forking out for a Magimix or Kitchen Aid food processor will definitely hurt your bank balance however there are infinite…

Cod, butter bean and chorizo stew

(BBC Good Food’s) Cod, butter bean & chorizo stew

4 portions. Maximum cost: £22.20,  Skill level: Very easy,  Total cooking time: 25 mins, 

Proper Caesar salad

(Jamie Oliver’s) Proper chicken Caesar salad

4 portions. Approximate cost: £11.40,  Skill level: Easy to Medium (requires pestle and mortar),   Total cooking time: 90 minutes, 

Chicken satay skewers and noodle salad

(Jamie Oliver’s) Chicken satay & noodle salad

4 portions.  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 50 minutes, 

Raspberry banana and almond milk smoothie

Breakfast smoothies

I recently bought a new food processor. My old model kicked the dust after a few years. It had served me well as I used it every other…

Homemade mackerel pate

Mackerel pate & pickled cucumber

6 portions. Approximate cost: £7.15,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Ottolenghi's Turkey & Courgette Burgers

(Ottolenghi’s) Turkey & courgette burgers

4 portions. Maximum cost: £7.05,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 35 minutes, 

(Gordon Ramsey’s) Beef fillet with salsa verde

6 portions. Maximum cost: £60,  Skill level: Medium – requires a pestle and mortar,  Total cooking time: 40 to 45 minutes, 

Potato and feta rosti

(Nigel Slater’s) Potato, carrot, feta & dill rosti

4 portions. Maximum cost: £6 for all ingredients,  Skill level: Medium (it’s all about timing),  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

10 ways to use leftover herbs

Separating your soft from your woody… I’m a big advocate of substituting one ingredient for another; especially if you have surplus of something specific. The same applies to herbs; you can replace basil…

Jamie Oliver vegan pie

(Jamie Oliver’s) Vegan shepherd’s pie

8 portions + Maximum cost: £20 for all ingredients, (includes a £9 bottle of wine) Skill level: Medium (lots of chopping),  Total cooking time: 1 hour 45 minutes,

Jamie Oliver Parma Pork

(Jamie Oliver’s) Pork fillet & feta wrapped in Parma ham

4 portions. Maximum cost: £13.90 for all fresh ingredients,  Skill: Medium,  Total cooking time: 45 minutes,

Asparagus and pesto pasta

Asparagus, pine nut and pesto linguine

4 portions. Maximum cost: £13.05 for all ingredients (you will be left with Parmesan and pine nuts),  Skill level: Easy, Total cooking time: 30 minutes. 

Nigel Slater stuffed peppers

(Nigel Slater’s) Roasted peppers with pork & rosemary

4 portions. Maximum cost: £9.40 for all ingredients,   Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 50 minutes, 

Salmon anchovy and rosemary sauce

(Jamie Oliver’s) Pan roasted salmon, broccoli and anchovy & rosemary sauce

4 portions. Maximum cost: £12,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 15 minutes, 

Nigel Slater Basil Chicken

(Nigel Slater’s) Chicken with basil butter

4 portions. Maximum cost: £8.70,  Skill level: Medium (assuming that you are de-boning the chicken yourself) Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Nigel Slater duck and citrus salad

(Nigel Slater’s) Warm duck and citrus salad

4 portions. Maximum cost: £19.05,  Skill level: Super easy,  Total cooking time: 1 hour 40 mins,

Cutting corners in the kitchen

Shopping List: A week of cutting corners

4 meals using shop-bought pastes, pastry or tins – for when you’re feeling bloody lazy

Chickpea salad

(Jamie Oliver’s) Chickpea, feta and chorizo salad

4  portions. Maximum cost £5 for the original recipe, £9 with my additions,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

Okan, Brixton Village

Eating Out – Okan, Brixton Village

Squid savory pancake (otherwise known as an okonomiyaki), brown sauce, Japanese mayonnaise, green seaweed flakes and bonito fish flakes, courtesy of the lovely people at Okan, Brixton Village…

Roasted vegetable and farro salad

Roasted vegetable farro salad

8 portions. Maximum cost £9.79 for all ingredients,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 45 minutes, 

Green bean and radish side salad

Green bean and radish side salad

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £3.92 for all ingredients,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 10 minutes, 

The ultimate lasagne

(Jamie Oliver’s) Beef & butternut squash lasagne

8 Portions. Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 3.5 hours, 

Cod, Parma ham and pinenuts

(Jamie Oliver’s) Cod, Parma ham, green beans, pine nuts & lemon

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £16.40, Skill level: Extremely easy,  Total cooking time: 20 minutes, 

Jamie Oliver Panzanella

(Jamie Oliver’s) Tomato & bread salad (Panzanella)

4 portions. Approximate cost: £3.80,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 20 minutes, 

School of Wok XO fried rice

(School of Wok’s) XO fried rice

4 portions. Approximate cost: £15 (although you will have half a jar of XO sauce remaining),  Skill level: Super easy,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes (maximum), 

BBC Good Food Poke Bowl

(BBC Good Food’s) Poke bowl

2 portions (but can easily be extended by adding more fish – If working to a budget, use crab sticks) Maximum cost: £23.25 – looks horrific, but includes…

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(Steamy Kitchen’s) Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce

4 portions. Maximum cost: £5.70,  Skill level: Easy, Total cooking time: 15 minutes, 

Nasi Goreng recipe

Nasi goreng (Malaysian fried rice)

4 Portions. Maximum £12 to buy all ingredients,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

Prosciutto, leek & blue cheese puff pastry tartlet

Prosciutto, leek & blue cheese puff pastry tartlet

4 (smaller) portions if served with salad. Maximum cost: £9.65 for all ingredients Skill level: Super easy,  Total cooking time:  25 minutes, 

Hello Fresh red Thai prawn curry

(Hello Fresh) Prawn red Thai curry

4 portions. Maximum cost: £15 if you need to buy all ingredients,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

(Jamie Oliver’s) Salmon wrapped in prosciutto with herby lentils

4 portions. Maximum cost: £13.55,  Skill level: Super easy,  Total cooking time: 20 minutes, 

Tom Kerridge Ham & Mushroom Pie

(Tom Kerridge’s) Ham and mushroom pie

8 portions. Maximum cost: £16 (or if you use ham from the butcher’s counter, significantly more, but this will make a difference) Skill level: Difficult (ish),  Total cooking time: 2 hours, 

Shopping List: An Asian inspired week

A lot of Asian dishes require specialist ingredients; although the recipes below do use a few, I’ve deliberately kept these to a minimum and only included dishes with ingredients…

School of Wok Beef Hor Fun

(School of Wok’s) Beef Hor Fun Noodles

4 portions. Maximum cost: £15.29,  Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 35 minutes, 

Singapore Noodles

(School of Wok’s) Singapore noodles

4 portions. Maximum cost: £6.59,  Skill level: Easy, Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Vietnamese summer rolls

Vietnamese summer rolls

4 + portions (3 or 4 rolls per person). Maximum cost: £9.59 Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Pork mince, blistered green beans and XO sauce

(Minty’s Kitchen) Pork with green beans in XO sauce

4 portions. Maximum cost: £15,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

Pulled Pork, The Joint, Brixton

Eating out – The Joint, Brixton Village

Prince Albert Battersea

Eating out – Prince Albert (Battersea Park)

Roast oyster mushrooms, celeriac dauphinoise, celeriac puree, crushed root veg, truffle oil, £12.50… save room for pud; Sticky toffee pudding, caramelised banana, toffee sauce and honeycomb ice cream £6.50…

Portobello msuhroom and halloumi burger, brioche bun

Portobello mushroom & halloumi burger

4 portions. Maximum cost: £8.38,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Nigel Slater sweet and soup duck soup

(Nigel Slater’s) Sweet and sour duck soup

2 portions. Maximum cost: £2.85 (assuming you had leftover roast duck) Skill level: Super easy, Total cooking time: 20 minutes, 

John Torode Chicken Pie

(John Torode’s) Chicken, ham & leek pie(s)

4 portions.  Maximum cost: £16.20,  Skill level:  Medium (uses shop bought pastry),  Total cooking time: 1 hr 45 mins, 

Elephant, Brixton Village

Eating out – Elephant, Brixton Village

Approximate cost: £25 for 1 starter and 2 mains (includes tip)

Eating out – Pieminister (Pie with crispy onions)

Mama Lan Brixton Village

Eating Out – Mama Lan, Brixton Village

Approximate cost: £30 for 4 / 5 dishes (enough for 2 people)

Spanakopita Jamie's spinach & feta filo pie

(Jamie Oliver’s) Spinach & feta filo pie

6 + portions. Maximum cost: £15.20,  Skill level: Easy (you need a good amount of work space to assemble)  Total cooking time: 35 minutes, 

Rosendale Pizza

Eating out – Goat’s cheese & chorizo pizza – The Rosendale, West Norwood

A great local boozer; big pub garden, ping pong, table football and a very decent food menu including (if you get there early enough) spit-roast chicken

Pierre Sang Sauteed prawns on a lentil puree topped with diced red pepper, pickled broccoli florets, pea shoots and a soy glaze.

Eating Out – Pierre Sang, Paris

Approximate cost: £120 (plus wine) for 2 people

Nigella's American Pancakes

(Nigella’s) American breakfast pancakes

4 portions. Maximum cost: £4.30 for the base ingredients + £5 for a decent maple syrup Skill level: Easy, Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

How to wrap a fajita

Chicken Fajitas

4 portions. Maximum cost: £15.93 Skill level: Medium (only because there’s lot of chopping),  Total cooking time: 30 to 45 minutes, 

Chadwicks Butchers, Balham

Where I shop – Chadwicks Butchers, Balham

I’m officially a food snob. I now buy all of my meat from the butchers… Granted, it can be a little more expensive then purchasing the equivalent amounts from the supermarket,…

Tiramisu topped pancake

(BBC Good Food’s) Tiramisu topped pancakes

4 portions. Maximum cost: £2.85 for fresh ingredients,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 20 minutes, 

White chocolate & passion fruit pancake

(BBC Good Food’s) White chocolate and passionfruit pancakes

4 portions. Maximum cost: £3.50 for fresh ingredients,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 20 minutes,