Chinese broccoli in oyster sauce

(Steamy Kitchen’s) Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce

4 portions.  Skill level: Easy, Total cooking time: 15 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, 

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, 

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, 

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…

Elephant, Brixton Village

Eating out – Elephant, Brixton Village

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

(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, 

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, 

Homemade mackerel pate

Mackerel pate & pickled cucumber

6 + portions. Maximum cost: £9.95,  Skill level: Easy,  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,

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

Portobello mushroom & halloumi burger

4 portions. Maximum cost: £8.38,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 40 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, 

Singapore Noodles

(School of Wok’s) Singapore noodles

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

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, 

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, 

Jamie Oliver Parma Pork

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

4 portions. Maximum cost: £13.90 for fresh ingredients,  Calories per portion: 582, Skill: Medium,  Total cooking time: 45 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, 

Ottolenghi's Turkey & Courgette Burgers

(Ottolenghi’s) Turkey & courgette burgers

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

Hairy Bikers Chilli Con Carne

(Hairy Biker’s) Chilli con carne

4 portions. Maximum cost: £22.49 (£14.49 without the bottle of wine),  Calories: 302 per portion (excluding sides),  Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 1 to 2 hours,