Ottolenghi Roast chicken with dates and olives

(Ottolenghi’s) Roast chicken with dates, olives & capers

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £14.85 – includes a mini bottle of wine (£2.60)  Skill level: Extremely easy,  Total cooking time: 1 hour, (plus time to marinate overnight)  

Mackerel & green beans

(The Silver Spoon) Mackerel & green beans

4 portions. Maximum cost: £5,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 40 minutes, 

Prawn & rocket spaghetti

(Jamie Oliver’s) Prawn, sun-dried tomato & rocket spaghetti

4 portions. Maximum cost: £14.45,  Skill level: Easy if using peeled prawns,  Total cooking time: 15 minutes if using peeled prawns, 45 minutes if not, 

Low carb meal shopping list

Shopping List: A week of good carbs

None of these meals are strictly carb free as even vegetables contain some level of carbohydrate. These 4 dishes do however omit the usual suspects; bread, pasta, white rice and potato…

Okra with onions

(Madhur Jaffrey’s) Okra with onions

4 portions.  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Tarka dal

(Jamie Oliver’s) Tarka dal

6 portions.  Skill level; Difficult (not to do with process, but you do need a lot of ingredients)  Total cooking time: 1 hour, 

Waitrose broad bean, pea and roasted garlic pesto

(Waitrose) Broad bean, pea and roasted garlic pesto

6 portions. Maximum cost £7.50 (you will have a bag of pine nuts leftover),  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 1 hour, 5 minutes, 

(Jamie Oliver’s) Cherry tomato and sausage bake

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £12.60,  Skill level: Super easy,  Total cooking time: 1 hr 25 minutes, 

Sweet Potato Falafel

(Allegra McEvedy’s) Sweet potato falafel recipe

4 portions. Approximate cost: £4.40,  Skill level: Medium (has a few stages),  Total cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutes, 

(Jamie Oliver’s) Smoky vegetable feijoada

6 portions.  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 1 hour, 30 minutes, 

Hot American Pizza

Hot American pizza

2 portions.  Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 1 hour, 30 minutes, 

Paul Hollywood Carrot Cake

(Paul Hollywood’s) Ultimate carrot cake

8 portions.  Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 1 hour 20 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, 

Jamie Oliver Crispy 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,

Sausage & lentil cassoulet

(James Martin’s) Sausage & lentil cassoulet

4 + Portions. Approximate cost: £12.65 to £15.65,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 60 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, 

Salad recipes

Shopping List: A week of salads

Summer is here (sort of) so say “goodbye”to casseroles, stews big joints of meat  – the humble salad is your new mainstay (at least until the sun disappears).  For…

Tuna Nicoise

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…

Cobb Salad

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, 

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, 

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, 

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,

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. 

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

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…