Kedgeree recipe

4 portions.  Skill: Medium (cooking rice and eggs correctly requires skills!)  Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

(The Silver Spoon) Mackerel & green beans

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

Spaghetti bolognese with chorizo

6 portions. Approximate cost: £13.50 for all ingredients,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 1 hour 15 mins, 

(Pitt Cue) Pork ribs

4 portions. Approximate cost: £3.50 to £10.50 (depending on the rub used and where you buy your ribs,  Skill level: Easy / Medium (again dependent on the rub)   Total cooking…

Homemade coleslaw

2 portions. Approximate cost: £3.15,  Skill level: Easy,   Total cooking time: 10 mins, 

(Nigella’s) Homemade chips

6 portions. Approximate cost: £2,  Skill level: Easy,   Total cooking time: 30 to 35 minutes, 

Jamie Oliver Chickpea Curry

(Jamie Oliver’s) Pumpkin, chickpea & coconut curry

4 portions. Approximate cost: £21.20,  Skill level: Medium,   Total cooking time: 1 hour, 20 minutes, 

Lamb kofta meatballs

(Hairy Bikers’) Lamb kofta meatballs

4 generous portions. Approximate cost: £16.10 for fresh ingredients (£21.60 if you fancy investing in a tub of ghee)  Skill level: Medium (requires food processor)  Total cooking time:…

Lamb pilau rice

(BBC Good Food’s) Lamb pilau rice recipe

4 portions.  Maximum cost: £15.35, less if using leftover lamb,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

Low carb meal shopping list

Shopping List: A week of good carbs

Approximate cost: £53 for 4 meals (4 portions) None of these meals are strictly carb free as even vegetables contain some level of carbohydrate, however these 4 dishes do omit…

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, 

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…

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…

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, 

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,

Nanban Brixton Tim Anderson

Eating out – Nanban, Brixton

Approximate cost: £50 for 3 small dishes, 1 main, a pudding and a tasting trio of sake

The Ultimate Christmas Lunch! (2016)

6 + Portions. Approximate cost: £100,  Skill level: Difficult, Total cooking time: 4 hours (!)

Jamie Oliver leftover Christmas dinner pie

Jamie Oliver’s turkey (plus all the Christmas dinner leftovers) pie… with gravy!

8 (generous) portions.  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 1 hour 25 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, 

Hairy Bikers Chilli Con Carne

(Hairy Biker’s) Chilli con carne

4 portions. Maximum cost: £10.20,  Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 1.5 hours (ish), 

Butternut Squash, pear and Stilton soup

Butternut squash, pear & stilton soup

4 portions. Approximate cost: £6.80,  Skill level: Easy (requires a blender),  Total cooking time: 45 mins, 

Roasted tomato and red peppers soup

(Nigella’s) Roasted tomato and red pepper soup

4 portions. Approximate cost: £5.10,  Skill level: Easy (requires a blender),  Total cooking time: 1 hour, 

Jamie Oliver Mushroom Soup

(Jamie Oliver’s) Mushroom soup

6 portions. Approximate cost: £10.39 Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 50 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, 

Vegan Shopping List

Shopping List: A Vegan week

Maximum cost: £50 for 4 meals (4 portions) I’m a fan of the “meat free Monday” idea – cutting down on meat is better for the environment, your…

Vegan Bolagnese

(Blue Apron’s) Lentil Bolognese

4 portions. Approximate cost: £7.60 to £15.60 – £5.60 for basic ingredients + £2 for a mini bottle of wine or £10 for a decent full size bottle, …

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, 

Pork and Green Beans in 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, 

Gai Lan and Shitake Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce

(Steamy Kitchen’s) Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce

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

Tarka dal

(Jamie Oliver’s) Tarka dal

6 portions. Maximum cost: £9.50,  Skill level: Medium (not to do with process, but you do need a lot of ingredients)  Total cooking time: 1 hour, 

Okra with onions

(Madhur Jaffrey’s) Okra with onions

4 portions. Maximum cost: £4.50 for all ingredients,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Leon Green bean and cashew curry

(Leon’s) Green bean and cashew curry

4 (small) portions. Maximum cost: £11.20 for all ingredients,  Skill level: Super easy, Total cooking time; 25 minutes, 

Sweet Potato Falafel

(Allegra McEvedy’s) Sweet potato falafel recipe

4 portions. Approximate cost: £4.20,  Skill level: Medium (has a few stages),  Total cooking time: 1 hour 45 minutes (minimum), 

Lamb and goats cheese salad

(BBC Good Food’s) Lamb & goat’s cheese salad

4 portions. Maximum cost: £13.40, less  if using leftover lamb,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Lamb shoulder with anchovy & rosemary rub

(BBC Good Food’s) Lamb shoulder with anchovy & rosemary rub

8 portions. Approximate cost: £32,  Skill level: Easy,   Total cooking time: 4 hours, 

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,…

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, 

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, 

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, 

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)  

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, 

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, 

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, 

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, 

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…

Chicken satay skewers and noodle salad

(Jamie Oliver’s) Chicken satay & noodle salad

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

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, 

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,