Roasted veg filo tart

Filo tartlets with roasted vegetables

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £5.90,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 40 minutes, 

Ottolenghi's Turkey burgers

(Ottolenghi’s) Turkey & courgette burgers

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £5.65, Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

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, 

Tuna super food poke bowl

(BBC Good Food’s) Poke bowl

2 Portions. Approximate cost: Up to £20 if you need to buy all the ingredients, however at least £11 of this is spent on store cupboard ingredients,  Skill…

Portobello mushroom & halloumi burger

Portobello mushroom & halloumi burger

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £8.13,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 40 minutes, 

Chadwicks Butchers Balham

Where I shop – Chadwicks Butchers, Balham

I now buy all of our meat from the butchers; either Chadwicks, Tompkins or one of the many local butchers in the Brixton / Balham, West Norwood area….

Mama Lan, Brixton Village

Eating Out – Mama Lan

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

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

When exploring a new city, I’ll always ask around for a few recommendations from friends who’ve lived or visited there. Luckily for me, I asked exactly the right person…

Seared salmon super food

(Jamie’s) Seared spicy salmon

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £12.40,  Skill level: So easy,  Total cooking time: 35 minutes, 

Gingerbread pancakes

(Lorraine Pascal’s) Gingerbread pancakes, Parma ham and maple syrup

2 Portions. Approximate cost: £4.70,  Skill level: Very easy, Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

Spanakopita Jamie's spinach & feta filo pie

(Jamie’s) Spinach & feta filo pie

6 + Portions. Approximate cost: £10.75,  Skill level: Easy (you need a good amount of work space to assemble)  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Healthy chill con carne

(Hairy Biker’s) Chilli con carne

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £19.90 – includes an £8 bottle of red,  Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 1 to 2 hours, 

Nigel Slater Potato Carrot & Feta Rosti

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

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £4.60,  Skill level: Medium (only because you need to get your hands a little dirty) Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

Honey roast duck breast salad

Honey roast duck breast salad

2 to 4 Portions. Approximate cost: £11.45,   Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 35 minutes, 

Mary Berry lemon drizzle loaf

(Mary Berry’s) Lemon drizzle loaf cake

12 + Portions. Approximate cost: £3.50 (assuming you have flour and sugar),  Skill level: Medium, Total cooking time: 1 hour, 

Broad bean houmous

(Waitrose) Broad bean houmous

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £3.30, Skill level: Medium (checking the seasoning is a must),  Total cooking time: 10 minutes, 

Roasted vegetable farro salad

Roasted vegetable farro salad

4 + Portions. Approximate cost: £8.54,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 45 minutes, 

A week of salad recipes

Week 12 – A week of salads (5 meals)

Summer is here (sort of) so say “goodbye”to the dinners laden with bread, potatoes and pasta – the humble salad is your new mainstay (at least until the…

Jamie Oliver Proper Chicken Caesar Salad

(Jamie’s) Chicken caesar salad with the tastiest rosemary croutons

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £11.90,  Skill level: Easy to Medium (requires pestle and mortar),   Total cooking time: 90 minutes, 

Tomato & bread salad (Panzanella)

Tomato & bread salad recipe (Panzanella)

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

Vietnamese prawn summer rolls

Vietnamese summer rolls

6 + Portions. Approximate cost: £7.20,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 15 minutes, 

Tuna Nicoise with fried potatoes

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…

Jamie Oliver Summer Veg Lasagne

(Jamie’s) Summer veg lasagne

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £7.45,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 40 minutes, 

James Martin Goat tagine

(James Martin’s) Goat tagine with toasted nut couscous

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £20.75 (!) Includes a jar of preserved lemons,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 1 hour, 15 minutes, 

Cook tiger prawns on a heavy based grill pan

(Brixton Grill’s) Piri piri prawn recipe

2 Portions. Approximate cost: £14.50,  Skill level: Medium (peeling prawns can be a little fiddly),  Total cooking time: 40 minutes, 

Steak & mushroom polenta recipe

(Ottolenghi’s) Mushroom & herb polenta and rib eye steak

2 Portions. Approximate cost: £14.80 (the rib eye accounts for most of this),  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 55 minutes, 

Jeff the Chef, the best ackee & saltfish

Takeaway – Jeff the Chef, Brixton

The best ackee and saltfish in Brixton?  Approximate cost: £4.50

The Godfather - equal parts Drambuie and Whisky

Friday night’s dinner – The Godfather

The “Godfather”, also known as the “Goodfella” or a “Rusty Nail – Either way, equal parts Drambuie and Whisky. Recently discovered on holiday and imported into Brixton.      …

Blue cheese tagliatelle

Blue cheese tagliatelle with pancetta, leeks and mushroom

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £4.55,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

Homemade puff pastry tart

A grown up puff pastry tartlet

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £8.75,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time:  25 minutes, 

Nasi Goreng Malaysian Fried Rice

Nasi goreng (Malaysian fried rice)

4 Portions. Approximate cost:  £7.15,   Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

Spaghetti alla puttanesca recipe

(Jamie’s) Spaghetti alla puttanesca

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £4.65 (assuming you have pasta in the cupboard),  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

Ottolenghi chicken dates 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) 

Jamie Oliver vegan shepherd's pie

(Jamie’s) Vegan shepherd’s pie

8 Portions. Approximate cost: £7.55 excluding wine, £16.55 including wine Calories per portion: 389,  Skill level: Easy, Total cooking time: 1 hour, 30 mins

Lamb stuffed courgettes

(BBC Good Food’s) Courgettes stuffed with goat’s cheese & lamb ragout

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £10.65,  Skill level: Easy,  Calories per portion: 738,  Total cooking time: 1 hour, 10 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

Week 11

Week 11; the ultimate Sunday lunch

Mackerel pate & pickled cucumber,  Lamb shanks,  Lemon posset and shortbread, 

Jamie Oliver Cherry Tomato & Sausage Bake

(Jamie’s) Cherry tomato and sausage bake

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

Lemon posset and homemade shortbread

(James Martin’s) Lemon posset & shortbread

6 Portions. Approximate cost: £7.15,  Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 1 hour, 

Jamie's Lamb Shanks

(Jamie’s) Incredible baked lamb shanks

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £37.10 – Includes a bottle of wine (£10) of which you only use a little.  Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 3 hours, 

Mackerel pate starter

Mackerel pate & pickled cucumber

6 Portions. Approximate cost: £9,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

BBC Good Food Miso Aubergine

(BBC Good Food’s) Miso aubergine

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £7.05,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 1 hour, 

BBC Good Food Cod, chorizo and butterbean stew

(BBC Good Food’s) Cod & chorizo stew

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £12.20,  Skill level: Very easy,  Total cooking time: 25 mins, 

Homestyle lamb curry

(BBC Good Food’s) Home-style lamb curry

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £11.80,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 1 hr 35 mins, 

Week 10 shopping list

Week 10; 4 meals from BBC Good Food magazine

1 chicken, 1 fish, 1 veg and 1 meat dish, courtesy of BBC Good Food (April edition) Miso aubergine Sticky citrus chicken with avocado & beet salad Cod &…

Sticky citrus chicken and roasted beetroot

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

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £16.60 (and that’s assuming you have a jar of preserved lemons, otherwise £20) Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 1 hour, 10 minutes (plus…

Week 4 shopping list

Week 4 shopping list – 4 meals, each using only a handful of ingredients

Approximate cost: £45 All serve 4

Salmon & anchovy sauce

(Jamie’s) Baked salmon, broccoli and anchovy & rosemary sauce

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £12.10,  Calories per portion:  336,  Skill level: Easy to Medium (requires a pestle & mortar),  Total cooking time: 15 minutes, 

Week 9 Shopping List - Low Carb

Week 9; Five meals all low carb / carb free

Pan seared scallops wrapped in pancetta with mashed celeriac (serves 2) Bacon chops with broad beans (serves 2) Seabass fillets with broccoli rice (serves 4) Paillard chicken with cauliflower couscous (serves 4)…

Chickpea, chorizo & feta salad

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

4 + Portions. Approximate cost: £7.20 Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

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Pan seared scallops wrapped in pancetta with creamed celeriac

2 Portions. Approximate cost: £10.50 to £16.50 depending on the size of scallops,  Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Broccoli rice

Broccoli rice with sea bass & spring onion

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £13.65,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 20 minutes, 

Tom Kerridge Bacon chops with broad beans

(Tom Kerridge’s) Bacon chops with broad beans

2 Portions. Approximate cost: £10,  Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 15 minutes, 

Cauliflower couscous & paillard of chicken

Cauliflower couscous & paillard of chicken

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £10.05,  Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Allegra McEvedy Magic Mackerel

Leon’s Magic Mackerel salad

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £6.40,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Homemade fish fingers

(Nigella’s) Homemade chips

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

Nutella banana bread

Nutella swirled banana bread

8 + Portions. Approximate cost: £1 (made mainly from store cupboard ingredients) Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time:  60 minutes +

Best breakfast for a hangover

The best brunch for a hangover

2 Portions. Approximate cost: £5.85,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 35 minutes, 

Beef fillet with salsa verde

Beef fillet with salsa verde

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