Jamie's Parma Pork and Courgette

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

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £12.25,  Calories per portion: 582, Skill: Medium,  Total cooking time: 45 minutes,

beef and butternut squash tagine

Beef and butternut squash tagine recipe

6 Portions. Approximate cost: £8.50,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 4 1/2 hours, 

Beef rendang John Torode

Beef rendang

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £11.55,  Skill level:  Medium – easy to follow one-pot recipe, requires a little prep,  Total cooking time: 2 hours, 

Beef and butternut squash lasagne

(Jamie’s) Beef & butternut squash lasagne

8 Portions. Approximate cost: £14.45,  Calories per portion: 710,  Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 3.5 hours, 

Smoky vegetable feijoada

Smoky vegetable feijoada

6 portions. Approximate cost: £5.80,  Calories per portion: 532,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 1 hour, 30 minutes, 

Hairy Biker's lamb kofta meatballs

(Hairy Bikers’) Lamb kofta meatballs

4 + Portions. Approximate cost: £7.65,  Calories per portion:  681,  Skill level: Medium (requires food processor) Total cooking time: 90 minutes, 

Spaghetti Bolognese with Chorizo

Spaghetti bolognese with chorizo recipe

6 Portions. Approximate cost: £10.05,  Skill level: Medium (requires food processor),  Total cooking time: 1 hour 15 mins, 

Chicken, ham & leek pie

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

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £11.95,   Skill level:  Medium to Difficult,  Total cooking time: 1 hr 45 mins, 

Week 11; the ultimate Sunday lunch

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

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, 

Pitt Cue Ribs

Ginger Pig BBQ 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…

Cod wrapped in parma ham with lemons and green beans

(Jamie’s) Parma wrapped cod with green beans, pine nuts & lemon

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £14.60,  Calories per portion: 176,  Skill level: Extremely easy,  Total cooking time: 20 minutes, 

Stuffed red peppers with pork mince and pancetta

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

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £6.10,  Calories per portion: 338,  Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 50 minutes, 

Jamie Oliver Salmon and prosciutto with lentils

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

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £10.30,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 20 minutes, 

Sausage and lentil cassoulet

(James Martin’s) Sausage & lentil cassoulet

4 + Portions. Approximate cost: £12.65 to £15.65,  Calories per portion: 599,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 60 minutes, 

Mackerel & Green Bean Ragout

Mackerel & green bean ragout

2 Portions. Approximate cost: £3.40,  Calories per portion: 250,  Skill level: Difficult (assuming you’re filleting the fish)  Total cooking time: 30 to 50 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, 

Ottolenghi squid with chana dal recipe

(Ottolenghi’s) Squid with chana dal and preserved lemon

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £10,  Calories per portion: 320,  Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 1 hour, 

Cauliflower couscous & paillard of chicken

Cauliflower couscous & paillard of chicken

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £10.05,  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, 

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, 

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) 

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…

Zedel confit of duck with puy lentils

Eating Out – Brasserie Zedel

I love Zedel’s.  Hidden away near Piccadilly Circus tube station, you could easily pass it and be none the wiser. (To be honest, I couldn’t even tell you what the…

Homemade coleslaw

Homemade coleslaw

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

Homemade fish fingers

(Nigella’s) Homemade chips

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

Mackerel pate starter

Mackerel pate & pickled cucumber

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

Week 12 – A week of salads (6 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…

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, 

Jamie Oliver Cherry Tomato & Sausage Stew

(Jamie Oliver’s) Cherry tomato and sausage bake

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £12.60,  Calories per portion: 381,  Skill level: Super easy,  Total cooking time: 1 hr 25 minutes, 

The Ultimate Christmas Lunch!

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

(Gordon Ramsey’s) 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, 

Seared salmon super food

(Jamie’s) Seared spicy salmon

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £12.40,  Skill level: So easy,  Total cooking time: Max 45 minutes, 

Portobello mushroom & halloumi burger

Portobello mushroom & halloumi burger

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

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, 

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…

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…

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, 

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, 

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,