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(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, 

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, 

Smoke & Salt Menu

Eating Out – Smoke & Salt, Brixton

£80 for two. Includes 7 dishes + 2 drinks + tip. Highly recommended by Time Out (and me)

(James Martin’s) Roasted sea bass with a chorizo style ratatouille recipe

4 portions. Approximate cost: £13.50,  Skill level: Easy (if using fish fillets),  Total cooking time: 25 to 40 minutes depending if you’re using fillets or a whole fish, 

(Jamie’s) Sticky stir-fried beef

4 portions. Approximate cost: £7.20,  Skill level: Medium (little technical skill needed, but balancing the sweet, salty and sour flavours will require patience)  Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

Florentines

Homemade Florentines

Recipe to follow!

Ricciarelli

Homemade Ricciarelli

Recipe to follow!

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, 

Spaghetti bolognese with chorizo

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

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, 

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…

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, 

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, 

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, 

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, 

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…

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. 

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,