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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…

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, 

(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, 

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…

Nigel Slater sweet and soup duck soup

(Nigel Slater’s) Sweet and sour duck soup

2 portions. Maximum cost: £2.85 (assuming you had leftover roast duck) Skill level: Super easy, Total cooking time: 20 minutes, 

John Torode Chicken Pie

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

4 portions.  Maximum cost: £16.20,  Skill level:  Medium (uses shop bought pastry),  Total cooking time: 1 hr 45 mins, 

Elephant, Brixton Village

Eating out – Elephant, Brixton Village

Approximate cost: £25 for 1 starter and 2 mains (includes tip)

Eating out – Pieminister (Pie with crispy onions)

Mama Lan Brixton Village

Eating Out – Mama Lan, Brixton Village

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

Spanakopita Jamie's spinach & feta filo pie

(Jamie Oliver’s) Spinach & feta filo pie

6 + portions. Maximum cost: £15.20,  Skill level: Easy (you need a good amount of work space to assemble)  Total cooking time: 35 minutes, 

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

Approximate cost: £120 (plus wine) for 2 people

Nigella's American Pancakes

(Nigella’s) American breakfast pancakes

4 portions. Maximum cost: £4.30 for the base ingredients + £5 for a decent maple syrup Skill level: Easy, Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

Tiramisu topped pancake

(BBC Good Food’s) Tiramisu topped pancakes

4 portions. Maximum cost: £2.85 for fresh ingredients,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 20 minutes, 

White chocolate & passion fruit pancake

(BBC Good Food’s) White chocolate and passionfruit pancakes

4 portions. Maximum cost: £3.50 for fresh ingredients,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 20 minutes,