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Baked trout in best tomato sauce, with lemon and herb rice. 33p.

People often ask me why I don’t buy items from the Reduced chiller at the supermarket: well I do, I just don’t tend to blog about them, on the basis that they aren’t dependable, and price reductions vary from supermarket chain to supermarket chain, [...]
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Creamy Greek cheese and courgette pasta, 28p

Ingredients (Serves four at 27p each) 1 courgette, 30p (£1.80/6) 1 tablespoon oil (sunflower or vegetable), 3p (£4.50/3l) Half a lemon, 9p (84p/bag of 5) 1 garlic clove, 3p (46p/2 bulbs avg 8 cloves each) 50g Greek style cheese (feta or goats cheese – I [...]
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Roasted courgette and feta, Greek inspired potato salad. 13p.

Mm mm mm – recipe testing for The Book still, I had some rogue Greek cheese and a courgette kicking about in the bottom of the fridge, and felt compelled to make some simple food out of such a classic combination. Harking back to my Cypriot roots for [...]
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Brie and bacon risotto, 26p

While testing recipes for my book this week, it was inevitable that I would start to put leftover ingredients together to come up with accidental dishes. This speedy and satisfying late lunch was born of some scraps of cooking bacon left over from Spring [...]
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Airy Fairy Easy Peasy Soda Bread

Think you can’t make bread? Or that you need a fancy pants bread maker to do so? RUBBISH. You have a natural, free bread maker in your palms and your knuckles – and this easy recipe with no proving or rising time is a great place to start. A lot [...]
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Spiced Potato Soup, 10p

Spiced potato soup, serves four for 10p each. Ingredients* One tin of tinned potatoes, 15p One chicken stock cube, 2p (15p/packet of 10) Pinch of cumin, 3p (95p/42g jar) One onion, 11p 100ml natural yoghurt, 9p (45p/500ml) Method: 1, Peel and chop the onion [...]
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Earthy Red Wine and Mushroom Soup, 24p per portion*

Given that mushrooms are one of my staple products, I wanted to make a simple mushroom soup. It’s one of the things I craved while doing my Live Below The Line challenge, and while there’s still barely a hint of summer, I thought I could still [...]
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£1,118 raised so far for Oxfam – Thankyou!

As I embark on day three of this years Live Below The Line challenge, in order to motivate myself to eat yet more lemon curd on toast, and boil some rice for my lunch at work, I thought I’d check out the donations page i’d set up. I was [...]
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Jardaloo Ma Murghi (Curry With Apricots) 22p

Jardaloo Ma Murghi (Curry With Apricots) 87p for 4 portions, or 22p each. This is my favourite curry, my go to, my easy but perfect comfort food. I used to make this with turkey, which at £1.75 for a 600g drumstick would serve four people easily (pre-roast [...]
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CARROT, CUMIN & KIDNEY BEAN BURGER

This burger is where the media storm began, and dubbed ‘the 9p burger’ because of the low cost of the ingredients used to make it, it’s one of my most popular recipes. A can of value range red kidney beans is a cheap but excellent source of protein [...]
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