Tag Archives: Food

FISH KORMA

The first of my recipes from my charity curry night to make it onto the blog (it’s probably fair to say that it’s been a very busy week) – I half invented this, half recalled a vague korma recipe from the depths of my overcrowded brain, so [...]
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Vegetable Masala Curry, 30p.

Proper Vegetable Masala Curry, 89p, serves 3-4 at less than 30p each. This isn’t vegan. I tried but my pre-first-work-pay-packet budget just couldn’t stretch to £1.99 coconut milk versus 32p of natural yoghurt. I’ve failed my Lent [...]
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Chocolate Tea Bread, 18p

Chocolate Tea Bread, 70p for 4 generous portions at 18p each. This came about because I LOVE chocolate chip brioche, and going vegan for Lent (and maybe for life if I manage to make the switch) means that I haven’t had those little sweet buttery rolls [...]
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Earthy Mushroom Risotto, 27p

Earthy Mushroom Risotto, 54p for 2 portions at 27p each. Risotto purists will be horrified at my use of bog standard rice while daring to still term this a risotto, but at 40p per kilo compared to £1.12 for 500g of arborio rice, I say I’d rather have [...]
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Red Lentil Bolognese, 21p

Red Lentil Bolognese, 85p for 4 servings (21p each) Ingredients:* 1 onion, 5p (part of a 20pc veg pack, £1) 1 carrot, 5p (part of a 20pc veg pack, £1) Fistful of thyme, free (window ledge) Fistful of parsley, free (window ledge) 1 garlic clove, 3p (46p [...]
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Spring Piggy, Posh Nosh! 33p

Spring Piggy, serves 4 for £1.34, or 34p each. This is an adaptation of a Nigella Lawson recipe for spring chicken, which was adapted in turn from a traditional rabbit recipe. That’s the thing about food, we all fiddle with it and tweak and make it [...]
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Oh My God Dinner, 28p

Oh My God Dinner (or, ‘I Was Going To Make Pasta Alla Genovese And Then I Remembered That Sodding Courgette Rolling Around In My Fridge…’) 55p for 2 portions, or just under 28p each. Ingredients:* 70g bacon, 11p (£1.09/670g) 1 chilli [...]
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Mumma Jacks Best Ever Chilli, 30p

Best Ever Chilli, serves 4 for £1.18, or just under 30p per portion. This is one of my favourite staple dishes, and flicking through my blog recipes the other night I was surprised it wasn’t on here. Oh dear me, I thought, I’m going to have to [...]
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COURGETTE & MINT FRITTERS

The humble courgette – you either love it or you hate it! However, courgettes are cheap and abundant in the summer months, and extremely versatile. These fritters are great as a standalone snack with a home made raita dip, or served with sausages and [...]
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Courgette, Sultana and Lemon Bread: 14p per portion.

Courgette, sultana and lemon bread. 57p – I’m getting extravagant… Works out just over 14p per portion though, so not bad for breakfast! I had to find a use for some sad looking courgettes I bought a week ago, at £1.80 for a kilogram, it [...]
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Jack Monroe, ‘Chef For Less’: Echo & Gazette 31st Jan

After a day spent cooking for the Telegraph, I sit down to relax with my local rag and… “I have a tiny kitchen and a tiny budget, and a tiny boys mouth to feed on a daily basis. I grow herbs on my window sill (currently coriander, rosemary, [...]
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Spiced Carrot And Lentil Soup, 16p per portion.

Spiced Carrot And Lentil Soup: 48p. Makes approx 3 portions at 16p each. 16p for a bowl of soup. Yes, I know. I’m always a bit surprised too, even after all this time. And it’s delicious. It doesn’t taste like ‘cheap soup.’ It [...]
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Pasta Alla Genovese, 19p.

Pasta Alla Genovese: Serves 2 adults at 19p per portion (or in my case, 1 adult, 1 small boy, and 1 next day lunchtime snack portion!) <; Ingredients:* 100g spaghetti (8p: 40p for 500g) 50g fine green beans, trimmed and chopped into 1cm pieces (7p: [...]
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Moroccan Not-A-Tagine, 24p per portion

Moroccan tagine-thing (not technically a tagine as it wasn’t ‘cooked in a tagine’ but ‘sweet spicy stew’ doesn’t sound as authentic as this tastes. So there.) Makes six small portions at 24p each or four ‘hungry person’ portions at 35p each. [...]
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Carrot, Cumin & Kidney Bean Soup

This recipe came about after seeing the tins of soup in the supermarket and thinking, ‘I can do better than that.’ So rather than stocking up on thin tomato soup (with suspiciously few tomatoes) I thought I’d treat myself to some cheap, versatile, [...]
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