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GRANDADS STUFFED CABBAGE LEAVES

This is my take on Greek dolmades. I first had stuffed vine leaves at my grandad’s guesthouse in Southend, and deeply regret not pilfering his recipe before he passed away. I wrap mine in cabbage leaves, which will no doubt have him swearing at me [...]
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BOLOGNON

Faced with a leftover hunk of beef last night to stretch between two grown women with fairly healthy appetites, I started making bolognese, changed my mind and wanted bourgignon, and changed it back again halfway through. This is my first dinner cooked for [...]
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CHOCOLATE, CHILLI & BLACK BEAN SOUP

It’s just a matter of days until my book launch on the 27th, so I’ve decided to blog one of my favourites from the book, featured in last weekend’s edition of the Observer Food Monthly magazine… First up, Chocolate, Chilli And [...]
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KIPPER & PARSNIP RISOTTO

So, I have a MASS of parsnips left over from cooking for The One Show last week (or the week before), and they’re starting to go a bit wrinkly in the way that vegetables do when you buy them in bulk for cheapness and end up despairing at what on earth [...]
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Banana, chickpea and tea curry (trust me on this one, it’s amazing.)

This is my take on a banana curry I had in the Isle of Wight after the literary festival. It’s not a traditional Kashmir curry, as I used what I had in the cupboard, but it is utterly delicious. The tea is the twist, but trust me, it works, lending a [...]
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Slow cooker barley risotto with feta, spinach and lemon, 34p.

Day three of the slow cooker experiment (£8 from Wilkinsons!) and I decide to try a risotto in it. Only I’m not using rice and this doesn’t have the characteristic standing-and-stirring of a risotto, so I’m not really sure what to call [...]
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Roasted beetroot, red wine and Brie risotto,

As featured on Great British Chefs: Jack Monroe’s budget friendly Beetroot, Brie and Red Wine Risotto. In some supermarkets, ready cooked and prepared beetroot is cheaper than buying it in bunches, not to mention quicker to cook! I’ve used the [...]
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Easy peasy garlic bread.

I’m so addicted to airy fairy easy peasy soda bread, I thought I would see how it translates into a quick and easy garlic bread to accompany the mountain of pasta-and-tomatoes I eat….. I’m pleased to say it works beautifully, with a quick [...]
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Spiced chicken and mandarin tagine, 68p.

This spiced chicken and mandarin tagine will serve us for two nights in a row – the chicken legs were a rare treat in this week’s shopping but I’ll get two nights dinner from them, plus a stock base for a soup or risotto on Wednesday. I [...]
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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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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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Feisty Soup, 23p

Feisty Soup, 45p, makes two portions at 23p each. I made this for myself this afternoon as i’ve come down with an awful cold – I’ve not worked out if it’s the dreaded flu yet, but i’m shaky, exhausted and feeling generally [...]
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Carrot & Coriander Falafels, 23p.

Carrot and coriander falafels, 91p. Makes 12ish falafels, serves 4 at 23p each. Ingredients:* 3tbsp vegetable oil, 6p (£4.50/3l) 1 onion, 5p (£1/20pc veg bag) 400g can of chickpeas, 69p shake of cumin, 4p (95p/46g) 1 carrot, 5p (£1/20pc veg bag) parsley, [...]
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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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Posh Mushroom, Spinach & Walnut Pasta, 34p

Mushroom, Spinach & Walnut Pasta, 67p for 2 at 34p each. This came about as most of my recipes do, by a head in the fridge and a ‘hmm, what am I going to do with that?’ I’d bought the spinach in a fit of expense, as I start my new job [...]
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Carrot And Coriander Soup, 15p

Carrot & Coriander Soup, 15p. An easy way to use up the carrots kicking around in the fridge in the middle of the week, and a quick lunch or supper solution. I’d never made carrot and coriander soup before tonight but it’s a classic, and I [...]
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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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LOVE SOUP

There are many different recipes entitled Love Soup – I’ve seen some rich chicken soup recipes, some with heady garlic and some deep red tomato ones. By chance, the ingredients for this were what I had kicking around in the fridge last Valentines Day, [...]
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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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