The perfect winter warmer- hot and sour prawn Thai soup

I first came across this recipe whilst travelling through Thailand. We had traveled to the North to a place called Chang Mai before planning to cross the border into Laos. Chang Mai is renowned for its food markets, with the food being quite different to what we had experiences in Bangkok or on the Islands….

Pork souvlaki

This recipe is so quick and easy, and utterly delicious.. The only time consuming bit is soaking the skewers before you add the pork/ veg to stop them burning, so 9 times out of 10 I don’t bother. Who cares about a skewer, it still tastes good! Serves 4 Cost per person £0.76 Ingredients  4 Pork loin…

Haloumi curry

I first had this curry at a friend’s house, having never heard of having a Greek cheese in Indian food!? However, the texture of the cheese works perfectly, with exactly the right level of spice (thanks Tanya!). Serves 4 Cost per person £0.75 Ingredients  1 pack of haloumi (or you can use paneer) 1 large onion 1…

Meatball madness

   Through the addition of grated courgette and carrot, these meatballs are a great way of making mince stretch even further! And are incredibly moist! I cook them all and freeze the left overs in batches, ready to be added to a sauce whenever we need a quick dinner. They are also a great way…

Puttanesca pasta

Like any good sauce, onions and garlic are where is starts, however this sauce gets extra umpf with the addition of chilli flakes and anchovies. Even those who don’t like fish will love this, its not fishy, but instead adds real depth of flavour to the sauce. Serves 5 Cost per person £0.61 Ingredients  Large…

Spicy squash and broccoli salad

This hearty salad is a great example of where how you cook something can completely change the texture and taste.. in this recipe I roasted both the butternut squash and the broccoli and it was utterly delicious. Served with crispy bacon and a soft boiled egg.. Can it get any better? Serves 4 Cost per person…

Simple dinner of Penne Arrabiata

When short of time, this is an incredibly quick and satisfying dinner.. and all ready in about 15 mins.   Serves 4  Cost per person £0.38 Ingredients Large tablespoon of rapeseed oil 4x large cloves of garlic Finely diced chilli (leave this out if you dont like it spicy) Large pinch of chilli flakes 2x…

Kentucky Baked Chicken

My dad recently came to visit to help us with some redecorating, and when I asked him what he fancied for dinner the one thing he was craving (as apparently you can’t get it in France) was KFC. It made me realise I hadn’t had a KFC in years, and that is because this recipe…

All the G’s..Griddled Pork with Griddled Greens

Can you tell there is a bit of a theme emerging at the moment.. my griddle plan. Currently my favourite kitchen tool. I think its because there is something very summery about griddled veg, and with London’s weather currently reaching the 30’s, a summery dinner is definitely what the doctor ordered! The other great thing…

One pot wonder #2- Spicy sardines and chickpeas

  Serves 2 (Although I have been known to eat the whole lot!) Cost per portion 90p Ingredients 2x Sardines In Tomato Sauce 120G 3-4 cloves of garlic – or more! 1 red onion 1 tsp chilli powder 2x tins of chick peas 400g Chopped Tomatoes 400g Splash of apple cider vinegar Large pinch of parsley Squeeze…

When you want a curry in a hurry…Rajma is my go-to!

Serves 2 people Cost per portion £0.85 Ingredients 1 onion 400g (standard tin) of kidney beans 150ml full fat greek yoghurt Pinch of salt 1 tsp of gram flour 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp garam masala 1 tsp chili powder 3 to 4 halved cherry tomatoes 3 garlic cloves 1 inch fresh ginger Method Like any good…