Vegetarian Fish and Chips (with Halloumi)

This is, probably, one of my absolute favourite meals I have ever made. Not only does it look glorious (excuse self-praising) but it is absolutely delicious. A vegetarian fish and chips if you will; a real rival to that classic seaside dish using halloumi instead of fish. With my recipe there is no crispy batter, however, the outside of the halloumi gets all crispy and wonderful so you really don’t miss it. Plus, as there’s no deep fat frying Read more

Pea and Bacon Soup for a #thriftyorganic challenge

In case it has escaped your attention, September is the month where people make a fuss about organic; aptly named Organic September. I have to admit that the majority of food that I buy is already organic so for me I wanted to try some new organic ingredients that I hadn’t tried before. I loaded up my weekly veg box with tomatillos, Homity pies and all sorts. I was challenged as part of Organic September to make an all organic three course meal, Read more

Mushy Peas Potatoes and Ham

I absolutely love peas. For me, a life without peas isn't worth living. I moved house late last year and I don't have a freezer; no more emergency frozen peas for me. Happily it's pea season now so lovely fresh peas are popping up in the veg box, at the farmers' market and in the garden. If there's one thing I like even more than peas it's mushy peas. So for a deliciously easy summer dinner my mushy peas potatoes and ham is perfect.You will need: Lots Read more

Keema Rice – Feed 4 for £6

I don't know about you but during the week when it comes to cooking dinner I want something quick, easy and full of flavour. It's also a winner if it's cheap to make and uses up a few bits and bobs I have hanging around in the fridge too. Keema rice is one of my guilty pleasures; I love the heavily spiced lamb, golden onions and fragrant rice. I thought it was about time I attempted to make it at home. You will need (for 4): 250g easy cook, Read more

Summer Vegetable Minestrone

I'm not sure you can ever have too many vegetables in the house at once but at this time of year with the peas in the garden, the veg box and whatever looks tempting at the farmers' market I can find it a little challenging to close the fridge door. You know it's got a bit excessive when your carrot fronds are getting in the way of the door seal. If you find yourself fighting some spinach to reach the butter or battling beans to get to the mayonnaise Read more

Feed 4 for £6: Pea, Carrot and Paneer Pilaf

I hadn't done a vegetarian option for my Feed 4 for £6 series for a little while so I thought it was about time I did. I am a big fan of recipes which involve putting ingredients into a pan, putting a lid on and leaving it to its own devices and this is one of those. If you can't find paneer for this recipe you can use halloumi but it's saltier. All you need otherwise is onions, carrots, peas, curry powder and rice. Sorted. You will need Read more

Curried Lamb Pie with Bombay Potato Topping

Dinner parties have a set of criteria that they should fulfil; the host doesn’t want to be stuck in the kitchen away from guests, the food should be tasty and the guests want to be relaxed and leave full. This is why I think something that can be prepared in advance and then finished later on is ideal. I love lamb curry and I have really been enjoying my new Hairy Bikers curry book so I fancied having a go at a curry using lamb mince. So when Schwartz Read more

Feed 4 for £6: Creamy Pea and Bacon Pasta

After my last £6 supper on BBC Radio Berkshire, Paul Ross was quite disappointed that the recipe included no frozen peas. It got me thinking that actually there's plenty to celebrate in the humble frozen pea. They're cheap, you can always keep some in the freezer and they are a welcome shot of greenness and sweetness at this time of year. This quick, easy and cheap meal is a little mid-week fanfare of the frozen pea. You will need: 300g Read more

Feed 4 for £6: Cheat’s one pot Paella

I didn't realise how much rice I had been eating until I thought about the last time I ate pasta or potatoes and I can’t remember when that was. I like rice as a plain side to something, a herb encrusted rice salad or as a risotto. This quick and easy rice dish (or a cheat paella) is not a paella by any means but it’s a great dish to knock up after a hectic day with a nice bit of chorizo for a mid-week Spanish pick me up. Get out your flamenco. You Read more

Paprika Topside of Beef with Roasted Garlic Mash and Peas and Onions

I wrote on my blog a little while back that humble doesn't have to be hum drum and it got me thinking. Can I make what might be considered a luxury into a cheap, and hopefully humble, meal. Steak, for me at least, is considered an expensive luxury; it's not something I buy on a regular basis. It is however something I enjoy and it was about time I tried a cheaper cut to see if it could cut the mustard. Enter my knowledgeable butcher. I had Read more