Posts Tagged: cheap

Oaty Wholemeal Bread with Pumpkin Seeds

  I found this recipe on the Waitrose site. It’s pretty basic so I added some pumpkin seeds and sage. I found I needed extra time for my rubbish old electric oven, as it was still a little raw in

Oaty Wholemeal Bread with Pumpkin Seeds

  I found this recipe on the Waitrose site. It’s pretty basic so I added some pumpkin seeds and sage. I found I needed extra time for my rubbish old electric oven, as it was still a little raw in

Roast Tomato Soup

I’ve been wanting to make a roast tomato soup for ages. After some mild research I decided to go for a classic combination of Gordon Ramsay’s (Secrets) and Delia’s (Vegetarian Collection), but with more emphasis on Gordon’s for ingredients and

Roast Tomato Soup

I’ve been wanting to make a roast tomato soup for ages. After some mild research I decided to go for a classic combination of Gordon Ramsay’s (Secrets) and Delia’s (Vegetarian Collection), but with more emphasis on Gordon’s for ingredients and

Roast Broccoli

I hate broccoli. Liver, spinach, anchovies, olives – I have no problem with any of these things. But broccoli?  Bleugh. I only eat it if it’s so smothered in something else (cheese sauce) that there is no remaining hint of

Roast Broccoli

I hate broccoli. Liver, spinach, anchovies, olives – I have no problem with any of these things. But broccoli?  Bleugh. I only eat it if it’s so smothered in something else (cheese sauce) that there is no remaining hint of

Masala Omelette

Another happy accident. The kind that only occurs when you think there’s nothing in the fridge but you stand there for ages anyway just staring into it’s cool, glowing womb-like shelter, thinking… Eggs and curry powder are soul mates; and

Masala Omelette

Another happy accident. The kind that only occurs when you think there’s nothing in the fridge but you stand there for ages anyway just staring into it’s cool, glowing womb-like shelter, thinking… Eggs and curry powder are soul mates; and

Potato, Pea and Cashew Nut Samosas

It’s wonderful what you can come up with when faced with a 5kg bag of spuds. This was my dilemma when I asked the other half to buy me a single large potato from our local corner shop. The potato

Potato, Pea and Cashew Nut Samosas

It’s wonderful what you can come up with when faced with a 5kg bag of spuds. This was my dilemma when I asked the other half to buy me a single large potato from our local corner shop. The potato

Carrot Cake

                              I wanted to use up a surfeit of those cheap bags of “basics” carrots I found hiding in the bottom of my salad box. It

Carrot Cake

                              I wanted to use up a surfeit of those cheap bags of “basics” carrots I found hiding in the bottom of my salad box. It

Bengali Fishcakes with a Wasabi Tartare Sauce

                                  Bengalis call anything that’s been “egged-and-breaded” a chop although these are really just jazzed up fishcakes.  My mum used to make me these

Bengali Fishcakes with a Wasabi Tartare Sauce

                                  Bengalis call anything that’s been “egged-and-breaded” a chop although these are really just jazzed up fishcakes.  My mum used to make me these

Smoked Fish Kedgereesotto

I’d never made “Kedgeree” before.  My mum brought us up on “kitchuri” which is quite a different beast (no fish or eggs, more lentils rice and spices) which I believe is the original dish this colonial version was based on.

Smoked Fish Kedgereesotto

I’d never made “Kedgeree” before.  My mum brought us up on “kitchuri” which is quite a different beast (no fish or eggs, more lentils rice and spices) which I believe is the original dish this colonial version was based on.

Hummous

I love real hummous but hate that cardboard-like slop you so often get in the shops. It’s so easy to make the real thing and it literally costs pence. Unfortunately my magimix is on strike so I had to make

Hummous

I love real hummous but hate that cardboard-like slop you so often get in the shops. It’s so easy to make the real thing and it literally costs pence. Unfortunately my magimix is on strike so I had to make

Gratin Dauph-Nicoise

This was an accident that turned out to be truly delicious and turns a traditional side dish of dauphinoise into a more substantial one-dish comfort meal.

Gratin Dauph-Nicoise

This was an accident that turned out to be truly delicious and turns a traditional side dish of dauphinoise into a more substantial one-dish comfort meal.

Miso Vegetable Soup

This is the simplest soup ever. Add whatever vegetables you have knocking around, I find carrots, spinach and mushrooms work well. The only essentials are seaweed and the spring onion. I like to have this for breakfast with a fruit

Miso Vegetable Soup

This is the simplest soup ever. Add whatever vegetables you have knocking around, I find carrots, spinach and mushrooms work well. The only essentials are seaweed and the spring onion. I like to have this for breakfast with a fruit

Tomato Rasam

Whenever I was ill as a child my mother would make me a big steaming bowl of this. She would also inexplicably give me Lucozade, but it was the 80’s I suppose. Sometimes I find myself craving this spicy, tangy

Tomato Rasam

Whenever I was ill as a child my mother would make me a big steaming bowl of this. She would also inexplicably give me Lucozade, but it was the 80’s I suppose. Sometimes I find myself craving this spicy, tangy

Agedashi Tofu

This is my favourite way to eat tofu. Fried until golden and then dipped in a tangy ginger-soy sauce with fresh grated daikon/mooli/Asian radish, it’s really easy to make.  You can buy blocks of cotton tofu for around £1.50 in

Agedashi Tofu

This is my favourite way to eat tofu. Fried until golden and then dipped in a tangy ginger-soy sauce with fresh grated daikon/mooli/Asian radish, it’s really easy to make.  You can buy blocks of cotton tofu for around £1.50 in

Spinach and Yoghurt Dahl

Made using the same spicing used in tradition meat curries, this is so delicious it’s hard to believe how very very good for you it is. It’s definitely worth toasting and grinding the spices yourself as it adds a depth

Spinach and Yoghurt Dahl

Made using the same spicing used in tradition meat curries, this is so delicious it’s hard to believe how very very good for you it is. It’s definitely worth toasting and grinding the spices yourself as it adds a depth

Hot And Sour Sichuanese Cabbage

This is from my well-thumbed copy of Fuschia Dunlop’s “Sichuan Cookery”. Tangy with rice vinegar and enriched with creamy toasted cashews, this is a delicious accompaniment to the beef and tofu recipe above or even on it’s own with just

Hot And Sour Sichuanese Cabbage

This is from my well-thumbed copy of Fuschia Dunlop’s “Sichuan Cookery”. Tangy with rice vinegar and enriched with creamy toasted cashews, this is a delicious accompaniment to the beef and tofu recipe above or even on it’s own with just

Blue Cheese, Beetroot and Sprouting Seed Salad

I made this using leftovers in the fridge. The combination of blueberries and blue cheese dressing lends a sweet and salty note that really works well with the earthy beetroot.  For a more substantial supper dish add slices of smoked

Blue Cheese, Beetroot and Sprouting Seed Salad

I made this using leftovers in the fridge. The combination of blueberries and blue cheese dressing lends a sweet and salty note that really works well with the earthy beetroot.  For a more substantial supper dish add slices of smoked

Onion Tart with a Sage and Cheddar Crust

This is my adaptation of a Delia Smith recipe (as you can see mine looks nothing like hers).  Adding sage and cheddar to the pastry really complements the onions in this tart. If you can’t be bothered to make your

Onion Tart with a Sage and Cheddar Crust

This is my adaptation of a Delia Smith recipe (as you can see mine looks nothing like hers).  Adding sage and cheddar to the pastry really complements the onions in this tart. If you can’t be bothered to make your

Proper 5 Hour French Onion Soup

    This is the real thing, perfect for a lazy rainy Saturday when you have the necessary 5 hours or so to cook the onions down into a deeply savoury caramelised mess. It’s definitely worth making your own stock

Proper 5 Hour French Onion Soup

    This is the real thing, perfect for a lazy rainy Saturday when you have the necessary 5 hours or so to cook the onions down into a deeply savoury caramelised mess. It’s definitely worth making your own stock