Fish bake w/ new potatoes

Ingredients: 4 x 150g salmon fillets, skin on but scaled and pin boned 10 large raw tiger prawns, unpeeled 1 bunch asparagus 1 lemon 2 fresh red chillies handful of fresh basil 1 x 30g tin of anchovies in oil 4 cloves garlic 4 tomatoes 4 slices pancetta or streaky bacon Method: Lay the salmon…

Pan fried sea bass w/ new potatoes, samphire and soya beans

Ingredients: 4 fillets sea bass 1/2 small bag new potatoes, quartered 180g samphire – you can get this on the fresh fish counter in the supermarkets at the moment 150g soya beans – you can buy these frozen in supermarkets 1 large shallot, finely chopped 1-2 cloves garlic finely chopped Butter Olive oil Method: Blanche the…

Artichoke casserole w/ herbs

Ingredients: 2 tbsp olive oil 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 onion, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 1 parsnip, chopped 1 turnip, peeled and chopped 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano 1 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves 1 tsp lemon thyme leaves 500ml vegetable stock 400g canned flageolet beans 200g jar artichoke hearts, drained 2 tbsp chopped parsley Method:…

Steak salad

Ingredients: 150g baby sweetcorn 4 x 175g lean flat iron or rump beef steaks 1 tsp chinese five spice 1 tbsp rapeseed 100g beansprouts 1 small red onion, peeled and finely sliced 50g toasted pine nuts or unsalted cashew nuts 2 tbsp coriander, chopped For the dressing 1 x 5cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and grated…

Spinach, chorizo and halloumi salad

Ingredients: 4 large handfuls spinach leaves 250 g halloumi cheese, cut into 4 pieces 2 large garlic cloves, crushed 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 24 spears asparagus, trimmed 150 g chorizo, thinly sliced 4 tbsp balsamic syrup Method: To make the balsamic syrup, put 250ml of good quality balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan…

Crab cakes w/ baby leaf salad

Ingredients: For the crab cakes: 1 tbsp unsalted butter 1 onion, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 175 g crab meat, or 1 small can of crab meat 200 g breadcrumbs 125 ml creme fraiche a few fresh chives, minced a few fresh basil leaves, minced 1 large egg Sunflower oil for frying For the mayonnaise:…

Rhubarb and strawberry cobbler

Ingredients: 400g rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 2.5cm pieces 400g strawberries, hulled and halved if large 85g granulated sugar 1 tbsp plain flour 250g tub mascarpone zest and juice 1 orange 1 tbsp icing sugar FOR THE TOPPING 100g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 50g ground almonds 85g golden caster sugar 1 tsp baking…

Meat and potato pie

Ingredients: For the pastry 300g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 75g butter 75g lard, or vegetable fat 5-6 tbsp water 1 tbsp milk, to glaze *Cheat with ready made shortcrust pastry For the filling 1 onion, finely diced 2 carrots, diced 250g minced beef 2 tbsp tomato ketchup 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp Marmite…

Ultimate pulled pork

Ingredients: For the dry spice rub 50 g soft dark brown sugar 4 tbsp smoked hot paprika 3 tbsp flaked sea salt 1 tbsp garlic powder (dried in the spice aisle) 1 tbsp onion granules, ground to a powder by hand or in a spice grinder (dried in the spice aisle) 2 tbsp cayenne pepper…

LBTL 2015 – Day 3

Bizarrely I woke up this morning feeling rested.  This could be as a result of the monumental sleep I had (went to bed at 8.30pm, woke up at 7.45am).  It could also be down to the double serving of pasta I had for dinner last night which then induced a food coma of staggering proportions…

LBTL 2015 – Day 2

I woke this morning with a truly awful headache, pounding.  I still have it.  I feel tired, am a little irritable and I can feel my concentration drifting after just a few minutes.  I expected it to be slightly harder this time as I am taking the challenge straight after doing a show which means I am already…

LBTL 2015 – Day 1

So it begins again, another week of living on £1!  I even managed to persuade my friend Rachael to have a go!  As per usual I start my week with my full shop which I do from a few different places – supermarkets and Asian grocery shops. My shopping list is as follows: Garlic 0.30 onion (450g) 0.26 potatoes…