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In our family, we’ve been pulling our belts in so tightly I’ve gone back to a 28-inch waist (last seen when I was a teenager). What with the uncertainty over Brexit and price rises in shops, we’ve noticed a considerable hike in the cost of a weekly food shop for our family of five. It’s a struggle staying within your means and feeding your loved ones healthy meals. That’s why we’ve put together this special money-conscious issue of Easy Cook. It’s packed with ideas for how to save you money on your food bills, as well as 108 recipes that won’t burst your purse. The pasta dish here is one of my kids’ favourites – and it’s a hit with me and their mum, too, because it works out at just over £1-a-head. I hope you enjoy this month’s cheap and simple recipes.

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400g can cherry tomatoes 1 tsp golden caster sugar a few drops Tabasco sauce 2 eggs fat green chilli, thinly sliced (optional) small knob of butter, softened 1 small ripe avocado, halved, stoned, peeled and sliced (do this just before serving to prevent it from browning) 4 thick slices cornbread (see right) handful coriander leaves, to serve

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1 Heat a griddle pan and a large frying pan. Put the tomatoes, sugar and Tabasco in the frying pan and bubble for 10 mins – season and taste to check the spiciness, adding a splash more Tabasco, if you like. Make 2 spaces in the pan and crack in the eggs, then scatter over the chilli, if using. Cook for a further 3-5 mins until the whites of the eggs are cooked and the yolks are still runny (or to your liking).

1 Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and brush a 900g loaf tin with melted butter, then dust it with polenta and shake out the excess. Tip 175g of the sweetcorn into a food processor with the remaining ingredients and 1 tsp salt. Blend until smooth, then remove the blade and stir through most of the remaining sweetcorn.

2 Meanwhile, butter the cornbread and place, butter-side down, on the hot griddle pan. Cook for 2-3 mins each side until dark griddle lines appear. Top the cornbread with the avocado and the eggs, then spoon around the tomatoes, scatter with coriander and serve.

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2 Pour the batter into the tin, scatter over the last of the sweetcorn and bake for about 45-50 mins until risen and golden. Insert a skewer into the centre – it should come out with a few moist crumbs, but the mixture should not be wet. Return to the oven for a further 5-10 mins if necessary, then test. 3 Cool the loaf in its tin for 10 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Will keep, wrapped in cling lm, for up to 3 days, or freeze in slices for up to 2 months.


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Huevos rancheros wrap Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a frying pan over a high heat. Add 1 corn tortilla wrap and fry for 1-2 mins on each side until crisping at the edges. Transfer to a plate. Crack 1 egg into the pan and cook to your liking.

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Roast sausage & squash with mustard & sage Serves 4 Prep 15 mins Q Cook 50 mins Q 98p a portion Q 571 kcals, 38g fat, 14g sat. fat, 10g sugar Q Q

8 pork & apple sausages 1 large red onion, cut into wedges 300g butternut squash, cut into wedges small pack sage leaves 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp plain flour 200ml chicken stock 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard 500g leftover mashed potato & cauliflower

1 Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the sausages in a large roasting tin with the onion, squash and sage. Drizzle over the olive oil and toss together. Roast for 40-50 mins, turning occasionally, until the sausages are golden and the squash is tender. Transfer to serving plates. 2 Drain away any excess oil from the tin, then place the tin over a medium heat on the hob. Mix in the flour, then gradually pour in the stock, scraping up any bits left in the bottom of the tin. Stir in the mustard. Gently simmer for 5 mins until thickened. Serve with a spoonful of mash and the pan juices.


Raid-the-fridge burritos Serves 4 (1 burritos per person) Prep 30 mins Q Cook 30 mins Q £1.10 a portion Q 878 kcals, 28g fat, 10g sat. fat, 13g sugar Q Q

1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 red or white onion, or 4 spring onions, chopped 400g mixed veg of your choice (we used carrots, red pepper and sweetcorn) 200g leftover chicken, ham, beef or pork, chopped into small chunks 2 x 250g packs ready-cooked lime & coriander rice 400g can red kidney beans in chilli sauce 1 avocado, chopped 6 large wraps 100g grated cheddar 1 egg, beaten soured cream, to serve (optional)

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1 Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the onion and cook for 5 mins until soft, then add your chosen veggies and continue cooking for another 5-10 mins or until tender. Add the leftover meat, the rice and beans, along with the sauce from the can. Stir everything together and cook for 5 mins until piping hot. 2 Heat another frying pan, or a griddle pan, until hot, and heat oven to 140C/120C fan/ gas 2. Now assemble the burritos. Warm a wrap for 10 secs on the hot pan (keep the pan hot, you’ll need to use it again). Pile roughly a sixth of the rice mixture onto the centre of the wrap. Top with a little avocado and some cheese, then brush beaten egg around the edge. Fold the ends over the filling, then fold in the sides, like an envelope. Flatten a little to a parcel, then place, seam-side down, in the hot pan. Cook for 2 mins until the underside has sealed shut and is toasted a golden brown, flip over and cook for a few mins more. 3 Keep the burrito warm in the oven while you continue assembling and cooking the remaining burritos. Serve them with some soured cream, if you like.

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Serves 4 Prep 5 mins Q Cook 20 mins Q 96p a portion Q 500 kcals, 12g fat, 3g sat. fat, 11g sugar Q Q

400g spaghetti 1 tbsp olive oil 120g smoked streaky bacon, sliced into matchsticks 1 onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 2 tsp sweet smoked paprika 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes grated Parmesan, to serve (optional)

1 Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the spaghetti following pack instructions. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and cook the bacon for 3-4 mins until just starting to crisp. Stir in the onion and cook for another 3-4 mins, then add the garlic and smoked paprika, and cook for 1 min more. 2 Pour in the chopped tomatoes, bring to the boil and bubble for about 5 mins until thickened, stirring every so often to stop it catching on the bottom. Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce. Serve with some Parmesan, if you like.


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Smoky Mexican meatball stew Serves 4 Prep 10 mins Q Cook 35 mins Q 83p a portion Q 577 kcals, 22g fat, 8g sat. fat, 8g sugar


tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 400g beef mince 50g fresh white breadcrumbs 1 tsp each ground cumin and coriander tbsp chipotle paste 200g basmati rice 400g can chopped tomatoes 400g can kidney beans, drained & rinsed small handful coriander to serve 1 Heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a large frying pan. Cook the chopped onion over a medium

heat for 8-10 mins until soft, then remove the onion from the pan. 2 Meanwhile, place the mince, breadcrumbs, spices and chipotle paste in a bowl, season generously and mix thoroughly. Roll mix into 20 walnut-sized meatballs. Add the remaining oil to the pan and fry the meatballs for about 8 mins until brown. 3 Meanwhile, cook the rice following pack instructions. Return the onion to the pan, adding the tomatoes, as well as a can full of water. Simmer for 5 mins, then add the kidney beans and cook for a further 10 mins, until the sauce has thickened and the meatballs are cooked through. Season the meatballs, scatter with coriander and serve with the rice. BBC Easy Cook 15


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Winter chicken stew Serves 8 Q Prep 15 mins Q Cook 40-45 mins Q 78p a portion Q 445 kcals, 24g fat, 6g sat. fat, 10g sugar Q

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1 tbsp sunflower oil 1 onion, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, sliced 1.4 litres hot chicken stock 1 large potato, finely grated 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves 2 tsp fresh rosemary leaves 2 x 850g family packs skinless chicken thighs (count the number in the pack you need 16 in total) 6 carrots, halved lengthways and cut into chunks

2 parsnips, halved lengthways and cut into chunks 3 leeks, well washed and thickly sliced mash and peas, to serve (optional) 1 Heat the oil in your largest pan – an extralarge wok with a lid is ideal. Fry the onion and garlic for a few mins until soft, then pour in the stock and stir in the potato and herbs. 2 Add the chicken and bring to the boil. Stir in the carrots, parsnips and leeks, then cover the pan and leave to simmer on a low heat for 40-45 mins, stirring every now and then, until the chicken is tender. (Cool and freeze any extra portions, and use within 2 months – thaw at room temperature, then reheat in a pan until bubbling.) Serve with mash and peas, if you like.


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1 tbsp sunflower oil 1 onion, chopped 4 celery sticks, thickly sliced 400g can plum tomatoes 1 tbsp harissa 2 large courgettes, halved lengthways and thickly sliced 400g can chickpeas, drained

25g butter, diced 200g self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 75g mature cheddar (or vegetarian alternative), finely grated 100ml milk 1 Heat the oil in a large wide-topped casserole dish with a lid, then fry the onion and celery for 5 mins until softening and starting to colour. Tip in the tomatoes and a can of water, then stir in the harissa,

courgettes and chickpeas, and crumble in the stock cube. Cover and simmer for 18 mins until the veg is tender. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. 2 Meanwhile, rub the butter into the flour and baking powder with a pinch of salt. Mix in the cheese with a round-bladed knife. Two mins before the stew is ready, pour the milk into the dumpling mix and stir with the knife to make a dough. Turn out onto your work surface (no need to flour), shape into a sausage and cut into 8 pieces. Add to the stew, then bake for 15-20 mins until golden.

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Cheesy leek & bacon pasta Serves 4 Q Prep 10 mins Q Cook 20 mins Q 70p a portion Q 556 kcals, 18g fat, 7g sat. fat, 4g sugar Q

1 tbsp olive oil 300g leeks, halved and finely sliced 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon, sliced 400g pasta shapes (we used penne) 100g herb & garlic soft cheese (we used Boursin)

Tuna & sweetcorn slice Serves 4 Q Prep 5 mins Q Cook 25-30 mins Q 90p a portion Q 463 kcals, 30g fat, 1g sat. fat, 2g sugar Q

320g pack ready-rolled puff pastry 185g can tuna in spring water, drained and flaked 325g can sweetcorn, drained 3 tbsp crème fraîche 50g cheddar, grated a few chives, snipped to 1cm lengths 1 Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Lay the pastry out on a baking sheet. Pinch up the edges to form a border, pressing firmly into the corners. Prick the centre all over with a fork and pop in the oven for 10-15 mins. Mix the tuna and sweetcorn in a bowl and season. 2 Remove the pastry from the oven, pressing the centre down with the back of a fork, as it will have puffed up a bit. Spread the crème fraîche across centre, spoon the tuna mix on top, then sprinkle over the cheese. Bake for 10-15 mins until golden. Sprinkle with chives. 18 BBC Easy Cook

1 Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Add the leeks and 2 tbsp water, and cook for about 10 mins until very soft. Add the bacon, turn up the heat and fry until cooked. Meanwhile, cook the pasta following pack instructions. Drain and reserve a mug of the cooking water. 2 Spoon cheese into the leek and bacon mix, adding some of the reserved cooking water. Season and stir gently over a low heat until melted. Toss through the cooked pasta, adding a little more cooking water, if needed, to help the sauce coat the pasta.


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Meatloaf burger with harissa mayo Serves 2 Prep 5 mins Q Cook 5 mins Q £1.21 a portion Q 640 kcals, 36g fat, 11g sat. fat, 5g sugar Q Q

4 slices Beef & bacon meatloaf (see below) 1 tomato, sliced 25g grated cheddar or Red Leicester 2 burger buns or rolls, halved 2 tbsp mayo tsp harissa 1 Little Gem lettuce, torn small chunk cucumber, sliced small red onion, sliced 1 Turn on the grill to high. Line a baking tray with foil, then place the meatloaf slices on it. Cover with the tomato and cheese, and grill until the cheese has melted. 2 Warm the burger buns in the toaster or under the grill. Mix the mayo and harissa, then spread over the bottom half of the buns, arranging the lettuce and cucumber on top. Add the slices of meatloaf, then top with the onion, a twist of black pepper and bun tops.

Make a... Beef & bacon meatloaf Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and oil the inside of a 900g loaf tin. Tip an 85g pack UCIG QPKQP UVWH PI into a bowl, crumble in 1 beef stock cube and pour over 300ml boiling water. Stir, then set aside. Stretch 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon a little by running the back of a spoon along their length, then use 6-7 to line the base and longest sides of the tin. Chop the rest. Mix the chopped bacon and 500g pack beef mince Ì Ì i ÃÌÕvw } Ü Ì Ã i «i««iÀ] Ì i «ÀiÃÃ Ì Ì i Ì ° > i v À {ä Ã Õ Ì wÀ ° -iÀÛià Ȱ


Pearl barley, bacon Hot & chocolate leek casserole milkshakes Serves 4 Prep 10 mins Q Cook 40-45mins Q ÂŁ1.11 a portion Q 589 kcals, 15g fat, 3g sat. fat, 11g sugar Q Q

1 tbsp olive oil 2 leeks, thickly sliced 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 300g pearl barley 4 carrots, cubed 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, plus extra to serve 1 litre chicken stock 300g Savoy cabbage, shredded 200g leftover bacon from yesterday, chopped into small pieces

1 Heat a large pan over a medium heat. Add the olive oil and cook the leeks for a few mins, then add the garlic and cook for just 1 min more. 2 Add the pearl barley, carrots and mustard, then pour over the chicken stock. Season with plenty of ground black pepper and simmer for 20 mins, stirring occasionally. Add the cabbage with the bacon, and cook for 5-10 mins until cabbage is wilted and tender. Serve with extra Dijon mustard on the side.

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We’re not talking about a mug of soup here. MasterChef’s Theo Michaels has developed recipes for mains using just a mug and a microwave

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An Italian main in a mug!

Surprisingly authentic spaghetti carbonara ‘This is a total guilty pleasure of mine – I always end up ordering this in our local Italian restaurant. Spaghetti carbonara is a wonderfully classic recipe that when done right is a real thing of beauty, letting the eggs create a really creamy and authentic sauce.’

Serves 1 Prep 5 mins Q Cook 9 mins (800W microwave) Q 85p a portion Q Q

60g smoked pancetta, finely diced clove garlic, left whole 80g dried spaghetti, broken in half 300ml water, just boiled 15g Parmesan, grated 1 egg yolk 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1 Microwave the pancetta and garlic on Full for 2 mins uncovered in a 500ml mug. Remove from the microwave, pour away the excess oil, discard the garlic and set the mug aside whilst you make the pasta. 2 Place the dried pasta and just-boiled water in a bowl and cook on Full, uncovered, for 7 mins. Add the Parmesan, egg yolk and ground black pepper to the cooked pancetta in the mug and mix thoroughly. 3 Once the pasta is done, the cooking water will be very hot; remove from the microwave carefully, and slowly add 1 tbsp of the cooking water to the carbonara paste in the mug and combine. Add the pasta to the paste and stir through (you want the pasta to be a bit wet to help thicken the sauce). Serve with a sprinkle of parsley.

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Vietnamese-style beef pho

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‘Pho (pronounced ‘fuh’) is available on every street corner of Vietnam. The hawkers spend 24 hours perfecting it. This takes minutes!’


Serves 1 Prep 15 mins Q Cook 2 mins (800W) plus standing Q £1.30 a portion

Serves 1 Prep 10 mins Q Cook 8 mins (800W) Q £1.09 a portion Q


60g dried rice noodles 300ml boiling water 1 clove garlic, grated 1cm fresh root ginger, grated 2 tsp vegetable oil 150ml chicken stock, warm tsp soft light brown sugar 1 tsp sesame oil 1 tsp light soy sauce 1 tsp fish sauce 2 tbsp beansprouts 1 whole pak choi, roughly chopped 3oz sirloin, sliced thinly, room temp red chilli, thinly sliced 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander 1 tbsp fresh mint leaves, torn spring onion, finely sliced lime juice 1 Place the dried rice noodles into a 500ml mug; you may need to break them up to fit. Pour over the boiling water until it reaches the same height as the noodles, cover the mug and leave to stand for 5 mins. Drain, leaving the noodles and roughly 1 tbsp of the water in the mug. 2 Add the garlic, ginger and oil to the noodles, stir and microwave on Full for 1 min. Now add the chicken stock, sugar, sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, beansprouts and pak choi and microwave for 1 min. Stir, then place the thinly sliced steak over the top and gently submerge into the cooking water with a fork. The residual heat of the soup will cook the steak. Garnish with chilli, coriander, mint, spring onion and lime.

25g spinach, roughly chopped 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander 1 egg few slices green jalapeño chilli slice bread, to serve

1 Add all the ingredients for the sauce into a 500ml mug, reserving 1 tbsp olive oil for later. Cover and microwave on full power for 6 mins, giving it a quick stir after 3 mins. After 6 mins the watery tomato sauce will be transformed into a thick mixture. Handle the mug with care as it will be very hot! 2 Add the spinach and half the coriander to the sauce and combine well.


50g red pepper, diced 20g diced onion 1 clove garlic, chopped 120ml canned chopped tomatoes 1 tbsp dried oregano 1 tsp chipotle paste 2 tbsp olive oil

3 Using the back of a spoon, gently flatten the top of the sauce, crack the egg on top and drizzle over the remaining olive oil. Cover and microwave for 2 mins (if you are using a small egg or for a runnier yolk check after 90 secs). Garnish with the remaining coriander and the chilli slices, and serve.

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Recipes adapted from Microwave Mug Meals by Theo Michaels (£9.99, Lorenz Books).


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There is nothing quite like a good chocolate cake and this one offers a little something extra. I’m not normally a fan of chocolate orange but I like the use of marmalade which gives a subtle depth of CXQWT VJCV KUPoV QXGTRQYGTKPI YJKNG VJG ground almonds keep the cake moist

Theo’s tip The broken chocolate creates little pockets of lovely melted chocolate. I like my cake to be just cooked so still gooey; if you want it well done, cook for 2 mins. If you use too much marmalade it will change the consistency, so don’t get greedy!

Choc orange cake Serves 1 Q Prep 5 mins Q Cook 1 mins (800W) plus standing Q 27p a portion

1 tbsp caster sugar 3 tbsp cocoa powder tsp baking powder 10g dark chocolate (85% cocoa solids), broken up into small pieces whipped cream, to serve (optional)

1 small medium egg 2 tbsp vegetable oil 3 tbsp milk 1 tbsp orange zest 2 tbsp marmalade 2 tbsp plain flour 1 tbsp ground almonds

Place the egg, oil, milk, orange zest, salt and marmalade in a 300ml mug and whisk with a fork until fully combined. Add the rest of the ingredients and a pinch of salt and combine thoroughly. Microwave uncovered on full power for 1 mins and leave to stand for 2 mins. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, if you like!


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Easy stuffed peppers Serves 4 Prep 5 mins Q Cook 10 mins Q £1.60 a portion Q 387 kcals, 17g fat, 7g sat. fat, 14g sugar Q Q

TIP Cooked lettuce is delicious, but if you overdo it, the lettuce will lose all its colour and vibrancy. Just a few mins in simmering stock should be enough to cook it, but also to retain a slight crunch.

Lamb & lettuce pan-fry Serves 4 (easily halved or doubled) Q Prep 10 mins Q Cook 10 mins Q 99p a portion Q 465 kcals, 37g fat, 20g sat. fat, 1g sugar Q

25g butter 4 lamb neck fillets, cut into chunks 2 handfuls frozen peas 150ml chicken stock 3 Baby Gems, cut into quarters

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1 Heat the butter in a frying pan until sizzling, then add the lamb. Season with salt, if you like, and pepper, then cook for 6-7 mins until browned on all sides. Scatter in the peas, pour in the stock, then bring up to a simmer and gently cook until the peas have defrosted. 2 Add the lettuce to the pan and simmer for a few mins until just starting to wilt, but still vibrant green. Serve scooped straight from the pan, with buttered new potatoes.

4 red peppers 2 x 250g pouches cooked tomato rice (we used Tilda Rizazz Mediterranean Tomato) 2 tbsp pesto handful pitted black olives, chopped 200g goat’s cheese, sliced 1 Use a small knife to cut the top out of the peppers, then scoop out the seeds. Sit the peppers on a plate, cut-side up, and cook in the microwave on High for 5-6 mins until they have wilted and softened. 2 While the peppers are cooking, mix the rice together with the pesto and olives and two-thirds of the cheese. Scoop the rice into the peppers, top with the remaining goat’s cheese and continue to cook for 8-10 mins until the rice is piping hot. If you like you can finish the peppers under the grill to brown.


EDIEN TS > Prawn curry Serves 2 (easily halved or doubled) Prep 5 mins plus resting Q Cook 10 mins (if using fresh prawns) Q ÂŁ2 a portion Q 166 kcals, 4g fat, 1g sat. fat, 8g sugar Q Q

2 tbsp curry paste (we used Patak’s Original Balti curry paste) 1 onion, finely sliced 200g large raw or cooked prawns, defrosted if frozen 400g can chopped tomatoes with garlic large bunch coriander, leaves and stalks chopped

Drizzle some oil from the curry paste jar into a wok or large frying pan, gently heat, then add the onion. Sizzle over a low heat for 4 mins until the onion softens, then stir in the paste and cook for a few mins longer. Stir in the prawns and tomatoes, then bring to a simmer. If using raw prawns, simmer until they have changed colour and are cooked through. Season, if you like, then add the coriander just before serving with boiled rice and naan bread.


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Pancake cannelloni

Easy cut out & keep recipes

German cheese & bacon pancakes

Pancakes for tea! Turn Shrove Tuesday – 28 February – into more of a meal Indian potato pancakes

Quesadilla pancakes

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Pancake cannelloni

Serves 4 Q Prep 10 mins Q Cook 20 mins Q £1.46 a portion Q 691 kcals, 52g fat, 25g sat. fat, 7g sugar


Serves 4 Prep 30 mins Q Cook 30 mins Q £1.80 a portion Q 548 kcals, 36g fat, 14g sat. fat, 14g sugar

200g pack diced smoked bacon lardons 200ml crème fraîche pinch of ground nutmeg 1 tsp caraway seeds (optional) 8 large shop-bought pancakes UJCNNQVU PGN[ UNKEGF I PGN[ ITCVGF )TW[ÄTG 1 whole cucumber, peeled, halved and sliced 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill

420g pack pork meatballs 400g bag fresh spinach 2 tbsp basil pesto 250g tub ricotta 1 egg, beaten º tsp ground nutmeg 8 shop-bought pancakes 500g carton passata 1 garlic clove, crushed 125g ball mozzarella, torn 1 bunch of basil, leaves only


1 Heat grill to high and put the smoked bacon lardons on a baking tray. Grill for around 10 mins until crisp, then set aside. Mix the crème fraîche with the ground nutmeg and caraway seeds (if using) and season with some salt and pepper.


2 Working in batches, place a pancake on a non-stick baking sheet, divide the crème fraîche mixture between the 4 pancakes, then top each pancake with the lardons, shallots and cheese. 3 Put the pancakes under the grill for 2-3 mins (you will need to do this in batches again) or until the cheese is golden and bubbling. While they cook, mix the cucumber with the vinegar and dill. Season, then serve.

1 Heat the grill to high and cook the pork meatballs for 12-15 mins on a baking tray. Cut each one in half and set aside. 2 Tip the spinach into a large colander over the sink. Pour boiling water over to wilt it. When cool enough to handle,

Indian potato pancakes

Quesadilla pancakes

Serves 4 Q Prep 10 mins Q Cook 30 mins Q 98p a portion Q 490 kcals, 29g fat, 7g sat. fat, 5g sugars


4 tbsp olive oil UJCNNQVU PGN[ EJQRRGF 1 tsp mustard seeds Ω tsp turmeric 1 green chilli, deseeded and chopped into small pieces VUR PGN[ ITCVGF IKPIGT 1 garlic clove, crushed 300g potatoes, chopped into small chunks 400g can green lentils, drained 4 shop-bought pancakes 80g bag baby spinach mango chutney and natural yogurt, to serve (optional)

2 red peppers, chopped 140g red Leicester (or veggie alternative), grated 4 tbsp chopped coriander 8 shop-bought pancakes 1 tbsp butter 1 garlic clove, crushed Ω tsp ground cumin 400g can kidney beans, drained juice 1 lemon 1 red chilli, deseeded & sliced 2 avocados, sliced .KVVNG )GO NGVVWEGU UNKEGF

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3 Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/ gas 5. Pour the passata over the bottom of an ovenproof dish and stir in the garlic. Divide the spinach between pancakes, in a long strip in the centre. Add the meatballs, then roll up. Lay the pancakes on the passata. Top with mozzarella. Bake for 30 mins. Scatter over the basil.

Serves 4 Prep 20 mins Q Cook 10 mins Q £1.65 a portion Q 702 kcals, 45g fat, 17g sat. fat, 14g sugar


1 Heat the oil in a large pan over a low heat. Add the shallots, mustard seeds, turmeric, chilli, ginger and garlic, and cook gently until the shallots are soft. Add the potatoes and continue

squeeze out any excess liquid and chop. Mix with the ricotta, egg and nutmeg. Season.


to cook slowly for 15-20 mins, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are soft. 2 Stir through the lentils, season and continue to cook for another 2-3 mins to warm them through. Pile a quarter of the mixture into each pancake and fold the sides in to make a triangle. Pop the spinach in the pan while it’s still hot, just to wilt it, and serve on the side, with mango chutney and yogurt, if you like.

1 Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4. Scatter the peppers, cheese and coriander over 4 pancakes. Season and cover each one with another pancake. Place the quesadilla pancakes on baking sheets and cook

for 5 mins in the oven until the cheese starts melting. Repeat with the other 3. Pile them on a baking tray in a low oven. 2 Warm the butter in a saucepan, add garlic and cook for 1 min, then add the cumin and beans. Stir for 2 mins, then mash. Season, stir through half the lemon juice, spoon into a serving dish and top with the chilli. Toss the avocado in the rest of the lemon. Serve the quesadillas with the beans, lettuce and avocado.

Cheep chicken! Spending a fortune on chicken breast? These four recipes use much cheaper cuts of chicken...

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Mango chicken, bean & rice bake Serves 4 Prep 20 mins plus marinating Q Cook 1 hr 10 mins Q ÂŁ2.20 a portion Q 753 kcals, 16g fat, 3g sat. fat, 32g sugar Q Q

small bunch spring onions, chopped thumb-sized piece ginger, chopped 3 garlic cloves 1 red chilli, seeds removed if you don’t like it too hot small handful coriander, stalks roughly chopped and leaves picked 1 tbsp thyme leaves zest and juice 1 lime, plus 1 lime cut into wedges to serve 1 tsp ground allspice 2 tbsp sunflower oil 8 chicken drumsticks 300g long-grain rice 400g can kidney beans, rinsed and drained 500ml chicken stock 1 ripe mango, peeled, stoned and cut into bite-sized chunks 200g mango chutney, plus extra to serve (optional) 1 Put the spring onions, ginger, garlic, chilli, coriander stalks, thyme, lime zest and juice, allspice and oil in a food processor, then blend to a paste. Pour over the chicken drumsticks and leave to marinate for at least 1 hr, or preferably up to 1 day. 2 Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Tip the rice and beans into a large roasting tin with deep sides. Remove the chicken from the marinade and set aside. Mix the stock into the marinade in the bowl and stir well. Pour the stock over the rice and beans, then put the chicken drumsticks and the mango pieces on top. Cover the tray tightly with foil and bake for 30 mins. 3 Take the tray out of the oven and remove the foil. Increase the temperature to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Spoon the mango chutney over the drumsticks and return to the oven, uncovered, for 35-40 mins, to brown the chicken pieces and allow the rice to absorb all the liquid. Before serving, fluff up the rice a little with a fork and scatter with the coriander leaves. Serve with lime wedges and extra mango chutney, if you like.

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Chicken liver & chorizo open sandwich Serves 2 Prep 20 mins Q Cook 15 mins Q ÂŁ2.49 a portion Q 923 kcals, 60g fat, 28g sat. fat, 6g sugar Q Q

25g butter 1 shallot, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, 1 crushed, 1 squashed 200g chorizo, skin removed, sliced 4 thick slices bread 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling (optional) 300g chicken livers, trimmed of any sinew or tubes good splash of dry Sherry (Fino works well) 4 tbsp double cream small handful parsley, chopped

1 Melt the butter in a frying pan. When sizzling, add the shallot and the crushed garlic, and stir around the pan for 1-2 mins to soften. Add the chorizo and cook for 4 mins over a medium heat to release some of the oils. 2 Meanwhile, heat a griddle pan. Drizzle the slices of bread with the olive oil and rub the squashed garlic all over the surface. Put on the griddle pan and cook for 1 min each side until nicely charred with lines. 3 Turn up the heat under the chorizo pan, add the chicken livers and sear for 1 min. Add the Sherry, bubble for 1 min more, add the cream and parsley, then season well. Put 2 slices of bread on each plate, top with the chicken liver mixture and a drizzle of oil.

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Chicken & almond pastillas Makes 6 Q Prep 40 plus cooling Q Cook 1 hr 10 mins Q £1.14 portion Q 359 kcals, 20g fat, 6g sat. fat, 9g sugar Q

50g butter, melted, plus 1 tbsp for the pan 1 red onion, finely chopped thumb-sized piece ginger, grated 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp cinnamon, plus tsp for dusting 10 cardamom pods, seeds removed 1 tsp turmeric 6 boneless chicken thighs, skin removed 1 tbsp plain flour 500ml chicken stock 1 tbsp clear honey 100g ground almonds zest 1 orange 85g dried apricots, chopped 50g toasted flaked almonds

small handful parsley, chopped 6 sheets feuille de brick or filo pastry 1 large egg, beaten icing sugar, for dusting (optional) 1 Heat 1 tbsp butter in a large casserole dish, add the onion, ginger and garlic, and cook for 5 mins until soft. Add the cinnamon, the cardamom seeds and the turmeric. Stir around the pan for 30 secs until aromatic, then add the chicken and flour. Stir to coat the chicken pieces, then add the chicken stock and season. Stir, cover with a lid and leave to simmer for 45 mins. 2 Remove the lid from the pan and lift the chicken pieces onto a plate. Add the honey and almonds to the cooking liquid and turn up the heat. Bubble the liquid until thick and reduced by about half. Meanwhile, finely shred the chicken with 2 forks. Return the chicken to the sauce and stir in the orange zest, apricots, flaked almonds and parsley –

the mixture should be thick. Leave to cool. 3 Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Unwrap the pastry, keeping any you’re not working with under a damp tea towel, so it doesn’t dry out. Taking one piece at a time, brush all over with the melted butter, and around the edges with the beaten egg. Put roughly a sixth of the chicken filling in the top right-hand corner in a triangular shape. Fold the opposite side of the pastry over to cover the filling. Keep flipping the encased filing down the pastry, brushing between the layers with butter as you go, to give you a triangular parcel, like a large samosa. Repeat with the remaining pastry and filling until you have 6 pastillas. Put the pastillas on a baking tray and brush the tops with egg. Bake for 25 mins until the pastry is golden. 4 For an authentic finish, mix together the remaining cinnamon and icing sugar, and dust the pastillas just before serving.

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Honey-glazed chicken wings Serves 6 (as a snack) Prep 10 mins Q Cook 20 mins Q 62p a portion Q 413 kcals, 30g fat, 7g sat. fat, 11g sugar Q Q

1kg pack chicken wings 2 tbsp clear honey 2 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp sesame seeds 100ml soured cream 100ml buttermilk 100g mayonnaise 2 tsp lemon juice pinch of smoked paprika 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely sliced celery sticks, halved, to serve baby carrots, peeled, to serve

1 Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 6. Put the chicken wings in a large roasting tin. Mix the honey, soy and tbsp sesame seeds in a bowl, then pour over the wings. Use your hands to mix and ensure all the wings are coated, then roast for 20 mins until cooked through, sticky and golden. 2 Meanwhile, combine the soured cream, buttermilk, mayonnaise, lemon juice and smoked paprika. Season well, then chill until ready to serve. 3 When the wings are cooked, scatter over the remaining sesame seeds and the chilli. Serve with the dip, and some carrot and celery sticks for dunking.

Save your pennies! Chicken is the most popular meat in UK ÃÕ«iÀ >À iÌÃ] > ` LÀi>ÃÌ w iÌÃ ÕÌÃi the cheaper cuts by a mile. Yet buying good-quality chicken breasts can be expensive if you’re feeding a family. The more cost-conscious cuts of the bird are often much tastier and, with these recipes, you won’t be short of inspiration for different ways to use them.

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Cauliflower cheese ‘This oozy, cheesy dish is a far cry from the dishcloth grey cauliflower with white sauce and barely a hint of cheese that you might remember from school. This is a dish to warm the cockles and wrap you in a blanket of contented wellbeing.’ Serves 4 (plus leftovers) Prep 20 mins plus infusing Q Cook 20 mins Q 55p a portion Q Q

75g unsalted butter 50g plain flour 600ml whole milk 125g strong cheddar (or vegetarian alternative), plus extra to sprinkle good splash of double cream good grating nutmeg pinch of mustard powder 1 large cauliflower, broken into florets 45g fresh breadcrumbs

1 Melt the butter in a pan, add the flour and cook over a medium heat for a couple of minutes. Gradually add the milk, stirring, until you have a smooth thick sauce. Add the cheese, cream, nutmeg and mustard powder and season well. 2 Meanwhile, put the cauliflower in a steamer or pan of boiling water and steam or boil for 3–4 mins until just tender. Drain and tip into the pan of sauce. 3 Heat the grill to medium–high. Tip the cauliflower into an ovenproof dish. Mix the breadcrumbs with some more cheese and sprinkle over the top. Grill for 4–5 mins until golden and bubbling then serve.

Cauliflower cheese soup ‘When I told my sister that I was going to turn leftover cauliflower cheese into soup she looked at me as if I was a bit mad, but she was quickly convinced when she tried it!’ Serves 4 Prep 5 mins Q Cook 20 mins Q 25p a portion Q Q

about 300g leftover cauliflower cheese 1 large floury potato, chopped into chunks 700ml chicken or vegetable stock 75ml double cream Put the leftover cauliflower cheese, potato chunks and chicken stock into a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 20 mins until the potato is tender. Whizz the mixture with a stick blender until smooth then add the cream. Season to taste and serve. BBC Easy Cook 37


Spiced pork with harissa chickpeas ‘There are a lot of fantastic chilli pastes from around the world, from the trendy and exciting sriracha and gochujang to the good old favourite Tabasco, but harissa is one of the best. It is so handy to have a jar in the fridge to pep up leftovers. I prefer rose harissa as it has a more delicate flavour.’ Serves 4 Prep 10 mins Q Cook 15 mins Q 65p a portion Q Q

Pan-roasted pork chops with apples & onions ‘A pan full of golden, sizzling pork chops is a wonderful sight. The key to a fabulous chop is to not overcook it – it should be juicy and tender and almost a little pink in the middle before you eat it.’

fry for 5 mins until they start to colour. Put the pork chops on top, splash in the stock and transfer to the oven and cook for 15-20 mins until the pork is cooked and the apples and onions are sticky and tender.

Serves 4 (plus leftovers) Prep 10 mins Q Cook 30 mins Q 78p a portion

3 Leave the pork to rest for 10 mins then slice the meat from the bones, keeping the bones, and serve with the roasted apples and onions.


4 large outdoor-reared pork chops 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing handful of sage leaves 2 onions, finely sliced 2–3 apples, peeled and cut into wedges 100ml chicken stock 1 Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Brush the pork with the oil and season well. Heat an ovenproof frying or sauté pan over a high heat and seal the pork on both sides until browned. Set aside. 2 Heat the oil in the pan and add the sage, onions and apples and 38 BBC Easy Cook

1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed juice of 1 lemon 1 red onion, finely sliced 300g leftover pork chops 1 tbsp rose harissa 2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed splash chicken stock or water handful chopped flat-leaf parsley or coriander, to finish yogurt, to dollop 1 Heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the onion for 10 mins. Add the garlic and fry for 30 secs. Squeeze half the lemon juice over the red onion with some seasoning and set aside to soften. 2 Meanwhile, remove any meat from the bones of the pork chops. Add this and the other pork to the pan with the harissa and toss to coat. Add the chickpeas and stock or water, season and simmer for 5–10 mins. 3 Add the remaining lemon juice to the chickpeas. Serve the chickpeas with the red onion, scattered with herbs and splodged with yogurt.

TIP If you haven’t cooked the Pan-roasted pork chops, slice 300g pork steaks or tenderloin and fry in a little oil until just cooked. Add a splash of cider or stock and a few sage leaves and simmer for a couple of minutes.


Apple & pecan crumble Serves 4 (plus leftovers) Q Prep 20 mins Q Cook 50 mins Q 77p a portion Q

Recipes adapted from The Bountiful Kitchen by Lizzie Kamenetsky (£16.99, Kyle Books). Photography by Laura Edwards.

2 Bramley apples 5–6 Cox apples juice of 1 lemon 100g caster sugar good pinch ground cinnamon grating fresh nutmeg 200g unsalted butter, cubed 175g plain flour 150g pecans, finely chopped

75g demerara sugar 40g soft brown sugar cream or vanilla ice cream, to serve 1 Peel and core the apples, cut into chunks and put in a pie or ovenproof dish. Add the lemon juice, caster sugar, spices and 50g of the butter and mix together. 2 Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Toss the remaining butter with the flour and rub together until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the pecans, sugars and 1 tsp sea salt. Mix well. Scatter over the apples. Bake for 40–50 mins until golden. Serve with cream.

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Crumble cupcakes Makes 9 Prep 30 mins Q Cook 25 mins Q 32p a cake Q Q

150g unsalted butter, softened 150g caster sugar 3 eggs 125g self-raising flour 200g leftover apple & pecan crumble splash of milk (optional) FOR THE ICING

3 tbsp custard powder 100ml double cream 200g unsalted butter 125g icing sugar

1 Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line 9 holes of a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases. In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating before adding the next one then add the flour and leftover crumble, reserving some to decorate. Fold together, adding a splash of milk if the mixture is too thick. Dollop into the cake paper cases and bake for 20–25 mins until golden and risen. 2 Meanwhile, blend the custard powder and cream together in a small pan over a medium–low heat and cook for 2–3 mins until you have a lovely thick paste. Set aside to cool.

3 Beat the butter (or butter, mascarpone or cream cheese) together with the icing sugar until fluffy. Add the cooled custard mixture and fold in. Chill for at least 30 mins. When ready to ice, spread the top of each cupcake with some of the icing. Scatter with the reserved crumble and serve.

TIP To make these cupcakes from scratch, peel and core 250g Cox apples and cook with a knob of butter, a splash of water and 1 tbsp of caster sugar for 10 mins. Use 50g ground almonds instead of the topping. BBC Easy Cook 39

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Treat your loved one to a healthy meal for two without breaking the bank Spiced cod with quinoa salad & mint chutney Serves 2 Prep 5 mins Q Cook 25 mins Q £2.43 a portion Q 272 kcals, 4g fat, 1g sat. fat, 13g sugar Q

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40g quinoa (or 85g pre-cooked quinoa) 3 tbsp each chopped mint and coriander 150g pot 0% natural yogurt 1 garlic clove tsp turmeric pinch of cumin seeds 2 x 150g chunky fillets skinless white fish, such as sustainable cod cucumber, finely diced 1 small red onion, finely chopped 4 tomatoes, chopped good squeeze of lemon juice 1 Tip the quinoa (if not pre-cooked) into a pan, cover with water and boil, covered, for 25 mins, checking the water level to make sure it doesn’t boil dry. Drain well. 2 Meanwhile, put 2 tbsp each of the mint and coriander in a bowl. Add the yogurt and garlic, and blitz with a hand blender until smooth. Stir 2 tbsp of the herby yogurt with the turmeric and cumin, then add the fish and turn in the mixture to completely coat.

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3 Turn the grill to High. Arrange the fish in a shallow heatproof dish and grill for 8-10 mins, depending on thickness, until it flakes. Toss the quinoa with the cucumber, onion, tomatoes, lemon juice and remaining herbs. Spoon onto a plate, add the fish and spoon round the mint chutney, or add it at the table.


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Chilli-stuffed peppers with feta topping Serves 2 Prep 10 mins Q Cook 25 mins Q ÂŁ1.47 a portion Q 288 kcals, 7g fat, 3g sat. fat, 26g sugar Q Q

2 large peppers, halved, deseeded but stalks left on 1 tsp each ground cumin and coriander 400g can chopped tomatoes 1 red onion, halved and sliced 1 garlic clove, finely grated 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 1 small aubergine, cut into small cubes

220g can kidney beans (don't drain them) small bunch coriander, chopped 1 large egg 25g low-fat feta, finely grated 50g low-fat fromage frais 2 handfuls rocket lime wedges, for squeezing over 1 Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Place the pepper halves in a shallow baking dish, skin-side up, and roast for 15-20 mins. 2 Meanwhile, tip the spices into a pan and warm briefly to release their flavour. Tip in

the tomatoes and stir in the onion, garlic, chilli, aubergine and kidney beans with their juice. Cover the pan and cook for 20 mins, stirring occasionally. Try not to add any extra liquid; the mixture should be quite dry. Stir in the coriander. 3 Meanwhile, beat the egg with the feta and fromage frais. Turn the peppers over and pile the aubergine mix into each one, packing it down as much as you can. Top with the feta mix. Return to the oven for 10 mins until the topping has lightly set. Serve the peppers on the rocket with lime wedges on the side. BBC Easy Cook 41

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Turkey salad on rye Serves 2 Prep 8 mins Q No Cook Q £1.20 a portion Q 284 kcals, 6g fat, 1g sat. fat, 19g sugar Q Q

6 very thin slices rye bread (about 75g) 3 small tomatoes, sliced 12 cucumber slices 100g thinly sliced turkey breast (look for carved turkey rather than preformed slices) 6 Little Gem lettuce leaves, shredded FOR THE DRESSING 1 tbsp light mayonnaise 3 tbsp 0% bio yogurt tsp madras curry powder 1 tbsp raisins 2 spring onions, finely chopped Mix the dressing ingredients and spread a little on each slice of bread. Pile on the tomato, cucumber and turkey slices, and the lettuce. Top with any remaining dressing. Best eaten the same day.

Open sandwiches mean you use less bread, but can pile on plenty of toppings

Roasted harissa vegetables with kale & ginger pilaf Serves 2 (easily doubled) Prep 15 mins Q Cook 30 mins Q £1.71 a portion Q 371 kcals, 5g fat, 1g sat. fat, 19g sugar


small butternut squash (about 350g), peeled and cut into 3cm chunks 1 red onion, quartered 1 red pepper, cut into 3cm chunks 1 tbsp harissa (see right), or to taste low-fat Greek yogurt, to serve FOR THE PILAF

tbsp olive oil onion, thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, chopped 2cm piece ginger, peeled and chopped red chilli, deseeded and sliced 100g kale or other greens, chopped 100g basmati rice 225ml vegetable stock 1 Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the squash, onion and pepper on a baking tray. Toss them with the harissa and season. Roast for 30 mins or until golden.

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2 Meanwhile, make the pilaf. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and add the sliced onion, garlic, ginger and chilli. Season and cook for 5 mins or until the onion is translucent. Add the chopped kale, basmati rice and the stock. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and cook for 10-12 mins or until tender. Serve the pilaf with the roasted veg and Greek yogurt.

Fancy making harissa? Roast 5 tbsp each of coriander, cumin and fennel seeds in a dry pan for 2 mins. / « Ì > L i `iÀ > ` }À ` Ì > w i powder. Transfer to a bowl. Add 22 garlic cloves, 1 red onion, chopped, 20 red chillies, deseeded and roughly chopped, 1 large red pepper, chopped, and 100ml olive oil to the blender and blitz. Tip into a pan. Cook for 15 mins until it’s a jammy consistency, stirring constantly towards the end. Stir in the spices and 2 tsp salt. Remove from heat. Chill for up to 1 week.


Pea & mint soup with crispy prosciutto strips Serves 2 Prep 5 mins Q Cook 15 mins Q ÂŁ1.35 a portion Q 276 kcals, 5g fat, 2g sat. fat, 14g sugar Q Q

2 leeks, well washed and thinly sliced 200g potato (unpeeled), scrubbed and grated 500ml chicken or vegetable stock 200g frozen peas 150g pot 0% bio yogurt 2 tbsp chopped mint 2 slices prosciutto, all excess fat removed 1 Put the leeks, potato and stock in a pan and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 8 mins. 2 Tip in the peas, cover and cook for 5 mins more. Take off the heat and blitz with a hand blender (or in a food processor) until smooth, then stir in the yogurt and mint.

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3 Meanwhile, lay the slices of prosciutto in a large non-stick frying pan in a single layer and heat until crisp. Allow to cool a little, then tear into strips, ready to sprinkle over the soup with some ground black pepper. Will keep in the fridge for 2 days.

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1 tsp each dried thyme, cayenne, dried oregano, white pepper and salt 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 red onion, chopped 2 celery sticks, chopped 2 fresh red chillies, deseeded & chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 150ml vegetable stock 400g can chopped tomatoes 24 okra 1 bay leaf


1 Make your muffins (below). Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan. Fry the onion, celery, chillies, garlic and gumbo. Add the stock, tomatoes, okra and bay. Bring to the boil. 2 Add the potato and cabbage. Cover and cook for 15 mins until the potato is tender. Season, then serve with the warm muffins.

1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 onion, sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed 2 tbsp tomato purée splash soy sauce 200ml Madeira 200ml vegetable stock 2 tbsp barley 1 tbsp chopped thyme FOR THE VEGETABLES

3 parsnips, chopped 3 carrots, chopped 5 celery sticks, chopped 500ml vegetable stock 4-6 baking potatoes, finely sliced 150ml olive oil 1 Heat the vegetable oil and fry the onion and garlic until soft. Stir in the tomato purée and cook for 5 mins. Add the soy sauce, Madeira and stock and bring to the boil, then add the barley. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 25 mins or until the barley is soft. 2 Blanch the parsnips, carrots and celery in the stock for about 10 mins until just tender (top up with water if there isn’t enough stock to cover). Parboil the potatoes in lightly salted boiling water.

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3 Stir the thyme into the sauce and season to taste. Layer the vegetables (not the potatoes) in 6 individual pie dishes and spoon over the sauce. Toss the potatoes in olive oil and season well, then layer on top of the vegetables. 4 Place the dishes under a preheated hot grill until the potato topping looks golden and crispy. Serve with red cabbage.


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Lentil & cauliflower curry Serves 4 Prep 10 mins Q Cook 40 mins Q 72p a portion Q 382 kcals, 11g fat, 2g sat. fat, 12g sugar Q Q

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1 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 3 tbsp curry paste 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp mustard seeds 200g red or yellow lentils 1 litre vegetable stock (using 2 cubes) 1 large cauliflower, broken into florets 1 large potato, diced 3 tbsp coconut yogurt small pack coriander, chopped juice 1 lemon 100g cooked brown rice, to serve 1 Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion until soft, about 5 mins. Add the curry paste, spices and lentils, then stir to coat the lentils in the onions and paste. Pour over the stock and simmer for 20 mins, then add the cauliflower, potato and a little extra water if it looks a bit dry. 2 Simmer for about 12 mins until the cauliflower and potatoes are tender. Stir in the yogurt, coriander and lemon juice, and serve with the brown rice.



Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large non-stick frying pan, add a 225g pack of paneer, cut into cubes, and fry gently until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the remaining another 1 tbsp oil and a head of ECWNK QYGT] LÀ i Ì y ÀiÌÃ] Ì Ì i «> ] and cook for 10 mins until browned. Add 1 thickly sliced onion, and more oil if needed, and cook for a 5 mins until softened. Stir in 2 crushed ICTNKE ENQXGU and 2 heaped tbsp tikka masala paste, then pour in 500g carton passata and 250ml water, and season. Bring to a simmer. Cover and V v À £n Óä Ã À Õ Ì Ì i V>Õ y ÜiÀ is just tender. Add 200g frozen peas and paneer and cook for 5 mins. Stir through some chopped EQTKCPFGT. Serve with rice or naan bread. Serves 4.

Peppered mushroom & Stilton pies Serves 4 Prep 25 mins plus chilling Q Cook 20-25 mins Q 89p a portion Q Q


225g plain flour 100g butter 1 egg, plus beaten egg to glaze a little milk to bind, if needed FOR THE FILLING

1 onion, sliced 500g button mushrooms, halved 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp tomato purée 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp green peppercorns in brine, drained 250ml vegetable stock 200g Stilton (or vegetarian alternative) 1 For the pastry, simply pulse the ingredients together in a food processor to form a dough,

adding a little milk if needed. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 mins. 2 Now make the filling. Start by frying the onion and mushrooms in hot oil until soft. Add the tomato purée and cook for 5 mins, then add the soy sauce, peppercorns and stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat slightly and cook until the liquid has reduced by half. Season to taste. Divide the mixture between 4 individual pie dishes. Crumble the Stilton and divide that between the dishes, too. 3 Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cut the pastry into 4 pieces and roll into circles just bigger than the dishes. Dampen the rims of the dishes with a little water, then cover the pie dishes with pastry, trim the edges and cut a little hole in the top. Brush all over with beaten egg to glaze. Bake for 20 mins until crisp and golden. Serve with buttery mash and green beans. BBC Easy Cook 47



INDIAN Anjula Devi shares the secrets of making authentic curries in the comfort of your own kitchen. You’ll never order a takeaway again!

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Chicken curry Serves 4 Q Prep 30 mins plus overnight marinating Q Cook 1 hr 15 mins Q

750g boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces FOR THE MARINADE

150g natural yogurt juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon 1 tsp garlic, grated 1 tsp ginger, grated 1 tsp tomato paste 2 tbsp tamarind pulp

4 Now add the garlic, ginger and green chillies and continue to cook for 2 mins. Add the contents of the pestle and mortar, stir well and continue to fry until the mixture resembles a paste and the oil starts to separate from the onions and tomatoes. If the ingredients start to become a little dry or the spices start to burn, add a little water.

frequently. Add the water and bring to the boil then immediately reduce to a simmer.

5 Add the marinated chicken pieces and fresh curry leaves. Turn the heat up to medium, stir really well and allow the chicken to seal for at least 5 mins, stirring

cooking ingredients ‘forBylonger, your curry will taste much better ’


1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 inch piece cassia bark (available at 1 bay leaf tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp red chilli flakes

6 Add the fenugreek leaves, cardamom, cloves and tamarind. Add the lid. Cook for 25 mins until thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the coriander and zest. Leave for 5 mins, then serve with chapattis or rice.


1 tsp fenugreek leaves, soaked in 2 tbsp hot water 4 green cardamoms, lightly bashed 2 cloves THE WET INGREDIENTS

4 tbsp vegetable oil 2 medium onions, finely chopped 400g good quality tinned tomatoes 1 tsp grated jaggery ( 1 tsp garlic, grated 1 tsp ginger, grated 2-4 fresh finger green chillies, pierced 6-8 curry leaves, ripped 140ml water 2 tsp tamarind pulp FOR THE GARNISH

small bunch of fresh coriander, chopped zest of 1 lemon 1 Place the chicken thighs in a large bowl, add the marinade ingredients, stir and coat well. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge overnight. Remove from the fridge and allow the chicken to come to room temperature. 2 Take a small dry frying pan, set on a low heat and warm through the cumin, coriander and mustard seeds. This should only take 1 min. Remove from the heat, add to a pestle and mortar and grind coarsely. 3 Take a large sauté pan, add the oil and warm on a low heat then add the onions, cassia bark and bay leaf. Sauté for 5 mins. Add the turmeric and red chilli flakes, stir and cook for a further 2 mins. Add the tomatoes and jaggery and continue to sauté for a further 10 mins, stirring occasionally.

All about Anjula Devi Mum-of-two Anjula was taught to cook by her dad from the age of eight. He kept a handwritten scrapbook of all the recipes they created together, and now Anjula shares them in her new cookbook,

Authentic Indian Food. She says, ‘I separate my spices into three categories: key, warming and other, which are then added at different stages of the cooking process for maximum results.’

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Quick & easy vegetables

Potatoes cooked in mint & tamarind

Serves 4 Q Prep 20 mins Q Cook 30 mins



750g floury potatoes, such as Maris Piper, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes


1 tsp red chilli flakes 1 tsp mustard seeds tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp cumin seeds THE WARMING SPICES

tsp nigella seeds tsp fennel seeds 1 tsp fenugreek leaves 6 fresh curry leaves THE OTHER SPICES

1 tsp asafoetida (available at Tesco) 1 tbsp tamarind pulp THE FRESH INGREDIENTS

1 small cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced 1 tsp garlic, grated 1 tsp ginger, grated 1 large fresh tomato, cut into wedges 115g mangetout 1 red pepper, sliced into thin strips 3 tbsp coconut oil 1 tsp grated jaggery (available at FOR THE GARNISH

small bunch of coriander, chopped Himalayan pink rock salt to taste 1 Bring a pot of water to the boil then add 1 tsp of asafoetida. Add the cauliflower and carrots. Boil for 2 mins. 2 Strain the cauliflower and carrots and run them under cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside. 3 In a large sauté pan, heat the oil on a medium heat and add the remaining asafoetida, the key spices and the warming spices. Stir and allow to warm through for about 1 min. 4 Add the ginger and garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the tomato, jaggery and salt to taste and cook until the oil starts to separate from the contents of the pan. Add the cauliflower and carrots and cook for 3 to 4 mins on a medium heat. Sprinkle a little water on so that the spices don't burn. Turn the heat to high and add the mangetout, red peppers and tamarind. Stir well and cook for about 1 min. Switch off the heat, place the lid on the pan and leave for 10 mins. Add the chopped coriander. Serve with fresh chapattis. 50 BBC Easy Cook

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tsp turmeric tsp mustard seeds 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp red chilli flakes 1 bay leaf THE WARMING SPICES

1 tsp fennel seeds tsp nigella seeds 1 tsp fenugreek leaves, soaked in 2 tbsp of hot water THE OTHER SPICES

tsp asafoetida (available at Tesco) tsp ajwain seeds (available at Tesco) 1 tsp mango powder (available at Tesco) 1 tsp dry mint leaves THE WET INGREDIENTS

3 tbsp vegetable oil 1 heaped tsp tomato paste 1 tsp garlic, grated 1 tsp ginger, grated 2 tbsp tamarind pulp small bunch of fresh coriander, chopped 1 Parboil the potatoes in a large pan with a pinch of salt and the turmeric for about 5 mins. Drain in a colander and place a kitchen towel over the top so that the potatoes steam dry. Set aside.

2 Place a large sauté pan on a low heat and add the vegetable oil. Once the oil is warm, add the mustard seeds, fennel seeds, nigella seeds, asafoetida and ajwain. Stir well into the oil, stir in the remaining key spices and fry until fragrant. 3 Add the tomato paste, garlic and ginger. Stir and fry for 1 min. Add the potatoes, coat and stir really well. Ensure that the potatoes are cooked through and a little crispy on the outside. 4 Add the fenugreek leaves, mango powder, mint leaves and tamarind and cook for a further minute. Remove from the heat, place the lid on the pan and leave for 10 mins. Add the chopped fresh coriander and serve with chapattis and a little natural yogurt.

How to make perfect… Cumin rice Melt 2 tbsp unsalted butter in a large pan, add 1 tsp cumin seeds, 2cm piece of cassia bark, 2 cloves and 4 green cardamoms, light bashed, and sizzle for just 30 secs. Add Ó w i V ««i` onions and cook for 5 mins, and then add 1 tsp grated garlic. Cook for 5 mins, stirring. Add 300g basmati rice to the pan, stir well and pour over the 400ml of hot water (or enough to cover the rice and leave an extra 2cm of water above the rice). Bring to Ì iL ]> ` i` >Ìi Ài`ÕVi Ì > Ã iÀ° ÛiÀ Ü Ì > Ì } Ì wÌÌ } `] > ` Ã iÀ Õ Ì Ì i grains are tender (5-7 mins). Fluff the grains up with a fork before serving. Serves 4. Recipes adapted from Authentic Indian Food L Õ > iÛ (£5.99, Lakeland)

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Try our money-saving recipes... 1 Pork cassoulet £1.66 per person This is where you can smuggle odds and ends from the fridge – those last two rashers of bacon, a leftover sausage, the end of a joint of roast pork. The same rule applies to fat – lard, butter, oil and poultry fat are all welcome – stock or diluted leftover gravy, and veg. Essentially, it’s more of a ‘cassoulet formula’ than a recipe, but one that works every time.

Serves 4 Prep 15 mins Q Cook 2 hrs 30 mins Q 501 kcals, 30g fat, 11g sat. fat, 6g sugar Q Q

4 tbsp fat (lard if you’re budgeting, goose or duck fat if you’re not) 350g assorted pork, diced (a mixture of bacon, sausage and diced pork works) 1 large onion, halved and sliced 10 fat garlic cloves, peeled 1 carrot, thinly sliced 1 tsp fennel seeds 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 600ml stock 1 tbsp tomato purée 2 rosemary stalks, leaves picked and chopped handful of parsley, chopped

400g can cannellini beans, drained few tbsp dried breadcrumbs drizzle of oil crusty bread and green veg 1 Heat oven to 140C/120C fan/ gas 1. Put a large ovenproof pan (with a tight-fitting lid) on a high heat. Add your fat and diced meat, cook for a few mins to seal the edges, giving it a quick stir to cook evenly. Reduce the heat to low, add the sliced onion, garlic cloves, carrot and fennel seeds, and cook gently to soften the veg for 3 mins. 2 Pour over the vinegar, scraping any meaty bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the stock, tomato purée, and half the rosemary and parsley. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins, then season, cover with a lid and put into the oven for 2 hrs, removing the lid for the final hour of cooking. Stir occasionally. Add the beans with 30 mins to go. 3 Remove the pan from the oven and heat the grill. Scatter the top with the remaining herbs and breadcrumbs, drizzle a little oil over the top, and return to the oven for 5-10 mins, until the breadcrumbs are golden. Serve with crusty bread and green veg.

2 Pea falafels with minty couscous salad £1.40 per person Serves 4 Prep 20 mins Q Cook 15 mins Q 489 kcals 17g fat, 3g sat. fat, 8g sugar Q Q

400g frozen peas 400g can chickpeas, drained 3 tbsp flour, plus extra 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tsp cumin seeds 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter or tahini small bunch each parsley and mint, chopped zest and juice 1 lemon 200g couscous 3 tbsp olive oil 4 large tomatoes, chopped 100ml natural yogurt 1 Put the peas in a colander and run under the hot tap to defrost. Drain well, then 52 BBC Easy Cook

put half into a food processor. Add the chickpeas, flour, garlic, cumin seeds, peanut butter or tahini, parsley, lemon zest and plenty of seasoning. Whizz the ingredients to a paste, adding a splash of water if it looks too crumbly. Using wet hands, shape the mixture into 8 patties, dust with flour, then place on a plate. Chill for 10 mins, or longer. Boil the kettle. 2 Place the couscous in a large bowl, season, then pour over enough boiling water to just cover. Set aside for 5 mins. 3 Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large pan. Cook the falafels for 2-3 mins on each side, until crisp and golden. Add the remaining oil, lemon juice, mint, tomatoes and peas to the couscous. Serve with yogurt.

3 Cheesy turkey Milanese £2 per person Most of the ingredients can be found in the storecupboard. Chicken or pork works well, but turkey is usually the cheaper and healthier option.

Serves 4 Prep 20 mins Q Cook 25 mins Q 810 kcals 18g fat, 6g sat. fat, 10g sugar Q Q

4 tbsp flour 1 egg 3 tbsp olive oil 100g fresh or dried breadcrumbs 4 rosemary sprigs, leaves picked and chopped 4 turkey steaks, about 500g in total, thinned with a rolling pin if very thick 3 fat garlic cloves, crushed 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes small bunch basil, leaves picked 125g ball mozzarella, drained and sliced, or cheddar or Gruyère 350g spaghetti 1 Put the flour in a bowl with a little seasoning, beat the egg in another bowl with a splash of water. Tip the breadcrumbs and rosemary into another bowl, drizzle over 1 tbsp oil and rub together with your fingers until the breadcrumbs are a little moist. Dip the turkey steaks into the flour, dust off the excess, then dip in the egg followed by the breadcrumbs, pressing to help them stick. Put on a plate. Chill while you make the sauce. 2 Heat the remaining oil in a large pan. Add the garlic and sizzle for 30 secs, then add the tomatoes. Season and bubble for 15 mins until the sauce is thick, adding a pinch of sugar if the taste is too sharp. While the sauce cooks, heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6, put the turkey steaks on a baking tray and bake for 10 mins, then remove from the oven, top with mozzarella and return to the oven for another 5 mins, until the turkey is cooked through and the cheese has melted. 3 Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti following pack instructions. Drain, then toss through the tomato sauce. Top with a turkey steak and a generous scattering of basil leaves.


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4 Lentil & cardamom soup 72p per person

Serves 2-3 Prep 5 mins Q Cook 20 mins Q 363 kcals, 20g fat, 12g sat. fat, 8g sugar Q Q

1 large onion, finely chopped 2 fat garlic cloves, crushed 1 large carrot, finely chopped thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped 2 tbsp oil, sunflower, rapeseed or groundnut all work well tsp turmeric seeds from 10 cardamom pods 1 tsp cumin, seeds or ground 100g red lentils 400ml can light coconut milk zest and juice 1 lemon pinch of chilli flakes handful of parsley or coriander, chopped 1 Put the onion, garlic, carrot and ginger into a saucepan, drizzle over the oil, and cook for a few mins to soften. Add the turmeric, cardamom and cumin. Stir well to combine, and cook gently for a few mins more, until the spices are aromatic. 2 Add the lentils to the pan. Pour over the coconut milk, fill the can with water and add this too. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 15 mins until the lentils are soft and swollen but retain a little bite. Using a hand blender, pulse the soup until some is blended completely, leaving some larger vegetable chunks. 3 Zest the lemon straight into the pan, then squeeze the juice over the soup and stir through with a pinch of salt, chilli and finely chopped herbs. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle over a little more lemon zest, if you like.

Top tip Choosing oil Try using vegetable oil for this recipe as it’s much cheaper than olive oil or coconut oil. For more tips on buying money-saving ingredients, turn to p11.

If you normally buy premium brands, buy the next one down. If you buy the supermarket’s own brand, try the value or basic range version. If you genuinely can’t stand it, then switch back the following week.

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9 Take a tin Tins are cheap and easy to store. Tinned tomatoes make good pasta sauces and bases for curries and casseroles; tinned sardines are delicious on toast or stirred through pasta, while tinned chickpeas make quick houmous, falafels or burgers.

To bulk out a curry or tagine, a value-range tin of potatoes will set you back around 15p – you can’t even get a small baking spud for that!

10 Check your storecupboard before you shop Before you go shopping, do a quick inventory of what you already have. Divide your page into four, and write down the carbs, fruit, veg and proteins that you have in stock, checking the fridge, freezer, fruit bowl and shelves. Then, plan meals around what is already there, and just buy top-up ingredients.

11 Substitute ingredients You can’t go too far wrong using one leafy green vegetable instead of another, or any root veg where a recipe calls for carrot, or making a simple mixture of cumin and turmeric to make your own curry powder. If you’re on a tight budget, you don’t always need to follow recipes i >VÌ ] LÕÌ ÕÃi Ì i y>Û ÕÀ V L >Ì Ã as helpful inspiration.

12 Buy frozen veg and tinned or dried fruit Try using more frozen vegetables, for cheapness and for variety – you can buy more and they last longer. At one supermarket, frozen spinach is £1.25 for a kilo, or £1 for 200g fresh. Frozen spinach is easy to throw into soups, tagines, curries and casseroles. Dried fruit makes good snacks, especially for children – you can buy large value bags of sultanas from the baking aisle, and tinned mandarin segments and peaches to stir into yogurts or whizz into smoothies.

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13 Citrus fruit Even when past their best and drying out, lemons, limes and oranges will still have L>}Ã v y>Û ÕÀ° - Vi] Ì i vÀiiâi > ` use in hot and cold drinks. Alternatively dry the slices in a very low oven and use as decorations, or pop in your laundry cupboard as a natural air freshener. Q Moroccan orange & mint tea Thinly slice oranges, push out the pips, then freeze on a baking tray lined with parchment. Once frozen, put in a freezer bag. To make a fruity spiced tea, place a few frozen slices in a mug with a handful of mint leaves, a squeeze of honey and a pinch of cinnamon. Pour over boiling water, stir and enjoy. Try this with any citrus fruit that is past its best.


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chutney over the pastry leaving a 1cm border – red onion chutney or chilli jam works well. Top with crumbled or grated cheese, any blue or goat’s cheese or strong cheddar would be nice, then top with thinly sliced ripe pears. Bake until the pastry is golden and puffed, then scatter over some rocket leaves to serve.

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Mushy kiwis can be blended to make a sauce for ice cream or a healthy smoothie. Kiwis make a great secret ingredient in marinades, too, as the enzymes tenderise the meat. Make a quick Asian marinade by blending kiwi with garlic, chilli and soy – perfect for ribs. Q Kiwi colada smoothie Cut away the skin from 2 overripe kiwis, «ÕÌ Ì i yià > L i `iÀ Ü Ì £ ÛiÀÀ «i banana and 400ml light coconut milk. Blend, then divide between 2 glasses and enjoy immediately.

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Transform individually portioned fruit yogurts into fro-yo lollies. Simply push a lolly stick through the lid of each unopened yogurt and freeze. They will keep for 2 months. Alternatively, freeze natural yogurt in 150ml portions, for adding straight to a smoothie, or for stirring into a curry at the end of cooking.

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Shrivelled grapes plump up when frozen. Remove from the stalk and discard any brown, split or very soft fruits. Arrange on a baking tray lined with parchment, making sure none are touching, then freeze for at least 2 hrs.

Remove any sprouts or spoiled areas, cut into chunky chips and place in a pan of cold water. Bring to the boil, simmer for 5 mins, then drain and immediately tip into a bowl of cold water. Once cool, drain again. Arrange on a baking tray lined with parchment, toss with a drizzle of oil and some seasoning, plus a few spices if you like – paprika and a pinch of cayenne works well. Make sure none of the chips are touching, freeze for at least 2 hrs, until frozen. Tip into a large freezer bag, to store in the freezer for up to 2 months. Simply bake the chips from frozen.

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Chinese Ching- e Celebrate the Chinese New Year – 28 January – with TV chef Ching-He’s authentic and easy recipes

Ginger sweet tofu with pak choi Serves 2 Prep 15 mins plus marinating Q Cook 15 mins Q £1.38 a portion Q 241 kcals, 15g fat, 3g sat. fat, 11g sugar Q Q

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250g fresh firm tofu, drained 2 tbsp groundnut oil 1cm piece ginger, sliced 200g pak choi, leaves separated 1 tbsp Shaohsing rice wine 1 tbsp rice vinegar tsp dried chilli flakes cooked jasmine rice, to serve FOR THE MARINADE

1 tbsp grated ginger 1 tsp dark soy sauce 2 tbsp light soy sauce 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 Gently prick a few holes in the tofu with a toothpick (this will help the marinade to soak in), then cut into bite-size cubes. Mix the marinade ingredients together in a bowl and toss in the tofu. Marinate for 10-15 mins. 2 Heat a wok over high heat and add half the groundnut oil. When the oil starts to smoke, add the ginger slices and stir-fry for a few secs. Add the pak choi leaves and stir-fry for 1-2 mins. Add a small splash of water to create some steam and cook for 2 mins more. When the leaves have wilted and the stems are cooked but still a little crunchy, season with salt and transfer to a serving dish.

3 Rinse the wok under cold water, then reheat it and add the remaining oil. When it starts to smoke, add the tofu pieces (retaining the marinade liquid) and stir-fry for 5-10 mins. Take care not to break up the tofu as you toss it to get it browned evenly on all sides. Season with the rice wine and rice vinegar. Add the remaining marinade liquid, bring to the bubble and let the liquid reduce. Sprinkle over the chilli flakes and toss well. Spoon onto the pak choi and serve with rice.



meal for 2 Steamed sea bass with black bean sauce

Serves 2 Prep 20 mins Q Cook 10 mins Q ÂŁ1.20 a portion Q 511 kcals, 29g fat, 5g sat. fat, 8g sugar Q Q

1 sea bass, head on, gutted 2cm piece ginger, thinly sliced 2 tbsp Shaohsing rice wine cooked jasmine rice, to serve FOR THE BLACK BEAN SAUCE

1 tbsp groundnut oil 2 garlic cloves 2 tbsp grated ginger 2 tbsp fermented black beans, rinsed and crushed with the back of a spoon 1 tbsp Shaohsing rice wine 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil 3 tbsp light soy sauce 2 spring onions, shredded 1 small handful coriander, leaves picked 1 Wash the fish in cold running water. Pat dry with kitchen paper, then slash 3-4 slits into the skin on both sides. Season all over with salt and pepper. Place ginger slices in the slits of the fish and inside the cavity. 2 Place the fish on a plate that fits inside your wok. In your wok place a pudding bowl upside down and pour water to come halfway up. Place the wok on the heat and bring the water to a boil. 3 Pour the rice wine over the fish, put the plate onto the upside-down bowl and place the lid of the wok on top. Steam on high heat for 8-9 mins, then leave to rest. 4 While the fish is cooking, make the black bean sauce. Add the groundnut oil to a hot wok or frying pan. When it starts to smoke, add the garlic, ginger and beans (or use 100g

ready-made black bean sauce) and stir-fry for a few secs. Add the rice wine, sesame oil and light soy sauce, then bring to the bubble. 5 Carefully remove the fish (you can keep it on the plate that you cooked it on). Garnish with the spring onions and coriander, then drizzle over the black bean sauce and serve with some jasmine rice on the side. BBC Easy Cook 57

Minced soy pork with rice noodles Serves 2 Prep 30 mins plus soaking Q Cook 5 mins Q £2.20 a portion Q 506 kcals, 12g fat, 3g sat. fat, 4g sugar Q

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Quick & easy hot-and-sour chicken noodle soup Serves 2 Prep 25 mins Q Cook 15 mins Q £2.05 a portion Q 407 kcals, 12g fat, 3g sat. fat, 6g sugar Q Q

140g dried wholewheat noodles 1 tbsp groundnut oil 2 tbsp grated ginger 1 medium red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, chopped into small chunks 1 tbsp Shaohsing rice wine 700ml hot vegetable stock 4 chestnut mushrooms, sliced 1 tsp dark soy sauce 2 tbsp light soy sauce 2 tbsp rice vinegar 1 tbsp cornflour mixed with 2 tbsp cold water to make a paste 1 handful beansprouts 2 spring onions, sliced 58 BBC Easy Cook

1 Bring a small pan of water to the boil and cook the noodles following pack instructions. Drain, rinse under cold running water to stop them cooking further, then drizzle over a little oil to prevent them sticking together. Divide between 2 bowls. 2 Heat a wok over high heat and add the rest of the oil. When it starts to smoke, add the ginger and chilli, then stir-fry for a few secs. Add the chicken and stir-fry for 2 mins. As the meat starts to turn brown, add the rice wine and cook for 3 mins more. Add the vegetable stock, bring to a simmer, then add the mushrooms. Season with the dark soy, light soy and rice vinegar. Bring back to a simmer, then add the cornflour paste. Simmer and stir until thickened. Stir in the beansprouts and most of the spring onions, then ladle the soup over the noodles. Serve immediately, scattered with the remaining spring onions.

140g rice noodles 1 tbsp groundnut oil 2 garlic cloves 1 tbsp grated ginger 3 dried Chinese mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 20 mins, drained and finely chopped 1 tbsp dried shrimps, soaked in hot water for 20 mins, drained & chopped 250g lean pork mince 1 tbsp Shaohsing rice wine 1 tbsp dark soy sauce 1 tbsp light soy sauce 50ml hot vegetable stock 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil 2 spring onions, finely sliced handful coriander, roughly chopped


1 Bring a pan of water to the boil and add the noodles. Cook for 4 mins, then drain well and set aside. 2 Heat a wok over high heat and add the groundnut oil. When it starts to smoke, add the garlic, ginger, finely chopped mushrooms and shrimps. Stir well for a few secs, add the mince and stir-fry. When the meat starts to turn brown, add the rice wine and mix well. Season with the dark and light soy sauce, pour in the stock and bring to the bubble. 3 After 1 min, season the pork with the toasted sesame oil, sprinkle over the spring onions and coriander, then stir in. Add the rice noodles and mix well. Serve in bowls and eat immediately, seasoned with a little more soy sauce, if you like.

The Chinese storecupboard The 8 must-have ingredients Rice

Rice vinegar

The most important ingredient in the Chinese diet. Short-grain rice, such as jasmine, is the most popular for everyday dishes, although glutinous rice, known as sticky rice, is also popular.

Made from red, white and black rice, these vary in strength and quality depending on how long the vinegar has been aged. Chinkiang black rice vinegar has a mellow, earthy tang. Traditionally, it provides the sour in sweet & sour dishes and is used for dipping sauces. Waitrose stocks black vinegar.

Noodles A staple ingredient used in soups, salads and stir-fries. There are many different varieties such as wholewheat, egg, rice and mung bean (glass noodle). Different noodles suit certain dishes LiÌÌiÀ° iw i noodles in soups. For stir-fries, try a vermicelli rice noodle. For heartier stir-fries, use egg noodles.


Use two types of soy – light for seasoning, dark for its rich colour

The main types of soy sauce are light and dark. Light is used to season as you would use salt, while dark, which is less salty and has been aged for longer, is used mainly for its rich caramel colour. This is why Õ vÌi w ` L Ì ÕÃi` > single recipe. The quality of soy sauce depends on the way it is made – generally soy beans and wheat are fermented, then aged like wine. Some brands contain additives so look on the packaging for ‘naturally brewed soy sauce’. Tamari is soy sauce made without wheat.

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Oils The most important oil is groundnut/ peanut oil, which gives ` à ià > ÕÌÌ y>Û ÕÀ > ` Ü À à >à > L>Ãi Ì >`` y>Û ÕÀÃ Ì ° Toasted sesame oil is used primarily for seasoning and to i > Vi y>Û ÕÀ q Ì >à > Ü burning point so isn’t suitable for cooking with. Chilli oil is also used, mainly as a condiment.

Rice wine For everyday cooking, a good quality Shaohsing rice wine (brewed from a blend of rice, millet and yeast) adds a bitter sweetness to dishes, and V « i i Ìà i>Ì] wà > ` seafood. You can use a good dry Sherry as a substitute.

Dried ingredients Traditionally many items were sun-dried to preserve them, then simply rehydrated. Dried shrimps and dried Chinese mushrooms add texture and earthiness to any dish. Store in airtight containers for up to 9 months. Fermented salted black beans are the main component of ready-made black bean sauce. BBC Easy Cook 59

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Four-in-one pizza with dough stick dividers Serves 4 Prep 30 mins plus proving Q Cook 35 mins Q 74p a portion Q 791 kcals, 29g fat, 9g sat. fat, 5g sugar Q



4 tbsp mayonnaise 1 large garlic clove, crushed 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard juice small lemon 1 tbsp very finely snipped chives


7g sachet fast-action dried yeast pinch of sugar 500g strong flour, plus extra for dusting 1 tbsp olive oil 300ml warm water


1 To make the dough, mix together the yeast, sugar and flour in a bowl. Stir in the olive oil and add the water gradually until you have a soft dough that comes away from the sides. Place in a clean, oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave in a warm place to rise. To make the tomato sauce, heat the olive oil in a saucepan and sizzle the garlic for 1 min. Add the sugar, vinegar, tomatoes and oregano, and simmer everything for 20 mins until you have a thick sauce.

mozzarella and/or cheddar, olives, pepperoni, anchovies, basil, ham, rocket, sweetcorn, mushrooms, peppers, courgettes, cherry tomatoes

2 Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and oil a large baking tray, about 20 x 30cm. Tear off about an eighth of the dough and


1 tbsp olive oil 2 garlic cloves, sliced 1 tsp sugar 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 400g can chopped tomatoes 1 tbsp dried oregano

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roll out the rest on a lightly floured surface to fit the tray. Roll the remaining dough out into 2 snakes, the rest about 20cm and the other about 30cm. Lay both into the pizza dough, crossed so you have 4 sections, and pinch them into the dough. Now it’s up to you and your family which toppings you choose. Bake the pizza for 20 mins, or until puffed up and golden. Leave to cool slightly before transferring to a board. 3 While the pizza bakes, make the dipping sauce. Mix all the ingredients and whisk in enough cold water until you have a runny consistency, then season. Pull the pizza into quarters, then use the dough dividers to dip into the sauce.



Let everyone choose their own pizza topping!

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Learn how to fry food like a pro with our easy tips and delicious recipes

The fr y's the limit Peppery prawn noodles Serves 4 Q Prep 5 mins Q Cook 10 mins Q ÂŁ2.02 a portion Q 316 kcals, 4.8g fat, 0.5g sat. fat, 3.2g sugar Q

250g dried egg noodle 1 tsp lightly crushed black peppercorn vegetable oil 1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced 100g pack baby corn 2 bok choi, leaves separated 64 BBC Easy Cook

200g pack raw peeled prawn handful beansprouts 1 Boil the dried egg noodles according to pack instructions, then drain. 2 Fry the lightly crushed black peppercorns in a little oil along with the red chilli, baby corn and bok choi leaves. Stir-fry for 1 min, add the raw peeled prawns, then fry until pink. Add the noodles, a handful of beansprouts and heat through. Serve.



Asian style fish & chips Serves 2 Prep 20 mins Q Cook 35 mins plus pickling and chilling Q ÂŁ4.71 a portion Q 851 kcals, 27g fat, 3g sat. fat, 25g sugar Q Q

100g white miso paste 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar 2 tsp golden caster sugar 2-3 cod fillets (about 350g), bones and skin removed 100g rainbow radishes, very thinly sliced (we used a mandolin) 1 tbsp black sesame seeds 2 large sweet potatoes, skin on, cut into chunky chips oil, for deep-frying lime, cut into wedges, to serve FOR THE TEMPURA BATTER

140g plain flour, plus 100g extra for coating 100g cornflour 200ml soda water FOR THE WASABI TARTARE SAUCE

140g mayonnaise 1 tsp wasabi 1 small shallot, finely chopped 1 tbsp capers, finely chopped small pack coriander, chopped 1 In a large bowl, combine the miso paste with 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar and 1 tsp sugar. Put the cod fillets in the marinade and turn over so they are evenly coated. Cover with cling film and chill for 1 hr. 2 Put the radishes in a small bowl with the black sesame seeds, the remaining vinegar and sugar, and a pinch of salt. Leave to pickle for at least 30 mins. 3 For the wasabi tartare sauce, combine all the ingredients and season well. Set aside or chill in the fridge until needed. 4 Meanwhile, put the sweet potato chips in a large saucepan filled with cold salted water. Bring to the boil and cook for 7-8 mins until they’re slightly tender. Drain and leave to steam-dry for 2 mins.

Deep fat frying

5 Fill a large saucepan with the oil until twothirds full. Place over a medium-high heat until the oil reaches 180C on a temperature probe (or until a piece of bread crisps up in 20 secs). Meanwhile, make the tempura batter by combining the flours and gradually whisking in the soda water. Whisk until the batter is lump-free, then chill until needed. BBC Easy Cook 65

Pan-fried chicken with tomato & olive sauce Serves 2 Prep 10 mins Q Cook 25 mins Q ÂŁ1.77 a portion Q 353 kcals, 17g fat, 3g sat. fat, 9g sugar Q Q

2 tbsp olive oil 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 small onion, halved and very thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, shredded 400g ripe tomatoes, finely chopped 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 6 pimiento-stuffed green olives, thickly sliced 300ml chicken stock generous handful basil leaves

1 Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan, then season the chicken and fry, flattest-side down, for 4-5 mins. Turn the chicken over, add the onion and cook 4-5 mins more. Lift the chicken from the pan and set aside. Add the garlic to the pan, then continue cooking until the onions are soft. 2 Tip in the tomatoes with the balsamic vinegar, olives, stock, half the basil and seasoning, then simmer, stirring frequently, for 7-8 mins until pulpy. Return the chicken and any juices to the pan and gently simmer, covered, for about 5 mins more, to cook the chicken through. Serve scattered with the rest of the basil leaves.


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easy guide to... frying QUICK TIPS

Frying is a quick cooking method and, done well, keeps food moist. But how to keep it healthy? Follow our expert tips and try these recipes for light and crisp results Types of frying Q

Stir-frying Always heat an empty

wok, then add a little oil, swirling it before tossing in food. You can tell when the oil is hot enough for cooking, because it starts to shimmer and fat can spit, so use a long-handled stirrer.

Shallow frying Heat 2-3 tbsps of oil in a medium frying pan. When you can see the oil become runny, slide in the food. Don’t turn immediately (for example, if you are cooking steak). Let Ì i ÃÕÀv>Vi Ãi> wÀÃÌ] v À >À Õ ` Ó Ã À à ] Ì i }i Ì ÌÕÀ v ` Ü Ì > wà slice or tongs.

The kit you need for frying success Wok

Kitchen tongs

Splatter guard

The body of this wok has large sloped sides which allows food to be tossed easily. The idea being the high sides ‘catch’ the contents and minimise spillages. It can go up to high heats, too. Cadac 30cm Carbon Steel Wok, £32.99,

Long tongs help you stay away from the fat. They’re heat safe up to 200C, and interlocking teeth cover the inner service so they’re easy to grip. üutensil Pinch Tongs, £7.99,

Expensive but versatile, this guard has a silicone rim on the underside that enables it to sit securely on a range of frying pans from 26-30cm. The > ` i v `à y>Ì Ã ÃÌ À>}i à easy. Le Creuset StainlessSteel Splatter Guard, £37, John Lewis

Frying pan

Thermometer This can be fully submerged in hot oil, and the clip on the back will hold it in place. Judge Deep Fry Thermometer, £6.75,

This pan heats up quickly, and retains its heat too. Because the sides are shallow, food just slides out of the pan. It washes up easily too – it just needs a wipe. Copper 24cm Frypan, £20, Wilko

Fish slice Use the fork as a whisk and Ì i ÌÕÀ iÀ >à > yi L i ÌÕÀ iÀ v À Ài Û } wà ° / i Ì Ã can be hooked together to become a pair of tongs. Kuhn Rikon Tong Tool fork/tuner, £10.32,


Dry-frying Fattier cuts of meat can be cooked in an empty non-stick pan, without added oil, to slowly extract the fat that can then be poured off. This method is perfect for duck breasts (cooked skin side down) and also mince – add to a non-stick pan on a low heat, stirring often. Q

Deep-frying Use a deep-sided pan so that the oil is at least 3-4cm deep. A litre of oil is ample and can be re-used several times (see all about oil, right). Heat to between 170-190C and make sure foods are cut into even-sized pieces. Most foods, and anything delicate, are best dipped in batter or coated in egg and crumbs, then cooked for about 3 minutes, depending on thickness. Q

Check the temperature

All about oil

It takes 8-10 mins to heat a litre of oil to 180C. If you don’t have a thermometer, check the temperature with a few cubes of white bread. They turn golden in 1 min at 180190C. For perfect crispness, fry foods in small batches so that the temperature doesn’t plummet and reheat the oil between batches.


Types of oil

Groundnut oil is best for deep-frying, followed by corn and rapeseed oil vÌi à ` >à Ûi}iÌ>L i ®° -Õ y ÜiÀ and olive oils are best for shallow-frying. Q

Keeping it healthy

All oil contains around 820 calories per 100ml (120 cals per tbsp!). For healthier frying, choose oils high in « Õ Ã>ÌÕÀ>Ìià ÃÕV >à ÃÕ y ÜiÀ° Rapeseed is high monosaturates, too. Q

Reusing oil

After deep-frying strain stray bits of food. Cool, and then pour through a sieve either straight back into the bottle via a funnel or into a jug. When oil starts to darken, pour it into a bottle, leave to cool and throw away. Q


Never leave a fat fryer unattended. Keep a large metal lid handy just in case the oil catches. Never throw water ÛiÀ > v>Ì vÀ iÀ q Ì V Õ ` ëÀi>` y> ið

Buying a fryer There are 2 main different types of kitchen fryers on the market…

Deep fat fryer For when you want to deep fry food Ì wà E V «Ã À ` Õ} ÕÌî° 7i like this model as it has a “cool-wall” body which prevents you from burning yourself on the fryer, a viewing window to monitor the progress and a rise and fall basket. Russell Hobbs Digital Deep 17942 Fryer, £49.99, Argos

Air fryer These work by using a grill and a fan to blast hot air around food at high speeds. This achieves what scientists call the Maillard effect, the browning and crisping process seen when food is fried without using much fat. It cooks chips with 1 tbsp of oil! Breville Halo + Health Fryer, £139.99, Argos BBC Easy Cook 67

Sunday ROASTS Mary Berry's

Legendary Mary Berry shares her favourites for one of Britain’s great traditions – the Sunday lunch

Roast chicken Serves 6 Prep 10 mins Q Cook 1 hr 20 mins Q 66p a portion Q Q

1 garlic bulb 85g butter, softened 1.5kg whole chicken 3 rashers streaky bacon a small bunch fresh thyme 5 bay leaves 1 Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Remove the cloves of garlic from their skins and crush using a garlic press. Place in a small bowl with the butter and season with salt and pepper. Mix well. 2 Put the chicken into a small roasting tin. Spread the garlic butter over the bird and then lay the bacon rashers over the top of the breast. Place the herbs in the cavity of the bird with the garlic skins. Roast the chicken in the preheated oven for 1 hr 20 mins, basting from time to time in the buttery juices, until golden brown and cooked through. Chop the crispy bacon and scatter over the chicken. Serve with any juices.

To prepare ahead Cook up to a day ahead if serving cold.

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Roast fillets of pork with prune & apple Serves 6-8 Prep 15 mins Q Cook 1 hr 10 mins Q £1.12 a portion Q Q

a knob of butter 1 large onion, roughly chopped 1 medium apple, peeled and chopped very finely 3 good pork sausages, skinned 50g ready-to-eat dried prunes, roughly chopped 1 tbsp fresh sage, chopped 2 x 450g pork fillets, trimmed 8 slices Parma ham FOR THE GRAVY

1 tbsp flour 150ml apple juice 150ml stock 1 Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. First, make the stuffing. Melt the butter in a frying pan over a high heat, add the onion and fry for a minute. Cover and cook over a low heat for about 15 mins or until tender. Add the apple and toss for a few moments. Set aside to cool. 2 Put the sausagemeat, chopped prunes and chopped sage in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, and then tip in the chopped onion and apple. Stir to combine.

3 Arrange the two fillets on a board, cover with cling film and, using a rolling pin, bash them so they are about a third thinner but equal in size. Remove the cling film, spread the stuffing over one fillet and sit the other fillet on top. Lay eight slices or Parma ham on a board, slightly overlapping and sit the fillets on top so they lie across the ham. Roll up like a roulade so the Parma ham is sealed.

until the top is crispy and cooked through. Transfer the pork to a plate to rest. This helps it to re-absorb its juices. 5 To make the gravy, sprinkle the flour into the roasting tin, place over a high heat and whisk in the apple juice and stock. Cook to reduce and serve with slices of the pork.

To prepare ahead 4 Sit the pork in a roasting tin and roast in the preheated oven for about 45-55 mins

Can be stuffed and kept raw in the fridge up to a day ahead. Freezes well stuffed and raw. BBC Easy Cook 69

Whole fillet of beef with horseradish & herb sauce Serves 6-8 Prep 5 mins plus resting Q Cook 20 mins Q £1.05 a portion Q Q

1.1kg centre cut fillet of beef from the thick end 1-2 tbsp oil a good knob butter FOR THE HORSERADISH SAUCE

1 x 200ml tub crème fraiche 3 good tbsp strong horseradish sauce 2 tbsp light mayonnaise 2 tsp Dijon mustard 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 2 tbsp lemon juice

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1 Preheat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Season the beef with salt and pepper and rub the oil over the meat. Place a frying pan over a high heat until very hot and then brown the beef quickly on all sides. Transfer the fillet to a large roasting tin, spread with a little butter and roast in the oven for about 20 mins for medium rare (8 mins per 450g). Remove from the oven to rest for about 10 mins. 2 To make the sauce, mix all the ingredients together, adding horseradish to taste, and season with salt and pepper. Carve the meat into thin slices and serve the hot beef fillet with cold sauce.

To prepare ahead To serve hot, brown up to a day ahead and roast to serve. Not suitable for freezing. The horseradish and herb sauce can be made up to 3 days ahead.

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Sticky toffee pudding with ginger Serves 6-8 Prep 10 mins Q Cook 50-55 mins Q 55p a portion Q Q


750g soft butter 150g light muscovado sugar 2 large eggs 175g self-raising flour 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 tbsp black treacle 1 tsp vanilla extract 125ml milk 5 bulbs stem ginger in syrup, drained and finely chopped FOR THE SAUCE

110g soft butter 250g light muscovado sugar tsp vanilla extract 1 Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and lightly grease a 2 litre shallow ovenproof dish before you start. 2 First make the pudding – measure the soft butter and sugar into a mixing bowl. Whisk using an electric handwhisk until light and creamy. Add the other ingredients and whisk again until a smooth, thick batter forms. 3 Pour into the prepared dish and bake in the pre-heated oven for about 50-55 mins until well risen and coming away from the sides of the dish and springy to the touch. 4 To make the sauce, measure all the ingredients into a saucepan. Gently heat until the butter has melted and then boil for a couple of mins, stirring all the time. 5 Pour half the sauce over the pudding in its dish and serve warm with extra sauce and some single cream.

To prepare ahead The pudding can be made up to a day ahead. The sauce can be made up to 3 days ahead. Both freeze well.

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Recipes adapted from Family Sunday Lunches by Mary Berry (£25, Headline). Mary presents Mary Berry Everyday on BBC Two.

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These cakes are dead simple and foolproof. Go on, have a little go!

Fruity sponge cake

Serves 8 Q Prep 10 mins Q Cook 20 mins Q 29p a portion Q 214 kcals, 4g fat, 1g sat. fat, 30g sugar sponges only Q

butter or oil, for greasing 50g plain flour 3 tbsp cornflour 1 tsp baking powder 4 egg, separated 175g caster sugar FOR THE FILLING

295g can mandarin segments, drained 200g tub low-fat fromage frais icing sugar, for dusting

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1 Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease then line the base and sides of 2 x 20cm sandwich tins with greaseproof paper. Sieve the flours and baking powder together. 2 Use electric hand whisk to whisk the egg whites until stiff, then briefly whisk in the sugar. Beat the egg yolks quickly, then whisk into the whites. Fold in the dry ingredients using a large metal spoon, then spoon the mixture into the tins and level the tops. Bake for 18-20 mins until risen, light golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool in the tins for 10 mins, then gently remove and leave to cool completely. 3 Mix the mandarins and fromage frais together. Peel away the greaseproof paper, sandwich the cakes with the mandarin mix, then dust with the icing sugar to serve.


Delicious, creamy & moist, this cake is best eaten on the day it’s made

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Gluten-free lemon drizzle Serves 10 Prep 30 mins Q Cook 40 mins Q 66p a portion Q 514 kcals, 36g fat, 2g sat. fat, 35g sugar without drizzle Q Q

Your apple loaf will freeze for up to 1 month

200g butter, softened 200g golden caster sugar 4 egg 175g ground almonds 250g mashed potato zest 3 lemons 2 tsp gluten-free baking powder FOR THE DRIZZLE

4 tbsp granulated sugar juice 1 lemon 1 Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter and line a deep, 20cm round cake tin. Beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, then gradually add the egg, beating after each addition. Fold in the almonds, cold mashed potato, lemon zest and baking powder. 2 Tip into the tin, level the top, then bake for 40-45 mins or until golden and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Turn out onto a wire rack after 10 mins cooling. Mix the granulated sugar and the lemon juice together, then spoon over the top of the cake, letting it drip down the sides. Let the cake cool before slicing.

Apple & spice tea loaf Serves 10 Q Prep 10 mins Q Cook 1 hr 30 mins Q 48p a portion Q 416 kcals, 22g fat, 10g sat. fat, 36g sugar Q

175g butter, plus extra for greasing 175g light muscovado sugar, plus 1 tsp 3 large egg, beaten 1 eating apple 1 tsp vanilla extract 200g dried mixed vine fruits 85g ground almonds 1 tsp baking powder 175g plain flour 1 tsp cinnamon tsp ground nutmeg splash lemon or orange juice 1 tbsp marmalade or apricot jam

1 Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter a 900g (sometimes called a 2lb) loaf tin and line with a strip of baking paper. Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy, then beat in the eggs one by one. Grate half the apple and mix it into the batter with the vanilla, dried fruit and ground almonds. Mix the baking powder, flour and spices together with a pinch of salt, then fold into the mix until even. Spoon into the tin and level the top. 2 Thinly slice the remaining apple half, toss with the lemon or orange juice, poke the slices a little way into the batter, then sprinkle with 1 tsp more sugar. Bake for 45 mins, then turn the oven down to 140C/120C fan/gas 1. Cover the cake with foil, then bake for another 45 mins until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool in the tin. 3 To finish the cake, melt the marmalade or jam in a small pan, sieve to remove any lumps, then brush it over the cake to glaze the top, then serve in slices.

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Red velvet cake is a ‘ favourite of mine. Most of

its rosy hue colouring comes from raspberries in my recipe – so I feel much better about having a second slice!

Jo Wheatley’s Red velvet cake

tsp red food gel 150g punnet raspberry, optional

Serves 8 Q Prep 25 mins Q Cook 30 mins Q 91p a portion Q 750 kcals, 41g fat, 25g sat. fat, 62g sugar before icing

200g icing sugar 50g butter, softened 140g cream cheese


280g golden caster sugar 175g butter, softened 3 large egg 280g self-raising flour 75g cocoa powder 150ml buttermilk 1 tsp white wine vinegar 85g full-fat cream cheese 75g puréed raspberry, sieved


1 Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line the bases of 2 x 20cm sandwich tins with baking parchment. Using an electric hand whisk, beat together the caster sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. 2 Sieve the self-raising flour and cocoa powder into a bowl. Add half to the egg mixture and fold in carefully. Mix together

Jo Wheatley won The Great British Bake Off in 2011

the buttermilk, vinegar, cream cheese, raspberry purée and food gel. Fold half the buttermilk mixture into the cake batter and repeat the process with both the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture. 3 Spoon the combined mixtures into your prepared tins and cook for about 25-30 mins, until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool for about 10 mins before turning out onto a wire rack. 4 For the frosting, mix together the icing sugar and butter until soft and creamy, then stir in the cream cheese. Sandwich the cooled cakes together with half of the frosting, adding 150g raspberries. Spread the remaining frosting over the top. BBC Easy Cook 77

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Which of these seasonal recipes showcasing the humble Bramley apple will tickle your fancy?

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Bramley & blackberry pie

1 large red chilli, deseeded & chopped 500g light muscovado sugar 250ml cider vinegar 100g raisins 85g chopped stem ginger 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp salt 85g walnuts, roughly broken

Makes 1 large pie, about 25cm (serves 6-8), or 4 individual pies, about 10cm each Q Prep 30 mins plus macerating and chilling Q Cook 25-45 mins, depending on the size Q £1.20 a portion Q 543 kcals, 25g fat, 15g sat. fat, 36g sugar Q

900g Bramley apples (about 4) peeled, cored, quartered and thinly sliced 140g golden caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling 2 x 320g sheets shop-bought sweet shortcrust pastry 1 tbsp fine polenta or ground almonds 1 tbsp cornflour or plain flour, plus extra for dusting 1 tsp ground cinnamon 200g blackberries, halved if very large egg white, for brushing (reserved from making the pastry) cream or ice cream, to serve 1 Put the apples and half the sugar in a large bowl, then stir together until the apples are well coated. Set aside for 30 mins to macerate. 2 Unroll one sheet of pastry and use it to line the base of a pie plate or tin, with a little pastry overhanging. Scatter the polenta or almonds over the base. 3 Drain any juice from the apples, then toss through the remaining sugar, cornflour and cinnamon. Layer the apples and blackberries in the lined dish, creating a dome effect in the centre. Brush the beaten egg over the exposed pastry edge. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5 and place a baking sheet on the middle shelf. 4 Unroll the second sheet of pastry and use it to cover the pie. Press the edges together to seal, then trim off the excess pastry with a small knife. Crimp the edges with 2 fingers, or press together with the back of a fork. Brush more eggwash over the surface and use any pastry offcuts to decorate the top, if you like. Scatter with extra sugar, then put the pie on the baking sheet. Bake for 45 mins, until the pastry is golden and crisp and the juices are bubbling. Cool for 10 mins before serving with cream or ice cream.

Bramley & walnut chutney Makes 2 Prep 25 mins Q Cook 1 hr Q 10p a tbsp Q 26 kcals, 0g fat, 0g sat. fat, 5g sugar (per tbsp) Q

1 Tip all the ingredients, except the walnuts, into a preserving pan. Warm over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Turn up the heat a little, then let the mixture boil until the Bramley apples have broken down to a pulp, but the eating apples still hold their shape. This can take from 45 mins to 1 hr. You can tell that it is ready by running your spoon through the mixture. Your spoon should briefly leave a channel in the mixture, and there shouldn’t be liquid pooling into the space.


1.6kg Bramley apples, peeled, cored and chopped 500g eating apples, peeled, cored and sliced 450g onions, halved and sliced

2 Meanwhile, tip the walnuts into a small pan and cook over a low heat until they are lightly toasted, stirring frequently to ensure that they don’t burn. Sterilise your jars. 3 When your Bramley apple chutney is ready, stir in the walnuts and cook briefly, then pot the mixture into the jars. Will keep for at least one year.

Deep-filled Bramley apple pie Serves 8 Prep 30 mins Q Cook 40 mins Q 55p a portion Q 646 kcals, 27g fat, 11g sat. fat, 48g sugar Q Q

200g sultanas 5 tbsp brandy plain flour, to dust 750g all-butter shortcrust pastry 5 medium Bramley apples, peeled, cored & finely sliced 140g golden caster sugar tsp each ground cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice 1 egg beaten with a splash of milk vanilla ice cream 1 Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Tip the sultanas into a bowl with the brandy, microwave on high until warm, then set aside. If the pastry is in two blocks, squish it

together, then cut off a third and set aside. Roll out the rest of the pastry into a large circle, about the thickness of a £1 coin. Use it to line a 23cm shallow springform cake tin, making sure that it overhangs the rim. Chill. 2 Tip the apples into the bowl with the sultanas, all but 2 tbsp of the sugar and the spices. Toss well. Roll out the rest of the pastry, then cut into a circle, using the tin as a guide. Arrange the apple slices in the cake tin. Cover the apples with the circle of pastry and tuck down the sides. Brush with egg, then fold back and pinch the overhang to seal. Brush with egg. Pierce 2 slits in the top. Scatter over remaining sugar. 3 Bake for 30-35 mins until golden. Leave to cool in its tin for 1 hr. Run a knife around the edge, then remove. Serve with ice cream. BBC Easy Cook 79

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You can’t move in the shops for salted caramel products. So indulge with these delicious, salty-sweet treats

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Waffles with banana & salted caramel sauce

Salted caramel brownies

Serves 4 Q Prep 20 mins Q Cook 40 mins Q 96p a portion Q 79 kcals, 30g fat, 16g sat. fat, 34g sugar




140g light muscovado sugar 2 tbsp golden syrup 50g butter 300ml double cream FOR THE WAFFLES

4 large eggs, separated 300g plain flour tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 tbsp golden caster sugar 50g butter, melted 600ml milk TO SERVE

2 bananas, peeled, cut into large pieces 1 tbsp butter vanilla ice cream (optional)

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1 Put the sugar, golden syrup and butter in a saucepan and heat gently, stirring occasionally, until everything has melted together. When the mixture starts to bubble, stir in the double cream and cook for 2 mins. Stir in tsp salt, then take off the heat and allow to cool slightly in the pan. 2 Heat the waffle maker (see tip). Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks. In a separate large bowl, mix together the flour, bicarbonate, caster sugar and a pinch of salt. Make a well in the centre and add the egg yolks and melted butter. Start mixing with a balloon whisk; keep whisking as you slowly add the milk until you get a smooth, thick batter. Carefully fold in the egg whites with a metal spoon. Use a ladle to pour the batter into your waffle maker and cook for 5 mins or according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Repeat until all the batter has been used up – keep cooked waffles warm in a low oven. 3 Just before serving, heat the remaining butter in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and fry the banana pieces until golden. Divide the waffles between 4 plates, top with the fried bananas, drizzle with caramel and top with ice cream, if you like.


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Makes 16 larger or 32 bite-sized brownies Prep 20 mins plus cooling Q Cook 30 mins Q 35p a portion Q 345 kcals, 19g fat, 11g sat. fat, 29g sugar Q

200g unsalted butter, plus a little extra for greasing 100g chocolate, 70% cocoa solids 100g chocolate, 50% cocoa solids 397g can Carnation caramel 1 tsp flaky sea salt, plus a little extra for the top 200g golden caster sugar 4 medium eggs, at room temperature 100g plain flour, plus 2 tbsp 50g cocoa powder 1 Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease then line a 23cm square traybake tin with baking parchment. Melt the butter in a medium pan, break in all the chocolate, then remove the pan from the heat and wait for the cubes to melt. 2 In a small bowl, mix 175g of the caramel with 1 tsp sea salt – it will loosen up. Put the rest of the caramel in a large bowl with the sugar and eggs, and beat with an electric hand mixer or balloon whisk until even. 3 Whisk in the chocolate and butter. In another bowl, combine the flour, cocoa and a good pinch of table salt, then sift this on top of the chocolate mix. Beat briefly until smooth. 4 Pour half the brownie batter into the tin and level it with a spatula. Using a teaspoon, spoon half of the salted caramel on top of the batter layer in 5 thick, evenly spaced stripes. Spoon the rest of the brownie batter on top and smooth it out, trying not to disturb the caramel beneath. Top with the rest of the caramel in the same stripy fashion. Drag a skewer or tip of a knife through the caramel to make a feathered pattern on the top. 5 Scatter with a little more sea salt, then bake for 25-30 mins or until risen all the way to the middle with a firm crust on top. When ready, the brownie will jiggle just a little when you shake the tin. Let it cool completely in the tin, then cut into squares.


Salted caramel popcorn pots Serves 2 Prep 10 mins plus at least 8 hrs chilling Q Cook 15 mins Q £1.36 per serving Q 1446 kcals, 118g fat, 72g sat. fat, 65g sugar Q Q

400ml double cream 200ml milk 140g toffee popcorn, plus a little to serve 2 gelatine leaves 4 tbsp caramel from a can (we used Carnation) - tsp flaky sea salt 1 Pour the cream and milk into a large pan, add the popcorn and bring to a gentle simmer, pushing the popcorn under the liquid and squashing gently on the bottom of the pan. Bubble for 1 min, then remove from the heat, transfer to a jug and chill for at least 6 hrs, or preferably overnight. 2 Strain the popcorn cream back into a clean pan and gently reheat, discarding the remaining bits of popcorn. Meanwhile, place the gelatine leaves in cold water to soften for 3-5 mins. When the popcorn cream is steaming and the gelatine is soft, remove it from the water and squeeze out any excess drops. Place in the hot popcorn cream and stir until dissolved. Set aside to cool a little. 3 Mix the caramel with the sea salt – start with tsp, taste, then add more if you think it needs it. Divide the salted caramel between 2 glasses or pots. Pour the popcorn cream on top and chill for at least 2 hrs, or overnight. 4 Serve each pot topped with a few pieces of toffee popcorn and dive in!

Salted caramel choc pots Makes 2 (easily doubled) Q Prep 30 mins plus chilling Q Cook 5 mins Q £1.30 a portion Q 847 kcals, 53g fat, 32g sat. fat, 79g sugar Q

4 tbsp caramel (we used Carnation) tsp sea salt, plus extra to serve 85g each dark and milk chocolate, broken into squares 1-2 long, thin, plain grissini (crispy breadsticks) 2 tbsp demerara sugar 100ml double cream, at room temperature 50ml milk 1 Mix the caramel with the salt, divide between 2 small glasses and chill.

2 Melt the chocolates together in a glass bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Snap the grissini into short lengths, then dip each end into the chocolate to coat a little. Sit on a wire rack for the chocolate to drip and set a little, then dip the chocolate ends into the sugar to coat. Place in an airtight container lined with baking parchment and chill to set until you’re ready to serve. 3 Stir the double cream and milk into the remaining melted chocolate until smooth, then scrape into a jug. Slowly pour on top of the caramel, around the edges first. Chill the pots for at least 2 hrs, or up to 24 hrs. 4 To serve, scatter a little more sea salt on top of each pot, then add 1 or 2 sugartipped grissini.


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Cheese & ham pancake rolls Serves family of 4 Q Prep 40 mins Q Cook 50 mins Q £1.24 a portion Q 497 kcals, 29g fat, 16g sat. fat, 6g sugar




FOR THE PANCAKES I RNCKP QWT 2 eggs 25g butter, melted plus extra for buttering 350ml semi-skimmed milk UWP QYGT QT XGIGVCDNG QKN for frying FOR THE ROLL-UPS 12 thin slices of ham (125g pack), torn 260g bag spinach, cooked 140g grated cheddar 100ml half-fat crème fraîche 3 spring onions, sliced (optional) handful dried breadcrumbs WHAT YOU NEED Mixing bowl 2 small dishes Measuring jug Whisk Large jug Kitchen paper Non-stick frying pan Spatula Large baking dish Small bowl Spoon

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Swirl it around the pan Using kitchen paper, wipe the pan with oil. Place the pan on the stove and heat until hot. Remove from the heat and pour in enough batter to cover the base, swirling it around. Cook for 3 mins.

Pour the mixture into a jug Whisk in the rest of the milk, in a steady stream, until you have a smooth batter that is similar to the consistency of double cream. Now carefully pour the batter into a jug.


Flip your pancake! Take the pan off the heat and, using a spatula, loosen it. Flip it in the air (or turn it over with the spatula) and cook the other side. When cooked, set side, then repeat to cook 7 more pancakes.


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Fill the pancakes Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Butter a large baking dish. Now lay a pancake in front of you and scatter over some ham, spinach and cheese (remembering to save 25g of the cheese).


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Bake and enjoy! Spread the topping over the pancakes, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bake for about 30 mins until bubbling and golden. Serve with salad or veg.

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