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We all know that feeding a household on a budget is always going to be tough. But did you know that, with just a little bit of know how you can turn some of the most basic ingredients into meals that your loved ones will remember for ever. This little book can be your secret weapon to making some truly delicious recipes that will make you the star of the kitchen.

Some of these recipes may include items not included in the food bank boxes but can be found lurking at the back of a cupboard or can be substituted or purchased fairly cheaply from a local store.


Jill: 32. Single Mum of 3. I used to love my mum’s fish pie and gave up trying to do it myself until THAT foodbank showed me how to make this simple version and now I get to make it again and again for my children.

Malcom 28 Dad of 2 says he cant thank THAT foodbank enough for no end of tips, I can now go into work and join in the chat on some really quick and simple meals that I have tried at home.

How to Cook Pasta ....................................................4 Tuna Pasta Bake........................................................5 Dogs in Soup..............................................................6 Cooking Rice..............................................................8 Ideas for Rice .............................................................9 Potatoes ...................................................................10 Potato Ideas .............................................................11 Tuna Jacket Potato ..................................................12 Fish cakes ................................................................13 Quick Fish Pie ..........................................................14 Sardine spaghetti .....................................................16 Sardine omelette ......................................................17 Meatball and Mushroom Stew..................................18 Sausage and beans .................................................19 Meat balls.................................................................20 Corned beef hash.....................................................22 Spaghetti bolognaise................................................23 African Brown Rice...................................................24 Michelle’s Mince .......................................................25 Spaghetti Carbonara ................................................26 Quick and Easy Pizza ..............................................28 Peach and Chickpea Curry ......................................30 Vegetable Curries.....................................................32 Roasted Vegetables .................................................33 Baked Broccoli and Eggs .........................................34 Potato Bake..............................................................36 Fruit Crumble ...........................................................37 Magic Chocolate Mug Cake .....................................38 Bread and Butter Pudding........................................39 Microwave Sponge Pudding ....................................40


Cooking Pasta Cooking Pasta is really very easy, until it goes wrong. And then it’s a disaster!

If you follow the simple rules below, there is no reason why it would go wrong.

You can test the pasta to see if it is cooked by taking out a piece and biting into it. It should be soft (but not soggy) all the way through.

Pasta in a Microwave

1.Use the biggest 1.Pour 170 to 227gr. of saucepan you have. penne pasta into a microwave-safe container. 2.Boil lots of water (Cover the pot — the water will boil (penne pasta is the long tube types, but most dried faster) pastas will still work the 3. Put in your pasta and same way) The cooking container needs to hold the bring it back to the boil pasta and the water.

5. Give the pasta a stir

2.Pour boiling water over the pasta to cover it 6.Cook the pasta for no completely. Cover the longer than it says on the pasta with four parts of packet (usually about 10 water to one part of pasta minutes)

for best results. Adding too much water may overcook the pasta or cause it to spill in the microwave.

3.Place cling film over the bowl to cover it. Poke two to three holes in the plastic with a toothpick to allow the steam to escape. Place the pasta in the microwave.

4.Set the microwave on high. Cook the pasta for seven to eight minutes. Stir the pasta and examine it to determine if the pasta has reached your doneness preference. Continue to microwave the pasta in 60second intervals until it finishes cooking to avoid overcooking it.

5.Remove the pasta carefully from the microwave. Drain the cooked pasta in a colander.


Tuna and Pasta Bake Serves 3-4

You will need. 300g pasta 1 jar white sauce or cheese sauce 1 tin of tuna (drained) 1 tin of sweetcorn (drained) Optional ingredients Grated cheese to sprinkle on the top of the bake

the tuna, sweetcorn and sauce and then season with salt and pepper.

4. Add to a baking dish or heat proof bowl and bake for 15-20mins in the oven.

Other Great Pasta ideas


Tuna, sweetcorn and a Method tin of mushroom soup 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. •Tuna, peas, tinned chopped tomatoes. 2. Boil the pasta for (Add ½ teaspoon of 8mins and then drain. dried herbs if you have them) 3. Mix the pasta with

Jill says. It took me a couple of goes to get this right. The first time I overcooked the pasta but eventually I got it now I play about with the ingredients to keep the kids guessing.

If you dont have an oven follow the instructions for microwave pasta then mix in the tuna and sweetcorn or why not try peas, peppers or add some cheese and you have a really great pasta salad.


Dogs in Soup

This is a really quick recipe and great for when you need to get something on the table really quickly and not much to hand. For the basic recipe all you will need is:

A tin of hotdogs A jar of pasta sauce or tin of soup. Optional Grated Cheese Breadcrumbs

First remove the hot dog sausages from the tin and roughly cut into large chunks or into slices.

Place in a bowl and empty the contents of the soup or pasta


This is a great dish that you can start learning how to cook sauce on top of the very quickly and sausages. then as you feel more confident start Once fully covered playing around with cover with grated the ingredients. cheese and bread crumbs if available. For example try replacing the sausages with Place in the oven and meatballs or cook for about twenty perhaps for a minutes or until the vegetarian options sauce/soup is hot and try Quorn. the topping has turned golden brown. Why not try adding in some vegetables You can also do this as well. It’s always recipe with normal worth experimenting sausages. Make sure but always read the label before cooking. you cook them first

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How to cook Rice

Cooking Rice on the Bring to the boil, then turn the heat all the hob/stove. way down and cover Wash and rinse the the pan tightly with a rice really well, until lid. Cook on the lowest the water is clear. heat possible for 10mins without The best way of doing 15 this is to place the uncovering the pan. dried rice in a large bowl or saucepan, place under the tap Cooking Rice in the and wait until the Microwave water runs clear. To cook 250g of Once clear place rice Basmati rice you will in a saucepan with first need to bring double the amount of 300ml (about the water to rice and same as an average depending on taste fizzy drink can) or a add a little salt and stir 1/3rd of a litre of water to the boil. once.

1. Put Basmati rice in a large heatproof serving dish with the boiling water. 2. Cover with cling film and pierce several times.

3. Cook on high (900W) for 6 minutes, then medium (500W) for 8 minutes.

4. Leave for a few minutes to stand, then remove the cling film, fluff rice with a fork and serve.


Ideas for rice

1. Boil rice (as per instructions on previous page) until soft (about half a cup of rice per person is a good guide).


4. Place frying pan on stove and add oil You can quickly turn this basic recipe into (vegetable). a variety of tasty dishes. 5. When oil is hot add onion and rice then fry Instead of using hot with garlic, then add in dog sausages try 2. Drain the water off chopped hotdogs plus using Tuna with a from the rice. tinned or fresh little sweetcorn. vegetables. For an alternative 3. Finely chop a large you could add chick onion into small pieces. peas, kidney beans Malcom said “When I and any other first tried to cook rice, I vegetables to make a found it hard to get the balance of water and rice simple vegetable stirfry. just right. I found that if you thought that the rice did not have enough water during cooking just adding a little more at a time until soft, allowed me to save the day.�

You can also add some tomatoes and chilli seasoning to create a warming chilli dish.


Potatoes Boiling

1. Peel and cut up the potatoes. 2. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan or pot. 3. Add enough cold water to cover the tops of the potatoes. 4. Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt to the water. 5. Turn the burner on high and bring water to boiling. Reduce heat to medium low or low. Cover the pan with a lid. 6. Drain the potatoes and serve.


1. Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. 2. Rub a little oil over each potato and put on the top shelf of the oven. 3. Bake for 20 mins, then turn down the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5 and bake for 45 mins-1 hr until the skin is crisp.

Roast Potatoes

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C or 180C fanforced. 2. Peel potatoes and cut into 5cm chunks 3. Bring a pan of water to the boil over medium-high heat and add the potatoes. 4. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes. 5. Drain potatoes well. 6. Pour oil into a large roasting pan and when hot add potatoes. Roast for 40 minutes.


Potato ideas

Once you have boiled and drained your potatoes you can go on to make a range of other dishes.

Simply serve them with most fish, meat, tinned or cooked frozen foods to make lovely family meal.

Try slicing potatoes up and frying them in a frying pan or perhaps adding a little butter a dash of milk and some salt and pepper to taste,

along with a litte butter Slice tinned potatoes, to create classic mash hot dog sausages and potatoes. an onion and fry all in a saucepan. Serve Slice corned beef in an with beans for a great ovenproof dish. Add a winter warmer. small chopped onion, cover with a tin of baked beans. Top with Need a Baked Potato mashed potato and quickly. You can cheat bake in the oven to and use your create corned beef microwave. hash.

Put a tin of meat (Irish stew or meatballs) in an ovenproof dish, top with mashed potato and bake for a very quick alternative to Mash together with a Shepherds or Cottage fork or potato masher pie.


Prick or slice the skin of a potato and place on plate/tray in oven for around 12 Minutes for a large potato. Then just add filling and serve. You may need to adjust time for smaller or larger Potatoes.


Tuna Jacket Potato 1 small tin tuna (drained) 1 medium size jacket potato 1 spring onion Handful of cherry tomatoes Optional ingredients Cottage cheese/ grated cheese

You can cook the jacket potato either in the oven or in a microwave. (See earlier instructions)

half) and if you are adding cheese or cottage cheese add these now also.

When the potato is cooked, split in half One great tip I found was and add the filling.

Other great jacket potato toppings

• Baked Beans * Chilli Con Carne • Pilchards or sardines • Bacon and Cheese • Cream Cheese Mix together the * Cheese and Pickle spring onion, tinned tuna and cherry or just plain Butter and tomatoes (you may Black Pepper fresh out wish to chop these in of the oven.

to cook a batch of Jacket Potatos in one go for the family then any we did not eat, I placed in the freezer.

When I needed a quick snack and could not be bothered to cook anything, I would take one of these out of the freezer plonk it in the microwave for just a few minutes add practicially anything I had from the fridge or back of the cupboards and away we go.


Fish Cakes

1. Make up about a kilo of mashed potato as described previously in a large bowl, try and keep the mixture very dry, so make sure you drain the potatos well or use a little less water if using packet mix.

2. Mix in some drained tinned fish (tuna, salmon, etc) or alternatively why not try using some fine chunks of fresh or frozen fish once thawed.


3. Mix well and divide into equal size Once made you can portions. use fish cakes very easily. 4. Using damp hands, roll the portions into Try serving them balls and then flatten with just a simple to about 2cm thick. salad, with lettuce, tomatoes and 5. Heat up a frying pan cucumber. and when hot carefully A simple Fish Cake drop the fish cakes in. sandwich can make a great alternative to 6. After a few minutes fish fingers with just turn over and cook the a touch of ketchup or other side, repeat until sweet chilli sauce, both sides are nicely can make a great browned. Alternatively snack. place in oven proof dish and bake in oven Also why not make a few in one go and for 20-25 minutes. freeze some in a sealable bag.


Quick Fish Pie Serves 4

You will need.

mix into an oven proof dish and break up the fish.

One pack of fish in 3. Drain the mixed parsley sauce vegetables and add to the fish. One tin of mixed vegetables 4. Make the mashed potato as instructed on Four servings of the packet. Instant mash potato 5.Cover the fish with Grated Cheese to mashed potato and taste sprinkle with cheese or a few small knobs 1. Cook the fish in of butter. parsley sauce as instructed on the 6. Cook at 180 packet. degrees gas mark 4 until the mashed 2. Empty the fish and potato is browned.

This was really simple to make and the children loved it.

Eventually I did try messing arround with the recipe when I felt a bit more confident.

I prefer to make the mash now from scratch rather than using the potato mix as I think it works just that little bit better.

I have also tried adding a few frozen prawns or bits of fresh fish to the mix before putting the mash on top and that appears to work really well.

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Sardines and Spaghetti

Serves 4

according to the pack olives). Drain the instructions. pasta and then add to Requires the sauce and mix 1tbsp oil To make the sauce; thoroughly (if the 400g spaghetti (or any first chop the onion sauce is too thick you dried pasta) and crush the garlic. can add a few 2 small tins of tablespoons of water). pilchards or sardines Heat the oil in a 1 can of chopped medium pan and cook Let the food heat tomatoes or passata with the garlic and through and serve. 1 small onion onion for 1 min. 2 garlic cloves 2 handfuls of cherry Add the tomatoes and tomatoes sardines/ pilchards Optional (and chilli flakes) Pinch of chili flakes breaking up the Handful of olives pilchards/ sardines roughly with a I’m not a great lover of Method wooden spoon. fish so I tried Cook the spaghetti or replacing the fish with other pasta in a large Heat for 2-3 mins (and chicken chunks and it pan of boiling water then add in the worked really well.


Sardine Omelette Serves 2

Requires 1 tin of sardines or pilchards 4-5 eggs 1 small knob of butter or drizzle of oil 1 small red onion (or 2 shallots) Salt and pepper to season


Heat the butter into a large pan over a Drain the sardines or medium heat and then pilchards and break pour the egg mixture into large flakes into the pan. (removing the bones). When starting to set, Chop the onion. flip over the omelette (like a pancake) Break the eggs into a Finish cooking for half bowl and beat. Add the pilchard/ a minute and serve sardines and the onion with bread and butter, chips or a fresh green to the beaten eggs. salad. You can also try the same recipe with lots of other ingredients from mushrooms to chicken or ham.


Meatball and Mushroom Stew

Serves 3-4

over a low heat and stir occasionally until everything is well Requires blended and heated 1 tin of meatballs 1 tin of soup through. (preferably cream of If you want to make mushroom) 2 tins of vegetables the dish go further why ( p r e f e r a b l y not cook some pasta in a separate mushrooms) saucepan (see page 4 for details) once Method add to Open the can of meat cooked balls and poor them in meatball mix and to a medium return to pan to heat through. saucepan.

Open and then poor into the saucepan the contents of the mushroom soup. Add everything else

You could also try adding some grated cheese or herbs before serving for that extra special touch or

serve with a fresh green salad. Just cut up some cucumber, tomatoes and fresh lettuce.


Sausage and Beans Serves 3-4

Requires 1 tin of baked beans 1 tin of chopped tomatoes/ passata 1 tin of beans (kidney beans/ cannellini/ chick peas) 1 tin of sausages/ hot dogs (drained)

Add some of the cooked sausages to the bean and vegetable mix.

Ladle the bean mixture into soup bowls and top with more sausages.


Method Put vegetables and beans in a saucepan and heat gently. I was recently given a slow pot cooker and I found this recipe can be very easily adapted Gently fry the to work really well in the pot. sausages/ hot dogs in another pan and then The great thing is that I can set all the break into smaller ingredients up before I go out for the day pieces and when I return it is all cooked and ready.


Meat, Potatoes and Veg Serves 2-4

by either following the instructions on the Requires packet/tinned potatoes Some meat or meat or by boiling fresh alternatives anything potatoes. from meatballs, hot dogs to quorn or soya. Put your tinned or fresh vegetables in a Potatoes, either fresh, pan and heat until mashed or tinned. cooked. Tinned or fresh vegetables. Place meat, Optional vegetables and Pasta/Cook in sauce potatoes on plate to serve. Method Cook the meat as You can also add the described on the meats to a range of packet and if needed the sauce jars or why break into chunks. not serve with either rice or pasta as an Prepare the potatoes alternative to potato.

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Corned Beef Hash Serves 4

Cook the potatoes as per the packets Requires instructions (if you are a small amount of oil using tinned potatoes or butter you will need to mash 1 can corned beef them when cooked) 1 tin baked beans 400g of mashed Finely chop the onion potatoes (can be and then fry over a instant mash or tinned medium heat with a potatoes mashed) small amount of butter 1 onion or oil for 5 mins until Optional golden colour and Grated cheese softening. Marmite Tomato sauce Once cooked add to an oven proof dish. Method Preheat the oven to Roughly chop the 180° or gas mark 4. corned beef and add to the onion in the oven proof dish.

Pour over a tin of baked beans and mix thoroughly (you can add some marmite or tomato sauce too). Spread the mashed potato across the top (you can add the grated cheese to the top too). Bake for around 30 mins (or until the top starts to crisp).

You can serve this with more baked beans or some tinned vegetables. It also works well with a simple green salad.


Spaghetti Bolognaise Serves 3-4

Finely chop the onion, Finally, add in the carrot and mushrooms Bolognese sauce and Requires and crush the garlic. cook as per the 400g spaghetti (or cooking instructions other pasta) Heat the oil in a sauce on the packet. 1 jar Bolognese sauce pan and then add the 1 onion garlic and onion and 2 cloves of garlic gently fry over a medium heat. 150g mushrooms 1 carrot (can be tinned) After 2-3 mins add the Optional chopped carrot and 1 tin of beans/ pulses mushrooms and cook (eg kidney beans) for 5 mins (stirring 1 tin meat balls or 1-2 occasionally). hotdogs per person Stir in either the tinned Method meat or beans ((if you Cook the spaghetti or are using them- you other pasta as per the may want to cut the instructions on the hot dogs before packet. adding them in).


African Brown Rice

Requires 60g of white rice per person 2 streaks of unsmoked, bacon per person (Optional) mushrooms 1-2 onions, depending on how many you’re cooking for 2 gloves of garlic (this is the segments not the whole thing) Few handfuls of Raisins/currents/dried apricots, depending on what you like

Place in a saucepan Add mushrooms and with double the bacon amount of water and a little salt and stir once. Around this time, rice should be cooked. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down Drain any excess and cover the pan water, and then add tightly with a lid. rice to wok with veg.

Cook on the lowest heat possible for 1015 mins without uncovering the pan.

Add soy sauce and then leave to simmer for 10 mins on low heat (takes saltiness of soy sauce away)

Put a tbsp. of olive oil in wok, when hot, add Add currents/raisins, c r u s h e d / c h o p p e d and then serve  garlic, to flavour oil

Method Wash and rinse the rice really well, until Add onions, cook until the water is clear. soft


Michelle’s Mince

Requires 250g Mince either Tinned, Frozen or Fresh. 1 Onion 1 tin of sweetcorn Frozen peas Mushrooms Rice 1 or 2 eggs Soy sauce

this is cooking and drain.

When all cooked, add the rice to the mince and whisk one/two eggs in a seperate bowl. I love messing about

with this recipe, I have always tried to add different things each time I do it.

Create a well in the middle of mixture and add the egg and keep is a great reciepe to Method mixing until cooked so It use up ingredients Fry mince and onions it’s like egg fried rice. that have been lurking around in the back of in frying pan and drain. the cupboard. Add as much soy Add mushrooms, sauce as you like for I have even tried adding cut up bits of sweetcorn and peas taste. sausage or pepperami and cook for another , cooked ham and my five mins, adding partner has even some soy sauce. added prawns and tuna. Cook some rice whilst


Spaghetti Carbanora Serves 4

whisked For a veggie alternative try using different vegetables instead. Leave to the side whilst pasta cooks.

Cook spaghetti (enough for each person) Whilst this is cooking, fry bacon, mushrooms and onion until cooked.

Literally stir in sauce as this will warm and cook with heat of This is cheaper than you think as you can pasta and mixture.

pepper eggs.


Spaghetti pasta Bacon lardons Mushrooms Onion Drain pasta and add Crème fraiche Parmesan 2 to 3 eggs bacon, mushrooms etc. Salt and pepper

Mix sauce – add 3 table spoons crème fraiche, 2 tablespoons parmesan, salt and

make extra up and keep this stuff in As an alternative to fridge and it’s a good lardons you can just quick healthy meal.

use chopped up bits of bacon or why not try some other alternatives like Cooked Ham, Tuna or Salmon.

You could try using different types of pasta to add more variety to your dish.


Quick n Easy Pizza This recipe is for 1 but it can easily be applied to as many people as you need to cater for. You will need.

1 Thick slice of bread 1 Clove of Garlic Drizzle of Olive Oil Some Herbs Fresh Tomato Sliced Slices of Cheese

Method Place bread slice on a microwavable plates and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with crushed garlic to taste and cover with slices of tomato.

Sprinkle with dried herbs or torn fresh herbs amongst the tomato and cover with cheese.

Heat in microwave on high until gently bubbling (approx 30- I have tried this out a 40 seconds depending few times, especially on power and portion when I need to get size). Take care somewhere and don’t removing plate and have time to get enjoy. anything done.

Alternatively you can I have tried adding also place slices under ham, salami, the grill or in an oven mushrooms and and cook until the peppers at times and cheese begins to they have all gone brown. down really well.

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Peach and Chick Pea Curry Serves 4

Requires 1 can chickpeas 1 onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed ½ teaspoon chilli flakes 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 400g tin peaches (or apricots/mandarin oranges,etc) * drain, and keep the juice* 1 400g tin chopped tomatoes 1 tsp coriander 1 stock cube (chicken or vegetable) Method Heat a little oil in a pan and fry the onion and

garlic on a low heat until softened. Chop peaches and add to the pan, stir in chilli flakes and cumin.

If you want to make a really quick curry, I Addhave thefound tomatoes, that crumble in the stock getting hold of those cube and coriander. pre-cooked bags of rice can save a lot of time.the Especially if you Add chickpeas and are not thateverything confident stir with cooking rice together. from scratch.

Cook on a low heat for After 30 minutes, add a little of the peach juice if the sauce gets too thick.

You can add any leftover meat or cooked vegetables that you have.

Serve with boiled rice.


Vegetable Curries Serves 4

Fry until lightly but you could also browned and cooked serve with pasta, as a through. filling for a jacket potato or why not try TOP TIP cous cous as an Push a fork into the alternative. vegetables to ensure they are cooked through before serving.

Requires Any amount of vegetables for example you could try Cauliflower, potato, aubergine, mushrooms, brocolli, sweet potato, tomatoes. 1 Onion Add the jar of curry Jar of curry Sauce sauce and cook thoroughly. Method Fry the onion in a As an alternative to large pan until soft curry sauce why not try using a Chinese, Add the chopped Italian or Mexican vegetables (as cooking sauce. Chunky as you like it) enough to feed up to This dish is great to 4 people serve with plain rice

This is a great recipe to do if Vegetarian but I have also added various left over cooked meats to the recipe before.


Roasted Vegetables Serves 2

Pour over 1 tablespoon of oil and Requires mix well so all Tin New potatoes vegetables are Fresh tomatoes – use coated. Cherry tomatoes whole or large Sprinkle with a pinch tomatoes cut into of salt, some pepper to taste, mixed herbs and quarters 1 onion a dry vegetable stock cube, mix well 1 pepper together 1 courgette Method In an oven proof dish place drained potatoes, tomatoes, sliced pepper, sliced courgette and sliced onion. (leave all vegetables chunky sliced)


To add another element you could either add some chopped up cooked meats towards the Roast in the oven at end of the cooking or 180 degrees for about why not try adding 20-30 minutes. some cooking bacon at the start which can often be purchased quite cheaply from many of the leading supermarkets.


Baked Brocoli and Eggs

The foodbank often has fresh assorted vegetables and potatoes which are ideal for this recipe. Serves 4

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, then gently fry the onion for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, boil some water, adding a pinch Requires of salt, turn off the A glug of oil heat, put the broccoli 1 onion, sliced in the water and leave 300g broccoli, cut into for 3 minutes. batons, A grating of parmesan Drain well, add to the (or normal grated pan, then turn up the cheese) heat and fry for 3-4 2 free-range eggs minutes, stirring, until 110ml single cream slightly coloured. Stir in a grating of Method parmesan and season Heat the oven to well. 220°C/fan200°C/gas 7.

Place in an oven proof bowl, Crack the eggs into the bowl and season. Add the cream to the bowl then grate over more parmesan.

Place on a baking tray and bake for 6-8 minutes until the egg whites are cooked.

Serve the baked broccoli and parmesan eggs with slices of garlic butter toast, if you like


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Potato Bake

Serves 4

Requires 75g butter 500g onions sliced 1kg floury potatoes, cut into 5-6mm slices 225g grated Cheddar

Method In a large frying pan, melt 50g of the butter.

Add the sliced onions, season well, then cook gently for 10 minutes until soft and lightly browned.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas mark 6.

Bring a large pan of Remove from the salted water to the heat, then cover with boil. half the cooked onions, and a third of Add the potatoes, then the cheese. return to the boil and cook for 4-5 minutes Add a second layer of until tender. potatoes and the remaining onions. Drain well, then set aside. Scatter over half the remaining cheese. Heat the remaining butter in a large non- Add a final layer of stick, ovenproof frying potatoes, then the pan. remaining grated cheese. Arrange a third of the potatoes in the pan Transfer the pan to the and fry for about 5 oven and bake for 25minutes until minutes until crisp and 30 golden. golden underneath.


Fruit Crumble

Stew the fruit by adding a small amount of water (or juice if using tinned) and a spoon of sugar to a This is a good autumn pan and cooking the pudding as there are fruit until soft and always Blackberries mushy. about. Add to an oven proof Use either Tinned fruit dish. (drain most of the In a separate bowl put juice) the flour and chop the Or 2 large cooking Apples hard butter (use direct As many Blackberries from the fridge) into the flour. as you want You can make a simple crumble using any Fresh or Tinned fruit available.

Requires 100g flour 50g butter 50g sugar

breadcrumbs (do press the together) stir in sugar and use mixture to cover fruit.

not mix the this the

Bake in the oven at 180 degrees until the crumble mixture has browned (about 15 minutes)

You can add nuts, cinnamon or a handful of porridge oats to the crumble mixture to change the taste.

Rub lightly using your thumb and first 2 The oats make it a fingers until it little chewier. resembles very small


Magic Chocolate Mug Cake

4 Tablespoons of plain flour. 4 Tablespoons Sugar 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder or hot chocolate 1 Medium egg 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil 3 Tablespoons chocolate chips.

Add all the ingredients (apart from the chocolate chips) to a very large mug and mix well. Add the chocolate chips and fold in gently.

Microwave in the mug for 4 minutes at 650750 watts; 3 minutes at 750-1000 watts; or 2 minutes at 1000+ watts.

This is my favourite Allow to sit in the when you want to get microwave for a that quick chocolate couple of minutes fix or want a quick pudding for tea. before removing - it will be piping hot. I have also tried replacing the Serve with double chocolate with golden syrup, jam and cream and fresh treacle as an strawberries for an alternative to the indulgent and beautiful chocolate and to liven dessert, or straight it up for the children from the mug for a we have added a naughty midnight coupl eof squirts of food colouring to treat! make monster cakes


Bread and Butter Pudding

Serves 4

Layer the bread in the dish adding a handful of sultanas and the You will need sugar mix as you go, 1 teaspoon of ground covering each slice. cinnamon 5 Slices of any bread Mix the milk and eggs together and whisk. Butter or spread 3 Handfuls Sultanas Pour over the bread 500ml milk and leave to absorb 2 Eggs for 10 minutes. Method Preheat oven to 190 Bake in the oven for C/Gas Mark 5. Lightly 35-45 minutes, until grease a baking dish. the pudding is set and browned. Mix together the sugar and cinamon. TOP TIP! Try adding dollops of Butter 5 slices of marmalade with the bread, cut in quarters. sugar.

Quick Custard

600ml/1 pint full-fat milk 1 vanilla pod 3 eggs, yolks only 2 tsp cornflour 25g/1oz caster sugar Heat the milk with the vanilla pod until boiling. Mix the egg yolks, sugar and cornflour to get a paste. Pour over the milk and stir well. Wash and dry the vanilla pod to re-use in another recipe. Strain the mixture back into a saucepan and, stir constantly, cook until the custard thickens.


Microwave Sponge Pudding

Serves 4

Put 2 tablespoons of golden syrup, treacle You will need or jam in bottom of 50g (2oz) butter microwwave-safe 50g (2oz) caster sugar bowl. and then pour in 50g (2oz) self raising the batter. 1 medium egg, beaten 2 tablespoons milk Cover, and cook for 3 2 tablespoons of jam 1/2 minutes on full or syrup powder, or until the pudding appears set Method when gently jigged In a medium bowl, and the top is sticky. cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Mix in the egg and milk gradually, so as not to curdle the butter.Sift in the flour and fold in gently.


Salted toffee sauce

300ml pot double

cream 85g butter, diced 100g light muscovado sugar ½-1 tsp salt Put the cream, butter and sugar in a saucepan. Melt together, then bubble, stirring, until toffeecoloured and saucy. Add salt to taste

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