Ratatouille

You couldn’t get more cheap, fresh and easy than ratatouille. In fact I’m struggling to think of a recipe in this whole Cheap, Fresh and Easy blog (which I’ve been writing for four years) which is cheaper and easier than ratatouille. How fresh it is, depends on you. Ratatouille is in fact a great way…

Jackfruit in barbecue sauce

This is the first time I have eaten jackfruit. I’ve had a tin at the back of my cupboard for a while and fancied creating a vegan alternative to pulled pork – and last night I finally got around to it. I wanted to make a completely vegan recipe so had to improvise with the…

Chargrilled baby gem lettuce

I’m always trying to avoid food waste but so often I don’t succeed and I get very annoyed with myself. Just this evening I threw out half a big bag of spinach I’d completely forgotten about  – the spinach was way too yellow to salvage. And I’m always finding bags of soggy and yellowing bags…

Stuffed courgettes

I love courgettes and I’m always looking for new courgette recipes. Stuffed vegetables like courgettes, peppers or tomatoes are a very Mediterranean style of cooking and very healthy (as well as cheap, fresh and easy). Usually rice or cous cous would be used as part of the stuffing but I used borlotti beans as the…

Macaroni cheese

I made mac n cheese last night for a friend who came over to supper. He wanted to go over his pitch for a business idea – he’s made it to the semi finals of an entrepreneurial competition (very exciting) so it was a bit of a working dinner. He’s eaten my mac n cheese…

Puy lentil salad with aubergines and broccoli

Puy lentils make a fantastic base for any salad and go very well with most vegetables.  Try circles of carrot cooked Vichy-style (simmered in water, butter, salt and sugar until nicely glazed and soft) or courgettes and red peppers, brushed with olive oil and griddled.  You could try stirring some cauliflower florets in olive oil…

Shakshuka

This morning I cooked my first home made shakshuka – a delicious middle eastern breakfast recipe (which can also be turned into a vegan version if you leave out the eggs). Yesterday my new kitchen stools arrived so I really enjoyed celebrating by eating at the breakfast bar. I only had one egg in the…

Butternut squash and bean chilli

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year but a few weeks ago we had a spell of cold, wet weather when I was craving spicy, comforting food. So I made a big batch of this chilli, using a mix of beans (kidney, butter and fresh green beans) cooked in big portions to have plenty…

Courgette omelette

Sometimes I think I veer away a bit from the ‘easy’ part of the ‘cheap, fresh and easy’ philosophy of this blog. So here’s a quick and simple recipe that only takes about 10 minutes. My tips for a successful omelette are: use a non stick frying pan pour the beaten eggs into the hot…

Sticky shiitake mushrooms

This is a vegan recipe from Bosh! which I made yesterday and devoured greedily. I swear this is one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever eaten and my photo doesn’t really do it justice.  As the Bosh recipe says ‘If you’re a fan of sticky, sweet, pan-asian cuisine you will absolutely LOVE this dish. (Seriously,…

Mushroom frittata

I made this frittata two weeks ago over the Easter (and Passover) weekend because I was observing Passover, so not eating any bread or flour based products otherwise I might have made a quiche. I was out and about a lot over the long weekend and wanted to grab something ready prepared for quick snacks,…

Spicy chickpea croquettes

I made these last weekend and intended to freeze them in batches. But they were so tasty I found I was eating a few every day either as a starter or when I came home hungry from work and needed a quick snack. They are particularly nice with a range of dips and would be…