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Breakfast Sunshine Buns, 6p [A Girl Called Jack]

Breakfast Sunshine Buns – Pineapple, Carrot and Sultana – 49p for 8 at 6p each. 250g flour, 11p (65p/1.5kg) 1 sachet fast action dried yeast, 11p 30g sultanas, 6p (99p/500g) 1 carrot, 5p (part of a 1.25kg vegetable pack, £1) 1/2 can pineapple chunks, 16p (32p/227g) Weigh the flour into a large mixing bowl and add the yeast. Finely grate the carrot in, and add the sultanas. Mix in together and make a well in the centre of the dry mixture. Strain the pineapple pieces over a bowl, reserving the juice to use in a minute. Put half of the pineapple pieces into the centre of the dry mixture, and put the other half into an airtight container and pop into the fridge to snack on, or to use in another recipe! Add boiling water to the pineapple juice to make up to 160ml. Pour into the well in the centre of the dry mixture, and combine to make a soft, sticky dough. Tip out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead lightly – …

Earthy Red Wine & Mushroom Risotto, 36p [A Girl Called Jack]

Earthy Red Wine & Mushroom Risotto, Serves One. 36p. Still needing easy but comforting food with this cold, I decided to go for carbs and wine and goodness… I’ve never known anyone else to use red wine as a risotto base before – that’s not to say its not been done, I’ve just not seen it – but this works beautifully. As far as comfort food goes, I had finished this, from a bowl on the sofa wrapped in a heavy blanket, before I had finished typing the recipe… 30ml Red Wine, 14p (Table Wine, £3.48/750ml) 50g Mushrooms, 12p (97p/400g) 50g rice, 2p (40p/1kg) 1/2 Vegetable Stock cube in 400ml water, 1p (10 for 15p) Clove of Garlic, 3p (46p for 2 bulbs, avg 8 cloves per bulb) Tsp Mixed herbs, 1p (14p for a jar) Tomato purée, 2p (49p/200g) Splash of oil, 1p (Vegetable oil £4.50/3l) Heat a teaspoon of oil in a small frying pan, the one I used was 20cm across but I was only cooking for me! Peel and finely slice …

Feisty Soup [A Girl Called Jack]

I make this for myself whenever I feel as though I am coming down with a cold. you know – when you’ve got that shaky, exhausted feeling and general self-pity. Instead of spending a fortune on various over-the-counter paracetamol and lemon drinks, I drag myself into the kitchen and cook myself a cure. This is called feisty soup for a reason: it’s a bit like hot and sour Chinese soup in a way, and if this doesn’t help shift whatever is wrong with you, I’m not sure what will. I’ve combined lots of natural goodies that have antioxidant and other nutritional qualities – garlic for goodness, chillies to fire up your system, tomatoes for vitamin C and lemon and ginger to cleanse and revitalize. (This post is not sponsored; I provide links to the ingredients that I use so you can see how I calculate my recipe costs, and I may earn a small commission if you click the links and make a purchase.) Serves 2 1 onion 1 fat clove of garlic a thick …

Red Lentil Bolognese [A Girl Called Jack]

This meat-free Bolognese sauce is perfect over a bowl of pasta and topped with a handful of grated cheese. Allow 70 to 100g of dried pasta per person. I like to eat mine with some garlic bread as well, to mop up any leftover sauce. (This post is not sponsored; I provide links to the ingredients that I use so you can see how I calculate my recipe costs, and I may earn a small commission if you click the links and make a purchase.) Serves 2 1 onion 1 clove of garlic 1 carrot 1 tablespoon oil a fistful of fresh thyme a fistful of fresh parsley 1 vegetable stock cube 50ml red wine 1 x 400g carton or tin of chopped tomatoes 100g dried brown or red lentils, rinsed optional: 2 tablespoons tomato purée or tomato ketchup, to thicken the sauce grated strong hard cheese, to serve Peel and slice the onion, peel and crush the garlic, and put both into a large sauté or non-stick frying pan. Wash the carrot then grate …

Spring Piggy, 33p [A Girl Called Jack]

Spring Piggy, serves 4 for £1.34, or 34p each. This is an adaptation of a Nigella Lawson recipe for spring chicken, which was adapted in turn from a traditional rabbit recipe. That’s the thing about food, we all fiddle with it and tweak and make it posher or make it cheaper and add our own twists as we see fit. I didn’t have any chicken, but I did still have a generous hunk of that £1.09/670g bacon going begging, and a slightly pathetic half a savoy cabbage, so here’s what I did… (This post is not sponsored; I provide links to the ingredients that I use so you can see how I calculate my recipe costs, and I may earn a small commission if you click the links and make a purchase.) 300g bacon, 48p (£1.09/670g) 1 garlic clove, 3p (46p for 2 bulbs, avg 8 cloves each) 1 onion, 5p (part of a 20pc mixed vegetable pack, £1) 1 carrot, 5p (part of a 20pc mixed vegetable pack, £1) 100ml white wine, 46p (Table …

Courgette & Mint Fritters [A Girl Called Jack]

The humble courgette – you either love it or you hate it! However, courgettes are cheap and abundant in the summer months, and extremely versatile. These fritters are great as a standalone snack with a home made raita dip, or served with sausages and ketchup. Makes 4 chunky or 6 thin fritters: 1 large courgette a fistful of fresh mint a fistful of fresh coriander a fistful of fresh parsley 1 egg, beaten 2 heaped tablespoons plain flour 2 tablespoons oil 50g natural yoghurt Finely grate the courgette into a large mixing bowl. Chop the herbs and add around three-quarters to the courgette in the bowl, and set the rest aside for the yoghurt dip. Mix the beaten egg into the courgette and the herbs with a fork. Add a tablespoon of flour and mix until it has formed a batter. You may need to add a little more flour to make the batter thicker than a pancake batter. Ideally it will stick to the prongs of your fork but come loose with a shake. …

Chickpea & Tomato Brunch Loaf [A Girl Called Jack]

This loaf is a favourite weekend recipe of mine, which is easily adapted to personal tastes and what you have in the cupboard. Sometimes I like to thoroughly mash the chickpeas for a smoother bread, and sometimes I chuck them in whole for a knobbly, crunchy texture. Delicious toasted or grilled with butter, or bacon, or an egg, or all three… Makes 1 small loaf: 240g canned chickpeas (drained weight) 300g plain white flour, plus a little extra for kneading a 7g sachet of fast acting dried yeast a handful of chopped fresh rosemary zest and juice of half a lemon, or a tablespoon of bottled lemon juice 1 large tomato, chopped into small chunks Drain the chickpeas, thoroughly rinse them, and tip them into a large mixing bowl. Mash with a potato masher to loosen the skins, and pick them off as the chickpeas separate (not an essential step but definitely worth it if you want a smooth bread – if you’re leaving the chickpeas whole then don’t worry about this!). Add the flour, …

Pasta Alla Genovese, 19p [A Girl Called Jack]

Pasta Alla Genovese: Serves 2 adults at 19p per portion (or in my case, 1 adult, 1 small boy, and 1 next day lunchtime snack portion!) <; 100g spaghetti (8p: 40p for 500g) 50g fine green beans, trimmed and chopped into 1cm pieces (7p: £1.40/kg, frozen) 200g potatoes, cut into 2cm chunks (8p: 15p for 540g can) Handful of basil leaves (Free, growing on my window ledge!) Handful of mint leaves (Free, also growing on my window ledge!) Pinch of grated parmesan cheese to serve, 10g approx (9p, £2.30/200g) 1 small garlic clove, peeled and crushed (3p: 46p for 2 bulbs, average 8 cloves per bulb) Splash of vegetable or sunflower oil, 20ml approx (3p: £1.69/1l) Break the long spaghetti in half for ease of cooking, serving, and eating, especially if you are intending to feed your children with it. It’s personal preference, but I prefer that I can just throw my spaghetti in the pan and let it do its thing. Cover with water, bring to the boil, back down to a simmer, and …

Moroccan Not-A-Tagine [A Girl Called Jack]

This tagine uses my three staple spices – turmeric, cumin and paprika – to deliver a gorgeous sweet and spicy dinner. I made it for Xanthe Clay from the Daily Telegraph when she visited for an article called ‘My 49p Lunch With A Girl Called Jack’. In her words: ‘the food is very fine, and it’s also healthy’ – so what are you waiting for? I like to serve mine with couscous and rice, and green vegetables. Serves 4 (This post is not sponsored; I provide links to the ingredients that I use so you can see how I calculate my recipe costs, and I may earn a small commission if you click the links and make a purchase.) 1 large onion 2 fat cloves of garlic 1 red chilli a splash of oil zest and juice of half a lemon, or 1 tbsp bottled lemon juice 1 heaped tsp turmeric 1 heaped tsp cumin (ground or seeds) 1 heaped tsp paprika 1 x 400g carton or tin of chopped tomatoes 1 tsp sugar a …