I’m passionate about food, and love cooking and eating well for less.

My favourite recipes are quick and easy, using low cost ingredients. If I can persuade the entire family to eat them, so much the better.

Here are links to the tried and tested recipes I’ve posted in the past. I’ve sorted them out into Savoury, Soups, Sweet and Live Below the Line, in attempt to make it easier to find relevant recipes.

Some recipes I chuck together myself, but I also love trying out new recipes from a whole hoard of books, blogs, websites, magazines and supermarket recipe cards.

Where I’ve cooked other people’s food, I’ve tried to include links to both my blog post and the original recipe where possible.

Do let me know if you have a go, I’d love to know! And if there are particular recipes you’d like me to include, just say.


Blue Cheese, Walnut and Pear Salad

Chicken – Stretching One Chicken Over Many Meals

Cottage Pie

Cranberry Sauce for Christmas

Easy One Pan White Fish, Chorizo and New Potatoes

Eggs Shakshuka

Fishcakes (blog post, with recipe by I Can Cook)

Galettes with ham, cheese and buckwheat flour (blog post, with recipe by Natural Kitchen Adventures here)

Kedgeree, using smoked fish

Marmalade glazed gammon

Mega macaroni and cheese

Meal planning ideas (not so much recipes, as a list of suggestions)

More meal ideas (again, ideas rather than recipes)

Mumma Jack’s Best Ever (Veggie) Chilli (blog post, from recipe in “A Girl Called Jack” by Jack Monroe)

Pie with Leftover Pork, Gravy and Apple Sauce

Pizza Dough

Roast Pork with Crackling

Sausage Casserole

Speedy Biryani (blog post, with recipe by the Children’s Food Trust)

Soda Bread (blog post, with recipe by Jack Monroe here)

Toad in the Hole

Yogurt Cream Cheese aka Labne (blog post, with recipe by Natural Kitchen Adventures here)



Bacon & Lentil Soup (blog post, with actual recipe on Mirror Online)

Butternut Squash & Red Pepper Soup (blog post, with actual recipe on Mirror Online)

Carrot & Coriander Soup (blog post, with actual recipe on Mirror Online)

Leftover Stalks and Leaves Soup

Pea, Mint and Ham Soup

Super Speedy Storecupboard Minestrone Soup (blog post, with actual recipe on Mirror Online)



Bargain Best Ever Chocolate Brownie

Blackberry Clafoutis

Chocolate Cake for Birthdays

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cheesecake, Easy Peasy Lemon, Raspberry and Ginger (blog post and recipe by Mary Berry here)

Christmas Biscuits

Elderflower Cordial

Fruit Scones

Ginger Biscuits

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Victoria Sponge

Lemon Drizzle Cake


New Zealand Biscuits

Pancakes for the weekend

Raisin cookies (blog post, with NetMums recipe here)

Victoria Sponge

Wild Strawberry Muffins



The Live Below the Line campaign involves feeding yourself on £1 a day for 5 days, to help combat global poverty.
I’ve taken the challenge three times, raising money for children’s charity UNICEF.
Live Below the Line is the reason I started this blog, and the links might help anyone when money is really tight.

Bacon and broccoli pasta

Bacon, mushroom and tomato pasta

Boiled egg on toast (not really a recipe!)

Carrot and kidney bean burgers and with egg fried rice (original recipe from A Girl Called Jack here)

Carrot and ginger soup

Chickpea and potato curry (original recipe from Penny’s Recipes here)

Curried bean and tomato soup

Egg and bacon fried rice

Egg sandwich with tomato and vegetable soup

Kidney bean and sweetcorn chill with rice and green beans

Mock minestrone soup

Mushroom and potato frittata

Oat pancakes with pineapple, yogurt and pineapple syrup

Pea and cheese risotto

Pea and mushroom risotto

Pea, bacon and cauliflower soup

Pea soup with oat flatbreads and cream cheese

Porridge with banana

Porridge with grated apple

Porridge with pineapple chunks

Scrambled eggs on toast

Sweet and sour bacon and pineapple fried rice

Sweet and sour egg fried rice

I wrote up four of the 2015 recipes for Mirror Online here.


Eating on as little as £1 a day depends on stretching limited shopping over several days, so here are the shopping lists and meal plans I used:

Shopping List 2015 (£5 for 1 person, veggie version)

Meal Plan 2015

Shopping List for 2014 (£10 for 2 people, based around chicken and flour)

Meal Plan 2014

Shopping List 2013 (£10 for 2 people, based around bacon)


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