Category Archives: Cook on a Shoestring

Toffee Apples

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You really should give this recipe ago,especially as there is no better night to eat them than fireworks night, which just happens to be tonight!! We all need a nostalgic […]

Spicy Beans and Pepperami on Toast with Fried Egg

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On toast, in jackets or served as a soup, this savvy- savers brunch is quick, cheap and cheerful. Prep time 10 minutes Cook time 15 minutes Serves 2 75g Pepperami, […]

Cinnamon and Carrot Cookies

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Ever wondered what to do with those few poor, slightly floppy carrots that are hanging about in the bottom of your vegetable tray?? Well, here you go.  An old wartime […]

Marinades and Sauces

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Marinades and Sauces Having a few marinades and sauces in your repertoire is such an important part of day-to-day cooking. Not only will it make your life ten times easier […]

Chicken quesadillas with caramelised onions and peppers

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Chicken Quesadillas, Caramelised Onions and Peppers               A take on a dish that went down extremely well from my last book Home at 7,Dinner […]

Sticky Five Spice Pork

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I once cooked this dish for a dinner party and it was a huge hit. The problem is that I have been racking my brains as to how it did […]

Leftover Roast Dinner Turnovers

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This is a recipe that can be adapted to use up just about any bits and bobs that you may have not quite managed to finish at the dinner table. […]

Sausage Carbonara Pasta

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Recipe from my book Cook on a shoestring. We all need a few different pasta dishes in our repertoire that we can throw together quickly and cheaply, with little fuss. […]

Pepperpot Beef Stew

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Pepperpot Beef Stew Perfect for a cosy night in without any fuss! My mum used to cook this for me all the time as it was one of my favourites. […]

Cook on a shoestring – Chicken, Orzo and Spring Onion Broth

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Chicken, Orzo and Spring Onion Broth Orzo, Giant cous Cous or Macaroni will work for this recipe, even barley or spelt if you have some in the cupboard.  Cook this […]

Cook on a Shoestring – Blackened Fish with Orange and Watercress

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Blackened Fish with Orange and Watercress Just about any fish works well with this recipe, so I won’t tell you which one you buy. Because fish is such a perishable […]

Cook on a Shoestring – Cajun Style Turkey Burger

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Cajun Style Turkey Burger OK, I know what you’re all thinking – turkey? Let me assure you that this burger, if made right, with lots of lovely seasoning, is seriously […]

Cook on a Shoestring – Thai-style Chicken Wings

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Thai-style Chicken Wings I always cook chicken wings for a friendly get together. Not just because they are seriously easy to cook and make great finger food, but also because […]

Cook on a Shoestring – Lamb, Mint and Potato Pie

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Lamb, Mint and Potato Pie A fantastic way to use up the extra meat from a roast shoulder of lamb. Preparation 20 minutes Cooking 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours […]

Cook on a Shoestring – Spiced Lamb and Aubergine Pilaf

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Spiced Lamb and Aubergine Pilaf If you have taken my advice from the introduction and have a reasonably stocked spice cupboard (cumin, cinnamon, chilli, coriander), you can make this dish […]

Cook on a Shoestring – My Kitchen Cupboard

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I HAVE DELIBERATELY USED THE SAME SPICES, OILS, MUSTARD AND VINEGARS THROUGHOUT THE BOOK SO YOUDON’T NEED TO GO OUT AND STOCK UP EVERY TIME YOU WANT TO COOK A […]