On a budget? Find credit-crunch defying dishes that taste anything but. We've loads of cheap eats - economical midweek suppers, cheap but impressive party food, desserts and puds, and lots more.
Simple version of the Scottish/raj dish kedgeree using tinned fish for convenience. Ideal for brunch.
This is a delicious risotto style dish that is quick and easy to prepare in the microwave. You can bulk it up with leftover roast meat and/or roasted peppers, if you like.
A quick dessert of raspberries, kiwis and grapes topped with custard and a sprinkling of HobNob biscuit crumbs. I find that this selection or fruits work best with the custard. Other fruits can 'clash' with the custard, and taste unpleasent. Sometimes I use Onken Biopot raspberry yogurt instead of custard. Easy dessert for two!
Original Gypsy Tart made with evaporated milk and muscavado sugar!
So delicious! This classic - also known as creme caramel - is a rich and creamy but not too heavy custard on a layer of caramelised sugar, baked in a water bath and chilled. The secret is long cooking (1 hour) at relatively low temperature (140 degrees C) and very careful caramelising of the sugar! Make sure that the melted sugar remains light brown when you place it into the ramekins. If it's too dark it gets too hard and any flan will taste too strong in this way (or even will taste slightly burnt).
A classic, comforting pud. Using ready made frozen pastry makes this a cinch.
This is one dish my kids absolutely love! It might not be completely authentic but it's quick and easy and you can get away with using any kind of pasta.
Fried bacon, onions and garlic stirred through a creamy sauce
This flan is of the creme caramel variety. It couldn't be easier to make. Nice sweet but light-on-the-stomach dessert. It's always a hit with my family. I never make enough apparently...
Very easy, elegant and light soup. Ideal as a starter, or for lunch. Most ingredients you will already have, ready in 15 minutes. Very easily doubled or halved.
An easy peasy treacle tart. Use a shop-bought pastry case to make this extra simple.
My friend Kathy gave me this recipe, and it's great. So filling, easy to make and great in a thermos for lunch or school during the winter months. Use a small soup pasta for best results.
Jacket potatoes are always welcome when your cupboard is almost bare! I have included two of my favourite fillings. You can choose one or the other, or try both!
A modification of the traditional potato and cabbage or kale dish, with chunks of potato and a rich cheesiness that my dad exclaims over. Using milk instead of cream makes it healthier.
Makes a tasty sauce that's great over spaghetti or linguine. Be sure to have crusty bread on hand to soak up every last drop!
A very simple recipe, these croutons are good for a Caesar salad or any crisp green salad. Also nice to serve atop a bowl of soup.
Instead of ordering this at Starbuck's - make your own at home. Just add cocoa, sugar and milk to hot coffee.
Roasted peppers and balsamic vinegar make a wonderful balance of flavours and provide a dramatic visual contrast to coloured pasta.
How do you get the rich taste of a classic quiche with a fraction of the fat? One technique: make the case with thinly sliced potatoes. It's a heart-smart substitute for traditional shortcrust!
For a speedy, sweet treat to end a meal, serve bananas in a sticky and nutty sauce, with ice cream. It's a fun, retro dessert given a modern zesty twist with orange, which balances the richness perfectly. Delicious!