Traditional Jamaican rice and peas (well kidney beans).
Nourishing lentils are great value and very good for you. The warm spices and rich coconut milk combine to create an intoxicatingly flavoured dish.
This garlicky seafood stew is packed with mussels, seabass and prawns. It's beautiful colour comes from the cooked tomatoes and saffron.
Middle-Eastern influences bring beans, aubergines, apricots, garlic and warm spices to this lamb hotpot, but the topping is in traditional British style – a golden layer of parsnip slices.
Rice and corn pasta is great for those with a wheat intolerance. It cooks and tastes just like wheat pasta and comes in a variety of shapes. This is a flavour-packed dish and simply needs a crunchy green salad to complete the meal.
Other winter vegetables can be used in this thick, warming soup. Try Jerusalem artichokes or swede in place of the parsnips or carrots. Garlic sippets are also very good with this.
Mussels are great value and there's nothing better than sitting down to a huge bowlful, and mopping up the sauce with chunks of baguette.
Pizzoccheri is a typical dish from Valtellina, the alpine region where my grandparents are from. It is made with a special type of pasta made with buckwheat, the "pizzoccheri", shaped as a short tagliatelle, about 7-8cm long and a bit thicker, cooked together with potatoes and cabbage or chard leaves. It is simple to make and goes down like a storm!!
I'm a very, VERY basic eater and I don't do veg (except for the mighty potato) and spices are usually out of the window too. Bonanza Pie is just a nice way to jumble what I like into one dish. Those who have tried it have all reported back positively.
This was a quick & simple meal my Mother in Law used to prepare,she came from Scotland near Oban and was a regular meal for the Family,cheap and very filling. When preparing do not add more than the amount of water stated, as a rule of the thumb,it should only cover 1/4 of the contents