Bacon and Bean Soup
Canned chilli beans are healthy, filling and have loads of flavour so they make a substantial base for this quick hearty soup that only costs around $8.00 to make. Ingredients 1 tbsp oil 1 onion chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed...
Corn Fritters
Corn fritters are delicious any time of the day. Serve for breakfast with a rasher of bacon or your fave eggs, for lunch they're good with a salsa or even a blob of sweet chilli sauce, for dinner - use...
Digestive Biscuits
Digestives are a slightly crumbly, slightly sweet biscuit that are great with a slice of cheese, or spread with a thick layer of butter or even dunked in a cuppa. I use a food processor which not only chops the...
Easy Spring Onion Pancakes
Like roti, these savoury flat breads are cheap, easy and versatile. Great with a salad they also partner well with Chinese dishes, or just enjoy as a snack with your favourite dip. Ingredients 300g plain flour (approximately 2 cups) –...
Fried Rice
The real secret to successful fried rice is to use “day old” cooked rice. Either make extra the night before, or cook it in the morning and leave in the fridge till evening. Fresh rice becomes sticky and wont fry....
Hand Sanitiser from 2 Ingredients
Information currently available states that to be effective against the Covid 19 virus a hand sanitiser must contain a minimum of 60% alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol is a well known and trusted product used for cleaning anything from heavy equipment to...
Kedgeree
While Kedgeree was traditionally a breakfast dish, originating in the days of the British Raj, It’s good eaten any time of the day . The combination of mild curry flavours, smoked fish, and hard- boiled egg is very savory, and...
Lonely Sausage Risotto
One sausage a bit of bacon , 4 people, nothing much on offer? This risotto is tasty and filling, not to mention, cheap and easy.  Ingredients 1 ½ litres of chicken stock - 1 tsp stock powder per cup of water if...
Magic Chicken Pies
These pies are “magic” because they make a little bit of chicken go such a long way. Ingredients 1 single chicken breast, cooked, or equivalent quantity of left over’s shredded 25g butter 1 leek, sliced (or use chopped onion if...
Make in Bulk Master Meatball Mix
I find meatballs time consuming to make for a single meal, but keeping a load ready prepared in the freezer makes a meatball meal quick and easy and the kids help out with the rolling. This mixture can also be...
Master Bread Recipe
I use this recipe as a base and vary it according to what I fancy - plain, seeded, spicy and fruity... I feel that for the time and effort involved I should get a decent yield, so this recipe makes...
Pilau Rice "n" Spice Supper
This “made from next to nothing” meal is delicious, interesting and can be styled up or down as your budget allows. Ingredients 350-500g minced beef, pork or chicken 1 tsp oil, if needed 1 onion, chopped ½ tsp cinnamon ½...
Plain White Loaf of Bread
Makes 1 big loaf, or double the quantity and freeze one for later. The “hands-on” time for homemade bread is only around 15-20 min but it does need time to rise, so allow a minimum 1 ½ -2 hours, longer...
Porridge
Struggling to keep the household supplied with bread? Porridge is a more nutritious option as oats are a legitimate nutrition powerhouse. They’re low GI and depending on your sensitivity can be suitable for GF diets too. Great for filling the...
Potato Wedges
Potato wedges are not only easier to make than chips but have a fraction of the fat! Use the same method for Kumara (sweet potato) wedges or do a mix of potato, kumara, parsnip and carrot. You can add a...
Pumpkin Chickpea Curry
This simple dish is packed with flavour, its inexpensive to make and really filling.  Style it up with a sprinkle of fresh chopped coriander and some cashew nuts or eat it as is, with rice, or rolled in flat bread....
Soda Bread
Costs less than $1.00, requires literally no bread making skills and  no yeast. It's also ready in under an hour and makes a very tasty loaf. Best eaten the day it is made, soda bread is great with soup, dips or...
Soda Crackers
These crackers are really cheap and easy to make and almost too good – you may want to double the quantity. Perfect with cheese or as part of a home made gift hamper, you'll be ruined for bought ones after...
Soft Roti Wraps
Roti are tender, versatile and very cheap to make. Use as a wrap, a tortilla, a snack or to mop up gravy. Recipe makes 8 but can easily be doubled. These roti are quite easy to roll so the kids...
Spicy Beef, Beans and Rice
This dish is one of a series I call a "super stretcher" recipe. Stretching as little as 250g minced beef to serve 6 people, this recipe may just save your bacon. While it's probably not the prettiest dish you’ve ever...
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