One of the things I love the most is collecting cookbooks and making dishes from them. I love to cook and I really love to eat. But I’m also about simple dishes that are relatively quick to put together – I mean dinner time is a pretty hectic place in our house as it is – and that are as inexpensive as possible too. I don’t really want overly-complicated recipes with 100 items to be washed up afterwards that take two days to prep and three hours to cook.
So when I saw Miguel Barclay’s books and his £1 meals I knew I’d be on to a winner. I actually discovered him through my friend Sophia, and she always recommends such great stuff, so I bought Fast and Fresh whilst it was on deal on Amazon for Dann for Christmas (he’s a bigger foodie than I am to be honest and definitely more confident in the kitchen!).
We decided it was about time to start testing out some of the recipes in the book so with our end of January food shop I stocked up on some of the key ingredients for our favourite recipes to try.
Recipe posts are some of my favourite to put together too, and I love reading how other people get on with different cookbooks too, so this was a win win for me. Good food, recipe testing, and a fun blog post to share.
For this post, we tested the Chorizo and Chickpea Stew, as well as the Baked Eggs and Asparagus. Both are incredibly easy and quick to make. I think it was 20minutes absolute total for the two dishes. The eggs baked in the oven with feta and spinach whilst the asparagus is fried in a pan. The Chorizo and Chickpea Stew is cooked in a frying pan with chopped tomatoes and spinach.
We really loved both dishes, and one of the things we both really loved about this cookbook is that the recipes are based on one person, so you just multiply up to your required amounts. So much easier than trying to divide down.
I also love that a lot of the recipes use similar ingredients so you can make multiple recipes from the book using one batch of ingredients. Spring onions feature strongly across a mix of the recipes we’ve looked at, as well as spinach and feta. This is how you can make the meals really affordable. Miguel hardly uses fancy ingredients, keeping it simple and with items that you would normally have in the food cupboard.
We’ve also made the Sausage and Kale Omelette which is a great lunch, and works just as well with vegetarian sausages too. This is one of our favourite Saturday lunches, or dinner for meat-free Mondays.
Also the green shashouka is one out favourites too, which also uses spinach, feta and eggs. The book really does promote little waste if you’re clever about how you use it.
So yes, I’d definitely recommend this book. It’s a truly a versatile cookbook with recipes that you will love, and that are actually simple to make. I’m very much looking forward to adding the others to our collection and testing them out too.
Pick up Fast and Fresh £1 Meals here.