Jam jumble crumble tart

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

This tart is a real lifesaver; it uses solely kitchen staple ingredients and is very easy to assemble. It reminds me of the little tarts I used to make when I first started baking but is a bit more sophisticated and I love the addition of desiccated coconut, which goes well with the jam. You can use whatever jam you have in your store cupboard, all flavours work perfectly.

Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Poppy seeds give this tangy cake a really interesting texture and colour.

Beer Batter Fish with Pea Mash and Rosti Potato Cakes

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

This has to be one of my absolute favourite dinners. It's basically fish and chips, but with a great twist, using crispy rosti potato cakes instead of the more laborious chip. I shallow fry my goujons rather than using a deep fat fryer, with oil I keep in a bottle specifically for this purpose. When you're done and the oil is cold, just fill the bottle up to use again next time.

Affogato al Caffè with Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

Affogato is good at any time of year and it is an incredibly easy dessert to prepare. Choose the best vanilla ice cream you can find and make sure you use good, strong espresso (regular brewed coffee will not work here). The recipe for the biscotti makes about 30 but they keep very well in an airtight container.

Chilli Jam

From: Four Live

Perfect for yourself for Christmas leftovers, or as a really thoughtful gift

Harissa Mackerel with carrot, mint and spring onion salad

From: Four Live

A quick and nutritious light meal.

Chickpea and Tomato Pasta Soup

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

This little dish is more than just a soup - full of great ingredients it tastes great and will definitely keep you going.

Mexican Fish Tacos

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Fish tacos are a Californian classic, taking inspiration from wonderful Mexican heat and spice. They make a truly different feast to serve for friends. If you don't want to fire up the barbecue, the fish can easily be cooked on a griddle pan.

Smokey Fish Pie

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

The flavours in this pie are really comforting and there is something altogether homely about the dish. I love using smoked fish, but if you’re not a big fan just substitute with the regular stuff.




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