Betty's Ambrosia Cake

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

One of my favourite things to do is to talk on the topic of food with my granny. Learning to cook armed only with cookbooks and a passion for art, with eight hungry mouths to feed and very little money, my granny developed some of the most resourceful cooking skills I know. I love that with barely anything in the house she can produce something incredibly elegant, such as soufflés, without thinking twice. This is a light and rather sophisticated cake that relies heavily on store-cupboard ingredients and is a perfect example of her skill in being able to produce something incredibly impressive out of everyday items.

Roasted Beetroot, Feta and Lentil Salad

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

There are a few vegetables I can grow without fail and thankfully one of them is the mighty beetroot, which roasts beautifully and is a great addition to this lentil salad. This dish makes a nice lunchtime dish and is excellent in lunchboxes.

Chicken Salad with Chilli, Ginger and Lime Dressing

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

This salad is a really bright and vibrant one for the summer months.

Chilli Jam

From: Four Live

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

Steamed banana pudding with salted caramel sauce

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

A dessert to really wow that doesn't have to break the bank, especially if entertaining a big group like the hungry food bloggers in this episode!

Chorizo, Chicken Bean Stew

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Chorizo adds a wonderful warmth and subtle heat to this great chicken stew. I use plum tomatoes here as they have a much better flavour than chopped tomatoes.

Crazy Monkey Brownie Baked Alaska

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

When my dad was growing up, my granddad took him and his brothers and sisters to Dublin Zoo on a cold winter's day. They had brought bags of bananas and monkey nuts to feed the monkeys and were throwing the food over the iced enclosure. One stray banana landed on the ice and suddenly the monkeys realised they could walk across the ice, leading them to charge my granddad and his kids, attacking them for the food. Hence the inspiration for this nutty baked Alaska...

Chinese Five-spice Pork Belly

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Crispy crackling and tender pork belly meat paired with Chinese five-spice powder – a match made in heaven. For just the tiniest amount of work in the kitchen, using an inexpensive piece of meat, you get the most amazing results, which will feed a crowd. There are many different things you can do with pork belly as it’s quite versatile, but I like the simplicity of this method; it’s a nod to Asia, where this is an incredibly popular cut of meat.

Zingy Thai Fishcakes

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

These might sound complicated but if you have all the ingredients, all it takes is to blitz everything until smooth, stir through a little spring onion and green beans, fry them and serve for the most delicious little Asian taster!

Mojito

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

People panic a little bit about the measurements for cocktails, but it really is a case of making them to taste and remembering simple rules like one part alcohol to three part mixer for each person. Then just add the flavours! Get your hands on some fresh summer mint for these babies – it's one of the easiest herbs to grow, so just pick up a plant in the garden centre and pop it in a pot for fresh mint all summer long!




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