Platter of baked shellfish

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Serve with an extra squeeze of lemon juice, lemon wedges and a sprinkle of fresh parsley.

Ham Hock, Spinach and Cheese Crêpes

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Whenever I visit Paris, one of the first things I always order is a 'crêpe avec jambon et fromage'. This recipe is my little twist on that – it makes vibrant green pancakes that are really nice as a brunch or lunch dish. Ham hock is a cheap and tasty alternative to prime slices of ham.

Hot Chocolate

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Donal Skehan's simple recipe for a festive and warming hot chocolate

Honey and Cardamom Roast Carrot and Parsnips

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Even the veggie averse may think again...

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.

Meat Marinades

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

These marinades are super with any meat. I sometimes mix the marinades in a resealable plastic bag, then drop in the meat, seal up the bag, give it all a good squish and pop in the fridge or freezer until I'm ready to use it. Most meat will be good in the fridge for three days or in the freezer for up to three months, still sitting in the marinade.

Jansson's Temptation

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Not unlike a French Potato Dauphinoise, this Swedish take features anchovies and is a regular at the Swedish Christmas table.


From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

This is definitely one of my favourite recipes in the book. It’s made using pork shoulder, an inexpensive cut that, when cooked in this manner, results in wonderfully tender meat and crispy crackling. If the idea of rolling and stringing up the shoulder around the stuffing is too much, take the stuffing with you to the butcher when you buy the meat and ask for it to be stuffed and rolled for you. Then it’s simply a case of roasting it.

Mega Chocolate and Pistachio Meringues

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Enjoy with large dollops of freshly whipped cream.


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