Tips, recipes and planners for cheap and easy family meals


Gnocchi with peas and bacon

Gnocchi are small, Italian dumplings and can be made with semolina, potato flour, wheat flour or even breadcrumbs. Readymade gnocchi are widely available and...
puff pastry pizza tart

Quick puff pastry pizza tart

If you haven’t time to make your own pizza base use a sheet of puff pastry as I have in this recipe. Use a...
beef stroganoff

Beef stroganoff and fragrant rice

Usually made with the best cut of beef which allows for quick cooking. Alternatively use sliced cooked beef from the Sunday roast or slices...


As the days draw colder this hearty cassoulet is perfect for an autumn evening. Easy to prepare and the whole family are sure to...
Traditional Irish Meals Lead Feat

Meal Planner – Traditional Irish Meals

Since I live in the land of saints and scholars, and as it was St Patrick's Day recently, I’ve taken this opportunity to choose...

Chilli con carne and rice

My family love mexican food,  and this recipe is great for the home cook  as it‘s quick and easy. My tip if you want...
vegetable curry

Chickpea and root vegetable curry with raita

Recipe tip: A cheap recipe that’s filling but healthy! Parsnips and carrots have a natural sweetness which makes this curry particularly popular with children.   Happily,...
frittata with spinach, onion and cheese

Frittata with spinach, onion and cheese

This is a great recipe to use up ingredients in your store cupboard. A delicious, quick main...
cheese and onion potato balls

Cheese and onion potato balls and piquant sauce

Crispy balls that children and adults will love. Serve with butcher sausages or home made battered fish for a quick treat. I usually make...
lemon and lime pancakes

Lemon and lime pancakes

We all need a treat during the week, I’ll leave you to decide which day is best for you to cook these delicious pancakes....
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