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Not quite what I was expecting
on 28 May 2013
I have a certain sympathy with the 1 star reviews. It would be fair to say that some of these recipes are not particularly cheap to make for someone on a tight budget - one recipe calls for gorgonzola, another involves half a kilo of cod. That said, there are plenty of recipes involving cheap ingredients such as chicken thighs with sweet onions, peanut noodles with pork, spicy sausage pasta, herby pasta with peas & bacon, mushroom & tuna spaghetti, various tarts, a nice pork meatloaf, lemon & honey chicken, one pot lamb with rice (using cheap shoulder meat). My favourite has to be the very simple lemon curd brulée.
It has to be said that the recipes aren't the most exciting, although the pesto rice cake was new to me. I was somewhat surprised that there aren't many recipes based on pulses as these are very cheap and nutritious. There is also very little suitable for vegetarians although some recipes could be easily adapted. It is helpful that many recipes involve store cupboard staples like pasta, canned fish, or frozen peas.