Welcome to the first in a short series of #ThisGirlEats blog posts which recreate recipes from some of my favourite online chefs, cooking websites and foodie videos.
I’m always scrolling social media for new recipe inspo (there’s a LOT out there!), some in particular I really love reading (and drooling over). But because I’m always so wrapped up in my own ideas, I don’t often get a chance to actually cook the amazing recipes I find after hours of glorious internet browsing. There are a few that always stick out as producing amazing-looking food time after time, so I’ve decided to try a few recipes from each one and see how things turn out!
Kicking things off is Jack Monroe, bestselling author, creator of the fabulous website Cooking On A Bootstrap and all-round brilliant human being. I’ve been an admirer of Jack’s work for a while now and feel like Cooking On A Bootstrap – a website chocka with affordable family recipes – is a shining light when it comes to low-cost food. I’ve always wondered just how cheap these recipes really are, because they just look too good to be true! So I picked these three to try…
Mushroom Mac ‘n’ Cheese
I love mushrooms (which drives my boyfriend mad but who cares, more for me!) so this was a no-brainier. There’s nothing too complicated here, and it’s a great one for chucking in the oven and forgetting about for 45 minutes. It’s made with very simple, basic ingredients but feels indulgent when you tuck in, with gooey, creamy cheese and heaps of pasta. If you’re being health conscious, it’s easy to switch things up – wholewheat pasta, milk alternative, low fat cheese, etc. I took Jack’s recommendation of adding garlic and it was totally, utterly delicious. Plus, it fed me for one dinner and two lunches, so it’s definitely cost-effective. Recipe here.
Chickpea and Peach Curry
This is an AMAZING find for anyone with a sweet tooth! Some people hate sweet ‘n’ savoury combos (Hawaiian pizza is the height of food controversy, right up there with how to pronounce ‘scone’ and whether chips deserve curry sauce or gravy), but I’m quite partial it myself. This curry is so simple, most ingredients are straight out of a tin with minimal effort required. The whole thing is basically comprised of fruit and vegetables, and it doesn’t need to be spicy at all so makes a great curry for the kids. This one will definitely be making a more regular appearance in my house! Recipe here.
Pork and Prune Burgers
Confession time: I didn’t follow the recipe exactly here. I don’t like prunes, but I swapped them out for chopped apricots instead and it was all good, still super tasty. Again, these were incredibly easy to make – mix together, smush into burgers and cook. Bosh! Done! They’re a seriously scrumptious healthier choice, you don’t miss the beef whatsoever. These burgers are both genuinely affordable and thoroughly enjoyable. We honestly scoffed them down, they barely touched the sides! Recipe here.
* None of the people featured in this little series are affiliated with #ThisGirlEats whatsoever and were not involved in the ‘Dinner With…’ blog posts. It’s just a bit of fun and a chance to try some new recipes!