Whether you are planning meals for a family, or cooking for yourself, there are bedrock recipes that quite simply, make your life easier. We’ve siphoned through our collection to find the ten recipes everyone should know. With these recipes in your arsenal, it’s entirely possible to cook healthy, interesting meals that won’t break the bank.
The Roast Chicken
Once you’ve mastered roasting a chicken, you can add whatever flavours you like to switch it up. A roast bird is a cost effective way to feed a family over two, and sometimes three days. Use leftovers in stir fries or risottos, or to make up a batch of Coronation chicken. The world is your oyster (thigh)!
Traditional Soda Bread
Stirred together in minutes, soda bread can form the basis of scones, rolls and even pizza. It’s a brilliant introduction to breadmaking, and once you feel confident with it you can flavour it with spring onions, or sundried tomatoes – not to mention adding in your favourite nuts and seeds for extra protein.
Italian Tomato Sauce
You will never use a jar again once you make your own tomato sauce. It forms the basis of pasta dishes, pizzas, toppings for bruscettas – even mixed with rice will work.
A traditional ragu recipe will form the basis of so many meals. Use for lasagnes, mix with gnocchi and top with mozzarella – add some beef stock and thyme and simmer for a further twenty minutes and you’ve got a decent basis for cottage pie. This is simple, delicious cooking.
With pancakes on the menu, brunch is never far away. Did you know that pancakes taste amazing layered with pesto and mozzarella and baked for twenty minutes? Cheap, filling food – done.
Nutritious, delicious and never going out of style, perfect poached eggs are the star of a plate layered with avocado and ham. Try baking proscuitto for an extra crispy topping and pairing with lightly roasted tomatoes. Dinner? Breakfast? We don’t care – we love them.
It takes twenty minutes of stirring, and suddenly risotto becomes a super luxurious main course. Cheap, delicious, and workable with pretty much any scraps from the fridge – this is one of our desert island dishes.
Perfect Mashed Potato
Because what is life without mashed spuds?
If you can make a Victoria Sponge, you can make any sponge-based cake. Chocolate, lemon – chocolate orange! It’s up to you.
A Decent Burger
Find your burger, hone your burger and get your toppings right. Well seasoned is key – you will never buy a ready-made patty again.