05 October 09


One £10 Chicken Three Meals – Part Three

Chicken Noodle Soup

There is something rather magical about chicken noodle soup, a feeling that’s it’s all going to be just fine. Did your mum give you chicken noodle soup when you were ill? Both our parents did and when I cooked this broth we had a lengthy  discussion reminiscing about what we had when we were children. I like these chats as they bring back happy memories from the past, not that being ill was anything to be happy about.

This recipe is my last and final dish using my 2kg £10 free range chicken. It has been a great journey and I enjoyed it so much that I think I shall set myself more tasks like this one for the future.

The outcome was as follows: With one 2kg £10 chicken I made three recipes serving 8 plates of food and each portion of chicken cost £1.25, now


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03 October 09


One £10 Chicken,Three Meals – Part Two

Chicken and Mushroom Ballotine with Pan Roasted Figs and Crushed Cobnuts

It’s day two of my posh chicken challenge which was to cook three meals for two adults with one £10 chicken. This should make 6 plates of very tasty food = 3 meals.

Well Mr.P  dropped the bombshell when he casually strolled in and told me that the neighbours were coming for dinner. As you can imagine I had a near panic attack , so I was giving him the low down on my thoughts whilst opening the fridge to rummage for inspiration.

…and  there they were the two rather fat chicken legs from the whole posh chicken and the butternut squash trimmings from the delicious anna. With two hours to go before the neighbours arrived I put the wheels in motion as these chicken legs would make a perfect starter for my unexpected dinner party.

The plan was


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03 October 09


One £10 Chicken, Three Meals – Part One

Sunday Roast with Butternut Squash Anna

Doing the weekly shop has become significantly more expensive and  sometimes  I almost feel forced to purchase meat that has been reared against my principles and beliefs. Take chicken for example you can easily purchase chicken products that have been produced in the Far East without knowing  its origins. However, it should be in the small print on the label, but who has the time to read the labels especially if there is a time constraint, such as car parking. Enough ranting from me now and lets get on with some serious chicken things.

Today I challenged myself to purchase one whole £10 free range UK chicken weighing about 2kg and to make as many dishes as I could for the two of us.

I know it’s going to be easy  as I do this for a living, however the challenge would be on


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30 September 09


Fig and Pine Nut Tart

I feel incredibly privileged to live in Britain, especially close to London as we are the “food  capital” of the world, well that’s my opinion. You can buy nearly anything all year round if you put a bit of effort in to find what your looking for. Sometimes you do not even need to go very far as a large amount of our food is imported from around the globe and sold in the supermarkets. I have been harping on all summer about growing your own fruit and vegetables, making use of the hedgerows and buying local British produce. Today I’m about to stun you! I suppose that I’m in for a lot of criticism with this recipe but it’s so good that I’m willing to take the risk.

Turkish figs are in season right now and they are superb. When I buy figs I will only choose the Turkish


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