We are lucky enough to live on the coast which means we have access to some amazing fishmongers with the most incredible fresh stock. We visit as much as we can and pick up whatever takes our fancy but one thing I always have in the freezer is a giant bag of king prawns. For around £12 you get enough prawns for at least 4 meals (so 8 portions) which is great value for money. The prawns are always huge, fresh and juicy too. If you don’t live near a fishmonger, supermarkets also sell a great range of fresh and frozen prawns, either will do. Just make sure if you use frozen, the prawns are thoroughly defrosted before cooking. I defrost mine by popping into a covered bowl in the fridge the night before.
I’ve been watching Jamie Oliver’s new Money Saving Meals series with interest as the last series didn’t really inspire me. This series on the other hand has left my mouth watering with every recipe so when I saw him do a version of one of my all time favourite meals, chilli, last week, I knew I had to give it a go. It may look a bit daunting as it takes quite a long time to cook however its actually very easy to prepare and once in the oven, can basically be left to cook until its perfect. The smells coming out of the kitchen while it was in the oven were incredible too. This would be a great meal for a dinner party as everything can just be whacked in the middle of the table and everything can be prepared in advance. I whipped up a 0sp salsa and a fresh guacamole to go with it and I have to say, it was one of the nicest things I’ve tasted in ages. The chilli itself is only 8sp per person so you can treat yourself with a mixture of the accompaniments. Jamie uses a beef shin here but I found beef brisket on offer in good ole Morrison’s for £4! I just cooked it for four and a half hours rather than five and a half.