We are just a normal(ish) family of four, me and the three kids. Number one boy is 12, number two boy is 10 and the little lady is 7. We found ourselves in an eating rut. Same boring meals week in, week out. So over a very uninspiring spag bol the challange was set. We would have at least one meal a week from a recipe that I had never cooked before. Because I am a single parent on a budget the cost of the meal was to be kept to a minimum, with the aim to keep it below £5.00 and so this is how my new obsession started folks.


  • Fresh and home cooked meal from a brand new recipe
  • Easy to cook from a normal family kitchen at  home
  • Less than £5.00 (or thereabouts) for a family of four
  • Not to interrupt the normal family after school activities (swimming, brownies, football, school play rehearsals, etc etc)

Now I should make this clear, I AM NOT A CHEF, I will say again, not a chef. I am a working single parent on a budget. We have a small family kitchen, normal pots and pans, a handful of knives. I do not have lots of big flashy chefy type equipment. So everything I planned to cook had to be made using the basic equipment we all have.

As I mentioned early, it really did become an obsession. Not only for me, the kids loved getting involved and I can tell you now that an impromptu flour fight whilst making fresh pasta was always going to end with big smiles on the faces of everyone involved.

I hope you enjoy the reciepes as much as we have and happy COOKING.

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