I waited a long time for Jack Monroe’s new recipe book to arrive. Well over a year! By the time Cooking on a Bootstrap hit my doormat, I had pretty much given up on the hope of ever seeing it. It came a few months ago and to be honest, after a quick flick through, the recipes didn’t inspire me and I haven’t tried any. This week I am going to give it a chance and do a Cooking on a Bootstrap meal plan!
Looking for inspiration
I’m not sure why I haven’t greeted this new book with as much enthusiasm as I did Jack’s first one, A Girl Called Jack. This is still one of a handful of cookbooks that are my go-to sources of inspiration. It isn’t that she became vegan during the writing of the book and so there are very few meat recipes. I have become vegetarian since I signed up on Kickstarter to help fund it. Partly it is just circumstance. In a bid to sort my IBS I no longer eat mushrooms and eat just a few types of pulse in small quantities. Both are staples in Jack’s recipes, as they are for any frugal cook.
Nevertheless none of the above is Jack’s fault so I figure I should at least make an effort to try some of the recipes. Not all of the below are from Jack, so I have asterisked those that are.
My Cooking on a Bootstrap meal plan
Self-love stew. This is a mix of root veg, chick peas and white fish. Sounds interesting! *
A roast. Probably chicken, with nut cutlets for me.
Parsnip mac and cheese. This is pretty much what it says on the tin. I am not sure about parsnips combined with pasta, but will give it a try.*
Sausages with sweet potato mash and peas.
Spaghetti alla puttanesca. Basically spaghetti with a tinned sardine tomato sauce. I make this type of dish quite often.*
Smoked mackerel kedgeree. I have made a similar rice, egg and fish dish in the past with kippers. *
End of the week, so it needs to be easy. Probably left over kedgeree if there is any or an omelette with salad.
So that’s this week’s meal plan. What are you cooking?
Cooking on a Bootstrap is published on 23rd August and is available for pre-order on Amazon now.
This week I am linking up with Katy Kicker and the Organised Life Project. If you want more ideas on meal planning and saving money, take a look at their blogs. For more of my frugal recipe ideas, see here.
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