Best kedgeree ever

I never thought of kedgeree as a budget supper dish before, but the astonishing cheapness of smoked hoki the other day persuaded me otherwise.

  • Cooked white rice
  • Smoked fish (boneless skinless smoked hoki fillet)
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Leftover peas from a roast dinner
  • Leftover kashmiri veggie curry (sweet and creamy with bananas – about half a takeaway portion)

I used a wok. Cut the fish into bite size pieces, and stir fried. Add the rice and peas, stir fry again until hot through. Add curry (or mild curry paste and sour cream if no spare leftover curry), some pepper, no salt as the fish and curry are salty enough. Stir in chopped hard boiled eggs. I would have put in a load of fresh chopped parsley, but John doesn't like it.

It was gorgeous. One fillet and three eggs made about four servings, and it was creamy, rich and very moreish. Didn't need any side dishes or extras, and you could stretch it easily with more rice and green veg.

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Chilled Summer Soup

It says summer, but this might make a good lunch for a stuffy overheated office in winter. Another Waitrose card, serves 6, 224 cals per.

  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 250 gms courgettes, sliced
  • 250 gms peas
  • 750 mls hot stock, chicken or veggie
  • 20 gm pack fresh mint
  • 500g tub greek yoghourt

Melt the butter and add garlic, onion and rosemary. Cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes, stir in courgettes. Cook for 5 more minutes, until courgette is starting to soften but not colour.

Add peas, and stock. Boil and simmer for 10 minutes until courgette is tender. Cool, and discard rosemary.

Blend soup with mint and yoghourt. Season to taste and chill.

(They suggest Fudges Mature Cheddar and Black Pepper flatbreads to serve, but if you needed something else almost any crispbread or toasted pitta bread would be fine. You could cut the calories with a low-fat yoghourt, but I suspect the richness of the yoghourt is crucial to the taste and texture of the soup.)

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Crispy Pea and Parsley Gyozo with Stem Ginger and Lemongrass Dip

This looks good. I like parsley, but John doesn't, so a whole article on great recipes featuring parsley in fresh magazine June 2005 was a natural bit of food porn for me. You could use coriander, I suppose. No nutritional info given, but fried, so probably Not Good. Makes 12 gyozo.



  • 300 gms greek yoghourt
  • 1 tsp finely chopped lemongrass
  • 2 knobs stem ginger in syrup, finely chopped
  • 1 crushed clove garlic

Mix all together and put in a pretty bowl.


  • 300 gms peas, lightly cooked
  • small bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • salt and black pepper
  • 12 gyozo wrappers
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • oil for frying
  • Maldon salt and chilli flakes to garnish

Lightly mash the peas or pulse in the processor, to a slightly coarse paste. Add the parsley and season. Put a teaspoon of filling in a wrapper, and brush the border with egg yolk. Fold to make a semicircular pasty and pinch edges to seal. Crimp the edges with a fork to make pretty and provide extra seal. Fry in hot oil, a few at a time, until golden. Drain on kitchen paper, sprinkle with salt and chilli flakes to serve.

If you can get Japanese mayo, that could probably sub for the yoghourt – although it's also quite sweet so maybe you could reduce the stem ginger, or you could use sushi ginger instead. Fat-free yoghourt and fresh ginger would take the calorie count way down.

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