Brocolli & Anchovy Pasta – Blogger Cook Off Challenge

A couple of months ago, ok so it was more like three months ago (bad blogger alert) I was invited by Leeds Building Society to take part in a Blogger Cook Off Challenge. . .

The Kick My Habits research had found that, on average, us Brits spend £17.34 per a week on evenings out.  Now I have to say that if that’s the case Dave and I are anything but “average” – of course this is mostly due to the fact we have a very young family so money is tight and we’re not exactly able to pop out on a whim (those where the days).

We were sent £10 and challenged to create a fun meal in.  This would, in theory, give a £7.34 saving per week which would build up to savings of £382 over the course of a year.

As you all know Dave does all the cooking in our house and is a big fan of Jamie Oliver so most of our best loved meals come from one Jamie book or another.

A firm favourite is Broccoli & Anchovy Orechiette from the “Happy Days with the Naked Chef” book:

The main ingredients for the dish

Although it’s not an expensive dish when you work it out per portion, it’s quite expensive if you need to buy all the ingredients (as opposed to already having a chunk of Parmesan in the fridge) so it cost us around £8 to buy everything we needed to make the meal.

Tell me you don’t want to try that! My husband is ace!

With the couple of quid we had left over we treated ourselves to some fresh strawberries – we’re rock and roll in this house!

What would you have done with the £10?

*Disclaimer – We were sent £10 to buy the ingredients for our meal*


  1. emma lander
    May 22, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    Mmmmm that looks gorgeous. Love the photo too. I always find it hard getting the broccoli to still look so green (is that weird to be thinking that??!!) hehe, I will definitely look this recipe up 🙂

    • May 22, 2014 / 7:01 pm

      I don't think it's cooked for very long – though you'd have to ask Dave 😉
      It's a lovely meal though – definitely hunt it out x

  2. May 22, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    Looks yummy! I would have probably used the £10 to do a nice salad with avacodo and chrizo… I'm on a bit of a health kick! X

  3. May 24, 2014 / 8:49 am

    Oh wow, that looks lovely – fresh strawberries are always a lovely treat too. I'm about as rock & roll as you !! 😉

  4. Kris
    May 24, 2014 / 10:22 am

    Looks yummy!

  5. May 26, 2014 / 8:03 pm

    That isn't a bad spend for a family meal to cook from scratch! I think i would probably go for a pasta based dish too and me and my four children love pasta – maybe a tomato based sauce with either chicken or mince to make meat balls!

  6. May 26, 2014 / 8:11 pm

    That looks so tasty!


  7. May 27, 2014 / 10:42 am

    I would never have thought of that combination. Must give it a try. Thanks!

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