£10 recipes from London’s high cooks


At a time when the whole lot is getting costlier, together with meals, is it potential to drag collectively an fascinating dinner-party predominant for £10? We challenged 4 cooks behind 4 of essentially the most talked-about eating places to open in London previously 12 months to attempt. The foundations: the recipe should feed 4 folks; the elements can’t price greater than £10 in whole (excluding wine)*; and, the ultimate outcome needs to be a dish you’d be pleased to serve at a cocktail party, not only a informal midweek supper. Right here’s what they got here up with.

* Elements are priced as a proportion of whole ingredient price and sourced from a significant grocery store

© Aaron Tilley

© Aaron Tilley

Spinach and ricotta gnudi with sage butter: £6.63

by Yohei Furuhashi of Toklas

Some folks say gnudi are the Italian reply to dumplings, but I feel this does them a disservice. They’re mild and stylish, straightforward to make, extremely versatile and may do wonders with a small amount of robust flavours corresponding to sage. For me that is the epitome of Italian cooking. One thing actually stunning, normal virtually from nothing.

Serves 4

  1. Blanch the spinach in boiling salted water, drain, cool and gently however firmly squeeze out as a lot water as you may. There will probably be a shocking quantity. Chop finely.

  2. Mix the spinach, ricotta, egg yolks, grated parmesan, plain flour and nutmeg to style. Season with sea salt and style. Take a teaspoonful of the combination and, utilizing moist palms, kind into golf balls and dip within the semolina. Repeat for the remainder of the combo. Area them out on a tray. Relaxation within the fridge for no less than an hour, ideally a couple of hours.

  3. Convey a pan of salted water to the boil, slip within the gnudi and wait till they arrive to the floor. Soften the butter with sage leaves in a separate pan and, because the gnudi rise to the floor, take away a tablespoon or two of the water and emulsify with the butter.

  4. Take away the gnudi with a slotted spoon, coat within the melted butter. Serve with grated parmesan.

Aaron Tilley

Aaron Tilley

Thai omelette: £7.25

by Luke Farrell of Speedboat Bar

There’s a cheery woman on the finish of my road in Bangkok who makes omelettes. They’re achieved in seconds however come out wanting like stylish centrepiece soufflés. Road-food cooks are all the time making an attempt to pinch a margin, and having the center to belief in your approach makes all of the distinction right here. Don’t concern the raging sizzling oil required for this recipe — you’ll be amazed on the outcomes. You’ll even have leftover selfmade Sriracha sauce to fireplace up different meals.

Serves 4

Sriracha chilli sauce


For the Sriracha

  1. Take away the stems from the jalapeños and blitz with the garlic, sugar and salt to a superb paste. Go away in a sterilised jar for 3 days to ferment.

  2. In a pan, add the fermented chilli paste to the vinegar and fish sauce. Simmer for a couple of minutes. It ought to be sizzling and rounded out with the sugar and vinegar. Chillies differ, so season with sugar and vinegar till you’re pleased. Cool and pour right into a bottle. Refrigerated, it can hold for 2 months.

For the omelette

  1. Prepare dinner the rice, then cowl and depart to at least one facet. Don’t open the lid for 25 minutes or till you’re able to serve the omelette.

  2. To make the omelette, get a small saucepan with excessive sides, a superb mesh sieve and a metallic spatula or slotted spoon. Wire mesh over a tray will assist you to to empty the omelette.

  3. Crack the eggs right into a bowl, add the fish sauce, salt and a squeeze of lime and blend till mixed with a fork. Add the prawns.

  4. Pour cooking oil into your saucepan till it reaches midway. Warmth till it begins to smoke, at round 220C.

  5. Pour the egg combination from a peak by a sieve into the oil in a round movement. The prawns will stay within the sieve. The egg will bubble furiously. After two minutes, or as soon as it’s getting crispy, pour within the prawns (the image reveals some on the floor however I’d use them all within the omelette). They’ll flip pink instantly. Working shortly, flip one facet of the omelette over together with your spatula. Take away gently and put right into a colander.

  6. Place in the midst of the desk and lay a couple of coriander sprigs over it. Your visitors can assist themselves to rice and spoon by the crunchy prawn omelette with as a lot Sriracha sauce as they like.

Aaron Tilley

Aaron Tilley

Selfmade pasta with tomato sauce: £3.27

by Ed McIlroy of The Plimsoll

Within the phrases of a French customer to 18th-century Naples, “When a lazzarone has earned 4 or 5 cash to have some macaroni for the day, he now not worries about tomorrow.” This recipe is for a easy however scrumptious pasta sauce. Making your personal pasta to accompany the sauce transforms it right into a dish that might be served in the event you’re entertaining.

Serves 4

For the dough

  1. Mix the flour, eggs, some olive oil and salt, and knead this inflexible combination till your forearms are sore. You probably have a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment for about 10 minutes. Minuscule quantities of water ought to be added step by step to assist convey the dough collectively. Knead additional, folding the dough into itself. Don’t over-wet. The tip outcome ought to be agency, not sticky, and bouncy sufficient to return again when calmly pressed.

  2. Wrap the dough in a tea towel or cling movie and depart to relaxation for an hour.

For the sauce

  1. Warmth some oil in a deepish pan, add the onion and stir to distribute evenly. Go away the onions till virtually caramelising, then add the garlic and prepare dinner till its scent begins to fill the room.

  2. Add the tomato paste. Season.

  3. Pour within the tin of tomatoes, add half a litre of water and produce the lot to the boil. Cut back the warmth, season once more and add some chilli flakes. Add water when wanted to forestall it from catching and prepare dinner for so long as potential, no less than 45 minutes. All of the water ought to be diminished earlier than serving so that you’ve a thick tomato sauce.

To make the pasta

  1. Use a rolling pin or another heavy cylinder. Cut up the dough into three items and roll.

  2. When first flattened, fold the pasta in half each methods and begin once more to assist the elasticity and texture.

  3. Roll flat, a bit thinner than a pound coin. If you find yourself with pretty uniform sheets of pasta, minimize it into strips for tagliatelle. If not, minimize no matter shapes you need and name it maltagliati.

  4. Convey a pot of salted water to the boil and add the pasta. Cooking time depends upon your pasta’s thickness, however begin checking quickly after it rises to the highest of the water.

  5. Mix, serve, season if wanted, pour on some olive oil in the event you’d like and grate some cheese.

Aaron Tilley

Aaron Tilley

Kofte piyaz: £9.41

by Esra Muslu of Zahter

Kofte is basic consolation meals in Turkish tradition and, in keeping with all children, their mom’s recipe is the most effective. To convey down the fee, cooks generally add breadcrumbs (the doughy inside a part of stale bread that’s been soaked, not the crust) and boiled rice to make the meal go additional with much less meat. Piyaz (a Turkish white-bean salad) is the right accompaniment: crunchy, candy and contemporary.

Serves 4



Piyaz dressing


  1. For the piyaz, boil the beans till delicate or soak them in water in a single day if dried to hurry up the method.

  2. As soon as cooled, combine with the diced tomato, purple onion, spring onion and roughly chopped parsley. The chilli ought to be sliced thinly at an angle (too thick and also you’ll get an excessive amount of warmth). Combine the dressing elements and pour them over the salad. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil.

  3. For the kofte, grate the onion and garlic, finely chop the parsley and blend along with the minced meat. You’ll be able to relaxation it in a single day to let all of the flavours mix, however it’s not a should. Make 12 patties of equal measurement.

  4. You’ll be able to grill, bake or pan-fry your kofte. I desire them grilled for round six minutes or till cooked by — you don’t need to see any pink.

  5. Combine all of the elements for the garnish and serve on high of the kofte.

Meals styling by Seiko Hatfield. Set design and prop styling by Sandy Suffield

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