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Cheap delicious dinner for one

All alone? Saturday evening? Nowhere to go? No mates? No money?

Join the club.

The cheapest meat you can buy that doesn’t contain added horse is probably chicken livers, about 50p for a frozen tub containing two servings as below (although fresh is better). They’re delicious! Thaw a tub well in advance, then:

Heat a dessert spoonful of good olive oil in a skillet and add:

1/2 a medium onion, cut in pieces

A handful of sweet red pointy pepper, cut in pieces

A medium mushroom, cut in pieces

A good fat clove of rose garlic, chopped

and sauté gently, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.


Three or four chicken livers, chopped in pieces

1/2 a tin of chopped tomatoes

1/2 a glass of Merlot

Salt to taste

Drink the other half, put a lid on the pan and continue cooking on a low-medium heat for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Finally stir-in a dessert spoonful of cream (if affordable) and liberally add crushed or coarse-ground black pepper and serve on a bed of rice. MEANWHILE…


Heat a dessert spoon of good olive oil in a small saucepan until very hot

Add a small cup of long-grain rice (I like the ‘aged’ rice for flavour)

Stir until the oil is absorbed. The rice should be crisp but not browned

Very carefully add boiling water until the rice is covered by about 1cm

Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Boil 4 minutes then turn down heat, put on lid and simmer 4 minutes

Test rice for tenderness and leave with heat off a further 4 minutes or until ready.

Strain and serve, holding an intelligent conversation with yourself (or eat in front of grim episode of Wallander). This simple but low-cost recipe with double the ingredients can also be used to impress a date with your sophistication and savoir faire, if you can manage to find one.


If he or she doesn’t show up, take the leftovers and pulverise them in a blender. scrape into a raised dish, pour a tablespoon of melted butter over and pop in the fridge. Hey presto, Paté!

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