Delicious home-cooking for busy families


Here’s a list of items that you will find in my fridge and freezer every week without fail.  You may be surprised at some of the ‘pre-prepared’ items I have in my freezer; but when life is busy they are great timesavers and shouldn’t be dismissed.  A couple of handfuls of frozen onions to start off a risotto on a busy weeknight is not only super-fast, but there’s less mess too. With the rise of convenience stores over the last 10 years I tend not to keep as much meat or fish in my freezer like I used to.  I buy what I need for the week ahead or I just pick it up on my way home.


  • Butter
  • Cremé fraiche
  • Natural Greek yoghurt
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Feta (great as it lasts ages)
  • Eggs
  • Lemons (Tip – Lemons last a good couple of weeks in the fridge – just warm for 20 seconds in a moderate microwave if you’re going to juice them for lots more juice!)


  • Frozen Garlic, Ginger & Chilli
  • Chopped Soft Herbs – Parsley, Basil and coriander
  • Chopped onions – A perfect base for risottos, soups and casseroles
  • Bolognaise/base mix – this is a mixture of finely chopped onion, celery & carrot available in most larger supermarkets
  • Peas – who doesn’t have frozen peas?
  • Mashed potato – Fantastic for mash in a hurry, or topping fish or shepherd’s pies
  • Grated cheddar cheese – Quick for adding to sauces, mash and topping pasta bakes
  • Frozen king prawns, raw or cooked is fine
  • Rolled puff pastry – Creates an impressive savoury or sweet tart
  • Ciabatta – Delicious pizza slices or the yummiest croutons for soups or salads