Jamie Oliver has a new series on Channel4 in the UK (which we can watch here in Switzerland on cable and satellite) called Jamie’s Ministry Of Food . The premise of the show is as follows:
The activism aspects aside, the base concept of teaching people who don’t know how to cook a basic set of reliable recipes is not a bad one I think. The recipes available on the Ministry of Food site  are okay overall I think, but are not exactly what I’d choose. It is very Brit-centric, not surprisingly, but also includes some jarring choices like chicken breast panfried with Parmesan cheese and expensive proscuitto  (Parma ham). On the TV show itself the accompaniment was asparagus, a very seasonal and rather pricey vegetable. It looks delicious, and pretty easy - but economical? I’m not sure. (Chicken breast is quite expensive around here too, though I’m not sure if that’s the case in the UK too.)
While I do like to ‘cook fancy’ quite often, I have a core set of recipes that I fall back on for everyday, no-think, inexpensive dinners. Most of them aren’t written down anywhere - they are just in my head - and most of them aren’t that Japanese, though some are.
I’ll be writing about them in an upcoming post, but in the meantime I’d like to ask you: What are your go-to everyday, preferably inexpensive, dishes? Are there a couple that you fall back on time and time again?