Making Things Go Further

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Duration: 30 minutes

Nigel Slater raids his cupboards, fridge and vegetable patch to create a week's worth of delicious meals. In this edition, he demonstrates how to make our ingredients go just that little bit further.

Whether it's adding grated beetroot to make a tasty meatball supper feed the masses, or putting the spotlight on a small garden harvest to make a sensuous pudding, Nigel's clever tricks and inspired ideas show that you can often make bountiful feasts with apparently few ingredients.

Continuing on his travels to meet fellow gardeners, Nigel visits Kent, where with Mary Anne and daughter Evie, he rustles up some quick allotment fritters with their veg from their plot.

The series is part of the 'Dig In' campaign.

  • Dig In

    Dig In

    Tips on growing and harvesting vegetables plus how to cook your own grub with the help of recipes from Nigel Slater.

    Dig In: grow it, cook it, eat it
  • The crew's favourite recipes

    See below which of Nigel's recipes the crew made for themselves and enjoyed.

  • Cheryl, Design Assistant

    Cheryl, Design Assistant

    The hand made pesto with watercress is so simple, yummy and dead easy to add to other ingredients.

    I made the lamb and bulgar wheat patties and added grated halloumi which was delicious too.

    My favourite has to be the 'twice-as-nice chicken'. I'd never thought of using dill with chicken, also chucked in raisins instead of the sultanas, which worked just as brilliantly!

    Get the recipe: Hand-made pesto with watercress
  • Reuben, Editor

    Reuben, Editor

    I made the beetroot fritters that Nigel did on one of his allotment visits, but instead of beetroot, used carrot instead.

    I discovered that if you split the egg yolks and whites, and whip the whites it makes the batter really light and fluffy!

    Get the recipe: Lamb, beetroot and bulgur wheat patties
  • BBC Food blog

    BBC Food blog

    Jennifer Fazey, the Producer of Nigel Slater's Simple Suppers, contemplates Nigel's ways of making food go further.

    Read Jennifer Fazey's post on the BBC Food blog


Nigel Slater
Series Producer
Simon Knight
Executive Producer
Pete Lawrence


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