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Store Cupboard Staples

TV chef James Martin shares recipes made with the help of store cupboard staples, including a cheat's tomato soup with basil made from tinned tomatoes.

James shares his easy but delicious home-cooked recipes made with the help of some store cupboard staples. These include the world's best macaroni cheese made from dried pasta, a cheat's tomato soup with basil made from tinned tomatoes, and a white chocolate and whiskey croissant pudding. Historian Gerard Baker delves into the history behind our store cupboard spices, using them to create a medieval 'farced partridge,' and artisan food producer Nick Greef explains how he has turned his South African grandfather's recipe for the perfect biltong into an award-winning business.

44 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • The Rumble Strips

    "Boys and Girls" (Girls & Boys in Love)

  • Noah and the Whale

    2 Atoms in a Molecule

  • Olly Murs

    Anywhere Else

  • Florence + the Machine

    Between Two Lungs

  • The City Waites

    Bobbing Jo

  • Robbie Williams


  • Mark Owen


  • Adele

    Cold Shoulder

  • Spiller

    Cry Baby (Royksopps remix)

  • Maroon 5


  • I Am Kloot


  • San Cisco

    Fred Astaire

  • Josh Osho


  • Laura Marling


  • Snow Patrol

    Give Me Strength

  • Laura Mvula

    Green Garden

  • Little Boots

    Hearts Collide


    House of Gold

  • Michael Bublé

    Its a Beautiful Day

  • Joe Loss & His Orchestra

    I've Got My Eyes

  • Little Boots

    New In Town

  • Olly Murs

    On My Cloud

  • Bastille


  • Vance Joy


  • Katy Perry

    Teenage Dreams

  • Dusty Springfield

    The Look of Love

  • Bastille

    These Streets

  • Johnny Flynn

    Tickle Me Pink

  • The xx


  • Kodaline

    Way Back When

  • Mumford & Sons

    Winter Winds

Food producers

The food producers featured in this episode are:
  • Mike and Judy Smales from Lyburn Farm, Salisbury
  • Nick and Sarah Greeff from Newnham Farm, Isle of White


Role Contributor
Presenter James Martin
Executive Producer Karen Plumb
Series Producer Rosemary Edwards
Director David Robertson
Participant Gerard Baker
Participant Nick Greef


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