Economy Gastronomy

7:30pm Saturday, January 21 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Top chefs Allegra McEvedy and Paul Merrett have devised Economy Gastronomy, a system that will show you how to slash your food bills and eat better than you’ve ever done before. Their Economy Gastronomy system will show every household how to save time and money and still create amazing, flavour-packed food on a budget. In this episode we meet Douglas and Jonathan. They have a baby daughter, Ellen, aged 3. With their conflicting schedules, it’s a struggle to cook food that all three of them want to eat at the same time. Ellen should have graduated to proper food by now but chicken dippers and frozen peas are still the order of the day. They are also overspending and a tad resistant to the notion that leftovers can be delicious.

7:30pm Saturday, January 14 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Top chefs Allegra McEvedy and Paul Merrett have devised Economy Gastronomy, a system that will show you how to slash your food bills and eat better than you’ve ever done before. Their Economy Gastronomy system will show every household how to save time and money and still create amazing, flavour-packed food on a budget. In this episode we meet Jenni, who believes that only the finest and most expensive ingredients should go into her meals. She spends a fortune on luxuries like smoked salmon and crab meat. She will only use the most expensive cuts from the dearest butchers and can shop up to four times a day in different places for the ‘right’ ingredients. Can the chefs win her over with their tailor-made recipes, a one-stop shop and a waste not want not approach? How will Jenni and son Jourdan enjoy dishes like Slow-Roasted Shoulder of Lamb, Spicy Quesadillas, Seared Squid with Chorizo and an Allegra dessert special – Sad Fruit Made Happy?

7:30pm Saturday, January 7 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Top chefs Allegra McEvedy and Paul Merrett have devised Economy Gastronomy, a system that will show you how to slash your food bills and eat better than you’ve ever done before. Their Economy Gastronomy system will show every household how to save time and money and still create amazing, flavour-packed food on a budget. In this episode, five of the country’s brightest scientists and future engineers turn out to be shambolic shoppers and cooks. Spending $250 a week between them, Cambridge students Jonny, Didi, Adam, Duncan and Charlie are slaves to their nearest convenience store, living on tinned, microwaveable and packet food. They only shop when they’re hungry and never cook and eat together. These boys are about to go into the world with not the foggiest idea how to shop or cook a simple, healthy and economic meal. Can Paul and Allegra save them?

7:30pm Saturday, December 17 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Top chefs Allegra McEvedy and Paul Merrett have devised Economy Gastronomy, a system that will show you how to slash your food bills and eat better than you’ve ever done before. Tonight the focus is on James and Claire Caddy and their five children. Their weekly food bill is a whopping �410 a week. Their eldest daughter is a pescatarian and their shopping is so chaotic it’s not unusual to find six jars of the same mustard in the fridge all open at the same time. The busiest kitchen gadget is the waste disposal unit because they throw so much food away. They hardly ever eat together as a family because life with five kids running in and out of the house 24/7 is so frantic. Food-lovers everywhere will love tonight’s recipes such as Warm Poached Salmon with Never Fail Hollandaise, Chicken Escalope with Rocket, Sage and Lemon, Creamy Garlic Rabbit Casserole and perennial favourite – Treacle Tart.

7:30pm Saturday, December 10 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Top chefs Allegra McEvedy and Paul Merrett have devised Economy Gastronomy, a system that will show you how to slash your food bills and eat better than you’ve ever done before. In this episode the focus is on Simon and Isobel Colton, hard-working parents with three kids 10, 8 and 7. Simon’s business is feeling the pinch an d he’s not only had to make 17 people redundant, he’s selling the car and the family are downsizing – that’s if they can sell the house. They’re spending hundreds of pounds a week on food and need to economise. Also, Isobel has fallen out of love with her kitchen and is cooking the same meal several times a week. Will the family ever get something different from grilled chicken with boiled rice? With recipes for daube of beef with colcannon and chicken biryani as well as dishes like spicy Thai mussels and choccy brownie biscuits, there’s something for everyone who loves their food.

7:30pm Saturday, December 3 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Top chefs Allegra McEvedy and Paul Merrett have devised Economy Gastronomy, a system that will show you how to slash your food bills and eat better than you’ve ever done before. Their Economy Gastronomy system will show how to save time and money and still create amazing, flavour-packed meals on a budget. In this episode, we meet Chris and Julia England who have nine-year-old Billy and twins coming up to the terrible twos. Julia is a classroom assistant who’s just learned that her contract will not be renewed. Chris is a lorry driver who works shifts.

Julia and Chris are spending fortunes at their local takeaways which they have on speed dial and they’ve never been into a butcher or fishmonger for fresh produce. They really want to eat better for less – as a family – but don’t know how to. Will the family stick to the Economy Gastronomy plan, reduce their food bills and successfully cook every meal for a week from scratch? With recipes ranging from Chilli con Carne to Navarin of Lamb, from Hotdog Hotpot to home-made muffins, there are recipes for food enthusiasts of every kind.

FOOD TELEVISION – Saturdays from 1 January, 8.30pm

Chefs Allegra McEvedy and Paul Merrett set out to prove that an economic downturn shouldn’t lead to gastronomic sacrifice as they show six households how to create delicious meals on a budget. In each episode of this hit series, Allegra and Paul spend time with a family, determined to help them eat better for less. Their mission is to totally change the way people approach food – how they shop for it, how they cook it, how they store it, how much of it they waste and as a result, show them how they can slash their food bills, while eating mouth-watering meals every day.