‘Tidy Friday’ Pan Fry

It’s a big struggle as a student finding original, quick and tasty meals to keep you satisfied, but on a student budget. Finding a local market containing butchers, fishmongers, and numerous fruit and vegetable stalls felt like the greatest achievement of my university career. You may have to hunt around to find one but it’s worth the effort for the money you’ll save. There’s no denying that getting a punnet of strawberries, a bag of grapes, a bunch of bananas, 5 pink lady apples, a pomegranate, a bag of kale, and a broccoli for £5 is something to celebrate.

Sourcing good quality products for cheap prices from markets provides much more opportunity for creativity when making meals. Tidy Friday pan fry has become my new go to meal. It is a combination of potatoes, sausages, garlic, and any and all of the greenery you can think of – kale, broccoli, and peas are my usual choice.

Not only is this dish full of flavour but it’s full of Vitamin C, protein and iron. It’s a very versatile dish and can be adapted considering the seasonal veg available and personal preference. Nigel Slater is to thank for the name of the recipe – the idea is you can use up everything that’s left in your fridge at the end of the week, another great tip for students.

 The Recipe – Serves 2


 1 tbsp olive oil
4 sausages
1 onion
1 clove of garlic, crushed
4 small potatoes
A handful of kale
6 florets of broccoli
50g peas


 – Cook the sausages in the oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees until golden.

– When the sausages are ready, heat the oil in a pan.

– Peel and chop the onion into slices.

– Wash the potatoes, and then cut into chunks.

– Cut the sausages into chunks and add to the pan along with the onion, potato and crushed clove of garlic.

– Bring a pan of water to the boil and add the vegetables.

– Once cooked, drain and add to the pan.

– Stir altogether and serve.



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