Wilbury Recipe Collection


If you want to cook cheap, nutritious dishes for your family which will go down with a wow, read these recipes! Try them and tell us.  Add your own.  In the future Wilbury Community wants to create a recipe book, if possible with photos, items priced and the whole recipe costed for 4 or 6 people.  So if you have any ideas please send them to wilbury.cafe@gmail.com.


Ceri's lemon courgette cake

Ingredients (Serves: 12)

200g (7 oz) grated courgette

150g (5 oz) caster sugar

1 egg

125ml (4 fl oz) vegetable oil

200g (7 oz) plain flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons lemon zest


Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr

Preheat oven to 160 C / Gas mark 3. Grease a loaf tin.

In a bowl, beat together the courgette, sugar, egg and oil. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder; stir in the cinnamon and lemon zest. Stir the flour mixture into the courgette mixture just until blended. Pour the batter into the prepared tin.

Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from heat and cool about 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Sarah's Easy Veggie Chilli
Serves: 8
·         1 tablespoon vegetable oil
·         2 big onions, chopped
·         3 cloves garlic, crushed
·         2 peppers, chopped
·         3 tins (or cartons) tomatoes, chopped
·         2 tins kidney beans
·         1 tin sweetcorn
·         Spices: some combination of chilli powder, coriander (fresh leaves if possible) and/or cumin, plus salt and pepper
·         Optional extras: mushrooms, courgettes, runner beans, carrots, celery, butternut squash, pumpkin, other kinds of canned beans...

        1 Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onions and garlic (and any other fresh vegetables) until tender.
        2 Stir in everything else and bring to the boil
        3 Reduce heat to medium. Cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Red lentil super spread or vegetarian main course

Chop I onion, 2 carrots. 2 cloves garlic fry for few mins.
Add 2 table spoons Rape oil, I table spoon grated fresh ginger, I t spn dried coriander, 1 t spoon cardamon,  1 t spoon cinnamon. 

Now add 4 decilitres of red lentils, stir thoroughly, 400 gms tomato pulp, I jug coconut milk,  add finely chopped carrots.   Chop 1 stock cube and allow to boil for 20 mins in 2 decilitres of water.  Add pepper.    Lime or lemon?
(Some people thought there was too much coconut milk.  Try with less and add to get it right for you!)

Vicar’s Ratatouille

Can be used as a main dish, side dish with pasta, rice and really goes well with baked potatoes or made into a soup. Can be used as the basis for a stew or simply great with chunks of good bread.................. told you I was lazy!!!!

I tbsp olive oil plus extra for greasing
Tin of chopped tomatoes.
2 onions, finely sliced,
2 courgettes
Medium aubergine – optional
1 or 2 whatever peppers you have around.
Salt and black pepper.
A nice amount of garlic – optional.
Mixed herbs – optional
1 tbsp of tomato puree – optional
Grated cheese for topping – optional
And if you are feeling really lucky add a glass of red wine - optional

1.       I like to cook this meal in a saucepan or preheat oven to Gas 6, 200c, fan 180c
2.       Lightly grease medium saucepan or a medium baking dish with some olive oil
3.       Chop up the onions, courgettes, aubergine, peppers and place in the saucepan or dish.
4.       Add the olive oil and stir.
5.       Add salt, black pepper and garlic, and mixed herbs and stir.
6.       Add the tinned tomatoes (plus optional wine) and stir
7.       If using a saucepan put saucepan on the gas hob for 10 minutes frequently stirring. When finished add cheese and heat and stir for 5 minutes
8.       If using oven, cover the dish with foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil, brush the top of the veg with the oil, sprinkle over the cheese
9.       Return to oven for 15 minutes

Serve and enjoy.

I can easily make this meal for under £2

Sue’s Cheap Bolognese Sauce

Pack beef mince 250 gms. £2.50
Soya mince pieces 10 gms. 20p
Tin of tomatoes 35p
Meat/veg cube, herbs, garlic 10p?
Put1 onion chopped finely into hot cooking oil.
Cook til softened.
Add beef mince and break up with spatula.
Integrate it into the onion and brown the meat.
Keep it moving.
Pour in tinned tomatoes and break them down to pulp.
Add the soya mince, herbs etc.
Keep the mixture moving to mix the ingredients.
Add chilli, chopped carrot or peppers to make
bolognese, shepherd’s pie or curry.
Total cost: £3.09
4 good portions@79p ea.6portions @63p ea.

India's chicken donut fillet burgers

Better than KFC, healthier and home made band shows kids how to make a fun and tasty meal, ideal for Saturday nights and no queueing in a fast food

Also a valid point is that you will know the source of the chicken and the eggs, the salt and sugar content is down to you, it’s home made and considerably cheaper (even after initial spices and sauces are bought).
Adapt it all to personal taste and quantity you are feeding, the nugget version is great for parties.
To buy all the spices I use, adds to the initial cost shown here, but once you have them, each spice will accommodate 4 uses based on the quantities of this recipe.

8 chicken donut fillet burgers, buying all ingredients suggested here (with cheese) is £20.04.  Each burger with bun and fillings is approximately£2.50, (when condiments & spices are bought) based on 8 burgers.

Without cheese included, but got spices, condiments and oil already, each home made chicken donut fillet burger in a bun is 97.5p based on 8 burgers.  Quantities to feed a family of 4, two burgers each. With fries and corn on the cob, one burger per person is ample, you can feed 8.  If making the nugget version, 4 chicken breasts easily feeds 6-8 children, or 4-6 adults.

Chicken breast X 4 =5.00
6 eggs = 80p
Bag plain flour =1.00
'Season all' dried spices= 1.49
'Smoked paprika' dried spices =1.99
'Steak seasoning' dried spices = 1.49
Salt and pepper to taste
'Garlic pepper' dried spices =1.99

Depending on personal choice can posh it up with focaccia bread and rocket lettuce or budget with iceberg lettuce and burger buns.

Burger buns or your choice of bread = £1.00 for 8
Iceberg lettuce =80p
Mayonnaise =1.49
Sweet chilli sauce =1.99
Vegetable oil to deep fat fry in =1.00
Cheese to top burgers is optional =£1.00 for 10 cheese slices

Please note that the choice of sauces is variable as is the bread you serve the fillet burgers in. As is the spice you use, this is a tried and tested way to season the flour and always gets approval.
This is mine and India's personal favourite
Also for chicken donut nuggets, cut chicken into bite size pieces and serve without the bun.

Cut the chicken breast into burger size pieces, but ensure that the thickness of each piece is no thicker than 1 inch.
Beat 3 eggs and leave in a bowl next to chicken breast pieces.
Pour flour into a large bowl 400g should be ample but enough to coat all the chicken pieces. Add 2 dessert spoonfuls of each of the dried spices to the flour and and mix well until even all through the flour.
Heat oil in chip pan or deep fat fryer until hot, you can test the temperature is ok by sprinklinga few drops of water makes bubbling noise. Take a piece of chicken and put it in the bowl of eggs cover both sides and then put into seasoned flour and ensure evenly coated on both sides.
Put prepared chicken into the oil and fry until floats on the top of the oil and is a light golden colour, the flour coating should bubble and puff up around the chicken if the oil is hot enough, taking on donut type quality. Once cooked through, take chicken out and drain on kitchen paper.
A useful tip is to place in an roasting tin and place in a preheated oven, approx 180 degrees, this keeps the chicken donut fillet burger warm whilst you cook the rest of the chicken. Do not attempt to overfill chip pan as fillet burgers may stick together or may not cook right through.  Whilst cooking the chicken, prepare your buns by spreading mayonnaise over top slice, and then sweet chilli sauce on top of the mayonnaise to taste. Children may need less or no sweet chilli sauce.  Place some shredded iceberg lettuce on the bottom slice and leave open ready for the chicken donut fillet burger.
Once all the chicken is cooked. Add 1 piece to each bun and place lid on.
Serve with corn on the cob and sweet potato fries for a real treat. But the burgers can be served with your preferences, or nothing for a light bite

A nice way to make them is get the kids in a conveyor belt and they can help with the dipping and coating. Also teaches them that home made food can be better and as tasty as, if not more tasty, than fast food chains versions.

Courgette and lemon pasta (serves 4)

400g pasta (24p)
2 Courgettes, coarsely grated (£1.01)
1 Garlic clove, finely chopped (2p)
Zest of 1 lemon (31p)
2 tbsp olive oil
(40p per serving)
Boil the pasta in water.  Gently fry the garlic in the olive oil until soft.  Add the grated courgette and lemon zest and stir.  Leave on the heat for a few minutes to wilt the courgettes then stir into the strained pasta.
Add in a hand full of chopped spinach with courgette for some extra vegetables (+20p)
Add a handful of cooked green lentils for extra protein (+12p)
Finish off with a sprinkling of cheese and/or fresh basil.