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Oct 05

Cold Weather = Baked Potato Time

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The summer is over and warm food is back and in my house that means; baked potato time! 4 baking potatoes = £1 at Waitrose (25p each). You can probably find them cheaper elsewhere.

Why not try my ’empty the fridge’ topping for a super cheap midweek supper?

Olive Baked Potato Topping (serves 4)


  • 1 tbsp pitted sliced black olives
  • 1 tbsp mint jelly
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp creme fraiche (I use low fat)
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or softened butter if furred arteries are no worry)
  • salt and pepper
  • Either: 200g tin tuna, or 2 x 50g tins anchovies in oil (drained), or chopped ham, leftover chicken, or similar


  1. Wash and bake the potatoes at 180 degrees celsius for an hour, or until soft when you push a knife in.
  2. Mix all the topping ingredients together.
  3. Cut a cross on the top of each potato and open out a bit.
  4. Place on service plates.
  5. Spoon the topping in and surround with salad.

Tip: Kids also love this as a salad dressing – it’s slightly sweet with the mint jelly, and my daughters love olives, thankfully.


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