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Feed your family for £12 with Chris Baber

From a flavour-packed curry to a salmon risotto, discover chef Chris Baber’s crowd-pleasing (and budget-friendly) family recipes
Chef Chris Baber in the kitchen

Meet Chris

“I’ve always loved food,” says Chris, who’s been cooking up a storm in the M&S kitchen to create some family-friendly recipes for you to enjoy. “Growing up in Hexham, Northumberland, I used to cook dinner for my mum and dad every day. I trained with Atul Kochhar at his Michelin-starred London restaurant, but my real passion is inspiring others and making home cooking accessible for everyone.”

 

Salmon, asparagus and pea risotto

Salmon, asparagus and pea risotto

“This risotto is a real favourite of mine in the spring. It stars succulent, responsibly sourced M&S Scottish salmon and M&S Select Farms asparagus, and is finished with peas, lemon and parsley for some lovely fresh flavour.”
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Serves 4
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

    • 2 M&S Scottish salmon fillets
    • 1 vegetable stock cube
    • 1 onion, finely sliced
    • 1 clove garlic, finely sliced
    • 400g risotto rice
    • 200g garden peas, defrosted
    • 180g asparagus spears, sliced into 2cm pieces
    • 1 tbsp M&S extra creamy soft cheese
    • 25g parsley, roughly chopped
    • ½ lemon, zest and juice
    1. Bake the salmon in the oven according to the packet instructions.
    2. In a saucepan, mix the stock cube with 1 litre of boiling water and cover to keep hot.
    3. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, season and sweat for 3-5 minutes until they begin to soften.
    4. Add the risotto rice and stir continuously for a few minutes to toast the rice and coat each grain in oil.
    5. Add the stock one ladle at a time, until each ladleful has been absorbed by the rice, repeating the process for around 15-18 minutes until all the stock has been used.
    6. After around 10 minutes, add the peas and asparagus and stir for another 2 minutes. Add the cream cheese, a handful of parsley and the lemon juice.
    7. Divide between serving dishes and flake the salmon over each, then finish with the remaining parsley and the lemon zest.

 

 

To be written

Chris’ new cookbook

Chris Baber’s brand-new cookbook, Easy, is filled with fuss-free, speedy and epically tasty family meal ideas. Pick up the book in selected M&S Foodhalls
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