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Inside the Big Issue: Get cooking with Jamie Oliver

In this week's issue, long time friend of Big Issue Jamie Oliver launches his new recipe collection, designed for a tight budget

Inside the Big Issue - this week's issue features new recipes from Jamie Oliver.

At Big Issue we like to find opportunities to make things better. When our longstanding vendors Paul Logan and Kelvin Gregory met Big Issue ambassador Sophie Winkleman last month, they got to discussing recipes and how good it would be if Big Issue carried a few.

Recipes can be for easy snacks or big dinners, vegetarian, vegan or meat. We’re delighted that long-time friend of Big Issue Jamie Oliver is launching the collection today.

Jamie Oliver said: “I’ve always been a big fan of Big Issue. When I heard about Paul’s wish to have low-cost recipes in the magazine, I wanted to share these budget-friendly ones.

“With financial pressures as high as ever, knowing how to cook has never been more relevant. I’ve created these to help your money go further. Whether it’s making the most of your oven or freezer, or using store-cupboard ingredients, these flavour-packed favourites are nutritious and delicious.”

We want Jamie’s recipes to be joined by your cost saving – but delicious – tips! Get involved. We want to hear from you. Send your recipe to editorial@bigissue.com and include photos too. But most importantly, get cooking!

What else is in this week’s Big Issue?

It’s inhospitable times for hospitality. How are high street eateries weathering the storm?

Kebabs, curries and fish and chips all have a claim to be our national dish. Yet their survival is at stake.

In 2023, at least 2,240 restaurants shut their doors. If the big places are struggling to survive, what about those we walk past every day?

We went under the grill at three high-street kitchens to take the temperature, and find out how Britain is set for the crisis. Amid the pressures, they know how they can be saved – if they can be given the tools.

The prospect of having to sit a maths A level forced George Clarke to be creative

Growing up on an estate, architect and TV presenter George Clarke had “the best time.”

“I was brought up on a council estate and I loved it. This is not a sob story because it was bloody brilliant,” he said. “We didn’t have a lot, but what we had we loved and celebrated.”

Young Clarke wanted to be an architect. But his maths A level stood in the way.

“I wrote about 50 letters, to all the architects in Washington, Sunderland and Newcastle. I went home, opened the Yellow Pages – because there was no internet in 1989 – and wrote saying I don’t want to do my A-levels, please can I have a job?” he recalls.

Siena Kelly plays a witch in new series Domino Day, but she’s definitely not a monster

Have you ever despaired at the dating apps on your phone, shuddered at the grim rendezvous they bring? For anyone who’s been victim of the casual nastiness or outright abuse that’s common on Tinder and Bumble, there’s a dark thrill to be found in the BBC’s new supernatural drama.

Created by Gangs of London writer Lauren Sequeira and starring Siena Kelly (who you’ll recognise from the excellent Channel 4 drama Adult Material), Domino Day follows the titular witch as she swipes – not to find a soulmate, but to hunt.

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