Anna Whitehouse: Five Minute Five Pound Stew

Guest: Anna Whitehouse

Recording date: 16 January, 2019

Location: East London

Recipe: Five Pound Five Minute Stew

Click here to listen to Anna’s episode of Friends with Recipes! 

Anna Whitehouse (AKA: Mother Pukka) is an amazing woman for many reasons, but she is probably best known for her flex appeal campaign which champions flexible working. She is also an author, mother of two, and all around hilarious woman. Anna cooked us up her favourite meal made entirely of ingredients from her friend Rash’s corner shop. In typical Anna style, the recipe and story behind it was absolutely charming, the chat hilarious, and the food comically good given that it literally took her five minutes to make!

Rash’s Corner Shop


Rash’s fresh veg

Anna's Five Pound Five Minute Stew

Print Recipe


  • a pretty bowl (this is essential)
  • a glug or two of olive oil
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin of butter beans, drained
  • spoonful of tomato puree
  • 1/2 a hot chilli, minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 spoonful of tahini
  • small jar of whole sun dried tomatoes, drained
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garnish: plain yoghurt, avocado, coriander, sunflower seeds
  • serve with a rolled roti



lightly fry the garlic and chilli in a cast iron pot


add the remaining ingredients (minus the garnish)


let simmer for at least five minutes before serving


season with salt and pepper


(This meal is most authentic when purchased from your local corner shop.)

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