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what are you cooking for dinner tonight, recipe and all?

Post by let it ride » Mon Oct 01, 2007 18:01

tonight i am making veggie sausage stroganoff as i have a craving for it and jonny is on the late shift, so he has no say.

to make it:

get veggie sausages, preferably tesco's meatfree sausages which are AWESOME soya sausages.

apart from the sausages, you need:

rice of your preference
creme fraiche
tomato puree
a bit of herb and veggie stock.

let the sausages defrost. then slice them on the length, so that you have the equivalent of sausage sticks. fry lightly, while you boil your rice.

when the rice is about five minutes away from being done, pour in a tub of creme fraiche in the frying pan with the sausages, and add tomato puree. mix. put in any herbs you want. i like a bit of oregano and veggie stock.

then eat it. because it is done then, and you don't want it to go cold!

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Post by crystalball » Mon Oct 01, 2007 18:10

Aah, that sounds nice, Astrid. I was about to come here and ask what I should make for dinner tonight. I am feeling a bit down in the dumps today so I think I'll make some veggie hotdogs with loads of onion and some potato wedges to sort myself out.

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Post by let it ride » Mon Oct 01, 2007 18:57

it should be something super quick, but i find the solution to a rubbish day is a lovely home-cooked meal. i love it when the season is changing and it gets colder, as i find there are so much more types of food i want to eat. even if it is simple, it doesn't matter, it still does the trick. it just makes you feel strangely taken care of, even if you cook yourself.
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Post by humblebee » Mon Oct 01, 2007 18:58

I made a sort of provencale puff pastry pie. How do you get a cedilla?

You will need:
one aubergine
one courgette
one red onion
two cloves of garlic
half a red pepper
some nice tasty proper tomatoes like organic
a wodge of puff pastry from the Co-Op
olive oil
herbs - whatever you like really (I had a provencale herb mix in the cupboard which I couldn't remember buying)
paprika

You will need to:
preheat the oven to about 200C
cut all the veg into rough half-inch chunks and chuck them in a baking dish
roughly crush the garlic and chuck that in as well
add salt and pepper and herbs and a big glug of oil and push it all round so everything's coated
put it in the oven

and:
chop the tomatoes and put them in a saucepan on a really low heat
add lots of paprika, more herbs, salt and pepper and some tomato puree
cook this down so it becomes quite thick and sticky

then:
when the veg are roasted put them into a pie dish and mix up with the tomatoey stuff
roll out the puff pastry to go on top of the pie
put it on top of the pie
brush the top with milk and put it in the oven
bake until golden brown!

I served this with and some carrots that I sautéed with butter, lemon juice and crushed coriander seed, and some buttered boiled taties with chopped spring onion. And a bit of gravy.

It was much better than I dared hope!

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Post by ariettyspaghetti » Wed Oct 03, 2007 17:42

Astrid, can you remember when you made potatoes, spinach, balsamic vinegar and feta when I came round to yours in Beverley? That was well nice. I make that all the time!
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Post by let it ride » Wed Oct 03, 2007 18:58

i can indeed, we had it just the other day!

it is just so easy and delicious! AND i love that it tastes just as good, sometimes even a little bit better, if you reheat leftovers!
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Post by InMyPlace » Wed Oct 03, 2007 22:11

I cant cook. Makes me a bit sad really.
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Post by let it ride » Fri Oct 05, 2007 21:43

sam!

when i moved away from home age just-turned-19 (and fresh out of the equivalent of a levels/high school) i could like... boil pasta, and fry stuff and put stuff in the oven and let it be for a while and then eat it. you know. nothing special at ALL.

then slowly and step by step, i learnt how to make stuff myself, and how much better i felt eating that rather than processed stuff that was half-ready, that i used to make. and i still have tons to learn, but the point is in trying, and in trying to include some element of cooking every day until you can't imagine NOT doing it every day!

you can start with for example making your own tomato sauce, just simple with some chopped onion, garlic and tomatoes plus herbs, with pasta or something.

if you start with baby steps, and then try to include new recipes now and again, you will soon find new favourites.

if i could learn how to cook, you can definitely do so!

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Post by humblebee » Tue Oct 09, 2007 12:23

Right now I'm cooking a spicy sweet potato stew with onions, okra, tomatoes and carrots in, and lemon and coriander. It smells right nice.

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Post by Colin » Tue Oct 09, 2007 12:37

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Post by nanski » Tue Oct 09, 2007 14:54

too hot to cook so i had salad and sake for dinner.

salad:
wash lettuce and break into little pieces into a bowl
wash and add a few tomatoes
wash, peel, chop a wee cucumber (they're about a quarter of the usual size here)
add yummy yummy sesame flavoured dressing.
eat

sake:
chill
pour in glass
drink.

gosh, i 'm going to pay for this tomorrow. that's not nearly enough fat/carb to soak up sake. what was i thinking?!
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Post by nanski » Tue Oct 09, 2007 14:56

humblebee wrote:I made a sort of provencale puff pastry pie.
i think i'm going to be a vegetarian again! yum!

actually... a pescatarian. fish is too damned good here to give it up.
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Post by nanski » Tue Oct 09, 2007 14:57

crystalball wrote:Aah, that sounds nice, Astrid. I was about to come here and ask what I should make for dinner tonight. I am feeling a bit down in the dumps today so I think I'll make some veggie hotdogs with loads of onion and some potato wedges to sort myself out.
you should post the recipe for the fritata (?) you made that time i stayed at yours. that was really yummy!

oh crap. triple post. i'm too drunk to be here, clearly...
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Post by bonjour_tristesse » Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:45

I tried your sausage recipe Astrid and it gets top marks! Any more recipes would be welcome :D

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Post by Nicole Diver » Wed Oct 10, 2007 14:18

bonjour_tristesse wrote:I tried your sausage recipe Astrid and it gets top marks! Any more recipes would be welcome :D
It was indeed delicious! Thanks for cooking for me Laura! YUM!

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Post by bonjour_tristesse » Wed Oct 10, 2007 14:41

I had another idea for next time i cook as well. Its fun! I thought we can have a Pizza Party and everyone brings round some toppings then we mix and match them. Mmm.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Fri Oct 12, 2007 22:55

I made a bloody lovely dinner tonight! Pork loin steaks with noodles and a beetroot, spinach, cherry tomato and feta salad.

I marinated the pork in a mixture of greek yoghurt, harissa paste, sweet chilli sauce and various other spicy things, for a few hours, and then grilled the pork. I cooked and then fried the noodles for a bit with some sesame oil, spring onions and chestnut mushrooms. The salad is kind of self-explanatory. It was kind of thrown together, but it tasted lovely.

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Post by humblebee » Wed Oct 17, 2007 19:01

For dinner tonight I made lentil shepherd's pie. Saw it on the menu at the Coach & Horses before the football last Saturday so I thought I'd have a try.

You want about 250g of green lentils, cooked down for at least an hour until they're nice and soft and mushy. Add in chopped carrot, celery and tomato and a sauteéd onion, salt and pepper, thyme and Henderson's relish. Then, y'know, put it in a baking dish and spread some mashed taties over the top and bake it in the oven.

I served it up with green beans and romanesco. And gravy and brown sauce. It were grand.

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Post by Contravene » Wed Oct 17, 2007 19:21

Frying steak, sliced up into slivers and fried in a little too much oil, with some finely chipped mushrooms, fried until they're evil, probly chucking in a tin of sweetcorn to balance out the greasey goodness.

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Post by Elvistears » Tue Nov 13, 2007 15:21

Well, here's one. Its pretty easy, and quick. I often use tofu in the following recipe, though it wasn't written
with tofu in mind. Also, you can pretty much change any of the
ingredients - carrots work well, parsnips very badly. Rose Elliot
wrote the original, but I've changed it so its MINE NOW.

Sweet and sour vegetable stir fry with almonds

Serves 4 (but use slightly more than half if you're serving two)

225g/8oz red pepper, de-seeded
225g/8oz green pepper, de-seeded
225g/8oz courgettes
225g/8oz celery
225g/8oz spring onions (this is what the recipe says, but I'm not sure
I use this much. Just bung in what you think of more or less all of
the above)
225g/8oz button mushrooms, wiped
4 tablespoons olive oil (use sesame/vegetable if you're doing it in a
wok)
100g/4oz almonds (the recipe recommends blanched, but I've used whole
almonds and it works perfectly well, if not better)

also - some additions that make it taste much nicer

pineapple rings (the canned version is fine - chop up a couple and
fling 'em in)
water chestnuts
bean sprouts (hey, its a stir fry, bung in what you like!)

and TOFU. I use about half a block, chopped into thin-ish chunks -
don't get the silken stuff, you want firm tofu. If you can stick them
in the sauce a little bit first, they'll soak up some of the flavour.
But not for too long, or the acid will make it disintegrate. About 5
minutes is fine.

The sauce:

2 garlic cloves, crushed (1 if you don't like garlic much)
15g/1/2oz fresh ginger, grated. Don't skimp on this. Infact, stick
more in if you like it. I always do.
4 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons lemon juice (out of a bottle is fine)
1 tablespoon wine vinegar (don't be tempted to use normal vinegar, it
doesn't work)
2 tablespoons clear honey - or maybe a bit more if you really like
honey.

1. Cut the peppers, courgettes, etc into strips. Slice the mushrooms,
trim spring onions - don't use too much of the green part as it can
overpower.
2. Make the sauce. Blend the ingredients together, or just chuck them
in a bowl (I do the latter, less cleaning..)
3. Make the stir-fry. It only takes a few minutes once you've
prepared it all. It won't keep after, though. Heat the oil in a wok
or large saucepan, put in the veggies, followed by the tofu and
stir-fry for 2 minutes until they start to soften
4. Add the almonds and sauce (this is also where I'd bung in the
pineapple, if you're using it) and stir fry for another 2 minutes, to
heat through.


Goes well with noodles, brown rice (although the rice takes ages to
cook). Works with cous cous too if you can't be arsed to wait for
rice to cook.

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