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simple, quick (but tasty) recipes

Post by stolenwine » Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:22 pm

i'm hopeless in the kitchen (to the point where i'm actually embarrassed to serve people food i've made) does anyone have any vegetarian recipes for a novice like me that won't make people hurl?
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Re: simple, quick (but tasty) recipes

Post by Sissi » Fri May 09, 2008 3:31 am

I shouldn't be talking, I'm no good.

But there is one thing I always relied on in highschool, and when I was at my bf's parent's house a few weeks ago it reminded me of that (his mom made something very similar)

Get Tortilla Wraps. (wet them a little and heat for a few seconds before serving)
Cut up lettuce into small strips (try Romain)
Cut up tomato, cucumber, olives, onions, whatever you like
Find a vegetarian meat replacement, like the quorn Garlic and herb chicken cutlets. Grill/bake/heat them and cut them into strips or pieces (you can also try beans, but I prefer the simpler 'veggie meat' option)
Put a bowl of salsa and a bowl of sour cream on the table (as sauces)
and let everyone make their own wraps.


I guess this can be too boring for special occasions, but you can't do much wrong and I love the taste of these.

If you tell me what you need a meal for maybe I can try thinking of a simple (ish) one??

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Re: simple, quick (but tasty) recipes

Post by let it ride » Fri May 09, 2008 11:00 am

I guess this isn't great for a proper big dinner party, but it's delicious and quick and veggie:

1. Boil pasta
2. While pasta is boiling, chop tomatoes into cubes, a ball of mozzarella into cubes and wash and roughly cut or tear up some fresh leaf basil.
3. Once pasta is done, mix in all the other stuff. Salt and pepper to your liking.
4. Eat.

It's super yummy and fresh and nice in the summer.
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Re: simple, quick (but tasty) recipes

Post by Colin » Fri May 09, 2008 11:12 am

I’m not much of a cook either, but I’ve made this a couple of times recently and I find it uber-tasty. It’s also vegan if you use egg-free noodles, but if you don’t like mushrooms or soy sauce, it’s probably best avoided. It’s a vegetarian chow mein, and for it you will need:

Noodles (non-egg if required)
One small leek
Mushrooms (the recipe I used called for 85g or something ridiculous, but I use 250g because I’m greedy and I like mushrooms)
Garlic, one clove
Soy sauce
Ground black pepper

Those quantities are for one person, so multiply as necessary. It’s quite quick, so I find it best to chop everything ready to go straight in the pan before I start.
1. Dice the leek quite finely, and chop the mushrooms, also finely. You should also cook the noodles and drain them, although you can do that while you’re frying the veg.
2. Heat a tablespoon or so oil (I’ve been using olive oil although the recipe called for vegetable oil) in a wok or large frying pan, and add the chopped leek and crush the garlic and fry for a couple of minutes on a medium heat.
3. Add the mushrooms and fry for a couple of minutes more, stirring occasionally.
4. Then add a tablespoon of water and a tablespoon of soy sauce. It doesn’t sound like much, but together with the liquid from the mushrooms it makes a nice sauce. Lower the heat to a low/medium setting and cover the wok/pan for a couple of minutes.
5. After that, add the noodles to the wok with plenty of black pepper, raise the heat and stir regularly. After a few minutes more when everything’s nicely heated and mixed in, you’re done.
The recipe I used also called for shredded white cabbage, to be added at the same time as the mushrooms I think, but I didn’t bother with that.

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Re: simple, quick (but tasty) recipes

Post by humblebee » Fri May 09, 2008 12:49 pm

Just tried ^^ that ^^ for lunch! I included the cabbage and added a bit of ginger and red chilli too. It was pretty tasty. I'd never have thought of putting leeks with noodles.

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Re: simple, quick (but tasty) recipes

Post by Jeezy Creezy » Tue May 20, 2008 12:51 pm

4 eggs seperated
tsp paprika
tub of philidelphia cream cheese
small carton of double cream
bunch o asparagus
couple o slices smoked salmon
wee tin of SWEET sweetcorn
three slices brown bread decrusted
2 tsp oregano
caraway seeds


clanch asparagus in water with bit of lemon juice in it
finely chop smoked salmon
whip egg whites till stiff
blend egg yolk cream cheese double cream and paprika, season well.
Gently fold egg whites into mixture
Gently mix in salmon,asparagus and corn
pur into large baking dish
blitz bread and oregano to make breadcrumb topping
top with breadcrumbs, caraway seeds and drizzle with olive oil.

Bake for 180 degrees for about 30 mins. Make sure egg is cooked in middle.

I had with fried sliced potatos, brocolli and a GORGEOUS mustard sauce I made with a smokey chipotle mustard I got from N. Carolina mixed into homemade beschamel sauce. Nicest thing i've had in ages and dead quick to make..
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Post by lynsosaurus » Tue May 20, 2008 1:20 pm

oh my god, that sounds amazing.

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Tue May 20, 2008 1:34 pm

lynsosaurus wrote:oh my god, that sounds amazing.
Oh it was...I made me n my flatmate a pack lunch with the leftovers and she just rang me to tell me how good it was and my boyfriend just text me to say sorry but he'd ated all the rest. I need to ship in some more of that mustard -supplies are running low and we're all now officially addicted.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:35 pm

i just made an omelette for lunch - surely the easiest of all recipes. usually i get impatient and end up with scrambled eggs with bits of stuff through them, but i was patient today and left the omelette to cook properly while i did some washing up and made a green salad. it was the best omelette i've ever seen.

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Post by Miss 9 » Tue Aug 05, 2008 3:15 pm

SORBET IS EASY

Have an ice-cream maker? No? Go buy an ice cream maker. Then:

Take equal parts fruit and water. I find smaller amounts make a better end product. About four cups of each is a solid amount. Berries and pitted fruits work the best. Overripe fruits will make the mixture sweeter, green fruits will make it more tart.

Boil the water. Add the fruit. Turn down the heat and stir and smoosh it up until it looks like a brightly coloured pan of mush. It takes about 15-20 minutes, but can also depend on the fruit.

Take it off the heat and strain out the pits and skin, then add sugar to taste. You really won't need too much. Add the juice from one wedge of a lemon or lime, partly for taste, partly as a preservative.

Throw that mixture in the fridge until it's thoroughly chilled and then pour it in your ice cream maker (per the manufacturer's instructions) and walk away until it's DELICIOUS, RESTAURANT-QUALITY FRUIT SORBET.

Your friends will be fucking impressed. It stores most execellently in a tupperware chucked in the freezer.

Technically it takes hours to make, but you only have to stand at the stove for like 20 minutes of that. The rest of your time can be spent doing pretty much anything else.
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Post by susanb » Wed Aug 06, 2008 10:37 am

Mmm, I could go some sorbet just now. My mum used to make great bramble (blackberry) sorbet from brambles I'd picked. I wish I knew somewhere away from main roads near here where I could go bramble picking, they are really expensive in the shops. I might try it with a bag of the frozen berries you can buy as they're cheaper than buying them fresh I think. I don't have an ice cream maker so I think I'll try it the old fashioned way of mashing it it while it freezes.

Sorbet is an excellent hangover cure as well.
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Re: simple, quick (but tasty) recipes

Post by Wheatabeat » Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:20 am

Boring chicken fillet in the fridge.. be transformed.

1 tbsp chilli powder
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground or crushed cumin
1 tsp white sugar
1 tsp brown sugar
1 pinch of salt and pepper

Butterfly (or those that have TEH FEAR with knives, wrap in cling film and flatten with a mallet) the chicken breast. Needs to be about 1cm thick at most.
Mix together the spices and rub all over the meat, then put in fridge for at least half an hour
Heat a griddle pan until searing, add a small drizzle of olive oil and cook the chicken for about a minute either side. Cut a small piece off to ensure it's cooked right through.

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Post by a layer of chips » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:09 pm

I'm making this at the moment, Jamie. It smells bloody delightful. I can't wait.

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Post by a layer of chips » Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:17 pm

Fucking shit a brick, it's a bit fiery innit? I'm sweating cobs.

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Post by Sootyzilla » Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:09 pm

Weird but brilliant carrot salad.

2 carrots, grated
Tin of chick peas

Juice of one orange
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 dried hop cone, pulverised with brown sugar and half a green chilli in a pestle and mortar
salt

Mix it all up. You have sweetness from the sugar and orange juice, salt and umami from the soy sauce, bitterness from the hops and heat from the chilli and it's ace.
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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:55 pm

What on EARTH is a hop cone? as in hops? as in beer? where do you buy hops from? itsn't it a waste of beer?
Sootyzilla wrote:Weird but brilliant carrot salad.

2 carrots, grated
Tin of chick peas

Juice of one orange
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 dried hop cone, pulverised with brown sugar and half a green chilli in a pestle and mortar
salt

Mix it all up. You have sweetness from the sugar and orange juice, salt and umami from the soy sauce, bitterness from the hops and heat from the chilli and it's ace.
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Post by Sootyzilla » Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:49 pm

roundbitsofplastic wrote:What on EARTH is a hop cone? as in hops? as in beer? where do you buy hops from? itsn't it a waste of beer?
You get hops from homebrew shops, like here: http://www.homebrewcentregy.com/Hops.html

I suppose it's only worth doing if you have the hops anyway. It's bloody nice though. I love hops me. Someone should make hop sweeties.
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Post by Uncle Ants » Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:10 pm

Simple quick tasty veggie dish for the novice cook? I've posted my recipe for spicy fava beans (Ful Medames) before, but discovering at the weekend that it works just as well with butter beans suggests a repost is in order.

Roughly chop a medium onion, crush 2 or 3 cloves of garlic, fry them up in about 3 Tablespoons of oil until they soften, add three or four teaspoons of ground cumin and a bit of chilli to taste (depends how hot you want it - harissa is good too, but be careful, it's fiery), fry it up a bit more, add the strained tin of beans and a big squirt of tomato puree, stir it up and cook for about 5 minutes, add a little liquid from the beans if it gets too thick. Squeeze of lemon and you're done. Nice with a bit of pitta, pretty good with rice, takes about ten minutes and it's pretty idiot proof.

I think it may even be nicer with butter beans but I suspect it would work with pretty much any sort of tinned bean. freshly ground cumin is way superior to ready ground (but that's a sort of luxury option if you have a spice grinder). Don't get too hung up on exact quantities but don't stint on the oil - it's a fair amount of oil, but it needs it or the cumin will start to stick (and it all gets absorbed into the goo - it isn't a greasy sort of dish).
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Post by Wheatabeat » Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:39 pm

a layer of chips wrote:Fucking shit a brick, it's a bit fiery innit? I'm sweating cobs.
Oh aye, it's an 'ot one. Eat it with a dollop of mayo on the side too.
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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:47 pm

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