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Old Jan 29th, 2012, 16:17 PM   11
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My party Pieces


400g plum tomatoes
Salt and ground black pepper
4 garlic cloves chopped
1 red chilli finely chopped
Cup of chopped oregano
6 mashes anchovy fillets
60g capers
150g chopped and pitted kalamata olives
2 shots of vodka
500g penne
100g grated Parmesan
1/2 chopped flat leaf parsley

Serves 4 and takes 35mins
Season tomatoes with pepper, roast in preheated oven for 20 mins. When there cooked mash them up with a fork

The sauce- cook garlic and chilli in olive oil in a pan for a minute without allowing them to brown

Add chopped oregano, anchovies, capers and olives to the pan then pour in the vodka and stir for another minute

Add roasted tomatoes to the pan and season with pepper once all is stirred let it simmer for 15mins

Meanwhile boil large pot if water with a dash of salt and cook the pasta

Drain pasta and add it to the sauce, serve with grated parmesan and chopped parsley.

Home made Burgers

Serves 3,Takes 10mins
1kg Lean Mince beef steak
6 garlic cloves crushed
1/2tbsp dark soy sauce
1tbsp sundried tomato paste
1 medium egg beaten (use half)
1/2tbsp Worcester sauce
1/2tsp dried oregano
30g stale bread wetted, squeezed dry and crubbled
3 Rolls
4tbsp caramelized onion sauce
Mixed leaf or herb salad
1 Red onion
Tomato ketchup and mustard
Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Heat the grill to high. Put half the mince steak into a food processor with the garlic, tomato paste, soy sauce, (half egg not whole!), Worcester sauce, oregano and stale bread. Spin in 5 second bursts to form sticky paste you don't want a sausage like texture.

Transfer mix into a large bowl, add remaining mince and kneed until smooth. Shape into 4 burgers aprox. 150g

Grill for 3-4 mins, until cooked through

Halve the rolls, spread the base with caramelized onion sauce,add salad leaves and a burger. Top with red onions and serve with a sauce or both

Lamb Hotpot

Serves 4,Takes 1hour 40mins
100g butter
900g stewing lamb , cut into large chunks
2 medium onions , chopped
4 carrots , peeled and sliced
25g plain flour
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
500ml lamb stock
2 bay leaves
900g potatoes, peeled and sliced

preheat oven to aprox 160C
Heat some butter in a large shallow casserole dish, brown the lamb in batches, lift to a plate.

Fry the onions and carrots in the pan with a little more butter until golden. Sprinkle over the flour, allow to cook for a couple of mins, shake over the Worcestershire sauce, pour in the stock, then bring to the boil. Stir in the meat and bay leaves, then turn off the heat. Arrange the sliced potatoes on top of the meat, then drizzle with a little more butter. Cover, then place in the oven for about 1 hrs until the potatoes are cooked.

Remove the lid, brush the potatoes with a little more butter, then turn the oven up to brown the potatoes, or finish under the grill for 5-8 mins until brown.

Not very healthy btw But I will do healthy ones later

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Old Jan 29th, 2012, 16:50 PM   12
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Mmmmmmm yummy! Looking forward to reading recipes, I do lots in the slow cooker so I'll post some soon x

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Old Jan 29th, 2012, 17:11 PM   13
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Okay, all I can think of off the top of my head

Spag bol:

Tin chopped tomatoes
Whatever veg (if you want veg)
I do onion
grated carrot
tomato puree

cook the mince, add your veg, chopped tomatoes, about a teaspoon of tomato puree, i put loads of oregano in, cook your pasta...serve on top. Lol, i'm rubbish at writing the recipes, I just make it up as I go along. Sometimes a bit of soy sauce to make it really saucy.

Sweet potato chips

Chop up potato into chip like slices, mix in a bowl with some soya sauce, add whatever herbs you like, some salt and put in the oven about 20 mins, ta da. Way taster than regular chips


cook your pasta, in a seperate pan i cook some mushrooms and add single cream, 'till it's hot, that's it haha. Obv if your not vegan you can add in some panchetta/bacon

Lentil burgers

2 cups cooked lentils
half a chopped onion
olive oil
salt and pepper
about half a cup of wheatgerm

mix it all together leaving some wheatgerm on the side for coating it, make into burger shapes then coat each side with the wheatgerm then fry for about 10 mins both sides. I LOVE these so much

This is my favourite ever curry recipe, I took this one from a book. Obv, I use mushrooms, most people would want to use chicken/lamb

2 tablespoons of cumin seeds
4 teaspoons of corriander seeds
2 teaspoons of mustard seeds
2 dried chillis, depending on how hot you want it
2 teaspoons of fennel seeds
2 teaspoons of fenugreek seeds

Brown these in a dry hot pan until brown (I wait 'till they start popping) then grind them up.
Then I use about 5 garlic cloves, a massive chunk of ginger and 3 small onions (finely chopped) and fry them in a pan
Then about few chopped tomatos (I use a tin) and add that to your onions and stuff and loads of curry leaves (about 10)
Add in your spice mix, your meat (i use mushrooms because I am a obsessed with them) and then just let simmer until it's cooked (like 15-20 mins?)
I garnish with loads of corriander

Veg soup

I just make this up as I go along, using whatever I have...say
half a butternut squash, half a sweet potato, 2 carrots, 1 leek, 1 onion, 1 spring onion, quite a lot of lentils, chop them all up, put in a pan, cover with boiling water, add in some stock powder, then mash/blend it up once all the veg is cooked..haha that's not really a recipe. I just make soup whenever I have veg to be used


Cook some mince, add 1 chopped onion, 1 pepper, about half a courgette, 1 tin of kidney beans and 1 carton of passata (or just chopped tomatoes) and about a teaspoon of chilli powder, then just lit it simmer for say, 10-15 mins?

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Old Jan 29th, 2012, 18:55 PM   14
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This is going to sound weird but my OH loves it
Called pulled pork (need a slow cooker)
get a boneless pork roast and rub minced garlic, italian spice and onion soup mix all over it then poke 3 big holes in the top and put it in the slow cooker and pour root beer in to cover the pork roast and cook on low for 6 hours. Then take it out and rinse your slow cooker and shred it up in to tiny pieces and put the pieces back in the slow cooker and smother in your fav BBQ sauce and cook on low for another hour. Put it on a bun and enjoy

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Old Jan 29th, 2012, 19:03 PM   15
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This thread is making me hungry glad to see I'm not the only veggie.

Here's another of my favorites

I use butter instead of non-hydrogenated margarine and regular mozzarella cheese instead of vegan.

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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 08:17 AM   16
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One of my favs in the slow cooker is chicken noodle soup.

I used 3/4 nests of noodles and 3 chicken breasts. Basically chop the chicken, put it in the slow cooker, add chicken broth (about 4 cups) and some water, chuck in whatever veggies you like (we did brocilli, celery, cabbage, carrots) and add herbs or spices of your choice, oregano goes well. Put it on medium heat for around 6 hours, then cook the noodles on the hob until they are softened and chuck them in the slow cooker too. Leave for another 30 mins on high and serve

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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 10:39 AM   17
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Mayb_baby those burgers look lush - definitely going to try them!

My most recent culinary obsession is making soup since I got a stick blender so:
Pea and mint soup:
Finely dice an onion and 2 or 3 cloves of garlic (depends on how garlicky you like it - I use 3) and fry in butter until soft but not brown. Ad a handful of finely chopped fresh mint, fry for a couple more minutes. Add around 500g peas (I'm never very precise with this!) And enough stock to cover (about 2 stock cubes worth) add black pepper to taste then boil gently until peas are cooked. Blend in a food processor or use a hand blender. Return to the heat and add a couple of handfuls more peas (could also add shredded ham/fried crispy bacon, if you like!) And heat until new peas are cooked through. Serve with lots of fresh crusty bread and butter

(I don't really do precise measures as most things I cook are learned from riends or family or made up myself...)

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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 11:18 AM   18
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This going to help out a lot! Jr doesnt like meat and its very rare to see some one from a mexican heritage not to like meat since we are big meat eaters and almost every recipe includes meat

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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 15:46 PM   19
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My fave, jamie olivers, kate and wills wedding pie. Takes hours though. A good soup we like to make.

Peel and chop spuds, i chop them all different sizes and cook in chicken stock with added pepper and garlic cook till the biggest potatos are nearly done add a few hand fulls of pasta to soak up some stock, then we like to add left over chicken if there is any, its a good soup if you dont have much in.

Tuna and sweet potato cakes. Peel and boil some sweet potatos or you can do them as jacket potatos and scrape the filling out, get a tin of tuna mash sweet potato and tuna chunks, give it a good mix up then shape into burgers and fry in frying pan for 4 mins eather side.

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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 15:46 PM   20
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Double post, woops!

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recipes , share

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