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BS: Recipes - what are we eating?

Stilly River Sage 29 May 19 - 09:26 PM
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Jos 28 May 19 - 02:32 AM
Steve Shaw 27 May 19 - 08:33 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 May 19 - 09:26 PM

I weeded one corner of the garden where herbs sprawl through the tall grass, and some mint is drying hanging over the kitchen sink (the strands pulled out by accident with the grass. I'll harvest it for real in a day or two.)

My garden has oregano, rosemary, bay laurel, cilantro, lemon balm, thyme (though I think it needs replanting, the patch got shaded out and disappeared last year), garlic, onions, and more I'm probably not remembering right now. I'm not seeing basil yet this year (it usually reseeds itself) so I'll have to plant more. I love being able to step outside to pick fresh what goes into my cooking, but I realized this spring that I've been doing less cooking after I went through 18 months of steroid treatment for PMR (finished tapering last fall). After research I was careful about what I ate (avoiding foods that are considered a source of inflammation - since we didn't know why I had this, it seemed wise to avoid foods that might be cuplrits.) I eat less wheat than before, but I'm resuming a more "normal" diet. Now to lose the weight I gained during the couple of years of PMR (it took a while to realize there was a problem and wait on doctors to diagnose it.)

I love things like focaccia with olive oil, herbs, and Parmesan cheese, made with herbs from the garden. If friends are coming over and that is underway when the arrive, it's one of the most welcoming smells imaginable. I'll probably make it for friends coming for lunch on Saturday.

On the other side of the driveway are the tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and again, more that I've forgotten to catalog. It's going it late, but it's going in, and if I can keep the stink bugs from demolishing my crops, maybe I'll do more cooking this year. Pardon me while I go pour the watering can with added organic Spinosad over the top of things I planted yesterday . . .


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Thompson
Date: 28 May 19 - 12:09 PM

How's about desserts? And normally I'd make smoothies, but is there any alternative to yogurt? (My go-to smoothie is made in a Nutrabullet with orange juice, almond milk, yogurt, frozen mango, frozen mixed berries including blackcurrants and blackberries, and a banana and a couple of passionfruit, oh, and a squish of honey.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Jos
Date: 28 May 19 - 02:32 AM

That's great Steve, thank you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 27 May 19 - 08:33 PM

Right then, Jos. This is my recipe using the best vine-ripened tomatoes you can get your hands on. They must be fully red-ripe, not green about the gills, but mustn't have started to go soft and squishy. You can use canned plum tomatoes instead, but they must be the best. Cirio is a good brand.

Salmorejo is a cousin of gazpacho, but it's thicker and is served very cold in small quantities as a tapa, best on a hot, sunny day. The quality of your ingredients is paramount. Any one ingredient that is below par will ruin the dish. Silk purse, sow's ear, etc.

For four, you need:

About a pound and a half of vine-ripened tomatoes
The yolks of two hard-boiled eggs
At least 100ml of the very best extra virgin olive oil
A goodly dash of sherry vinegar (essential)
One smallish ciabatta, slightly stale is best, no hard crusts left on
Half a teaspoon of sugar
Two peeled garlic cloves
Salt

First step: blend everything except the bread into a rustically smooth paste. Ps. Don't bother to skin the tomatoes!

Second step: break up the bread and soak it in your paste for ten minutes. Best to slightly underdo the bread if you're not sure how much to use. You can always tweak with a bit extra later on.

Third step: blend again now that the bread is in. If it seems a bit runny, add a bit more bread. Taste for seasoning, then just chill for a few hours or overnight.

Salmorejo is always served with a sprinkling of chopped hard-boiled egg and a pinch of finely-chopped Serrano ham on top. A mini-breadstick or two is generally served. It should be served very cold, maybe in a glass that has also been chilled. It will keep and Improve for a day or two in the fridge.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Jos
Date: 27 May 19 - 04:01 PM

Apologies if I missed it, but:

On 14 November last year, Steve Shaw said: ‘I have my own salmorejo recipe but I couldn't possibly post it in November in the northern hemisphere. Ask me again in May.’

So I'm asking ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 May 19 - 11:41 AM

Though it isn't exactly soup weather, I made a small batch of chicken soup last night to use for lunches this week. Soup and salad for warmer summer days.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Thompson
Date: 25 May 19 - 10:29 AM

Thanks! I hadn't thought of pasta!


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 May 19 - 09:45 AM

A few pasta dishes are vegan until it comes to the cheese on top at the end. I'm thinking of the Sicilian dish pasta alla Norma, which has a delicious tomato and aubergine sauce. You'd normally sprinkle some salted ricotta (ricotta salata) on top, but often in Sicily they would replace the expensive cheese with toasted breadcrumbs on pasta dishes. I haven't tried that on that dish but it could work. It works on pasta con la sarde well enough.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Charmion
Date: 25 May 19 - 09:31 AM

Like Steve said.

We have pasta-and-greens for supper sometimes, usually with cheese but sometimes with toasted pine nuts, which would be vegan. I've never been to Puglia and never expect to go, so I have no idea if that's canonical.

This dish also works with boiled potatoes, especially leftovers. For greens, use literally anything a bit bitter, even kale (which needs steaming before it goes in the pan). Instead of tomatoes, I like to add the juice of a lemon if I have any lying around idle.

The other vegan dish I like well enough to serve to guests is Madhur Jaffrey's channa dhal with meat spices, served with rice and a cilantro=and-lime chutney. Jaffrey also has a terrific recipe for channas with tomato and spinach. In fact, if you plan to entertain the vegans often, Thompson, "Vegetarian India" by Madhur Jaffrey is well worth buying.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 May 19 - 09:10 AM

Orecchiette con cime di rape. It contains olive oil, cherry tomatoes (in my version), chilli, parsley, garlic and seasoning, as well as the main ingredient, which in Puglia is rather stringy turnip tops or similar greens but which I replace with tenderstem broccoli. I leave the florets whole but chop the stems into small pieces.

Put on the orecchiette pasta (or other short pasta, but I wouldn't use tubes) in boiling salted water in a big pan. Slice the garlic thinly and sauté gently in the olive oil with chilli to taste (I use chilli flakes). You want a bit of heat. When it starts to sizzle (it mustn't go brown), add a handful of halved cherry tomatoes and a handful of chopped fresh parsley. Season. When the pasta has two minutes to go, throw the broccoli into the pasta pan (honest: some recipes have you cooking the greens separately but you absolutely don't need to do that). When the pasta is al dente and the broccoli is cooked but still with slight crunch, drain, retaining a bit of the pasta water. Add the pasta/broccoli mix to the sauce. Stir well, adding a bit of the retained water if needed. There you go. We have this with parmesan but that is completely optional and would typically be served without in Puglia unless you ask for some. A final dressing of extra virgin olive oil is good.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Thompson
Date: 25 May 19 - 07:21 AM

A vegan coming to lunch or dinner - any good main courses? I'm going to make some ratatouille, and steam fennel over orange juice and white wine, but what's a wow-worthy main course?


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: BobL
Date: 21 Mar 19 - 03:50 AM

You can get microwaveable individual ones in M&S. They're not bad either.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 20 Mar 19 - 12:38 PM

How do I make myself a sly treacle pudding while my is in hospital recovering from a hip replacement?


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: leeneia
Date: 20 Mar 19 - 11:59 AM

A tiny jot of mayonnaise will do it. Less than half a teaspoon. If you make a small batch and eat it all right away, you may not need it.

h=Here's my basic recipe:

Two parts oil of your choice. Corn, canola, olive. I like Smart Balance with omega 3.

One part of something astringent. Lemon juice, lime juice, juice from a garden tomato, some kind of vinegar. You might want to dilute the vinegar.

Some black pepper.

An herb. I like tarragon with lime juice. Basil with lemon juice.

Put everything in a medium-sized bowl and whisk till the mayo disappears.
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I'm asking myself how pineapple juice, orange juice or pureed strawberries would do as an astringent ingredient.

For our small family, I find that 1/4 cup oil plus 2 T of juice makes a useful small batch of salad dressing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 20 Mar 19 - 10:26 AM

If one wants to make a vinaigrette without mustard, how does one emulsify it?


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Mar 19 - 10:05 PM

Last year I made homemade corn tortillas for a taco lunch that friends were coming over to share. When they arrived I put some tilapia fillets into the oven and while those baked I prepared the rest of the toppings for fish tacos. I'd never eaten fish tacos, let alone made them, but as it happened the last friend to arrive brought a cold black bean salad with tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and a vinegar dressing that was PERFECT as the topping to finish our tacos.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Jos
Date: 19 Mar 19 - 03:44 PM

There are lots of attractive mint flavours - apple mint, pineapple mint, strawberry mint, etc. and plain old garden mint - but the two that I never use in food are spearmint (tastes of chewing gum - horrible) and peppermint (tastes of toothpaste - not what I want in my dinner).


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: leeneia
Date: 19 Mar 19 - 02:33 PM

Two days ago I invented a real taste treat. i made cole slaw with a dressing of vegetable oil and lemon juice. Then I put in some dried spearmint leaves. We had some and I thought, "Meh".

The next day we had spicy Mexican food, and I got ought the rest of the cole slaw. The spearmint had had time to infuse the entire dish. A mouthe
ful of that cold, minty cole slaw after spicy, tomatoey meat dish was an absolute treat.

I feel that sure that finely minced peppermint would taste as good.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 18 Mar 19 - 09:53 AM

Yep, freshly-squeezed lemon juice instead of balsamic is good. However, you wouldn't be using much balsamic anyway. You wouldn't notice the sweetness. Don't use bottled lemon juice and only use the finest extra virgin olive oil.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Jos
Date: 18 Mar 19 - 09:11 AM

For the dressings, just use white wine vinegar, cider vinegar (said to be good for arthritis), or lemon juice (extra vitamin C) instead of the balsamic.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Jos
Date: 18 Mar 19 - 09:06 AM

I blame the television chefs: for example, Nigella Lawson said she would excommunicate anyone who used green peppers, because red ones were sweeter and therefore 'better'.
Even though, from my point of view, the green ones taste more interesting and are better because they are less sweet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 18 Mar 19 - 08:29 AM

Balsamic vinegar is too sweet for me... Any vinaigrettes with nothing added for sweetness?

As a separate question, when did everything savory start including sweet?


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Mar 19 - 05:42 PM

Last night I made an 8" x 8" pan of cornbread using a gluten-free mix (with other types of flours, like rice and potato, instead of wheat for that part of the recipe). It's a sweet cornbread, and takes a lot longer to bake than the box says, but it's tasty. And a lot for one person, so I cut it in quarters and took a quarter to my elderly neighbors across the street and we visited about various topics, then I took a quarter to the not elderly but older neighbors next door, and we visited about various things. I took her the box so she could see the contents because he is on a diet low in the foods that his kidneys use to make stones.

I didn't really need to take food to go check on them, but it always makes for a more well-rounded conversation. And I won't be eating the entire pan of bread by myself. (I got home from next-door to find my ex's car in the driveway; since I'd left the door unlocked and the gate open, he'd headed in to visit with the dogs until I got back, and he also had some cornbread with tea.)

Food (whatever you have on hand) is a great way to initiate and sustain conversations. It's probably how we will eventually achieve world peace.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Stanron
Date: 15 Mar 19 - 09:44 PM

I've experimented with salad dressings quite a bit over the years. My current favourite starts with three big table spoons full of plain soya yogurt, a teaspoonful of marmite or propriety yeast extract well mixed in and finely chopped garlic and chili. After that I just chop up whatever salad stuff I have until the bowl is full. I usually include a tomato for sweetness and part of a red or yellow capsicum for colour.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 15 Mar 19 - 01:59 PM

Our go-to is one part balsamic vinegar to three parts of extra virgin olive oil. The quality of those two ingredients is paramount: I use the thick syrupy type of balsamic that costs about ten or twelve quid for 500 ml, never that watery cheap stuff, and an Italian EVOO that costs about ten quid. Cheaper extra virgin is for cooking gently with, not for dipping or dressing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 15 Mar 19 - 12:54 PM

Any salad dressings that have neither sugar nor cream? I make mustard vinaigrette but there must be others...


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Charmion
Date: 13 Mar 19 - 12:23 PM

I have silicone lids that form an airtight seal on a bowl or saucepan. They really help on the cutting down on clingfilm thing.

I loathe clingfilm, not for environmental reasons (I'm ashamed to say), but because it's expensive and so damnably hard to handle. Waxed paper! Zip-lock bags!

I wash zip-lock bags. Really.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Jos
Date: 12 Mar 19 - 10:22 AM

But how many people do wash plastic bags nowadays?
Though I remember how thrilled my mother was when plastic bags first appeared, probably sometime in the 1950s, and how she washed them and hung them to dry on the rail in front of the cooker.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 12 Mar 19 - 09:24 AM

So no clingfilm?

You can wash and reuse plastic bags...


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Jos
Date: 12 Mar 19 - 05:45 AM

The effect is the same using a covered bowl or a plastic bag - both trap the steam and loosen the skins - but if you are trying to cut down on using plastic, the bowl is the way to go.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 12 Mar 19 - 05:10 AM

I do the pepper-skinning trick too, but I rapidly put the hot, blackened peppers into a polythene bag which is then sealed for a few minutes. Keeping them all steamy seems to be the secret.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Thompson
Date: 12 Mar 19 - 01:44 AM

By the way, Aldi have started selling frozen avocados, very good.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Thompson
Date: 12 Mar 19 - 01:37 AM

I do this with close-to-the edge peppers: cut them up in big pieces, put these under the grill, skin side up. When the skin blackens, put them in a bowl, close covered. When they’re cool, pull off the skin & discard it..put the pepper pieces in olive oil. Delicious as a tasty extra on things like cheese sandwiches.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Jos
Date: 11 Mar 19 - 02:49 AM

I think I might replace the 'smoke flavor' and the garlic powder (neither of which I have) with smoked paprika and with garlic.
I can't eat guacamole (much as I would love too) so perhaps a few slices of tomato instead.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: leeneia
Date: 10 Mar 19 - 11:18 PM

I think I'll try those fajitas. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Mar 19 - 08:02 PM

I had two beautiful organic bell peppers that needed to be used soon so I took ribeye steak out of the freezer, used the rest of an onion in the fridge, and made a batch of fajitas (served in tortillas that I buy from a bakery up the street and freeze a few hours after they were made). I didn't want to set up the grill outside so I added some smoke flavor, a little Hoisin sauce, and salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Saute the beef but take it out still pink, then fry the onions and peppers in the oil the beef seasoned. Add it all back together for a couple of minutes and it's dinner. (The term "fajita" is "skirt" in Spanish, and these are traditionally made with skirt state that is grilled then sliced thin. I didn't have that, but I did slice the steak very thin.) Everything is cut into long strips to cook and it lines up easily in the tortilla. I topped them with some Tapatio hot sauce and a couple of tablespoons of guacamole on each one.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 10 Mar 19 - 01:43 PM

I did my dad a “birthday treat” on Friday. It had been a long day for him as he had an appointment at the city hospital and (accompanied by mum) was away from about 2pm, getting back a while after 7pm. I suggested that as it was so late that some (deep fried frozen chunky) chips and I for one had snacked might be nice. I then learned that he’d asked on the way home in the ambulance if he could have chips when he got home! Sometimes the simplest of things are the best.


Another OT thing. One I was pondering a couple of months ago and don't think I've mentioned here... My basic attempts are in a fairly small but I’d think reasonably well equipped kitchen and based around cooking for three. I wonder how people do more of more with less.

I think the hardest kitchen we had would have been the original (I later managed to move the kitchen out to an existing extension) kitchen in the second house we lived when in N Wales. It was a long thin corridor of a room with a spiral ring radiant electric cooker at one end and the sink at the other. I don’t remember anything in the way of work top space other than a little around the sink side. Microwaves weren’t around (or at least not a common feature of a UK kitchen) then.

She’d still manage to present a 3 course Christmas dinner with all the trimmings (and touches like glazed carrots, etc. as well as something veggie for herself) probably for ten (six in the immediate family for starters) with everything served perfectly warm.

Maybe it’s easy to some but the juggling acts I’d think it must involve seem beyond me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: leeneia
Date: 09 Mar 19 - 11:24 AM

Big Al - about that ham. Was it pre-cooked or not? Sometimes it's hard to tell from the packaging.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: leeneia
Date: 09 Mar 19 - 11:23 AM

I love avocados. I don't peel them, however. I scoop the flesh out with a teaspoon. It's easy and leaves only a thin film of flesh behind.

I like the sound of your recipe for avocado toast, Steve.
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Yesterday my Dear Husband hoisted himself into the dark, dusty attic of my old church to check for leaks and seal up new holes. I thanked him and asked, "Would you like something special for dinner as a reward?"

I had some possibilities in mind: roast pork with baked sweet potatoes, steak aux poivre, baked chicken with herbes de Provence... He had his own possibility; he wanted tuna and noodles.

the DH's tuna and noodles

Boil up some noodles or other form of pasta
While pasta is getting ready, drain one can of tuna in water
Make a cup of cream sauce
Chop or grate 3/4 cup cheddar cheese or other cheese of your choice Melt the cheese in the hot cream sauce
When pasta is done and drained, mix the drained tuna, cheesy sauce and noodles in a big serving bowl. Serve.

We haven't made this in 25 years. To me, tuna and noodles is a recipe for kids. The DH used to make it without the cream sauce. He simple threw the cheese onto the hot noodles, which clumped together in blobs. I like this way better.

It seems to me that some herb or flavoring ought to be added, but I don't know what.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Mar 19 - 11:35 PM

I wait till avocados are on sale then I let them ripen and make a large batch of guacamole and freeze it in ice cube trays. These are then stored in a freezer zip lock bag, and when needed I one or two cubes and let them defrost at room temperature or carefully zap them a few seconds at a time in the microwave. There is so much oil in them that it doesn't take long to soften. Don't put tomatoes in guacamole you're going to freeze, they are weird when it thaws.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 08 Mar 19 - 06:38 PM

I told you about that stash of extra avocados I accidentally bought. Well I peeled a couple of them tonight (they were perfect) and mashed them up roughly with a fork. I added a good squeeze of lime juice, a small pinch of chilli flakes and some salt and pepper and mixed it all up. I set that aside for an hour. Then I took a good handful of some particularly nice cherry toms (I bought them in M&S and tried to ignore the fact that they were almost certainly grown in the plasticos in Almería province in Spain), chopped them into little pieces and put them in a bowl with a little bit of my very finest Tuscan extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt.

Next, I took a few slices of panna Pugliese, a lovely, elastic, gluten-rich toasting bread from Puglia (you can buy it in Waitrose). You could use a good ciabatta instead. While the grill was heating, I basted, very slightly, each slice with a garlicky olive oil of my own making (easy - just smash a garlic clove with your fist and soak it in a few glugs of olive oil for a bit). Grill the toast on one side, flip then baste the other side and grill again. Cut the toast into pick-uppable pieces and top some with the avo mix and the rest with the tomato mix. Sprinkle a bit of chopped cilantro or parsley (I used parsley out of my garden) on the avo toasts and, optional, some baby basil leaves on the tomato toasts. An extra drizzle of your best olive oil on the tomato toasts is a sine qua non.

I'll tell you what. This is SO easy. The whole thing took me twenty minutes (and I've never done it before). It's food fit for a king, it fills you up, it goes great with any wine of a Friday night and it's vegan to boot!


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 08 Mar 19 - 10:50 AM

Help! Savoury pie for Pi Day ideas? Not sheperd's.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 08 Mar 19 - 09:26 AM

I remember when about 19/20, trying to grab every overtime hour on offer. I was setting and operating machines making ball pins for track rod ends then. I made a few mistakes including starting a machine up on myself and figured I was becoming a danger to myself and those around me.

More recently, my sleep has been erratic with nights with no sleep for quite a while. It does affect me but I don’t think it’s led to mistakes in cooking recently. That’s mum’s department lately. She stuck a load of sauce to the bottom of my favourite pan the other day. Yesterday’s casualty was MaMade and the big pan. A lot of the marmalade was salvageable but a bit discoloured. I think the remaining stuff should clean out of the pot with another go today. I think we put these down to another enemy, stress…

Onto food. I did try the Sag Aloo last week. A couple of changes: I opted to use a salad (said Jazzy on the packet) potato instead of the Maris Piper and didn’t bother peeling, mild chill powder (fearing the other might be to hot for here) and the whole packet (500 vs 400g) of spinach. The illustration seems to show small chunks of aubergine but mine (not that I mind this) wound up as part of the gravy. It was liked here and is one I’ll do again.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 08 Mar 19 - 05:50 AM

I don't know why I'm screwing up.

1) I left a pasta bake in the oven so long the cheese top was like a frisbee. Couldn't get your teeth into it.

2) I basted a ham i honey/clove powder and brown sugar. Then to warm it up before serving. I microwaved it. The knife, I'd just had sharpened literally bounced off it. Another recipe that defied humam dentistry.

that's so far. I'm not sure its lack of sleep. I sleep, but I'm still on 'musician's hours'.. I was still gigging occasionally up to last month. Though its about six years since i did it as a full time job.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: leeneia
Date: 07 Mar 19 - 10:07 AM

Big Al, you say you are making mistakes. The first question is, Are you getting enough sleep? Think about it.
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I just read a book about the brain, and it said that brain states persist. I find that sleep persists in my brain. That is, after I wake up, I remain foggy for a while. I wait to take a shower (which requires good balance), take medication or drive until I know I am fully awake.

This would apply to cooking, too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 07 Mar 19 - 08:53 AM

Stilly River Sage, once the cilantro is in the bag, throw that nasty stuff away, bag and all. Parsley I preserve in garlic butter...

Yes, I have the genetic deficiency of Cilantro Is Repulsive.

Just kidding for you others.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Donuel
Date: 07 Mar 19 - 06:13 AM

I like to make sweet and hot or sweet and sour chicken stews.
I start with pre cooked chicken.

The sweet is crushed and chunk pineapple and the sour is aa little vinegar.
The hot ingredient is up to you and the rest is all your favorite veggies. I use piquant hot sauce, sausage bits and a touch of ghost pepper.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 07 Mar 19 - 05:09 AM

That's a good idea. I do the same thing with parsley, which is just as good out of the freezer as fresh as long as you don't need it for a sprinkly green appearance on top of the finished dish. I just had a breakfast of two mini-piada (Italian flatbreads), heated in a dry pan then used as a sort of sandwich with a squashed avocado in the middle. I didn't think I'd enjoy it as I was just using up excess purchases, but it was very nice. I suppose I could have manned up the avo with some seasoning and lemon. I'd needed two ripe avocados last night but Sainsbury's were selling off all their ripe 'n' readies half price. You do have to be suspicious of avocados at times (stringy, blackened middles) so, considering the cheap price, I bought extra. They are all perfect, so I now have a stash. I can afford another avocado brekkie tomorrow and I might make my chunky guacamole for Friday. Or we could have a tricolore salad, with slices of avocado, halved cherry tomatoes (the southern European ones have been good all winter) and chopped-up mozzarella, dressed with the finest extra virgin olive oil and a dash of freshly-ground black pepper. Tricolore because it has the three colours of the Italian flag. It's a bit like an insalata Caprese but with cojones...

I rarely bother with buffalo mozzarella. It's expensive and a bit too milky-sloppy for me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Mar 19 - 09:17 PM

Charmion, wash the cilantro, pull the leaves off of the stems, then fill a heavy-duty ziplock bag with the leaves. Zip it almost completely closed and then press down on the bag to remove as much air as possible and finish the zip close. Freeze that flat green bag, and any time you need some, go through the rapid operation of opening the bag and breaking off a chunk of the leaves. Put the bag in the freezer as soon as possible and before the chunk has thawed, give it a rough crumble with your fingers and palms into whatever you're cooking. It's as close to fresh as you'll get if you don't want to buy fresh and toss out 90% of it each time. The entire operation has to take about 20 seconds or the bag and the broken piece begin to rapidly soften.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 06 Mar 19 - 02:21 PM

I've made some really shit meals recently. Really sodding stupid mistakes.

I just do really stupid things sometimes! Idiot!


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