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Post some good recipes here!
« on: November 15, 2017, 06:14:18 pm »
I thought it would be interesting to start a recipe thread for people to share their favorite meals and for people to get some new recipe ideas if they want to diversify their culinary prowess. I'll start...

Shredded chicken for wraps, tacos, burritos, etc.
One of the easiest and most delicious recipes you could ask for.

Ingredients:
2 frozen, boneless chicken breasts
1/2 of a jar of salsa
2.5 tbl. taco seasoning

Put all of the ingredients in a slow cooker or crockpot and let it cook on low heat all day. When you're ready to serve, scoop out the contents, and shred the chicken with two forks and stir until the juices/seasonings have been evenly spread.

This chicken makes an amazing filling for tacos, wraps, burritos, or almost anything Mexican! It's a favorite of mine, because you can quickly throw all the ingredients in the cooker, and just let it cook itself while you're gone all day. The chicken to so tender, and there's little excess juice.


The chicken when it is done being shredded.


My favorite use for the chicken: in a burrito with rice, spinach, sharp cheddar, and some crushed Fritos.
« Last Edit: November 17, 2017, 12:07:52 am by Colorful Arty »
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Re: Post some good recipes here!
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2017, 11:45:10 pm »
great idea for a thread. :thumbsup:

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Re: Post some good recipes here!
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2017, 11:47:47 pm »
I'm pretty terrible at cooking and can't really make anything fancy, but I do like to cook up Italian sausage, rice, and peas then mix 'em together. A simple dish, but tasty nonetheless.

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Re: Post some good recipes here!
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2017, 11:51:57 pm »
My tomato sauce is as follows
at least 1 16oz can of tomato sauce.
1 cup of water
tomato past with either garlic herbs or Italian herbs
salt and black pepper
Italian season with extra basil
garlic power if needed
parmesian
balsamic vinegar
olive oil
a few dressing and finally butter

still until perfection, I made it so good once that my mom just hugged me from the taste.

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Re: Post some good recipes here!
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2017, 12:05:23 am »
garlic power if needed

Garlic is ALWAYS needed. At least for non-dessert dishes. :laugh:
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Re: Post some good recipes here!
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2017, 05:00:23 am »
I actually do a variation on Colorful Arty's chicken recipe. The biggest difference is tortellini.

2-3 boneless chicken breasts
1 full jar of salsa
1 bag of frozen tortellini
seasoning to taste

Start with the chicken and half the salsa.  Cook in the crockpot until the chicken is almost done.  Shred the chicken and add the rest of the salsa, the tortellini, and seasonings.  Continue cooking until the tortellini and chicken are fully cooked.  Serve with shredded cheese.

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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2017, 05:41:40 am »
This is a Spaghetti Bolognese recipe that Lucia gave to me and it is serving me well and keeping my food costs down during the difficult time I'm going through being between jobs.

This can make a week's supply of the stuff if you portion it into food bags and then freeze it (which is what I'm doing).

Alternately, this can feed a group of people :)

You Will Need:
1kg Fresh Mince (less than 5% fat is ideal)
500g of Pasta or Spaghetti
1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
Plenty of Garlic Powder (crushed Garlic Cloves will also do fine)
6 Tablespoons Tomato Puree
1 Beef Stock Cube
BBQ Sauce

1. Oil The Frying Pan
2. Fry the Mince until Brown Crispy Bits
3. Whilst Mince is browning, boil full kettle
4. Put snapped Spaghetti or Pasta (doesn't need snapping) into big Saucepan
5. Add boiling kettle to pasta and boil, keeping back a bit of boiling water for Step 7
6. Add salt to Pasta/Spag and Mince. Add Garlic Powder to Mince
7. When Mince begins to spit because it's dry, pour the remaining boiling water in to cup and melt stockcube into boiling water. Once dissolved add to frying pan with Mince
8. When most of this has been absorbed, add whole tin of tomatoes to mince.
9. Add 6 tablespoons tomato puree to the mixture in the frying pan. Add more Garlic Powder and add BBQ sauce
10. Then let it boil for 5-7 minutes.
11. Strain Pasta/Spag in colander.

Cost to make: Around £6
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Re: Post some good recipes here!
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2017, 10:25:53 am »
We posted a couple of recipes when I was visiting Simon:
https://www.lemmingsforums.net/index.php?topic=2209.0
https://www.lemmingsforums.net/index.php?topic=1272.0
Alas, most of the pictures are missing due to asdfasdf going down and Dropbox deciding that breaking hundreds of thousands of links by removing the public folders is not a big issue.

Apart from that, there are two things that are two more things that are really good and super easy to make (and also in large amounts), especially if you have a rice cooker:

Thai (Green/Yellow/Red/Panang/Massaman) Curry
Buy a bucket of curry paste and couple cans of coconut milk. Briefly fry the curry paste with oil and/or a bit of coconut milk, then add the remaining coconut milk and vegetables/chicken/whatever you like. Cook for a while (30 minutes to 2 hours, don't need to attend it, just check when everything is as soft as you like it). Serve with rice. Approximate proportions are usually stated on the curry paste.
Bonus trick: If using chicken, very briefly sear the meat with oil at high temperature before putting it in the pot. That can make it more juicy in the end.

Chili con carne
Fry some onions in a pot. Add minced meat and fry a bit more. Now add beans, corn, carrots, diced tomatoes (you can find all of that canned if you're lazy) and water if it's too thick and cook for a while (until everything is as soft as you'd like it). While cooking, add spices/herbs until you like the taste. E.g. salt, cayenne pepper, paprika, marjoram, ... If you used tomato paste which can be a bit sour, add sugar to counter it. Serve with rice.

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« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2017, 12:29:05 am »
mobius' omelettes:

Eggs
onion
pepper (I usually use green but hot peppers work too)
shredded cheese
(optional) already cooked bacon, ham or some kind of meat.
Salt, pepper, oregano and chives

Chop up about a small handful of onion and pepper of choice into fine pieces. Put butter into a skillet/pan and heat it (medium heat) up until the butter begins to melt. When the butter begins to foam and crackle is the magic moment; put the peppers and onions into the pan and let them cook for a few minutes. Toss or shake the pan around often, so they move around and get evenly cooked.
While this is going on crack two eggs. Sprinkle in a tiny bit of salt, pepper, oregano and chives, then scramble or stir them up.
When the vegetables are getting charred (brown/black) marks on them and the smell is delicious; pour in the eggs.
Now comes the difficult part; this takes practice. The eggs should spread fairly thin. DON'T let the pan sit still and walk away. Move it around, shaking and titling, occasionally letting the eggs cover every inch of the pan. Sprinkle in a shredded cheese of choice (I prefer cheddar or Swiss) and other stuff too if you'd like, like bacon or salsa or other vegetables or meat (these should be precooked). Sometimes I use corned beef hash. Sprinkle these thing on top of the cooking eggs; don't stir or push them in.
Now Once you see the egg is starting to harden and get more gelatin like than liquid: You're going to slide the pan back and forth in a quick jerking motion also tilting it slightly up and down. The goal is to flip the egg around and cover up the toppings you just put in. You can do it multiple times to ensure everything is covered up.
OR: you can cheat and flip it manually with a spatula. This however (besides not being as cool) can be messier if you're not careful. (of course until you get the technique of flipping down the first method can be messy too).
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Re: Post some good recipes here!
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2017, 02:48:04 am »
Dang those sound good mobius. It's been a very long time since I've had an egg-based dish, having not liked them as a kid, but maybe it's time to give them another shot. I've never cooked an omelette before though...
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« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2017, 01:16:23 am »
Potato Beef Casserole

One of the most American dishes ever probably.

Ingredients:
Ground beef
Potatoes
Can of corn
Milk
Butter
Salt
Pepper
Taco Seasoning
Shredded cheese (optional)

Scrub and peel 8-10 potatoes (or 4 very large ones). Cut them into small pieces and put them into a pot. Fill the pot with water until all pieces are submerged, and bring to a boil. Once they have started boiling, turn the heat down to low and let them simmer for 25-30 minutes or until soft.

While the potatoes are simmering, brown the beef in pan on the stove, and drain the fat when it is done. Add the can of corn and 4 tbl. of taco seasoning and simmer.

When the potatoes are soft, drain the water and add 1.5 tbl. butter and a little milk, as well as 1 tsp. of salt and pepper each, and mash the potatoes. The goal is to get them soft and with few lumps, but not creamy. If they're not soft enough, add more milk.

Pour the meat and corn mixture into 9x13 glass pan and pour the mashed potatoes on top of it. Spread the potatoes evenly over the meat. Add some shredded cheese on top if you like, and bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. Serve ideally with (American) biscuits and a green salad.



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« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2017, 10:21:50 pm »
I've seen similar dishes like that called "Shepard's Pie", but I don't know why.

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here's Julia child with a good demo of how to make omellette's. I like mine cooked a little longer than she does hers though.

https://youtu.be/hWi3NwDrQok?t=3m6s


I want to make homemade salsa. If I come up with anything good I'll post it here.
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« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2017, 11:13:30 pm »
I've seen similar dishes like that called "Shepard's Pie", but I don't know why.

Shepherd's pie is the name for a similar dish that uses lamb rather than beef.

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« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2017, 12:46:31 am »
I like the way that the chicken is done in Colorful Arty's first recipe, :) sort of gives you food for thought with the whole shredded chicken thing, looks tasty. Might try that one time.

Oh those chicken wraps from mcdonalds are really nice. I was never too keen on the piri piri chicken one they had, maybe it was a bit too hot or too spicy, I always get those too mixed up.

Anyone like the take away donor kebab that is very tasty, probably very unhealthy as well. I usually get a takeaway on a friday night which is most often a kebab, sometimes I get the chicken pakora. Hey they should make chicken pakora as the main course instead of just for the starter. I usually see pakora most often as a starter in the Indian restaurants.  Maybe if they do make it as a main course they would probably have to give you more pakora.

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« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2018, 02:48:26 am »
I've seen similar dishes like that called "Shepard's Pie", but I don't know why.

Shepherd's pie is the name for a similar dish that uses lamb rather than beef.

that makes sense! :D (but also evil!!! :devil: ) People must have taken this name though and used it for non-lamb dishes too, I've heard people call beef and chicken dishes of similar nature Shepard's pie around here.

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old fashioned Apple Crisp!

4 cups sliced apples (grannysmith work best imo)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 oats (the kind you use to make oatmeal works fine)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4-1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/3 cup cold butter

-grease (butter) 8 inch square pan so the apples won't stick
-place apples in first
-mix the other ingredients in a bowl
-Using a mincing tool or anything mesh-like; stir up the ingredients cutting up the butter into it so it gets crumbly. (butter must be cold or it won't get right). Once the butter's crumbled into small pieces and its mixed; sprinkle/pour over the apples.
-Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes.
-Serve warm with ice cream!

this serving is rather small for a large family; it won't last long. You could always double it.
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