1) Spaghetti Bolognaise (sort of)
minced beef or pork
herbs of choice (can't choose what you don't have...)
rinsed & drained flageolet beans
Cook off all the dry ingredients, whack in the stock cube and tinned tomatoes. Possibly add some more wet things depending on whether I have drunk all the wine in the house already or not...
Serve with spaghetti.
Potatoes and white sauce - with any additions you fancy eg. garlic, ham, cheese, herbs.
I used to work in a tearoom whose white sauce recipe goes along the lines of:
Put 1pt milk in a saucepan on a lowish heat. Have a whisk handy then add 1 heaped tablespoon of flour & whisk it in. Bring to the boil. Boil ferociously for 1 minute then turn down and simmer for 3 minutes. Don't add anything to the sauce prior to boiling. After you've boiled it for a minute you can add salt, pepper etc.
Thinly slice potatoes and layer in a greased baking dish. Pour over the white sauce. Bake for an hour & a half. Some people top this with cheese but I prefer it without. I have possibly been conditioned by living with a cheesophobe for the last 4ish years.
3) Thai Green Curry
Chicken/beef and/or vegetables of choice
I just follow the instructions on the back of the tin of coconut milk - it's GREAT! Don't have one in the cupboard or I'd copy it out for you.
This is in here as it's one of my fella's favourites & I'm pretty keen.
Mix flour with pepper and a little salt. Flour the fish with this mixture & fry for a few minutes each side.
7) Sunday Roast
8) Fish Pie
Recipe link - this has cheese on top though which I still don't like.
9) Pancakes (boyfriend's favourite)
4oz plain flour
Whisk it all up with a food mixer then ladle into hot frying pan and play the fun 'who can toss the best (no smut please!)' game!
I use a basic sponge recipe but with a tiny bit less butter and I add in some of the juice from a can of pineapple rings, then just lay the pineapple out, pour over the sponge & bake.
11) Gingerbread. This one's a favourite coz I had never made it before Christmas and was very excited to find how EASY it was.Recipe link
12) Marble Cake
Check out Burekaboy's blog this week (see sidebar). My boyfriend and I last made this for my birthday together. It was great fun.
13) Apple & Blackberry Crumble
Use cooking apples & blackberries. Cook them on the hob with a little sugar if they're too tart (which they might be if you've picked them early) til the mixture is soft but not mush.
Cheat and buy ready made topping from the shops... top and bake in the oven for 20 mins or so til it's brown.
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