For various reasons this week I haven’t had to cook many meals. So it made me feel more able to try something new. I’ve been meaning to cook some more Lorraine Pascale recipes from her first book “Baking Made Easy”.
Mr Cookingfanatic has an extraordinary memory – although unable to remember anything he was taught in Science at school, he has an amazing capacity for remembering food. Particularly every meal he has eaten on every holiday he has ever been on. But the more mundane food memory unfortunately passes him by. When I sit down to do the online shopping order for the week, neither he nor I can remember 7 basic meals we eat.
Before baby cookingfanatic, I used to like recipes you could make from scratch in less than 15 minutes. Now I like recipes I can prepare ages in advance, which don’t involve standing over a pan in a panic at the end while baby cooking fanatic hangs off my trousers demanding food. Continue reading “Mango chicken and rice bake”
Home Cooking Made Easy p127
It seems fitting to be cooking the final recipe from the challenge today on New Year’s Eve. So fasten your seatbelts readers, (or passengers) for one final ride on the rollercoaster that is my Home Cooking Made Easy 2012 Challenge.
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This recipe requires raw shell-on prawns, which for me were impossible to find. Not even the fish man on the market had any. In the end I settled for cooked shell-on prawns from Morrisons, as the point is really simmering the shells for about 30 minutes.
Home Cooking Made Easy p127
I can rarely be bothered to do a roast on Sundays but this dish satisfies that Sunday urge for meat and fat, without quite so much time and effort.
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“When it is cold outside, having a substantial salad with a warm dressing really is just the ticket.” It’s not though, is it? A hearty bean cassoulet would hit the spot, or a succulent roast chicken with all the trimmings. But a pear salad? No. This is a great summer dish, and good for a special lunch once in a while.
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I’m not very good at growing plants. My Mum wouldn’t let me have a pet as a child because she said I wouldn’t look after it, but she eventually let me have a cactus, which I killed. She may have had a point. When we lived in London, I forgot you had to water outside pot plants, because I was used to Manchester, where it’s always raining. Now baby cookingfanatic loves watering the houseplants and some of them have made a miraculous recovery.
Home Cooking Made Easy p116
I’m sure most of you use the word “minted” as a synonym for “cool,” “ace,” “hip,” etc. E.g. “That car is well minted bruv.” But I must advise you that this recipe title is in fact referring to the common herb, mint, and not urban speak.
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Lorraine describes this dish as “the ultimate dish to prepare if you are in a hurry.” I would have thought the ultimate would be that great student dish, pasta and salt, or even quicker, toast.