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Thought I'd kick this off with what we know and love as "Cheer Up Fudgey Chocolate Brownies"

4oz Marg
4oz Chocolate (we use tesco smart price for this, 28p)
8oz Sugar
4 eggs
1.5 oz cocoa powder
8oz self raising flour

Melt chocolate and marg together on a low heat

Stir in the eggs and sugar

Add Flour and Cocoa and mix well

Pour into a 30cm x 35cm roasting tin
Bake for 15mins @ 180oC

They are meant to be gooey in the middle, let them cool fully before tucking in. Needless to say this a treat and not an everyday thing.
that sounds lovely.
I don't do a lot in the way of cookery now, but will have to have a look for some recipes.
No worries lazydaisy, I just find cooking good for stress. Which leads me to this... Haven't had a takeaway in 3 yrs? Me either! This is the most extravagant thing we have and I make the buns. All in all I've costed this at 56p a burger including buns and trimmings

Curry Burgers (makes 6)
500g mince (we use pork mince for this)
1 small onion
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp mild chilli powder
2 tsp mixed herbs
(salad and cheese for topping optional)

Dice the onions finely and chuck into a mixing bowl with the herbs and spices
Add the mince and knead in the onions etc until evenly spread
Split into 6 make into giant meatballs and flatten
Grill for 15 mins at 200 oC
Hey, great idea for a thread Laura. May have to adapt some of those recipes (as I eat a slightly different diet).
Here's my contribution:

Socca bread
Mix equal parts of gram flour (also known as chickpea flour) and water (I use 1 3/8 cups) with 2 tablespoons of oil and salt. Pour the mixture into baking trays so they come up about 1.5 cms. Then simply bake at about 230 degrees for 20 mins.

Hooray! Nice, quick pancakey bread that's naturally gluten, wheat, dairy and sugar free. Suitable for vegematarians and vegans!

It can also be made with 1/2 tsp of turmeric, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander, black pepper, ginger and some stirred in chopped onions and garlic to make a spiced bread that goes really well with curry.
KEDGEREE. I got this from Jamie Oliver and simplified it into real terms.

• 2 large eggs
• 500g smoked haddock (frozen is fine)
• 2 fresh bay leaves
• Mug of long grain or basmati rice
• salt
• butterghee (or butter)
• 1/2 tsp ginger paste
• 1 medium onion, finely chopped
• 1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
• 1 heaped tsp curry powder
• 1/2 tspn mustard powder
• 1/2 tspn easy chilli.
• 2 tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
• lemon juice
• 2 good handfuls of fresh coriander, leaves picked and chopped
• a small pot of natural yoghurt (I prefer creme fraiche)

Hard boil the eggs and allow to cool.
Put the fish and bay leaves in a pan and cover with enough water or milk. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for about 5 - 10 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove from pan and leave to cool. (Remove any skin from fish), flake into chunks and set aside.

Cook the rice in salted water for about 10 minutes and drain. Refresh in cold water, drain again, set aside.

Melt the butterghee in a pan over a low heat. Add the ginger, onion and garlic. Soften for about 5 minutes, then add the curry powder and mustard powder. Cook for a further few minutes, then add the chopped tomatoes and lemon juice.

Quarter the eggs. Add the fish and rice to a pan and gently heat through. Sit the eggs on top to heat, most of the coriander and stir gently. Place in a warm serving dish. Mix the rest of the coriander into the yoghurt (or creme fraiche) and serve with the kedgeree.


It's a favourite in our house and quick to make. The fresh coriander gives it a real lift.

Note that all spices are to our taste, add or subtract as you please.
Remember that recipes, like speed limits, are just guidelines. Image
Remember that recipes, like speed limits, are just guidelines. Image
Image:D damn right sprinter Image:D

Lamb Cofte Kebabs (or what we tell the dog we'll make him into if he misbehaves, poor little Cofte!)
500g minced lamb
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
2 fat garlic cloves crushed
1 tbsp chopped mint
4 pitta breads
Small tub of natural unflavoured yoghurt
bag of salad
(serves 4 hungry people)

Mix together all the ingredients until well blended. Divide into 8 balls, then roll each ball on a board with a cupped hand to turn them into ovals.

Thread onto metal skewers and brush with oil.

To cook on a griddle: heat the pan until you can feel a good heat rising and cook for 3-4 mins each side. (you can always do these on a BBQ if you can be bothered)

Don't turn until they are well sealed or the meat will stick to the grill or pan when cooked let it rest while you prep the salad and pitta breads. Serve the Cofte's with yoghurt in the pitta bread.

mmm tasty and better than a kebab van!
One Pot mushrooms and rice (or what we eat when theres nothing in the cupboard!)
200g rice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion
tin of mushrooms (285g tesco value sliced works well)
2 bell peppers
400g can chopped tomatoes
425ml vegetable stock

Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole dish or stock pot, add the onion, then fry until softened
Stir in the mushrooms, then fry briefly.
Add the rice, stir to coat in the oil, then add the peppers, tomatoes and stock.
Bring to the boil, give it a stir, cover and bake for 20-25 mins at 190oC until the rice is tender.

if you've got it a squirt of brown sauce and a couple of drops of worchestershire sauce makes this taste amazing but its not entirely necessary. If you're feeling flush and not a vegetarian feel free to stick in some chicken.
Tonight I am trying a roast chicken with 30 cloves of garilc (Actually not quite 30, probably 20) which is a Delia, serving with a camenbert sauce and salad. All dished up in a basket Image Image

Apologies if you can smell the garlic, my eyes are streaming.

I'll report back later.
Skinny chips

Peel and slice up your potatoes approx 2 medium potatoes a person(we like them nice and thick Image )

par microwave 1 min per spud

Stick in a roasting tin and squirt with fry light

Put under the grill until nice and brown.

mmm nom's!

If you're feeling well off and have a nice fishmongers I've got a good cornflour and fizzy water batter mix and plain flour and beer works well too Image feel free to ask, but other than that stick in what ever you fancy for your chips me dears. Cheaper than a chippy chips Image
Tonight I am trying a roast chicken with 30 cloves of garilc (Actually not quite 30, probably 20) which is a Delia, serving with a camenbert sauce and salad. All dished up in a basket Image Image

Apologies if you can smell the garlic, my eyes are streaming.

I'll report back later.
Sprinter, hope you enjoy it! It's based on a French recipe calling for 40 cloves of garlic: roast in the oven like that the garlic is quite sweet.
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