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Planning on making this at the weekend www.bbcgoodfood.com/re...

Anyone know where I'd get fresh jalapeños? I fancy making the chipotle paste myself.

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For sure, but no cooking, no dishes. I love it :-)
But yeah, have to knock it on the head soon.

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Learn to cook anyway FFS. Eating out most nights of the week would be for sure a lot more expensive than cooking for yourself.

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See, we eat out, a LOT! I kinda think if you're cooking at home and the ingrediants are reaching about 5 quid a head, then you might as well just put another few quid to it and eat out. There's lots of places you cen get offers and good meals for about £7 a head.

The whole idea of learning to cook is to stop us from going out every night. And we're moving away from the city centre at the end of the month so there won't be so many places to go.

But if cooking is going to be expensive, then it semi defeats the purpose for me.

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Jamie Oliver uses a feck load of ingredients which is a pain in the ass and the reason I never owned one of his cookbooks until I was given one. Once you start building up a store of dry ingredients though, it's usually easy enough to buy the fresh ones and start cooking.

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My cook book collection is getting seriously big. heading for 50/60. Got another 4 for christmas there as well. Got a Thomas Keller book about 6 months ago and still haven't tried anything from it as the recipes are seriously complex.

www.amazon.co.uk/Frenc...

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Ministry of Food not available for Kindle, and the 30 Minute one is £26. Ouch!

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Ministry of food is the best one to start with IMO

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I got the 30 minute one for my birthday before Christmas. It's not too bad, made a few things from it. The sausage pasta thing was a bit rotten IMO but the rest liked it. That's all I got, I usually get a load of not this year for some reason :(

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if you don't cook then start with some of Jaime oliver's book. Basic, simple you can't really go wrong tbh. No matter what you make you will need ingredients and a basic larder. The trick to make the recipe as directed and freeze it or reduce the measures in the recipe down to meet the amount you need. Important bit of the recipe is where it says makes enough to feed x people. So if you're only cooking for 1/2 and the recipe says 4 then half all measures. Simples.

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I don't cook. I want to cook. Anyone recommend any good books?
Look for simple meals that are cost effective.

I keep looking through these book and each the meals seems to need a fuck load of ingredients. Imagine there'd be a lot of wasteage.

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The 15 min meals book is just ok. I adapt stuff in it rather than following religuously to the actual recipe. Decent for day to day dinners that need no thought.

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Really? I have the 30min one and its great. I make the seabass with mango chutney sweet potato mash all the time.

and macho peas!! nom

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Gf got Jamie's 15 minute meals = looks like a complete crock of shit tbh!!

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So who got cookbooks for Chrimbo?!

I got the 'Hairy Dieters'. Gee thanks (from bf's mum).

Love it so far.

Also got 100 of Mary Berry's cakes and bakes :) This weekend though I'm going to make the Sunday Brunch 'Mince Pie Cheesecake' from last week. Not sure its the best idea for my first cheesecake but gonna give it a whirl.

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Got a slow cooker cookbook and its a basic recipe of fresh ginger, garlic, cumin seeds, turmeric, coriander leaf and chopped tomato and cream. Only difference i made was when browning the lamb pieces i fried it in garlic butter and added honey and crushed chili

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And theres garam masala in there also

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that sounds good muzka, what recipe did you use?

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I have a dishwasher so luckily don't care about dishes

Been making a lamb rhogan josh today from scratch in my slow cooker. The lovely smell is torturing my taste buds

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lol @ "I have a dishwasher so luckily don't care about dishes" check out the fucking high roller.

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They do them at the deli counter in Tesco, although the big jars of them are pretty good and very cheap compared to buying them fresh.

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does anyone make chicken & pasta type dishes for lunch in work, ie a cold dish that you can eat from a lunchbox?

any tips for sauces? was thinking some sort of garlicy tomato & herb based sauce

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link up the best food blogs folks.

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This is one of my favourite recipes at the minute. Butterbean and Chorizo stew.really simple to make and delicious, especially next day leftovers
www.deliciousmagazine....

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i ususally make a big batch of this every other week or so:

chorizo, chickpeas, lentils, tinned tomatoes, garlic, onion, mushroom, basil, oregano and then just reheat it with rice or spuds or something. really cheap and tasty

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haha starsky, great minds

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There's a craze in our office at the minute of people growing their own chillis. Think a few people have jalapenos on the go, but it's mainly these wee tiny ones called fiery something.

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yep. It's great. I think the grated lemon zest adds an extra frisson that raises it above a standard ragu.

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i usually squeeze some lemon juice over it just before i eat it along with some chooped tomato and basil

god its good

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sounds good matt, will have a go at that next week

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Sauce for meatballs / leftover chicken / prawns

Heat tablespoon of olive oil in pot. Fry off some crushed garlic gloves until browned. Add two a couple of tins of chopped tomatoes, 250ml of stock and a tablespoon of brown sugar. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 15 minutes. I normally mash it a bit to puree it.

Throw it on top of cooked meatballs in casserole dish, add chorizo, mushrooms, peppers and butterbeans, stick it in the oven for about 20 mins and serve with rice.

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Thanks lads, off the drink so want to get in to cooking for something to do at the weekends. When I say off the drink I'm open to having a nice bottle of wine in the house with a meal just off going out binging!

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get fresh jalapeños in tesco near the ginger and other herbs. in small bags with other hot peppers. never specifically named jalapeños but you'll see them in the bag, with like a scotch bonnet and 2 or 3 other hot peppers.

con, if you have a blender just chuck in a tomato, piece of fresh garlic, the herbs you like, lemon juice and salt. home made dressings ftw!

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and olive oil to thon dressing.

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A good lunchtime pasta recipe I usually do quite often is:

1x Tin of chopped tomatoes
2x clove of garlic finely chopped
1x pinch of sugar
2x tsp dried oregano
1x hot chilli chopped
1x Onion finely chopped
3x rasher of smoked bacon chopped.
Big handful of sliced mushrooms.
1x tblsp of fresh basil.
Plenty of salt + Pepper

Fry off the garlic, onion and chilli in oil for a couple of minutes. Throw in the bacon and fry it for a couple of mins add the mushrooms and oregano. Throw in chopped tomato and pinch of sugar. Maybe add half a can of water (or chicken stock) as well here to make a sauce. Simmer for 20mins until reduced and thickened. Season to taste and add the basil at the last minute. Usually combined with penne or twists for a decent lunch. Add some parmesan when eating too.

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This pasta sauce is the db's

www.tesco.com/grocerie...

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Great recipe for spelt crust pizza with fennel, proscuitto and ham. Too good.

www.epicurious.com/rec...

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i have found jamie oliver' ministry of food book great

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EAT EM!

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i will have them for tea today with pasta, avocado salad and marie rose sauce. i'm thinking.

i was never into them, always a bit frightened of them actually but i tried them again last week and have been hankering for them since.

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what do yall like to do with prawns.

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Saw this recipe for Chicken Tikka Massala the other day and gave it a lash. I would usually order madras/dansak patia so I added some extra fresh chillis, it turned out great

uktv.co.uk/food/recipe...

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Piss easy dish I made yesterday:

2 x turkey breast loins marinated in following for 1 hour (prob better to do for longer)

2 x big orange hand squeezed to death, curry powder found in cupboard, cumin, crushed chillies, black pepper, tablespoon of this to thicken: www.hollandandbarrett.... (expensive but lasts ages - I take in my porridge in the morning = far nicer)

grill turkey - spoon on more of marinade while grilling

brown rice in the big - takes about 25 mins

mixed veg stir fried

Easy and delicious!!

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Anyone used lime leaves before?

How many leaves would be rough equivalent of the zest of one lime? Are the two even comparable?

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kaffir lime leaves?

2 leaves is roughly similar to the zest of one lime.

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kafir lime leaves are great in thai curry love the smell of them

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Slow roast a couple of kilos of tomatoes with oil, balsamic, garlic, basil, oregano and seasoning till they're really looking dried up. Stir through hot spaghetti for something instant, or liquidise and use as a sauce for pizzas or other pasta dishes

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Made a naga chicken masala at the weekend there. A teaspoon of the naga seasoning made it one of the hottest curtsy I've had. Proper tasty though lovely and sweet and smoky.

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naga seasoning? i want

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My chilli plants just stopped growing for some reason. Got 12 wee shoots with a few leaves and that was it. Dorset naga and scotch bonnett.

Kaffir lime leaves, freeze dried. You crush them up or just buck 'em in?

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you just put them in id imagine, and you can remove them again after

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