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Pooka's Invented Recipe #2 [Mar. 18th, 2007|03:52 pm]

Here's something I invented while in my third year at uni:

Mince Surprise! (the surprise is... you never know what it'll be...)

This is definitely a main meal, and it can easily be shared between about 4, but of course due to the random nature of the dish the size is variable.

- Vegetarian mince (frozen)
- Tomatoes (tinned and/or raw) and purée
- Olive oil
- Salt and/or black pepper
- Vegetables (any - I used lettuce, mostly, but whatever you like); fresh green salad works
- Cress
- Vegetarian sausages (optional)

1. Heat a large saucepan on a hob to a medium-high heat and pile the veggie mince into it on its own. (Don't add any water.) Poke with a wooden spoon so it breaks up and keep stirring / prodding until it begins to sizzle.

2. Chop any raw tomatoes you have or drain any tinned tomatoes you're using and throw them all into the cooking mince. Stir thoroughly.

3. Finely chop the vegetables or salad. What you're actually wanting is miniscule strips of the things which don't obstruct anything. Think stir-fry vegetable size. When you're done, pile them all in and stir once again.

4. At this point add a few spoonfuls of tomato purée (if you like tomatoes, that is).

5. If you're using the vegetarian sausages, fry them in a pan or wok with the olive oil at this point.

6. Add salt and pepper to flavour and leave for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. The important thing is to make sure the mince is throughly cooked; the rest of the ingredients are just there to complement it.

7. Add a couple of tablespoonfuls of olive oil; stir once again. If you're using the veggie sausages, they should be fried by now so add those while still hot (chop them into pieces first, though).

8. Serve onto however many plated or bowls. Sprinkle cress liberally over the top. Eat with plain water and bread & butter for best effect. If Top Gear is on the telly, even better.
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Lentils wth Spinach [Nov. 30th, 2006|01:40 pm]

This one is really easy. I made it last night for the first time and it was surprisingly yummy.

Red split lentils - some - I used half a 500g bag I think!
Spinach - a 250g bag
1 or 2 red onion(s) chopped
Bacon - chopped up bits or veggie bacon bits
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tsp sugar
2tbsp nut oil or olive oil

Cook the lentils in a pan of water with the 1tsp of mustard seeds - about 20mins, then drain and put to the side.

Use the same pan - saves on washing up - to fry the onions in the nut oil or olive oil whichever you prefer. fry up the bacon in with the onions.

Add the cidar vinegar and the sugar, mix up, add the lentils, mix up and then add the spinach and mix round until it's wilted, make sure it's heated through.


Very simple and also very tasty - I was surprised.
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Christmas [Nov. 15th, 2006|10:48 am]

[mood |bouncybouncy]

Has anyone got any christmas gifts ideas? Like Jams or chutneys? I have a load od empty jars and dunno what to do with them :o)
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Easy Banana Pudding For The Campfire [Nov. 10th, 2006|09:34 am]

[Current Location |west kensington]
[mood |refreshedrefreshed]

Hello all, about time I put a recipe on here says me! I'm intending to post a recipe for cottage pie a bit later, but need to, more accuratly, list ingrediants,weights measures and cooking times.

For now, have a recipe that's easy to do with a camp fire. I guess you could replicate it in a slightly warm oven :)

Do this when the campfire/barbecue is down to low flames or embers.


Tin Foil
Bananas (1 per person, or 2 if you're feeling peckish ;) )
One or more of the following, if wanted:
Chocolate Buttons/drops
Marshmellows (you may have to chop them up)
Chopped up mars bars

You can add any sweet combinations you want or think will work, these are only my suggestions!

What to do:

Take a skinned banana and make a lengthways slit into the skin only (don't worry if you get some of the banana too!)

Put banana into some tin foil, enough to completly wrap around it, but don't wrap it up yet!

Stuff the chocolate/marshmellows/nuts and/or trickle some honey into the slit, inside the skin as much as possible. Choose whichever combination you want or add whichever sweet ingrediants you think work best!

Wrap the tinfoil completly around the banana.

Repeat with as many bananas as you want.

Add tinfoil wrapped bananas to the embers or over barbeque and leave for about 5-10 minutes (shouldn't take long). Carefully remove from heat.

Leave to cool, unwrap tin foil when it's ok to touch and use a spoon the gobble up the sugary, gooey, bananary stuff!
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Pooka's Invented Recipe #1 [Oct. 27th, 2006|01:49 pm]

Mmmkay. Well, during my three years at uni, I tended to invent meals as and when required. Some of them went down well, some not-so-well, most were pretty good but I've never tried them again, and all are 100% vegetarian.

Here's one of the best:

Potato Burger Indulgence

This is something to be made for a main meal. It's quick and easy to eat but having it as a snack might be a little too much. It's quite high in fat so I wouldn't make it 'just because'.
It's something that you'll want to make when somebody's making mashed or roast potatoes because it contains potato peel and you don't want to go peeling potatoes only to realise you don't want the potatoes inside.

- A sizeable amount of potato peel
- Two slices of crusty white bread (preferably the end pieces)
- Olive or vegetable oil (preferably olive)
- Salt and/or black pepper
- Margarine
- Mayonnaise or burger sauce (depending on your taste)
- Fresh green salad

1. Use a cheese grater to grate the potato peel into a small bowl. You want to collect all the potato peelings you can, and if there's any actual potato left, do that too. What you need to have, essentially, is a bowl full of small shavings of potato peel.

2. Add a little olive oil to the frying pan and tip all the potato peelings in. Fry the peelings, turning them over ad-hoc. While you are doing this, sprinkle a pinch of salt over them.

3. Optional! Add a crumbled stock cube or black pepper during frying, depending on how you like your taste.

4. Once the potato peel looks like it has begun to cook, assemble it with your frying tool in the middle of the frying pan. Add a little margarine and fry it in that, patting it down so that it looks like a burger. (It won't stick together, but the shape is the important thing.)

5. Optional! Add a little cheese to the top of the burger. You may also, if you wish, add breadcrumbs, to make it more like a hash brown.

6. Once the potato-burger thingy looks cooked and done enough, spread mayonnaise or burger sauce on one side of both slices of bread.

7. Get a large plate, place one slice of bread on it, mayonnaise side up. Using a flat scraper thingy, pick the potato-burger up and place it squarely in the middle of the bread. (If it falls apart, reassemble it inside the bread.)

8. Place the other slice of bread, mayonnaise side down, on top of it. Serve the green salad on the side and eat it immediately while it's still hot. It's preferable to have plain water to drink on the side.
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Goes great with steak! [Oct. 24th, 2006|12:20 pm]

[Current Location |at work]
[mood |bouncybouncy]

Both of these go great with steak!!!
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Galbani Online Cooking Courses [Oct. 12th, 2006|09:36 am]

Hi there,

I get some strange e-mails sometimes but this one was actually useful spam:


Galbani are doing a six show cooking programme online - just follow the links to online cooking course and see the videos - of course if you can't watch videos on your PC it could be problematic!
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