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19/08/2014 at 12:08
19/08/2014 at 12:38
Mmmm sound lovely Veecee. Is this your H's signature dish, H does a chicken and chorizo risotto but it's the only thing he knows how , he does it well though ;)
I made last night chicken and vegetable soup with butternut squash, sweet potato, sweetcorn, parsnip,, carrots and leeks it was beautiful, made a huge pan so we are having the same tonight! I love food threads!
19/08/2014 at 12:41
On the subject of food I've just had Heinz lentil and bacon soup for lunch and it was delicious!
19/08/2014 at 12:43
Hi Ladies, I love talking food!!
Last night it was sweet chilli salmon with a small jacket potato and salad, tonight is chicken jalfrezi with rice and salad.
Anyone got any ideas on what I can do with cucumbers other than boring old salad, I've got 8 as I've grown my own!!
Signature, yes. Only, Yes. I'm impressed that your h's only dish is a risotto!! That soup you had last night sounds amazing. H doesn't believe in soup as a meal, unfortunately.
I'm going to have one of the Food Doctor pots for lunch. I love them.
19/08/2014 at 12:44
You're soup mad Claire, that'll be 3 meals in a row you've had soup! I had smoked salmon and scrambled eggs
19/08/2014 at 12:45
I'm obviously very northern, there I was thinking that by "dinner" you meant now! In which case I would have said a chicken and sweetcorn sandwich and strawberry yogurt. As for what we're having tonight for tea, that is as yet undecided and a little tricky because our cupboards are still bare after being away last week and too poorly to go do any shopping! Loving the sound of your meals though ladies, I do love a proper home made soup CL!
19/08/2014 at 12:47
Well I would say it's more a stew than soup as I leave everything quite chunky so maybe you could entice your H that way!
Dolly that sounds lovely. I'm not sure what you could do with it other than use it as garnish or in salad, I've had it sliced on top of currys before and it's really nice, so you could try that. I also use it in Thai salads, slice very finely with carrot, chopped chilis, garlic, fish sauce, sugar and lime juice, toss it all about add cherry tomatoes and cashew nuts and it goes lovely with fish and potatoes.
19/08/2014 at 12:49
As a fellow Northerner I know exactly what you mean ST ;)
19/08/2014 at 13:00
I've just had my lunch but reading all the replies, I'm hungry again, ha! I'm obviously one of the lucky ones as my H is great at cooking and actually prefers to cook! Only problem is that the kitchen looks like a bomb hit it when he's been in it! Last night was healthy chips, steamed veg and oven baked salmon. No idea about tonight.....
19/08/2014 at 13:28
My lunch this week is consisting of a cup, filled half with milk and pouring cereal into it and eating it...really not that exciting at all!
Dinner last night was Pesto Sketti! Tonight.....I'm not actually sure, but it might be pie chips and bean...W had it for lunch yesterday and now i want it!!
Tayto - That's what my H is like. he uses about 5 pots for something that should only have taken 2.
What is everyone's signature dish then? (recipes would be welcome too) My H makes an amazing Lasagne! my dish is pesto chicken with wedges and salad. (recipe can be provided if anyone wants it...althought it's pretty simple)
19/08/2014 at 13:31
You are all so healthy, some lovely sounding meals here. I have to say though I'm not a fan of soup for dinner either although if it's chunky I might be convinced lol!
My H is a great cook, tonight he is doing pasta with prawns. This would be ok but he likes to have garlic bread and I can never ever resist having some, it really adds up in myfitness pal!
I was going to ask about what you all have for lunches at work, maybe that's a whole other thread though?!
Dolly - make a raita to go with that curry - Greek or natural yoghurt with diced cucumber and red onion. So yummy!! Best if it's been in the fridge a wee while.
Give us the pesto chicken recipe!! I'll have to have a think about a signature dish. I make lots of things to a very solid standard, nothing all that stand out though.
19/08/2014 at 13:36
Oooooh yes please give us the receipe for the chicken RKB :-)
veecee you gave me another idea for Dolly P's cucumbers, homemade Tatziki yum!
No signature dish for me that I can think of, I can cook a decent meal but nothing amazing like H does!
19/08/2014 at 13:49
Well, it's kind of a dish i put together myself.
Preheat the oven to 200degrees (fan assisted)Take the chicken breast, turn it over and there is usually a kind of 'flap' on the underside. put a spoonful of red pesto (from a jar, i haven't figured out a good recipe to make it myself yet) under the 'flap'place the chicken with the pesto side up in a tray with water that covers half the chicken.Crumble 1 chicken oxo (or Lidl/Aldi equivalent) into the waterCover the tray with aluminium foil and place in the middle of the oven for half an hour (give or take, pending on the size of the chicken)After half an hour, take the chicken out and check to see how much it's cooked. Turn each bit of chicken over and place back in the oven for a further half our (or however long until it's fully cooked) keeping the foil over the top of the chicken (add more water if you think it's needed)Once cooked, turn the oven off and place slices of cheese over the top of each chicken breast and place back in the warm oven to melt.
Cut potatoes into wedge shapescoat in sunflower oilCover in paprikaadd salt and pepper to your tasteSpread evenly across baking trayPlace in an oven at 200 degrees (fan assisted) for 20 - 25 minutes
Salad:-Create a salad using the veg that you like
Salad dressing:-half a teaspoon of wholegrain mustard3 teaspoons of olive oil2 teaspoons of mirin2 teaspoons of rice vinegarwhisk until they mix into a cloudy consistancydrizzle over salad(You can use balsamic vinegar in place of the mirin and rice vinegar, use equal parts olive oil and balsamic vinegar)
19/08/2014 at 14:26
That chicken recipe sounds great RKB! I'll put it on my list of things to try. I am terrible I tend to just rotate the same meals, I keep making a deal with myself to try a new recipe every week.
Thanks for the cucumber ideas, I've also grown some mint so that might help with some of them.
My H is a fairly good cook but I hardly ever give him the chance, he always using every pot and utensil going, and then because he cooked I have to tody up, despite the fact that's never what happens when I cook!!
My signature dish sounds boring because its a Sunday roast, however I am assured that I do an amazing roast!!
My favourite is lasagne though, what are all your favourites?
19/08/2014 at 14:49
Dolly I adore roasts, they are my fave by far, especially Lamb! Mmmmmmm!
19/08/2014 at 16:53
Tonight my mum and sister are coming over so I'm making a Filipino dish - chicken and pork (aka mixed) adobo. Basically chicken and pork marinated in soy sauce, coconut vinegar and garlic and simmered! I also caramelise sugar for the latter stage which isn't that healthy but it makes it so nice! Served with rice and fried garlic strips on the side for extra garlicky goodness. Gonna steam some green beans too. We have cheesecake for dessert so the beans will most definitely offset the badness of that ;)
Yesterday H cooked a lovely leek and potato soup. We both love to cook but H is better than me as he's a bit more attentive, I tend to try to do too much at once leaving H to rush to my sauces before they over reduce!
19/08/2014 at 16:55
So difficult to pick a favourite ... a good lasagne is excellent for dinner but I also love a good pizza too. So difficult to pick one!
Signature dish sounds a bit w4nky - it's a warm brown rice and chicken salad with miso dressing and toasted sesame seeds. I learnt it from the BBC Goodfood website and have made it so many times! The adobo I'm cooking now also has signature potential but I haven't got it 100% the way I want it yet!
19/08/2014 at 17:05
This has made my tummy rumble like you wouldnt believe! For Dinner (which for me is the middle day meal - much to my husbands despair!) I only had a fruit salad so ravenous now. Sounds like there's some excellent cooks amongst us!
Dolly, how hard is it to grow your own cucumbers, I have never even thought about it which is odd as I grow lots of fruit, salad veggies. Might give it a go next year
We're having a salmon/ noodle concoction tonight, yum
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