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Started by Tadagee on Aug 8, 2021 9:58:24 AM
Do you have any go to dishes to share?

When you can't think what to make and you want to do something a) simple b) that everyone loves.

For me chicken piccata or pesto.

widenation - 08 Aug 2021 10:04:49 (#1 of 111)

Layer of sliced baby potatoes / layer of sliced conference pear / layer of sliced tomato / pasta on top - in a loaf dish. Sauce if available, if not, cheese or yoghurt. Stick in oven for 20 mins. Unorthodox pasta bake I guess.

upgoerfive - 08 Aug 2021 13:15:15 (#2 of 111)

If the weather is cold: Roast chicken with mash and bread stuffing. V little fuss, and everyone loves it.

If it's hot: Fish steamed in a Tupperware box in the microwave, served with new potatoes and random steamed green veg., or maybe a simple salad.

Tadagee - 08 Aug 2021 13:21:58 (#3 of 111)

There's a Rose Elliot recipe for a savoury olive and mushroom cake which is easy peasy and absolutely delicious.

Natascha - 08 Aug 2021 13:30:47 (#4 of 111)

Tuna pasta bake: Cheese sauce, stir tin(s) of tuna, sweetcorn and pasta into it, put in a dish, more cheese on top, bake at 200 C for half an hour. Sometimes I make the cheese sauce with onions and garlic, (frying them in the oil before adding the flour), sometimes I just make it with garlic. Never fails.

PoppySeedBagel - 08 Aug 2021 13:33:33 (#5 of 111)

Pasta with tuna and anchovies- put pasta on to cook. Melt anchovies in some oil - out of the jar/can is fine - olive oil is best. When the pasta’s cooked, add some decent tuna (don’t heat it), black pepper and chopped parsley and mix all into the pasta. No cheese.

Tadagee - 08 Aug 2021 13:44:56 (#6 of 111)

We always have anchovies and capers at home. So simple to add to things and make more tasty

limegreen - 08 Aug 2021 13:50:02 (#7 of 111)

There's generally some sort of cream/crème fraîche in the fridge so a cheesy gratin with potato /sweet potatoes /onion etc often happens.

Ginmonkey - 08 Aug 2021 13:51:15 (#8 of 111)

Chicken Marseille - chicken legs, tomatoes, chilli, sliced peppers, onion, garlic, cubes of stale sourdough (or a few small potatoes) mixed well with olive oil, garlic, smoked paprika, bay leaves, thyme and a glass of white wine. Bake and eat with a green salad.

Similarly brown four to six chicken thighs and remove. Fry sliced onion, garlic and sliced red pepper. Add 200g of brown basmati rice and season with salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Add 500ml of hot chicken stock and a bay leaf. Bring to the boil and place the chicken thighs on top. Cover and simmer for 40 mins.

toffle - 08 Aug 2021 14:37:05 (#9 of 111)

A basic meat curry, usually just using (reasonable-quality) mince, but other meats work fine too. A minimal version is ready to eat within half an hour.

(Items in [square brackets] can be left out but it's nicer if you don't.)

  • Chop onion, [mushrooms], [peppers], chilli, fry them gently in a little oil in a largish saucepan.

  • Add meat (chopped fairly small if not already) and brown it lightly.

  • Add [a chopped tomato], garlic, appropriate spicing (Meat Masala or similar mix is good, fiddling around with microquantities of actual spices (most of which you don't actually have...) is less so), a little tomato puree, water and stir well. (Most recipes for this sort of thing ask for ginger, but tending not to have any, I omit it without noticeable ill effect.)

  • This can be augmented with [another vegetable] (e.g. Leeks, Courgettes, Okra, whatever) sliced and if necessary pre-cooked before adding at about the same time as the meat.

  • Cook gently, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or so (or considerably longer if preferred). Keep it suitably runny, adding a little extra water if needed.

Serve on rice/boiled potatoes/naan bread/couscous (good if you're in a hurry) as you prefer. [Add chutney or yoghurt or whatever on top.]

PoppySeedBagel - 08 Aug 2021 14:41:34 (#10 of 111)

Salmon with green beans olives and tomatoes- ‘proper’ recipe low but I don’t bother with the things in square brackets

200g green beans topped and tailed

20 small cherry tomatoes

1 handful of pitted black olives

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper

4 salmon fillets

[1 lemon]

[1 handful of fresh basil, optional]

6 anchovy fillets sliced lengthways into 2 or 3


Serves 4 Boil the green beans for 5 mins, drain and put in a large bowl with the tomatoes and stoned olives. Toss in the olive oil and pinch of salt and pepper Squeeze juice of half a lemon over the salmon fillets on both sides then season both sides and drizzle with olive oil. Put the fillets of salmon at one end of a baking tray. Toss the basil into the green beans, olives and tomatoes and place this mixture at the other end of the tray. Lay the anchovies over the green beans and roast in a preheated oven - highest setting for ten minutes.

Ginmonkey - 08 Aug 2021 15:05:50 (#11 of 111)

I do lots of versions of roasted flavoured new potatoes with a couple of oily fish fillets placed on top for the last 20 mins.

Potatoes roasred with bay, lemon, garlic and onion with mackerel fillet placed on top is easy and very good.

limegreen - 08 Aug 2021 16:22:27 (#12 of 111)

#11 Latest discovery is amchoor powder on roasted new potatoes. Excitingly limey and spicy.

AppleCatcher - 08 Aug 2021 15:32:36 (#13 of 111)

That Jamie Oliver curried roast chicken with gravy and Bombay roasties.

tasselhoff - 08 Aug 2021 16:33:19 (#14 of 111)

Spag bol.

AppleCatcher - 08 Aug 2021 15:33:23 (#15 of 111)

I shall give that amchoor trick a try. If anything it’ll be a good way of getting rid of my millennia old amchoor.

Ginmonkey - 08 Aug 2021 16:52:22 (#16 of 111)

It does sound great. I have 0 amchoor powder though. A trip to Khan's may be in order. I need another massive sack of rice in any case.

nemo75 - 08 Aug 2021 17:08:16 (#17 of 111)


carterbrandon - 08 Aug 2021 17:11:11 (#18 of 111)

Whore's Pasta.

Steamed pud done in a microwave - assorted bottoms.

Lentil Splodge.

browserbutton - 08 Aug 2021 17:17:04 (#19 of 111)

Fish pie is always popular in our house -- many variations on the theme.

yumyum - 08 Aug 2021 18:12:57 (#20 of 111)

When I’m feeling lazy nothing beats a fish finger sandwich on soft white bread. Sometimes ketchup, sometimes brown sauce.

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