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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: How do I make sweet potato pie? on: October 18, 2008 04:43:29 AM
That sounds good for me! Thanks!
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Recipe Flops? on: October 16, 2008 01:57:12 AM
I was going to make a coffee cake from a recipe that called for a ridiculous amount of instant coffee granules in it. When I started to weigh out the coffee I was like, no way! I actually used a tenth of what the recipe called for and the cake was still to strong and really bitter. The only way we could eat it was as a hot pudding with lashings of custard. Needless to say that i haven't bothered with that one again!

Also, I followed a curry recipe from a curry book to the letter but the yoghurt split and was completely disgusting.bleurgh!
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / How do I make sweet potato pie? on: October 16, 2008 01:44:01 AM
Hi, never made before so was looking for some help with some recipes to try out. Thanks.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: share pizza tips (I like to use pitas) on: October 16, 2008 01:37:33 AM
If you like a 'deep pan' then toasted split English muffins are great - ate these for most of my teenage years. Are great as they are snack size too, so great for portion control!   Also great to use pesto as a base instead of tomato sauce for a different flavour, and I often use barbecue sauce as my base and put diced onion chicken bacon and sweetcorn on top. Oh no, now I need to go make some Cheesy
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Pizza dipped in WHAT? on: October 15, 2008 01:39:38 AM
I like to dip cold leftover pizza in Heinz salad cream. My boyfriend cringes everytime!! Grin
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Meal Ideas for me and my kid? on: October 15, 2008 01:37:50 AM
A great way to get kids to eat more differen foods is to involve them with the cooking/assembling of it. Taco's, fajita's, pizza's are all good for this

Fish is really good instead of meat in fajitas. I use white fish and salmon, sprinkle with the fajita spices and lightly fry in a spray of olive oil and add cooked onions and peppers as a minimum, but also sometimes add ribbons of carrot and courhettes and small pieces of broccoli and baby corn. 
If your son finds usual fajita mix too spicy you can make your own version - 1 tablespoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon ground black or white pepper, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon onion/garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano.

A really good sauce I make for pasta is great for kids cos it 'hides' veggies!: Wink
2 tins chopped tomatoes
1 large red pepper chopped finely
4 carrots peeled and chopped finely or grated
1 parsnip peeled and chopped finely or grated
1 onion peeled and chopped
1 clove garlic minced
2 courgettes chopped
3 sticks celery chopped
1 head broccoli chopped (include stalk)
vege stock (1 tomato can full)
lightly fry the onion,celery, garlic and pepper until softened. add the carrot and parsnip and fry for a couple more minutes before adding the courgette and broccoli.Fry for 1 more minute and add the tomatoes. Fill one of the tomato cans with vege stock (from a cube) and add this.Stir everything and simmer for about 20 mins. You can also add 2 tablespoons of tomato puree when you add the stock, but this is optional.
After 20 minutes, remove from the heat and allow to cool. Blend the sauce in the blender until smooth.

Use as a sauce for pasta, mix into chilli con carne, use with mince for shepherds pie, use in burritos(with some spices added).Mix with cooked chicken and serve in a baked potato topped with a little cheese. Can be kept in the fridge for a few days and frozen too.

If you prefer a chunky sauce, don't bother blending-this is just to hide the vegetables from picky eaters!!

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