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20 minute wonders
Wed 18-Jan-12
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JoannaS
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Okay there was a thread which said that cooking from scratch takes longer which is true for some things but what happens if you are in a rush, or in late and you need food now! Even a pizza in a packet takes 20 mins start to finish, so what can be cooked from scratch in that time or thereabouts? Just think we must have a few recipes between us to help out those who need some ideas.

My standby for quick food is pasta with a sauce and I made one the other day.

Bacon and Sausage Creamy pasta

Fry an onion, pepper, bacon, sausage and some garlic (optional what to add at this stage) until nearly cooked then...

Add pasta to boiling water

Add stock cube or stock powder to frying pan, or herbs for a less processed dish, options could include basil, dried celery leaf, marjoram, oregano - that type of thing and some dried mushrooms if you have them.

Add a tablespoon of flour or smaller spoon of cornflour mixed with water

Add boiling water and let simmer for a while

Add cream - or as I do the top of the milk but then I have unpasteurised whole milk or just add milk and make sure it is thickened enough

When thickened and pasta cooked combine and serve.

All ready in 20 mins.

Wed 18-Jan-12
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Fry onion, garlic, mushrooms, lardons in olive oil for a few mins. Add box passata, veg stock cube, tomato purée, whatever herb you fancy, a cup or so of water and enough rice for as many as you are cooking for. Let it bubble until rice is cooked adding more boiling water if needed. Sometimes I also add red kidney beans in chilli sauce. Very tasty quick supper and a mainstay in this house. Doesn't usually take more than 20 mins

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Wed 18-Jan-12
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Aly said:

Fry onion, garlic, mushrooms, lardons in olive oil for a few mins.

 

At that point start boiling some pasta.

 

Add creme fraiche and grated cheese to the onion mix.

 

When pasta done and onion mix has thickened combine.

This is my fall back carbonara'ish dish, I sometimes do it with spaghetti

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Wed 18-Jan-12
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Can always rely on csh folks to provide recipes!

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Wed 18-Jan-12
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Open fridge door, stand with head inside and eat everything that you can.Takes moments.....runaway

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Wed 18-Jan-12
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Love it, Kate !! big_laugh

 

Omelettes take very little time, too.

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Wed 18-Jan-12
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Isn't that an illness Kate, binge eating maybe!

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Wed 18-Jan-12
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Open pack of Doria crackersslather with butter, scoff!

I'll try that again!

Wed 18-Jan-12
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Just thought, it takes a while to remove the annoying Sellotape round a tin of Celebrations, probably about 20 mins so does that count?

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Wed 18-Jan-12
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Somehow I don't think you lot are taking this seriously big_laughbig_laugh

Wed 18-Jan-12
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surprised Did you expect us to? 

I'll try that again!

Wed 18-Jan-12
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I was hoping for some wondrous quick recipes from you all whistle

Wed 18-Jan-12
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There are a few here but as most of are retired we have more time for cooking! Sorry to all who still work! Well actually I work just as hard now but in my own time so I always allow time for cooking.

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Wed 18-Jan-12
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Yes, it is real hard work being retired, I am amzed I ever had time for work!!!

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Wed 18-Jan-12
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Slice of toast tin of beanz topped with a poached egg.i_am_hungry

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