What's for DINNER tonight then? Page 333

  • Murbs 19 Mar 2020 11:30:57 24,811 posts
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    @smoothpete perfect thanks! Looking forward to it - probably more than if we had the quorn!
  • smoothpete 19 Mar 2020 11:33:04 36,905 posts
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    My simple dhal is:

    400g red lentils
    2 onions chopped
    grated ginger, thumb sized chunk
    4 or 5 cloves garlic, crushed
    1 tin chopped tomatoes
    1 scant teaspoon each of ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, chili powder
    heaped teaspoon curry paste
    a bay leaf
    veg stock. Unspecified quantity, you have to keep adding liquid as the lentils will soak it up during cooking
    1 grated parsnip (sounds weird but it makes all the difference)
    salt & pepper

    Fry onions in some oil. When they're getting soft, add garlic & ginger. Cook that a bit. Add spices and paste. Cook a bit more. Add lentils, tomatoes, parsnip, bay leaf enough stock to cover everything by an inch or so.

    Get it to a low simmer and stir regularly. As the lentils cook they will continue to soak up the stock so keep it relatively topped up and soupy. It WILL stick to the bottom of the pan if you're not careful so make sure to scrape the bottom.

    It's done when the lentils are mushy. I usually let it have an hour on a very gentle heat. You do NOT want to boil it.

    Season to taste. It does need quite a hefty whack of both salt and pepper.

    I like a few drops of lemon juice and some chopped fresh coriander in mine, so serve. Chopped fresh chili is nice in it too.


    It feeds an army for a few quid. I'm doubling the quantities today and freezing batches of it.


    edited again, I forgot the bay leaf

    Edited by smoothpete at 08:23:53 20-03-2020
  • Murbs 19 Mar 2020 11:37:23 24,811 posts
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    Looks great. Going to screenshot that for next week!
  • smoothpete 19 Mar 2020 11:38:58 36,905 posts
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  • Load_2.0 19 Mar 2020 12:06:25 31,627 posts
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    If you let the cat catch and eat the rat first you'll save time on the modern version of a 7 bird roast (Matron).

    A real time saver if you are looking to wow the family.
  • mrpon 19 Mar 2020 14:20:27 36,224 posts
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    I'm all over that, cheers pete!

    Bought the last pack of ginger and parsnips! It was meant to be!

    Edited by mrpon at 17:38:29 19-03-2020
  • Load_2.0 26 Mar 2020 19:03:43 31,627 posts
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    A sweet potato curry. Pretty yum.

    I cheated by using a store bought paste. Garlic, ginger, onions, red red thai curry paste a squeeze of lime and tin of coconut milk.

    I roasted the sweet potatoes first which gave them a better flavor and texture. Also the recipe asked for spinach but I swapped that out for brocolli. Also gave it a good dollop of peanut butter to make it a satay/curry.

    All in all pretty delicious.
  • Goban 26 Mar 2020 19:16:37 10,071 posts
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    Whisky and beer.
  • Goban 26 Mar 2020 19:17:01 10,071 posts
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    And maybe some crisps
  • smoothpete 30 Mar 2020 18:30:37 36,905 posts
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    @mrpon did you end up making that dhal? Curious how it turned out
  • EMarkM 30 Mar 2020 18:32:56 4,945 posts
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    Chilli here. Hot and dark for Mrs. EMarkM and I, and a separate one for the little girl and her (adult) brother with almost none of the chilli powder but still plenty of cumin.

    Homemade flapjack to finish.
  • TechnoHippy 30 Mar 2020 19:05:34 17,309 posts
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    Burgers and beer. It'll do.
  • mrpon 30 Mar 2020 19:25:55 36,224 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    @mrpon did you end up making that dhal? Curious how it turned out
    Yes! It was delish, quite stodgy and porridgy, if that makes sense. A winter warmer f'sure. Got a few batches left in the freezer. Cheers muchily.
  • TechnoHippy 30 Mar 2020 19:28:06 17,309 posts
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    The burgers were awful. The beer better.
  • smoothpete 30 Mar 2020 19:52:01 36,905 posts
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    mrpon wrote:
    smoothpete wrote:
    @mrpon did you end up making that dhal? Curious how it turned out
    Yes! It was delish, quite stodgy and porridgy, if that makes sense. A winter warmer f'sure. Got a few batches left in the freezer. Cheers muchily.
    Ah good :) Porridge consistency is about how it should be, maybe a bit more wet perhaps but you can always add a dash more water if itís overly thick
  • quadfather 3 Apr 2020 11:11:22 36,597 posts
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    Hm, I have some Moroccan lamb burgers which need eating today. But I also have some stuff that needs eating that I'd normally use in a frittata (mushrooms, pancetta, spinach, peppers).

    Sooo, I'm thinking if I cook the burgers, and then also prepare the frittata stuff, I could maybe combine it. I don't have eggs, but I can whip up a cheesey/carbonara sauce.

    So it would be chopped up burgers, pancetta, peppers, mushrooms, spinach, in a carbonara type sauce. With some wraps or something.

    I don't know if this is going to work :)
  • Frogofdoom 3 Apr 2020 11:16:04 16,420 posts
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    Caught the neighbours cat, probably going to barbecue it.

    Failing that it will be chicken goujons with hot sauce and potato wedges.
  • quadfather 3 Apr 2020 11:21:44 36,597 posts
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    You've reminded me I have hot and spicy chicken wings. But I have ages to eat them, so it's going to be the multi-recipe mess for me.
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 3 Apr 2020 11:22:44 8,694 posts
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    And you've reminded me I've got a fresh cat in the fridge. That's this evening sorted.
  • quadfather 3 Apr 2020 11:26:07 36,597 posts
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    No bats, people. Keep it clean.
  • PierrePressure 3 Apr 2020 11:26:07 1,075 posts
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    We've been using Hello Fresh recently, we had a chicken dinner yesterday which was really nice, the choice tonight is either green Thai curry or Cheesy chorizo topped cod.

    I've gone for the fish, not a fan of thigh meat in the Thai curry.
  • quadfather 4 Apr 2020 13:21:40 36,597 posts
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    The chopped up burgers mixed in with the frittata ingredients, coupled with the Carbonara sauce was... interesting
  • TechnoHippy 4 Apr 2020 16:30:39 17,309 posts
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    Frozen veg chicken casserole - tastes ok, but spinach wasn't a good choice.
  • AboutHalfaStevas 4 Apr 2020 16:31:52 2,765 posts
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    We have a beef curry in a slow cooker thing going on, and it smells amazing.
  • Frogofdoom 4 Apr 2020 16:35:03 16,420 posts
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    Thai basil chicken, which sadly wipes out the last of my thai basil supply :(
  • Rum_Monkey 4 Apr 2020 16:39:27 822 posts
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    quadfather wrote:
    Hm, I have some Moroccan lamb burgers which need eating today. But I also have some stuff that needs eating that I'd normally use in a frittata (mushrooms, pancetta, spinach, peppers).

    Sooo, I'm thinking if I cook the burgers, and then also prepare the frittata stuff, I could maybe combine it. I don't have eggs, but I can whip up a cheesey/carbonara sauce.

    So it would be chopped up burgers, pancetta, peppers, mushrooms, spinach, in a carbonara type sauce. With some wraps or something.

    I don't know if this is going to work :)
    This sounded proper grim. I'd rather eat human during the apocalypse.
  • freddymercurystwin 4 Apr 2020 16:52:32 2,125 posts
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    Frogofdoom wrote:
    Thai basil chicken, which sadly wipes out the last of my thai basil supply :(
    You know things have gone apocalyptic when the basil runs out.
  • quadfather 4 Apr 2020 16:53:50 36,597 posts
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    Rum_Monkey wrote:
    quadfather wrote:
    Hm, I have some Moroccan lamb burgers which need eating today. But I also have some stuff that needs eating that I'd normally use in a frittata (mushrooms, pancetta, spinach, peppers).

    Sooo, I'm thinking if I cook the burgers, and then also prepare the frittata stuff, I could maybe combine it. I don't have eggs, but I can whip up a cheesey/carbonara sauce.

    So it would be chopped up burgers, pancetta, peppers, mushrooms, spinach, in a carbonara type sauce. With some wraps or something.

    I don't know if this is going to work :)
    This sounded proper grim. I'd rather eat human during the apocalypse.
    It wasn't bad. Not brilliant but tasty enough.

    Anyway, today, is spaghetti Bolognese in the slow cooker. Instead I'm not cooking any spaghetti, and I've just chucked potatoes in instead as I'll be out my face later and won't be able to manage the stupid slippery twats.
  • EMarkM 4 Apr 2020 18:18:56 4,945 posts
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    Battered cod, naughty mash and peas here.

    Simple, but filling and tasty :)
  • JoeBlade 9 Apr 2020 20:08:41 4,940 posts
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    I had what I call "random curry" tonight.

    Spuds, carrots, parsnip and sweet potato with madras-ish spices (it's a stretch but hey) rather unusually accompanied by couscous. It proved rather excellent.
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