Cooking for one - a recipe thread (Rolling?)

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#1

Having recently moved into my flat and living on my tod for pretty much the first time ever, I have decided that I need to cook more of my dinners from scratch; got to be better than just banging a ready prepped meal in the oven / microwave.

I’ve done this half-decent chicken pasta thing and last night I did prawn chow mein (was good but I might have overdone the red chilli a bit :skull_crossbones:). Open to all suggestions as long as they are:
a. easy to cook
b. not too expensive
c. tasty as fuck


Cooked anything good lately?
#2

Rustlers burger


#3

Are you the sort of person who can eat the same thing a couple of days in a row? If not are you the sort of person who can freeze a thing and remember to get it out to defrost in time to eat later?


#4

Both of the above would work for me


#5

You got a slow cooker?


#6

Get yourself into the homemade curry game in that case.

Get your basic techniques/spicing down and then switch up the thing in the sauce for variety innit.


#7

I have


#8

Details please


#9

just bang a load of shit in that then and eat it for the rest of the week


#10

Just wack on a big one-pot dish at the start of the week and work your way through it. It means only 1 evening of proper cooking, the rest of the week you just heat things up.
TV is away this week so I made myself a big pot of curry (potato, lentil, veg, coconut based) which will keep me going for lunch and dinners this week. I’m really not bothered about eating the same thing over and over, so it works for me. I normally rotate the carb part, one day naan, another rice, another cous cous etc.


#11

Toast off cumin and coriander seeds then grind them up (or use already ground stuff if you want)

Soften chopped onions, add chopped garlic and chopped ginger (or use the premade pastes which are fine and can be frozen quite handily in ice cube trays in ready made portions)

At that stage add your spices, you’ll need to experiment a bit with what you like but I tend to like a teaspoon of turmeric, 3 teaspoons of cumin and 2 teaspoons of coriander, add chilli powder/cayenne/paprika or whatever to your taste at this stage as well.

Add in a bit of tomato puree and mix it all up into a paste.

At this stage add the thing you want to make the curry out of (chicken, chickpeas, aubergine, cauliflower, potatoes or whatever) and give it the requisite amount of cooking

Add a tin or two of chopped tomatoes and then top it up with water or stock, stir it and then let it simmer away for a while to let it thicken, sometimes if it’s a bit too watery I like to chuck some lentils in to add a bit more bulk and thicken it a bit as they absorb the excess liquid.

Keep tasting it to see if it needs owt, often whack a bit of lemon juice in at the end if I’ve overdone it on the cumin

Add a bit of garam masala at the end, mix in some chopped fresh coriander if you like it.

Eat it with rice or whatever.

Good thing about it is you can just dick about finding out what you like and what you don’t. The basic technique doesn’t change but it’s fun nailing down what you like.


#12

This is the shit I’m after.
Good work, Ant


#13

Plenty of decent, easy slow cooker recipes out there that require very little effort. Usually just 10 minutes of prep - bang it in, forget about it.

Have a go on this: http://www.cookbookmeals.com/slow-cooker-garlic-parmesan-chicken/

Can either eat the chicken breasts whole or shred them up and have it in with some pasta.


#14

Spag bol: brown off some mince, bang in some tinned tomatoes, whatever herbs are nearest, simmer for ten or twenty minutes, BOSH! Authentic Italian meal.


#15

Or add some chilli powder and kidney beans and BOSH! Authentic Mexican meal.


#16

Absolutely all over this at the minute as well for an overnight marinade and cook the following day job:

Get some wraps/pittas in and some garlic sauce and you’re laughing


#17

You’re not gonna want any of my recipes because they’re all vegan.

I used to buy a pack of 2 fish and then some potatoes and veg and have that 2 nights of the week. I’d probably also have a pasta another 2 nights.

This week I made a big lasagna and that lasts a few meals. Or i’ll make a soup. Or I usually get the fresh noodles from M&S with loads of veg and do a quick stir fry.


#18

I never actually follow a recipe or make the exact same thing twice… except with baking.

you just need decent staples in the cupboard - herbs and spices, vinegars, oils, bouillon, nuts and seeds, marmite, sugar, flour, lentils, chickpeas, beans, pasta, grains (cous cous, rice etc.), tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, soy sauce, noodles - and some fresh vegetables, and whatever else you want for meat and stuff. then you fry or roast vegetables with flavours and boil pulses and somehow combine them. or make a pie or a lasagne or something.

keep fresh herbs in the freezer
make salad dressings and keep them in the fridge

I seriously don’t know how people struggle to find recipes…like there are millions on the internet. you can pretty much google any list of ingredients and a recipe combining all of them will come up.


#19

There’s a few three/four ingredient cookbooks around which are great for this type of meal. Once you’ve learned a c-c-c-combo that works, you can constantly change it a bit to make loads of different dishes.

One of my faves is fried chorizo, with a starch of some kind, and a vegetable. I’ll quite often fry some chorizo, then fry off some chickpeas in the same pan and add loads of kale or cabbage. Or boil some pasta at the same time, finish that in the frying pan, then stir through some broccoli and finish with parmesan. That sort of thing.