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    Anyone handy in the kicthen got an idea?

    On what I can cook for my special lady tonight for her birthday dinner?

    I am restricted to electric hobs and a microwave as the landlord doesn't seem to want to fix the oven.

    I'm not bad at rustling up a "Lovely plate of food", what do we reckon?

    cheers!

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    I'd be looking of doing homemade chinese with just hobs.

    Prawn toast, egg fried rice, crispy shredded beef and a stir fry (it's always a winner in my house).

    Matt

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    Curry is always a winner with my fiancée. However the chorizo and spinach risotto went down a treat last night... Both hob only.

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    Cheers for that. But as Chinese is her favourite food, this could go either way - but more likely the not good enough way! Plus we wnt for an all you can eat on Saturday.
    But will probably knock the above up for myself as you've pretty much nailed my favourite chinese there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrritableTech View Post
    Curry is always a winner with my fiancée. However the chorizo and spinach risotto went down a treat last night... Both hob only.
    Very interesting! Will look into this

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    Dine in for £10 at Marks and Spencer. Job done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sippo View Post
    Dine in for £10 at Marks and Spencer. Job done.
    To be fair, that's not a bad shout! Especially as I can't get cooking til about 8pm

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    Indian: Homemade

    Rogan Josh (Lamb, Beef or Chicken):
    Serves 4 – 6 persons
    Ingredients:
    3 tsp lemon Juice (fresh if possible)
    25ml (one cup) Natural Yogurt
    2 tsp salt (Sea Salt ground if possible)
    1 tsp Sugar
    3 Garlic cloves crushed or finely chopped
    2.5 cm piece of fresh root ginger
    2lb Lamb cubed (Remember the cheaper the cut the longer the cooking)
    6 tbsp Cooking oil
    Half a tsp of cumin seeds
    2 Bay Leaves
    4 Green cardamom pods
    4 onions finely chopped
    2 tsp ground coriander
    2 tsp ground cumin
    1 tsp chili powder
    1 can chopped tomatoes
    2 tsp tomato puree (paste)
    150 ml water

    Method:
    1. Mix Lemon juice, Yogurt, salt, sugar, half the crushed or chopped garlic and the ginger in a large bowl, add the cubed lamb and marinate overnight.
    2. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat, add the cumin seeds, fry for a couple of minutes then add the cardamom pods and bay leaves, fry for another 2 minutes.
    3. Add the onion and fry for 5 minutes. Add the coriander, cumin and chilli powder, fry for 2 minutes more.
    4. Add the marinated
    5. lamb to the pan and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent mixture from sticking to the base of the pan and burning.
    6. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato puree and water. Cover and simmer for around an hour to one hour and a half, garnish with toasted cumin seeds and serve with plain boiled rice.

    You probably won't require starters as this dish when served with chapatis and keema or ordinary nan bread will fill your partner up to the gills.
    Serve with a nice full bodied red wine and your all set.

    Have a good evening

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    Pan Fried Cod with Balsamic Vine Tomatoes and New Potatoes!

    New Pots can either be Boiled or those Microwaved packs.

    Get a frying pan and heat it up hot - get some Vine cherry tomatoes and place them in a frying pan and pour in balsamic vinegar and leave for 4/5 mins.

    And then pan fry a couple of bits of cod - if using cod loin cook it in butter and spoon it over!

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    Buy a slow cooker from Asda and do Steak and Guinness pie: Fabric and Findings: Adventures in Crafting: Slow Cooker Recipes: Part 1

    This is my blog so that is my recipe and it works flawlessly every time. You could serve it up without the pastry with a baked potato and some steamed green beans. :-)

    Edited to add - if you prep the night before and leave it going all day, it'll pretty much be ready when you get home.

    I also have a lovely Flambe steak recipe that is SO good. I haven't blogged it yet but it's lush.
    Last edited by AMLightfoot; 16th July 2012 at 12:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disaster View Post
    But as Chinese is her favourite food, this could go either way
    Reputable chinese take away telephone number + phone + payment details = Chinese food delivered which gets cooked and delivered to you


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    There's alot of skillz here guys. Good work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disaster View Post
    There's alot of skillz here guys. Good work!
    My thoughts are if you are going to have to buy the stuff to cook said Chinese and don't have much time or have been at work all day anyway then why not get someone else to do the work for you :P lol

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    This recipe is one I really like :

    Chutney Mayo Chicken

    I normally use Mrs Balls Chutney Original Mild --> Chutneys @ The South African Shop

    Normally use hand held eletric mixer ( think that is what it is called ) to mix the orange juice and mayo etc
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