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What's for Dinner?

Post by PolosElite23 on Tue 25 Mar 2014 - 16:36

So the more I've been having to cook for myself, the more I enjoy it. I also like to dabble and play around with ingredients and stuff (much to the irritation of my mother). So I was wondering if there were dishes you'd all like to share with everyone. Recipes and dishes you've had.

The fact is that I'm not all that great of a chef sweat(yet?). But I like to try new things. I'm sure others would like to try some ideas too! So if you've got a recipe you'd like to share with everyone, post it here!

If I find an interesting Recipe, I'll share it!

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Re: What's for Dinner?

Post by Il Direttore on Thu 27 Mar 2014 - 21:13

Something easy to do is Canned Sardines and Fresh Tomatoes over Pasta. Good quality canned sardines are not horribly stanky, as is assumed by most people. That being said, tomatoes do a fantastic job of cutting the stank. Sardines smoked or packed in oil also tend to be less pungent.

Preparation is simple.

Obtain about one pound's worth of tomatoes. You should be able to figure this out by sort of guestimating by feel. The primary concern here is water content, so if you're a bit short just add more water during cooking to keep from burning. You'll want to cut up your tomatoes into about 1/2 inch thick bits, preferably no more than an inch wide and misc. inches long.

You'll need exactly one can of sardines. Add more if you feel like it.

Optional ingredients: Garlic, rosemary, red pepper flakes, thyme, black pepper, salt, sugar. All of these may be added according to taste, or excluded all together.

Start by boiling your pasta. Most packages will go for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a pan on high heat. Once it JUST starts smoking, open the can of sardines and carefully place them into the oil. Careful of splatter! This is a good time to toss in chopped garlic, if you want, so that a nice toasty garlic flavor gets incorporated. Prod the sardines apart with a spoon and don't worry if they mash.

After the sardines have cooked for a bit and are starting to get stuck to the pan, toss in your tomatoes. Continue cooking on high, moving the tomatoes and sardines about with the spoon. Your tomatoes should cook down into a watery mush, with the sardines and oil incorporated in.

Continue cooking until it reduces into a thick, saucy mush. Add whatever other spices you want to add here, cook for about 30 more seconds, then turn the heat off. Plate your pasta, then pour the sauce over the pasta. Careful, if you've accidentally made a lot, you may have WAY too much sauce for your pasta! Serve immediately.

You can make huge amounts of this sauce easily by getting a pot and putting in more of the above ingredients. 1 can of sardines to about 1 lbs of tomatoes is a good ratio. Store whatever you have in whatever misc. tupperware or storage box you have. I prefer glass pyrex stuff with the clamp-on rubber-sealed lids, as I find tomato sauce stains plastic hardcore.

Had this for lunch over RICE, actually, with 4 tablespoons of sugar instead of salt. REALLY yummy.

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Re: What's for Dinner?

Post by Il Direttore on Sat 26 Apr 2014 - 14:26

Least Healthy Lunch:

1/2 pound of ground pork
1 cup of cooked white rice
2 eggs
sugar
vinegar
salt and pepper

First, beat eggs and combine into slurry with rice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Season ground pork with salt and pepper to taste. Optional: Add garlic powder to taste. Brown ground pork, then deglaze pan with vinegar. Add sugar to taste. Apply egg-rice mixture, and allow to brown.

Totally good for that cholesterol.

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