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February 12, 2011

Sick Tea

Filed under: comfort food, Drinks — Tags: , , , , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 2:12 pm

This is what I always have when I have a cold (as I fear might be soon). The tea itself is actually strictly optional; it’s the lemon, honey and ginger that will feel wonderful on a sore throat, and will supposedly help your immune system.

In a mug, mix together approximately:
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon honey
1/2 inch fresh ginger, roughly chopped or about a teaspoon of ginger from a jar. Don’t use dried!
(1 tea bag of your choice, optional)
Hot Water

Mix it all together, and feel better!


February 1, 2010

It’s a Miracle!

Filed under: comfort food, Dinner — Tags: , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 1:51 am

I finally made white sauce (this has been an ongoing battle for me).  I give the credit to this recipe:

Served it on pasta with chicken and broccoli; very tasty.


November 14, 2009

Cheesy (American) Biscuits

Filed under: Baked items, comfort food, Side Dishes — Tags: , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 11:10 pm

Red Lobster Style!

2 cups Bisquick
½ cup cold water
¾ cup sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated

¼ cup butter
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. Italian dressing

Preheat oven to 450°F. In a bowl, mix first three ingredients until thoroughly moistened. Drop by tablespoons onto a greased baking sheet (or in a greased muffin tin). Combine rest of ingredients and brush mixture onto biscuits. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.


October 23, 2009

Roasted oregano chicken breasts

Filed under: comfort food, Dinner — Tags: , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 6:19 pm

A tasty and reasomably simple chicken recipe from Martha, adapted for my taste and the chicken I had. I didn’t use the large, whole breasts she specifies (which seem scary big – are US chickens larger?) but the kind of ordinary single boneless chicken breasts you buy in the supermarket (four single breasts). This was a plentiful amount for two, which was served with roast potatoes and a salad.

2 heads garlic, cut in half along the middle with a sharp knife
8 sprigs fresh oregano
4 single boneless chicken breasts
Vegetable oil
Salt and pepper

1) Preheat oven to 200C / 400F. Rub garlic half with oil. Place each garlic half, cut side up, in the centre of a roasting tin (I actually baked this on the rack above the roasting tin while the tin itself held the roasting potatoes, and it worked well). Place two sprigs of oregano over each half. Rub chicken breasts with oil and salt and pepper to taste. Place a chicken breast over each garlic half.

2) Roast for about 30 minutes (if you do roast potatoes with, let them roast for 20-30 minutes before adding the chicken so they crisp up), or until juices run clear and meat is cooked through.

3) Serve! The garlic should be soft enough to squeeze out of the peels and is really nice as a condiment here…

September 8, 2008

Spiced milk

Filed under: comfort food, Drinks — Tags: , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 3:23 pm

My spin on chai, minus the tea aspect. It’s a great, relaxing drink for getting yourself to sleep, and I prefer it to drinking warm milk straight. I’ve given quantities below for whole spices and estimations for substituting whole spices with ground. Don’t stress out about crushing the spices – just whack them with a mortar (or a mug) and throw the shards in. Also, sometimes, if I don’t have any ginger to hand, I grind in a bit more pepper for that fiery kick.

Spiced milk
Serves one – just double or triple the quantities if you’re serving more

1 cup milk
2 cinnamon sticks, crushed (1 1/2 tsps)
2 – 3 star anise, crushed (1/2 tsp)
1 tsp ground ginger, or two tsps freshly finely-grated ginger root
3 – 4 cloves, snapped in half (about 1/4 tsp)
a couple of grinds black pepper – about 1/8 – 1/4 tsp)
1 – 3 TBS runny honey, depending on your taste

1) Place milk and spices into a saucepan. Place over low – medium heat (depending on your patience!) and bring to a boil. Remove from heat (you don’t want it to boil over!) and strain. Mix in honey to taste and serve.

July 30, 2008

So tasty and addictive and unhealthy that I have to share

Filed under: comfort food, Dessert — Tags: , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 11:24 am

Fried chocolate sandwiches!  I place all blame on for this one!

Basically you put chocolate between two pieces of bread, butter the bread, and fry it.  Here are proper directions, though

I made the “student version” with the bread I happened to have around and chocolate chips, and it was still delicious.


June 12, 2008

Parmesan potato wedges

Filed under: Appetizer, comfort food, Snacks, Vegetarian — Tags: , , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 12:34 pm

These were both simple and delicious. I adapted the original recipe a little to be more convenient for me (e.g. it’s not easy for me to use only eggwhites, so I used a whole egg). It was very tasty and a delicious and super-simple accompaniment to some stuffed baked peppers (recipe soon!). It would also be a really nice side to something like roast or meatloaf.

Parmesan potato wedges

6 potatoes, cut into about 6 wedges each
1 whole egg, beaten
finely grated parmesan, about 3/4 cup

Preheat oven to 220 degrees celsius. Oil a baking sheet. Toss the potatoes wedges into the beaten egg (you may need more) and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle parmesan over the wedges and bake until the potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes.

Original recipe here.

Eat well…life is too short not to!


June 11, 2008

Lasagna of love

Filed under: comfort food, Dinner — Tags: , , — peoplewhoeat @ 11:18 am

No photo because we devoured this. The lasagna recipe below is a take on this one, which I changed slightly to take into account different ingredients and to serve more people. We are clearly hungry people, because my version, which virtually doubled the recipe, was shared between four.

As to the baking medium: Martha recommends (for her recipe, which is half of mine) an 8×8 inch square baking dish. I used a large round casserole dish which was very deep.

Healthier lasagna

10 lasagna sheets, soaked in a bowl of hot water to soften (NB: you may need more or less sheets. Ten was what worked for me)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium-to-large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 zucchinni, cut into half-inch chunks
500g ground beef
about 9 tablespoons tomato puree
300g cottage cheese
125g ball mozzarella, shredded
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons finely grated parmesan, plus more to serve

Preheat oven to 190 degrees celcius.

Heat oil over medium-high in a heavy pot with a lid. Add onion, zucchinni and garlic (I don’t have a large pot so I did it in batches, which worked fine). Cover. Cook, stirring occassionally, until zucchinni chunks are tender, about ten minutes. Add ground meat. Cook it until no longer pink, breaking it up with a spoon . Add tomato puree and cook until thickened, 3 – 5 minutes. I also threw in one fresh tomato towards the end

Combine cottage cheese and 1/4 cup parmesan in a bowl.

Remove noodles from baking dish. Discard water.

Spread about 1/3 of the meat mixture in the bottom of the dish and cover with noodles. Spread 1/3 of the cheese mixture over the noodles. Do this twice more (1/3 meat, noodles, cheese each). Sprinkle with mozzarella and remaining 2 tablespoons parmesan.

Bake for about 30 – 35 minutes, until lasagna is bubbling and cheese topping is golden. Let stand about ten minutes before cutting and serving.

Eat well…because life is too short not to!

May 25, 2008

Tuna Fish Cakes

Filed under: comfort food, Dinner — Tags: , , , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 9:22 pm

These are delicious, but I haven’t yet perfected the art of making them look pretty, so there’s no photo yet.

Adapted from ‘The First-Time Cook’ by Sophie Grigson (nice stuff in that book!)

Tuna Fish Cakes

1 large baking potato
1 can tuna fish
30g melted butter
½ white onion, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
1 beaten egg
Plain flour

(1 TBSP lemon juice, and 2 TBSP diced parsley optional)

Butter and olive oil to fry

Bake the potato in its skin until soft.  Halve the potato while still warm and scoop the flesh out of the skin and place it in a bowl.  Drain the tuna and add that to the bowl along with the melted butter, onion, and salt and pepper (and parsley and lemon if using).  Add about half the beaten egg.  Mix the whole lot together with your hands squidging up the chunks of potato and tuna, but leaving the mixture slightly rough and uneven.  If it isn’t sticking together (but isn’t overly runny) add more egg ’til the mixture sticks together. Divide the mixture into quarters.  Dust hands with flour and shape each quarter into a cake ½-3/4 inch thick.  Coat each in flour.  Fry in butter and oil until brown and crisp.  Serve with tartar sauce, salsa cruda, or salsa verde.

Salsa Cruda

Tomato, Onion, Olive Oil, garlic, salt and pepper, sugar (basil optional)

Dice all, let sit and meld in refrigerator.


May 18, 2008

Ceasar Oven Fries

Filed under: comfort food, Dinner — Tags: , , , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 12:46 pm

These are just as good, if not better, than the French Fries you’ll get in most restaurants.  And they’re easy!

Ceasar Salad Dressing (creamy)
Olive Oil
Potatoes, in wedges
Garlic, in slices
salt and pepper
(Quantities all really depend on how much you like garlic, and the consistency of the dressing you start with, you’ll need enough of the dressing and olive oil combined to coat the potatoes you’re using)

Dilute the Ceasar dressing with olive oil until it is the consistency of a vinagrette.  Coat the potato wedges and garlic slices in the mixture, and add salt and pepper to taste.  Bake at about 200 C for about an hour, or until the potatoes are golden and crispy.



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