I can cook things like chicken and veg (like traybake things) or fish (providing it's in those foil cook bags) or sausage and mash and bolognase though its not brilliant!
But I'm really not a fantastic cook...I hate it, find it boring and get impatient
But I SERIOUSLY need to learn how to cook properly-not gourmet but lasagne, pot roasts, proper bolognese, curry etc (I'm actually a nanny and although it's never ever been a problem before I just feel like it's letting me down)
Am currently eating a one pan middle eastern dish which is easy and delicious!
Hareera del kafta Serves 6
500 gr minced meat, beef or lamb or a mix 1/2cup chopped parsely leaves Olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 cup tomato paste 2 tbsp tomato puree 3 tbsp uncooked rice 1/2 - 1 tsp powdered ginger 1 tsp tumeric 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 - 1/2 ltr (4 cups) chicken broth S&P to taste Optional extras: Handful of white raisins 100-200 gr of chopped frozen spinach.
Mix minced meat with half the chopped parsely. Form small balls and set aside. Heat some oil and cook the meatballs until golden. Add chopped onion and the broth and bring to a simmer. Add spices, tomato paste and puree, rice, spinach (optional)and cook until rice is done. Add parsely and raisins, taste and adjust the seasoning. Garnish with extra freshly chopped parsely. If you like add some drops of fresh lemon juice for some freshness.
enchiladas fry a finely chopped red onion and pepper in some oil until beginning to soften, add in turkey mince (approximately 100g per person) and cook until done (around 8-10minutes). Add some frozen peas or sweetcorn and cook for 2 minutes more. Spoon in 2 heaped tbsp red pesto and 1tbsp tomato puree. You can add 25g grated cheese if liked here (we don't as DH hates cheese). Spoon into tortillas and roll up. Slice in half and put into baking tin. Top with HM tomato sauce and/or grated cheese. Bake until golden on top at 180degrees (approx 10-15mins). meatballs finely chop 1 onion, grate a peeled apple, crush a clove of garlic, crumble a chicken stock cube and add to a bowl with 500g lean beef mince (or mixture of beef and pork mince) and 2 tbsp tomato puree. Use your fingers to combine ingredients and then roll into small balls. Coat with flour and fry in a large pan until all sides are brown and they are cooked through (approx 15mins). Serve with HM tomato sauce and pasta (in our house it's crusty bread as DH hates pasta).
Here's a Victoria Wood (!) soup recipe. Chop an onion, sweat in butter until soft, add a chopped up cauliflower and a chopped up medium potato. Add pepper and some Marigold vegetable bouillon powder, plus water. Cook until soft, whizz until smooth and serve. You could add grain mustard, then strong grated cheese at the end for a different version.