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Why do all the recipes I find on the internet at the moment

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StealthPolarBear Tue 30-Nov-10 13:28:24

talk about cups and include in the list of ingredients "jar of tomato based pasta sauce" or "Kraft spicy low fat dressing"? I am a slattern but even I wouldn't class that as cooking from scratch angry

sethstarkaddersmum Tue 30-Nov-10 13:29:30

I would hazard a guess you have been looking at American websites.
try searching UK instead of the world.

MmeLindt Tue 30-Nov-10 13:32:03

You are using American websites, I suspect.

I actually like the cup measurements and have bought myself a set of cups as a lot of my recipes are American ones.

I agree about the using of processed food - a lot of that around. Useless when you don't want to use a packet of cake mix.

BudaisintheZONE Tue 30-Nov-10 13:32:23

Agree! As soon as I saw the "Kraft" mention I thought it must be American sites!

Teh BBC Good Food website is good.

StealthPolarBear Tue 30-Nov-10 13:32:59

well they all seem american then, strange. I can't find the one I wanted to do the other day Anyone got a recipe for a chicken & broccili tagliatelli?

MmeLindt Tue 30-Nov-10 13:36:59

I start by searching MN recipe section, then ask on here.

What are you wanting to do with the chicken?

I would cut the chicken into strips and fry, steam the broccoli, cook tagliatteli, drain , then bung together with a splash of white wine, some cream cheese and a bit of cream, herbs and seasonings.

Iklboo Tue 30-Nov-10 13:41:55

Not quite chicken & broccoli but v yummy...from Eat Yourself Thin & serves 2-3


• Mushrooms
• 175g dried linguine/spaghetti
• 150g grated courgette
• 150ml low fat crème fraiche
• 100ml low fat Greek yoghurt
• 1 large free-range egg yolk
• 17g Parmesan cheese
• Zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
• Salt & pepper
• 125g cold roast chicken, shredded
• Small bunch of fresh chives, snipped *


1. Heat a pan & spritz in a few spritzes of olive oil. Fry mushrooms then remove & set aside. Fry the grated courgette for a couple of minutes. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil & cook pasta according to the instructions on the packet, but cook it for a minute or two less so it’s a little underdone.

2. Meanwhile mix together the crème fraiche, yoghurt, egg yolk, Parmesan, lemon zest, salt & pepper.

3. Drain the cooked pasta, leaving a few tablespoons of water in the bottom of the pan. Return the pan to a low heat and pour in the sauce.

4. Toss the pasta in the sauce, then add the roast chicken & chives, giving it all a good mix round till it’s evenly incorporated.

StealthPolarBear Tue 30-Nov-10 13:48:46

thanks you two, think I will do a hybrisd of the two
<adds cream and white wine to shopping list>

MmeLindt Tue 30-Nov-10 13:51:17

Don't forget to take have a glass sip of the wine first, just to make sure it is not corked.

thumbwitch Tue 30-Nov-10 13:51:55

Could be Australian websites as well - they insist on using cups of stuff instead of weighing; but just to add to the fun the cup sizes are slightly different from the US standard.<sigh>

Glad you have a recipe - don't you check the BBC website or have they just not got what you're after?
A quick google using PAges for UK only brought this recipe up - there are several more for chicken & broccoli pasta bake.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Tue 30-Nov-10 13:54:11

Tonight I will now be making Mme Lindt's chicken and broccoli pasta.


StealthPolarBear Tue 30-Nov-10 16:24:30

thanks thumbwitch, no it was more a creamy/cheesy/winey sauce. It had almonds in

thumbwitch Tue 30-Nov-10 16:29:40

Found it!
Probably. It has weights as well as cup measures.

mugggletoeandwine Tue 30-Nov-10 16:33:56

That sounds quite nice, I may do a version of it using ground almonds as I have some to use up.

Stealth, I got cup measures in Poundland for American recipes.

StealthPolarBear Tue 30-Nov-10 18:04:01

thats it thanks!

mugggletoeandwine Thu 02-Dec-10 19:01:56

I tried it tonight, well a version of it.
I used cream, chicken stock and ground almonds instead of the listed as that's what I had in.

I'm wheat and dairy free and boring but it tasted good before the cream was added and without the pasta.

iTigress Thu 02-Dec-10 19:05:54

American recipes also love 'chicken broth' which I assumed was stock, but is actually tinned cream of chicken soup sad I mean, really? In say a pasta sauce or a casserole?

Also various forms of corn confused

iTigress Thu 02-Dec-10 19:06:50

I wish Tech would sort out poor confused 's hat.

hootiemcboob Fri 03-Dec-10 19:38:49

iTigress, chicken stock is in fact broth, not cream of chicken soup.

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