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Need a nice homley, but impressive meal.... that also needs to be no effort

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annoyedandupset Wed 14-Oct-09 18:49:02


Had tea round old friends tonight, him his dd, me and my dd. He is coming to ours next week, He will be here just as i get in from work, so no spare time...

I want to cook something that shows i can really cook ( blowing own trumpet here, but i am a good cook) but looks like ive made no effort... It also needs to be something i can do while nattering to him and watching kids play...

and also sometrhing two 4 year old girls will eat....

any ideas???

Oh, - no spice as apparently his dd wont eat it.

girlsyearapart Wed 14-Oct-09 20:19:18

some kind of casserole? you could do the chopping beforehand then stand stirring it in an I can cook with no effort way?

Is this a seduction plan??

StrictlyBoogying Wed 14-Oct-09 20:37:42

Have you tried Jamie Oliver's ricotta cakes? Lush and quite simple. You could do pasta in tomato sauce with them because they're quite starter-ie.

Jamie's recipe for Fried Ricotta with a little Tomato Salad

455gr/1 lb good crumbly ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for serving
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg, preferably organic
a large handful of mixed ripe tomatoes
2 sprigs of fresh basil
1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
extra virgin olive oil
good red wine vinegar
olive oil
nutmeg, for serving

Mix the ricotta with the Parmesan, flour, a good pinch of salt and the egg. Season with a little freshly ground black pepper and place in the fridge.

Halve the tomatoes, squeeze out the seeds and discard them. Chop the flesh up into small chunks and drain off any excess liquid. Chop the stalks of the basil finely and tear the leaves up roughly, then add to the tomatoes with the chilli. Season with salt and pepper, a glug of good extra virgin olive oil and a small swig of good red wine vinegar.

Put a non-stick pan on a medium heat and add a splash of olive oil. Drop a few spoonfuls of the ricotta mix into the pan - make sure not to overcrowd it, the pieces shouldn't be touching. (Call the family to the table if you haven't done so already!). Fry the ricotta cakes for a couple of minutes or until golden brown, then carefully turn them over using a palette knife or a fish slice and fry them on the other side for a further minute.

Serve at once, with a light sprinkling of sea salt, a little nutmeg (grated from a height) and a good spoonful of the chopped tomatoes on the side. Drizzle over a little peppery extra virgin olive oil and grate over some Parmesan. Eat while crisp and warm!!


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I also found this recipe that was posted by a member called siberia ,from Montreal ,last November....thankyou siberia

Re: Any good recipes using Ricotta?TUNA AND RICOTTA FRITTERS

Once you have fried these and they have cooled, you could reheat them in a light, simple tomato sauce and serve them as a hot main course. You could also toss them with a little spaghetti � kind of like a tuna meatball.

Two 6 to 7 ounce cans of best quality OIL-PACKED TUNA, preferably ITALIAN,
preferably in OLIVE OIL
1 cup fresh RICOTTA, drained in a sieve lined with cheesecloth for an hour
1 bunch MARJORAM, leaves only
SALT and freshly ground BLACK PEPPER
3 large EGGS, separated
3 cups EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, for deep-frying
2 tablespoons chopped ITALIAN PARSLEY
1 tablespoon LEMON ZEST

In a large pot, bring 8 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook until easily pierced with the point of a paring knife, about 25 minutes; drain.

Peel the potatoes and, while they are still warm, pass through a food mill into a large bowl. Immediately add the tuna, ricotta, marjoram, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the egg yolks and mix well to combine. Using two tablespoons, or your moistened hands, form the mixture into golf ball sized balls and set on a baking sheet.

In a large deep saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 370 F. Meanwhile, place the flour in a shallow bowl. Lightly beat the egg whites in another bowl. Put the bread crumbs and parsley in a third bowl. Working in batches, dredge the tuna balls in the flour, then dip in the egg whites, letting the excess run off, and dredge in the bread crumbs. Carefully drop the balls into the hot oil and fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with lemon zest. Serve hot.

overmydeadbody Thu 15-Oct-09 10:15:37

A big heart fish pie. Make it the night before so all you have to do is pop it in the oven and heat it up while drinking gin and tonic and chatting.

overmydeadbody Thu 15-Oct-09 10:17:11

Or a chicken and cashew nut stir fry with stir friend vegetables and plain rice.

You can have everything chopped up and prepared in the fridge and all you have to do is stir fry it (only takes a few minutes).

Google Ken Hom for the best recipes.

hanaflower Thu 15-Oct-09 10:19:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

IsItMeOr Thu 15-Oct-09 10:20:16

Lasagne? You can make the bolognese sauce in advance and freeze if needs be. Then all you need to do is defrost in the morning, make a cheese sauce and layer it. Green salady thing for adults, and maybe some garlic bread.

Don't know many children who dislike pasta/bolognese.

overmydeadbody Thu 15-Oct-09 10:24:59

Or shepherd's pie, again made the night before, or at least partly made the night before so all you have to do is boil potatoes, mash them, dollop on top and bake in oven for 20 minutes.

slng Thu 15-Oct-09 10:25:54

The things I do for friends and their kids that gets no complaints from the cook or the guests:

grilled chicken with honey and soy sauce served with rice and boiled veg - dead easy

plainly boiled pork (this takes about all day to cook - boiled for 1 hour, leave in stock for 3-4 hours, drained for 2 hours - makes it tender and moist but you don't have to do anything until the slicing, really) with various dipping sauces, again served with rice and plain boiled veg

sushi (a bit labour intensive but fun)

speg bol

meatballs italian/Chinese style

red-cooked ribs

Lots more but can't think at the moment. I love cooking for friends ...

ib Thu 15-Oct-09 10:34:57

A nice risotto with something like a meat loaf on the side - recently had this at an Italian aunt's and it was amazing (but then she is an awesome cook).

The meat loaf was prepared in advance and served with some tomato sauce on top (only needed reheating at the last minute) and the risotto is a great meal to prepare over a glass of wine while chatting.

bumpyandfrumpy Thu 15-Oct-09 11:01:40

How about the Nigella chicken one dish thing?
Olive Oil
1 1/2kg chicken, cut to 8 pieces
1 kg new potatoes, 1cm dice
3 red onions in segments
16 cloves garlic
3 red peppers seeded and 1/4ed
coarse sea salt
flat leaf parsley
Oven 210. Coat two baking trays with oil. Arrange bits(not parsley) on, drizzle with more oil, sprinkle with salt. Oven 45 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley.
I like to add Herbes de Provence as well. It takes NO EFFORT OR TIME but loooks and tastes fab.
Usually serve it with a pretty salad.

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