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    I know its not a thought provoking topic, but it is all I could think of at the moment.
    I love cooking and with the nice comments on a previous thread about favourite foods, I decided to post some of the recipes I use, yes they are by famous chefs, but they are really easy and quick to make.

    I will start with the quickest risotto I have ever made, no gradually adding stock over a few hours it takes about 10 minutes to cook.  It is a recipe from Nigella Lawson and uses a pasta which looks like rice called Orzo.

    Nigella Lawsons Pasta Risottata with Peas and Pancetta

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cooking Time: 10 minutes

    250g orzo pasta
    150g pancetta cubes (I use bacon lardons, either smoked or unsmoked works well)
    30ml garlic oil (I take mine from a jar of lazy garlic, which comes in oil and lasts for ages in the cupboard)
    150g frozen petit pois or garden peas
    30g Parmesan Cheese grated (I dont like that so use Monteray Jack cheese instead)
    625ml boiling water (I sometimes add a couple of flavoured or vegetable stock cubes)
    15g soft unsalted butter
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Heat the garlic oil in a large pan
    Add the pancetta and cook until golden and crisp (not burnt lol)
    Add the frozen peas
    Mix into the pancetta so they lose the frozen look.
    Add the Orzo
    Stir until mixed
    Add water and mix well
    Add salt if necessary (careful pancetta is very salty)
    Bring to the boil and turn down to a simmer (put a lid on the pan, no need to stand and stir)
    Cook for about 10 minutes until all the water has been absorbed – when ready the pasta should be soft and starchy
    Beat the butter and parmesan into the pan
    Check the seasoning
    Serve immediately into warm bowls

    Feel free to add any of your favourite recipes.



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    I love this, I put some Palma ham in at the end and kale. It’s funny,I saw the title and knew this post would be you ,lol. Yummy choice! ♥


    Kielbasa skillet stew. This is a polish dish and one of my fav comfort foods now the cold weather is almost here. I will post a pic next time i cook it.

    I buy cooked polish kielbasa sausage and cook 5 pieces of crispy cooked bacon or lardons. Chop one onion. You can add  butter beans, cannellini beans, haricot bean or kidney beans ( whatever you like) 2 cans of tomato paste,  one 4oz can of chilli or fresh chopped green chilli. 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced.1/2 medium green pepper, chopped. 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning.1/2 teaspoon dried thyme and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

    If your bacon and sausage are cooked stir in  all the other ingredients  bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Crumble bacon and  sprinkle over stew. This is a recipe you can mess around with adding what you want.



    Not the same thing but our fav Indian Restaurant and take a way dont use beef of the menu.

    So what we do is buy the Madras sauce from them and put our own beef in it to get a beef madras.

    This also works with chicken.And if you but the curry sauce from you fav chinese it also lush but remember to put peas in the the chinese curry sauce :yes:

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