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Low Budget Cooking for the Average Geek



  • wossumwossum Registered User
    edited March 2009
    any more dessert like recipes? i like cake.

    ... but I don't want to ride the pony...
  • FiggyFiggy Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Poor man's risotto
    Total time: 20 min

    Rice (any type will do for this one)
    Chicken stock

    - Chop up the onions and mushrooms and set them aside.
    - If your stock is the powdered variety, mix that up and set it aside.
    - Cook your rice in your usual rice-cooking implement (rice cooker, boiling water, etc) but do not cook it fully. You want al-dente rice. You can check by tasting or cutting the rice in half (you want to see a slightly different colour at the core of the rice)
    - Pour some chicken stock in a heated pan (med heat) and then add the chopped veggies. Let them cook a minute or so.
    - Add in your rice and mix it up really well. When you see the rice has soaked up all the stock, start adding more and more.
    - The end result should be a liquidy rice dish that is not too glue-like but not too soupy.

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  • devCharlesdevCharles Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    This is a slight variation off the famous no knead bread making technique. Super Easy.

    Make your own bread (not that hard actually):

    4 cups of flour. You can use 2 All Purpose white and 2 wheat, 3 all purpose and 1 wheat. Whatever combination you like the best. Try to get flour that says "For Breadmaking." It's not the end of the world if you can't.
    1/4 teaspoon of yeast
    1 and 1/4 teaspoon of salt
    2 cups of water

    That's it. Now you just need to mix all of those together. It'll be very sticky and kind of rice pudding like. Make sure it all sticks together. Cover it in plastic wrap cutting holes to let air in.

    Put it in a place where it can stay at room temperature. Wait 18 hours.

    Lay a plastic wrap on a surface and flour it. Put your gooey mix on it and flour the top. Stretch it out long ways. Now oil a pan and lay some flour on top of this.

    Pre-heat your oven to around 450 degrees. Put the bread in for around 35-40 minutes. Every 10 minutes or so you'll want to spray some water on it using a spray bottle of some kind.

    It tastes great. Seriously.

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  • H3C70RH3C70R Registered User
    edited June 2009
    Greatest Snack EVERRRR...

    Dulce de leche

    take one can of sweetened condensed milk, peel off the label

    put it into a pot of boiling water, boil the can for about 2 hours, replenishing water about every 45 minutes (should always be about 1 inch above the top of the can)

    take ENTIRE POT, WATER AND ALL off heat for a half hour (because science says so, don't want any exploding cans in the kitchen)

    open can with a can opener, and you have, caramel-y goodness

  • H3C70RH3C70R Registered User
    edited June 2009
    second one from me... for those adventurous souls who enjoy confusing their friends palettes...

    sweet and savory cherry sauce

    2 cups Dry Red Wine
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    3 whole bay leaves
    4 sprigs fresh thyme
    6 whole cloves
    2 3" cinnamon sticks
    3 strips orange zest
    10 whole black peppercorns
    2 cups cherries (halved and pitted)
    2 teaspoons cornstarch
    2 tablespoons orange juice
    1 pinch salt
    1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

    bring wine, sugar, bay leaves, thyme, cloves, cinnamon, zest, peppercorns to a boil, simmer until
    volume is reduced by half, strain and return to pan, add cherries, continue cooking for approx. 5
    minutes, bring to boil again, dissolve cornstarch into orange juice and add to pan, stir constantly
    until sauce thickens, remove from heat, stir in salt/pepper, serve over spaghetti squash (or just spaghetti if you want)

  • TheRealBadgerTheRealBadger Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    wossum wrote: »
    any more dessert like recipes? i like cake.

    This one was an email fwd from Mum. Pink Comic sans and all. Decided to give it a go though since it looked quick and simple.

    It's incredibly easy; you literally just put all the ingredients in a mug and microwave it.

    4 tablespoons flour
    4 tablespoons sugar
    2 tablespoons cocoa
    1 egg
    3 tablespoons milk
    3 tablespoons oil
    3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
    a small splash of vanilla extract
    1 large coffee mug

    Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
    Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
    Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high)..
    The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!

    Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

    I found 3 minutes was a bit much in my microwave but YMMV.

  • SegatronSegatron Registered User
    edited December 2009
    Bachelor Pancakes (these are pancakes in name only)


    2 eggs
    2 slices cheese, (Cheddar or American preferred by writer)
    non-stick spray.

    Onion (if doing compote)
    Ketchup (if using syrup)

    When you have sprayed and pre-heated a small frying pan, (Medium gets decent results), crack your first egg and fling the contents into the pan with the intention of beaking the yolk.

    If the yolk resists breakage, give it a thwack with the corner of your spatula.

    Once the yolk is broken there is no need to mix, combine, or stir it into the mixture. tilt the pan until the cooking egg spreads throughout most of the pan and has a round shape in general.

    Cook about 2 minutes in general. different stovetops may have faster or slower results, but if you wan't your "pancakes" fluffy. the best results come when you wait for the bottom layer to be cooked solid enough to be flipped over as a whole with no running or breakage. Look to the edges of the egg for telltale signs of dryness before you lift a side to check.

    Flip the egg over entirely, and then count to ten. If you wait for an egg to look done it's already overcooked. At the ten-count turn the egg out onto your plate and place a slice of cheese on it IMMEDIATELY as perfect melting will be achieved by the residual heat of the egg itself.

    Re-spray the pan and repeat this process with your second egg. and then:

    if you wish to make a compote hold the onion over the freshly re-sprayed pan, and slice thin filaments of onion, none more than an inch in length onto the pan. Keep these filaments as thin as possible to expediate cooking and carmelization. Cover the entire pan with a thin layer of these onions.

    Once the onions have turned darker in color spread them out on top of the melting cheese of your pancakes, starting with the first you made, and cover both evenly.

    Once your Bachelor Pancakes are fully prepared, serve/eat them with ketchup (optional)

    Once practiced, Bachelor Pancakes can be made and eaten in the timespan of less than ten minutes.

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