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Some easy recipes

This is a bit different to what I usually post on this blog (which is usually technical content about GIS, remote sensing, Python and data analysis – see a few example posts), and this is part of April Cools – a group of bloggers writing posts that are unusual for them, but still good content.

So, on that note, here are a few fairly simple recipes that we often make in our household. None of them are particularly fancy, but they all taste nice – and my family like them.

Sausage, apple and pepper thing – in the process of being cooked

Cheat’s Carbonara

Serves approx 3 people.

  1. Chop chestnut mushrooms (half a tub) and bacon (approx. 4-6 rashers).
  2. Fry bacon in a little oil, add mushrooms after a couple of minutes
  3. Meanwhile, cook tagliatelle pasta in a separate saucepan, according to packet instructions
  4. After about 5 minutes, add double-cream and a good sprinkling of pepper to the frying pan, and cook until the cream thickens and absorbs some of the bacon fat.
  5. Mix in the cooked pasta, and serve with cherry tomatoes.

Cheat’s Curry

Serves approx 4 people.

  1. Dice some chicken breast (or any other meat!), and fry until lightly browned
  2. Add a tablespoon of curry paste (Korma paste or Thai Green Curry paste work well, but I imagine others would work too). Stir to coat.
  3. Add a tin of coconut milk, stir to mix in the coconut solids. Add seasonings (mixed herbs, pepper, salt) to taste.
  4. Cook until sauce thickens, and serve with rice
  5. Optional: Add diced peppers or other vegetables to the pan at the start.

Coronation Rice

(lovely as a side for a picnic or barbeque)

  1. Put a heaped spoonful of turmeric into a saucepan full of water, and cook rice in the saucepan according to the packet instructions.
  2. Drain rice and cool under running cold water
  3. Cut up dried apricots into very small pieces, and mix these and a few handfuls of sultanas into the rice
  4. Add curry power, mayonnaise and mango chutney to the bowl and stir until well-mixed (you may find it easier to mix these three ingredients separately and then add to the main bowl once combined)
  5. Refrigerate and leave to develop a deeper flavour.

Sausage, Apple and Pepper Thing

(Imaginative name, isn’t it!)
Serves approx 4 people.

  1. Cut 3 Braeburn apples into small slices. Put in a frying pan with a little oil and fry until they’re slightly golden in colour.
  2. Add chopped peppers and cook briefly.
  3. Sprinkle sage into the pan to taste, and add salt and pepper as required.
  4. Chop sausages into 2cm long chunks and add to the frying pan. Cook until lightly browned.
  5. Add apple juice to the pan, until it comes about half-way up the contents. Crumble in a vegetable or chicken stock cube.
  6. Cook until sauce has reduced significantly, adding more liquid if needed, and ensuring that the sausages are fully cooked.
  7. Serve with rice.

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Categorised as: Food, How To


  1. Olivia says:

    You’ve misspelled chestnut in cheat’s carbonara (instruction 1).

    Also might be helpful to put how many it serves. Cheat’s carbonara is 3, cheat’s curry is probably 4, sausage is 4 when using 6 sausages

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