- Family recipe ideas
I cook pretty much most days for the family. Sometimes I defrost pre-prepared batch portions from the freezer.
As do most people, I guess, I have a repertoire of recipes that I cycle through. But it’s getting a bit samey and I’m looking for ideas. What I’m not really interested in are those celebchef recipes for weird and wonderful “but-you-can-cook-them-every-day” my arse recipes. But some staples that Im missing off my list. Especially if they can be batch prepared and frozen.
This is pretty much what I usually cook:
Bolognese/Chilli beef w pasta or rice
Rolled lamb breast
Steak & Kidney pie
Grilled salmon (sometimes en croute)
I generally only roast a chicken at the weekends, and rarely a beef or pork joint. Reading that list I’m reminded I haven’t done a baked ham or corned beef hash for a while.
So what have you got for me?Posted 4 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
How about my take on chicken noodle soup? Easy to make up in advance, and then cooks up in no time.
Large pan, chop and add
Chilli (one or two, sliced lengthways, seeds left in to taste etc)
Asparagus (Sliced lenghtways if thick)
Baby corn (As above)
Other veg if you like (Bok choi, mange tout, etc)
A veg stock cube
Some soy sauce
Some fish sauce
Juice a lemon
Leave it to steep in cold water for as long as you like.
Bring to the boil, and add some cubed chicken breast (goes well with prawns, but watch the cooking time).
Add noodles, cook for three or four minutes more
Serve with lime to squeeze over the top, and chopped coriander if you like
Really easy, really healthy.Posted 4 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
I know, hence suggesting it! Gets them used to different formats and flavours as well. Worth a try!
Another nice “cheat” roast from me;
Pork neck fillet, sliced almost through lengthways.
Fill the gap with stuffing of your choice. Cover with a couple of bits of streaky bacon, tie it all up with string.
Roast in the Aga/oven for about forty mins. Serve with veg of your choice, and gravy. Goes really well with roast spuds and roast garlic.Posted 4 years agopaladinSubscriber
Home made fish fingers (my 6 year old makes them with haddock normally, but used mackerel he’d caught himself last time).
Lentil soup is great this time of year, really thick so you could eat it with a fork…..big pan, bag of lentyils, pile of carrots, onion, celery, tattie, garlic, few tins of chopped toms, packet of bacon offcuts. Chop everything big, cook until cooked, then get in there with a tattie masher.Posted 4 years ago
molly – that’s basically a rosti by any otrher name.
Nice dish though. Good comfort food. Needs leaks with it though I reckon 🙂
Binners – how would you do “slowcooking” effectively with a conventional oven and casserole (Le creuset, natch)?
Is temp critical? Because there’s no way the thermostat on my oven is accurate. Im guessing not the fan oven?Posted 4 years agodjgloverMember
A chicken pie always goes down a treat with our 2 (4 yrs)
We basically have to blend half of the contents so they will actually eat it, but its amazing how presenting a kid a individual pie with its initial on it, motivates it to eat.
As expected serve with chips and peas.Posted 4 years ago
Stoner – slow cookers are dirt cheap. You’ll get one for twenty quid. Money well spent. Especially in winter! They’re unbeatable for comfort food!
Bung it all in in the morning. Then you get the pleasure of walking into your front door after work to delicious smells wafting from the kitchen, and your tea already cooked!Posted 4 years agodvnjhnMember
Meatloaf: Mince of choice, mixed herbs, Garlic, seasoning, diced and cooked onion, smoked bacon or ham, a few eggs to help bind. Place all of them in a bowl, mix together and roast in the oven.
Jambolina: Dice – chicken, onion, peppers, carrots, chillies and fry in a large bowl. Add a few cups of uncooked rice and fry slightly. A few tspoons of chilli powder and tumeric. Add chicken stock (enough to cover the ingredients) and allow to simmer slowly (adding more stock)until the rice is cooked through. You can also add whatever veg you like such as peas, asparagas etc.Posted 4 years agonicko74Member
Fish pie? V tasty, easy to scale up or down as required.Posted 4 years ago
Fish cakes – think Jamie Oliver has a pretty good recipe
Honey/ orange chicken – a Nigel Slater recipe, basically needing chicken thighs. Cover them with honey and orange, shove them in the oven for an hour til it goes sticky. I do homemade potato wedges (peel, cut, parboil spuds; mix in a bowl with oil, place on a baking tray) with them normally.
Rick Stein has a sausage casserole thing in one of his books. I’m not a fan of his, but this is pretty good – it’s quite fresh, with spuds and sausages in there, plus lemon and parsley.spacecadettMember
My good lady makes a brilliant smoked haddock chowder.
Soften onions or leeks, add sliced potatoes & fry off. Add veg stock & boil until spuds are al dente. Add chopped smocked haddock & cook for a few mins. Add creamed corn (basically a mix of frozen corn & a bechemel sauce). Cook for a few more mins.
Serve with parsley, hot sauce & warm fresh bread. Lovely stuff.Posted 4 years agoNobeerinthefridgeSubscriber
Half roast some halved wee salad potatoes, in their skins, in a tray with olive oil. Add chopped up raw sausages, cherry tomatoes, some chopped thyme, ripped up ciabatta and sprinkle over some paprika, give it a good mix. Back in the oven for 20 mins, till all cooked.
Bring out and toss through loads of rocket till it wilts, and a few shakes of balsamic and mix thoroughly. Lovely crusty ciabatta goes slightly soggy, wilted rocket is lovely, then there’s good sausages and roast potatoes. Yummmmmm.Posted 4 years agoyossarianMember
Agree with the comments above about using a slow cooker. I haven’t got one so I just turn the oven down low instead. Works just as well.
From reading your list of staples I’d say it looks pretty good, maybe focus on what is in season to give you some variety? My current fave is a Normandy pork casserole – cubed pork shoulder from the local farm, cider from the local brewhouse, apples from the garden etc etc with Dijon mustard and creme fraiche going in at the end.
Also don’t forget puddings, they don’t have to be full of sugar and shite.Posted 4 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
Sausage and bean bake – sausages and beans with a mash topping and then cheese, slammed under the grill.
Jacket spuds, with a variety of toppings
Slag carbonara, but done properly. No good for batching but takes 12 mins start to finish. Put pasta on. While cooking, fry some diced bacon / pancetta cubes. Mix up in a measuring bowl equal qtys of eggs and parmesan, one egg’s worth per person. When pasta done, drain, return to pan (off the heat) and stir in the egg and cheese mix. The heat of the pasta will cook the egg, portion it out, dress with bacon bits, done.Posted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
Theres a nice side dish I’ve been doing recently thats a good way of fancying up a meal as it gives a nice sauce as a byproduct thats good with fish (even fish fingers actually) or potatoes. EDIT – might add a nice dimension to Macc and cheese or cauliflower cheese too
“a french thing with peas”
Glug of olive oil in then pan
stir in a tea spoon or two of plain flour to make a thin roux.
add a mug full of veg or chicken stock (made from cubes is fine) and bring to a simmer. Up to this point it won’t look very appetising
half a dozen spring onions (or sometimes shallots instead)
two shredded little gem lettuces
a 400gm bag of garden peas
it’ll seem like far too much stuff for the cooking liquid but it’ll be fine
bring that back to a simmer (the frozen peas will chill it totally to begin with) then another 3 mins or so to make sure the peas are warmed through, the lettuce wants to be barely cooked
season and add lemon juice. I usually juice a whole lemon but do half first then add more to taste.
Its an easy one to throw together while you’re cooking other stuff and its makes everything lovely and fresh tasting.Posted 4 years ago
Homemade pizzaPosted 4 years ago
Spaghetti carbonara (proper one, none of that cream bunged in, just raw egg)
Whatever cheap spicy sauce I find from Approved Food(.co.uk) bunged over some chicken
Risotto (1,000,000 times easier than some people think it is )
Huge batch chili
Chicken fried ricemaccruiskeenSubscriber
Chicken and potato thing
Quite a lot of chicken thighs
Quantity of spuds
pack of cherry toms
Boil and drain the pots
place in a baking dish with the chicken and the toms (prick the skins of the toms)
toss with a bit of oil then add a healthy glug of red wine vinegar and some oregano then roast. The chicken and leaking toms create a nice sauce (but if you over cook it that can evaporate)Posted 4 years agokimbersSubscriber
paellas a good one, dont usually bother with chicken just onion/garlic/parsley chorizo and random seafood, bit of saffron, turmeric, peppers, cherry tomatoes, peas, few olives, chicken stock (just oxo is good for me) aldi paella rice ftw
lamb tagine is soo yummy when its cold outside
onions, garlic, lamb, some dried apricots crushed almonds, saffron, turmeric, pepper, cumin, carrots chopped tomatoes, tin of chickpeas if the lambs not great just let it cook for longer! serve with lemon n corriander couscous , hmmmmmmmm think thats sunday dinner for me sorted
oh yeah slow cookers are very goodPosted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
Some French inspired favourites
Chicken Fricase (look online but Raymond Blanc recipe good)
Cassoulet (basically french version sausage and bean casserole as above can add canned duck confit legs to make it authentic)
As winter is coming some pasta bakes, eg with sausages or vegetarian
Homemade pizza – Jamie Oliver recipe simple and very good, you can freeze spare dough
Risottos – easy to do – vegetarian (mushroom especially good, dried porchni plus chestnut / other types) or with cooked chicken added
Your chilli / bolognese / curries are good family favourites and freeze well as you know so thumbs up for those
Cooking for the kids is wonderful, I miss it (all grown up and left home)Posted 4 years ago
some great ideas here that I hadnt considered before, thanks.
Just off to the weekly shop with the boys now, and I think we shall be having a go at the meatloaf, nobeerinthefridge’s bread & sausage toss, and I’m hankering for some rosti as well now.
And I like the sound of macc’s french pea thing.
Other ideas remind me that there’s actually a lot I left off the list that we do less regularly like kedgeree, goulash, homemade pizzas, pork & cider etc. So will try to remember to do them more often.
Time to go and raid Morrisons for fresh croissants for breakfast….Posted 4 years agocolournoiseSubscriber
Can’t see goulash on your list. We use this one – http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/180653/beef-goulash – but make sure you use ‘hot’ paprika to give it some kick, and add mushrooms and some new potatoes in for the last 30 minutes or so. Freezes well for batch cookery too (although would freeze it without the mushrooms and spuds and cook those in it as you reheat).
Another favourite here is what we call chilli eggs. Bit of a Spanish/Mexican made up thing. Diced pork shoulder and/or chorizo, onion, peppers, tomatoes, paprika, chilli. Cook up into a spicy stew then put into oven proof dishes (a cazuela works well), make some dimples in the top and crack some eggs into them. Lots of black pepper on the eggs and bake for about 10 minutes or until the eggs are set to your liking. Serve with warmed crusty bread (or rice if you must).Posted 4 years agoBunnyhopSubscriber
I know these can’t be frozen but I like a nice stir fry. Bung into the wok whatever veggies or meat you have and cook with either rice or noodles.
Sausage casserole: Fry decent quality sausages, cover with a tin of chopped tomatoes, dried herbs (garlic if they like it). Meanwhile cook some spuds, mash them and stick the sausages with the tomato sauce into an oven proof dish, top with the mash and plenty of cheese, cook in the oven until cheese is golden brown.
We always played a game with veg soup when my nephew was little. He had to guess all the types of veg he was eating (I always cut them up into large pieces), anything up to 8 types. It was the only way I could get him to eat it.
I also make easy barbecue sauce with chicken, onions and garlic, which all goes into the oven for a quick meal. Can be eaten with rice (that I hide veg in) or pasta.Posted 4 years ago
There’s a win there for nobeerinthefridge.
Sorry to to stick to your recipe 100%, but I fancied lamb sausages, so this one has rosemary rather than thyme in it and I have no rocket so fried up some leeks instead.
Went down very well with the two bottomless pits that are my sons.
Posted 4 years agoanagallis_arvensisMember
Chicken pices with skin on and bones etc. In oven dish with onions whole garlic cloves smoked paprika and chorizo, bang in oven and cook. Add bkack olives near the end if you have some. Serve with spuds and brocolli or whatever.Posted 4 years ago
Or onions, weated with garlic some risotto rice white wine, chicken stock, oregano, tin of chopped toms and some to puree add in some browned off chicken pieces and bang in oven.
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