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What Did You Have For Dinner?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Derek W, Mar 24, 2019.

  1. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    We went to my mum's for dinner, roast lamb, mash and veg. She had bought bramley apples and had intended to make an apple crumble but she forgot, so a first for me. We had mince pies and ice cream. Mince pies in September!
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  2. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    The remains of last nights Chinese simmered in the pan with a little water, Cornish sea salt, black pepper, red chilli flakes , garlic powder and chow mein stir fry sauce (would have added dark soy sauce but cannot get the lid off!) very nice if a tad on the hot side so being washed down with a cold beer
  3. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    I never make mince pies but buy them in. If the local shop had mince pies on offer in June then I would buy some. I haven't seen any this year. Mince pies, raspberries and ice cream would tempt me at any time of year.
  4. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Hers were bought from M&S yesterday.
  5. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    Last night - roast chicken with baked vegetables. Tonight, a pie made with the leftover chicken - mushrooms fried in butter, with the chopped leftover chicken and the remains of the gravy making up the pie filling.
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  6. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    I ate about a quarter of what I cooked. It was good. I needed a lot of self discipline not to eat more.
    I made one of my ad hoc variations of mince.
    First thing was to collect a generous amount of rosemary, thyme and bay from the garden (Window boxes are available for flat dwellers.). Rough chop it and add it to about a third of a bottle of drinkable but not posh Cote du Rhone, bring it all to the boil,add several whole cloves of garlic and then leave it to infuse. Not only is this a great flavoursome addition to the food it also limits the amount of wine that I drink.
    I fried finely chopped onions with white pepper and put them aside in a container that would later be used for storage. Then I fried the mince in a tiny amount of cooking oil; the mince itself provided more oil. Unusually for me I added chunks of courgettes which I had accidentally bought on two separate occasions to excess, then returned the onions to the mix. Also removed the now soft cloves of garlic from the herb wine mixture and pressed them (Putting them with the wine and herbs does nothing to the taste; it just makes them soft enough to press easily without peeling them. Of course one swills the garlic press out in the wine herb mixture to avoid waste.) Nearly there! I added a can of chopped tomatoes, swilled the can out with strained wine herb mixture. Finished cooking with just a small slosh of dark soy sauce to add salt and umami. I would usually add tomato puree but it was not needed.
    Served with simmered small spuds, carrots, cauly, and frozen cobra beans that I had grown earlier in the summer.
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  7. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Not any mince pies. They were M&S mince pies.:)
  8. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    A very thick sandwich, have just found Lidl's do a poppy seed bloomer so two buttered slices around a LOT of mature cheddar, fresh red onion and cucumber
  9. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    You had right up to the cauliflower at the end. But thanks for the step by step, might try that as we have some mince in.
  10. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    My Saturday night special- odds and ends of veggies that would otherwise be wasted so new potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli and onion with frozen sweetcorn and chopped frankfurters then when boiled, I melted some butter in with red chilli flakes, coarse black pepper and some garlic then grated a rather large amount of mature cheddar on top.

    The plan was to have Brie and crackers for afters but I made a bit much so I have some decent crusty bread needing used up so assuming I am hungry in the morning I will have Brie and bacon sandwiches
  11. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    A chicken roll, a boiled egg followed by stewed plums and yoghurt.
    Very tasty. Glad I still can taste them all!
  12. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Will be ribeye steak (or as it is known in our house, Jewish steak), potatoes roasted with rosemary and garlic. I think I’ll make a garlic mushroom sauce too. Probably round peas as well.
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  13. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Shoulder of lamb cooked low & slow.
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  14. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Best joint!
  15. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    Ribeye Steak for me too!

    Served simply with caramelised onion, mushroom and red pepper and salad potatoes.
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  16. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Depends on mood and available time for cooking.
    12 minutes roast plus a slight frying of the fat side = rack of lamb . Its bloody in the middle.
    One to one and a half hours dry roasting = leg of lamb . Its pink in the middle.
    Three hours or more pot roasting = Shoulder of lamb. Its not pink but the whole house smells deliciously of roasting lamb for hours of anticipation.
    Other cuts are good. Even the unappetising scrag end of neck cooked as a hotpot are good and fill the house with aroma.
    Chops are quick and cheerful.
    I think that the three classic roasts, rack, leg and shoulder are the best equals provided that they are cooked correctly.
    I like lamb.
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  17. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    [QUOTE="Learning, post: 1653120, member: 11980" Even the unappetising scrag end of neck cooked as a hotpot are good and fill the house with aroma.

    One of my favourite winter meals on the cheap is scrag end of mutton stewed in the slow cooker for hours
  18. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    One of my favourite winter meals on the cheap is scrag end of mutton stewed in the slow cooker for hours as an Irish stew
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  19. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    I was just having a couple of Aberdeen Angus quarter pounders infused with mature cheddar and caramelised onion in a sandwich (Lidl's do an amazing thick seeded bloomer) and cheese slices and mango chutney on top

    So I popped the burgers in the oven then a friend phoned me and by the time I'd got her off the phone I thought it must be time to turn the burgers over so I went in the kitchen and smoke was billowing out the oven. Luckily my oven is near an open window So apart from getting a nasty burn on my tit when I took the lid off and there being clouds of smoke (and I checked my smoke alarm is still working) dinner was great
  20. Dorset_Mike

    Dorset_Mike Grumpy Old Fart

    Another day of slow cooker, diced chiken breast, bacon bits, mushrooms, diced onion, carrots a bit of celery, sprinkled with sage and garlic granules, tin of chicken and mushroom soup, a couple of sachets of Chicken and leek cuppa soup mixed with some boiling water, a dash of black pepper then let it gurgle away. Should do me 3 days.
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