View Full Version : Expanding the culinary horizons of a simple farmer boy from a cultural backwater

Mr. Bas
06-09-2006, 12:09:28
Or how to transform my cooking habits from student ones to a more refined culinary palette.

Even though I like good food, my laziness has prevented me from really cooking a lot of different dishes. I have a couple of dishes, mostly pasta and rice ones, that I do fairly well and I rotate and vary a bit with those, but some more variation would be nice. Suggestions on anything are more than welcome, unless they involve cooked potatoes (if I want those I'll go to my parents, thank you), require ingredients that are expensive, hard to find and/or easy to screw up or if it requires an oven. Also, I am still lazy, so the easier to make, the better. Thanks!

06-09-2006, 12:15:15
just go to the AH and take those fine little cards with recipes........done.
no thanks

Greg W
06-09-2006, 12:19:34
Hot Dogs!

06-09-2006, 12:31:22

06-09-2006, 12:32:20

Mr. Bas
06-09-2006, 15:12:54

06-09-2006, 15:14:43
stir fry

Mr. Bas
06-09-2006, 15:15:53

06-09-2006, 15:22:45


Mr. Bas
06-09-2006, 15:56:25
Looks nice, but it's the kind of stuff that's quite common here and that I already make every now and then. Except that this one is mie instead of rice.

08-09-2006, 15:57:38
Stir fry is good.

Just start reading cook books or watching some of those tv shows which show you how to cook better.

C.G.B. Spender
08-09-2006, 15:59:50

08-09-2006, 16:11:33
so much for the 400lb shit-eating pig

C.G.B. Spender
08-09-2006, 16:12:17
Don't call me names, fanboy!

08-09-2006, 16:15:39
Oh you expected a warm welcome?

C.G.B. Spender
08-09-2006, 16:19:14
Fireworks at least

Scabrous Birdseed
08-09-2006, 16:27:36
Cheap ingredients, easy to make, no oven, no potatoes? Boy, you're not exactly leaving it wide open for creative suggestions, are you?

Probably the cheapest, easiest-to-throw-together dish I usually make is an italian pasta sauce my mother got off an italian chef. It takes about an hour and a half to do but it's only ten minutes work, tops.

Take a small pot, add a can of whole tomatoes in tomato juice, one coarsely chopped onion, a couple (maybe three) tablespoons of olive oil, a whole clove of garlic, a vegetable stock cube, some ground black pepper and some basil (prefferably fresh or frozen). Bring to a boil, then simmer at low temperature for at least one hour, prefferably 90 minutes. No need to watch it, it takes care of itself. When the onions and tomatoes and garlic all fall to pieces it's done, you can help it along a bit with a fork but I'd recommend against it.

If you fry up some ground beef, garlic and onions and mix the finished sauce in with some extra basil it makes a pretty mean bolognese too.

I've got a carbonara recipe too but I'm afraid our italian posters would kill me if I told it to you.

08-09-2006, 18:09:48
Throw frozen veggies and Tofu into the Microwave.. heat, voila!

Or, but black beans, frozen corn, and hot sauce into the microwave.. voila!

Or, heat water to a boil, put in pasta.. after pasta is cooked, remove, mix with sauce from a can.. voila!

Or, put burrito shell with beans and topings into microwave.. heat for a couple minutes.. voila!

Or, put a bit of peanut oil on a wok type thing, put on Tofu.. put on frozen stirfry vegetables.. voila!

Or, put rice into rice cooker, put in water.. wait 20 minutes, voila!

Or the always special, put frozen waffles into toaster, remove when toasted, put peanut butter and apple sauce or syrup on and voila!


The Mad Monk
08-09-2006, 21:44:29
Is voila! your word of the day?

09-09-2006, 05:39:03
or or

09-09-2006, 09:50:07