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Aunt Wanda's Turkey Carcass Soup

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2011
Used green peas instead of green beans, and added a few bay leaves for flavour. Very good recipe- but far too much rice. Halve the amount of rice at least and then youve got a nice soup recipe (:
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Garlic Delicata

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2011
This was very nice, i used butternut squash instead of delicata, and added 1/2 tsp of dried rosemary and the same of paprika. Lovely!
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Rachael's Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2011
I added a red onion, a splash of sherry, ad a handful of frozen peas- and this was a very nice dish. I give it three stars- but it would be five with the changes that i've made.
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Chinese Roast Chicken with Gravy

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2011
A very, very nice and different way to get fantastic flavour into a roast chicken! Made a couple of tweaks, and with these adaptions it is a 5 star recipe no question. I added some diced white onion and crushed garlic cloves to the roasting pan. I also added 1/2 tsp of toasted sesame oil in right at the end before serving. Scumptious!!
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Simple Creamy Lemon Chicken Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2011
This was lovely. I served this mixed into spaghetti, with a little grated parmesan on top. The only changes i made were adding a little italian seasoning like many have suggested, and also a tsp of sugar in order to battle the sharpness of the lemon. Rather nice!
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Chinese Noodle Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2010
Very Nice! A simple basic chicken noodle stir fry, i cooked it for myself (1 serving) for lunch and it went down a treat. I think that with these adaptions, this would be perfect: 1. Use more oil, otherwise there is not enough oil to cook the chicken and vegetables properly 2. At stage 2, you should cook the vegetables for 5 minutes- not 2.! At 2 minutes, the onions and broccoli are still basically raw! You also do not have to cover the skillet/wok. If you use enough oil, and stir fry properly- you will get cooked, and flavourful meat and veg. 3. You can't add the noodles completely dried- They should be cooked or if using thin noodles- at least soaked. Otherwise the noodles will not cook correctly. You should add the partially cooked noodles, a little bit of water, DOUBLE the teriyaki sauce and stir fry for 2 more minutes, and then the dish is ready. Some advice there. This is a lovely recipe enjoy!!!
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Chicken with Lemon-Caper Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2010
Very nice! I put 4 stars because i made a few changes. I used 200ml white wine and 200ml chicken stock, so it makes a decent sauce. I used half the lemon juice. And i added a big handful of baby spinach and wilted in the pan for the last couple of minutes before serving. Was delicious! I served over couscous.
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Spaghetti with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2009
Faboulous- With these adaptions: Use fresh garlic and fresh basil instead of dried, and add 5 fresh chopped tomatoes. In terms of cooking, mix in the parmesan when serving rather than cooking it with the vegetables. Fantastic, thanks for my yummy lunch x
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Alicia's Aloo Gobi

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2009
A very good vegetarian curry, especially if your feeding a big (or very hungry!) family. I made a few adaptions, i used half/half natural yoghurt and vegetable stock instead of coconut milk, left out the cinnamon, and added the garam masala at stage two. I will make again, next time with lots of chopped fresh coriander for extra oomph.
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Creamy PHILADELPHIA Penne Pasta with Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2009
Righty. rather nice and really quick, very good when you dont have much time but you want flavour. But adaptions are needed, hence three stars. I doubled the milk, added garlic and some sliced mushrooms. When you add everything, dont cook for 5 minutes make it 10 so it thickens. Thank you, yummy!
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Alfredo Blue

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2009
It was quite nice but a couple of points to add. when it says 115g blue cheese, make sure you dont use too strong blue cheese like stilton, otherwise the sauce will be overpowering. I reccomend not melting the parmesan, and just sprinkling it on top the pasta when serving, with some chopped fresh parsley. It was nice though, i served it with penne, some parma ham and rocket. Any leftover sauce is great mixed in with mash.
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Broccoli Noodle Side Dish

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2009
Hey, great quick healthy lowfat recipe for lunch. Essential tip: After cooking the broccoli and mushrooms in oil for a 1-2 minutes, add 30ml soy sauce and 30ml water to help the broccoli to cook and to stop it burning. I also added a handful of cashews, and added a dash rice wine vinegar when serving. Thanks for your recipe (:
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Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2009
I think that this is a very good base recipe, something that people could add anything to and it would still taste pretty good. I made a few adaptions myself. I used vegetable stock instead of water, i used far less chili powder, and i added a big handful or fresh chopped cilantro and mixed in it before serving. Listen to reccomendations: Sour cream compliments it very well.
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African Curry

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2009
The end result i got from this curry was delicious, but i ended up needing to make many adaptions. 1. I use diced chicken breast instead of a whole chicken 2. I used the 2 tbsp of sugar like everyone reccomends 3. I used 2 tbsp of mild curry paste instead of curry powder 4. And i added a chopped red bell pepper. Very tasty with my adaptions i think
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25-Minute Tunisian Vegetable Couscous

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2009
Heya, now what a lovely recipe! Im surprised im the the 4th to rate. I changed a few things: I didnt bother with the carrot or the orange peel, and i used about 150ml less vegetable broth. It was a fantasic dish, and i served this on the side of baked potatoes and cottage cheese. YUM.
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1-Pot, 3-Bean Chicken Stew

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2009
Really fantastic recipe, thanks for posting. Adaptions i made: I used 2 tins black beans because i couldnt find navy beans anywhere, im not sure whether theyre called something different in the U.K but i cant find em. I didnt add the smoked chicken, (oh and the italian herbs i decided to use were mint, oregano and thyme) I served it with mash and my boyfriend went back for thirds, he really loved it.
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Zucchini with Chickpea and Mushroom Stuffing

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2009
I served these with tomato sauce and it was 'ok'. But, couple of adjustments would rather work. 1- Add some grated cheddar on top. 2- Listen to other people's suggestions, puree half the mixture, otherwise it's impossible to eat!
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Broccoli Chicken Stir-Fry

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2008
Any recipe claiming to be a 'stir fry' with over 500ml of liquid has gotta be taking the mickey. Aaaanyway, what i did was use 60ml chicken stock instead of the water. Oh and i added a roughly chopped garlic clove when i cooked the chicken as well. And completely ignored the whole cornstarch thang. If you use little liquid, like i did, its just not neccessary.
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Insanely Easy Vegetarian Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2007
Agreed, Insanely easy! Delicious, full of veggies and very low-cal considering how much it makes. We served it with brown rice, but i reckon it would make a very good topping for baked potatoes.
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Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2007
Hey, ive made this recipe quite a few times now, and i think that with these improvements, you could have a 5 star dish: 1) Fry the onion with the aubergine and garlic. Otherwise the onions still stay crunchy when youve got them out of the oven. 2) You dont have to layer it if you dont want to. Its just if you need to be particularly careful over presentation. 3) In the last 5 minutes of cooking, take the lid off the casserole dish, to allow the parmesan to brown slightly 4) Leave the casserole lid off for the last 15 minutes of cooking, to try to evaporate the liquid that stores up at the bottom of the pan. Otherwise, you'll end up with a rataouille soup! Anyway, thanks for sharing!
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