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Rice with Goodies

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2008
Yumm, this is fantastic! I love 'rice 'n stuff' and this is the best one I've made. Really filling and complex in flavour. Made a few substitutions and changes but it's basically the same thing. Used whole grain rice instead of white, sweet corns instead of peas, mixed seeds instead of the almonds, turkey ham instead of the turkey. The ratios suggested by the recipe work out really well. I'll be eating this for lunch the whole week at work, and I bet I won't get sick of it. Good stuff.
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Cucumber Tuna Boats

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2008
These were ok for a light, healthy dinner. All the crunch felt really good and I'm sure I got a lot of vitamins in. I'm not sure about the tuna salad though, I had to doctor the taste with more lemon juice and a bit of dried parsley to actually like it. I'm sure it was partly the fault of the tuna I chose, it wasn't as high quality as I would have liked, and the salad dressing was a bit funny, too. With different brands it might come out a lot better. I thought adding cream cheese instead of the dressing / mayo would have made it tastier. I might make this again in the summer or when I crave the crunch. It was surprisingly filling, too!
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Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2008
Delicious! I read that some people had a problem with bladness and tossed it. Mine came out wondefully flavourful and thick, and I think the trick is in the proportions. I followed the recipe up to the point when you add the chopped peppers to the onions. Here I added one can of beans in tomato sauce (canned baked beans, basically) and decided that it was beany enough. I threw in 1 and half stock cubes (1 veg, half chicken) because at this stage I thought I'd add all the liquid suggested. But after pouring in a pint of water (volume of one of the cans suggested), it looked thin enough. Blended it, tasted it, added a bit of dried parsley and cumin. Done, wonderful. So, in sum, half the beans, half the broth, a bit of extra flavouring of your choice. A lovely soup really, give it a try.
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Cheryl's Spinach Cheesy Pasta Casserole

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2008
Great comfort food, and very easy to make, I think this is the first dish I have ever made that required absolutely no chopping. I added tons of garlic powder to the spinach while it was cooking which probably helped, but the casserole was still a little bit bland in the end. It held together wonderfully though, probably because of the egg, which is a huge bonus, because my casseroles are always falling apart. Baked it for 30 minutes on higher because it was a weeknight and I had no patience; worked out very well and there was a lovely crispy cheese crust on the top. I'd make it again.
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Eggplant, Zucchini and Sweet Red Pepper Stew

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2008
My flatmate made this on a Monday night and it was such nice, mushy comfort food to come home to. The rice was very flavourful, having been cooked with all the veggies. I'd make it myself if I felt like something like this.
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Pasta Melanzana

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2008
Lovely, quick, easy dish. Just what I need on a week night when there's spinach to be used up in the fridge. The garlic did burn quite badly so I'd suggest more butter or throwing the eggplant in at the same time. I added a bit of sour cream to the mixture to make it creamier, without it it was a bit dry. What really makes the sauce though is the lemon, suits the eggplant and spinach so smoothly, it really rounds out the flavours and saves the dish from mediocracy. Added plenty of parm. Gobbled it up. Thanks.
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Baked Bean Sandwiches

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2008
These are extremely satisfying on a cold Sunday morning like today, and so easy to make. It's basically the no-hassle version of an English breakfast, no frying and heating and poaching, just pile everything up and bake. Ingenius! The onions give it a really nice touch. I was worried it would all slide and fall apart as it melted in the oven but it held together fine. Very pleased with this. Would use it to feed breakfast to a crowd of friends in a fast and easy way. Thanks.
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Cranberry Couscous Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2007
Very enjoyable when you feel like something different. I like how the sweetness of the cranberries combine with the crunchiness of the veggies, the couscous holds it together nicely and the sauce fits perfectly. The recipe calls for way too much couscous though, that might be why some found it bland. Next time I'll use only half, this time I added more cucumber and carrot to balance it out. The sauce does taste really agressive and mustardy when you first mix it, but after a few hours it all blend together. I imagine I'll be making lots of this in the summer.
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Allie's Mushroom Pizza

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2007
I liked the idea of a no-tomato-sauce pizza for a change, the combination of mushrooms and spinach (I love both!) and was excited to see what the sesame oil would do to the flavours. But the end result was only mediocre, I'm sorry to say. When I was putting it all together I noticed that there's nothing going on there in terms of spices and herbs, so I sprinkled it with garlic powder, because in my head spinach and garlic go hand in hand. Still, it came out fairly bland and dry. Not bad really, just nothing to rave about either. There's another one of these sitting in my fridge to be baked for dinner. Before it goes in, I'll be sure to add more garlic powder, SALT&PEPPER and a few herbs. Hope that makes it into a 4-star meal.
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Absolutely Fabulous Portobello Mushroom Tortellini

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2007
This was nice and super fast and easy to make which is a huge plus on a weekday night, but I didn't find it that mind-blowing. Used regular mushrooms and a four-cheese sauce, and I used the same amount of sauce for half the pasta (so practically doubled the sauce) and it was by no means too much. I thought it tasted a little bland so I added some more herbs, a bit of nutmeg and garlic powder. With the improvements it still wasn't 'absolutely fabulous' but I did enjoy it with a glass of wine. Might make it again if I feel like totellini.
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Split Pea Soup with Rosemary

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2007
Very nice flavours. I had to use a combination of green and red lentils because I couldn't find split peas in the shop so I guess what I got is a little different, but it works just fine. I love how uncomplicated this soup is with just a few basic ingredients. Easy on the wallet, and there is no need to spend ages chopping veggies. Good stuff.
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Tuna Salad with Cranberries

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2007
This is very tasty and a great idea. However, there seems to be too little of everything in the recipe. I think it needs double the mayo and double the dill. I didn't need the salt, but I think it could deal with a squeeze of lemon juice for extra flavour. This recipe has great potential and is a super fast fix for dinner after a long day.
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Leek Potato Mushroom Cheddar Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2007
Very tasty. I skipped the whole flour and liquids in a seperate bowl business, and just added everything to the pot (minus the flour, the potatoes eventually thickened the soup up nicely enough). The mushrooms and the cheeses make this a 5 star soup, a lovely addition to my favoutite leek&potato. The only thing I missed a little is maybe some herbs for extra flavour. I toasted some sunflower seed bread slices, cut them into cubes and threw them on top of the soup with some extra grated cheese. Very satisfying.
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Garlic and Artichoke Pizza

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2007
This is a tasty pizza and went very well with some left-over Bodacious Broccoli Salad from this site that I served it with. But I'm one of those who don't see the point of the simmering liquid part. It makes it more time consuming, dirties a pot and is actually quite strange taste-wise. It gave the pizza a wierd, oily, preservetive-y taste that I really disliked. Luckily, I didn't have the patience to wait until the liquid thickened and poured most of it down the drain before adding. I think that rescued the meal. Next time I'll save the time and effort and put everything straight on the pizza. Otherwise good stuff.
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Chickpea Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2007
This recipe has all the ingredients that I love in a pasta salad under one roof, which is great. But I do think that it kind of slacks on the dressing. I mixed it all together, threw in almost a whole cucumber chopped because I was craving the crunch and water content, then tasted it. Nothing. I expect it will come together nicely overnight in the fridge, but just to be on the safe side I sprinkled it very generously with a "black olive, red pepper & mint" salad seasoning combo that I have in my pantry. Tasted it again and it rocked. Can't wait to eat it for lunch tomorrow. Really a very lovely combination of things. It will probably become a favourite pasta salad of mine.
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Caramelized Onion and Gorgonzola Pizza

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2007
Sooo good! With such little work and quite cheap too. I made two pizzas and a quarter of the cheese recommended was enough for both, so you definitely don't need a pound, it's potent stuff. I caramelised the onions without the sugar, the added some chopped wallnuts. They were ready in a jiffy and so tasty we mmmm-ed all through dinner. Mental note: perfect party finger food.
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Moroccan Chicken and Whole Grain Couscous

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2007
Mmm, lovely, a great stew to have this cold November week. I made a few changes, partly due to lack of ingredients, partly to doctor the flavour. I used half the amount of chicken (not a big meat-eater), no carrot, threw in a handful of raisins for extra texture, and added more spices until it was rich enough, probably doubled them all by the end. I also cut the broth down by half and it thickened up really nicely. It's a plus that I'll just have to make up a bit of couscous in no time every night before I pack this up for lunch. A winner.
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Spinach, Red Lentil, and Bean Curry

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2007
Oh my god, how good is this?! It came together in a jiffy, hardly had any time to taste it and adjust it along the way, then suddenly it was bang, there, so perfect. Even with the changes I had to make (frozen spinach, curry instead of garam masala, no cilantro) it is fabulous. Eating it over rice and with naan bread for lunch the next few days. But I'm going to have to make this again as a dinner for my vegetarian friends. So exciting!
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Smoked Turkey Tortilla Wraps

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2007
This definitely gets plus points for speed and easiness and it's quite tasty too. I do think it was a bit bland, even after I put some salad dressing mix in the sour cream, and it needs more avocado. But an easy, light and interesting wrap to have for dinner when you're too tired to cook. Tumbs up.
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Ham, Potato and Broccoli Casserole

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2007
I made the non-fast-food version of this and instead of the frozen fries, mayo, canned soup business I par-boiled and sliced some potatoes and made a cheese sauce from scratch with some mushroom soup bouillon that you can get here in Prague. Layered the whole lot, covered in the sauce and grated some more cheeese on top. It came out nice and tasty. I'm having this for lunch the whole week and I'm quite happy about that.
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