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Vegetarian Chickpea Sandwich Filling

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2007
I'm in love with this. I made it last night and let it sit in the fridge for a day, that may have helped. Tonight I warmed some Turkish flatbread in the oven, spread the chickpea filling on it generously, threw some halved cherry tomatoes and thin slices of cucumber on and drizzled with a bit of light yoghurt. Then wrapped it all up burrito-style. After the first bite I thought it was a nice 4 star spread, but it kept tasting better and better with each bite. Now I am finding it hard no to attack the leftovers with a spoon and eat up the whole lot. So good. Wonderful texture, the dill works great (esecially with the salad and yoghurt) and its so healthy. Fingerlicking good. Thanks.
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Sicilian Lentil Pasta Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2007
This a nice vegetarian pasta sauce. I read all the reviews complaining that it was bland so I knew I needed to taste it and adjust it as I went along. Here is what I ended up doing. To avoid turning the zucchini and mushrooms into a mush, I started out with only the onions and garlic. While cooking the lentils I added some chicken stock and SALT, people, salt. I used only the tomato sauce, not the paste, and added heaps of basil and parsley and a bit of oregano and black pepper and more salt to it along with the sugar. Once I was happy with the flavour, I chucked in the veggies and cooked it another 15 minutes longer. It came out creamy and tasty. I am planning to eat some of it over cheese tortellini and some of it as a soup. I am hoping it will get even better after a few days in the fridge.
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Curried Tuna Melt

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2007
Wow! The fresh crunchiness of the celery, the sweetness of the raisins and the tartness of the lemon really come together great in this recipe and push tuna to another level of goodness. Thanks for the idea! The only reason I am not giving it the ultimate 5 stars is because I cannot taste the curry in there at all. It is very nice as is, but it being a 'curried' tuna melt, I was looking forward to that. A winner for sure, anyway.
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Lentil Rice and Veggie Bake

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2007
I'm giving this 3 stars not because it is bad, but because it is not anything special. Tasty enough really, just nothing I oooh-ed and aaah-ed about while eating it. I really liked the lentils and zucchini in there. Even the celery. But you know it's not the greatest meal ever if the celery is one of the best things about it. The sauce was fairly dull. Not sure what half of the tomato sauce was doing on top. Maybe stopping it from drying out? If so, fair enough. It wasn't dry which is always a relief with casseroles. Otherwise, I would have prefered to mix it in, so that it could blend in with the herbs and garlic. It is a little plain there, sitting on the top as is. I grated some emmental cheese on it when reheating, that helped. All together, really not a bad meal. But not something I'd happily serve to friends.
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Crustless Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2007
Perfect! 5 star taste and texture, especially after I added some garlic powder to the spinach. Very nice in its simplicity, I wouldn't go adding lots of stuff to it. My quiche dish is quite large so this came out quite thin but it's not a huge problem. It'll make it easy to double the recipe if necessary. As it stands, I think it feeds 3 people as a main cours. UPDATE: Here's a nice idea for the leftovers. I cut a poppy seed bagel in half, toasted and buttered the top, layered the bottom wih squares of the quiche (as I said, mine was very thin) and cheese and toasted it in the oven. Put the two halves back together and ate it with garden tomatoes on the side. It was great!
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Chicken Pesto Paninis

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2007
These paninis are fantastic. My alterations were: 2 sundried tomato ciabattas, pan-frying a whole chicken breast then slicing it, sauteing onion slices in the same pan, 1 green pepper and sliced emental cheese. Assemlbed as the recipe suggested and chucked in the oven for 5 minutes. The outcome was beautiful. The pesto really makes this recipe. Had one ciabatta with a side salad for dinner and I was really full. Planning to have the other one cold for lunch tomorrow and I can't wait. A really easy and delicious sandwich for those nights you just don't feel like cooking and need a veggie fix.
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Curried Coconut Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2007
Oh yes! This is a truly lovely curry and so little work. I have made a more complicated curry from this site before but I think I actually enjoyed this one better. I followed the recipe pretty closely, except for a few changes: a little less tomato puree and only 2 tbs sugar as the sauce was quite sweet from the coconut milk already. When I put everything in I tasted it and thought it was pretty good. Then I kept coming back to it during the 45 minute simmering time and couldn't believe how it was getting more and more amazing as the flavours were coming together. The end result was delicious. Served it with white+wild rice mix, I wish I had naan bread to mop the sauce. Yumm! UPDATE: I have tried this with some chopped cashew nuts added to the sauce for variety and it worked very nicely.
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Minty Orzo Lentil and Feta Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2007
I tried to make this on a tight budget and it still worked out quite nice. Used half a large cucumber instead of the olives, a cheese very similar in texture to feta that they call 'Balkan cheese' here in the Czech Republic (much cheaper), a combination of white wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar to substitute for the red, and no onion because I am planning to take this to work for lunch during the week. Lots of small changes, but I don't think it affected the outcome negatively. The only thing that doesn't seem to fit perfectly with the idea is the orzo. I am wondering if rice or couscous would have worked better. Maybe next time. I had a bit of the salad at room temperature when it was ready, and I am hoping it will get even better after a day in the fridge. At the moment it's not mind-blowing but good enough to eat it for several days. I'd serve it to friends as a side-dish.
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1-Pot, 3-Bean Chicken Stew

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2007
This is one of the best stews I have ever made or eaten! I used kidney and borlotti (white) beans and upped the red wine a bit. As others had a problem with consistency I used a bit less stock and simmered it until it was nice and thick. Served with a side of cous-cous which was a nice compliment, made it heartier but didn't overpower the stew. Can't wait to make this in winter, I will remember it.
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Pepperoni Polenta Pizza

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2007
This was very tasty, but what isn't with salami, peppers and cheese on it? I made my own tomato sauce and couldn't be bothered to get the frying pan out so I skipped the onions and put the peppers on fresh. They were still nice and crunchy when it came out and that's how I prefer my vegetables. The flavours went really well with polenta and the 2 of us gobbled the whole thing up for lunch (I don't think you could feed six people with this). My only negative remark is that the name 'pizza' and the accompanying picture, which is clearly of a regular pizza, are a little misleading. The 'crust' comes out soft and soggy, the same texture as warm polenta. I meant to take a photo of it for this site but I didn't quite manage to take the slices out in one piece so I gave up on that. Anyway, if you don't expect to get a 'pizza' out of this, you'll really enjoy it. My boyfriend rated it 5 stars and was happy there was little washing up (especially with the frying stage skipped). I'll make this again, but probably won't ever serve it to company because of the sogginess. Thanks a lot for the recipe.
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Corrigan's Minestrone

Reviewed: May 13, 2007
Boy is this good! Just the kind of minestrone I was looking for. I played around with the ratios a bit based on what I had on hand, and had to up the liquids a lot to avoid getting a stew. But the result is mind-blowingly faboulous. After tasting it I decided to invite some friends over to help polish it off, it is well-worthy to feed to company. What it could use is a bit of green: zucchini or green beans. May throw some in next time.
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Apricot Lentil Soup

Reviewed: May 13, 2007
Nice combination of flavours, love the sweet and tangy harmony of it. Doubled the apricot and used regular lentils because I had them on hand. I'm sure the red ones would make for nicer presentation so I'll try them next time. Served this soup with some toasted cheese & mango chutney sandwiches - a killer combo!
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French Spring Soup

Reviewed: May 1, 2007
Both my meat-lover boyfriend and I loved this light but complex veggie soup. The asparagus and spinach make a delicious combination and the potatoes make it hearty. Following the suggestions here I used a combination of chicken and vegetable broth instead of the water. I added the cream at the end, and I think it certainly adds another layer to this soup so I wouldn't skip it. Also sprinkled it generously with cheese. Will get a nice crusty bread for the leftovers for tomorrow. Next time I make this I think I'll up the rice a bit so that it's noticable. With these changes it is an amazing restaurant quality recipe.
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Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2007
So quick to make and so lovely to eat! We really enjoyed this. Followed the recipe exactly, but wilted the spinach with the bacon, as others have done. Would be great with parmesan sprinkled on top and some garlic bread on the side. Will remember this for summer evenings when we feel like something light and quick.
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Fish Fillets Italiano

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2007
This was a nice fish, but we didn't "ooh" and "ah" over it. I put salt and pepper on the fish before it went it, and added fresh basil to the sauce so it wasn't bland for us. I also used halved cherry tomatoes instead of the canned tomatoes, not sure if this made it better or worse. Not bad, but I think I'll stick with the recipe for Spanish Cod from this site next time we feel like something like this.
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Clark's Quiche

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2007
This is the best quiche I have tried so far! I have made Quiche Lorraine and mushroom & spinach quiches before, but this one is the perfect combination of those two. So flavourful. I made my own crust, and skipped a step by sauteing the mushrooms, onions and some fresh gralic with the bacon. We are having this for lunch all week and I plan to make another one for a potluck this weekend. Thanks so much!
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Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2007
Oh so yumm! I made my own quiche crust then followed this recipe exactly. The spinach goes so well with the feta cheese, and both are nicely complemented with the garlic. I love cheese but I am thinking that the addition of the cheddar is unnecesary here - makes it a bit too tough and overpowers the spinach too much for me. but otherwise, a perfectly tasty recipe. Love the mushrooms in there!
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Russian Green Bean and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2007
I thought this was quite nice, we absolutely loved the sauerkraut in there - not something you often use in soup. It went really well with the green beans, and along with the sour cream and dill it gave the soup a nice fresh taste. My only problem is that with the addition of flour it came out too thick and stewy for us. I reckon the starch in the potatoes would thicken the soup enough. I'll remember that next time I make this.
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Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2007
Why is that casserole recipes never call for enough sauce? When I mixed everything together, prior to baking, it looked quite nice and juicy. I should have stopped there and eaten the dish as pasta with tuna sauce. The baking dried it out completely. I would also suggest using more tuna as to me it tasted more like a 'peas in white sauce with pasta casserole'. I am also always suspicious when recipes call for a flour-thickened sauce to put over pasta. They ususally turn out too 'bready'. I think it would be nicer to use thick cream instead of milk here, and omit the flour. Also, more spices and herbs would be nice, I think. Garlic, parsley and lemon would make it more interesting. The way it's written it's a bit bland and definitely dry and I am not looking forward to finishing the leftovers tomorrow night.
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Lentil and Smoked Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2007
This is a fantastic soup that I have been making for a while. I have thrown in celery, chorizo and even used saurkraut instead of the cabbage once. It is an incredibly flexible recipe which will carry off whatever you have lying about in your fridge / pantry. I usually use turkey sausage and have to increase the water quite a bit, otherwise it would come out too thick and stewy. Love it!
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