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To those for whom chicken is a dry, tasteless, or frightening food– this recipe from Andrew Rea of Binging with Babish is a complete introduction to one of the most widely available sources of meat, ending in a dish that is juicy, rich, and delicious, with crispy skin and bright, lemony sauce that cuts through all the flavors. Save leftover breast-meat for chicken, ham, and cheese sandwiches the day after! Kosher salt, a meat thermometer, and poultry shears are critical to preparation and completion, and represent relatively cheap, high-use investments for budding home-chefs. This recipe calls for considerable preparation, but the cooking process is extremely quick and simple.
2-4 (depending on present side dishes)
A specialty of Hanukkah, these fried potato pancakes can be served as an appetizer, side dish, or even as a snack - a little something different to make with potatoes.
Credit for the photograph
This easy recipe for gingerbread men is great for baking with friends and family. It also makes a lovely homemade Christmas present.
A quick & easy side dish often served with traditional British Christmas dinners. Nothing’s stopping you from making them whenever you feel like it though!
The essential staple to any traditional British roast dinner.
Brussel Sprouts with parmesan.
A tasty and healthy dish for Christmas Day!
Oven frying is a healthier alternative to deep-frying (and logistically better suited for students without existing frying experience). This takes time to cook - but it’s remarkably easy with minimal prep!
Out of every recipe thus posted – this is the one I would most recommend trying. An unexpectedly vibrant dish comes courtesy of Chef John from Food Wishes – the sweetness of potato pairs incredibly with the tartness of lime, meaty bacon and spice of the cayenne and hot chili pepper. This makes for a perfect side dish to a roast, or an incredible meal served alongside a salad. If you can’t find American-style streaky bacon – simply supplement the cooked bacon with a teaspoon or two of oil. Note that you want to use freshly grated cheese – pre-grated cheese is coated in starch to stop it from sticking together, which affects taste, adds extra gluten, and prevents the cheese from properly melting.
This wonderfully rich, one-pan recipe comes courtesy of Stephen Cusato’s Youtube channel Not Another Cooking Show, and it’s a perfect opportunity to practice your sauces. It’s important to: complete your prep before cooking; to not over-crowd your pan at any point; and to cook in stages – cooking and removing components as you go along – in order to maximise the flavor development of the final sauce. The recipe is also notable insofar that all ingredients can be purchased on the University of Reading campus – oyster mushrooms and asparagus from Seoul Plaza, and all other components (including fresh thyme, stock, wine, shallots), from the on-campus Co-op.
1 (if doubling – do not double the stock or wine)
A super easy breakfast for the weekend is scrambled tofu instead of eggs. Takes less than 10 minutes to cook, probably 15 minutes in total.
Experiment with different herbs/spices to your taste!
Serve on toast or bagel or in a wrap. Great with avocado as well.
Recipe inspired by - https://simpleveganblog.com/simple-tofu-scramble/
Extremely easy, I do this if Im feeling lazy as all the veggies and soya-mince can be straight from the freezer section and kept for emergencies
With the holiday season just around the corner and the temperature rapidly dropping, this easy and delicious mulled wine recipe might be worth a quick practice-run before you serve it at Christmas! Note that you can pour a tablespoon or two (15-30ml) of the wine into a prosecco glass, top with some bubbly, and garnish with an orange wheel to make a tasty mulled wine bellini.
When slicing chicken for stir-fry, try to use a sharp knive to cut pieces as thinly as possible. Bringing meat to room temperature, and patting dry with kitchen roll before cooking greatly improves texture, as it changes the temperature less than dropping a large portion of cold meat into the pan. It is recommended you make the sauce ahead of time (the night before), to make the cooking process simpler.
This is savory side-dish is simple, cheap to make, and makes for a good change of pace from plain white or brown rice The recipe makes at least 5 portions, making it perfect for meal prepping. Try it in breakfast burritos, or with any kind of oven-baked chicken! For a vegetarian version, replace the chicken stock with a good vegetable stock. Full recipe credit to allrecipes.com user ilovetocook.
Readers of A Series of Unfortunate Events might recognise this mid-20th century sauce as made by the Baudelaire’s. Fewer might be aware of its rumored origins – busy Italian ‘streetwalkers’ are said to have made this due to simplicity and speed; and because the sweet, salty, and spicy fragrance would entice men to enter their houses. This is contested–an Italian newspaper has asserted the dish comes from the chef of a popular restaurant from the Isle of Ischia, when low on ingredients. Regardless of the truth - this pasta sauce is greater than the sum of its parts, with mellow, fragrant, umami flavors. The long-lasting nature of its ingredients makes it viable as a back-up meal when you are running low on ingredients. Omit the pepper flakes if you do not enjoy spice.
Frozen white fish fillets are notoriously tasteless and difficult to make into appetizing meals, but are nonetheless an extremely cheap source of protein, and also lack any ‘fishy’ scent. This simple recipe is adapted from Halászlé, a traditional Hungarian recipe, requires minimal prep, 30 minutes of active cook time, and makes for a hot, extremely economical, and tasty meal. The stew will last in the fridge for several days, and as with most stews, tastes better the day after cooking. Full credit for original recipe to Youtuber GetFitWithMindy.
Pork loin bought in bulk is a cheap, and tasty alternative to chicken and the more expensive beef. Breading the loin traps juices, preventing overcooking and preserving flavor. This recipe is adapted from a Sicilian-American Recipe posted online. Full credit to www.allrecipes.com user ELISAW for the original information. This same recipe can also be used for flattened chicken cutlets.
A note on cooking meat – a meat thermometer is an extremely easy and inexpensive way to cook perfectly every time with no risk of under or overcooking.
A comforting cold-weather recipe (or Sunday dinner alternative), chicken paprikash is a popular Hungarian dish, and the most common of several existing paprikas variations. It would not be out of place on a family kitchen table, and the name is derived from the quantity of paprika in the dish. This recipe from Saveur requires the breakdown of a whole chicken, and will require a set of study poultry shears, but despite that and a long list of steps, is remarkably easy, as are the dumplings. Note that olive oil is NOT recommended as a substitute for canola oil – due to its low smoke point, it will burn and go rancid. Use lard, or research high-smoke point oils if you cannot purchase canola.
(Recipe will make 4 very small batches of dumplings– you may wish to double)
This recipe (based on this) is a University of Reading International Student Food Project Competition Winner 2017/18
This recipe is a University of Reading International Student Food Project Competition Winner 2017/18
The special thing about this recipe is that it’s easier to cook than it seems. It’s one of the most popular and traditional Spanish dishes and it’s the perfect source of carbs and protein.
22 - 25
I used a 50/50 mix of different chocolates, normally one dark and one milk. I always think it’s the quality of the chocolate that really makes the difference. Even adding flavoured chocolates – like orange chocolate - can add a nice touch, so get creative!
Stir-fried tofu is quickly made, high-protein, low-calorie, and completely plant based (being a curd made from soy). Don’t make the rookie mistake of omitting two critical steps – pressing the tofu, and marinating it – as the end result will be tasteless, undercooked, and rubbery! This recipe requires some preparation and planning ahead, but the cooking itself is simple. Simply omit the chilli and chilli flakes for a non-spicy version.
This traditional, oil and garlic based dish from Naples contains just six ingredients. It is considerably lighter than the more internationally known tomato-based sauce recipes. Common variations include the addition of hard, grated cheese, and removal of chili flakes for those who do not enjoy the taste of spice. Note that this recipe will not work adequately without fresh lemon juice and fresh parsley.