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    • Quillion
    • By Quillion 21st Sep 09, 1:22 PM
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    • #2
    • 21st Sep 09, 1:22 PM
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    • 21st Sep 09, 1:22 PM
    Hello and welcome.

    How advanced are you ?

    There are lots of recipies you can do ipes pes

    That should help you out and if your stuck come back and ask questions. Good luck and remember even beans on toast is great when you don't have to make it yourself xx
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    • Seakay
    • By Seakay 21st Sep 09, 2:22 PM
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    • 21st Sep 09, 2:22 PM
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    • 21st Sep 09, 2:22 PM
    Borrow "Cheap and Easy" by Rose Elliot from the library - it's a great book full of simple vegetarian recipes, and also tells you how to cut down recipes for four to two or one if you want to.
    If you get on with her style then you might want to invest in your own copy! &sr=8-1&seller=
    • juliapenguin
    • By juliapenguin 21st Sep 09, 2:28 PM
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    • 21st Sep 09, 2:28 PM
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    • 21st Sep 09, 2:28 PM
    I agree with Seakay but this edition is cheaper:

    It's a wonderful book - everything is so simple and really delicious.
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 21st Sep 09, 2:36 PM
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    • #5
    • 21st Sep 09, 2:36 PM
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    • 21st Sep 09, 2:36 PM step-by-step easy veggie dishes

    I think you've already proved you're not a rubbish husband
  • mummysaver
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    • 21st Sep 09, 2:55 PM
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    • 21st Sep 09, 2:55 PM
    What sort of food do you both enjoy eating? If there is anything particular you'd like help with then just post and someone will happily give you step by step instructions if you need them!

    Veggie dishes that are simple are lasagne, bolognese, mexican style food, stir fries, curry, lots of help and recipes available on here, and everyone is very helpful if you ask questions!
  • Dave101t
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    • 21st Sep 09, 2:58 PM
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    • 21st Sep 09, 2:58 PM
    veggies eh? well at least you dont have to worry about undercooking the food! the bbc web site has alot of good cookery advice
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  • Boodle
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    • 21st Sep 09, 3:56 PM
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    • 21st Sep 09, 3:56 PM
    I think that wanting to pull your weight is far from being a "rubbish husband"

    I would recommend a look at Cas Clarke's recipe books - try your local library for a copy before splashing out (even though they are usually only a couple of quid on Amazon etc). And I second Quillion's beans on toast comment
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  • Halloway
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    • 21st Sep 09, 3:59 PM
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    • 21st Sep 09, 3:59 PM
    I learnt to cook veggie from the original Cranks book (not the 'Entertaining with...' book.)
    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 21st Sep 09, 4:45 PM
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    first of all congratulations, you don't sound rubbish at all, the rubbish ones are the ones who refuse to help, not someone who just does not have experience, and you sound so willing! Well done!

    Anyway, the cheapest way to get vegetarian and vegan recipes is to approach the Vegetarian Society
    The Vegan society
    They all have amazingly varied info online but also can send you out hard copy booklets with simple and easy recipes.

    Best of luck!

    Finally I'm an OAP and can travel free (in London at least!).
    • 23rdspiral
    • By 23rdspiral 21st Sep 09, 4:55 PM
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    bravo you! i agree that asking for help and wanting to help her out is FAR from useless. she's lucky.

    i've some good veggie cookbooks, but when i want simple inspiration, i always go back to the Really Easy Student Cook Book. whilst you're at the library, see if they have any student cookbooks. i still use mine from 10yrs ago - they are good because they focus things you probably have in already and on easy to prepare things, with a large selection of vegetarian meals, so may be a good place to start out with cooking...

    good luck!
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    • geordie joe
    • By geordie joe 21st Sep 09, 6:43 PM
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    geordie joe
    hello guys. I have a wonderful wife who does all the cooking and is always on to me to cook. Can you suggest a site or some basic recipes that i could surprise her with. Not to confident in the pots and pans area but going to give it a go.

    We are vegaterians.

    Originally posted by confuseddad
    Don't do it, that's her job! Once you start that there'll be no end to it. Next she will be on at you to do the dishes, then the washing, then the ironing, then the hoovering.

    Now, were's me tin hat?
    • Whitefiver
    • By Whitefiver 21st Sep 09, 7:18 PM
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    How about "Old Scrote" - plenty of useful recipes and advice.


  • Stephen Leak
    I've got loads of easy, bloke-friendly recipes that could fit the bill.

    If you like Italian, I could do you a complete 3-course meal, with only the main course actually needing any cooking. If required, I even have a recipe for the pasta!
    Last edited by Stephen Leak; 21-09-2009 at 7:41 PM.
    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 22nd Sep 09, 12:25 AM
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    Stephen - do it! That sounds great. Lovin the bloke friendly bit he he. I'll keep an eye, and if you post it up, we can add it to the Complete vegetarian collection
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  • Stephen Leak
    We are here to serve ...

    1. The starter ...


    Serves 2


    100g packet of Mozzarella cheese
    1 large beef tomato
    1 small bunch of fresh basil
    2 tablespoons of olive oil
    Ground pepper to taste


    Open the pack of cheese and drain off the liquid. Wash the tomato. Wash and chop the basil.

    Cut the cheese into an equal number of slices. Cut off the top and bottom off of the tomato, and then cut it into an equal number of slices.

    Arrange the cheese and tomato on two small plates, overlapping the slices. Sprinkle on the chopped basil. Dribble on the olive oil. Season with the pepper.


    Use extra virgin olive oil for preference, but normal olive oil will do.

    Add a sweet Spanish onion. Peel it, cut off the top and bottom, and then cut it into an equal number of slices. Add some stoned olives.

    Serve with ciabatta or focaccia bread.

    2. The main course ...


    Per Person


    At least 250ml of water
    ¼ of a teaspoon of salt
    100g of pasta*


    Put the water and salt into a saucepan on a medium heat. Bring to the boil. Add the pasta. Stir it to stop it sticking to the bottom of the pan. Bring back to the boil and continue to cook. Stir frequently to stop it sticking.

    Begin testing the pasta about 2 minutes before the packet instructions say it should be done. The best way to judge if pasta is cooked is to bite it. This is tricky, because if you fish out a bit and stick in your mouth you may burn your mouth on the boiling water. Wait a bit and blow on it, then bite it. If it is hard it needs longer. If it is chewy (or ‘al dente’, Italian for ‘to the teeth’) it is ready. If it is soft it is overcooked.

    Drain the pasta in a sieve or colander.


    If you use enough water, add the pasta when the water is boiling, stir the pasta frequently and don’t wander off (‘Gli spaghetti amano la compagnia’, or ‘spaghetti loves company’) and don’t overcook it, adding olive oil to the water to stop it sticking is totally unnecessary.

    ... and ...


    Enough for pasta for 2

    2 cloves of garlic
    2 onions
    2 tablespoons of olive oil
    400g tin of plum tomatoes*
    140g tin of tomato puree
    2 teaspoons of mixed herbs (or some left-over chopped basil from the starter)
    Ground pepper to taste


    Peel the garlic and chop it into tiny pieces. Peel the onions and chop them into tiny pieces.

    Put the oil into a frying pan on a medium heat. Add the garlic and onion. Fry the garlic and onion for about 4 to 5 minutes until the onion is soft. Stir frequently to stop it sticking.

    Open the tin of tomatoes. Put the juice into the pan. Chop the tomatoes while they are still in the can (it’s easier than chasing them around the pan). Put the chopped tomatoes into the pan.

    Add the tomato puree and herbs. Continue to cook, stirring as the mixture boils. Continue to cook, stirring as the mixture boils, until the sauce has reduced.

    Season with the pepper.


    Use basil instead of the mixed herbs.

    Add a glass of wine and cook for a bit longer. Or (in memory of Keith Floyd) drink the glass of wine and cook for the same time.

    In Italy, an oil-based tomato sauce (or sugo in Italian) like this would be traditionally served with a plain pasta, such as penne or spaghetti.

    Serve with grated Parmesan cheese and a bit more ciabatta or focaccia bread to mop up the sauce.


    Always "take the pasta to the sauce". Put the cooked pasta in the pan with the sauce and stir together until thoroughly coated.



    Chop the top off the onion. Cut it in half. Peel it. Discard the brown layers until you are left with the white of the onion. Take one half of the onion and make about 2 or 3 horizontal cuts. Then cut down vertically, holding the onion together as you chop. Turn the onion with the flat end facing the knife and chop downwards with a slicing motion to create a finely chopped onion. Discard the root. Repeat the process on the second half, if required.
    * Plum tomatoes can be used either whole or chopped. It is difficult to stick chopped tomatoes back together again if you need to use them whole.

    And finally ...


    Yes, I know this is a bit of a cheat, but I have my reasons. Firstly, let's not push the OP's luck. Secondly, if you serve three scoops, of mint, vanilla and strawberry, ie. the colours of the Italian flag, your reputation as a culinary genius is as good as guaranteed. Also, finally, if the lady has eaten enough, it can be dispensed with, or even taken elsewhere, if you know what I mean.
    Last edited by Stephen Leak; 22-09-2009 at 1:57 AM.
  • confuseddad
    Cheers everyone. Going away this weekend. So going to get me finger out and do a meal next weekend on the sunday prehaps.

    Bottle of wine, maybe a candle or two. Dim the lights. Might even Light the fire!!!!
  • Woofles
    Just a passing thought before I go and attack some pots.

    Risotto - quick , simple and can be made with the usual store cupboard standbys, rice, (obviously), onion, peas, mushrooms. Only needs one pan, 'cos us women hate it when it looks as if the third world war has erupted in our kitchen, and nearly looks after itself. Make it your signature dish and once you've got the hang of it the variations are endless.
  • RachelW1987
    Veggie Mossaka is good too!!

    Also Pasta always goes down a treat with lots of lovely peppers and mushrooms and tomatoes
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