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Cooking healthy on a college student's budget (short on $ and time!)

I have a friend who is failing miserably at eating properly while away at college. He eats out all the time for the convenience, but would like to cook on his own if he had an idea of what to make. I'm helping him put together a meal and grocery plan, so I'm on the hunt!

I could really use some recommendations for dishes and meals that are:

- easy (he has moderate cooking skills, but is abhorrently lazy)
- quick (no more than thirty minutes tops)
- nutritious, healthy, and filling.
- something that stretches the dollar

Thank you in advance! :)

Jul 19, 2012
BlackAnemone in Home Cooking

Looking for recipes for British desserts

Thank you, thank you(!) for a super helpful post! Now that I know the differences between the cakes, it makes it soo much easier to search for recipes. Btw.. Could you post the authors of the two books you were referencing?

Feb 04, 2012
BlackAnemone in Home Cooking

What's your best recipe for guacamole?

This is my favorite recipe.. I had to wrangle it out of my aunt, but it was well worth it seeing as I can eat the entire thing by myself :D

cumin (1 tsp whole)
1/4 onion chopped
1 whole tomato, seeded and chopped
juice of two limes
2 cloves of garlic
3 large avocado

1. roast cumin seeds. crush in mortar until fine powder
2. add chopped garlic to mortar
3. add lime juice
4. stir in onions, tomato
5. scoop out avocado flesh into mortar
6. mix/squash with fork
7. salt and pepper to taste

Feb 03, 2012
BlackAnemone in Home Cooking

Do you have a recipe that works so well that you have no interest in trying another?

("Better Homes and Gardens" Pies & Cakes Cookbook, 1966)
2/3 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk
1 slightly beaten egg
3 (1 oz.) sq. unsweetened
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
2 c. sifted cake flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. milk

In saucepan, combine sugar, milk, egg and unsweetened

Cook and stir over medium heat until chocolate
melts and mixture comes just to boiling. Cool.

Gradually, add 1 cup sugar to shortening, creaming until fluffy. Add vanilla. Add remaining eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each.

Sift together dry ingredients. Add to creamed mixture alternately with 1 cup milk, beating just until smooth after each addition. Blend in the cooled chocolate mixture

Bake in 2 greased and lightly floured 9 x 1 1/2-inch round pans at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until done. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans.

Cool; frost and fill with chocolate frosting. Decorate with chocolate curls.

Feb 03, 2012
BlackAnemone in Home Cooking

Looking for recipes for British desserts


My parents are British ex-pats who constantly reminisce about pastries and desserts from their childhood. Their 25th anniversary is coming up, so my siblings and I are planning a menu full of their favorite British foods. I'm in charge of desserts!

I'm on the hunt for two recipes: a proper British sponge cake and a dairy cream cake recipe.

I've tried some genoise recipes, but my mum is adamant that British sponge cake tastes totally different. As for a cream cake, I'm not even sure what that is, but again, my dad says it trumps American buttercream cakes. Picky folks, they are, when it comes to desserts.

I would really appreciate the help!

Jan 31, 2012
BlackAnemone in Home Cooking