08 February 2008


Here are the recipes I've been playing with over the course of the last two weeks, from breakfast to dinner to dessert. All are possible with no oven, and with a minimum of supplies. Because that's what I've got :)

Eggs With Stuff Mixed In
Lightly cook a small amount of ground beef and a vegetable. Then crack two eggs on top, stir a little bit, and flip the whole thing when you get bored. This is an excellent way to use leftovers.

Homemade Applesauce
Peel and core four large apples and cut them into wedges. Put the apples along with half a cup of water, a generous amount of cinnamon and ginger (at least a teaspoon each) and a bit of sugar in a pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it cook for at least twenty minutes. The apples should be getting pretty saucy (as in applesauce, not as in impudent) at this point, and after they cool a bit you should be able to mash them pretty well with a spoon. If not, try your whisk or sieve, or use a food processor or blender if you have a more high-tech kitchen than I do. I suppose you could eat the applesauce hot, but that would be gross. Chill it in the refrigerator first.

Lasagne Crêpes
Make crêpes without sugar, then fill them with tomato sauce, cooked ground beef, cheese, and oregano. Yum.

Homemade Noodles
Beat an egg, then mix in a cup of flour and a pinch of salt. Knead, adding flour as necessary, until the dough is smooth and not too sticky to the touch. Roll out (I use my roll of cling wrap, and then just slice off the few inches that get dirty) onto a clean, flat surface (such as a placemat the grocery store gave you for free). Slice the noodles any way you like. They will double in size when they're cooked, so think small. It'll take only about three minutes in boiling water for the noodles to cook. (Note: because the noodles puff up so much, they're not too good for making either ravioli or lasagne.)
Here's the kicker: it takes about eight minutes to make the noodles, and three to cook them. You can boil your water while you're making the noodles. The brand of pasta I buy takes eleven minutes for al dente, plus boiling time. So this takes more effort, but is actually quicker than store-bought dry noodles.

Sauce to Go on the Noodles
Gather some vegetables, frozen, canned or fresh. I use a can of artichoke bottoms, sliced a bit, plus some frozen spinach and mushrooms. Heat them in half a jar of prepared pasta sauce. Toss in some extra herbs or spices if you want. Use a lot of sauce for the noodles, since it's the important part of the meal. A sprinkle of cheese on top is a nice touch. If it's not a Friday in Lent, you can put some of your leftover ground beef in the sauce.

No-bake Cookies
My family uses carob, but I couldn't find that so I bought cocoa. Too bad that I'm minorly allergic to it...
Melt a half cup of butter (or a bit less) into a non-stick pot. Whisk in half a cup of milk, a cup of sugar, and four tablespoons of ground unsweetened cocoa or carob. Bring this to a boil and let it boil for exactly 90 seconds. Use a timer. Then take it off the heat and use a sturdy spoon to incorporate three cups of rolled oats. Put spoonfuls of the mixture on wax paper or cling wrap, and put them in the freezer once they're a bit cooled. I like the cookies best frozen, but if the consistency works out you could eat them room temperature as well.

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