How to Cheat at Cooking by Delia Smith

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    • Ingredients: spring onions; packaged grated Gruyère cheese; packaged grated Parmesan cheese; frozen roast potatoes
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    • Ingredients: eggs; packaged grated Gruyère cheese; frozen potato rostis; tinned fried onions; smoked bacon
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    • Ingredients: Roquefort cheese; sage; ground cayenne pepper; English mustard powder; self-raising flour; frozen potato rostis; cottage cheese with chives
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    • Ingredients: hot-smoked salmon; cornichons; capers; dill; cheese sauce; crème fraîche; frozen mashed potatoes; ground cayenne pepper; packaged grated Parmesan cheese; quail eggs; packaged grated cheddar cheese
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    • Ingredients: red onions; garlic; rosemary; frozen crispy potato slices; rosemary flaked sea salt
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    • Ingredients: monkfish; frozen scallops; dry vermouth; dill; cornichons; capers; cheese sauce; frozen mashed potatoes; packaged grated Parmesan cheese; ground cayenne pepper; frozen tiger prawns
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    • Ingredients: eggs; Italian-style canned tomatoes; Kalamata olives; jarred jalapeño chiles; jarred peppers
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    • Ingredients: lobster bisque; coconut milk; bottled chopped ginger; Thai fish sauce; limes; coriander leaves; jarred lemongrass
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    • Ingredients: red onions; smoked pancetta; cumin seeds; coriander leaves; Tabasco sauce; limes; crème fraîche; vegetable stock; black beans
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    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Quick / easy; Main course; Mediterranean
    • Ingredients: frozen scallops; frozen mixed seafood; dry vermouth; parsley; fish soup; frozen snapper fillets
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    • Ingredients: green peppers; spring onions; store-cupboard ingredients; frozen tiger prawns; tomato sauce with red pepper and chilli
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    • Ingredients: tinned salmon; capers; frozen mashed potatoes; watercress; cornichons; ground cayenne pepper; semolina; groundnut oil; mayonnaise
    • Accompaniments: No-panic Hollandaise
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    • Ingredients: thick fish fillets e.g. cod or haddock; preserved lemons; saffron; paprika; parsley; coriander leaves; red onions; jarred jalapeño chiles; packaged pineapple
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Quick / easy; Grills & BBQ; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Mexican
    • Ingredients: beef rib-eye steaks; tomatoes; red onions; coriander leaves; limes; green leaf salad mix; dry rub
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    • Ingredients: potted shrimp; mace; ground cayenne pepper; dry vermouth; crème fraîche; parsley; frozen plaice fillets
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    • Ingredients: Kalamata olives; capers; basil; frozen sea bass fillets; red pepper and walnut pesto
    • Accompaniments: Baked artichoke hearts with lemon vinaigrette
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    • Ingredients: Black Forest ham; canned lentils; carrots; celery; Italian-style canned tomatoes; shredded cabbage mix; vegetable stock
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    • Ingredients: feta cheese; tomatoes; cucumbers; stuffed grape leaves; jarred chillies; frozen pitta bread; aubergine meze
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    • Ingredients: white bread; cooked chicken meat; tomatoes; red onions; mayonnaise; avocados; cornichons; watercress, spinach, and rocket mix; ready-cooked crispy smoked bacon
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    • Categories: Egg dishes; Quick / easy; Breakfast / brunch; Lunch; Suppers; Cooking for 1 or 2; American
    • Ingredients: eggs; English muffins; ready-cooked crispy smoked bacon; egg yolks; crème fraîche
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    • Ingredients: egg whites; frozen baby squid
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    • Ingredients: Parma ham; mortadella; Taleggio cheese; cornichons; Kalamata olives; green chilli peppers; Milano salami
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    • Ingredients: walnuts; spring onions; Roquefort cheese; crème fraîche; mayonnaise; English mustard powder; balsamic vinegar; watercress, spinach, and rocket mix; jarred pear quarters
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    • Ingredients: Taleggio cheese; pastry tartlet shells; sage; balsamic vinegar; caramelised red onions
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  • Burgundian braised pork with borlotti beans

    • redjanet on December 27, 2012

      I'm not really sure why Delia classifies this as a cheat's recipe. Not that it was difficult, in fact quite the opposite, but unlike a lot of other recipes in this book it didn't use a lot of pre-packaged ingredients (unless you count tinned tomatoes). It was a simple enough stew to throw together and then leave for a couple of hours while I got on with other things, so perfect for a Sunday. Overall, the results were okay, if a bit bland, so I was kind of disappointed. This didn't taste bad and was perfectly edible, but when I have something bubbling away in the oven for a couple of hours I generally expect something a bit tastier when it's ready.

  • Bangers with caramelised red onions and mustard mash

    • redjanet on December 27, 2012

      This is one of my OH's favourite dishes which I regularly make. It's a very easy way to make flavourful sausages by frying them in a pan and adding red wine, red wine vinegar, thyme, seasoning and caramelised onions from a jar and it comes out well every time no matter what type of sausage I have used. Delia gives instructions on how to make mash using frozen mashed potato, but I just make my own.

  • My mum's macaroni cheese

    • redjanet on December 27, 2012

      Aside from the ready-made cheese sauce this dish incorporates, I'm not really sure how much of a, "cheat's," recipe this really is considering I had three saucepans on the go on the hob as well as getting the grill ready for the final finish. That said, this was not a difficult recipe to make, and though the ready-made ingredients made it a bit more expensive than normal, it was really very tasty. Unlike Nigella's "Express" mac and cheese that I recently tried, the cheese in this recipe didn't coagulate and was still smooth and consistent throughout. I didn't add cherry tomatoes as suggested as I'm not really a fan of roast tomatoes and felt the dish had enough flavour anyway with the added bacon, onion and mushrooms.

  • Caribbean chicken with salsa

    • redjanet on December 27, 2012

      This was a bit different for my OH and me, but as it was pretty straightforward I thought I'd give it a go. The marinade on the chicken worked quite well and tasted better than I thought it would once it was cooked, as I was worried it might be a bit too sour with all the ginger and lime juice. The mango salsa was very nice, though maybe slightly too oniony. I left out the coriander as I don't really like it, and it wasn't missed. I stirred in the leftover black beans (unheated) with the basmati rice I made on the side as suggested and overall it was a colourful, flavourful dish which was very filling.

  • Sesame scallops with rice noodles

    • cook_fresco on December 01, 2021

      Really nice. Next time I wouldn’t toast the sesame seeds and only 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil. Used Amoy straight to wok medium rice noodles which worked well. Could sub prawns or squid for the scallops.

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  • ISBN 10 0340168765
  • ISBN 13 9780340168769
  • Published Feb 01 1985
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 128
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Hodder & Stoughton


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