TAKE 5 DIARY

Take 5 for Students: Black Bean Party

Take 5: Black beans, tomato passata, feta cheese, sour cream, avocado. Recently, I needed to make a vegetarian dinner with just one bowl and a microwave. Soak 2 cups black beans in water over night. Simmer for about an hour. Keep the water topped up during this process so the beans are covered. Drain off… [Read More]

Sweet Things: Raspberry and Mascarpone Palmiers

Take 5: Puff pastry, sugar, mascarpone, raspberries, cherry conserve. As I am in my present nomadic condition without an oven, there have been no cakes or baking forthcoming for last number of weeks. I must resort to the best I can find ready-made. I did find an utterly delicious orange and almond cake which was… [Read More]

Take 5 for Students: Rice and Peas in a Box

Take 5: Arborio rice, chicken stock, bacon, frozen peas, cheese. This is the kind of recipe that can be made with very limited cooking facilities. I had a microwave and only a square plastic box to cook in, but managed a satisfying one-dish supper. “One dish” takes on a new meaning. Put about 1 ½… [Read More]

Take 5 for Students: Chorizo and Pesto Sandwich

Take 5: Rocket, tomatoes, cured chorizo sausage, bread rolls, (capsicum and cashew) pesto. Occasionally in life we need to cook, but we don’t necessarily have a full kitchen in which to do so. An electric frying pan, microwave, toaster or one of those little mini oven/grill things can provide the means to a hot meal…. [Read More]

Sweet Things: Sugar Snap and Strawberry Stack

Take 5: Biscuits, berries, chocolate, nuts, double cream (can substitute whipped cream). This is a no-cook recipe – a very simple matter of assembling ingredients and so quick to make, you could really put it together after you have eaten your main course. I used strawberries but you could use fresh raspberries or blueberries quite… [Read More]

Sweet Things: Mousse Cake

Take 5: Butter, sugar, eggs, milk, self-rising flour. I have called this a mousse cake because the mixture is so light and fluffy, and the cake is very delicate when it’s cooked – lovely to layer and serve for a party. It has an outrageous number of egg yolks in it – but sometimes if… [Read More]