Take 5 for Students: Barley with Smoky Paprika Chicken

Take 5: Onions, chicken, smoked paprika, barley, tomatoes. This is a one-dish dinner. I love barley and happily use it instead of rice in a recipe like this. I find barley nutty and chewy – it also takes longer to eat, so perhaps we eat a little less than we’d be tempted to do with… [Read More]

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]

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: Crumby beef macaroni

Take 5: Minced beef, cheese, breadcrumbs, canned tomatoes, macaroni pasta. I recently made a mixture to stuff into a capsicum for baking, and decided to experiment with the remaining beef stuffing. The result was a really yummy, though somewhat unconventional pasta dish. Mix 1 cup minced beef with lots of salt and pepper, 1 cup… [Read More]

Take 5 for Students: Beefy Stuffed Peppers

Take 5: Pepper (capsicum), minced beef, cheese, breadcrumbs, canned tomatoes. This is a simple stuffed pepper dish which takes a while to cook but is easy to put together. Peppers are cheap when in season! I prefer red, yellow and orange ones for this. Take one pepper (capsicum) per person. Cut off the tops to… [Read More]

Take 5 for Students: Silver Dollar Banana Pancakes

Take 5: Bananas, eggs, self-rising flour, yogurt, syrup. This is an easy recipe and one you can make even if you don’t have milk in the fridge – it’s dairy-free and a clever thing to do with bananas that may be very ripe. These pancakes are light and mousse-like in texture, and this amount will serve 3-4… [Read More]