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Til a few months ago I had hardly cooked a thing, outside of frozen food or microwave meals.

But I got a very basic cookbook that literally starts with boiling an egg and goes from there. That was my level so that was perfect for me.

It is good fun...as a Vegetarian my diet was very limited before, the same three or four meals repeated over and over. But now I've completed several decent meals, and a handful of successful of puddings. All very simple things, like a Mushroom Curry or Bread and Butter pudding, but still, considering my non-existent experience a few months ago, I'm happy with my progress.

Anyone have any favorite recipes or cooking tips for a beginner like me? Anyone have any ideas for key ingredients to have that can add flavor and interest to food like Rice, Pasta or noodles?

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These cookbooks are pretty good. I've cooked quite a few things from them and liked most of it...

You can browse the recipes in the books without actually buying them (you need just need an Amazon account which is free).... just click on "Look inside". It doesn't let you see the whole book... but you can look at the index and then search for the recipe you want... that way you'll be able to see individual recipes.

http://www.amazon.com/Vive-Vegan-Delectable-Recipes-Everyday/dp/1551521695/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1297867764&sr=8-3

http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Drink-Be-Vegan-Celebrating/dp/1551522241/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1297867764&sr=8-1




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www.allrecipes.com

U.S. website, but I'm sure you'll find many things of interest. I'm pretty sure you can convert the recipes to metric, but I'm not sure.

I'm a fan of peer-reviewed recipes because sometimes the original recipe needs a little fixing and you can read the suggestions from other fellow amateur cooks.
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Til a few months ago I had hardly cooked a thing, outside of frozen food or microwave meals.

But I got a very basic cookbook that literally starts with boiling an egg and goes from there. That was my level so that was perfect for me.

It is good fun...as a Vegetarian my diet was very limited before, the same three or four meals repeated over and over. But now I've completed several decent meals, and a handful of successful of puddings. All very simple things, like a Mushroom Curry or Bread and Butter pudding, but still, considering my non-existent experience a few months ago, I'm happy with my progress.

Anyone have any favorite recipes or cooking tips for a beginner like me? Anyone have any ideas for key ingredients to have that can add flavor and interest to food like Rice, Pasta or noodles?
Weird to hear, my meals have become a lot more diverse since I went veg Not to mention you can substitute real meat for veggie meat in most of the recipes.

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www.allrecipes.com

U.S. website, but I'm sure you'll find many things of interest. I'm pretty sure you can convert the recipes to metric, but I'm not sure.

I'm a fan of peer-reviewed recipes because sometimes the original recipe needs a little fixing and you can read the suggestions from other fellow amateur cooks.
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I have a tip! Amateurs always under-salt their food. Don't do it! If something doesn't taste quite right, you probably need more salt.

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My tip is to get Sally Struthers to come round and cook for you as she's a splendid chef.

Or so she keeps telling me anyway - I'm still waiting on my invite !
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Til a few months ago I had hardly cooked a thing, outside of frozen food or microwave meals.

But I got a very basic cookbook that literally starts with boiling an egg and goes from there. That was my level so that was perfect for me.

It is good fun...as a Vegetarian my diet was very limited before, the same three or four meals repeated over and over. But now I've completed several decent meals, and a handful of successful of puddings. All very simple things, like a Mushroom Curry or Bread and Butter pudding, but still, considering my non-existent experience a few months ago, I'm happy with my progress.

Anyone have any favorite recipes or cooking tips for a beginner like me? Anyone have any ideas for key ingredients to have that can add flavor and interest to food like Rice, Pasta or noodles?
Good for you! You will find cooking more very rewarding. I have always cooked but these difficult financial times has forced me to cook more often as it is much cheaper AND healthier. I had to look for variety because cooking just for yourself can get a little boring.

One new recipe I made this weekend, that knocked me out was a marinated portobello mushroom burger. Are you vegan? Please say that you still love cheese!

Ingredients

4 portobello mushroom caps
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
4 (1 ounce) slices asiago
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Place the mushroom caps, smooth side up, in a shallow dish. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, basil, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. Pour over the mushrooms. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes or so, turning twice.
Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
Brush grate with oil. Place mushrooms on the grill, reserving marinade for basting. Grill for 5 to 8 minutes on each side, or until tender. Brush with marinade frequently. Top with cheese during the last 2 minutes of grilling.

Garnish with lettuce, tomato and red onion!
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My tip is to get Sally Struthers to come round and cook for you as she's a splendid chef.

Or so she keeps telling me anyway - I'm still waiting on my invite !
You're welcome to drop by any time. And Barney too

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Thanks for the responses! I made Rice pudding today, following a recipe naturally, it was pretty good but it didn't seem to have a texture of a Rice pudding, maybe I overcooked it, as the Rice seemed too mushy.

But like I say it tasted good so that's priority one at the moment.

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Good for you! You will find cooking more very rewarding. I have always cooked but these difficult financial times has forced me to cook more often as it is much cheaper AND healthier. I had to look for variety because cooking just for yourself can get a little boring.

One new recipe I made this weekend, that knocked me out was a marinated portobello mushroom burger. Are you vegan? Please say that you still love cheese!

Ingredients

4 portobello mushroom caps
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
4 (1 ounce) slices asiago
Directions

Place the mushroom caps, smooth side up, in a shallow dish. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, basil, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. Pour over the mushrooms. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes or so, turning twice.
Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
Brush grate with oil. Place mushrooms on the grill, reserving marinade for basting. Grill for 5 to 8 minutes on each side, or until tender. Brush with marinade frequently. Top with cheese during the last 2 minutes of grilling.

Garnish with lettuce, tomato and red onion!
Sounds delicious! The one outright failure I've had so far was with bean burgers, they simply disintegrated as soon as they hit the frying pan, and they tasted pretty bad too.

But I love Mushrooms and I'll be sure to give the recipe a try, cheers!

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Don't you veggies lead miserable lives? Do you feel satisfied with just eating vegetables/dairy products without fish/chicken/beef..etc?
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Sounds delicious! The one outright failure I've had so far was with bean burgers, they simply disintegrated as soon as they hit the frying pan, and they tasted pretty bad too.

But I love Mushrooms and I'll be sure to give the recipe a try, cheers!
Maybe you didn't have enough binder ie flour? The trick with bean burgers are that you need a mixture of textures, some semi whole beans and some pulverized. You also need to press them together fairly firmly and chilling them as well as dredging them in flour before cooking (to create a crust) are also keys to keeping them together. Most veggie burgers (especially homemade) are very fragile and need to be handled carefully. Maybe you need to look up another recipe as well? I hope that helps.

You could also do a kind of pizza with a portobello mushroom cap. You just have to take the gills out or it will be too watery.
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Most vegetarians eat dairy and eggs. It is the simplest and easiest form of protein, especially for beginners. People that don't eat any animal product whatsoever you are Vegan. I've even seen some "vegetarians" who eat fish occasionally as well.

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Maybe you didn't have enough binder ie flour? The trick with bean burgers are that you need a mixture of textures, some semi whole beans and some pulverized. You also need to press them together fairly firmly and chilling them as well as dredging them in flour before cooking (to create a crust) are also keys to keeping them together. Most veggie burgers (especially homemade) are very fragile and need to be handled carefully. Maybe you need to look up another recipe as well? I hope that helps.

You could also do a kind of pizza with a portobello mushroom cap. You just have to take the gills out or it will be too watery.

Most vegetarians eat dairy and eggs. It is the simplest and easiest form of protein, especially for beginners. People that don't eat any animal product whatsoever you are Vegan. I've even seen some "vegetarians" who eat fish occasionally as well.
Thanks!

As I remember I didn't really make the required about of breadcrumbs, that was a factor I expect. Also, the beans were meant to be mashed and I just couldn't get them to break up.

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Don't you veggies lead miserable lives? Do you feel satisfied with just eating vegetables/dairy products without fish/chicken/beef..etc?
I ate meat til I was a teenager, I liked the taste of it, still like the smell of it.

I'd always avoided watching slaughterhouse footage, because I knew I wouldn't be able to bear that. One day I saw it, knew I couldn't eat meat again.

Til recently I'd have agreed about the lack of variety, but through the recipes I've been trying recently, I've really discovered much more food than before.

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As I remember I didn't really make the required about of breadcrumbs, that was a factor I expect. Also, the beans were meant to be mashed and I just couldn't get them to break up.
No problem.

Oh, OK then that would explain a lot. Veggie burgers are a balance. Keep trying though, once you get a recipe that works you can make a bunch ahead and freeze them. Then all you have to do is pop one out of the freezer and cook it. It can be something quick and easy.

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