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    Quote Originally Posted by baboon2004 View Post
    I think risotto definitely counts - it's quintessential food for when you're hard up (even if you have to buy your parmesan). Lemon and parmesan = best combination ever
    Risotto rice in small quantities is also really good for thickening / bulking up stews. Kind of comparable to pearl barley or whatever.

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    Spaghetti with Sardines, Lemon, and Anchovy Breadcrumbs

    was going to describe this but thought i'd just post a link, so good and so easy (use panko breadcrumbs).

    http://racheleats.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/oh-crumbs/

    Last edited by Leo; 04-10-2013 at 11:08 PM.

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    with regard the (south american) black beans, they have to be one of the most cost efficient foods ever - one cup of beans when par-boiled swells up to 3-4 times their size, thus making enough beans for 2 or 3 people, it's ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slothrop View Post
    Risotto rice in small quantities is also really good for thickening / bulking up stews. Kind of comparable to pearl barley or whatever.
    That's a very good point, and one that I'm going to put into action this week in my planned celeriac and bacon soup/stew.

    I really don't like pearl barley - I don't think I've ever taken against a grain so much.Not sure what it is about it, but I'd choose bulghur or freekeh (my fave of all grains) every time.

    Mistersloane, can you buy those type of black beans at a non-specialist shop? (ah scrap that , i see you've answered upthread)
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    You're not seriously telling me there's a foodstuff called "freekeh"?

    Definitely asking my GF if she wants to get freekeh next time we're out shopping.
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    I've got a packet of black beans. I can't remember where I got them, which suggests that they probably didn't need ordering directly from a supplier in Mexico or anything. Possibly a health food shop, possibly a big supermarket, possibly our local Indian grocer - anywhere with a decent range of dried pulses, really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tea View Post
    You're not seriously telling me there's a foodstuff called "freekeh"?

    Definitely asking my GF if she wants to get freekeh next time we're out shopping.
    Not only does it exist (also look for 'fireek' as another transliterative alternative), but it's amazing. I though it was going to be one of those overhyped, disappointing things as it had been mentioned a few times in the broadsheets, but nope, it's fantastic, even better than bulghur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slothrop View Post
    I've got a packet of black beans. I can't remember where I got them, which suggests that they probably didn't need ordering directly from a supplier in Mexico or anything. Possibly a health food shop, possibly a big supermarket, possibly our local Indian grocer - anywhere with a decent range of dried pulses, really.
    Thanks - I just had a look on the sainsburys website and it seems it's reached there, so widely available now i guess. along with a bewildering range of other types of beans, quite a few of which i was unfamiliar with. I cooked a bit with black-eyed beans a while back, but veggie Mexican food, while nice enough, just doesn't hit the spot that dead pig flesh does...

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    I like pearl parley. it's great in soups, but I really, really like it when you use it for making a risotto.

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    The huge horrible Tescos do black beans in their "exotic foods" sections, the one near me now has a large South American and Korean section, which is weird cos it's not really that type of area, it's all mainland Chinese, but I guess they're trying it out. I'm sure most caribbean/maybe indian/"ethnic" corner shops will do them.

    PS don't salt them until the very end/last half hour cos saly makes them tough.


    Oxtail is another really cheap thing which makes huuuge meals. Oxtail stew. It's not my favourite though.
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    I'll give it a go. There are quite a few Brazilian shops in north-east London, so might venture into one of those for a look around, cos I'm generally clueless about South American food.

    Never tried oxtail, mostly because I rarely go to a butcher rather than the supermarket (a habit I should definitely change). I should try more stew-type things, for definite

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo View Post
    Spaghetti with Sardines, Lemon, and Anchovy Breadcrumbs

    was going to describe this but thought i'd just post a link, so good and so easy (use panko breadcrumbs).
    yes. I endorse.

    We got a slow cooker (with removable pan so you can brown things on the stove) and I'm obsessed. It makes cheap ingredients like lentils and bacon and stuff taste delicious and also rice pudding.

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    Also

    All of these soups.

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    excellent - this one http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives...es-recipe.html looks like a winner.

    What slow cooker model did you get, out of interest? I keep meaning to get one, but don't want to burn the house down by choosing a faulty model

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo View Post
    Spaghetti with Sardines, Lemon, and Anchovy Breadcrumbs

    was going to describe this but thought i'd just post a link, so good and so easy (use panko breadcrumbs).

    http://racheleats.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/oh-crumbs/

    just been to the supermarket to get the stuff for this tonight, cheers for the tip.

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