Top 5 Cheap Date Cheats!By Sophie
So, it’s time to impress the object of your affections, and what could be better than a bit of home cooking?
The Student Guide has concocted five great dishes for you to test on your student tables and tums. They score high on taste and low on cost, and teamed up with the odd candle and bottle of plonk they will certainly woo your woman or bamboozle your boy!
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Dish 1: Thai green prawn curry and rice
Dice onions and fry with garlic, add some Thai green curry paste and a can of coconut milk, bring to the boil and simmer for 7 minutes. Add the frozen prawns and cook until pink and tender. Serve with fresh coriander and fluffy white rice.
Dish 2: Sun dried tomato, smoked bacon and mushroom spaghetti
Slice red onions and caramelise with garlic and a dash of sugar. Add the diced bacon, sliced mushrooms and chopped sun dried tomatoes with a liberal amount of the tomato oil to flavour. Stir the mixture through spaghetti with basil, parmesan and black pepper.
Dish 3: One pot apple chicken and mashed potatoes
Caramelise sliced white onions with garlic until sticky. Skin chicken thighs, add them to the pot and sprinkle with flour. Brown the meat and cover with apple juice. Bring to the boil and simmer until the sauce thickens. Serve with creamy mashed potatoes.
Dish 4: Vanilla ice-cream, crushed Maltesers and chocolate dipped strawberries
Buy some decent quality vanilla ice-cream and cover with smashed Maltesers. Bring a pan of water to the boil, lower the heat and cover with a heat proof bowl. Slowly melt the chocolate in the bowl and dip in the strawberries, serve them warm with the ice-cream.
Dish 5: Apricot tarte tatin and crème fraîche
Grease a shallow oven proof dish. Over a low heat melt a knob of butter with a tablespoon of sugar. Add a tin of halved apricots and cook over a slightly higher flame for 5 minutes. Arrange the apricots in the dish, sprinkle with sugar and cover with rolled out pre-bought puff pastry. Trim the sides of the pastry and mark the edge of the dish with a fork. Coat the pastry with a little milk and bake in the oven at 200c until golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for ten minutes before flipping over and serving with crème fraîche.