Food and Drink

Tonnato sauce - a rich tuna sauce for pasta

This is a variation on a famous Italian sauce for a dish called vitello tonnato, but it omits the vitello (veal) and just uses the sauce to toss with pasta. It is a very frugal dish since you can make dinner for two with 1 can of tuna, pasta, and a bit of olive oil and seasonings. (You may want to add a green salad or something for a complete meal.) continue reading...

  • 1 can of tuna, well drained
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 filets of canned anchovies (you can omit this if you like, but add more salt in that case)
  • About 1/4 cup or more of good quality olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1-2 Tbs.

Week 3 Challenge Motivation~What is lurking in your cupboard?

(From the forum)

Part of this weeks budget challenge for me is to keep my weekly shop to the bare minimum by digging deep into my cupboards and seeing what I can use. For my bentos I am going to tackle at least some long ignored canned tuna, and some tofu.

But I do have a few other oddities like the jar of pickled cockles that someone gave to me. ???

Tell us! What is lurking in your cupboard that you can use and/or what is the strangest thing you have hanging about? :)

Rice Flour

Hello everybody

Well, this is my first post in this forum and I hope you can help me out with a tiny little problem...

I read about the yatsuhashi, which I have longed for ever since my holiday in Japan, so I wanted to try it out myself and went out to buy rice flour.
But the problem is now, that I bought unsweetened rice flour...
Now my question:
Is it even possible to make yatsuhashi without sweet rice flour / can I add a sweetener like sugar ?

Thanks in advance.


Canned tuna ideas?

I have several cans of cheap quality tuna flakes in brine (130g drained weight) hanging about in my cupboard. They will be out of date soon and I am sick of looking at (err....ignoring!) them.

I am not the best at looking at individual ingredients and coming up with a clever plan, so perhaps some of you might be able to give me some ideas of how I can utilize these whilst hiding the fact that they are not the best brand.

Any ideas? :)

Citrus Carrot Salad

This is a variation of a recipe found on Chocolate and Zucchini.

Citrus Carrot Salad

1lb shredded carrots (you can buy pre-shredded at the store)
2 oranges
1 lemon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds

Dump the carrots into a medium sized bowl.
In a small bowl, squeeze the oranges and lemon to get the juice. Add the brown sugar and mix well.
Pour the juice over the carrots and toss well to coat.
Add the raisins and sunflower seeds and toss again.

This is even better if you let the flavors meld overnight. continue reading...

Challenge Week 3 Talk

The Week 3 Challenge details are live! Week 3 officially starts on Monday, January 26th.

Don’t forget to wrap up your Week 2 before tackling Week 3.

The third week of anything is the toughest, so hang in there!

I’ve seen that a few people are feeling a bit overwhelmed. I am repeating myself but please, remember that this is for you, it’s not a competition against other people. continue reading...

Challenge Week 2 Wrapup Reports

On behalf of Maki, who is tearing her hair out, I'd like to declare the Week 2 Wrapup Report section open for business.

Spicy recipe ideas?

Hello all. I'm starting to try to cook more for myself, and to bring more than just sandwiches to work for lunch. I've noticed that I often get cravings for some good, really spicy food since I don't get it much (and i'm trying to avoid eating out too much since I'm working on losing weight right now). I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions, especially for things that'd be bento friendly and easy to heat up (or eat cold) at work, not to mention healthy. continue reading...