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Best recipes for cold, busy nights

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It’s getting colder and wetter as the autumn days go by in Sheffield, and you’re probably starting to prefer staying at home after a long day of studying rather than going out for dinner. Here are some quick, simple meals for those cold and busy nights!

Korean Rice Cake Soup – from Baek Jong Won

  • 500g beef
  • 400g sliced Korean rice cakes
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 stalks of sliced baby leeks
  • 800 ml water
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  1. Soak the rice cakes in cold water for 15 – 20 mins to soften, beat the eggs, heat the oil in a pot, add beef, stir until the beef is 80% cooked.
  2. Add 200ml water, soy sauce and wait until it boils.
  3. Add 600ml water, rice cakes, minced garlic and fish sauce and wait until it boils again (you can add more soy sauce if you like).
  4. Add the eggs and baby leeks, mix well and enjoy the meal!

Cheese Fondue – from dimcookguide

  •  90ml white wine
  • 2.5g cornflour
  • 60g Emmental cheese
  • 60g Gruyere cheese
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • French breads, potatoes, salami, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms (and anything you want to add in the fondue)
  1. Cut the French bread and salami into pieces, cook the potatoes, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and set aside.
  2. Combine the grated cheese with the cornflour.
  3. Add the wine into a fondue pot and place over medium heat, gradually add the cheese.
  4. Once the mixture smooth and melted, add the salt, nutmeg and black pepper.
  5. Serve the fondue with the ingredients you prepared casually!

Tortellini Pasta in Tomato Sauce – from dimcookguide

  • 125g tortellini
  • 1 broccoli
  • Assorted mushrooms
  • 100g classic tomato sauce
  • 100g Mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, cut the broccoli and mushrooms into pieces.
  2. Add a small amount of salt into boiled water, cook the tortellini, broccoli, mushrooms and set aside.
  3. Put the ingredients into a container, add the tomato sauce and cover with Mozzarella cheese.
  4. Put the container in the oven and wait until 15 – 20 mins.

Boeuf Bourguignon – from dimcookguide

  • 450 – 550g beef rib
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • 500g carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 10 – 15 mushrooms
  • 300ml red wine
  • 300ml chicken broth
  • 2 pcs bay leaf
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar   
  • 20g butter
  1. Cut the beef, carrot, onion, mushroom into pieces and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a pot, add beef, stir until the beef is 80% cooked and set aside.
  3. Add the carrot, onion, mushrooms, red wine, chicken broth, continue stirring and add the beef again.
  4. Add the bay leaf, thyme and wait until boil, remove the foam, add salt and sugar, place over low heat for 1 hour.
  5. Add another ½ tsp salt, turn to high heat and wait until the sauce is thick, turn off the hob and add the butter, mix well and treat yourself!

Cooking at the end of a long day can feel daunting, but it certainly doesn’t have to be! Plus, you can make it a great opportunity to bond (or just have a laugh) with your flatmates.

Words by Mingyi Cher Chen, Edited by Saya Uotani

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