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Cooking for Singles – Savoy Hotpot

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by Sanshiru

This is an old recipe I learned from my granny, therefore I do not have any precise time line. The way everything is done indicates when it’s the right time to add the different ingredients.


  • 1 savoy cabbage (you only need half of it, the rest you could use for e.g. roulades)
  • 3-4 new small potatoes
  • 1 hand full of baby Brussels’s sprouts
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 thin leek
  • 1 bunch of coriander (again you only need half of it)
  • 3 Frankfurters or 4-6 small meat balls (if you use raw ones cook them separately first)


  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1-2 table spoons of cumin seeds


Wash all vegies thoroughly, then start with the cabbage: cut it in half and remove the stalk, then cut into bite-sized slices (remember you only need half the savoy!). Put it in the pot, add water so it’s covered, cover with a lid and put on high temperature.

Add salt and pepper, be careful with the salt though, since the sausage or meatballs will be salty already.

Then peel the potatoes cut into small bite-sized pieces, reduce heat to medium and add the potatoes to the pot.

Take the baby Brussels’s sprouts and check if they have any dark or dirty spots. If so cut them off or peef of the leave and then add them to the savoy and potatoes.

Add the cumin seeds. If you like you can use more or less than mentioned in the list depending on your likes.

Now peel the carrot, cut into slices (cut them in half if too thick). Take the onion, cut it into medium pieces and add both carrots and onion to the hotpot.

Boil on medium and check every now and then if the potatoes are done by piercing them with a fork. If they easily fall off the fork or fall apart they are done and it’s time to cut the leek into slices and add it.

Cut the Frankfurters into slices, or take the pre-boiled meatballs and add them as well.

Last but not least, take half of the bunch of coriander and chop medium to fine and add it to the pot.

Stir and check if more salt is needed and then serve.


If you let it rest over night, it tastes even better, like with all hotpots.

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Cooking for Singles

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by Sanshiru

Since I am living on my own I always had problems finding good recipes for only a single person. As I tried to find the right measurements for making a meal for only one person, I also rediscovered old recipes that have been passed down from my granny’s granny, to my granny, my mom, and finally me.

When talking to my co-workers and friends I noticed I am not the only one who, at the end of a long working day, doesn’t know what to cook, and tends to simply goes by some ready meals, which isn’t the cheapest and healthiest choice.

So here now I am going to publish the recipes as I remember them and come to cook them again, in hope I can help others with the same problem.
I can’t say how frequent I will add one though.

If you have any good single recipes feel free to contribute! Good ideas for a simple and tasty meal are always welcome! :)

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Written by Ocean

January 10, 2010 at 9:32 pm

The real Austin Powers aka Alex Soulsby!

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Actually looking for free to watch science shows on YouTube like the ones on Discovery or BBC, I stumbled upon a British cooking show on Channel 4 named “Come dine with Me”. Soon I became a fan and regular watcher, watching up to 30 episodes in row on weekends while waiting for my husband to come online.

So yesterday I was watching the show again, season 6 this time, and when I came to start episode 21 I just couldn’t believe my eyes and ears!
There was this guy named Alex Soulsby, who not just looked like Austin Powers, but also talked like him!
Almost each time they showed a scene of him they would turn on the Austin Power’s music and at the end he even did a thumbs up, which led the narrator to be speechless for the first time I’ve seen so far after a few hundred episodes. In episode 25 it’s all about him, but no “Austin Powers” specials unfortunately. Also during those 5 episodes it seems like he lost his “Mojo”, since the female he had a crush on neglects him. Nevertheless I love that guy! He is intelligent, funny as hell, well-traveled and for looking and talking like Austin he just gets 100 plus points!
*prays her husband doesn’t read this blog entry* xD

I hope whoever watches the episodes or any other of “Come dine with Me” enjoys it as much as I do. :)
You need to like British humour though, otherwise you won’t enjoy the jokes I am afraid.


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