Ready, set, Start from Scratch
Easy chicken, soup recipes help students eat well for less
Calgary-based Dan Clapson’s Start From Scratch program is a 10-week course aimed at post-secondary students who have few skills in the kitchen.
Students enrolled in the class are shown how to make a range of dishes, from appetizers to main courses to desserts, that don’t stretch their budget or sacrifice taste.
Here are two recipes developed by Clapson to try. You’ll find more info at startfromscratch.ca. 500 mL (2 cups) cooked
10 (1/4 cup) melted butter (1/2 cup) dried cranberries (1/4 cup) loosely chopped fresh basil baby potatoes, quartered Olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste
Heat oven to 200 C (400 F).
In a small bowl, combine vinegar, honey and garlic. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine half of the onion, carrot, couscous, butter, cranberries and basil. Toss a few times to mix evenly. Season stuffing with salt and pepper, then pack into cavity in chicken.
In the bottom of a small roasting pan, place potatoes and remaining onion. Drizzle olive oil lightly over vegetables. Place chicken on top of vegetables.
Apply vinegar glaze to the outside of the chicken, either by brush or by hand. Season with salt and pepper. Place any remaining glaze in the bottom of the pan.
Cover with foil and bake for one hour and 10 minutes.
Remove foil and baste chicken with pan liquid. Increase oven temperature to 230 C (450 F) and roast for another 20 minutes or until the skin is crispy and the chicken is cooked through.
Let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Makes four servings. Tip: To make 500 mL (2 cups) couscous, place 375 mL (1 1/2 cups) dried doubts, don’t act. Mars opposite your sign now means your patience with partners and close friends is wearing thin. But you won’t lose your temper. Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Today: You’re certainly willing to work today but you’re not going to push yourself too hard. What matters more is that you fit in with others and pace yourself with co-workers or friends. This is because you have a strong desire for teamwork.
Sunday: Keep an eye on anything for which you might have some responsibility, especially the possessions of others. You could encounter a few surprises. Theft, breakage or sudden interruptions might upset your careful plans.
This week: Every month, there are four signs that feel the Full Moon tension more than the other signs. Specifically, these are the signs that are at 9 o’clock/3 o’clock and 12 o’clock/6 o’clock. Well, the Full Moon on Friday (which is a Blue Moon) is a 12 o’clock/6 o’clock situation for you. It will likely set up tension between the demands of home and family versus the demands of your external life and your career. To put it another way, you can’t keep everyone happy! Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Today: This can be a creative, fun-loving day for your sign! For starters, you’re in touch with your Muse. Your imagination is heightened. Therefore, explore the arts. Enjoy the creative gifts of others. Sports, movies and gentle times with children will delight as well.
Sunday: Be as easygoing and tolerant as possible, especially partners and close f r i ends. Plus unexpected events might suddenly occur that send everything sideways in a New York minute. Expect the unexpected today.
This week: Although the Full Moon this Friday will be mild for everyone, in fact for your sign it will be a mildly accident- prone situation. In fact, this accident-prone quality could build up starting around Wednesday. This is good to know so you can take precautions; most acci- couscous in a heatproof dish. Pour 375 mL (1 1/2 cups) of boiling water it and stir. Cover and let sit for five minutes, then fluff with a fork.
Dan Clapson says this quick and easy Indianinspired soup embodies fall. It is meant to warm you up on a chilly evening. It can be served pureed or left chunky. “I prefer somewhere in the middle, pureeing half and leaving it a bit chunky. I love eggplant and cook with it often. For any eggplant haters out there, this soup will definitely make a convert of you,” he writes.
Cooking Time: 45 minutes 2 yellow onions, chopped cloves garlic, minced
Olive oil eggplant, cut in 1-cm (1/2-inch) cubes cans (398 mL/14 oz) chickpeas, drained (reserve liquid of one can) (1 tsp) masala tandoori powder dents are preventable. Tip: Don’t be in a rush. Don’t act or say things in haste. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) Today: You feel very sympathetic to a family member today, which is why you will go out of your way to make others happy. This is very much your style. Leo is a generous sign, in that Leo always wants everyone else to have a good time. (That’s why people love you.)
Sunday: You might have health concerns today. But more l i kely, matters connected with your job or any daily tasks you are doing will be interrupted because of power outages, computer crashes, cancelled meetings or unexpected events. Just grin and bear it.
This week: Financial matters might come to a head by Friday. Earlier this summer, you were spending money like it was going out of style. Now you’re surveying the battlefield and checking damages: credit card balances, unpaid bills and dwindling resources. In a few weeks, it will be a great time to shop for wardrobe goodies. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) Today: Although you have been very direct about what you want lately, today you feel gentle in your dealings with others, especially siblings. It’s an easygoing day, and it’s a particularly good day for writers and creative artists because you’re full of wondrous ideas.
Sunday: This is an accident-prone day for your kids or children in your care; therefore, be extra vigilant! Similarly, this can be a rocky day for romantic partners. Easy does it. Be patient and accepting.
This week: You will feel the buildup before Friday’s Full Moon because it’s directly opposite your sign. Every Full Moon is an opposition between the Sun and the Moon so “you” are part of this formula. This means that by midweek, you might feel tension building up between you and partners or close friends. The good news is you are making a fabulous impression of others. The bad news is you might be coming on too strong.
15 mL (1 tbsp) red wine vinegar (1 tbsp) lemon juice Salt and pepper, to taste Sour cream, for serving (optional)
In a medium pot, toss onions and garlic. Drizzle with some olive oil and cook on medium-high heat until onion becomes translucent, about five Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) Today: If you have a chance to be generous to someone today, you will. You will feel gratified if you can give someone who is in need something useful.
Sunday: Small appliances might break down at home today, or minor breakages could occur. For that matter, a breakdown in communications or little meltdowns with family members are also likely. You’re an excellent facilitator and negotiator. Use your skills to patch things up and keep everyone happy.
This week: You have an unusually strong focus and penetrating insight right now, plus an instinct for the jugular. However, your efforts could put you at odds with someone, especially at work. Focus instead on your money-making efforts because this looks profitable. You are approaching a successful time in your life. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
Today: You’re certainly willing to put the needs and wants of others before your own today because all Scorpios feel an element of self-sacrifice today. You have genuine concern for someone who has less or someone who needs your help. (This is very noble.)
Sunday: Show some restraint in communicating with others today because you might suddenly bark at someone or go overboard giving them your opinion. Avoid hassles with others, especially neighbours and siblings. And be careful because this is an accidentprone day.
This week: Your increased popularity continues: Everyone wants to see your face. Enjoy! You’ll be particularly powerful and effective talking to others, especially in group situations. However, relations with children, as well as your relationship with a lover or romantic partner, could become conflicted mid-week as tension builds up before Friday’s Full Moon.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) Today: It’s easy to be selfless with respect to others who are needy or suffering today. This could apply minutes. Add eggplant, drained chickpeas, masala tandoori, garam masala and curry powder. Stir mixture until spices have evenly coated vegetables. Stirring occasionally, let cook for eight to 10 minutes until eggplant pieces start to soften.
Add tomatoes, broth, vinegar, lemon juice and reserved chickpea liquid. Once mixture comes to a boil, reduce to low heat and let simmer for at least 30 minutes.
Season generously with salt and pepper. Puree, if desired. Serve with warm bread such as naan and a dollop of sour cream, if desired.
Makes five to six servings. to animals that need your help or people. Just do what you can.
Sunday: Keep an eye on your money and your possessions today. Guard your possessions against loss or theft. Similarly, something to do with your earnings or your job could be interrupted.
This week: With the Sun high in your chart, people notice you more than usual. But this week, the Sun is challenged by the Full Moon on Friday. This means you might feel pulled between what others want regarding your career and your public reputation versus what people at home want from you in terms of attention.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) Today: You might work for a charitable cause or be part of an organization that is going to make the world better in some way. You’re always very efficient, organizationally speaking.
Sunday: You feel highly restless today! Be careful because these feelings could be a distraction and lead to an accident. Be mindful and aware of everything you do and say. Slow things down a little.
This week: When it comes to politics, religion or issues regarding publishing, the media and higher education, this week you’re deadly. Enjoy this power of speech and expression because others will really listen to you. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
Today: All Aquarians want to make the world a better place and today you just have the opportunity to do so. In other words, you will use your clout!
Sunday: Some situations are like a tinderbox ready to explode. Today you can sense this. Try to avoid these explosions because accidents could occur or people’s feelings might get hurt. Remember: Patience is the antidote to anger.
This week: As the week wears on, disputes might intensify. The Full Moon on Friday will magnify your feelings about these issues. However, after the Full Moon peaks, this could mark a turning point where these issues come to a head and are then settled. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)
Today: You might be on a spiritual search today or you might be seeking ways to help those who are in need. You are naturally sympathetic and sensitive, and today, you will hopefully see a way to be of practical use.
Sunday: A friend might surprise you today. Or perhaps you will encounter someone who is bizarre or unusual in some way. Keep a low profile. Duck if the fur starts to fly!
This week: The only Full Moon in your sign all year is taking place this Friday. And because it’s the second Full Moon in August, it’s a rare Blue Moon. Naturally, you will feel a buildup of tension within you starting mid-week, around Wednesday. This could manifest as squabbles with partners and close friends. You’ve been very powerful dealing with groups lately, and others might think you are throwing your weight around a bit too much. (Or not.) You yearn to travel. Things are good at work. Your home life is constantly improving. So don’t worry about any of this too much. It happens once a year, that’s all.
Actor Sean Connery (1930) shares your birthday. You have flair, style and amazing sexual energy! Your mind is active even though you approach life physically. You can be very charming when you choose. In fact, your year ahead will focus strongly on a partnership or close friendship.
Paralympian/activist Rick Hansen (1957) shares your birthday. Your greatest strength is that you can accept your limitations and function to the best of your ability within them. In the year ahead a major decision will arise. Choose wisely.