Okay, how do you feel about fresh pasta, it requires some extra tools but tastes great...
okay here goes some random ideas, not intended as a menu:
rid a litre of yogurt of it's liquid (I put it in coffee filters in siv and leave it in the fridge for a few hours). This will leave a mass, add garlic, salt and white peper. Scrap the core out of two average sized cucumbers and grate into mass. This is brilliant for bread or as a starter. enough for 3-4 people or one me since I love it so dearly. Remember better add a little garlic and leaving to sit (garlic disperses flavor when you leave it like this and the dish gets to taste more of garlic), for this portion size about 2 cloves should do it, add more if you like.
Lovechild's kicking salad:
slice 250grams of sundried tomatos, put in a bowl and add 1 dl (1/10 litre) of boiling water, season with salt, peper and the juice of a citron (or lime will do), wisk in olive oil (I will kill you if you use anything but olive oil, use about ½ dl), leave for 3 mins.
Now slice iceberg salad, ruccet (spelling?), the rough equal of a head/pack of each (I'm guessing 300-500grams each). add and toss. mix in 250grams of feta cubes. I promise you this is so god damn tasty - first time I did this there was standing ovation.. could have been the wine though.
The requires equipment that's kinda special so go to a shop and get it or wing it (bound to failure - spend that 40 bucks, it's an investment in your relationship.. trust me)
one egg and 100grams of flour per person (works best if the flour is none riseable), as the size of eggs vary you can add more flour or make up with a little olive oil - mix up till it's a nice nonesticky mass. Roll out in the machine (or use a roller) we are looking for about 2-3mm thick plates. Now use part two of the machine to cut it out in ½-1 cm lines (it comes in two sizes on most machines wide and narrow, use the wide one for a first go, it's MUCH easier). Boil in water with a little olive oil added (to ease the none stickiness of the pasta), 10mins is about the time needed for a good result, but feel free to cook it al-dente if you like.
I'm partial to chicken streaks seasoned with fresh herbs (I have an assortment in my window, it's handy and saves money), with tomato and Guiness sauce. Disappointment cooklng wise, 2 tins of tomatos and a guiness stout, season with oregano and other suitable herbs. (WAY TO EASY, but handy if you are in a hurry as it cooks fast)
I found that crushed chilli and paprika works nicely with chicken.
I picked this one up from Jamie Oliver.. it's brilliant
Fresh fruit, it's brillant, get strawberries, grapes, whatever you like, mixed fruits really. now we need a sugar coating, this calls for 250grams of sugar and equal amount of water, heat in pan till it's sticky slightly caramelised (don't put your fingers in this shit, it will hurt like hell... I accidently dropped some on my hand once.. let's not go there), now pour over the sliced fruits and toss, this will coat the fruit plus make it nice and sweet. This will also protect it a bit so you can leave it in the fridge.
Put in bowls for each person, add a good spoon of Creme fraise on top and pour champagne (it does have to be Dom or anything fancy, just not the foul shit, you get what you pay for, generally a sweet flowery champagne or champagne type wine will do great). Serve right away, and get a big fat grin on brotha.
Sorry for the metric, but it's the one true standard, just like vim is the one true editor.