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My finacee has just moved in to some university accommodation in France. She has a small kitchenette in her room, with two hobs and a microwave (plus a fridge).

Can anyone recommend any websites/books/other resources that could give her good ideas on what she could cook in this rather-limited kitchen? She's got some ideas already, but a number of her favourite dishes (roast dinner, lasagne, toad in the hole etc) can only be cooked with an oven.

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I suppose she is sick of hobs in microwave sauce? –  Sam Holder Sep 1 '10 at 15:11
Converted to CW since it calls for a list. –  hobodave Sep 1 '10 at 15:18
Also see : cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/3565/… –  Joe Sep 1 '10 at 20:52
Also related : cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/2706/… –  Joe Sep 1 '10 at 20:55

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The Best Skillet Recipes from Cooks Illustrated has many recipes that are done in a single skillet. Some of these will suggest some oven time, but many will be stove top (hob) only. Cooks Illustrated often does skillet versions of classic oven dishes, which will give your fiancee a chance to have the flavors and an approximation of the textures of her favorite dishes while using only her stove.

In general your fiancee should be able to use her stove for skillet and pot cooking. Most soups are done exclusively over a burner.

A cast iron skillet will be your fiancee's friend if she doesn't already have one.

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+1 from me for the cast iron skillet, I was about to write that in my answer and saw the "1 new reply has been posted" message - good thing I refreshed the page! –  stephennmcdonald Sep 1 '10 at 15:18
I agree, a cast iron skillet (and a good Dutch oven) will let you make good versions of many things that are often done in the oven. Some may even be better. –  Michael at Herbivoracious Sep 1 '10 at 15:25
@Michael - I was about to add Dutch oven, but as I've seen as many oven uses of a Dutch oven as stovetop uses (and mine's not very good), I was wary that others might not think of the stove applications. –  justkt Sep 1 '10 at 15:44

If she is allowed to use it, I suggest purchasing a slow cooker (Crock Pot). This will allow her to cook a lot more things she is used to, such as roasts and lasagna, without needing the oven. It will take some learning and adjustment to get used to, but just about anything made in an oven can be made in a slow cooker. There are tons of sites dedicated to slow cooker cooking, a good start is slowandsimple.com.

Another option is a toaster oven, which is essentially a small oven.

Both of these suggestions assume she's not limited by the university as to what she can own/use, so be sure to check the school's regulations first.

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+1 for the toaster oven and slow cooker. I use my toaster/convection combo more than my oven. I grew up with roasts done in the slow cooker about as often as in the oven. –  justkt Sep 1 '10 at 15:18

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