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RECIPES.......... no wonder some people do not like cooking

I have tried two new recipes this week, both of which gave poor results as far as I was concerned.

One was for onion relish the other for a whisky sauce.


By the time I had finished tweaking them, they were really nice...... but if a cook is unsure, and afraid of messing up, what on earth do they do when after all that effort, because it was, they have a dish that is at best mediocre, and lacking flavour.

I am not a person who has lots of talents, know plenty of people who do, but I can cook and bake, always could, so that must be my only talent really. And I do feel for people who feel limited enough to follow all recipes to the letter.

Some recipes do work.......... but shouldn't they all?????

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Re: RECIPES.......... no wonder some people do not like cooking

I do agree, I can usually rescue a so-so result, but many people are not confident/experienced enough to have a go. Which is why, if searching for a recipe on the interwibble, I always look for one with reviews from people who have actually followed the recipe, and often have suggestions to improve it.
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Re: RECIPES.......... no wonder some people do not like cooking

My advice is ....start simple. Cooking is more of an art than a science.

There is no problem taking a recipe and then tweaking it to make it your own as long as you follow a few basic rules.

Try and use the best quality ingredients you can and as your confidence grows then you can explore more complicated dishes.

I am not averse to a bit of cheating either. Combining tinned confit canard with my own dauphinoise potatoes and veg is perfectly legitimate in my book!!
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Yumm - I agree about starting simple. Also try to be creative with what you've got on hand.
My friend's husband likes to cook. He spends ages looking online for a recipe he fancies, than sends her out to look for all the obscure ingredients. He follows the recipe to the letter, and she says they usually turn out well, but are expensive, and get eaten in one go.
Like others I need to produce a meal every day so try to be more economical and adapt things to what's in the pantry.
eg yesterday I spent some time making cauliflower cheese, thinking it would last 2 days, but it didn't, a little bit left.  So today I boiled up some chopped fennel and carrots and added those thinning the sauce with more milk and adding more cheese. Under the grill for 10 minutes and it was fine.
We had fish and potatoes with it.
BTW has anyone ever used sémoule moyenne? Husband bought 3 packets for some reason and I don't know what to do with it. I made some dumplings with it once but they weren't very good. Someone in front of me in the supermarket had some so I asked her and she said she just boils it.

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Re: RECIPES.......... no wonder some people do not like cooking

I use it if I am baking biscuits, especially shortbread, using it to replace some of the flour.  The biscuits then have a nice crunch.

If I make fishcakes or fish goujons, I use it instead of flour.  Semoule, then beaten egg then bread crumbs and it makes everything bind together well and, again, you get a crunch.

However, one single packet lasts me ages so I am not sure what you'd do with your three!

Apprendre une langue, c'est faire un voyage différent chaque jour.
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Re: RECIPES.......... no wonder some people do not like cooking

I was always taught that a recipe is a guide and only that. I love cooking and the last thing I did was yesterdays lunch, an omlette asperges sauvages with the goodies collected on our walking group outing Tuesday.

I have cooked with whisky a couple of time and I actually put some in the grub once, but not too much. Wine too and some of that goes in the grub too Woot! [:-))]


John.

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Re: RECIPES.......... no wonder some people do not like cooking

I thought it was only me that did stuff like that (only 1 packet though)
I tried using it to thicken a sauce which it did, but the texture was Yuk!
Mint has the best idea, use it as a coating. Try it around slices of brie or Camembert and fried. I hate to think how many calories but it is so good Stick out tongue [:P]

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Re: RECIPES.......... no wonder some people do not like cooking

Good idea for coating fried fish etc - thanks Smile [:)]

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