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post Sep 4 2017, 10:17 PM
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How often do you cook/bake, and what do you do?

I've loved cooking cooking curries and flavorsome food since I was young!! My favourite dish to do is a spanish-y chicken dish which is basically chicken thighs with hella loads of tomatoes, olives, red onion and paprika *.* I seem to have a way higher salt/pepper tolerance than my family or whoever I'm serving though so when I POUR it in (a common diet recommendation :')) they often end up spluttering a bit laugh.gif I also baked a Salted Caramel Cheesecake yesterday which was lushhhh, the sugar literally filled a whole medium-sized bowl though (the recipe's choice not mine ;o) so again not the healthiest kink.gif, there's a good recipe I saw online for a sugar-free dark Chocolate & mint cake which looks amazing so I may have to try that this Saturday *.*
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post Sep 4 2017, 10:30 PM
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I can burn toast pretty well I guess
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post Sep 4 2017, 11:24 PM
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QUOTE(Andrew. @ Sep 4 2017, 11:17 PM) *
How often do you cook/bake, and what do you do?

I've loved cooking cooking curries and flavorsome food since I was young!! My favourite dish to do is a spanish-y chicken dish which is basically chicken thighs with hella loads of tomatoes, olives, red onion and paprika *.* I seem to have a way higher salt/pepper tolerance than my family or whoever I'm serving though so when I POUR it in (a common diet recommendation :')) they often end up spluttering a bit laugh.gif I also baked a Salted Caramel Cheesecake yesterday which was lushhhh, the sugar literally filled a whole medium-sized bowl though (the recipe's choice not mine ;o) so again not the healthiest kink.gif, there's a good recipe I saw online for a sugar-free dark Chocolate & mint cake which looks amazing so I may have to try that this Saturday *.*

Pour it up, pour it up 😏😏😏

I love cooking but I need to try more adventurous things really!
I just tend to throw in whatever I have and see what happens. Anything with teriyaki sauce is always a winner for me.
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post Sep 4 2017, 11:41 PM
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Usually deserts.

Blackberry crumble might require very little effort but omg fave #moistsummerdeserts
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post Sep 5 2017, 12:53 AM
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As for complex recipes, I've perfected a handful and sort of stick to those. I'm very resourceful though -- I've watched a lot of Food Network over the years and can easily craft a meal out of 3 or 4 ingredients.
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post Sep 5 2017, 10:15 AM
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I'm pretty rubbish at cooking in all fairness - I can bake a very simple fruit cake and a few Thai dishes like noodles or curry but other than that, I rely heavily on jar sauces! laugh.gif
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post Sep 5 2017, 11:25 AM
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I can cook better than the average 17 year old I imagine laugh.gif
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post Sep 5 2017, 12:48 PM
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I'm quite good but just lazy tbh, well not lazy but like Sean said jar sauces all the way laugh.gif I can make stuff like lasagne, curries etc I just never bother to make my own sauce for it.
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post Sep 5 2017, 05:36 PM
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I am quite the dab hand in the k!tchen. I kind of have my mum to thank for that, because I was always watching her cook even as a kid, I'd sometimes help peel veggies or potatoes for a Sunday roast, so I just naturally picked up a lot of what I know from her. At uni I cooked as well - to the extent that one of my flatmates said I was 'The dude that cooks' (this was so true, apart from myself and the boyfriend of one of my flatmates and closest friends, everyone else ordered in Domino's pretty much every night and then wondered why they were so broke come the end of October).

I'd say my specialities were paella, which I made from scratch and was a big hit with my flatmates. I also used to make a yummy pumpkin, butternut squash and pasta soup from one of Nigella's books (How to Eat, I think) every Halloween. I also did a great toad in the hole and apple crumble - I used to make the former in double quantities and freeze the second portion. I also made a great guacamole in the summer using fresh mint, cherry tomatoes, bit of cayenne pepper and peas. So good with a bowl of tortilla chips.

The only form of cooking I've not yet mastered to any great degree is baking, probably because there is such a science to it that I can't get my head around. Having said that, I did one Christmas make iced star biscuits for my friends as presents, and I put them all in nice little festive presentation bags as part of a mini hamper, so they were a hit.

In terms of chefs, I've always loved Nigella. I have pretty much all her books and I used to use 'Nigella Express' frequently for midweek meals after lectures. Her naan pizzas and quick ragu were life changers. I again used to do double quantity of the ragu, and sometimes add a bit of chili to it when I wanted to make a chili con carne. But I also love Nigel Slater, Rachel Allen. I also love an American chef called Ina Garten and her 'Barefoot Contessa' show, she does really nice stuff.


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post Sep 6 2017, 02:11 PM
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My wife doesn't know how to cook. So I am the designated chef in our household.
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post Sep 6 2017, 02:18 PM
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I'm a trained Pizzaiolo so I guess I can cook to some extent laugh.gif I also use to make breakfasts and cakes so my skills are actually quite good
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post Sep 6 2017, 03:34 PM
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I love cooking! I make lots of pasta dishes and ones with meat.
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post Sep 6 2017, 07:04 PM
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I quite enjoy cooking! I tend to stick to pasta mainly. Recently I made a lasagne for the first time and I was really chuffed with how it turned out!

QUOTE(Cameron @ Sep 6 2017, 03:18 PM) *
I'm a trained Pizzaiolo so I guess I can cook to some extent laugh.gif I also use to make breakfasts and cakes so my skills are actually quite good

Do you have to make all the dough from scratch?
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post Sep 6 2017, 07:08 PM
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I tend to cook every day to keep me from, you know, DYING. huh.gif


As for what? I tend to just throw things together from what I have on hand, I am a meat & potatoes type of man though.
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post Sep 6 2017, 07:19 PM
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Yes I do the cooking, yes I do the cleaning



Quorn meals are my specialities - as a vegetarian - cottage pie etc. I also make a really nice minestrone soup with gnocchi (a recipe I got from Tesco! ohmy.gif) and I love to bake too although I don't tend to be as ~creative~ as some people.
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post Sep 6 2017, 07:20 PM
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QUOTE(5 Silas Frøkner @ Sep 6 2017, 08:04 PM) *
I quite enjoy cooking! I tend to stick to pasta mainly. Recently I made a lasagne for the first time and I was really chuffed with how it turned out!
Do you have to make all the dough from scratch?


haha, No! What basically happens is the dough comes in frozen and we shape it and prove it up to make it perfect then make our own bases and stuff. However, as part of your initial training you learn how to make the dough and stuff
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post Sep 6 2017, 07:51 PM
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QUOTE(5 Silas Frøkner @ Sep 6 2017, 08:04 PM) *
I quite enjoy cooking! I tend to stick to pasta mainly. Recently I made a lasagne for the first time and I was really chuffed with how it turned out!
Do you have to make all the dough from scratch?

I'd love to try a lasagne!! I've really made something similar at all but I'm always up for a challenge *.*
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post Sep 8 2017, 02:00 AM
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I'm trying so hard to learn to like cooking, but it's usually a struggle unless I'm just feeling it. My bf LOVES cooking, he says it relaxes him and it literally stresses me out when I do it. However, I work from home - so it is easier if I try to do it. Doesn't mean I always do but I've been trying to make more of an effort in the last few months. I started a hashtag on my Insta so that I could see how many times I cook over time, haha, one must be honest with themselves, mustn't they?

Baking seems easier to enjoy and I think it's because its particular/down to a science, like you HAVE to use the correct amounts of things and follow a recipe or else it won't do what its supposed to do, whereas with cooking - it's a matter of taste and trial and error and either putting too much salt in (guilty) or not enough herbs/spices. I'm always hard on myself when I'm cooking.

I did make dinner tonight! I made a big batch of cajun seasoning so we could use it in the future but I put chicken breast in a bag with some olive oil and put some of the cajun spice in there and let it marinade while I fried some onions, red and green peppers in butter before I incorporated corn and moved them to a baking sheet to roast in the oven. While I cooked the chicken on the grill, I made rice. Seemed pretty easy afterward and it was tasty so I'm okay with my effort tonight, haha!


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post Sep 8 2017, 03:03 AM
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I love cooking/baking, I am a trained Pastry Chef as well so I bake a lot of specialty cake orders regularly. Hoping to get my own store front bakery in the future!


I have a to die for Chocolate Cake that everyone loves. I love doing pastries like croissants or danish, even pate a choux. When it comes to cooking, I like to be simple. I do a lot of Ina Garten recipes. Classic recipes that are simple to do but big on presentations and flavor. I also LOVE Nigella and pasta dishes.


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post Sep 8 2017, 08:04 PM
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I'd really like to get into more baking - simply because I have to avoid nearly every patisserie due to my nut allergy and I have to miss out on all the wonders out there.

For those of you who do cook and bake often (and love it) - what would be one recipe or meal you would recommend to a newbie to try their hand at?
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