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Discovering the joy of cooking

Published August 19, 2014

Discovering the joy of cooking

I enjoy cooking a lot, but it’s something I’ve never really managed to get fully into. I had that brief interlude with baking and impressed myself with a couple of dishes, but even that ended up petering out before it really got going. The trouble I have is that I don’t really have the fundamental basic knowledge to start experimenting and learning and making great things. Without boring details about the meals I have been making up to now, I will say that the famous rut of cycling through a handful of recipes over and over has definitely been reached.

The best cake I've ever made... so far

Published April 20, 2011

The best cake I've ever made... so far

I felt like doing a bit of baking and found this recipe for a classic Victoria Sponge. I know I said I had sworn off the BBC’s GoodFood site, but there are such good finds on there, I can’t help myself. Anyway, the thing I particularly love about making a sponge is that you just throw all the ingredients in together and mix it up. Mix, mix, mix. I even bought my first set of cake tins for this.

No flaps or jacks, as far as I can tell

Published March 12, 2011

No flaps or jacks, as far as I can tell

I had some leftover oats from the apple trifles I attempt, and suddenly realised that the ideal way to use them up was to make some flapjack. Mr C is keen on flapjack and making sweet treats always makes me popular in the household. After perusing some recipes, I became aware how amazingly easy flapjack is. Equal quantities of sugar and butter, some golden syrup, throw in the oats and raisins, bake and cool.

The far from perfect roast chicken

Published March 4, 2011

The far from perfect roast chicken

I’m not quite sure how it happens, but we keep being given big bits of meat. It was a huge piece of gammon over Christmas, and now an actual chicken. A terrifying, giant, whole chicken. Looks pretty sneaky, doesn’t it? I was definitely more concerned about the chicken than I was about the gammon. It just seems a million times more complicated, and there’s always a big stigma attached with cooking chicken properly.

New experiences with one pot cooking and apple corers

Published February 23, 2011

New experiences with one pot cooking and apple corers

My cooking adventures continue and I’ve had mixed results recently. Firstly, I’m going to have to find a better website than BBC Good Food. It worked fine for one day, but every other time I have tried to get into the kitchen and read a recipe off my iPad, it has failed loading. The site has been terribly slow, and just generally bad news. I even had to print out a recipe at one point.

Back to the recipe book with lasagne

Published February 16, 2011

Back to the recipe book with lasagne

I’ve cooked lasagne for years but as I have got busier and spent less time in the kitchen, my version of lasagne has become lazy. Gradually, I swapped out all the separate ingredients for an easy version: a few veg, jar of red sauce, jar of white sauce, mince, pasta, go. There’s nothing wrong with that at all, I am a big fan of easy cooking, but now I have found a bit more time I thought it would be fun to go back to the ingredients version.

A splash of cider, a dash of marmalade, this is my kind of cooking

Published December 29, 2010

A splash of cider, a dash of marmalade, this is my kind of cooking

Today I braved the supermarkets to pick up ingredients for the mammoth piece of gammon we received. I told you about it yesterday, and the fact that I am even blogging about the results means I didn’t burn it. That is a bonus! I was following this BBC recipe, but I sort of modified it for my own results, due to constraints with both time and the size of the dishes that I had to work with.

Nigella or Delia, or neither of the above

Published December 28, 2010

Nigella or Delia, or neither of the above

Someone gave us a gammon joint! Mr C is partial to a bit of gammon, and I normally buy the ready made slices that just need grilling or frying up, with a bit of pineapple thrown in for good measure. Now I am faced with this: I didn’t have a clue what to do with it, but after a quick search, I found a nice, simple recipe. It starts with having to soak the joint overnight, so Mr C is going to have to wait another day for his gammon.

Zooming along to yummyville

Published December 23, 2010

Zooming along to yummyville

I really just have to point out this amazing food blog called Zoom Yummy. I think perhaps I discovered it via Wordpress’s Freshly Pressed feed - a daily selection of the best posts from anyone using Wordpress, and it turns out that’s quite a lot of people. I usually only scan through the list and see if anything catches my eye, and this blog certainly did. I can’t really do it any justice in words, so I’m just going to point you in the right direction.