Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
As someone who cooks/bakes out of trial and error, there are some things I have to admit defeat for now and hope someone out there can help me identify what I’m lacking. I’m hoping that a discussion like this will help each of us learn! 🙂
Things I dread making, but would like to work on mastering:
– Breads and buns; a living dough that likes to make fun of me. Somewhere along the proofing or kneading processes (I have no clue?!), yeast likes to trick me. When the recipe calls for dividing the dough into two loaves, I get a cute mini baguette in the loaf pan. (D’oh! That’s too small for the toaster!)
– Meringue anything. The bowl has to be squeaky clean. The best tip, however, I received was to clean the bowl with vinegar. Bowl cannot be plastic. (Glass/stainless steel is fine)
– Cooking eggs as requested. No joke. A guest asked for over-easy? (Okay, I’d better keep my fingers crossed!) Then, there’s poaching an egg (without the help of fancy gadgets).
– Cookies, especially when I’m testing new random recipes I found on Pinterest. Proportions are tricky; too much flour? Too long in the oven? Not enough fat?
– Sushi. I’ve only attempted sushi twice and can’t seem to get the roll to stay properly before cutting.
– Fish & chips. That silly stubborn batter won’t stick.
I love making/preparing:
– Pizzas, from scratch. I find it very therapeutic. I’ve made it using hands and with a stand-up mixer.
– Oddly enough, I enjoy the process of cleaning & gutting a fish. Fish is the quickest meat you can cook under 10 minutes, depending on the size of the fish. (However, I can’t filet a fish to save my life)
– Pies, from scratch. I used to dread baking pies.. until I found out that you really can’t over-work the dough. I’ve heard others who swear by using Vodka in their egg-wash.
– Salads, using whatever I have on hand. Easy & quick! The magic ratio to a home-made dressing is 3 parts olive oil and 1 part vinegar. Add sugar/salt/pepper to taste.
– Pretty much baking or cooking anything that involves alcohol or wine. Gives me an excuse to take a tiny sip. ;o)
What are yours? 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - Garden
I love making any kind of cookies, cakes or dessert. I also love making soups, roasts, curries and anything I can put in my slow cooker.
I really hate making spaghetti bolognaise, FI requests it ALL THE TIME and I am so tired of doing the same old thing. Also stir-frys. It’s just chopping and stirring. Borrring!
Post # 4
I love making cookies. I have a standard recipe memorized that I use and alter as needed. I also love making pizza, pasta dishes and slow roasts.
What I hate cooking is soup and curries. Specifically when I try to throw something together with what I have around the kitchen without a recipe. Yikes. It never turns out. I keep trying to find ways to use pumpkin so my DH will eat it and we always end up throwing out the leftovers because it was a disaster. Maybe I should just stick to recipes.
Post # 5
Things I dread:
At this point, anything with chicken. FI is in love with chicken. Chicken, chicken and hey, guess what? Let’s have chicken!!! So sick of chicken! I mean chicken is cool and all, but there are other “meats” out there. He takes all my favorite dishes and says “Hey, this would be great…(wait for it…) WITH CHICKEN” Argh! I have no doubt that if he could marry chicken I would not have a fiance.
Things I love:
Anything made with beef, pork or shrimp and the occasional salmon or rainbowhead trout.
*end mini rant*
Post # 6
Love: Cheesecake! I am famous among my friends and family for making an amazing white chocolate cheesecake with an Oreo crust.
Hate: Meringue. I hate making meringue, it never turns out right. It doesn’t matter how spotless or ice cold my mixing bowl is I can never get stiff peaks, I usually just end up over-mixing trying to get it right. This is probably my number one reason for wanting a Kitchenaid mixer.
I also hate baking cookies just because FI is a very strict vegetarian who is borderline vegan and so he makes us buy this vegan butter substitute made without whey and it bakes for shit. My cookies never turn out thin and chewy how I like them. Something in the butter substitute makes them turn out light and fluffy and I hate fluffy cookies.
Post # 7
I can’t really think of anything I dread to cook/bake, but I can list some of our meals that I enjoy making.
Shepherd’s Pie, my family’s recipe that I’ve tweaked to make it my own.. mmm
Spaghetti with home made meat sauce
Green bean stir fry with home made sauce
Zucchini Pizza boats
pork chops stuffed with apples and bacon
I also love baking cakes/cheesecakes for birthdays and special occasions.
Post # 8
I love making a lot of things, especially trying something simle and easy for the first time. I don’t like making anything too complicated. Something I thought I would hate was making pies… I now LOVE making pies as it is so easy and so good.
Pies, Banana bread, Bread pudding, butter cookies, 7 layer magic bars
Any sort of chicken dish (curry, baked, fried, etc), most kinds of pasta dishes, turkey (I LOVE Thanksgiving), tilapia and salmon in almost any recipe.
Chicken pot pie
whole baked orange chicken
spghetti with meatballs or meat sauce
mashed potatoes and gravy
And too many more to list
On a side note, as much as I LOVE fries, it’s like my favorite food to eat… I don;t like making fries.