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9 minutes ago, hasanhh said:

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l surmise you are within view of being the gastronomical disaster my mother was.

My people like my cooking. 

There is a possibility that they don't know any better, but I can say for certain that my cooking is better than my mother's and my mother's cooking is better than her mother's. My grandmother is the worst cook I've ever been required to sample. My mom's food is all bland - she doesn't like seasoning except salt. I didn't know spicy food existed until I was adult. 

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Last night's breakfast for supper was popular, as expected no leftovers. I didn't bake a bread. Those who wanted it ate bland squishy American style store bought sliced bread. 

I haven't had breakfast yet. I'm contemplating leftover tuna macaroni, but if I see something better I'll have that. Tuna macaroni is a food that I neither particularly like nor particularly dislike, but it is filling and satisfying.

Tonight's supper is planned to be stuffed peppers. That'll be lean ground beef with garlic, onion, and Italian seasoning, mixed with rice and baked inside green bell peppers. I'll have to be sure to leave extra beef and rice, because two of my children don't like green pepper. 

It's cold in my house still. Today seems like a good day to bake that loaf of bread that I didn't do yesterday. 

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6 hours ago, notme said:

My people like my cooking.   l thought your Army service was over. And you are a Mess SGT ?

There is a possibility that they don't know any better, but I can say for certain that my cooking is better than my mother's and my mother's cooking is better than her mother's. My grandmother is the worst cook I've ever been required to sample. My mom's food is all bland - she doesn't like seasoning except salt. I didn't know spicy food existed until I was adult. My mother's cooking was terrible. Even criminal.

Here is an example that one of my adult women students tried. She said she believed me but she just had to try to do it.

Mom had found this newspaper article with Porcupine Balls as the name. Take hamburger, mix in rice and cook in the oven. The rice sticks out like a porcupine's quills.

So she'd make these and then freeze them in the deep freeze. Then she'd take some out, put them on a cookie sheet and then put them in the oven at low/~melt  for three to four hours. Then we she served them they'd be black and crispy on the outside and still frozen in the center.

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4 minutes ago, hasanhh said:

l thought your Army service was over. And you are a Mess SGT ?

I have family of six which includes two very hungry teenage boys and one hungry husband. The little ones eat like little ones: sometimes a lot but usually a little, and I am the only one who eats a normal amount/single serving. My husband likes to take leftovers to work for his lunch and I eat leftovers for breakfast/lunch when I'm home. So yes, I cook like I'm cooking for an army. 

My general habit is to only cook one meal per day. The rest, if not leftovers, is sandwiches or canned or packaged stuff that most of the kids can prepare for themselves. 

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Just made curry and rice for the seventh time in two weeks. I didn't sleep from 1am to 6pm (now) and i cooked after 15 hours of being awake. I seriously am starting to respect what my parents have done , to cook after a long days work, or even after their chores at home consistently for decades. I'm enjoying it, but it gets tiring. 

However, i've got to push through , this might be my only window to get to a good standard of cooking. 

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13 minutes ago, Intellectual Resistance said:

Just made curry and rice for the seventh time in two weeks. I didn't sleep from 1am to 6pm (now) and i cooked after 15 hours of being awake. I seriously am starting to respect what my parents have done , to cook after a long days work, or even after their chores at home consistently for decades. I'm enjoying it, but it gets tiring. 

However, i've got to push through , this might be my only window to get to a good standard of cooking. 

A lot of us can never repay what our parents have done/do for us. There's no problem if you don't fancy it but pushing yourself to do it might make it tedious and won't necessarily make you a good cook.

Oh...and try to get some sleep!

I will have lentils and rice for dinner- pic from google images.

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1 hour ago, Heavenly_Silk said:

A lot of us can never repay what our parents have done/do for us. There's no problem if you don't fancy it but pushing yourself to do it might make it tedious and won't necessarily make you a good cook.

Oh...and try to get some sleep!

I will have lentils and rice for dinner- pic from google images.

dal-bhat-1.jpeg

 

Very true, nothing can repay the debt.

You know for rice, how do you get it like that?(if yours is similar) I cook mine and just - only just - get them to be separate, but 30 seconds more and they get clumped together. 

Edited by Intellectual Resistance

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:salam:

Yesterday I baked a loaf of bread. Yummy but a bit uncooked so I had to place it a second time in the oven.

This evening, I went back to my usual night diet, made mostly of vegetables, crude if possible. So today was black radish, endives, a bit of cheese with nuts and a large glass of zhourat (an infusion made of herbs and flowers). And a square of chocolate.

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2 hours ago, Intellectual Resistance said:

Very true, nothing can repay the debt.

You know for rice, how do you get it like that?(if yours is similar) I cook mine and just - only just - get them to be separate, but 30 seconds more and they get clumped together. 

So I soak the rice for short while before boiling and then just before they boil completely (still slightly hard). I take them off the hob and drain them. I then pour cold water over them to get rid of the starch while they are in a sieve and then put them back in a pot after greasing a little with margarine/oil. I then leave them on very low heat until they are nicely done. Clumped together means they are overcooked, you can also add spices such as cumin seeds etc if you wish to give them a little flavour. 

Edited by Heavenly_Silk
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12 hours ago, notme said:

 The little ones eat like little ones:

                           

My general habit is to only cook one meal per day. The rest, if not leftovers, is sandwiches or canned or packaged stuff that most of the kids can prepare for themselves. 

The "canned or packaged stuff" isn't really any different than feeding a cat or dog,... isn't it?   :D

l do hope you rinse the bowls out.  l do mine. l figure these will be sanitized when they go back into the microwave with the next meal.

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6 hours ago, Heavenly_Silk said:

So I soak the rice for short while before boiling and then just before they boil completely (still slightly hard). I take them off the hob and drain them. I then pour cold water over them to get rid of the starch while they are in a sieve and then put them back in a pot after greasing a little with margarine/oil. I then leave them on very low heat until they are nicely done. Clumped together means they are overcooked, you can also add spices such as cumin seeds etc if you wish to give them a little flavour. 

Ana Shukhru laki ya Ukhti

I tend to know their done when they float up in large groups, what is your sign?

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11 hours ago, Hameedeh said:

I never met a pasta that I didn't like. :blush: 

Any pearls of wisdom as to how best to cook Pasta and your top tips? I also love Pasta, particularly Tuna, Mayo, sweetcorn pasta.

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13 hours ago, Intellectual Resistance said:

Ana Shukhru laki ya Ukhti

I tend to know their done when they float up in large groups, what is your sign?

You're welcome ya Akhi, yes the same.

Breakfast time and I will have a banana!

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10 hours ago, Intellectual Resistance said:

Any pearls of wisdom as to how best to cook Pasta and your top tips? I also love Pasta, particularly Tuna, Mayo, sweetcorn pasta.

I always read the box or bag of pasta for the suggested time to cook it, because depending on the size of the pasta it might be anywhere from 6 - 15 minutes! Drain the cooked pasta in a colander or mesh strainer and return to the pot. Some like more sauce and some like less, so I let everyone put their own sauce on their pasta (Spaghetti Sauce or Pesto Sauce or Alfredo Sauce). That way nobody can complain that their pasta is too wet, too dry or too green, etc. :rolleyes: 

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2 hours ago, Hameedeh said:

I always read the box or bag of pasta for the suggested time to cook it, because depending on the size of the pasta it might be anywhere from 6 - 15 minutes! Drain the cooked pasta in a colander or mesh strainer and return to the pot. Some like more sauce and some like less, so I let everyone put their own sauce on their pasta (Spaghetti Sauce or Pesto Sauce or Alfredo Sauce). That way nobody can complain that their pasta is too wet, too dry or too green, etc. :rolleyes: 

Great advice sister, thank you.

On another note, guys i just made one of the best Pizzas i have ever made in my life and i don't know how i did it because i'm not a good cook. Here's what i did (after so many failed attempts):

1. Don't use plain flour, use bread-flour, the Pizza will be much fluffier.

2. Take hot water, maybe 230ml-280ml and put it into the bread-machine (kneads it for you). 

3. Put fast-acting yeast 

4. Put a teaspoon of sugar to help the yeast have energy/resource

5. Add one 'cup' of flour [google what a 'cup' is in cooking language, it isn't like a glass you drink from, it's a ready made like mini-plastic thing you can buy]

6. Mix for 1 minute

7. Add a teaspoon of salt, and the second cup, along with two table spoons of vegetable oil

8. Turn the machine on, and mix it again for 30 seconds

9. Add the third and final cup of flour.

10. Mix it for 15 minutes, so the bread and its fibres stretch and it will give you amazing dough.

11. Once mixed, turn off the machine, put very little oil into a container and spread it around

12. With the dough, fold it inwards so the outside and top is smooth, and try to roll it into a ball by hitting it from the sides with your hands - the inner palm area.

13. Put it inside the container, cover it with cling-film and let it rise - come back after an hour

14. With your hands, put the dough into a baking tray and start to spread it out evently

15. Add cheese around the edges for stuffed-crust, and then pinch them tight and form a border around so you have a thick crust with cheese in it, in a border sealed away all around the edges. Poke holes all over it with a fork - this will help it rise.

16. Put your Pizza-Tomato base , i used Dominos, and i also make my own at times

17. Add a thin layer of Mozeralla cheese

18. On Gas Mark 7, bake it for 10 minutes in the oven so the crust can  start to harden 

19. Take it out, add your toppings, and add more cheese on top.

20.  Bake it, and take it out when the crust turns a good brown colour, with some dark brown streaks - keep checking on it to see what you prefer and how cooked you like it

The result is a very fluffy, delicious stuffed-crust Pizza that is far better than enduring take-away Pizza from cheap take-aways like i've done. Never again - make your own. If i can do it, anyone can do it. 

Advice:

1. Don't add too much water or else the dough will be way too sticky, err on the side of caution - you can always add more

2. Don't use self-raising flour, because it will taste like cake in a sense, and not savoury.

3. Mozzarella cheese is far better than using Cheddar.

4. Practise makes perfect, i made many terrible Pizzas and i learned more from my mistakes than when i got things right. 

I'll be back in a month inshAllah, happy cooking and Alhamdullilah for the food we have!

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I will “eat” Boost. And the rest of my blended ravioli. 

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Brunch casserole.

It's got canned biscuits, crumbled turkey sausage, shredded cheddar cheese, eggs, milk, and gravy. Quite delicious, actually. 

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On 1/17/2018 at 6:53 PM, Haji 2003 said:

I had to google what these are.

I knew someone British would comment. Biscuits are not cookies here, they're a flaky quick bread, often served with gravy. Or jam. Either is good. 

Canned biscuits are one of the few canned items I occasionally buy. Homemade is much better of course, but canned are just so convenient. 

Tonight's supper resembled this image from Google:

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Swap image for one that works

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Oh my goodness this Chocolate Candy Cane Black Tea is amazing! I've been waiting eagerly for my online order to arrive. I am well pleased.

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7 hours ago, hasanhh said:

This looks like barley and burnt rice.

The camera flash washed out the color a bit, but it's tea leaves, peppermint leaves, and cocoa bits. It made a most interesting and tasty tea, with just a little sugar. 

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2 hours ago, notme said:

The camera flash washed out the color a bit, but it's tea leaves, peppermint leaves, and cocoa bits. It made a most interesting and tasty tea, with just a little sugar. 

Couldn't you just by regular tea, peppermint and a can of cocoa and save a few $s?   :D

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On 1/24/2018 at 9:04 AM, hasanhh said:

Couldn't you just by regular tea, peppermint and a can of cocoa and save a few $s?   :D

Probably, but I'm not sure it would have cost less. Besides, I'd never tried chocolate tea and didn't want to commit to a large amount at this time. Maybe next time I'll evaluate the cost of buying the ingredients separately. I usually have tea leaves and peppermint leaves on hand. I've never shopped for cocoa beans. I have cocoa powder, but I don't think it would work. 

Ate: last night's supper was roasted potatoes, steamed mixed vegetables, and sweet rolls. It was good. Satisfying.

Eating: breakfast of coffee with milk and a bit of home dried beef jerky. I think an apple or an orange will finish it off nicely.

Will eat: leftover beef stew on mashed potatoes for lunch and homemade pizza for supper. I like my pizza with jalapeño, onion, and pineapple. Some of the kids prefer cheese only. I'll make both, inshaAllah.  

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On 1/24/2018 at 9:45 AM, notme said:

Probably, but I'm not sure it would have cost less. Besides, I'd never tried chocolate tea and didn't want to commit to a large amount at this time. Maybe next time I'll evaluate the cost of buying the ingredients separately. I usually have tea leaves and peppermint leaves on hand. I've never shopped for cocoa beans. I have cocoa powder, but I don't think it would work.   Thumbs Up

 ...  homemade pizza for supper. I like my pizza with jalapeño, ...   :fever:"Yarrabi"

:D

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51 minutes ago, hasanhh said:

Couldn't you just by regular tea, peppermint and a can of cocoa and save a few $s?   :D

Cummon. It's okay to spend on a something nice once in a while.:sign_no:

@notme Enjoy Sis!

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