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16 November 2005 @ 09:55 am
Expect lots of updates in the next few months.

So the thing we're finding the hardest about living together, is the cooking aspect. Neither of us are very imaginative chefs, really, so I've been browsing recipe sites like Epicurious for inspiration.

Enlighten me. What do you guys usually make for dinner? Where do you find food inspiration from? &what's your favourite thing to cook?
snowflakesugar on November 15th, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC)
some food websites from my bookmarks:
bbc food mostly for inspiration, i think i've never actually cooked anything in that site.
nigella lawson this site i adore.
the post punk kitchen vegetarian foods. i lurve this one as well.
Tacohello_leannie on November 15th, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC)
My latest obsession is chicken breasts smothered in salsa and baked in the oven. Mmmmmmmmmm....:)
ex_lambkin76 on November 16th, 2005 12:23 am (UTC)

When I was living by myself, if I had any money (I was on a tight budget.. gotta love student life).. I would stop in at the fresh food market on my way home from UNI and buy whatever looked freshest and cheapest and go from there.
Like if they had nice looking eggplants, I'd go "mm eggplant!" grab it, slice it up and chuck it in the oven with a tin of tomatoes, garlic, onion.. and then squish it up to have with some penne. Maybe mix in some fresh rocket at the end. mm.
If you have the option of stopping at the shops every day, or every few days.. it's great. I just go with my gut. Some days I might drool over fresh savoury scones and soup, other days I turn my nose up at it and could murder a bunch of fresh bok choy.

haha sorry
I get carried away
food is a great passion, even though I am a fussy eater.
It is sight and smell and sounds of cooking, chinking glasses and cutlery.. taste most importantly.. and touch when you're preparing (and if you're a weirdo like me, and eat things like ravioli with your hands.)

Just go with your instincts. I never really use recipe books, unless I'm baking (damn measurements. I am so shit at baking!!!) Recipe books restrict you, and you need to cook things that suit your own tastes.. not things that apparently suit the tastes of the 2 million people who've bought the book or whatever. Sometimes it's a complete disaster, but that just adds to the fun. Don't be afraid of it. Embrace it!
Okay I think I'm hungry

oh and my newest and hottest tip..
[not a heaped] teaspoon of vegemite in bolognaise sauce. Just let it melt through and stir it in. Sounds weird, but try it. I double dare you!!
bianbian on November 16th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
I hate cooking & only do it cause sometimes I just must. Fast & simple is best for me. I find this site the most helpful in that aspect. You can search by ingredients you have on hand too, which is nice.
indriya on November 16th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
post punk kitchen is great, as someone has already mentioned.

vegweb.com has loads of good recipes! or there's vegan_cookoff, my recipes, and my LJ recipe collection.
flyingsouthflyingsouth on November 16th, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
At my house we love the Super Food Ideas magazine. They have some great recipes, weekly menus, cooking on budgets and every now and then features on say dibetic recipes or vegetarian recipes or low fat ones. Sometimes it can be a little repetitive but I think it's worth a try if you're looking for quick and easy recipes :)

?starlakitty on November 16th, 2005 02:57 am (UTC)
i use allrecipes.com. i have found SO many good recipes from that site! :)

i make lots of soup and chicken dishes. i gravitate towards chicken a lot.
jessicasea__secret on November 16th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
lately i've been poor-ish and finding "inspiration" from whatever is in my cupboards--I can whip up a casserole out of almost anything & the other night I made home-made refried beans, which we ate in burritos with canned corn on the side. cheap and easy but delicious.

join a cooking community on LJ. vegancooking is the one I follow, but there are tons of non-vegan ones where people post yummy recipes every day. you'll definitely be inspired.

my favorite cookbook is also vegan, but you might like some of the recipes? it's a really really fun, DIY-style, cute, hip cookbook called "how it all vegan." i find it inspiring just because the way the book is made reminds me of a zine, kind of...

oh yeah! cookzines, too. :P
winterswitchery on November 16th, 2005 03:35 am (UTC)
Leigh and I can't cook very well, or we're just not that knowledgable anyway. Our last dinner together in Halifax consisted of pasta and french toast. Yes..

shiftybobshiftybob on November 16th, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
I get carried away with food. I'm probably too imaginative. I just throw in whatever I haven't tried yet, and I wind up with something completely random.
It's fun. unpredictable, but that's what food should be.
.: tori amos (dissappear)gauloise on November 16th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
beans and toast. you can't go wrong there!
if i have time, yummy pasta with grilled chicken and baguettes; c'est magnifique!!
thorn witchalex_faerie on November 16th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
cheese and onion toasted sandwich! so simple yet so effective. just make a toasted cheese sandwich as normal but throw some chopped onion in there! yum yum. i'm wanting to get more exotic with my eating habits at the mo too so i shall update you if i find anything, perhaps i can make you a recipie book, or exchange recipies in the mail :)
glad to hear that everything is good with you, and even though understandably you miss the uk, that you're dealing with aussieland and know you will come back. missing you! i apologize for not being my brightest while you were here, hopefully when you come back and get settled and everything i can come and visit and will actually be chipper hehe. mwah.
love graffiti dancing in the streetsurban_ballerina on November 17th, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
lately ive been cooking from this book called 'Real Girls Eat', you must check it out at a bookstore. It is a really cool inspiring read too. It's self help spirituality book with loads of recipies that are yummy. i love the book but i think the author made a lot of mistakes with some of the recipies, editing etc. if you ever get it ill tell you which ones are good and which arent!we also cook from this australian womans weekly kids cook book. kids cook book can be a fun way of getting into cooking and a more yummy way!!
eleanor janephotogirl on November 18th, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC)

Since I started buying vegetarian & vegan cook zines my cooking has improved dramatically!