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Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:16 PM

... and what are you lazy about and buy premade?

All this talk about food and menu planning has got me wondering.

I usually make

- any tomatoey based sauces/dishes from scratch although I do use tinned tomatoes or passata. I did have a couple of jars of pasta sauce stashed in the pantry when I had bad MS so DH could whip up something for dinner but now I'm feeling better I haven't bought any more.
-taco/burrito mix
-biscuits (apart from arrowroots when DD was little) because it stops me eating too many if I have to make them first!
-inian curry mixes, always thought it was too hard but I got an awesome book last Christmas and have stopped buying jar stuff now
- stirfry mixes
- gnocchi. RachelleK gave me the best recipe for rocket and ricotta gnocchi!
- pizza dough

I'm on a mission atm to make my bread rather than buy but having an emergency loaf in the freezer is hampering that effort!


I usually buy

- Maggi devilled sausages mix, no matter what recipe I use it doesn't taste the same!
- stock. I'd love to make my own, esp veg stock with leftovers but I have no room to store. Thinking about getting a deep freeze when we finish building.
- pasta. I made fresh lasagne sheets once. I think I'd like a pasta maker.
- aioli. Tried that once. Epic fail.
- dips. I know they're not hard to make but there are so many tasty ones already made for me!
- schnitzel. I hate the crumbing process, so messy.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:32 PM

I tend to make:
Biscuits, slices, cakes etc - mainly so i know whats in it and then can limit the kids having too much sugar.
Pizza dough - nothing beats homemade pizza especially with stuffed crust
Chinese dishes (sweet & sour, pad thai, omelete, special fri- we love to have it once a week)
White sauce and cheese sauce - took me awhile to get it right and initially burning it put me off for ages from trying aging but definately worth it.
Bread - have made normal white, damper - but i've been lazy until we buy myself a kenwood chef.

Windsor - what is the name of the book for the indian dishes as i would love to experiment with currys but haven't ventured away from bottle mixes yet.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:05 PM

I'll preface this by saying I am not a gourmet cook. At all. In fact, I very rarely step away from the meat & 3 vege routine wink.gif

Windsor, I'm keen to hear your taco/burrito mix if you wouldn't mind sharing. I buy the sachets, as well as the guacamole one in the same section ...

Any pasta, is store-bought
Breads/wraps, usually store-bought (I find I eat too much if I make bread all the time, too dense?)
Gravy, I can never get the right taste and consistency for my gravy so rely on gravox!
Breadcrumbs is another thing I use from a box.

I will bake biscuits/muffins/cakes etc from scratch
Spaghetti/pasta sauces, from scratch
Pesto/sauces, from scratch
Pizza dough/bases, from scratch
Curries, from scratch (and mine are very basic!!!)



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:57 PM

Gravox, love my gravox! I want to have gravy way more often than I make a roast so that's an essential.

I made white sauce the other day, got to love the 'Commonsense cookbook'. I may have licked my saucepan clean much to DH's disgust.

Indian book is called 'Easy Indian' http://www.angusrobe...CFUpcpQod4AoArw I did have to buy a fair few dry spices/ingredients first but now I have them all it's super easy. Highly recommend the smoked eggplant one.

Taco mix is easy! I fry up garlic and onion and whatever meat I'm using then add tomato paste, paprika, oregano and sage (I have fresh in my herb patch) and some Tabasco. You can add a tin of tomato and beans to pad it out too.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:14 PM

We are a make most things from scratch household.

I generally make all biscuits, cakes, slices. I do keep arrowroots etc in the house for DD though, although she does prefer home made ones.

We make all pasta sauces from scratch. We make a big batch(es) over summer when our tomatoes ripen and it generally lasts all year when jarred. We use this for pizza bases too.

We make all stir fry sauces, salad dressings and curry bases from scratch. My husband hates jarred pastes or sauces. We also make our own mexican spice mixes for the same reason.

We make all own pizza dough. I have an awesome recipe that works perfectly all the time.

We make most of our own bread. We have a sourdough starter so mostly make sourdoughs although I make regular loafs from time to time. Occaisionally I'm lazy and buy a loaf but we prefer to make our own. I do buy crumpets and fruit toast, although I have made it from time to time.

We make our own gnocchi. It freezes well. We had home made ricotta and spinach gnocchi last night in fact.

We do have a pasta maker and make our own ravioli and pasta some of the time. I much prefer home made but we do use premade pasta some of the time.

Gravies - hubby always makes them from scratch.

Stock - hubby makes his own meat stocks when the has left over meat bits. I'm vego so we tend to use premade vegie stock for my things, but we have made it from time to time.

Jams - we have several fruit trees so make all our own jam and marmalade. We also go blackberry picking in summer and make sauces and jams from that.

Preserved fruit - most of our fruit gets preserved and used throughout the year. DD will only eat home grown and made jarred fruit and has eaten through 4 years supply in the last year and is now upset that she doesn't have pears and peaches every night, and refuses to eat store bought rolleyes.gif Luckily it's ripening on the tree so more will be available soon. We have cherry trees but also buy them in bulk when cheap and jar, pit and preserve them.

Pickles and chutneys - we make our own from garden produce.

Meat is always crumbed or marinaded at home, we don't buy preprepared cuts.

Icecream - sometimes we do buy some but we like home made when we could be bothered putting the icecream maker in the freezer. We made the best salted butter caramel icecream for christmas!

Custard - we all hate the bought stuff. Home made is the only the way to go.

Any dessert - I like baking so I always make any desserts we have or take anywhere.

What we buy:
Dips. I do like to make them but I usually run out of time so buy premade ones. I agree there are so many good ones that I only make my own occaisionally, like a baba ganoush or something when we have left over eggplant.
Mayonaise - I occaisonally make an aioli but I always keep good quality mayonaise in the cupboard.
Tomato sauce, although we do make home made ones. I'm trying to train DD to eat home made rather than store bought.
Peanut butter/vegemite.
Butter - although DH is seriously considering us making our own.
Pastry (sometimes) - I will make pastry for a dessert but we tend to buy frozen puff or shortcrust when we are making things like sausage rolls or quiches. I always buy filo, I'm hopeless at making it.


We really don't buy that much pre-made stuff at all, we also stock pile jams, chutneys, fruit and sauces we make. Plus we bulk buy flours, grains and beans. We figured out if there was ever a food shortage we could live for several years off the calories we have in our pantry.


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:20 PM

Since having the thermomix most things are from scratch now. Current things in my fridge and pantry that are store bought are:
Pasta
Rice crackers and jatz
A couple of cereals for standby
Tomato sauce
Frozen pastizzi for when I can't be bothered

Current things that are in my pantry and fridge made from scratch:
Yoghurt
Ricotta
Hummus
Custard (and not from custard powder)
Veggie stock paste
Icy poles
Various frozen favourites
Peanut butter
Bread
Muffins (and bi
scuits, cakes, fruit rolls when I bother to make them
Baking powder

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:37 PM

Miss Windsor - What Indian cookbook did you buy? I would love to make my own, but its always really bland. (In partilar Palak Paneer/Saag Paneer)

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:47 PM

Dang Tigridia, your garden and pantry sound awesome! biggrin.gif

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:28 PM

QUOTE(aChocLover @ Jan 24 2013, 06:47 PM) View Post

Dang Tigridia, your garden and pantry sound awesome! biggrin.gif


laugh.gif laugh.gif noone starves in our house!

We have quite a lot of yard taken up with fruit trees and vegie garden beds and herb gardens. The alpacas also are useful for eating all the scraps and making awesome compost for us. I'd love to have chooks too but we'd have to give up our entertaining area (one is already used by the alpacas for sleeping, don't ask rolleyes.gif ) so I didn't want to lose the other one so no chooks unless we move to acreage.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:56 PM


You have alpacas????! Awesome, I was trying to convince DH the other day that we should get some! Your place sounds amazing - I'd love to be able to go from garden to table (one day!); veges that is, not alpaca laugh.gif

Slight hijack, sorry all! As you were! blush.gif

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:00 PM

QUOTE(Windsor @ Jan 24 2013, 02:16 PM) View Post

-biscuits (apart from arrowroots when DD was little) because it stops me eating too many if I have to make them first!
Doesn't work for me, plus I eat it before it goes in the oven too. ph34r.gif Mmmm, Anzac biscuit dough...
QUOTE(Tigridia @ Jan 24 2013, 05:14 PM) View Post
Icecream - sometimes we do buy some but we like home made when we could be bothered putting the icecream maker in the freezer. We made the best salted butter caramel icecream for christmas!
Where do you get your ice cream recipes from? I got an icecream maker attachment for Christmas but am having trouble finding any good recipes (particularly ones that have ingredients I can find at the supermarket).
QUOTE(Thelma @ Jan 24 2013, 05:20 PM) View Post

Yoghurt
Do you have a yoghurt maker? We go through lots of yoghurt here and we all eat different types.

I'm trying to make more from scratch but am a bit of a novice so getting lots of ideas in this thread smile.gif.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:46 AM

Party at Tigridia's house I say!

My alltime favourite 'cooking' show is River Cottage (Hugh is going to be husband #2, he's been bumped up the list because he's getting on in years), I love the whole garden to table thing. We're limited by how much we can do in our rental though. Where we're building is completely sandy soil so I can have raised veg beds but fruit trees etc. are a bit of a stretch unless they can be potted.

Lila, I added the link into my post above smile.gif

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:21 AM

QUOTE(Gretch @ Jan 24 2013, 08:00 PM) View Post


Do you have a yoghurt maker? We go through lots of yoghurt here and we all eat different types.



Yeah, I have an easiyo but I don't use the sachets. For plain yoghurt I just use 1 and 1/3 cups milk powder and 4 tablespoons yoghurt and make as per the easiyo directions. It's super easy and so much cheaper. You can add sugar and/or puree fruit if you wanted a flavour


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:29 AM

QUOTE(Gretch @ Jan 24 2013, 09:00 PM) View Post

Where do you get your ice cream recipes from? I got an icecream maker attachment for Christmas but am having trouble finding any good recipes (particularly ones that have ingredients I can find at the supermarket).

I have a couple of good ice cream books - this one, and this one. They rarely involve weird ingredients - mostly egg yolks, milk, sugar, cream and something for flavour.
I make most of out ice cream. We occasionally buy a tub if we need it to go with something when people are coming over, but mostly what's in the freezer is what I've made.
I make virtually all the biscuits and cakes.
Pizza - not that we don't order it from time to time, but we don't buy frozen pizzas or anything
We keep some tomato-y pasta sauce on hand because I often have pasta for lunch if I'm home, but all other pasta sauces are home made. I've made pasta once or twice, but it's not regular.
Spreadable butter - which is to say, I soften a block of butter and mix it with some oil, but still less weird ingredients than the commercial stuff.
Stock is a bit of a mix -sometimes from scratch, sometimes commercial. Mum usually makes that though and it doesn't have enough flavour and I can't convince her to check out a recipe to improve it.
Soup.
We never use casserole mixes or anything like that.
Andrew has recently learned to make cheese (Camembert, feta and marscapone) but it's not a regular thing at this stage.
I'd love to make more of our bread, but I need a recipe that's good for more than the day it's made.

Thelma, how do you make the peanut butter?
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:41 AM

I would have considered myself a scratch cook before this thread but you lot leave me for dust!

Daybreak - we use peanut butter than is simply peanuts crushed into a paste. The store where I buy all my staples had a machine where you pour your ingredients into the top and a paste comes out the bottom. It's golden as Leo eats a fair bit of peanut butter and I like the fact that it's 100% peanuts (I sometimes add a bit of sunflower oil towards the end of the tub as the oil tends to pool at the top of the jar unlike the commercial pastes which have additives to stop this from happening).
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