Cooking is Hard

murrrcatmurrrcat Posts: 9,596Registered Users
I tried this recipe from vegan with a vengeance (I'm so taking back to the store)

for cucumber boats....I had no idea a clove of garlic wasn't an entire GARLIC BULB...now I know..:confused3:

I think a vampire won't comin' around these parts for a really long time.
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  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    I wanted to say in the other thread you did that the problem is starting with random recipes. I think it's more helpful to understand the basics of cooking first, so then you can tackle recipes.
    Start off with something like simple scrambled eggs, done properly. Try cooking pasta al dente. Dress with garlic sauteed in olive oil (aglio e olio), and a bit of the pasta water. Make a simple vinaigrette (3 parts oil to one part vinegar or other type of acid, salt, pepper, and a bit of mustard) and enjoy a salad. Practice knife cuts:
    http://www.seriouseats.com/tags/Knife%20Skills
    Before you look at something like a vegan book, it's just good to have an understanding of cooking.
    Go for a book like Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, which is just a great cookbook period. It gives you information aside from recipes.
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  • murrrcatmurrrcat Posts: 9,596Registered Users
    lol I know how to cook basic foods like eggs and burgers, and that baked spaghetti I made was to die for!

    I still should probably start with a beginner book LOL.
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  • ruralcurlsruralcurls Posts: 2,574Registered Users
    I am no cook, I feel your pain. I have found doing something consistently well is a great confidence booster.

    Also, realizing something new might not turn out-okay in my case it rarely turns out right the first time. Not getting frustrated, and trying again. Just realizing it might take a couple of times to get something right. Umm, not that I actually do this, but I am trying to get better. icon7.gif
  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    Heh, cooking eggs properly (not tough or dry) is not as basic as you may think.
    And burgers, well, depending on where you are, those are not words you want to say (them's fightin' words). Picking the right meat for a burger, not forming it too compact so it doesn't toughen, cooking to desired temperatures (burgers are more finicky than a lot of steaks to cook to medium rare), lots and lots of things go into making a good burger.
    http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2010/05/the-burger-lab-the-worlds-best-burger-for-a-single-man-or-woman.html

    http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2010/04/the-burger-lab-recreating-the-spotted-pigs-chargrilled-burger-at-home.html

    But see, you mentioned a house dressing in another thread for example, and no doubt, like most dressings, it's a vinaigrette. If you learn the basic stuff, it'll be eye-opening for you.
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  • murrrcatmurrrcat Posts: 9,596Registered Users
    but I did make a good burger! My burger was off the chain courtesy of my dad instructing me on the phone LOL.
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  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    I get that. But what I'm telling you is that if you get an understanding of basic cooking technique, and what it is that the steps you take accomplish, you'll understand and make your way though recipes better. :)
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  • murrrcatmurrrcat Posts: 9,596Registered Users
    Saria wrote: »
    I get that. But what I'm telling you is that if you get an understanding of basic cooking technique, and what it is that the steps you take accomplish, you'll understand and make your way though recipes better. :)

    oh yea. Its hard to tell when they're done. The only way I know when stuff is done is when it's burnt.
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  • roseannadanaroseannadana Posts: 5,633Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Getting a bulb confused with a clove is a common beginner's mistake. It's not so much a cooking error, IMO. You just weren't familiar with the ingredients. For future reference, few recipes require entire bulbs of garlic!

    I was born to be a pessimist. My blood type is B Negative.
  • murrrcatmurrrcat Posts: 9,596Registered Users
    Getting a bulb confused with a clove is a common beginner's mistake. It's not so much a cooking error, IMO. You just weren't familiar with the ingredients. For future reference, few recipes require entire bulbs of garlic!


    LOL I should of known that was a lot of garlic....but I still put it all in :laughing5:

    after that something in the back of my head told me to google what a clove of garlic was
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  • amaliruamaliru Posts: 48Registered Users
    :o :gasp: If you haven't already, please don't take the book back! There are so many awesome recipes in there like falafel, lemon cupcakes, pancakes, and the cookies! Cooking is just trial and error, trial and error.
  • murrrcatmurrrcat Posts: 9,596Registered Users
    amaliru wrote: »
    :o :gasp: If you haven't already, please don't take the book back! There are so many awesome recipes in there like falafel, lemon cupcakes, pancakes, and the cookies! Cooking is just trial and error, trial and error.


    haha I still have it but I should of read the reviews more a lot of the recipes call for soy and I hate soy.

    Isn't tofu soy? Did I mention I hate soy?
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  • webjockeywebjockey Posts: 2,786Registered Users
    you may want to check out Bittman's minimalist recipes in the NY Times section. They are usually pretty simple and tasty.
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