Posted in Christmas

Christmas spiced ginger beer

This has been out for a few years and I normally only find the 4 pack, but this time I found the 12 pack.

It has a very strong taste of ginger. It normally does, but this feels intensified along with the cloves and other spices.

Its also sweet, so I’m glad its only comes out once a year.

(c) How not to cook 2020
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Pesto pasta

I can’t believe it. Today I had a chef come to my house and talk to me about healthy food and my food allergies. I’ve booked them for weekly visits. We made a simple pasta dish with asparagus, spinach and pesto.

I had some for lunch and saved some for dinner.

I might add some chicken next time I make this.

(c) How not to cook 2020

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Cucumber water recipe

This isn’t really a recipe. I just wanted to share something I’m drinking more of now because summer is looming and I don’t want to drink sugary soft drinks. I already have dental, weight and health issues, I don’t want more health problems.

I found this good new shaker bottle to use. Then:

Slice the cucumber into thin slices and add to clean bottle. (It can be a plastic drink bottle that has been rinsed out.)

Add some clean filtered water. You can use tap water.

I had strawberries left over so slice and added those.

The add lid and leave over night in fridge to infuse the flavours.

Not really a recipe. I actually looked recipes for recipes on You tube about cucumber water and they are all different. I guess you make it to your own taste.

(c)How not to cook 2020.

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I made strawberry lemonade

I had some left over strawberries that I didn’t know what to do with. I decided to remove the green stem, slice them roughly then ad them to a half full bottle of lemonade I had in the fridge.

This made the lemonade very bubbly, I guess because of the sugar in the strawberries, but I’m not a scientist so i’m not sure.

I put the lid on and left it in the fridge over night. The next day, the liquid was a clear reddish dark pink colour and tasted really nice. Very sweet from the lemonade but with a strawberry taste in the background.

I’ve made this twice already and will make again in the coming summer. I normally hate how sweet soft drinks are, but if I have a small cup of this with ice, it will be okay for a hot summers day.

(c) How not to cook 2020

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Strange concoctions

Living during the Covid pandemic is stressful, lets face it. No one likes it and we all have to find ways to get though it.

For example, I ran out of butter and didn’t want to drive the 15 minutes to the supermarket to buy just butter. So I decided to improvise.

We had some ricotta in the fridge so I decide to try that in place of butter. People replace butter all the time, with hummus or avocado, so I thought this might work.

It didn’t. (I’m a bit sad I won’t be starting a new trend).

Ricotta has no taste and did nothing to add flavour to my sandwich. There was no moisture, it just tasted like ricotta and jam on dry bread.

But I ate it because our cupboards were almost bare and the fridge empty. Also, the last time I ate take away hot chips I became very ill, so I’m not risking that again.

(c) How not to cook 2020.

Posted in Baking

Pizza first try

I used commercial yeast in a box and the recipe on the back of the packet for this. I may have used water that was a bit too hot, but “warm” is not a temperature.

I used oil like the recipe said, but I think I used too much because it made strange oil lumps that I couldn’t knead out or roll out.

The dough that I didn’t crush with the rolling pin turned out well, it rose and was hilly, so I guess the yeast survived.

I forgot abut the second pizza and left it in the oven for at least half an hour. You can clearly see its charcoal. I was distracted by playing a game and only remembered when my partner asked about the pizza.

I’ll make the recipe again, but I’ll remember to put on the timer so I don’t burn my house down.

(c) How to cook that 2020.

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Baking bread for the first time

I admit, I have tried to make bread in the past , but it failed. It always was burnt or like a rock and crumbly inside.

I borrowed a book from the library (yeah its open now) and found a recipe I liked.

This bread was easy to make and turned out okay. It was still crumby so I don’t know what happened. Maybe I didn’t knead it long enough to encourage the gluten to be released.

It doesn’t matter. My partner liked it and ate most of the loaves.

I want to get better at the kneading part. I think it will be relaxing once I make bread that’s not sticky or clumpy or excessively dry. I also want to make bread that has air holes like I see in so many videos.

(c) How not to cook 2020

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Seafood salad first try

I don’t know if I can really call this seafood salad since I’m not sure what the crab stick are made from (not real crab), but I found them in a frozen bag at Woolies so thought I would try it.

We already had celery and mayonnaise, so I chopped the ingredients and put them in a bowl. Then I mixed it, but the seafood stuff was still frozen. I was hungry and didn’t want to wait so I put the bowl by the fireplace. It didn’t defrost so I covered the bowl and put it on the fridge.

I had to wait till hours for the seafood stuff to defrost. I had left it out of the fridge so I don’t know why it took so long to defrost.

Maybe in summer it might be better. Or maybe I made the recipe wrong, I don’t know. I thought it would be easy to make since it only has 3 ingredients, but maybe I missed something.

(c) How not to cook 2020.

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Another pork roast.

I thought I was done with cooking pork, but my partner pulled me back in. I prepared this in the usual way and it turned out okay, but I still do not like the taste of pork. I even added apple sauce, but pork has a strange taste. I’m also not a fan of the grey colour it turns after being cooked.

I poured boiling water over the cut rind to make the crackling and it was mostly good.

It’s strange but stressful being home almost all the time now. I have more time to do things, but I feel like I have less time now. I don’t understand.

Does anyone else feel that way?

(c) How not to cook 2020.

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Making cheesecake for the first time with box mix

This was another box mix from Greens. I think this is my last one. I’m glad they’re all gone and I don’t plan to buy anymore.

I haven’t made cheesecake before and I wanted to wait till I could buy a new spring form pan, but my partner wanted me to make it so I tried to.

I don’t think I added enough margarine spread to the biscuit base. I know I was meant to use butter but we had run out and I didn’t want to visit the supermarket just for one thing. It was hard to spread in the bottom of the glass dish and I used a spoon and a glass to form the base. It was still uneven and too thick on the bottom.

Then I mixed the cheesecake batter then added it to the glass dish. I had difficulty spreading the batter over the base and the base keep lifting. I gave up after about 10 minutes and put the dish in the fridge.

After a few hours I served it. I didn’t enjoy it. The taste was strange, like processed cheese. My partner like it and said it tasted like lemon meringue. He ate most of it.

I won’t make this again. If I make cheesecake again, I’ll start from scratch and have the proper ingredients and the correct pan.

(c) How not to cook 2020.