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Initial post: 12 May 2013 15:22:15 BDT
Mine I think is impatience, especially when it comes to letting onions brown. Today I noticed in my oyster mushroom sauce the taste of undercooked onion. Bad! I guess it's because I'm used to working with garlic which *mustn't* brown because it becomes bitter. Now that I'm making a lot of curries, though, I need to be patient enough to brown the onions and release the flavours.

What are your cooking habits that you wish you could change?

Posted on 12 May 2013 16:47:53 BDT
Trying to do too many things at once and forgetting the veggies so they overcook. I prep everything first, " mise en plas " then when I start cooking, If I am waiting for stuff I start to unload the dishwasher, or sort washing or anything else that catches my eye. Next thing you know the greens have turned to purée.......again. I,ve started to put the buzzer on, I,ve got so many gadgets bleeping at me I don,t know if I,m coming or going.

Posted on 12 May 2013 17:03:18 BDT
I tend to fuss too much - I have no wish for help in my kitchen -
I am like demented - "No please do not help - which letter of NO do you not follow"
Then - well if you really WANT to help there's nice hot water and fairy liquid
You can earn extra chips for washing up - the miracle is - THEY DO JUST THAT
So I have extra chips on hand - Aunty Bessie's well Natch !!

Posted on 12 May 2013 17:13:58 BDT
Stu says:
i get carried away on the computer and forget about my cooking altogether and then suddenly i get the smell of burning coming from the oven,then im cursing myself

Posted on 12 May 2013 17:24:50 BDT
An old favourite of mine is doing all of the prep, putting it in the fridge until I need it and then forgetting to add one or more of the ingredients

I also sometimes get flustered when I have 3 or 4 pans on the go at once. Oh to be on octopus in the kitchen

Posted on 12 May 2013 17:41:18 BDT
pixie says:
I don't always prepare as I should...too eager to get at it!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2013 17:53:16 BDT
Oh Stu - so it WAS you - I had dozed off in the comfy chair and I was wakened by the flood of invective - nah you did not offend - I have just learned one new word (please do not ask)

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2013 18:03:12 BDT
Stu says:
what was me patricia love?--xx

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2013 18:21:20 BDT
Someone woke me up from a doze no harm done - but someone was very very cross and there was disturbance on "The Force" - Yoda heard it in a Galaxy Far Far away - and I thought "That sounds like Stu is burning someth8ing for his Tea - excuse me - the Devil made me say it. I have gone into "Star Wars" mode
Dont let it worry you ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2013 18:30:53 BDT
Stu says:
only soup tonight love so will be stood dver that whilst it warms and ive got some lovely bread to go with it too---xxx

Posted on 12 May 2013 19:32:57 BDT
Charlie says:
Mine has to be skim reading a recipe, getting all excited that I have all the ingredients then half way through the recipe find it takes 3 hrs to cook not the 60mins I'd guessed, do its not done in time for dinner, I have to then knock up something else and have this meal tomorrow! Stupid huh!
Also I can't make a decent cup if tea! I out the water and bag in, just do a couple of things to get tidy, go back to stewed tea! Hubby makes excellent tea. It's his one kitchen job! Single tasking is his forte ;)

Posted on 12 May 2013 19:34:43 BDT
Yup, that's one of my complaints against my favourite curries in the Biker book...you get all excited because you have the stuff on hand and then you read: "Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight." Bummer...what can I make for NOW?

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2013 20:22:58 BDT
pixie says:
Or the flaming meat has to marinate, beans have to soak etc...been there, done that!xx

Posted on 12 May 2013 20:49:21 BDT
Charlie says:
Ha, glad i'm not alone in this. You'd think we'd learn wouldn't you

Posted on 13 May 2013 09:24:37 BDT
Bearman says:
Four bad habits:

1- Not allowing enough prep time so we end up eating 2 hours later than planned
2- Using every pan in the house to cook one small dish (apparantly!)
3- Modifying recipes until they are 10x richer
4- Not using the oven thermometer and either over- or under- cooking

Posted on 13 May 2013 09:26:32 BDT
pixie says:
So...if we know all this why do we keep doing it!? I am going to make a determined effort to prepare properly from now on....!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 10:29:46 BDT
Modifying recipes, that's one of my worst habits. I never use one recipe if six will do, I take a bit from this, and a bit from that, but in my excitement I forget to make notes and If I come up with a real winner I cannot remember where I found the recipes from next time I want to cook it. Too many books and mags on the go .xxxx

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 10:32:37 BDT
Prep is the key, but can someone tell me how to bring it all to the table without getting my knickers in a twist when it all comes together. My forward planning needs a bit of attention because I end up with too much going on at the finishing line.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 10:48:19 BDT
Bearman says:
Ah CD - that's the nub of the problem. Getting everything cooked to perfection and served piping hot all at the same time. On rare occasions, I call in my OH to help, but that always goes wrong. I call for help because I have got to the critical timing bit and three things need to be done at the same time and I only have 2 hands. So I shout for help, the OH comes, and starts to chat. OK, focus, I need you to do this, then that. "OK sweetie". OH then wanders over to the fridge to get a drink before starting. OH then makes a start on the washing up. "No, I need you to do this over here now, because in 15 seconds it will be burnt/overcooked/lumpy". "OK". Other half starts the the right job, but then stops stirring/turning or whatever, to start a discussion about the dog chasing the neighbours cat. "Focus - that really needs stirring/turning/draining". "Are you telling me how to cook?".........

Its not as bad as it sounds - we are more of a double act with complimentary skills - but I am the one with the focus, and the OH is "easily distracted".

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 11:19:47 BDT
pixie says:
Ina said on the tv the other day she never cooks more than two dishes,,,she buys the pud...or the starter so that she doesn't have too many things on the go. I tend to make at least one dish ahead...if I am making say a potato gratin I make it up to "nearly done" then it just needs finishing off. I pre cook the veg so I can just finish it off in a knob of butter and I always make my pud ahead......but you should see the kitchen!Lol!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 11:21:07 BDT
pixie says:
I can do "distracted" especially when I have a drink on the kitchen top!

Posted on 13 May 2013 12:11:59 BDT
My husband always says that's why hotel chefs have such bad tempers, trying to get everything ready at the same time and in good shape for several different orders...and then another table comes in and they have to do it again!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 14:10:39 BDT
Yup Pixie that,s a plan. I think I need to plan the menu a it better. I know to part cook the veg and then reheat, but I never think to do it in the domestic kitchen, perhaps I should get into the habit. David always carves but that,s only so he can pick all the choice bits of crusty meat or crispest crackling. It does make a lot of pans though all that messing about.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 14:43:19 BDT
pixie says:
But so worth it Diamond when it gets to the table and you have that first sip and a "Phew!"

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 15:12:38 BDT
I have one of those special electric knives - it makes even me - to be a good carver -
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