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Recipes Without Quantities!!!!,
This review is from: Economy Gastronomy: Eat Better and Spend Less (Hardcover)When I watched this show on the BBC, I was really excited when ideas that I have long held, about saving food for the next day and freezing left overs etc, were actually being suggested. Especially good today, as many households end up wasting food.
However, I was really looking forward to trying the recipe for tarka dahl, as I've never been able to get the spice combination right. I found the recipe in the book and had a look at what was suggested. Unfortunately, I found that the recipe said to use a mix of spices and gave a list of such spices you could use, but no quantities or ratios. You would expect any cookbook to provide you with quantities. Apparently the author felt that the reader would be able to cope with figuring out ratios of spices which aren't typically used in everyday cooking in every household in Britain. I think this shows poor editing.
Also, I have to add... a cookie recipe with an entire pack of butter in it!!!! Most cookie recipes don't require this amount of fat. Also, on a budget, you may just buy margarine (I do) and some of these can be used for cooking as well.
A lot of the ideas and suggestions are good, but on a budget, things like cream and a whole salmon etc, I deem as unnecessary luxuries and the money could be put to good use elsewhere. I wouldn't make many of these recipes because the ingredients aren't standard ones I would buy on a weekly shop without more money in my budget.
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Initial post: 28 Oct 2011 22:25:27 BDT
J Treen says:
I tried the whole salmon recipes and got around 28 meals for an outlay of £14 (on salmon) and could have got more. It doesn't have to be an unaffordable luxury if you use every scrap, which is the point of the book.
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