AIBU? Butternut squash, sweetcorn.. whats next?! Educate us!

(121 Posts)
CocacolaMum Tue 05-Nov-13 14:06:55

I am 31 and mum to 2 school aged children. I have got to this point in my life without killing anyone off with my cooking but in the last week I have learnt 2 things..

1) You can bake a butternut squash whole. No peeling, deseeding or anything

2) You can microwave a corn on the cob in its husk (is that what that's called? the leaves?) and then just chop off the ends and it slides out ready to munch

So AIBU to wonder what else I never knew I never knew?

Cling film?

frogwatcher42 Tue 05-Nov-13 14:18:07

You can use food past its best before date. It really bugs me that people throw so much food away because of dates!!!! Food that has gone off generally has mould or stinks or is slimy.

Eggs that are bad float! If they sink in water they are ok to use.

frogwatcher42 Tue 05-Nov-13 14:18:44

Can't think of anything else !

Fakebook Tue 05-Nov-13 14:22:27

You can smash out pomegranate seeds with a wooden spoon into a big bowl.

jacks365 Tue 05-Nov-13 14:26:38

Skins just rub off once beetroot is cooked. I would advise rubber gloves though.

BanjoPlayingTiger Tue 05-Nov-13 14:28:04

You can microwave corn on the cob?? shock you may have just revolutionised my cooking!

CogitoErgoSometimes Tue 05-Nov-13 14:28:05

Do you know how to cook bacon between two sheets of kitchen roll in the microwave?

gaggiagirl Tue 05-Nov-13 14:32:15

cogito spill!

CocacolaMum Tue 05-Nov-13 14:35:38

Banjo, that was my reaction too. I seriously love corn on the cob but don't like the faff - it really has improved my life.. grin

I did not know about the bacon!!

You can chop an unpeeled spud into chunks and shake it about in a plastic bag with teaspoon oil and pinch of herbs and paprika and then bung in oven to bake into wedges, serve with ketchup and plain yog dip. Also works with other veg like carrots, squash, peppers, onions, broccoli etc.

Birnamwood Tue 05-Nov-13 14:36:36

Yes cogito, spill, or I'll sit on you

grin

^ sorry that one was a bit obvious, am sure everyone knows it.

ppeatfruit Tue 05-Nov-13 14:48:13

If you have a large steamer you can put in whole washed (*unpeeled!!!*) thick end down carrots, parsnips, swedes etc. or any ingredients for a soup or stew. Steam for half an hour till a sharp knife goes in almost easily.Take them out let them cool and then remove the skins, they come away much more easily and the vitamins are not removed.

Then gently fry some chopped onions and garlic and add your chopped veg. and some stock and you have a soup or stew in much less time than usual.

wibblyjelly Tue 05-Nov-13 14:52:59

You can make a one person sized chocolate cake using a my and a microwave (and some cake ingredients as well grin )

StephenKatz Tue 05-Nov-13 15:08:08

I was brought up on microwaved bacon on kitchen roll. DH was horrified and showed me the delights of pan fried grilled bacon

ppeatfruit Tue 05-Nov-13 15:08:15

Sorry what's a my??? grin Recipe please grin

SpottyDottie Tue 05-Nov-13 15:15:02

I know it's a cheat but.....

Mix one cake mix with two dollops of buttercream icing (chocolate is best) in a microwave rice cooker. Put lid on. Cook on high for 9 minutes. Voila! Sponge pudding with chocolate sauce!

sashh Tue 05-Nov-13 15:23:30

You can microwave most (possibly all) in a microwave, add a couple of teaspoons of water.

You can cook whole joints/chickens in a SC.

You can cook meat/fish wrapped in foil with veg in a steamer.

If you put eggs in a ramekin and prick the yolk you can 'poach' them in a microwave.
Bacon in a microwave with paper - uhg, just don't bother.

BlackbeltinBS Tue 05-Nov-13 15:27:43

You don't need to peel spuds to make mashed potato. Maybe I'm thick but this had never occurred to me until I saw a friend of DD's mum do it. Changed. My. Life. to an extent, anyway

wibblyjelly Tue 05-Nov-13 15:55:06
JollyStoutGiant Tue 05-Nov-13 15:58:24

Butternut squash? Whole? Genius!

Paprika chips are yummy. Even better with balsamic vinegar. Mmm.

I was wondering the other day whether I could make mash without peeling the tatties. Peeling tatties is my absolute pet hate.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Tue 05-Nov-13 16:02:42

does the squash then peel easily ready for soup?

BanjoPlayingTiger Tue 05-Nov-13 16:07:16

You can blend the skin along with the flesh, you don't need to peel it at all.

volestair Tue 05-Nov-13 16:10:50

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Lunaballoon Tue 05-Nov-13 16:15:10

I also recently discovered that butternut squash can be bunged in the oven whole and unpeeled. Brilliant, love it!

Pobblewhohasnotoes Tue 05-Nov-13 16:20:56

I've never peeled potatoes for mash, ever!

What do you do with the squash once you've cooked it? What happens to the seeds?

BrandiBroke Tue 05-Nov-13 16:26:06

How long do you microwave the corn for then? I love corn on the cob but don't like holding and biting and its a faff cutting the kernels off. This could change my life!

arethereanyleftatall Tue 05-Nov-13 16:30:29

Corn in a open tupperware pot with a few mm of water in. microwave 2 min. Turn over. 2 more min. You can buy metal corn spears so you don't have to hold it

arethereanyleftatall Tue 05-Nov-13 16:31:07

Corn in a open tupperware pot with a few mm of water in. microwave 2 min. Turn over. 2 more min. You can buy metal corn spears so you don't have to hold it

Lunaballoon Tue 05-Nov-13 16:42:51

MrsHelsBels - Once the squash is cooled after baking, you simply cut it open and scoop out the seeds. The skin just seems to fall away and can be eaten but I tend to just use the flesh for soups or mixed with spinach in this pasta dish.

cashmiriana Tue 05-Nov-13 16:47:41

Butternut squash is about the only squash I bother peeling at all. Acorn, celebration, pattypan, Turk's Turban, Crown Prince don't need it: just dice, throw in a roasting pan with a bit of oil and some fresh herbs, and stick in oven for 25 minutes. Even better with carrot and parsnip too.

I'm now thinking that I have more inclination to make aloo gobi tonight, if I can get away without peeling the potatoes...

waceystills Tue 05-Nov-13 17:01:02

You don't need to peel garlic cloves if u have a garlic crusher.

mitchsta Tue 05-Nov-13 17:05:00

Unpeeled potato mash is the best!!

fuzzpig Tue 05-Nov-13 17:15:03

A few months ago I made a lovely cake using only Nutella and flour. Sadly I can't remember the ratio though

BanjoPlayingTiger Tue 05-Nov-13 19:25:38

fuzzpig that isn't educating us, it's just taunting us!

ThoRAVENomiki Tue 05-Nov-13 19:32:38

<watches thread>

I have nothing add right now but I'll think on it I have nothing

grin

CeliaLytton Tue 05-Nov-13 19:35:00

I make mash using unpeeled new potatoes. I call them crushed potatoes. People think I'm dead posh grin

QueenStromba Tue 05-Nov-13 19:52:24

Butternut squash skin is fine in a soup - you definitely don't notice once it's blended.

If you hate peeling garlic then get two metal bowls with a rim, smash the head so it's in bits and then put it in one bowl and put the other bowl on top. Shake for a bit holding the contraption closed by the rims and then marvel at the wonderfully peeled garlic.

Shallots are rendered much less annoying to peel by soaking them in hot water first.

WallyBantersJunkBox Tue 05-Nov-13 19:56:10

Same with a sweet potato - bake or microwave in its skin, slice in half and scoop out the innards like a boiled egg.

Rice in the microwave? Put the required amount in a deep bowl, cover with cold water, put on a plate or cling film and microwave for 12-14mins?

FunkyBoldRibena Tue 05-Nov-13 20:07:43

I make Bashed Potatoes which is when I CBA to mash them properly. Add some cheese in and nobody's going to complain.

namechangeno1 Tue 05-Nov-13 20:18:29

Cake recipe tip -

Instead of weighing out 175g butter, 175g sugar & 175g flour for your sponge cake/ fairy cakes, weigh your eggs.

If the total weight of your eggs (2 or 3 still in their shells), is 180g for example, then have 180g of all the other ingredients.

Never had a failure this way grin

glorious Tue 05-Nov-13 20:23:58

I thought whole squash could explode in the oven, do you score it or something? Perhaps I've got muddled smile

siblingrevelry Tue 05-Nov-13 20:53:36

Fuzz pig is it like this one:

1 cup Nutella
10 tbsp flour
2 eggs

Combine and bake as brownies.

My fave kitchen top is one I'm always banging on about, and am now quite a zealot-cut both ends off carrots and store in airtight container in fridge. Last forever, no more bendy carrots.

fuzzpig Tue 05-Nov-13 21:10:21

Actually sibling that is probably it yes. I had forgotten the eggs blush I think when we tried it (saw it on Facebook) we halved it so only used one

ShriekingGnawer Tue 05-Nov-13 21:13:31

I made mash with skins on for the first time last night - kids didn't notice.

I also have just discovered you can put unpeeled garlic cloves in the garlic crusher. Garlic comes out, skin stays in and it's much easier to clean.

Not sure why you would steam veg for soup - vitamins will only go into the water you cook it in, surely? and never peel carrots etc for soup.

ShriekingGnawer Tue 05-Nov-13 21:14:55

I have visions of everyone's DC coming down for breakfast tomorrow to empty Nutella jars...

Lunaballoon Tue 05-Nov-13 21:16:22

I've baked a few whole squashes - never had one explode. Aubergines, on the other hand, are definitely prone to exploding!

Retroformica Tue 05-Nov-13 21:24:11

Frozen frubes yogurts for lollies. Predictable but nice

purpleloosestrife Tue 05-Nov-13 21:32:33

you can make an apple crumble without peeling the apples - something about the skins makes it taste better, too.

parakeet Tue 05-Nov-13 21:32:54

I never knew how delicious cabbage is until I stir fried it with garlic and added a splash of soya sauce at the end.

Works best with Savoy cabbage but any kind will do.

berri Tue 05-Nov-13 21:44:57

The microwave bacon works great!

Put the slices next to each other - 3 sheets of kitchen roll under & 3 sheets on top, on a plate.

5-7 mins in microwave depending on how crispy you like it. All the fat comes out onto the paper, not spattered all over the oven like usual!

Balaboosta Tue 05-Nov-13 22:08:12

You can wash your hair with a bar of soap. Okay, so it's not a cooking tip...

MammaTJ Tue 05-Nov-13 22:23:32

You can microwave swedes, just like jacket potato. Score aroud it and nuke for about 12 minutes, then test, you may need to put it back in for another couple of minutes.

Once done, cut in half, scoop out and mash!

volestair Tue 05-Nov-13 22:24:29

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Ledkr Tue 05-Nov-13 22:28:34

You can make a perfectly good white sauce without butter, just mix flour and milk to a paste then slowly add more milk then microwave to thicken.
Much healthier than using extra fat especially if you are going to add cheese.

Amandine29 Tue 05-Nov-13 22:38:53

You can make cheese on toast without a grill or toaster.

Toast the bread in a dry pan/on a hot plate then (quickly) put the cheese on top and stick it in the microwave for 20 seconds.

QueenStromba Tue 05-Nov-13 22:43:55

Speaking of white sauce, you can make it with cornflour rather than wheat flour by heating up most of the milk, making the cornflour into a paste with a little bit of cold milk and then stirring it in quickly. Not done it for a while but try a tablespoon of cornflour in a pint of milk and if it's not thick enough repeat in half tablespoon increments.

If you're low carbing (or just lazy) then melted philadelphia makes a nice white sauce - just add milk, cream or stock to get it to your preferred consistency.

QueenStromba Tue 05-Nov-13 22:46:20

Ooh - I missed your one MammaTJ. As a low carber I have to say that I love you. I love swede mash but dealing with raw swede is a massive pain in the bum.

MammaTJ Tue 05-Nov-13 23:47:23

Philli can be replaced by quark, which is very low in fat, in most recipes that use it. I make a carbonarra sauce half a tub, three eggs yolks, and a little bit of parmesan. Mix that with onion, garlic, mushroom and ham that have been fried in fry light, mix with cooked pasta.

QueenStromba, I love mashed swede, but have carpol tunnel syndrome. Not a chance in hell I could peel and chop one. I use mashed swede on top of cottage pie! Lovely. grin

MammaTJ Tue 05-Nov-13 23:48:37

Oh, and to make low carb easy peasy fishcakes-mashed swede, tin of salmon or tuna, herbs of your choosing, mixed and formed in to fish cakes. Grill, fry or oven bake.

BeCoolFucker Wed 06-Nov-13 00:03:03

You can easily make a 3 egg omelette in 3 minutes. Food Doesn't get faster or easier than that. Tasty too.

Heat butter in pan
Whisk 3 eggs, salt, pepper with fork.
Add to hot pan
Gently move cooked egg to centre.
Add grated cheese if you want
Done.

QueenStromba Wed 06-Nov-13 00:04:56

I use frozen cauliflower defrosted and whizzed with a hand blender for things like fish pie topping but if I wan't mash as a side dish I go for swede.

QueenStromba Wed 06-Nov-13 00:07:25

Ooh - BeCool's tip reminds me that you can make 3 scrambled eggs in about a minute (plus pan heating time obviously) by doing them in a frying pan.

writingmynamewithsparklers Wed 06-Nov-13 00:10:38

Microwaved bacon on kitchen roll?!
When I cook it for myself I do it in the microwave with no kitchen roll. Didn't know kitchen roll was safe in the microwave?!
Just couple of slices of bacon in the microwave, on a plate for approx 3 minutes. No more. No kitchen roll
If it's for the kids though I do it in a pan!

Blatherskite Wed 06-Nov-13 09:47:05

Things in a frying pan cook twice as fast if you put a lid on. Perfect for if you want your sausages to be cooked before they go black

BeCoolFucker Wed 06-Nov-13 10:31:24

Queen many is the time I've rushed in the door with a starving small child, and prepared scrambled eggs with child on hip before we've even got her coat off! By the time the toast is done the eggs are cooked.
Eggs are the most wonderful transformative food they really are.

Wonderwhy123 Wed 06-Nov-13 10:48:43

If you fry eggs in a frying pan with a lid on it cooks the tops too so you don't need to faff about flipping them over.

For perfect rice and pasta, boil water, add rice or pasta, bring back to the boil and then turn off heat and leave with the lid on for 12 mins.

ppeatfruit Wed 06-Nov-13 11:15:38

Mamma That's a brilliant recipe thanks (i've got some cooked celeriac in the fridge it'd be good with that).

Another speedy tip is have a cooking day once a week or whenever you have the time e.g. cook whole rice like Wonderwhy says or any stews\soups,curries, but leave out the garlic, and cook much more than you need then freeze in portion boxes. They take 3 mins to defrost in the micro.

Tanith Wed 06-Nov-13 11:26:00

My life was revolutionised (oh, all right! Made a bit easier smile) when I learned how to peel an orange properly.

You cut it into quarters from top to bottom and the skin will peel off each quarter in one piece shock

Hours of my life I must have wasted before I discovered that one smile

MoominMammasHandbag Wed 06-Nov-13 11:40:57

I never ever fry sausages, just bung them in a baking tray in the oven, you don't even need to turn them and they taste better too.

BeautifulBlondePineapple Wed 06-Nov-13 11:56:41

I was just about to add the sausage in the oven tip. They're even better if you sling some balsamic vinegar over them. They go all sweet & sticky.

I also am addicted to microwave poached eggs for breakfast. They take 1.5 minutes and there's no washing up. Put one in an IKEA kids beaker (unless you're using it for your penis of course). 1 min at 50%, quick stir to loosen the whites & then 30s at 50%. You might have to tinker with the timings & settings depending on the wattage of your microwave.

Tanith Wed 06-Nov-13 12:44:38

I had no idea IKEA cups could be so versatile grin

SatisfiedOtter Wed 06-Nov-13 12:59:15

Tanith I spend what seems like hours peeling oranges for the kids - so will definitely be trying that - thanks! smile

iwantanafternoonnap Wed 06-Nov-13 15:20:27

can you explain the butternut squash whole thingy? how long etc.

ppeatfruit Wed 06-Nov-13 16:23:25

iwantan well this works with any pumpkin type squash thingy.You wash it brush with olive oil or whatever and make a few holes in it with a sharp knife add other veg you like. Put in an oven at about 170C and you have to check it after half an hour or so (because some squashes have larger cavities in than others so take less time than others IFYSWIM).

wouldIlietoyou Wed 06-Nov-13 17:16:36

we always microwave bacon just on a plate for 3 mins if it's good enough for Marco Pierre White...

Also poach eggs in a small amount of water in a frying pan, they cook perfectly.

Yesterday I did mash but boiled the potatoes in their skins then peeled the skins off afterwards, Nigel Slater told me to in one of his books but tbh it was a bloody faff.

ppeatfruit Wed 06-Nov-13 17:29:51

I did mean to say that you put the squash \pumpkin in a proper baking tin of course grin

TamzinGrey Wed 06-Nov-13 21:03:27

iwantan so are you saying that a whole squash would take the same amount of cooking time as a halved one then? (good point about the cavities btw).

Unpeeled individual garlic cloves freeze brilliantly. They can be used immediately from frozen. The skins just slip off and they are instantly crushable. Chillies are the same. So are whole tomatoes.

CocacolaMum Wed 06-Nov-13 21:06:40

Joliver said the squash should be bunged on a bakin tray and put in the oven for an hour and a half. No oil or anything.

TamzinGrey Wed 06-Nov-13 21:06:54

Sorry - meant to address that last post to ppeafruit, not you iwantan

TamzinGrey Wed 06-Nov-13 21:09:17

An hour and a half! Surely that can't be right.

madaki Wed 06-Nov-13 21:32:37

Ppeafruit- I also have cooking and freezing days but include the garlic in my recipes.
Why do you leave it out?
Does it make stuff taste better if you add it fresh. Wanted to check before I tried it in case your logic was just that you didn't like garlic...

Primafacie Wed 06-Nov-13 21:40:49

You can steam a salmon in the dishwasher. True story.

You can put frozen corn on the cob straight from the freezer to the BBQ and they will cook very nicely.

PrimalLass Wed 06-Nov-13 21:46:16

Noooooooooooooooooo. Sausages are much better done really really slowly in a frying pan.

CeliaLytton Wed 06-Nov-13 21:47:11

Prima you can also steam a salmon in a steamer, or a pan... Just in case you have been running your dishwasher every time wink

If you have a potato ricer, you can make great mash by chucking whole potatoes in the oven until cooked. Then you cut them in half and put through the ricer. The skins get left behind in the ricer and you can do what you want with them. Add butter and stir.

You could achieve something similar by microwaving the potatoes too, I guess. grin

I just bung sausages on a baking tray in the oven too. Much easier.

Primafacie Wed 06-Nov-13 21:54:54

I know Celia grin
I've never actually done it myself, my dishwasher is always full.

Here's a better one: before roasting a whole duck, prick the skin all over, then pour boiling water from the kettle, then dry with kitchen roll. It will make the fat sub-skin layer melt and the skin get all crispy. Yum.

TamzinGrey Wed 06-Nov-13 21:56:13

Sausages Oven Good.

But I still need one of you butternut squash experts to come and tell me exactly how long to cook a whole one for. I'm getting mixed messages.

nickelbabe Wed 06-Nov-13 22:09:59

roast vegetables transform anything

we toast veg without peeling it - just chop and throw into hot oil amd roast._

whatever's left can be boiled up with stock and whizzed for soup
or
whatever's left can be heated in the microwqve and stirred with plain pasta and cheese. this one is gorgeous and needs no extra sauce.

fuzzpig Wed 06-Nov-13 22:10:25

I just saw a recipe for baked eggs - grease a muffin tray (or ramekins), line with ham, put a layer of chopped tomatoes and then some grated cheddar. Crack an egg in each one, shove in the oven til the eggs are set. Really need to try this!

Ikea child cups, the six for a quid coloured ones.
Pringles lids fit them perfectly.
Snack transportation is easy.

Dolcelatte Thu 07-Nov-13 05:55:24

Waitrose ready peeled and chopped garlic saves oodles of time and smelly fingers!

ppeatfruit Thu 07-Nov-13 09:40:24

Tamzin I'm confused now . I don't add garlic or fresh ginger before I freeze curries because they seem to 'taint' the dish when heated (probably better to just grate some in after defrosting you also get a 'fresher' flavour (iLOVE garlic BTW grin)

The thing with the squashes is that nothing is exact IME (there are so many variables) . So you just have to be near the oven after approx half an hour or so and have a nice sharp little skewer or knife ready to 'test' the squash for 'just' softness (if it's too soft then it's not as easy to refry the next day IFYSWIM) but fine if you like it like that)

Oh and if you're on a low carb WOE try doing the same with a spahgetti squash they're fab.

ppeatfruit Thu 07-Nov-13 09:46:43

Also the skin of the squashes (especially the lovely orange 'acorn' ones is nice to eat, after being baked of course that's why I brush them with oil)

Tip for bendy carrots: stick in a bowl of water for a few hours. Abel & Cole told my landlady this one when her carrots were arriving slightly bendy (apparently due to the fact that they don't use plastic packing which causes it to retain moisture more easily?)

ppeatfruit Thu 07-Nov-13 09:52:23

Sorry I just thought about the fact you can throw whole completely unpeeled onions\shallots and garlic in with your squash and they go lovely and soft inside.

ppeatfruit Thu 07-Nov-13 09:58:23

madaki I answered your garlic question above (in Tamzin's answer) sorry I wasn't paying attention grin I DO know that the longer it's frozen the worse it tastes so fine if its for a week or so.

MsVestibule Thu 07-Nov-13 10:00:37

This is the most useful thread I've read for ages! I love butternut squash and red pepper soup but find peeling and chopping the squash a right pain. But now I can just chuck it in the oven!

This may be an obvious one but cooking rice by the absorbtion method is the easiest for me.
- Rinse 150g rice, add 375ml water (serves 2)
- Bring to the boil without the lid on, stir once, put the lid on, put in the lowest light you can and don't touch it again.
- It will be ready in about 12-15 mins. If you're not sure, tip it slightly to the side. If you can't see any water it's ready.

MusicalEndorphins Thu 07-Nov-13 10:02:51

*MammaTJ Tue 05-Nov-13 22:23:32
You can microwave swedes, just like jacket potato. Score aroud it and nuke for about 12 minutes, then test, you may need to put it back in for another couple of minutes.*
Thank-you madam, I shall put this to the test tomorrow.

wintercyclist Thu 07-Nov-13 10:03:09

Fuzzpig, you can do that. It's called ouefs en concotte. Try a thin slice of bread (say in a muffin tray, so deeper holes) add some nice ham, crack an egg in and put some cheese on top. And bake! Delicious. If you don't have a muffin tin, a shallow tea cup or similar does.

CocacolaMum Fri 08-Nov-13 20:28:17

Ouefs en concotte sounds great!
I will be using the rice idea as well and I never knew you could microwave swede.

ppeatfruit Sat 09-Nov-13 08:54:52

Talking about rice if you soak it for an hour before cooking (then throw away the soaking water) it speeds up the cooking time no end. I do this when i make my vegan rice pudding I soak small grain whole rice then put in almond milk about 1\2 cms above the rice and soak for a little while then bring to boil put a very tight top on and lower the heat (or use a diffuser if yr heat won't go low enough). You can turn off the heat completely after 20 mins or so and just leave it to swell up nicely.

fuzzpig Sun 10-Nov-13 11:48:09

Love the idea of adding bread winter, do you mean to line the muffin tray bit? Would mean DH can't eat it (coeliac) but sounds yummy for me grin

fuzzpig Sun 10-Nov-13 13:26:16

Well I just tried the oeufs en cocotte for lunch (not with bread lining it, it wouldn't fit, but I had the eggs on toast) it was gorgeous! Took longer than I expected to cook the egg though. But will definitely become a regular fixture chez Fuzzpig grin

TamzinGrey Wed 13-Nov-13 19:54:47

Wow! I've just tried the whole butternut squash thing and it turned out brilliantly. Followed your instructions to the letter ppeafruit and it took exactly half an hour. The flesh was meltingly gorgeous. We even ate the skin which was sort of caramelised and delicious.

No more almost breaking my wrist trying to cut one of these buggers in half (or pathetically having to ask DH to do it for me). No more wasting hours of my life chipping their evil tough skins off.

Thanks for starting this thread CocacolaMum. This is Mumsnet at it's best.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Wed 13-Nov-13 20:19:27

I always cook sausages in the oven. Isn't it better for you? Or am I making that up?

What do you do with an oven roasted butternut squash? I don't like it but DS and DH do.

thehorridestmumintheworld Wed 13-Nov-13 20:29:26

If you have a potato ricer you can squirt the mash directly onto some shepherds pie filling as an interesting looking topping and don't need to add anything to it, just cover the meat evenly.

Crikeyblimey Wed 13-Nov-13 21:01:21

When I was little we had a variation of the baked egg dish for lunch sometimes. Slice and onion, chuck it in an ovenproof dish with some cheese (mum probably used the crusty dry bits from the fridge), add a bit of milk and crack some eggs on top and oven bake till the eggs are cooked. I'm sure it would work in the microwave.

TamzinGrey Wed 13-Nov-13 21:54:54

Pobble Tonight DH and I had a whole butternut squash roasted in the Mumsnet way, cut in half (half each) with a minced beef spag bol sort of sauce poured over it.

Served it with steamed leeks and green beans as a side dish.

Bloody delicious and very low calorie too if you use lean beef.

Mummyoftheyear Wed 13-Nov-13 22:28:07

Didn't know no. 2. How handy! Number 1, yeah. Wish I'd known when I was weening my children!

lifesgreatquestions Wed 13-Nov-13 22:30:37

Thank you for the butternut squash educational and for the cake ingredient measurements by egg weight tip!

Ms23 Thu 14-Nov-13 11:04:59

Not as fancy as some of these but did you know you can cook potato waffles in the toaster? Best snack ever!!

Also if I am feeling lazy I sometimes butter a piece of toast (making sure the middle is pretty squashed down) crack an egg onto it, prick the yolk with a fork and microwave on 80% for about a minute- voila- poached egg on toast! ( toast is a little soggy but still yummy!)

Pobblewhohasnotoes Thu 14-Nov-13 12:30:18

I'm attempting oeufs en cocotte for lunch. They're in the oven right now!

fuzzpig Thu 14-Nov-13 13:25:41

How'd they turn out? I did them again today, DH had them too and he loved them. Fast becoming a firm favourite!

wowfudge Thu 14-Nov-13 13:30:40

I've never microwaved bacon, but might try it. My top bacon tip is to bake it instead of grilling or frying. Line a baking tray with foil (saves on washing up), put a rack on top (grill pan rack works fine) and bake bacon for 10-15 mins. Stays flat, fat is crisp and the excess drains off.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Thu 14-Nov-13 13:35:03

Really well! I lined ramekins with bread then put in ham, tomato, cheese and an egg. Yum! I have sent pictures to DH. blush

IDontBowlOnShabbos Thu 14-Nov-13 21:36:50

This thread is making me hungry!

My tip is if you put garlic cloves in the microwave for a couple of seconds they're really easy to peal. Not quite as mouth watering as some of these other tips!

GoodnessKnows Fri 15-Nov-13 03:30:20

I buy organic carrots and potatoes so that I can 'wash n go'.

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