Lost my cooking mojo, help me get it back!

(30 Posts)
MrsPennyapple Fri 29-Mar-13 19:30:00

Today I attempted to bake some flapjack. Despite following the recipe to the letter, the top was burnt, and when I tipped it out of the tin, the top layer fell off and the rest was welded to the tin (which I had greased as per instructions).

Yesterday I made a lasagne, in itself it was fine, but the oven thermometer was suspended from the shelf above the lasagne, the garlic bread was on the upper shelf. I pulled out the shelf to get the garlic bread, and the thermometer dragged the cheesy top off the lasagne, onto the floor and the bottom of the oven.

Last week I tried to make a gingerbread loaf. Again the top came out whilst the bottom stuck to the tin (despite me having greased it), and although the texture was good, it had a weird taste to it that I can't identify.

I am feeling really stuck in a rut, food-wise, sick of churning out the same meals over and over again. I'm trying to find new things to cook, but everything I touch seems to turn to shit at the moment. The only thing that went well was the Hairy Bikers sweet & sour chicken recipe. I'm pretty much feeling like going shopping and filling the cupboards with jars of sauces. At least then I'll just have to slop it in a pan and heat it up.

I have a toddler who generally eats well, and a DP who won't entertain a meat-free meal. (He does cook sometimes but I do most of it.)

Anyone else felt like this and pulled themselves out of it? Any suggestions what I can do to try and get excited about food again?

multitaskmama Sun 31-Mar-13 17:13:03

Don't depair, we all have days/weeks like this. I made a pizza and as I slid it from the oven onto a coloured chopping tray it slipped off and fell onto the oven door and the groove between the door and oven!

I am not so great at baking and I think my fan assisted oven does not help. Am used to cooking with gas. Whenever I bake I run next door and use my in-laws gas oven (not an option for everyone I know).

I tend to stick to cooking meals that require use of stove rather than oven. That way I can keep an eye on the food. If it needs more water, add, if its too wet, turn up the heat and evaporate etc.

I have put my easy recipes up here. My favourites and steamed fish and chicken stir-fry which never go wrong, touch wood:

Steamed Fish & Veg

Chicken Stir-Fry

Both of these are super quick with minimal supervision. You won't go wrong, and if you do you can come back and moan at me! wink

Mrsrobertduvall Sun 31-Mar-13 17:18:57

I produced a pasta dish once, and dh called it foul slop.
Tbh it was but has become the byword for anything not nice.

He is fussy...meat and 2 veg man...but I tend to cook on regardless.

KittenOfDoom Tue 02-Apr-13 02:19:33

Brilliant microwave flapjack recipe here - you can vary the fruit to taste. You'll need a suitable dish as obviously metal tins are out. I use a square silicon tray.

allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/356/chewy-microwave-flapjacks.aspx

HermioneHatesHoovering Tue 02-Apr-13 05:43:12

Do not cook a different meal for your h or kids, that way lies madness.
You need one rule and stick to it, "Take it or leave it".

MrsPennyapple Tue 02-Apr-13 15:10:38

Hermione I have no intention of cooking different dinners smile I don't mind shoving a chicken breast in the oven whilst I'm cooking, but that's as far as I'm prepared to go!

Will check out the microwave flapjacks, thanks Kitten.

Multitaskmama Thanks for your recipes, the fish one looks good, but if I have to cook another variation on chicken stir fry, I think I will weep!

Haven't had chance to look at those food blogs, but I'm trying to do my meal plan for the next few days so now might be a good time.

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