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

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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?

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

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

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!

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

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.

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!

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

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

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!)

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

ConfusedPixie Thu 07-Nov-13 09:50:19

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 09:46:43

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)

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