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To think I might be alone - I don't cook

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badbadcook Fri 23-Dec-16 13:23:26

I don't cook, or bake, or anything really.

This is not a stealth boasty "ooh I have better things to be doing" and the children DO eat well. They have porridge, toast, bananas, things like that, for breakfast. I make poached egg on toast. I bung corn on the cob in the microwave. I use a George Foreman grill for fish, I boil carrots and potatoes and broccoli and things.

But I don't COOK. I don't know, for example, how to make a roast, or pie, or lasagne - even simple fairy cakes are beyond me. I keep reading of Mumsnetters who make mince pies and biscuits for Rudolph and the like.

I'm sure I could but I don't know where to start and how do you do it with children marauding about?

BiscuitCapitalOfTheWorld Fri 23-Dec-16 13:39:27

Len Deighton- 50 Cookstrips

Robert Carrier- Great Dishes of the World.

NavyandWhite Fri 23-Dec-16 14:01:33

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KatharinaRosalie Fri 23-Dec-16 14:04:19

Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food. It has step by step guide and a lot of helpful tips.

You can also find a lot of videos online if you are not sure how exactly something should be peeled or cut

MommaGee Fri 23-Dec-16 14:06:34

How old are DC? Get a really easy recipe off the internet and get the kids to help. They need to read every direction to know what they're doing so it will cover up not knowing what you're doing and it'll be fun whatever the outcome.

Roasts etc just again, good Cook book and follow the instructions.

hollinhurst84 Fri 23-Dec-16 14:06:44

This is the worlds easiest beef stew. You basically add things, then shove it in the oven and ignore it. I find it doesn't take as long in the oven as it says
There is no browning the meat etc, just fry some veg and then tip other stuff in
I tend to add some pancetta cubes (ready chopped as I'm lazy!), chopped mushrooms, and an oxo cube

hollinhurst84 Fri 23-Dec-16 14:08:25

Also hobnob biscuits. Just involves stirring really and melting some butter. No rolling out etc

harderandharder2breathe Fri 23-Dec-16 14:08:33

Student cookbooks tend to be good for not assuming extensive skills.

If you want to learn then the internet is your friend, you can find millions of recipes on there.

If you don't want to learn then that's fine

pudcat Fri 23-Dec-16 14:10:37

Buy a slow cooker and you can cook wonderful stews just by throwing in loads of veg and meat.

Liiinoo Fri 23-Dec-16 14:14:48

No-one is born knowing how to cook. if you want to learn to do it you can do. I learnt from Delia Smiths Complete Cookery Course book and I am a v good cook now. But it's not compulsory - you sound like you are doing just fine as you are.

badbadcook Fri 23-Dec-16 14:15:19

I'm a vegetarian!

I've got a slow cooker. It's just too, well, slow fgrin

I wondered if I was alone blush as cooking and baking seems to be what people do a lot?

hollinhurst84 Fri 23-Dec-16 14:16:47

Not alone grin I cook sometimes but mainly I assemble. And do easy stuff like fish with roasted veg. Sometimes I bake but maybe 2/3 times a year

Greenteandchives Fri 23-Dec-16 14:18:32

You are not alone. I don't cook. DH likes it, so does it all, including bread and cakes.

JenLindleyShitMom Fri 23-Dec-16 14:19:12

You do more than I do. I have on occasion taken advice and bought some cookbooks but my DC are picky and I am not up for that fight. I make what I know will be eaten.

TiredMumToTwo Fri 23-Dec-16 14:19:18

You cook more than I do! Fortunately my DH is a very good cook so kids eat well and have school dinners during the week so I know they're getting a healthy varied diet but pizza in oven is about the sum of my skills!!

NicknameUsed Fri 23-Dec-16 14:19:24

All you need is a few really good recipe books that explain the how and the why.

Delia Smith is brilliant for this. I defy anyone not knowing how to make a meal after reading her How To Cook series of books, unless you are dyslexic.

Student recipe books contain simple recipes. YouTube is brilliant for demonstrating cooking techniques. Also, there are so many cookery shows on TV that show you how to make delicious meals.

There is also nothing wrong with using a few short cuts for things you don't have the confidence to make - shortcrust pastry, Yorkshire puddings etc.

TwentyCups Fri 23-Dec-16 14:20:50

I can cook very well humble but I can't bake for shit. I'm vegan, used to be vegetarian and I think it's easier cooking these meals as far less chance of poisoning everyone!

There's a big difference between cooking and baking - baking is more an exact science or it won't work. My kind of cooking is much more a bit of this, dash of that. Doesn't work so well when using bicarbonate of soda fgrin

Bluntness100 Fri 23-Dec-16 14:21:27

You just follow a recipe, it's step by step, it's really not hard and it's how many of us learn. You can't say you can't cook if you haven't tried. I think everyone can cook, you've just got to buy the ingredients, follow a recipe and voila you cooked.

cosytoaster Fri 23-Dec-16 14:21:43

I can cook, after a fashion but I don't bake at all- I've tried a couple of times but with rubbish results, shop bought cakes and biscuits are much better than anything I could make.

badbadcook Fri 23-Dec-16 14:23:49

I definitely think baking might be a tad beyond me, although I do love the IDEA of it!

AnArrowToTheKnee Fri 23-Dec-16 14:29:05

Do you actually want to cook? I love cooking, but I know a lot of people just see it as a chore. If you want to learn, I started with Delia Smith for the basics and internet recipes once I knew what I was doing. Be prepared for some trial and error when you try a new recipe, mine never come out right the first time round!

Roast dinners look daunting, but it's literally putting stuff in the oven at the right time. Some people like to make it seem more complicated than it is smile

As for the children thing, a lot of people say you should get them to help, but I prefer them to stay out of the kitchen. DS1 plays in his room while I do dinner, and DS2 is generally asleep (he's only 6 weeks old). Even DH isn't allowed in when I'm cooking, but that's just me, I don't like other people in my workspace.

TheSconeOfStone Fri 23-Dec-16 14:29:23

I can do basic baking cooking and baking but I hate crafts and can't knit or sew. You don't have to do everything. My mum taught me to make sponge cakes and pastry. She is a very good cook. A big Delia fan in the seventies. My kids aged 6 and 9 are picking up baking from me. I find it easy because I've done it since I was their age.

amicissimma Fri 23-Dec-16 14:29:32


I can cook, but I find it so-o-o tedious, that I avoid it as much as possible.

Like you, OP, I simply cook meat, eggs, vegetables etc and eat them. I don't construct dishes, nor do I have any wish to. I make sure we all eat a balanced, nutritious diet. If I want a complex dish I can buy it ready made and heat it in the microwave.

badbadcook Fri 23-Dec-16 14:29:56

Well, I see that a lot of people suggest baking with the children as an activity, but don't they get bored and make a mess?

Oysterbabe Fri 23-Dec-16 14:31:45

No one is born knowing how to make a pie. Just follow a recipe the first few times. It really isn't hard.

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