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nkf Sat 17-Jan-09 17:27:34

Which things put you off a recipe? On the too much faff basis.
Mine would be:
toasting pine nuts
re-hydrating dried mushrooms.

twoluvlykids Sat 17-Jan-09 17:30:07

skinning tomoatoes - although I do, sometimes, it's easier to open a tin

psychomum5 Sat 17-Jan-09 17:31:36

make pasta from scratch when there is no difference in taste (IMO) from shop bought stuff.

cositjustisok Sat 17-Jan-09 20:15:26

Have to agree with twoluvlykids...been skinning tomatoes for yonks thinking they where better!!!!...then opened a tin of Napolina's..and thought why the ***..do I bother these are fab!!!

moondog Sat 17-Jan-09 20:16:33

Nkf, those take minutes!

I'm with you on the pasta making though. wtf?
Poss. also bread making. (Suspect also would trough it all down in one go and cultivate huge arse)

janeite Sat 17-Jan-09 20:23:50

Soak and cook chickpeas - I just buy tins.

Skin tomatoes - and also they look like bodyparts once skinned and make me feel ill.

Make your own pasta - can't see the point tbh.

I would also add - read a Delia Smith recipe: her writing is about as exciting as a dry cream cracker.

mazzystartled Sat 17-Jan-09 20:25:18

i always toast pine nuts

but draw the line at peeling butternut squash

cositjustisok Sat 17-Jan-09 20:25:39

Noooooooooooo...please moondog..breadmaking is the "Dogs Bollocks"...I promise you, no time at all and easier than going to the shops ...mind you I cant even eat my wares!!!..got Coeliac disease..but hubby swears by it!!!

cositjustisok Sat 17-Jan-09 20:28:21

Toasting pine nuts takes nano seconds...no problems but dem blinking tomatoes are in "Janeite" words..like body parts...and they are!!!!, jsut never thought of it like that..

psychomum5 Sat 17-Jan-09 20:29:24

oh no, please DO the butternut squash......tis luvvly roasted with sweet potatoes, garlic and olive oil and served with roast lamb.

<<yum>>

mrsmaidamess Sat 17-Jan-09 20:29:35

Soak lentils. If I ever see this in a recipe I switch right off.

mrsmaidamess Sat 17-Jan-09 20:29:36

Soak lentils. If I ever see this in a recipe I switch right off.

fishie Sat 17-Jan-09 20:30:03

nothing is too much for me. i'll do anything so long as it tastes good. skimming peeling. hell i even topped and tailed a bag of beansprouts on thursday.

waitrose tinnned cherry toms are far nicer than my nasty hard greengrocer ones though.

cyanarasamba Sat 17-Jan-09 20:31:25

Make puff pastry from scratch

Soak/boil beans for days then them still being hard rather than using nice soft ones from a tin

Assemble a dish in one of those cheffy round mould things so the sausages/mash/cabbage etc are piled on top of eachother in the centre of a huge white plate a la Gary Rhodes

melpomene Sat 17-Jan-09 20:32:32

Almost anything that involves soaking pulses overnight or standing something for several hours. I write a weekly menu and then decide each night what we're going to have from it; I don't like having to plan ahead the night before.

Don't usually bother with skinning tomatoes.

Moondancer Sat 17-Jan-09 20:33:13

Do you really ever have to soak lentils? and do you have to top and tail beansprouts? I have never done either. Am I being lazy?

compo Sat 17-Jan-09 20:33:16

peel mushrooms

janeite Sat 17-Jan-09 20:33:25

I don't mind the time that toasting pine nuts takes (seconds only) but I hate the smell.

fishie Sat 17-Jan-09 20:34:12

sorry janeite but tinned chickpeas are not nice. presoaked i can happily eat as my whole meal.

lentils do not need to be pre-soaked so any recipe giving that is sus.

Moondancer Sat 17-Jan-09 20:34:50

Lifes too short to faff on making sauces by making a 'roux' first then gradually adding milk. Just chuck everything in together and whisk while heating.

mrsmaidamess Sat 17-Jan-09 20:34:51

Make elaborate themed birthday cakes for my children.

Whats the point in being up until 2am crying over Royal icing when you can pop to Asda and bob's your uncle?

twoluvlykids Sat 17-Jan-09 20:35:55

Also, I avoid anything which involves wrapping sheets of filo pastry in clean damp tea towels...

Moondancer Sat 17-Jan-09 20:36:08

Fishie - I have never seen any recipes asking you to soak lentils either.

fishie Sat 17-Jan-09 20:36:38

beansprout trimming is bloody hellish and i must be demented but it does taste far better, less muddy.

cyanarasamba Sat 17-Jan-09 20:37:38

oh and anything that requires straining through a muslin cloth

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