Sunday, January 08, 2006
Attempt at Cooking #1
First of all I learned to make stock (I made vegetable stock as my sister is vegetarian and she was my first victim). I knew that my mum had made stock in the past. I remember the remains of Christmas dinner being boiled away to make stock (this was during my sisters pre-vegetarian days). What I didn't realise is that you add stock to soup every time you make it. It gives soup its flavour. Thankfully I didn't learn this the hard way. I also learned that people aren't lying when they say that chopping onions make you cry. My eyes were streaming about half way through. Lastly I learned what tomato passata was. I hunted all over the supermarket for this as I had no idea what it was and I was to embarrassed to ask. In the end I thought it must be tomato puree. But when I walked a little further up that same isle I found it. It's sieved tomatoes. Why can't they just say that? I guess I am going to find that a lot in cooking.
So my first attempt was a bit of a disaster! It hasn't put me off though! I already have plans for the next one.
Glad to hear that the first attempt has thrown you. And you've already learned a few things from this attempt as well. I learned the hard way that tomato paste and tomato sauce are two totally differant things. Since I've never made minestrone soup, is it supposed to be easy? Try simple, low ingrediant types for confindence building. You will improve Karen! Keep trying.
You are not alone in the cooking learning curve, I've never cooked much and am trying to give it a go. It's just not as easy as they make it out to be on Food Network. ;D
I'm sure your next creation will be heavenly!
Keep on trying, we'll try to attend your next great dinner special for Stitchers...
I'm still looking for this timetraveller's wife... I'll try on the internet, it'll probably be easier... I must say I feel quite lazy at night, so I'd like to find a translated version, although sometimes, the original ones are easier to understand (it all depends on the translator!).