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Cambridge Cook

Cambridge Cook
Home Town: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, U.K.
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Member Since: Sep. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
An enthusiastic, try anything, adventurus cook. I tend to like fairly quick results and focus on taste more than presentation, although colour and texture are very important. I really enjoy cooking for crowds. I;ve done 50 single-handed and have headed amature teams cooking for up to 100 at church events,
My favorite things to cook
I rarely cook the same thing twice and try to cook seasonally but lentil casserole, pumpkin soups galore and cool salads are often on the menu. I cook alot with pulses as we're on a budget and my husband is even more health conscious than me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Mum, like me, never cooked the same thing twice so we have few foodie traditions. She's very good though and my friends have always loved her food. Her apple crumble (with oats in the crumble) and flapjack (with molasses as well as golden syrup) are her classics. The best thing she taught us was that food was an adventure and we were always excited rather than fearful of new tastes - sooo important. She never really taught us to cook but both my brother and I soon learnt when we left home because we couldn't stand packaged food. The irnoy is the amount of TV dinners she now eats!
My cooking triumphs
A "Welcome to Casablanca" party where we had lots of fantastic middle eastern flavours, as imilar Easter meal (including Spanakopita) this year) and a week in France last year where I cooked for 8 every night in French style and learnt to use a slow cooker for things like Bouef Bourgignon and Cassoulet.
My cooking tragedies
The very first mealin my very first flat - 'Hawaiian Omelette". An experiemnt too far. Otherwise, I'm not a picky eater so it's hard to produce an inedible meal. I did brun some roasting pumpkin seeds to a pan last week though...
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Oven Baked Jambalaya
This worked brilliantly and was a huge hit at my party. I used chorizo as andouille is unavailable in England. I also used cajun seasoning (ditto) but I have actually eaten Jambalaya in New Orleans and this tasted authentic to me. I've also adapted it for the slow cooker - I use brown rice in the crock as you end up with a better consistency somehow. It was a happy but accidental doscovery.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 30, 2012
Spiced Slow Cooker Applesauce
Not only is this really easy, you can also do it with pears or make a mix of apples and pears. Quantities aren't that crucial - just match to the size of your slow cooker and make sure you put in enough if doing for a long cooking period. We've had so much fruit this autumn. We usually do this just before bed and wake up to yummy apple asuce which we have with our breakfast in some guise. Our apples have very red skins so we get a pink apples sauce! Use a potato masher if there are any lumps left and you don't want them but by morning there usually aren't any.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 15, 2009
Refried Beans Without the Refry
I don't know what I did wrong except naybe adding too much extra water (a cup) during cooking but I thought these were really bland! The method is great and porduces a good consistency which didn't give me that slightly icky tummy feeling that the canned ones do, but I was disapointed by the flavour and had to add quite a lot more flavouring (cumin mostly). I will def do it again but with lots more seqasoning to start wth - maybe even triple the amount.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 24, 2007

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