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You know, there's an awful lot to be said for good home cooking. ^_^

Today, I felt like using up some cubed lamb that'd been defrosted at an awkward time (not much space in the fridge or freezer, and still half a pizza awaiting its fate), and tossed it into the slow cooker with a package of tomatoes, a tin of chickpeas/garbanzo, a few inches of a Moroccan spice blend, garlic powder, rosemary, lemon thyme, and mushrooms. After a couple hours, I thought I'd tweak it a little with the addition of some sliced up Cumberland sausages, a tin of chana dal (got to love having a good Indian/Caribbean aisle in the supermarket), and a sliced up leek, along with a little cheap cider to help keep everything moist.

When I came back from today's rabbiteering, all it needed was a little piquance and some tomato purée. Rather tasty, along with some brown rice. ^_^

And yes, a proper entry will be along in the next day or two, with any luck.

Which all leads me to wonder: how often do you cook? Do you enjoy it, or is it just a necessity? Are you even, perhaps, quite good at it?
Hee! Thanks. ^_^; The ingredients I put down, in good part, to the local Tesco's Indian/Asian/Caribbean aisle - great place to pick up interesting sauces at sensible prices. And then there's Gourmet Garden's offerings - there's quite a range, but the ones I particularly go for are the Moroccan blend, and their coriander, as that's a herb I'm quite fond of, but tends to wilt when fresh rather quickly, and the dried stuff's fairly wretched. Their preparations manage to retain that wonderful fresh taste, even after several weeks in the fridge - very convenient!

Mm, that actually sums up a good part of my menu, too. ^_^ And the occasional pizza - usually just whomever's on offer at the supermarkets, with a special mention for Tesco's meatball calzone, which is quite nomworthy. Usually something like £3.50, but I'll occasionally pick one up marked down to £2.50 or so.

Yet, I'll wager you've had no flops. ^_^ Of course, sometimes with a complex dish, true, sometimes it won't come out quite as intended - indeed, I've even had boring pizzas, usually due to me underspicing it, if the original was especially bland, which seems curiously commonplace.
I had one less-than-successful attempt at parmesan and spinach gnocchi, which disintegrated in the pan, but fishing them out of the water became a fun pre-dinner sport and they tasted fine in cheese sauce!

And marked-down pizzas are a welcome treat - though I've stopped buying Pizza Express's cook-at-home ones because they're way too salty.

Edited at 2011-08-04 01:52 pm (UTC)