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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?
 
 
 
 
 
 
I don't so much cook as get rid of whatever is in the fridge. Then things go on sale and I buy them up and fill the fridge again. It's a bit backwards from the way most people do it.

I'm a very plain kind of guy, so usually I'll do something like a tomato sauce of some kind with a bunch of random veggies, or I'll make it into a soup. I don't use meat much, though.

I love to experiment. I seem to have the knack for rebuilding flavours I'm familiar with. The other week, I was trying to eat some strange-tasting shrimp, and there was no seafood sauce in the house. I remembered that it was tomatoey, had bite, and seemed vinegary, so I mixed wasabi, tomato paste, brown sugar, vinegar, and water. It turned out just like the real thing.

I generally don't do spices. There are things like garlic powder and cinnamon that are a bit different, and you can't go wrong with a dash of pepper, but that's about it.