Love cooking from ingredients rather than just eat "ready meals". I don't have a sense of smell (and so less of a sense of taste) so I tend to follow recipes to the letter. My reasoning is, the people who have created these recipes have done all the hard work getting the correct ingredients to meld together, so the end result must be worthwhile. I can't normally taste the nuances of added herbs and spices, but put them in anyway as they are there for a reason. My other half (with a 'working' nose), will add or subtract from ingredients when she cooks, purely on the smell & taste of what's cooking.
What we do do is get fresh veg from a local (green)grocer then buy the best meat / fish / poultry we can afford, normally organic, at least free range. We buy less because of the higher cost, but ensure as little of it is wasted as possible and boy, does it taste good! My Mum also has an allotment so I get fresh fruit & veg from her throughout the summer & autumn (I give her eggs from our garden hens in return).
Other thing we do is when we find a recipe that works, we'll print it out / rip it out of the magazine / photocopy it and put it in a binder for future use. We also have another binder with possible recipies that we haven't tried yet. Not all will be worthwhile, but those that are will be kept.
I'm hungry now.
Originally Posted by iSleipnir
Oh! and I have the recipe for sausage lentil soup that Cucina! Cucina! used to serve.
Any chance of this recipe, please?