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Wendy

Cookery books

I've got quite a few cookery books dating from before healthy eating, butter/olive oil-type spreads and even one before soft margarine. My question is can I adapt these recipes to todays alternatives?

Thank you

Wendy

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Essex Girl

Adapting Recipes

It's not a lot of help but all I can say is why don't you try them out using your preferred fats, etc? Some of the "light" spreads probably wouldn't be any good because of their water or gelatine content, but using others I don't see why you wouldn't end up with something perfectly edible and possibly even better than the original. Some of the brand names have recipes of their websites, which would give you an idea of the quantities needed.

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Biggles !

elderly cookery books

I've lots of those too Wendy. I confess that these days I only use EVOO and real butter for everyday cooking. I have a few different oils for different things (walnut, sesame and a sunflower oil).

I don't bake many cakes but where the recipe has called for margerine I successfully use butter.

Sorry, but I won't consider buying modern products that I consider to have been 'interfered' with. As I struggle with my weight problem, OH's health problems etc. I just don't use too much EVOO or butter and strive for the perfect balanced diet; at least we seem to be heading in the right direction these days :0)

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Wendy

Cookery books

You answered one of my questions already about the use of 'light' fats. I might try one or two of the recipes and see how it goes. The dear husband says he will eat it no matter what!!

Biggles, weight is still a bit of a problem for me too, I have lost some and I was due to go back to the doctor at the end of July after I came back from Canada but I didn't dare go back then after all I ate there so I'm leaving it for a bit until I lose a bit more weight!

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Nausea Bagwash

"Healthy" fats

"You answered one of my questions already about the use of 'light' fats. I might try one or two of the recipes and see how it goes. The dear husband says he will eat it no matter what!!

Biggles, weight is still a bit of a problem for me too, I have lost some and I was due to go back to the doctor at the end of July after I came back from Canada but I didn't dare go back then after all I ate there so I'm leaving it for a bit until I lose a bit more weight!"

Yes, but butter and EVOO are no more fattening than magarine and other "healthy" fats. At least butter has its own naturally occuring vitamins whereas margarine has to has to have them added. And it tastes better. I sometimes use margarine if I'm making a strongly flavoured cake such as parkin but I really do think the flavour of a cake made with unsalted butter is streets ahead of that made with marge.

 
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