Least favourite cooking task?

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Daisy Chain

butternut squash

Ah, Maggie, can help there as I find one of those peelers shaped like a catapult are brilliant for peeling squashes. Pretty good for mangoes too. Still need a cleaver to cut it though...Daisy

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Kilmory

Least favourite tasks, Sam

Sam, funnily enough slicing freshly picked runner beans by hand out in the sun is my most favourite task in the summer, especially with a glass perhaps two, of NZ Sauvignon Blanc!

Kilmory

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JAMES

Maggie.

Butternut Squash, I'm afraid I buy it ready prepared like you do. Frozen in Waitrose is the best value I've found.

x

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Tompeters

Slicing runners (Least fave thread)

Kilmory - how do you slice your runners? My mum and gran did it by hand though I never learnt that trick so use a patent slicer. Even then, many of them are too big or weak to go through. So what's the trick to make it enjoyable?

I quite like shelling peas and broads.

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Kilmory

Least favourite

Hi Tom, I slice beans quite thinly by hand using a small, sharp knife. I just find it really therapeutic somehow especially if I can sit in the sun to do it.

And no doubt the NZ Savvy helps too!

Kilmory

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Wendy

Cookery tasks

Out of rather a lot I dislike greasing and lining cake tins and rolling out pastry as I can never get it to equal thickness all over nor the shape I want!

Wendy

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Tompeters

Slicing runners (Least fave thread)

I had an auntie in Napier...sadly she died last year and I never got out there to see her :(( But we were close to that side of the family and of all places NZ appeals to me most as a place to live but Thomasina's family is/are large and EU centric :( sic.

I'll try the therapy with the small sharp knife ;) Don't know where the savvy will come from tho' BTW, after advice from other forumites here, I have tried the better frozen broads and they are smashing. Not as good as good fresh but better than ordinary fresh. I gave up on frozen runners years ago. Not to my taste.

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Tompeters

Least favourite task

Wendy -- I think Delia has a vid for pastry. Have a look.

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Esther R

Least favourite cooking task?

Cutting or shopping meat, especially anything slippery.

Now we are mostly retired my husband does the meat chopping and I allocate myself the nicer jobs.

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Wendy

Pastry chore

Hi Tomps. Just watched the video on rolling out dough for scones, I might try and be not so heavy-handed with rolling pin and see if that makes a difference.

Wendy

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Tompeters

Pastry rolling (least fave thread)

Hi Wendy, It's not my forte, either. Bought a rolling pin with washers 2mm, 4mm, .... etc. thinking that would sort me out but quite honestly they were a pain. But, like having stabilisers on a kiddies bike, it got me sorted out to roll evenly without the washers. I use loads of flour to dust and do it by feel. A really big pastry board helps enormously or just clean the whole counter down and use that.

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Smartover60

Why bother

I never scrape new potatoes, even in the summer. They cook and taste fine with the skins on and, if you really want to remove the skin it's very easy after they're cooked.

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Tompeters

Scraping news (least fave thread)

Neither Thomasina nor I like skin-on news. Thomasina hates scraping...so muggins does it ;) If we've had one of our rare out-fallings I leave 'em :)) I daydream when scraping. My kitchen window overlooks some of the loveliest rural landscape you can imagine. Years ago there used to be 'peelers' that were carborundum bowls usually driven by water power. I think Kenwood have a similar thing? Any good?

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Darkginger

Peelers (least favourite cooking)

I have a peeling bowl for the Kenwood I inherited from the ex-MIL. I've used it twice. Sure, it takes the peel off, but it leaves it sticking in tiny bits to the rough bowl, and it's the devil to wash. Not worth it - easier to scrub and/or peel by hand!

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maggie-

Daisy/James

Daisy I use one of those peelers, although I must admit I bought it coz I liked the colour rather than funtionality.It works ok on sweet potatoes etc.. It did'nt make a dent on the squash. Maybe I should invest in an uber sharp new one.

In the meantime,thanks James I forget to look in the frozen section.I picked some up on my way home tonight.x

 
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