Life's too short....

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JAMES

Elmlea


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" Repeat after me, as many times as it takes to get it right.

Elmlea is not cream. Cream is a pure, unadulterated, wholesome product. Elmlea is not. "

Elmlea is made by the same firm that makes Marmite. Sure, it is made from a number of ingredients but I can't see why a mix of ingredients is a problem? It's a blend of buttermilk and vegetable oils, according to the manufacturer. Is that any less wholesome than, say leek and potato soup with seasoning? The fat, calorie content and saturated fat contact is far lower than cream, so if anything it's more wholesome, I would have thought. And it has a terrific shelf life."



Yes, great shelf life, but it tastes revolting!!!

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Dottie May

Life's too short.....

Waitrose Bolognaise Sauce with Red Wine is delicious....

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Tompeters

Life's too short...

" Waitrose Bolognaise Sauce with Red Wine is delicious.... "

Thanks, DM, I will try it. To make bolognese for two of us for lunch from scratch isn't worthwhile.

BTW, Morrisons Grana Pedano recently has been great, almost as good as the real thing.

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JAMES

Life's too short.


" Waitrose Bolognaise Sauce with Red Wine is delicious.... "

I use Delia's ragu recipe, and it's fantastic!!!! Make big batches as it freezes like a dream and then you've got a supply of quick suppers.

Pizza is the same, don't mind delivered proper pizza, but shop bought ones to put into the oven, never found one that is any good. Even the Pizza Express home cook ones are rubbish.

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Tompeters

Life's too short...

Dr Oetkers napolitana topped with your own choice of toppings and combo-mic'd on 220C + 100W mic are very acceptable. If you don't combo them they don't come out quite right presumably the ratio of frozen neopolitana to fridge cold toppings means the base gets overcooked while the topping is not hot enough.

Not so many products or shops are total rubbish. There are good examples out there and a huge number of 'acceptable' ones.

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jampling

Life's too short for...

...missing out on the gorgeousness of making a good home-made bolognese sauce like Marcella Hazaan's or, as James rightly mentions, Delia's own ragout recipe.

Like James, I keep portions in the freezer so I always have some on hand for emergencies.

I like many Waitrose products but, for me, nothing beats my own bolognese sauce. And, as previously mentioned, I find it wonderfully therapeutic to prepare.

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violet eyes

life's too short

Biggles :o)
I think you could teach me a lot more.
Do you really miss the old place? I wouldn't. Did you know that Jacks has closed down and we have a new bus station, it holds about 10 people and you can't see the buses coming. And depending on the time of day no cars to go down the High Street.
The world's gone mad or is it just this town.

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Thistledo

Bolognais\e sauce

Hiya Tomps.
There's only two of us too but I don't think I've ever bought a sauce. It's so easy to make and very satisfying. It will freeze fine too.
Go on, go for it!

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Tompeters

T'do - home made ragu

S'pose I should but life's too short :)) What with cooking for the kitten, now....though that's a great success.

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sam from worthing

Life's too short.......


delias ragu is heavenly...how can life be too short for that.

I haven't yet made my own pasta - thinking that life is too short for that, and the cost of packet pasta is cheap as chips.

I adore making pastry - have been known to make my own puff pastry too and not the quick method either.

there isn't a lot i find life too short for at the moment, as i still enjoy all aspects of food preparation and cooking the food and eating it, even with just cooking for 2 - i no longer cook BIG get together meals, rarely cook for 4 or more - when i would regularly (sp) cook for 8.

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Dottie May

Life's too short.....

Thankfully, we are all different but for me making sauce for Spagbol isn't therapeutic and I have made Delia's. Therapeutic for me is spending a few hours watercolour painting and then afterwards for our evening meal, taking out of the freezer a pot of Waitrose Rich Spaghetti Sauce with Red Wine (yes, it does freeze)empty into a saucepan and slowly simmer it while the spaghetti is cooking for 10 mins. Prepare a mixed salad, bake Waitrose garlic bread rolls, pour a glass or two of red wine. Voila, a meal for two in under 30 mins!! Now that's therapeutic - tee hee.

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The Cat's Mother

Life's too short.....

All this talk of Waitrose sauces etc. is making me very envious - living in SW France there are not many things I miss - but Waitrose is one of them, proper cream is another, oh and tender beef is another (thought I said there wasn't much I missed!!) I think I will make Delia's ragu sauce and see if it is a therapeutic experience. I hope so, I must not dwell on the things I miss!

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Tompeters

Life's too short...

TCM -- Marscapone is very similar to extra thick double cream. Or ask in the farmer's market if they can set aside some cr&"251; for you, before they sour it. If there are a number of Brits in your social circle, you might be able to buy reasonable quantities.

As for 'therapeutic' activities, I think Ghandi used to advocate spinning for a certain time each day....wool, with a spinning-wheel, of course, not an aerobatic manoeuvre!

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Tompeters

It was supposed to be cru with a circumflex...

I had typed cru with a circumflex over the u and got teletype-speak instead when it appeared on the site. Sorry.

There is legislation in France about milk and pasteurisation. Most rural French are very philistine about milk...quite happy with UHT :0 So the typical small subsistence farmer actually boils the milk rather than flash pasteurise. Huge difference but worth asking - and some might have TB tested certification?

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Lynn from Wigan

Life's too short.............

I'm not sure that I should admit this but, whilst I agree that life is too short to iron towels, underwear etc, I do iron reusable dusters after they have been washed and dried because I hate dusters that arn't square !!!

 
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