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Old 01-01-2014, 06:35 PM   #11
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone, I've noted them all down. Basil was actually what I was already considering, and now that you've recommended it twice it's what I'm going to try first.

GotGarlic, I already sautee the vegetables, though I've never tried sauteeing mushrooms since I only have a jarred variety available, not fresh. Perhaps the flavors would be deeper if the vegetables were of better quality, but the ones available around here are average at best. That's also why for the tomato sauce I use jarred tomato paste instead of actual tomatoes, I find that it helps the flavor more.
Whereabouts in Europe are you? I can't think of anywhere that doesn't have fresh mushrooms.

In the absence of decent fresh tomatoes the canned variety with a pinch of sugar and an optional *blob of tomato puree/paste usually works in sauces.

(* A blob is, as everyone knows, a technical cookery term - a little less than a splodge and a little more than a smidgen)
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:44 PM   #12
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Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately I live in an appartment block, but it's still something useful to know.
In this bit of Europe (ok then off-shore Europe)we can buy complete mushroom rowing kits in a bucket which you can keep in any cool dark corner such as under the stairs or in a cupboard. They aren't expensive and don't need a lot of attention. Pick them today for button mushrooms, leave them a day or two longer for Portobello mushrooms.
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Thanks for the advice, Mad Cook. I actually hadn't thought of canned tomatoes until now.

As for where I'm from, I have been asked before on these forum and I keep politely declining an answer for personal reasons, but I'll say that it's not England :).
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Spice suggestions for peas and pork recipe? A while ago I tried a recipe involving peas and pork ham in tomato sauce, with carrots, onions, mushrooms and salt and pepper to taste. As with my previous sour cream sauce thread, I liked the recipe, but I keep feeling that something is missing, and that it could use some spices. So I've come to ask for your guidance again as to what spices or herbs you think could work with the recipe. Any and all suggestions are welcome and appreciated. 3 stars 1 reviews
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