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Old 11-24-2004, 04:18 PM   #11
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I am so impressed you have been on a number of Nick's courses. I have never been to a cookery school, but think I would love it.

I love the regional and seasonal approach to cooking, I try to do that when I can, and I do a lot of shopping at my farmers market and other local markets. It disturbs me in England how many people rely on ready meals and take aways when it can be so quick and easy to cook your own healthy wonderful food.

And I knew you would have a recipe for Cranachan!!!!! Thank you!!!!!
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Old 11-24-2004, 04:58 PM   #12
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Yes, it is disturbing how nobody cooks here and eats ready meal crap!

So you are from OZ? :) I'm very interested. Do people mostly cook there in OZ? I must admit that I just assumed that it would be like here and the US with most people eating ready meals.
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Old 11-24-2004, 05:08 PM   #13
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Nick is great - so is his school chef, John. An Englishman! They make a great double act.

I've got family in Australia - and have visited there several times, although I haven't really travelled round the whole of the landmass!

Got to admit, I use very little precooked or packaged food. I don't think I've ever used a packet cake mix for instance! Oh, I tell a lie, I tried a Betty Crocker Angel cake recipe once... blech :D

We have a good farmer's market here - but I buy a lot of produce direct from the growers locally. My butcher, for instance, also has a farm and raised beef and sheep organically. Great meat!
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Old 11-24-2004, 05:27 PM   #14
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I always cook from scratch. I pretty much hate ready meals. They are nasty tasting! You get a tiny amount of chewy "meat" one or two veg if you are lucky and everything contained in a gloopy chemical slop they call "sauce" and anyway, cooking is fun. :) The only pre-made thing I will eat is pizza...and that's what I am eating tonight :D lol
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Old 11-24-2004, 05:48 PM   #15
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I couldn't agree more!

I was the only family member at home tonight - so dinner was a mushrom and chives omelette! Sometimes the simplest dish is best :D
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Yes! I agree with you :) Actually, very often the simple food is the best!
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Yes, it is disturbing how nobody cooks here and eats ready meal crap!
That, leaf storm, is an absolute understatement!

I feel your pain...
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Old 11-25-2004, 04:47 AM   #18
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I had never seen a ready meal until I moved to Britain!!!! I couldn't believe that my Tescos had two massive chiller cabinets devoted to the ready meal!!!! We do have frozen tv dinners in Oz but I don't know anyone who buys them, unless your kitchen is being remodelled and you only have a microwave for company!!!

Cooking is a lot bigger in Oz, all my friends used to make their own cakes and biscuits, but none of my English friends can do much more than boil pasta. It's just a different culture altogether. Our working hours are shorter and we have a much better work life balance than England.

Somany cookbooks here are Australian, the Women's Weekly series is huge, and so many of the tv chefs have an Aussie background. And our population is so small compared to England, it's pretty amazing how different the Aussie attitude to food is.
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I have to confess though, Kyles that I never had a salad in Aus that had any taste (until you added dressings etc) unless they were grown by the cook (my brother-in-law!) - the tomatoes bought in places like Woolworths or in restaurants look wonderful - but have no taste.... A bit like Spanish tomatoes and fruit we get here in the UK....

I have eaten some of the best seafood in my life in Sydney - although I have to say the amount of meat or fish that is served up as one portion in Aus often 'overfaces' me....! I also like the new Aussie fusion style of cooking - taking the best from the Pacific rim cultures and adding a twist.

However, I do agree that your work/fun ratio is much better than here in the UK. When my niece came over (after her first degree studies) she lived with us for a year.... She was EXHAUSTED at the end of a day's work here - and yet said that all her friends at home went out at least 4 or 5 nights a week!

I believe that our very hectic work lives here have not helped with keeping the tradition of home cooking alive.... so much easier to go to Marks and buy a ready-meal (and some of them aren't too bad, according to my daughter!) which you can pop into the microwave and serve 6 or 7 minutes after taking your coat off! And, I have to say, the standard of our chilled foods appears to be good. The climate in Aus means that such meals would have limited appeal in Australia, I should think!

Are you married to a native of UK? If not, how did you end up in Lanacashire of all places?
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Thank you both, that was very interesting. I learned a lot from reading that. :-)

That's why I like Europe ( and my fave ESPANA! :D ) because everybody cooks there. You walk into a supermarket and you might be lucky to see a frozen pizza but that's it. In those countries if you couldn't cook you would be in trouble! lol And plus, Spanish food rules :D lol

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That, leaf storm, is an absolute understatement!

I feel your pain...
Yeah, terrible isnt it? :-( There must be more to life than plastic food. I want to live, not just exist.
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