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Old 2011-10-30, 18:29   Link #9661
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Protip: Learn to cook! It's not just good for dating, it's improves your life all round!

There's a real feeling of accomplishment when you finish making something delicious and eat it.

With a little effort you can be eating restauraunt quality meals for 1/4 of the price (or more for snazzier places). Certainly beats microwave food.

It does take a bit of effort, but with practice certain dishes can be finished in under 1/2 an hour.

Stir Fry is particularly quick, and is a good one to start with. It's pretty easy to make dishes to rival any Chinese place. You can start by using store bought sauces, but with time you can learn to make your own.

Also a great way to get out of household chores...

Pretty much anyone can cook. It does take a little time and effort to get good at it and build up a "repertoire".
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Old 2011-10-30, 18:44   Link #9662
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There's a real feeling of accomplishment when you finish making something delicious and eat it.
And then a real feeling of dread when you finish eating it and have to clean it up.
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Old 2011-10-30, 19:46   Link #9663
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And then a real feeling of dread when you finish eating it and have to clean it up.
Yes, but that's why Dishwashers are such amazing things...
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Old 2011-10-30, 21:30   Link #9664
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There's a machine that can wash dishes?
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Old 2011-11-01, 15:59   Link #9665
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He is already athletically fit.. and he can cook too!

But seriously, I am not a very sporty person, but I could probably stretch to doing something once or twice a week. & I am the worst cook EVER.. but I can learn.

It's a good job I have a nice personality. I have no skills.
XD

How about baking? It might be a good start for kitchen skills. There are many very easy receipts you could start with. Cookies and pies always have a homely feeling to them. Plus, it's the season for it anyway with chistmas coming close slowly.
You can also do it with friends or even your sweety if he happens to be there.
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Old 2011-11-01, 16:23   Link #9666
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Yes, but that's why Dishwashers are such amazing things...
Actually its more complicated... because of the battlefield like condition of the kitchen, your dish washer is not cleaning it up for you.
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Old 2011-11-01, 16:28   Link #9667
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How about baking? It might be a good start for kitchen skills. There are many very easy receipts you could start with. Cookies and pies always have a homely feeling to them. Plus, it's the season for it anyway with chistmas coming close slowly.
You can also do it with friends or even your sweety if he happens to be there.
I like baking cakes and biscuits and stuff, so I can do that ~ I just have to practise more!

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Protip: Learn to cook! It's not just good for dating, it's improves your life all round!

There's a real feeling of accomplishment when you finish making something delicious and eat it.

With a little effort you can be eating restauraunt quality meals for 1/4 of the price (or more for snazzier places). Certainly beats microwave food.

It does take a bit of effort, but with practice certain dishes can be finished in under 1/2 an hour.

Stir Fry is particularly quick, and is a good one to start with. It's pretty easy to make dishes to rival any Chinese place. You can start by using store bought sauces, but with time you can learn to make your own.

Also a great way to get out of household chores...

Pretty much anyone can cook. It does take a little time and effort to get good at it and build up a "repertoire".
Wow thanks ~ I will learn, I am sure my dad will help me learn to cook, maybe by helping him out with preparing and cooking food [something I didn't think of 'til just now] && will try my best to learn to cook ~

I could make it my new years resolution
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Old 2011-11-01, 19:09   Link #9668
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I like baking cakes and biscuits and stuff, so I can do that ~ I just have to practise more!



Wow thanks ~ I will learn, I am sure my dad will help me learn to cook, maybe by helping him out with preparing and cooking food [something I didn't think of 'til just now] && will try my best to learn to cook ~

I could make it my new years resolution
Or you could just begin this week...
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Old 2011-11-01, 19:47   Link #9669
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Wow thanks ~ I will learn, I am sure my dad will help me learn to cook, maybe by helping him out with preparing and cooking food [something I didn't think of 'til just now] && will try my best to learn to cook ~

I could make it my new years resolution
Never too late, I only really started to learn when I was 21 (started with rice... served with rice, and a side of rice, pretty much ate that for a year...). There's some basic skills to learn, but they come with time.

I'll agree with zebra about baking. People will automatically like you more after eating one of your homebaked cupcakes.
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Old 2011-11-01, 21:50   Link #9670
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I'll agree with zebra about baking. People will automatically like you more after eating one of your homebaked cupcakes.
Not always a given...

... but when did this turn into a cooking thread? If you don't know how to cook, invest in a slow cooker. It requires some advance planning (your food won't be ready for 4-10 hours after you start preparing it), but you can dump all of your ingredients into it (including frozen vegetables and meat that isn't cut up) and just let it go. Mix it around when it's done - the meat will be soft enough that it rips apart easily - and there you go, a full meal, all made effortlessly. You can make a variety of foods with the slow cooker, and you can spice it up by combining it with food prepared via other means, too.

After a bit of a hiatus, I'm temporarily back on AnimeSuki for tonight because someone called me out for technical support. This thread always seems to be active, and I always check it... ah well, back to idling.
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Old 2011-11-01, 22:14   Link #9671
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Apples are one of the easier fillings to bake with.

Whatever you choose to do, keep them light. If your guy is sporty, don't load stuff up on sugar. Keep him in shape!
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Old 2011-11-01, 22:47   Link #9672
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Not always a given...

... but when did this turn into a cooking thread? If you don't know how to cook, invest in a slow cooker. It requires some advance planning (your food won't be ready for 4-10 hours after you start preparing it), but you can dump all of your ingredients into it (including frozen vegetables and meat that isn't cut up) and just let it go. Mix it around when it's done - the meat will be soft enough that it rips apart easily - and there you go, a full meal, all made effortlessly. You can make a variety of foods with the slow cooker, and you can spice it up by combining it with food prepared via other means, too.

After a bit of a hiatus, I'm temporarily back on AnimeSuki for tonight because someone called me out for technical support. This thread always seems to be active, and I always check it... ah well, back to idling.
Hmm, I didn't know there was a machine that could cook for you, that sounds awesome.
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Old 2011-11-01, 23:16   Link #9673
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Plus the smell of a slow cooker when you get home ~droool~

It may not seem like it, but being able to cook will score high points with your date especially if you're a guy. Trust me.
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Old 2011-11-02, 17:35   Link #9674
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Or you could just begin this week...
Yeah, I meant it'll be my new years resolution to learn how to cook. PROPERLY. I can only make stupid things like microwave meals and beans on toast.. it'll take me ages to learn considering I did cooking class at school and failed. -even though I had help on demand.

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Never too late, I only really started to learn when I was 21 (started with rice... served with rice, and a side of rice, pretty much ate that for a year...). There's some basic skills to learn, but they come with time.

I'll agree with zebra about baking. People will automatically like you more after eating one of your homebaked cupcakes.
Yaay, I like rice ~ I can make oven chips too ^^;; hehe.
I will defo take up baking though, and learn to prepare some basic stuff.
&& no way, my boyfriend nearly died when he tried my homebaked cookies. - my sister helped me though so it's understandable. Hehe, but I will do my best!


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Not always a given...

... but when did this turn into a cooking thread? If you don't know how to cook, invest in a slow cooker. It requires some advance planning (your food won't be ready for 4-10 hours after you start preparing it), but you can dump all of your ingredients into it (including frozen vegetables and meat that isn't cut up) and just let it go. Mix it around when it's done - the meat will be soft enough that it rips apart easily - and there you go, a full meal, all made effortlessly. You can make a variety of foods with the slow cooker, and you can spice it up by combining it with food prepared via other means, too.

After a bit of a hiatus, I'm temporarily back on AnimeSuki for tonight because someone called me out for technical support. This thread always seems to be active, and I always check it... ah well, back to idling.
Welcome back to AS ~ You should come here more often.

&& ahh the wonders of a slow cooker, we don't have one but I know my dad is buying one soon ~ but it sounds so good, thanks for telling me how.. means I can give it a try, especially with meat.. mmm..

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Apples are one of the easier fillings to bake with.

Whatever you choose to do, keep them light. If your guy is sporty, don't load stuff up on sugar. Keep him in shape!
Yes! I make a killer apple crumble ~ hehe ~ && I will look up recipes to suit his needs, although.. he's away loads anyway so I won't need to cook for him often.

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Plus the smell of a slow cooker when you get home ~droool~

It may not seem like it, but being able to cook will score high points with your date especially if you're a guy. Trust me.
IKR, mmmm ~
I'm a girl.
But yes, he is an excellent cook and really makes things so much better! Means we don't always have to eat out ~



ANYWAY, everyone get back on topic of your dating issues ~ because I'm now going to buy a slow cooker, learn to bake, learn to cook & see if my food is good!
Thanks for everyone who helped me!

-- I'll be back.
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Old 2011-11-02, 18:36   Link #9675
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Aren't slow cookers only really good for stew though? I don't know, grilling/toasting isn't that hard guys. Pop the meat in the oven at 180 C, set a timer for ~20 minutes -> Eat.
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Old 2011-11-02, 19:14   Link #9676
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Old 2011-11-02, 23:48   Link #9677
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Hmm, I didn't know there was a machine that could cook for you, that sounds awesome.
It's just relatively high heat over a very long period of time, in a covered container such that things don't dry out. That becomes the real trick with slow cookers - figuring out how much liquid to put in. If you want it to be soupy/stew-like, fill it up. If you want something different, you need a more precise amount of liquid, also taking into account the fact that your meat and other materials will give off some liquid as they cook.

I actually have two slow cookers (although one is a multi-function device). The multi-function one has a lid that seals, and it never dries out. In fact, it's usually too wet for my tastes. I prefer to use the traditional slow cooker in most cases.


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Welcome back to AS ~ You should come here more often.
I'd love to, but I just keep getting busier and busier... and on top of that, I'm so far behind on anime series that I don't even recognize titles anymore. This forum used to be home, but these days I feel like a foreigner here

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Aren't slow cookers only really good for stew though? I don't know, grilling/toasting isn't that hard guys. Pop the meat in the oven at 180 C, set a timer for ~20 minutes -> Eat.
Grilling, toasting, frying, baking... none of it is particularly difficult, but a slow cooker is the ultimate in ease. It's also very forgiving - no matter how long you cook the food for, it won't be overdone (although vegetables can turn to paste) or lose flavor. That isn't true with the other methods, where you need to carefully balance cook time so that your food isn't underdone (dangerous to eat) or overdone (loses flavor and texture).

Slow cookers lend themselves to stews, but you can definitely make other things in them. It depends on your model of slow cooker, how much liquid you put in, whether you use any thickeners (cream soup, flour), and how long you cook for. I usually cook for a long cycle (10 hours) and don't overload on liquid; at the end of the cycle, my meal is fairly dry (usually to the point of having some stuff caked on the sides of the ceramic) and ready to go.


Side note: holy crap, this is my first time seeing my age listed as 26 on this site. It's been almost ten years since I started coming here - what a weird feeling to think that I first started coming here in high school...
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Old 2011-11-03, 05:49   Link #9678
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I'd love to, but I just keep getting busier and busier... and on top of that, I'm so far behind on anime series that I don't even recognize titles anymore. This forum used to be home, but these days I feel like a foreigner here
Me too, I don't recognise hardly any of the titles..
Which is a shame seeing as I love this forum, it's the one I've been on the longest too.
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Old 2011-11-03, 11:49   Link #9679
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Me too, I don't recognise hardly any of the titles..
Which is a shame seeing as I love this forum, it's the one I've been on the longest too.
You have a boyfriend. More important.
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Old 2011-11-03, 12:50   Link #9680
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Grilling, toasting, frying, baking... none of it is particularly difficult, but a slow cooker is the ultimate in ease. It's also very forgiving - no matter how long you cook the food for, it won't be overdone (although vegetables can turn to paste) or lose flavor. That isn't true with the other methods, where you need to carefully balance cook time so that your food isn't underdone (dangerous to eat) or overdone (loses flavor and texture).

Slow cookers lend themselves to stews, but you can definitely make other things in them. It depends on your model of slow cooker, how much liquid you put in, whether you use any thickeners (cream soup, flour), and how long you cook for. I usually cook for a long cycle (10 hours) and don't overload on liquid; at the end of the cycle, my meal is fairly dry (usually to the point of having some stuff caked on the sides of the ceramic) and ready to go.
I never thought much of a slow cooker until my girlfriend purchased one. It is one of the easiest things to use and you can make practically anything in it. It's awesome cooking something the night before and waking up to a delicious meal that you can smell in the morning or whenever you come home from work or whatever. You can put practically anything in there and it will fuse together into a nice meal. Not to mention you don't have to spread everything out with different dishes and pots like when you cook normally.
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