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TOMD 4: The Tribraggart Tournament

Discussion in 'Real Life Discussion' started by Peace, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. ScottPress

    ScottPress The Horny Sovereign Prestige

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    TOMD: I've been trying to do more of my own cooking lately, which I credit for the recent disappearance of 4kg of my flesh. Today I tried making curry. Rice came out kinda bland, but I'll take bland over inedible. Best as I can tell, I screwed up the seasoning. I'm gonna count that as a learning experience in anticipation of lasanga tomorrow.
     
  2. Nazgus

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    Cooking your own food is definitely a great way to lose weight. I've struggled to keep my weight loss going without access to a kitchen here in the UK. Looking forward to getting back on track when I head stateside.

    You also get tasty food for a fraction of the cost, which is a massive plus.
     
  3. ScottPress

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    My goal is to have a small selection of dishes I can reliably cook to a tasty standard. I'm trying to expand my scope a bit beyond my usual territory of meat+potatoes.
     
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    @ScottPress One of my go to easy meals is sausage pasta. It's tasty, really filling and you can get a few meals out of it if you can avoid going back for seconds. Once you've got the art of chopping vegetables down you can also make it in about 30 minutes.

    My recipe is:
    Bring 1.5l of water to the boil in a pot for the pasta
    Cut 8 sausages into quarters (Lincolnshire is preferable for this, but any sausage seasoned with sage will work)
    Dice 1 large onion, 2 cloves of garlic & 1 red bell pepper
    Add a small amount of oil to a pan or wok on a med-high heat & sear the outside of the sausages so that the juice is sealed within
    Once they're sufficiently browned, add the onions and garlic
    Wait about a minute for the onions to begin to caramelise then add 2 tins of chopped tomatoes (not sure how many fresh tomatoes that works out to but I think it's around 6)
    Turn the heat down to low and add salt/pepper/spices, then simmer for 15 minutes, stirring often
    I have a bunch of dried herbs I use (basil, Italian herbs, mixed herbs, paprika (lots of), nutmeg)
    I'm currently experimenting with when to add the spices and I've found that adding the paprika in with about 5 minutes left
    Start cooking the pasta according to the instructions, try to time it so that the pasta is right at about the same time as the sauce.

    Taste test the sauce every few minutes to make sure it's coming out right. You'll want to make sure the pepper isn't dominating the flavour too much. I really like paprika so I tend to use a lot, but with the pepper I find using more nutmeg works best to my taste.
     
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    TomD: There are no hot dog buns in this city. I visited both major grocery stores and neither had anything hot dog related. The other stores likewise had nothing.

    I'm considering writing a complaint to the bakery managers.
     
  6. ScottPress

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    @Aekiel, I appreciate the advice, I just don't don't eat vegetables or fruit. It's like reverse vegetarianism. I'll give your idea a try without them.
     
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    If you're having any weird issues all the time it might just be because of a vitamin deficiency.
     
  8. ScottPress

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    Nah, I'm healthy as a horse, just lazy.
     
  9. Eilyfe

    Eilyfe Minister of Magic

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    This sounds a lot like an oldschool rpg and got a chuckle out of me. I assume it's connected to theology in some form? Anyway, good job on getting through your studies!
     
  10. Innomine

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    That's what I used to think. Then I realised the shit I ate actually had a huge impact on my energy level.
     
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    Mate, you're missing out on so, so much. Aside from the health benefits that a balanced diet gives, adding fruit & veg to your meals adds so much flavour that you otherwise wouldn't have. I grew up eating barely any veg (because my family couldn't cook it for shit, unfortunately) and I basically treated food as a way to sustain myself rather than something to enjoy. Nowadays I'll cook a meal and actually want to savour it because it tastes so good.
     
  12. ScottPress

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    @Aekiel

    The flavor is the problem. I don't like the taste of fruit/vegetables. There are several specific exceptions, but for the most part, I find them disgusting.
     
  13. Arthellion

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    Haha! The classic joke is that I’m studying to be a master of being divine. You know...ascension to Godhood and all that...

    But yeah it’s actually the primary master degree that people get from seminary. So heavily focused on proper teaching of scripture, church history, leadership classes etc.

    I’m using all my electives though to concentrate in ancient Greek. They have a very strong program for it. It’s actuallt in partnership with Dallas International University. I’ll be getting the applied linguistics classes on translation there.
     
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    Reading this post is like hearing someone brag that they have never read a book.
     
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    Cooking is great once you liberate yourself from the tyranny of recipes. Use recipes as a base guideline and don't sweat the details, just throw in whatever you like! More spices and flavours = yum. Get yourself a sous vide machine and never worry about burning shit again.


    Vegetables are great, and super easy too! you just need to not overcook them into mush. Quick m way to make great tasting vegetables is to blanche them, which basically entails putting a ton of salt into a pot of water, boiling it, putting your veggies in for 2-5 minutes depending then dump them into an ice water bath after. If you're feeling like exerting effort, fry them up on the stove with some garlic and butter, you basically can't go wrong.

    Heck, I'm making a mother's day meal for my mom: homemade lemon pesto with kale, tossed with broccoli and zucchini and snow snap peas and toasted pine nuts - super healthy and delicious! No garlic cuz she's allergic sadly. I'm super excited cuz it'll be healthy and delicious and wonderful.

    If you want to stick to meat and potatoes though, at least start marinating your food ahead of time! For beef, a really easy and delicious marinade is to take 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, Dijon mustard and ketchup, one tablespoon of sesame oil and Worcestershire sauce, and then like a third of a cup of soy sauce, mix it together and then just let the meat rest for 6-24 hours. Lose the ketchup and Worcestershire and you have a delicious chicken marinade too.

    There's so many amazing options out there for cooking! Exploring your own tastes and making your own meals is a wonderful skill to have, and it'll save you oodles of money on takeout and oodles of years of life on eating healthy.
     
  16. ScottPress

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    DLP has some strong opinions about vegetables. TIL.
     
  17. Innomine

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    Nah, strong opinions on stupidity. But that's always been the case eh?

    Honestly, what gets me, is that if there hadn't been a certain catalyst which made me figure it out, I don't even want to know how long I'd have gone on stubbornly believing what you do.

    I never had your problem with veggies though, I had a mother who was/is an amazing cook.
     
  18. Agayek

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    It's just personal taste. Not everyone likes vegetables, same as not everyone likes HarryxGinny fanfics or whatever.

    For whatever it's worth, I'm not far off from Scott, honestly, though in my case, if it's not the taste (most vegetables, green beans and potatoes being the major exceptions) it's the texture. For example, I love the taste of bananas, but the mush it turns into in my mouth triggers my gag reflex something fierce, so when I eat one, I'm basically scarfing it down in chunks and barely, if at all, chewing, and it's just not a particularly pleasant experience, so I tend to avoid them.

    Outside of pretty much all forms of potato and select styles of green beans, I generally have to force myself to include vegetables in my diet, and even then I don't do a particularly good job of it, because I simply don't like the stuff.
     
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  19. Oment

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    Boil them, mash them, stick 'em in a stew.
     
  20. Arthellion

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    Texture is huge for me. It doesn’t matter how great it tastes; if the texture is mushy or a specific crunch I’ll not keep it down
     
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