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#1 Three Of Hearts

Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:38 PM

Does anyone else get frustrated when searching for recipes online?!

For example: I've misplaced the really yummy pesto pasta salad recipe I used a couple of months ago so searching for a similar one.  80% of the recipes say 'Jar of Pesto' in the ingredients!!  I'm sorry but that isn't a recipe!  That is using pre-prepared stuff to make it look like you made a recipe!

A few weeks ago I was looking for a flavoured ice cream recipe.  Most of them the first ingredient was '4lt tub of vanilla ice cream'.  rant.gif

Anyone else get annoyed by this?  Or am I just in a bad mood? tongue.gif

#2 Flutters

Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:44 PM

It's like that 4 ingredient cookbook, a jar of pasta sauce & some onion isn't a recipe i'd bother making a book about!

#3 ~Mintie~

Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:47 PM

I find it annoying too, in fact the ice cream one is the most recent one that annoyed me! Chopping up some Cherry Ripe bars and mixing them into a tub of ice cream is not a recipe.

#4 Iliketoflounce

Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:53 PM

where is the like button when you need it. I think people just get a bit lazy with cooking. If I had people coming at last minute then I might do it the fastest way possible

#5 tamietamara

Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:58 PM

So agree!!, and those monthly food mags are starting on it too! Surely if I am buying food mags I am someone who likes to cook and who has some ability and who therefore needs something a little more challenging or informative than mixing cooked pasta, cheese and bottled sauces together. I didn't pay good money for a mag for that bull!

#6 Deb99x

Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:01 PM

best pesto sauce,

roasted/toasted pinenuts
blanched basil leaves
garlic
parmesan cheese
olive oil

throw in food processor and blend
adjust quantities to taste

works very well with chicken and pasta

#7 Sancti-mummy

Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:06 PM

QUOTE (tamietamara @ 05/01/2013, 01:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So agree!!, and those monthly food mags are starting on it too! Surely if I am buying food mags I am someone who likes to cook and who has some ability and who therefore needs something a little more challenging or informative than mixing cooked pasta, cheese and bottled sauces together. I didn't pay good money for a mag for that bull!


I hear that song, sister - although it seems to me there are some that have been doing so forever - if I wanted a recipe with "buy pre-prepared everything", I would have bought a different magazine...

QUOTE (Deb99x @ 05/01/2013, 02:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
best pesto sauce,

roasted/toasted pinenuts
blanched basil leaves
garlic
parmesan cheese
olive oil

throw in food processor and blend
adjust quantities to taste

works very well with chicken and pasta


Blanching the basil leaves?  Never contemplated that.  Does it give a less raw taste?

Speaking of cooking out of packets, did anyone see Nigella the other night with her cheesecake?

#8 muggins_00

Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:45 PM

There's a few on Taste that involve cake packet mixes. They're not recipes, they're serving suggestions.

#9 (feral)epg

Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:54 PM

The big supermarket free magazines are the worst.  They trick people into thinking that assembling packaged food is cooking.

#10 Mousky

Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:06 PM

It's like searching for a bread recipe and finding 'get out a packet of bread'.

#11 marley*and*me

Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:53 PM

Like!

The four ingredients is NOT a cookbook - it is a guide for assembling premade food.

#12 Propaganda

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:14 PM

Lol... I agree with the 4 Ingredients books. I imagine if it has a taco recipe, it'll pretty much be: Taco Kit, Mince, Salads, Cheese. Because you need to buy a book to tell you that... not like the Old El Paso packaging can or anything.  rolleyes.gif

The basic basil pesto I've made is just
Toasted pine nuts
olive oil
parmesan cheese
basil
salt and pepper to taste



#13 Three Of Hearts

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:50 PM

PHEW!! People agreed with me!! tthumbs.gif

I'm not saying that prepackaged foods don't have a place in the kitchen (I'm not a Stepford Wife!) but they don't need a 'recipe' either!  If you're going to make pesto pasta from a jar then you need some pasta and the jar of pesto!  It doesn't need a written recipe IYKWIM!!

I love looking for recipes online.  It's much tidier than the days before the internet where my mother had a whole room of cookbooks!  But some of the recipes people post are just useless!!

QUOTE (Deb99x @ 05/01/2013, 03:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
best pesto sauce,

roasted/toasted pinenuts
blanched basil leaves
garlic
parmesan cheese
olive oil

throw in food processor and blend
adjust quantities to taste

works very well with chicken and pasta

Thanks original.gif  I found the recipe I used lasted time and it was the same as that.  Apart from the blanched basil.  Like suziej I don't get that, it would just make the flavour milder wouldn't it?

QUOTE (suziej @ 05/01/2013, 03:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Speaking of cooking out of packets, did anyone see Nigella the other night with her cheesecake?

I've probably seen in on Foxtel before, what did she do?!

#14 ComradeBob

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:54 PM

I think it involved Nutella ffear.gif a friend posted on FB about it but I'm still too traumatised by the concept to remember the details laugh.gif

#15 B.feral3

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:57 PM

QUOTE (epg @ 05/01/2013, 02:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The big supermarket free magazines are the worst.  They trick people into thinking that assembling packaged food is cooking.


I know, they are shocking.

Over Christmas I made my own mince pies, filling and pastry. (In the Festive Flavours Cookbook for any TM owners. They are to die for.)

Anyway, I looked at the coles magazine and their 'homemade mince pies' include a packet of pastry cases and a jar of mince filling. Pathetic.


#16 (feral)epg

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:59 PM

I made that recipe way before Nigella ever did.
OK I lie - I didn't bother with the biscuit base or the toasted hazelnuts on the top.  I just mixed nutella and mascarpone together.  FTR it is an awesome combination.  BUT IT IS NOT A RECIPE.



#17 Jupiter123

Posted 05 January 2013 - 06:02 PM

QUOTE (HappyNewBob! @ 05/01/2013, 05:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think it involved Nutella ffear.gif a friend posted on FB about it but I'm still too traumatised by the concept to remember the details laugh.gif


I too am now traumatised.

Nigella's Nutella Cheesecake

#18 Vickery

Posted 05 January 2013 - 06:03 PM

I hate this! Pinterest is full of it too.

#19 Fluster

Posted 05 January 2013 - 06:15 PM

YES!  And I absolutely agree with the PP that so many are no more than 'serving suggestions'.  I have a children's cookbook that is more challenging than a lot of so-called 'recipes'.

#20 Belf

Posted 05 January 2013 - 06:20 PM

Pinterest is pretty bad for it, too. It seems to be an American thing to use as few ingredients as possible and lots of packets/pre-made stuff.

I saw a meatball recipe on there that was:

1 packet frozen meatballs
1 jar grape jelly
1 cup chilli sauce.

Apparently they are "amazing"!

Edit, this is them: http://www.littlekitchenbigflavors.com/sup...-sour-meatballs

Edited by Belf, 05 January 2013 - 06:23 PM.


#21 crazyone2989

Posted 05 January 2013 - 06:21 PM

I have a bit of a thing with people saying they made a gingerbread house when they just got a kit and either stuck pre cooked ginger bread together or mixed up a packet and baked it (ok so I have a thing about packet baking as well). WELL I bloody made the gingerbread from scratch and the royal icing and then assemble and stuck all the pretty things on!

Ok i feel better now

#22 Daisy Goat

Posted 05 January 2013 - 06:23 PM

American cook books do me in the most. What is it with them putting a can of  Cream of Mushroon soup or indeed any soup in a recipe.
I won't even continue reading the recipe.

Ughhhh

#23 Sancti-mummy

Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:12 PM

I agree about the American recipes - it did my head in when I first came across it years ago!

A US friend of mine posted about a Tater Tots Hot Dish - I was curious (if you are here is the link - http://www.cooks.com...-235200,00.html)

What a pity that mince, garlic and onion can't be pre-browned and packaged, hey?

#24 cinnabubble

Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:25 PM

From that website. Oh hell no.


QUOTE
JELLO CARROT SALAD  
1 lg. pkg. sugar free orange Jello
1 (15 oz.) can unsweetened crushed pineapple
6 carrots, shredded
Optional: may add raisins also
Dissolve Jello in 1 1/2 to 2 cups boiling water, cool. Then add crushed pineapple with juice and also add shredded carrots. Put in refrigerator and let jell. This makes a delicious salad.



#25 CallMeFeral

Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:46 PM

Can't be a new thing. In primary school I did a cooking class and learned to make pizza with an absolutely fantastic cheese scone pizza base recipe from scratch.
Then in year 7 we learned to make pizza in home ec... starting with a bought pizza base.
WTF... that's not 'making' a pizza!




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