Sunday, July 29, 2012

You say potato, I say prepared packet.

I hate fresh peas. I hate frozen peas. Tinned peas can roll on my plate any day.

It's not right I know, should be the other way around, but growing up we had tin peas whenever the garden didn't have fresh ones, I hated when the fresh ones grew in a plentiful harvest.

We all get used to foods tasting a specific way and expecting them to taste that way. For me, peas should be mushy in texture, a grayish green shade...but not with a hunt of mint.

There are other foods I would never even consider eating from a tin; carrots, mushrooms, potatoes, capsicum, chicken...spam all the things that I have never ever had served to me as I grew up.

Tonight my BIL spent the afternoon making a huge amount of gnocchi, from scratch. It was delicious, he had a stew in the slow cooker that he had been preparing for 24 hours to go with it, it was a wonderful end to a fully packed weekend.

Popps and Immy love gnocchi so much that I have a few different ways to prepare it, Mr H never eats gnocchi, so we often have it on days he isn't home.

But neither girl would eat the home made delicious gnocchi on the plate tonight. They swirled it around, politely trying to look interested, they ate some veggies from the stew and declared themselves full.

In the car on the way home Popps requested that we never have that stuff again, can we please always have gnocchi bought from the supermarket.

I would love to have told her that from now we would only consume home made little parcels of potato goodness, but the truth is, in our house, gnocchi arrives in a packet. And peas arrive in a tin.

Do you have a prepared food weakness?

 

15 comments:

  1. I am with you on the fresh peas. Gimme frozen every time.

    In the UK, bread sauce is a condiment served up with roast chicken and in some areas, with sausages. My Granny made it from a packet mix, despite the fact that she was a great cook. And same with my Mum...fantastic cook, but the packet mix is just better! And now, I strive to strive to find the packet mix in odd shops that stock the odd bit of UK food. Or get my lovely SIL to send me a stash of packet mix bread sauce....

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    1. I have never even heard of bread sauce - if I ever get lucky enough to get to London I will bring you some back.

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  2. Oooh, I don't know! I get what you're saying about being used to the way things taste, but for me personally, I reckon fresh always tastes better. I can think of two things that are better from a can. Tuna - I do like fresh tuna, especially as sashimi, but if I had to choose one type to eat for the rest of my life it would be tinned, mixed with mayonnaise. The other is tomatoes. There's nothing better than a fresh, sweet, intensley red fresh tomato, but for most of the year tinned is best in sauces.

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    1. Tuna mixed with mayo was huge when I was living in Dublin, it was as though there was no other option, I prefer my tuna fresh, but cost wise that rarely happens. You're right though, nothing beats a fresh tomato sandwich!

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  3. Ohhh. Can I admit....spaghetti hoops from a tin.
    They were a longed for, not very often purchased, treat from my childhood.
    And I still like them.....!

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    1. Pretty harmless one that one, still waiting for someone to admit they eat the roast chicken from a can!

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  4. Peas in a can, no! Corn in a can, yes.

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  5. Ha ha ha, see corn is best fresh to me, I will eat it from the can no worries but fresh and frozen are fine too.

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  6. I do love corn in a can and beetroot. Peas have to be frozen for me. My nan used to always add frozen peas to our plate and we would eat them. When my mum added the tin ones, we didn't.

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  7. The thought of chicken in a can makes me gag - yet tuna in a can is fine. Go figure!

    My kids prefer store bought pasta salad to my home version. Crazy I tell you!

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  8. I can't really think of anything that I like better from a can, but my husband prefers that horrible packet mashed potato!! Although, I do have to make gravy to pour over it.

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  9. I admit to spam on occasion. Something from my redneck childhood that I can't quite outgrow.

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  10. funnily enough I made tomato sauce today. I tried to put it in the heinz bottle so they wouldn't be distracted, but my son knew, he said it tasted weird. probably because it's got a quarter of the usual sugar or something. no fooling them.

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  11. My guys love lasagne, or d-sarnya as they say, that has come from the freezer. My MIL was horrified so she made a big homemade lasagne for the kids and they refused to eat it! They still prefer their lasagne do come from the freezer so whenever I make some from scratch, I change the name and they will scoff it down.

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    1. That is excellent. Saves making lasagna. I have never served the frozen one, but Mr H and I prefer our lasagna quite different, his has lots of chunky vegetables, to me his is more like a casserole with pasta sheets!

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