Gransnet forums

Ask a gran

Easy cooking “ tweaks”

(11 Posts)
Stoker48 Sun 21-Apr-19 11:09:29

I don’t enjoy cooking but entertain easy going friends and family.
I’m always on the look out for very easy, tasty things to make.
Yesterday, I did a very impressive ( for me!!) potato fish using one pack of Aldi Classic Cuisine.
Spicy mini jacket potatos. Only cost about £1.00.
I added another dozen or so of my own cooked new potatoes and they all got covered in the gorgeous goo. May have been a little too spicy without my adding more. Last week, I used their Potato gratin ( again only £1.00 ish) and added fried onion and extra cheese.
That was gorgeous.
Any one got similar tips?
Thank you
Happy Easter x

Stoker48 Sun 21-Apr-19 11:10:19

Sorry, meant potato “dish”, not fish!

MiniMoon Sun 21-Apr-19 11:42:36

I try to cook from scratch, but do use jars of sauce from time to time.
One cheat I discovered lately is Idahoan mashed potato. It comes in a packet, there are several varieties, herb, buttery, cheesy etc. You just add boiling water and wait for a minute, fluff up and use. I was short of potatoes and used it to top a fish pie. It was delicious.
Why go to the bother of peeling and mashing potatoes when this is so quick?

Bathsheba Sun 21-Apr-19 12:14:12

"For mash get Idahoan". Nah, doesn't have the same ring grin

kittylester Sun 21-Apr-19 12:16:00

I buy ready made mash when it is on offer and freeze it ready for shepherd's pie and fish pie. I add butter and nutmeg to it before topping a pie. I make my own for sausage and mash.

Our farm shop sells fabulous cheesy [potato stacks (dauphinoise to anyone else) which are fairly expensive but really impressive!! We are having them tonight!!

Laurely Sun 21-Apr-19 20:56:01

Frozen chopped onions, introduced to me by my daughter. No more smelly halves of onions in the salad drawer. Fry them from frozen, throw them into soups or sauces - brilliant way to save time and effort.

Callistemon Sun 21-Apr-19 23:14:45

Years ago I had a book called 'How to Cheat at Cooking' by Delia Smith. I wonder if she has published an updated version?

kittylester Mon 22-Apr-19 06:42:06

I had that too - no idea what happened to it.

DH picked up some frozen cauliflower cheese is Sainsbury's- in a packet near the frozen veg. You just shake out as much as you need (I top with extra grated cheese) it's really nice, quick and its gluten free.

NanKate Mon 22-Apr-19 07:07:36

I bought the Delia Smith book too. I’m still a rotten cook but we have survived.

NanKate Mon 22-Apr-19 07:09:09

I’ve just remembered one of the recipes from that book. Chicken pieces, a tin of tomato soup and some mushrooms. It was called Chicken Marengo and rather nice too.

shysal Mon 22-Apr-19 07:36:21

I do something similar, Kate. Chicken strips, mushrooms and a can of condensed mushroom soup, cooked in the oven.