Anyone Can Cook Anywhere
November 8, 2012 11:24 PM Subscribe
Foodie living in a village. Help me cook from scratch.
posted by Solon and Thanks to food & drink (20 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I live in a rural part of South Africa and I can get to some nice grocery stores in town once a week. They have pretty good selections, but I rely on public transport so I'm limited to whatever I can carry home.
I do have a fridge and freezer and can find basic things (fruits, milk, flour, soup packets) in the village. No prepared food. If I want something like pizza - and I often do - I need to make it. I hate nothing more than reading a recipe and finding out it starts with like, store-bought pastry crust.
So, since I like food and have time to kill, I've been experimenting with cooking from scratch using mostly simple ingredients. I've been surprised and a little ashamed to discover how easy it is to make foods I once would have bought. I'm talking about comfort foods like pizza, pasta sauce, mac and cheese, cinnamon rolls, guacamole, butter chicken, etc. I also have done more complicated things like bagels and pretzels.
Mefites, what from-scratch recipes should I try next? What tasty foods can you make without hauling home a million Cooks Illustrated-esque ingredients? Help a girl out.
Also, I'd be happy to hear tips for making homemade tortillas. I'm pretty bad at it.