Do you ever put things together to see what you can make?

United States
September 6, 2008 5:03pm CST
My partner brought a lot of things back to our apartment from home after our short break and we never did get a chance to do anything with them. So, last night I went on a search on some of those websites that give you ideas for recipes based on the items that you have in your home already. We have several bananas that are going to go bad here very soon so I was trying to find an idea to get rid of them. One of the recipes I found suggested grating up chocolate and putting them on the banana and then heating it up. I'm sure a few other things were listed but I couldn't find the recipe again today when I looked so we decided just to randomly try something and see what happened. We took one banana and cut it in half and then cut the half pieces so we could make like a banana sandwich. We took small candy bars and put them on one half, cut up a marshmallow and put those on top of the candy bars. Then, we sprinkled a bit of cinnamon sugar on the half that did not have the other ingredients on top of it. We then put the whole thing into a toaster oven type thing and let it warm up the halves enough to melt the chocolate and the marshmallows. After warm we put the top half onto the other half and ate them with spoons. It was surprisingly tasty. Since we couldn't find the original recipe we just made up the thing as we went. Have you ever done something like that just to see what you could make? Did you ever make anything really good, or anything really bad from cooking that way.
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@mari123 (1862)
• China
7 Sep 08
I am definitely someone who's experiments when it comes to preparing food. Thankfully most of the time I seem to have some success with it but once in a while I really bomb big time and the end result is totally inedible! I made some atrocity with smoked fish and vegetables one time and it was so bad that I am sure that foreign armies could have used it as a good method! I havent totally made up anything recently, but sometimes I substitute things I ahve for ingredients i dont. I guess everybody does that though. I think if you use several ingredients that taste good individually you are going to end up with a tasty mix of something.
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
7 Sep 08
I can't wait till we try experimenting again with the stuff we have here. The bananas we made were really good and I can't wait to perfect the next batch. Getting the bananas warmer and the marshmallows a little less crispy would be nice. And since we have a new sandwich maker now I can't wait till we figure what to make with that. Breakfast type stuff should be interesting and dessert stuffs. I can't wait for the dessert stuffs. lol.
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@pam210 (345)
• United States
7 Sep 08
I always throw things together and make meals out of things before they go to waste. Another thing to do with bananas is slice them and drizzle melted chocolate or chocolate syrup over them and freeze them. They make a great dessert or snack. You can also freeze them and then use them to make smoothies and milkshakes or mash them up and add to pancake mix or mix them into a cake mix. Before alot of my fruit and veggies go bad and I know that we won't be using them I always will freeze them. Blueberries freeze great and you can always grab a handful to add to pancakes and muffins or throw on top of cereal. Grapes are a great snack frozen and sometimes my kids like them better frozen. Onions and green peppers freeze well. I always chop them up and then keep them in the freezer and then whenever I need some chopped onion or green pepper I have them.
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@tiff1984 (385)
• United States
7 Sep 08
I'm always trying out different things in the kitchen. I'll find a recipe online and then see what I have. Most of the time I don't have what it calls for so I improvise.
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@peavey (16640)
• United States
6 Sep 08
I do things like that a lot and seldom really follow a recipe. I just start thinking of what would taste good together and the next thing you know I'm cooking or making something. Most of the time it turns out good, but I've had a few flops.
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• United States
6 Sep 08
Much of my cooking is built around putting together ingredients I have on hand, and it almost always works out well. I think that experimentation like that makes you a better cook; it forces you to be creative, and it allows for you to stretch your food budget a lot farther than you would otherwise.
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@zeny_zion (1284)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
you mean experimenting? yes, a lot. and it works most of the time. you see we have to experiment to have a new recipe.
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@snowy22315 (47304)
• United States
6 Sep 08
I havent totally made up anything recently, but sometimes I substitute things I ahve for ingredients i dont. I guess everybody does that though. I think if you use several ingredients that taste good individually you are going to end up with a tasty mix of something.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
6 Sep 08
I am definitely someone who experiments a LOT when it comes to preparing food. Thankfully most of the time I seem to have some success with it but once in a while I really bomb big time and the end result is totally inedible! lol. I made some atrocity with smoked fish and vegetables one time and it was so bad that I am sure that foreign armies could have used it as a torture method!
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
7 Sep 08
I do it quite often, but I pretty much stick to the standard type of things. My son, on the other hand, gets really creative - putting things together that I'd never dream of. I think that must come with being a college student!
• United States
8 Sep 08
I think so. I know that we're always low on cash and that we don't always have time or of course the cash to go out and by a lot of things. So, we just take what we've got and see what we can make. It doesn't always turn out so bad, sometimes it's quite a pleasant surprise.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Check on http://www.angelfoodministries.com to see if there is a church in your area that distributes these food packages. You can buy about $75 of food for about half the price. You order each month and then pick up a certain day each month - can buy more than one package, and they also have extra packages of meat available for purchase.
• United States
7 Sep 08
I hardly ever do anything by the book.*L* I have been cooking since I was about 5. I watched my mom and grandmother cook. My mom could make a quarter pound of hamburger feed a family of six, and have plenty to go around. She did this by adding this, adding that. Oh, I don't have that in the cabinet, what else do I have that I can add instead. That is how I cook. I decided one time that I was going to make homemade biscuits instead of using canned ones. They were not rising so, I took them out of the oven, sprinkled a little sugar and cinnamon mixture over them, and stuck them back in the oven until they were a little brown. They did not taste like biscuits, but they weren't really cookies, either. They were just sweet enough to satisfy hubby's and son's sweet tooth, but not too sweet. This was about 5 years ago. My son made mention of the fact that I never made them again, and could I make some more soon.*L* I guess that was one experiment that turned out well.
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• India
9 Sep 08
still i have not done this but i will do it shortly and will reply too ok thkls