Do you ever just throw random things in a pot and hope for the best?

United States
November 14, 2009 4:13pm CST
Just fly blind through the kitchen throwing this and that in the pot because you think they might taste good together? How did it turn out? Share your experiences.... Just recently I had some left over chicken I had made for tacos so I made some macaroni and cheese (homemade not from a box...not that there is anything at all wrong with the blue box, I just wanted it more creamy and cheesey), added some chili powder and salsa and the chicken. It was pretty good. Another time, and I'm thinking about doing it again this weekend, I boiled some beef then added about two cups of a puree I made of heavy cream, portabello mushroom pieces (I had some stems and gills left over from making stuffed mushrooms earlier in the week) to the broth and let it simmer for a couple of hours then added some more mushroom chunks and cooked it another half hour longer. Very simple but very filling soup. And you could probably throw other things in the blender with the cream, like carrots or cabbage, to add some more vitamins to your soup.
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• United States
14 Nov 09
There have been several occasions where we've just pulled things out of our pantry or from the fridge/freezer and then tossed them together to see what we can make. Usually we end up making pretty good food from those items. It all just depends on what we have. I don't think we've tossed several random things together lately as we haven't been low on pantry food items in awhile.
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• United States
14 Nov 09
I do it all the time with vegetables and rice, chicken, etc. Though i have had some come out really bad lol.
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@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
15 Nov 09
i do this all of the time because i need to make meals out of whatever we have. i do not have the money to food shop weekly so i use what is in my pantry. last night i sauteed some onions in a bit of canola oil and added salt and pepper and parsley. i added a can of mushrooms and two cans of peas with the juice in the can of peas as well. i added some oregano and let it all simmer together, adding a bit more oil at the end and some grated parmesan cheese. i boild a pot of tricolor pasta and than poured the sauce i simmered with the onions and peas over the macaroni and it was delicious and nourishing as well.
@bdugas (3581)
• United States
15 Nov 09
I think we all get tired of eating the same thing every day, I know I do and when I start a dish, I think of what might I put in it to change it a bit, so it doesn't have the same taste. I took, chicken pieces one time put them in the pot and let them brown, and the grease that ran out of the chicken, I added chopped onion, garlic, bell pepper, to and made kind of like a roux, added more water for it to cook, then thickened it and added some kitchen bouquet to turn it to the color I wanted it to be, I could of stood 45 minutes and stirred the roux to get it to the color that I needed, but believe me the kitchen bouquet works just as well. You put this over rice and you have a great dish. I called it pot chicken. Some I have tried and changed and hubby ask for it all the time, some we have dropped in the trash and went to get a McDonald's. So don't think it is a rareity, I think most women try to change or add ingredients as they go along.
• United States
15 Nov 09
Sounds like a yummy hodge podge of stuff! I've done some experimenting in the kitchen and its the only way I come up with new dishes to serve my kids. After a while they see the same foods and get bored. I've made chicken salad before and added some pepper and other veggies, the kids loved it and now when I make it they want the same thing.
@KrauseHome (35035)
• United States
15 Nov 09
My mother used to do this all of the time, and made some quite creative casseroles from time to time. I know from time to time we have experimented here as well with salads, soups, etc. and it is quite interesting to add something New to your food to give everyone something New to eat as well. The biggest issue could be if it ends up being something you all enjoy, can you remember how you made it so you can then eat it again?
• United States
15 Nov 09
I do that occasionally, but not normally. My boyfriend, however, does it all the time. Sometimes they turn out okay, but most of the time it turns out kind of crappy. One time he mixed rice with left over ham and egg. It actually tasted pretty good!
• United States
15 Nov 09
Haha, that's how I always cook. Usually my mother does the cooking and she would tell me to make this you add this much salt and that much spice but it's very troublesome to remember so whenever I cook, I just throw everything in and hope for the best. Sometimes it turns out pretty good.
@marguicha (94440)
• Chile
15 Nov 09
My cooking is always random in the sense that I never follow a recipe but cook with whatever I have at home (leftovers included). Yesterday I invited my mother for lunch. She had gone to the doctor 2 days ago and he told her that her kidneys were working at 16%. She can´t eat salt, among other things. She didn´t want to come because she said she would be a burden with her special food. I said that I would cook without salt ann then add it at the table. As it was, I ate a wonderful no salt turkey thigh in a sauce make with different blended veggies and mushrooms. On the side I put some no salt boiled new potatoes and then fried in olive oil with rosemary. The lunch was a success. And my mother felt fne as we both ate the same. Take care!
@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
15 Nov 09
I tend to experiment a lot in the kitchen when I have time. So, yes, I do throw in whatever is available and hope for the best sometimes. Lucky enough, I do make some good food! Sometimes it makes up for a pleasant surprise.
@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
15 Nov 09
We call that recipe "Left-over stew". It is wonderful because it is different each time. You never get the same thing twice. We never write the recipe down. This way the recipe can never be duplicated. hehehehe