What Do You Consider To Be The Best Meal/Cake/Cookies You Have Ever Created?

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
September 1, 2012 7:10pm CST
I have spells of making decent food. It takes years of practice, experimenting with different ingredients, in my opinion. However, simple dishes are always the best. Take last weekend for example. When Mum was here. Between us we decided to liven up a rather bland looking whole chicken we got from the supermarket. Usually, I just brush it with butter (well, Flora now cos I'm good) and season it with salt and pepper, bung it in the oven..sorted. Well, last week Mum wanted to re-create the chicken Dad gets from the freezer shop. She asked me if I had any oregano in the cupboard and I told her, "Yes" but it was a herb I've not used often. Anyway, besides the usual brushing and seasoning of the bird, I liberally added the oregano. I was tempted to use garlic granules as well but I thought "Less is more" lol. Oh my! The smells wafting throughout the house when the chicken was cooking..well, you get the idea. Mum is an excellent gravy-maker. She should patent it, she's that good at it. She used the juices from the chicken plus a chicken stock cube and cornflour to thicken the gravy and.. "Voila!" The chicken taste was divine, what with the oregano adding to the flavour and the gravy of course. Mum also added some haflf-mashed potatoes that were ace plus some peas and there you go..a simple meal with added panache lol. I'm making another one tomorrow so I hope it's as good. I suppose my claim to fame years ago was making a 3-tier courting cake that consisted of victoria sponge, with REAL cream and sliced strawberries running along the edges. I have never been able to make a cake quite like it since and it would be a FORTUNE to make now as I made it originally in the late 80s! So, over to you. What do you consider to be your "signature" dish, a foolproof meal that everyone in your household looks forward to..and, can I have some please?
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• United States
3 Sep 12
I use the real stuff (no margarine or Splenda in this household!), and I am not afraid to be generous with the spices. I am a good cook. I don't know, though, if I really have a "signature" dish. I make certain dishes frequently, but I tend to alter them every time I make them. I'm not one to use a recipe; if I do refer to one, it usually ends up getting considerably changed. My tempeh stew usually is always good; sometimes, it is even fantastic. I make wonderful vegetable soup. The biscuits I make are delicious. I've kind of dropped away from the baking over the past few years. Often, I've been in spaces that weren't really conducive to baking from scratch, so I really haven't. I used to do quite a bit of baked goods from scratch, though. I would like to get back to that--and maybe work on honing my cake decorating skills.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
3 Sep 12
What does tempeh stew consist of? I've never heard of that one before.
• United States
4 Sep 12
I took an old beef stew recipe that a former housemate's mother uses and vegetarianized it. I prepare the tempeh the way she does the beef; then, I add in whatever veggies are in need of being used. I use a lot more seasonings than she would even consider adding, too.
• China
2 Sep 12
You may well patent your roast chicken.Genuine knowledge comes from practice. This is exactly how a famous dish comes into being.You know I am interested in plant.I search oregano online.Judging by the photo ,It is just what we use as Traditional Chinese Medicine.It abounds in where we live in.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
2 Sep 12
Does it really? I'm into oregano now in a big way. In fact I'm more into herbs in general than I used to be.
• China
3 Sep 12
However we haven't used the oregano as a spice.What we use mostly are pepper,ginger and star anise.
2 Sep 12
chicken with a yuumy gravy together with blended chicken in origano and other herbs surely taste outstanding. and yeah do try choclate moose oreo vanilla ice cream cake glased with seasonal fruit juice and residing over the victoria sponge, surely str5awberries running around your cake may taste delicious but believe me mine taste heavenly amazing, that is my signature dish. do try it on. Make a cake having choclate sponge on top of it ice cream then crushed oreo and finally choclate moose finally your glace:D
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
2 Sep 12
Sounds like someone should be teaching the other how to cook here my friends.
@GardenGerty (92453)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Sep 12
We all love to eat here and we love to cook. I make an excellent herbed cheese bread. I would take your chicken and brush it with Italian salad dressing. It would be a blend of herbs. We take a turkey bre ast and fill the cavity with Italian Salad Dressing and cook it in a roaster or on the smoker outside. My lasagna is tops. I do not have the best, or favorite meal. I just love food.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
2 Sep 12
Oh my, can I come round to your house..like, NOW?