not much to look at...

@sueznewz2 (10121)
Alicante, Spain
September 22, 2016 12:08pm CST
6 out of 10 .. for presentation, But ..., it tasted lovely... Where i'm working at the moment they have a couple of fruit trees, a damson, and a cooking apple. So today I picked some of each..., washed, peeled , cored and de stoned them, and made a sponge, to go on top, and popped it in the oven. But ..., I couldn't find any scales, so I had to guess  everything..., with not very good results..., visually that is..., but taste wise,  it was lovely. The picture of the pudding in the collage, is not what mine looked like,  it's   what it should have looked like, but didn't... but, the man i'm looking after had it served with a scoop of ice cream.., so he didn't see what it looked like, but he ate it all,  and said it was very nice, and hoped there was enough for tomorrow.... which sounds like a satisfied customer to me... What about you... can you guess weights and measures when cooking ??
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@kumbarn14 (711)
• Pakistan
22 Sep 16
First of all a most beautiful sight of fruits, your so fortunate to lay your hands on such fresh fruits, I am sure you must be enjoying your stay and the food. Yes to an extent I can guess. You can enjoy a lovely fruit salad with ice cream.
@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
22 Sep 16
Yes @kumbarn14 it's very nice to be able to pick fruit of the trees in the garden...
@pgntwo (21971)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
22 Sep 16
Sounds lovely.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
22 Sep 16
Thanks @pgntwo it was nice... i've not had damson before...
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@pgntwo (21971)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
22 Sep 16
@sueznewz2 Damsons can be found in hedgerows here... Lovely dropped into a bottle of vodka and allowed to sit for 6 months or so.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
22 Sep 16
@pgntwo mmmm yes...sounds good...
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@MALUSE (42662)
• Germany
22 Sep 16
I've stopped measuring the ingredients precisely when I make jam. A bit more of this, a bit less of that doesn't matter. The outcome is always good.
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@pgntwo (21971)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
22 Sep 16
Lecker! . You can't beat a good rule of thumb @MALUSE
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
22 Sep 16
I'm impressed...@MALUSE I 've not made jam ....I thought you had to be precise with jam, i'm glad it works out for you...
@marlina (76681)
• Canada
22 Sep 16
Your patient is happy with the results and that is what is important. I am not too bad with the "guessing" part.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
22 Sep 16
I suppose one day I might be able to do better with the guessing lol @marlina
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@responsiveme (16835)
• India
22 Sep 16
the fresh fruits must have made it so tasty. not very accurate about weights and measures.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
22 Sep 16
Yes thanks @responsiveme it was tasty ... fresh produce always makes a difference. .
@MarymargII (10396)
• Toronto, Ontario
23 Sep 16
I wasn't sure what the dark fruit is- plums? and are those blueberries? My fave! What a great idea to make a sponge cake for the top. i hope there's some left for tomorrow too! haha!
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
23 Sep 16
no they are not plums @Marymargll but very similar they are damsons..on the tree and the other photo is of them after I had washed them...
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@MarymargII (10396)
• Toronto, Ontario
24 Sep 16
@sueznewz2 Do they taste like plums though- as I have never heard of damsons.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
24 Sep 16
@MarymargII yes they do.... they are bigger than blueberries, but smaller than plums...
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@LadyDuck (171087)
• Switzerland
23 Sep 16
It surely was good as it has been appreciated. I use the old method of spoons if I have not a scale. I know that a tablespoon is about 9 grams of flour, the sugar is heavier, about 12 grams per tablespoon. With this in mind I can guess quite precisely.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
23 Sep 16
you have a good and mathematical memory... I think I will write a note for myself using cups as a measure like @BelleStarr mentioned in her comment...
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@LadyDuck (171087)
• Switzerland
23 Sep 16
@sueznewz2 Americans use cups and spoons, I have bought a set in the United States, so I can follow the recipes I find in the American books without making calculations.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
23 Sep 16
@LadyDuck that's a good idea.... I found a good page on the web that gave me all sorts of measure conversions from cups to ounces , grams and even tablespoons .... so o'm think i'm ready for next time....
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@BelleStarr (39588)
• United States
22 Sep 16
I don't cook by weight but I see on GBBO that they weigh ingredients, I measure with cups so easier in my book lol I am sure it was quite lovely and it has made me crave some baking.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
23 Sep 16
It was nice ... @BelleStarr I'm glad you are inspired to cook... I enjoy GBBO too...
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@BelleStarr (39588)
• United States
23 Sep 16
@sueznewz2 How do you feel about what is going on? Mary, Sue and Mel won't be on next year. While Paul is nice to look at, I don't think he was the heart of the show.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
23 Sep 16
@BelleStarr they are my feelings exactly... mel an sue added some humour and comedy to the programme... I'm not sure it'll work without those three.... i'm wondering if the BBC may try and make their own...., I hope they sought something out ...as I used to enjoy the programme ...
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@JudyEv (130419)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Oct 16
I usually weigh and measure but my Mum could cook just about anything by guesswork. I guess plenty of practice had a lot to do with it.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
3 Oct 16
I'm not ready for guessing. .. lol. .. @JudyEv I don't always get it right when I follow the recipe.. lol
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@JudyEv (130419)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Oct 16
@sueznewz2 Following a recipe should remove a whole lot of potential errors, shouldn't it?
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
4 Oct 16
@JudyEv yeahhh it should....
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@Corbin5 (113177)
• United States
22 Sep 16
Nope, haven't a clue how to guess weights and measures. My great grandmother's recipes from the 1800s are all guessing for the most part, and some come out OK, but more often than not, they are rather pitiful regarding the end results.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
22 Sep 16
Oohhh dear .... that's a shame... @Corbin5 it would be nice to be able to try the things that they were eating those days...
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@Corbin5 (113177)
• United States
22 Sep 16
@sueznewz2 Well, if you have need a dessert recipe, , cookie recipe, doughnut recipe, bread recipe, and more, just send me a PM. and I will write the recipe for you. I did try the white cake recipe. and it did turn out pretty darn well.
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@PainsOnSlate (20419)
• Canada
23 Sep 16
I need my ingredients to be listed by cups, not weight. I avoid the recipes with weight. I'll bet it was delicious!
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
24 Sep 16
lol ... @PainsOnSlate I've found a very good measure comparison page on the net.. which was very helpful... I took some notes ... so I might have a go at something else to see how accurate they are...
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@sofssu (14448)
23 Sep 16
At the end of the day a happy customer is what you need.. I never measure ingredients.. My mom used to say what the eye can't measure the scale doesn't.. .. So I just use my eyes for measurements all the time.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
23 Sep 16
ohh that's good... perhaps one day I'll be able to do that too.... lol
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@Juliaacv (32389)
• Canada
23 Sep 16
Like you, in a pinch, I can usually eyeball my measurements. And no, they may not look show perfect, but if they taste great, that is all that matters. And it sounds like your dessert was a hit.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
23 Sep 16
yes @juliaacv it's the taste that matters...
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@jaboUK (54871)
• United Kingdom
22 Sep 16
I don't do a lot of cooking, but yes I'm very much a 'guess and chuck it in' type of cook. Glad your efforts were appreciated.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
22 Sep 16
thanks @jaboUK i'm good at guess and chuck it in when cooking savoury things...they turn out fine... but not when i'm baking...
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@mom210 (6779)
• Atlanta, Georgia
22 Sep 16
I don't know how I would do with that test. I may try it sometime just to see how it would work out.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
22 Sep 16
Good luck....@mom210 have fun...
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@jstory07 (69222)
• Roseburg, Oregon
22 Sep 16
I am bad at guessing weights and measures when I cook. I have to use meaning spoons and cups. My pies always look bad but they taste good so no one cares.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
22 Sep 16
Same here @jstory07 ... I measure everything... and it's the taste that matters ...lol...