Cooking at Night.

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@DaddyEvil (88260)
United States
August 2, 2022 4:40am CST
During the summer here, we do most of our cooking during the nighttime. We're trying not to strain our A/C unit or our electric bill. This afternoon, Pretty asked if I was planning on cooking anything tonight. (Usually, when she asks, that means there's something she wants me to cook.) So I asked if she was wanting something cooked tonight. She told me that Shepherd's Pie sounded really good to her. I went in a little while ago and started cooking the ingredients and putting the dish together. It's out of the oven now and ready when Pretty is hungry. Do you cook at night, too? (I started making this meal at 3 am here.) Shepherd's Pie. Photo is mine.
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@toniganzon (69936)
• Philippines
2 Aug
I prefer eating food while it's still hot and freshly cooked. I tend to not eat food that are reheated. I guess it was because that's how we were raised. So the left over food usually goes to the trash. So our cook would usually prepare our meal just before our meal time.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
2 Aug
Oh, I see... I like making extra food because I can freeze the leftovers and not have to cook as often. Just thaw and reheat it. My mom was our cook when I was growing up and now, I'm the cook. (I'm kind of a lazy cook. )
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@toniganzon (69936)
• Philippines
2 Aug
@DaddyEvil As long as you are used to it. My mom never had the time to cook for us. When my grandmother stayed with us, she supervised the cook as my mom preferred her cooking. My grandma and mom were great cooks, but unfortunately my mom just didn't have the time as she was too busy managing her business.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
2 Aug
@toniganzon My mom raised 16 kids and didn't have time for a business.
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@LindaOHio (99898)
• United States
2 Aug
I can't cook anymore; and hubs rarely cooks.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
2 Aug
@LindaOHio Pretty eats most of the beef but I like it for a change, too.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
2 Aug
Oh, I'm sorry. If you lived closer, I'd cook stuff for you. Do you like Shepherd's Pie?
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@LindaOHio (99898)
• United States
2 Aug
@DaddyEvil My husband eats a lot of beef. He had a triple bypass and should limit his beef; but he loves beef.
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@LadyDuck (401246)
• Switzerland
2 Aug
No, I do not cook at night, but during summer I cook at 5:30 in the morning after breakfast. Mornings are not too warm, until 11 a.m. the temperature is nice.
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@LadyDuck (401246)
• Switzerland
3 Aug
@DaddyEvil I always get up at 5 and the past three morning it was still dark. This is the only thing I miss of summer, the light early in the morning. I open the windows upstairs during the night and downstairs as soon as I get up in the morning. The kitchen does not retain the heat.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
3 Aug
@LadyDuck I make sure I get up at 6 am and 6 pm to feed my fishies, whether I'm asleep or awake. (My shark babies trained me well. ) Yeah, I don't like losing part of the daylight already. We don't have crosscurrents in this house. None of the doors or windows align to let a breeze through.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
2 Aug
To me, 5:30 am IS at night, even though I'm awake most or all night. True, early morning is usually not too warm, but this house retains heat if I cook early in the morning.
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• United States
4 Aug
It looks really good with the cheese on top. Yes, sometimes I also cook in the middle of the night, but I feel like I'm doing something bad.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
4 Aug
Thank you. If you ever get the chance to come visit, we'll get up in the middle of the night and cook just so you can feel "bad" without doing anything wrong.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
4 Aug
@misunderstood_zombie When we'd been in this house for about a month, the older couple next door stopped by to talk for a little while. The husband asked if we always left lights on in the house all night. His wife tapped his arm and told him she thought Pretty and I stayed awake at night and slept during the day. (She was and is a snooper.) Before I got curtains up on our windows, she'd watch me when I was getting ready for bed... I didn't realize that right away because I don't look out the windows while I'm undressing... At the other house, we weren't close enough to anyone else that they could peek in our windows at night. (We lived in the other house for over 22 years.)
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• United States
4 Aug
@DaddyEvil I know it's weird but somehow I always feel guilty cooking so late. I tell myself I might as well enjoy if I'm going to do it.
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@luisga814 (4968)
• Quezon City, Philippines
2 Aug
Wow. It seems that this Shepherd's Pie is yummy. I love to know the ingredients of this so that if that will be available on our end. I might try it or I'll asked @DevMrSamEleazar cooked that for me.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
3 Aug
Thanks. We both really like it. It's easy to make, it just takes time to get all the ingredients ready. I cook 1/4 lbs ground pork with 3/4 lbs ground beef and one medium onion chopped in a skillet until done, adding some pepper, garlic powder and a sprinkle of salt to it. I drain the liquid off the meat and onions and throw the liquid away. Then put the meat and onions into the bottom of a baking dish. I add diced tomatoes on top of the meat mixture. Then I add a layer of cheese on top of the diced tomatoes. Then, I make a pan of mashed potatoes and spread them on top of the cheese. Add another layer of cheese on top of the mashed potatoes and put the baking dish in the oven at 350F for 30 to 40 minutes. (When you can see the cheese bubbling on top, it's done.) I hope you guys like it as much as we do. (I think it's too much veggies for Sam, though... )
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
3 Aug
@luisga814 I told Sam that if we could ship some of the Shepherd's Pie to your family without it going bad, I'd do it... But you're just too far away for me to be able to get it there fast enough. When Pretty was in college, sometimes I'd send her fresh homemade rolls through the mail and they arrived the next day, so they were still good. I even packed some meals with ice and shipped them to her and there was still ice in the box when she got it.
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@luisga814 (4968)
• Quezon City, Philippines
3 Aug
@DaddyEvil Wow. This is a great ingredients. Let me take a look if I can prepare the ingredients and once I have the budget, I'll ask Sam to prepare it.
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2 Aug
This looks delicious. When I was younger and on my own I used to cook after 9pm (that’s when the inspiration usually struck), but now I usually cook during the day seeing as my husband doesn’t eat leftovers so we cook smaller portions everyday. I’m still adjusting to it, especially because I have to think everyday about what to cook and go get fresh ingredients but he is a big help and I’m starting to get a hang of it.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
2 Aug
Thank you. I usually cook way too much for us to eat in one meal. I like to freeze the leftovers in single serving freezer bags so we can pick and choose what we want to eat without cooking again. About half of my freezer is saved for these leftovers.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
2 Aug
@Greencindere I started cooking when I was 13. There was only mom, my youngest brother and I still living at home. The rest of my siblings had gotten married and moved out. Mom could only cook for large groups of people so, unless we wanted to eat the same thing for a week, I had to start cooking. When I got married, I still did all the cooking. My first wife hated to cook and my second wife didn't know how. I've taught Pretty how to cook but we usually share cooking chores now.
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2 Aug
@DaddyEvil I used to do that. The horror on my grandmother’s face lol. She also doesn’t eat leftovers and cooks everyday but mom is like me so the idea of cooking everyday is not foreign to me lol. I think once the kids come and we get busier my husband will realize it’s not sustainable. While it’s just the two of us we always have fun with it.
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@divalounger (5843)
• United States
5 Aug
I love Shepherd's Pie, but that means turning on the oven--when it is hot that is a no go for me--we have made a caprese salad though a couple of times in the past couple of weeks and that has been great
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• United States
5 Aug
@DaddyEvil Ah--my husband is a night owl, so he would agree that night is a perfect time to cook--but he is usually playing scrabble on his computer till well after midnight--
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• United States
5 Aug
@DaddyEvil and I am sleeping by 10--but the first light in the morning always wakes me up--so I am up before 6 most mornings--
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
5 Aug
@divalounger I'm normally playing on myLot, playing solitaire or watching YT movies.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
3 Aug
That's a delicious meal but wow 3 AM . No I don't cook that late at night as I probably end up sleeping as I cook. Some girl in my old apartment complex done that cooked at 3AM fell asleep and caused a fire.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
3 Aug
@DaddyEvil Nah just a lot of annoyed nurses as we had to evacuate the building.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
3 Aug
Thank you. Oh, wow! I hope nobody got hurt! I'm always awake at night and sleep during the daytime. (I'm usually on myLot all night. )
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
3 Aug
@flapiz Well, that part is good, even if everyone did have to evacuate. That's better than being burned up!
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@sjvg1976 (35458)
• Delhi, India
3 Aug
NO, here wife cooks food till 9 pm and we usually sleep at 11:30 pm.
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@sjvg1976 (35458)
• Delhi, India
3 Aug
@DaddyEvil I know you're a night owl.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
3 Aug
Yeah, I know... But I'm up all night and sleep during our daytime.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
3 Aug
@sjvg1976 I always have been, even when I was a kid. (Mom used to call nights we stayed awake reading "white nights". I inherited that from her. Lots of times she stayed awake all night reading, too.
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@jobelbojel (31472)
• Philippines
5 Aug
That pie looks good You are late cooking or too early for cooking. During my shift, I would prepare easy to cook meal for myself only around 2 am or 3 am.
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@jobelbojel (31472)
• Philippines
5 Aug
@DaddyEvil Got it. So you are on your usual schedule, awake at night. It's almost 1 am there? I just woke up because I feel hungry. Haven't had my breakfast when I went to sleep at 10 Am.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
5 Aug
@jobelbojel Yes, my normal schedule. And yes, it's 12:47 am now. I always eat something right before going to sleep and then again when I wake up in the late afternoon.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
5 Aug
Thank you. Cooking in the middle of my night is normal for me because I stay awake at night and sleep during the daytime. My mom used to do it and Pretty also cooks during the night. All three of us are/were what is considered "night owls" here.
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@Juliaacv (68498)
• Canada
2 Aug
You are much more ambitious then I am at 3am. I am sound asleep. I cook supper as I always do in the late afternoon so we can eat for just after 6pm.
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@Juliaacv (68498)
• Canada
2 Aug
@DaddyEvil Does that mean that you eat just 2 meals a day or are you also taking a mid day meal, during your daytime?
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
2 Aug
@Juliaacv I usually only eat twice a day. The exceptions to that are on days when Pretty or I have doctor appointments and I eat a snack when she eats lunch.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
2 Aug
I'm normally awake all night and sleep during the day. It's just as easy to cook then as to wake up and cook when we get hungry. (I eat breakfast before I go to sleep in the morning and supper when I wake up in the evening.)
@paigea (35276)
• Canada
5 Aug
That looks delicious. No, we rarely cook at night. We do avoid turning on the oven when it's hot.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
6 Aug
Thank you. Well, I'm mostly up at night and sleeping during the day. For some reason Pretty gets upset if I'm cooking and fall asleep. I totally understand. We bought a bunch of stuff at the store that is microwavable this time that we don't normally buy.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
6 Aug
@paigea We're under a heat advisory again until next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. (We might get rain again then.) It stayed cloudy here most of the day but still reached a high of 98F [36.6C]
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@paigea (35276)
• Canada
6 Aug
@DaddyEvil one day, I used the slow cooker outside so it wouldn't add heat. This morning, we needed the fire on to keep warm, the next few days we'll be wishing we stored up the cold!
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@RubyHawk (67460)
• Atlanta, Georgia
3 Aug
No, I cook very little and never after 1am. It doesn’t take much to feed one.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
3 Aug
I understand. But I'm awake during the night and sleep during the daytime. I always tell Pretty that we're both growing kids, so need to keep up our strength.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
3 Aug
@RubyHawk If I could figure out how to get the doctors' offices to stop "reminding" me of visits three or four times before we need to be there, I'd sleep a lot better. I keep blocking their numbers but they just use a different line to call from.
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@RubyHawk (67460)
• Atlanta, Georgia
3 Aug
@DaddyEvil Night or day I don’t suppose it matters as long as we get enough sleep. I’m not a good sleeper so I never get enough.
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• Philippines
2 Aug
oh come on. I am lazy to read the discussion but as I saw the picture it turned me so freaking hungry. This is really looking yummy. Pls sent it here
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
2 Aug
If some of the food could make the trip to your house from me, I'd send it so you and your family could try it. You'll get used to me showing the foods I make or Pretty and I make. I talk about them a lot.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
2 Aug
@DevMrSamEleazar That just means you'll know you're going to get good foods if you ever get rich and come visit me.
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• Philippines
2 Aug
@DaddyEvil Yea yea but the one you really cook is not gonna reach here that is hot and good. But yea thanks for that. yea yea In fact it is already 4 that I already saw
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@BarBaraPrz (37645)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
2 Aug
I don't cook at night, and rarely during the day, either. I just can't be bothered anymore.
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@BarBaraPrz (37645)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
2 Aug
@DaddyEvil No she won't. There must be a bag of chips or cookies around the place that she could munch on...
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
2 Aug
Well, yeah... but Pretty will starve if I don't cook.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
2 Aug
@BarBaraPrz No cookies. We don't buy them... But there might be chips. (She won't eat them. I like Guy's Green Onion chips and she doesn't like them.)
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@celticeagle (135239)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Aug
If we cook it is at night. But, during this heat wave, I have just gotten things we don't have to cook. We eat cottage cheese and fruit or the occasional frozen dinner. Stuff we can cook in the microwave are the eats of the day. I do plan on some great baked dishes this fall.
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@celticeagle (135239)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Aug
@DaddyEvil ........If I were still cooking that is what I would do.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
3 Aug
@celticeagle I understand. Getting older sucks.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
3 Aug
Yeah, I understand. I always cook more during cooler weather and freeze most of what I cook so we have things that just need to be microwaved to eat. We normally eat a lot more fruits and sandwiches in the summer.
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@much2say (56040)
• Los Angeles, California
3 Aug
Oh - 3am means very early in the morning - to me . I sometimes cook during the day, but mostly I cook dinner at dinner time. We don't use the AC or heater . . . with the vent and open windows, it's not too bad still even if I use the oven. I can't do late nights anymore - I need my precious beauty sleep . I love Shepherd's Pie! And I love that there are always leftovers of that for another meal!
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@much2say (56040)
• Los Angeles, California
3 Aug
@DaddyEvil Oh you are too sweet . But I still want my sleep ! Ah, then I see why it makes sense to cook there at night. Do you ever do any bbq-ing outside? My neighbors do it like twice a week around 10am . . . but I hate it because then I have to shut the windows at that time because of their smoke. Those freezer meals sure come in handy! But sometimes it all gets gobbled up before you can put it away in the freezer .
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
3 Aug
@much2say Years ago I gave away our barbecue grill. Every time I used it I burned myself. We love barbecue but I don't love it that much. Now, if we want barbecue, I put the meat in a disposable aluminum pan, dump a few bottles of barbecue sauce in the pan and stick it in the oven. True. That's what's happening with the shepherd's pie. It's almost all gone already.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
3 Aug
I know you're always beautiful, so don't need "beauty sleep"! Who're you trying to fool? This house is set up wrong. There's no breezeway to help cool the house down so doing any cooking during the day makes the house hot and keeps it hot if we don't run the A/C. (There's no vent over our stove, either. In the last house we had an attic fan that we could use to draw heat out of the house.) Yeah, lots of leftovers to freeze and have when we don't feel like cooking!
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• United States
3 Aug
I can't stay up that late, but when we do cook, we cook enough to have leftovers, which don't take much energy to heat up, or we will eat something light like a salad so we don't cook at all.
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• United States
3 Aug
@DaddyEvil If our grill was working, my husband loves to grill out and he grills the best chicken ever. I hope with my new job that I can invest in a good grill for him.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
3 Aug
@Carmelanirel2 Oh, I'm sure your hubby would love that! I hope it happens for you.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
3 Aug
During the summer, Pretty usually cooks in the crock pot or I fry things to eat. The oven heats up the house and this house doesn't get a good cross-breeze when we open windows and doors. We eat a lot of sandwiches or things that can be heated up in the microwave.
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@lovebuglena (36651)
• Staten Island, New York
2 Aug
Don’t remember the last time I had shepherds pie. Never made it myself. I made beef cheeks for the first time yesterday. They were super tender. Hardly needed to chew.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
2 Aug
I usually make Shepherd's Pie in the Winter but Pretty wanted it so I made it. Beef cheeks can be good, too.
@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
2 Aug
@lovebuglena I've never seen them in the Walmart stores here, either. I've seen them in butcher shops but I can't afford to shop in those.
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@lovebuglena (36651)
• Staten Island, New York
2 Aug
@DaddyEvil I never had them before. I tried veal cheeks recently in a restaurant and they were really good. Mom got us raw beef cheeks so had to make them. I’m definitely gonna make them again if I find them in stores. Haven’t seen them here. She got them at Walmart and we have no Walmart here.
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@BabeSays (6594)
• Mauritius
3 Aug
3 am caught my attention. My husband is kinda foodie as he has a fast metabolism and he would cook at any time. That 3 am cook is so like him. Yesterday we didn’t cook my hubby bought fried noodles and as for me I had rice and fish. And later on he made some tuna sandwiches at 1am By the way I don’t know what the Shepherd's Pie is but it’s looking delicious
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
3 Aug
@BabeSays Yes, it is kind of like lasagna. I make that once in a while, too. YUMM! Oh, that's too bad. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have an oven. I cook a lot of our foods in the oven. Your hubby is too nice to you.
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@DaddyEvil (88260)
• United States
3 Aug
Thank you. It is ground beef and ground pork fried with onions and drained. Then the meat is placed in a baking dish. I put diced tomatoes over the meat in the pan, then added cheese over that. I made mashed potatoes and spread them over the cheese and put more cheese over the potatoes and baked it for half an hour. We really like it. Your hubby sounds just like me. I cook at night all the time.
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@BabeSays (6594)
• Mauritius
3 Aug
@DaddyEvil Sounds good. This dish kinda of reminds me of lasagna we don’t have an oven otherwise I’d love to try this recipe out. Here we mostly only have and use gas cooker. So all our meal are cooked not baked. About a year ago my husband and I did planned to get an oven but this pandemic messed up our whole budget, so we has to drop the idea. Oh yes he loves cooking but only night time. Day time he would work and come home and chill but night time is when he starts cooking anything he wants to eat. (Best part is if I want to eat something he will cook that for me too)
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