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Cook quality food or order takeaway

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  • 02-05-2012 10:12pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 885 ✭✭✭


    Would you rather cook with quality ingredients and follow a recipe you stumbled upon or spend the same money on a take away.
    I am no cook but every time I get a takeaway I think one the prices are too damn high for a pizza and I never feel good after eating it.
    I much prefer to find a new recipe,buy quality meat/veg and give it a go,at least you know its not junk.
    Anyone else in the same boat ?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,439 ✭✭✭SunnyDub1


    Your own cooked food will never taste the as good has a take away IMO


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 817 ✭✭✭Mr Magners


    Get a quality takeaway?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,331 ✭✭✭Guill


    Sappa wrote: »
    Would you rather cook with quality ingredients and follow a recipe you stumbled upon or spend the same money on a take away.
    I am no cook but every time I get a takeaway I think one the prices are too damn high for a pizza and I never feel good after eating it.
    I much prefer to find a new recipe,buy quality meat/veg and give it a go,at least you know its not junk.
    Anyone else in the same boat ?


    I cook 6/7 days, and fairly decent stuff too. I have alot of favourite recipes that beat the local take aways by a long shot.

    But on that 7th day God rested and got a big **** of Kebab with chips and beer.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,207 ✭✭✭The King of Moo


    Quality self-cooked food all the way.
    It's healthier, tastier, cheaper and more satisfying.

    Take-aways are a nice treat but I don't think I could manage to have them too often.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,041 ✭✭✭cocoshovel


    SunnyDub1 wrote: »
    Your own cooked food will never taste the as good has a take away IMO

    Depends on how much time, effort and quality you put into it. Sure its not going to be nice if its from the tin and frozen food its not going to be as good but if you make everything from scratch like the sauces and stuff it can be much better than take-away. However, it does take some time to perfect this method. Laziness usually prevails and take away wins :D


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,207 ✭✭✭The King of Moo


    SunnyDub1 wrote: »
    Your own cooked food will never taste the as good has a take away IMO

    Surely that all depends on your own cooking abilities?

    I'd consider myself a competent cook, no more, but I'd have no problem making something tastier than the average take-away, except for take-away dishes whose recipes I wouldn't be familiar with, but I could easily learn them.

    You'll find the ingredients in take-away food and the level of attention the cooking is given is not generally too great.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,783 ✭✭✭KungPao


    I can cook and love to eat what I make but recently, because of being really busy with college work etc, I've been eating takeaway crap.

    You're right, it doesn't make you feel good.

    If you can master a few basics like seasoning and cooking methods, your food will be a million times nicer than any rubbish from a takeaway.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,568 ✭✭✭candy-gal1


    Imho if you want to be healthy you make your own food at home, you want some excessively tasty stuff that you probably couldnt make at home, takeaway it is :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 81,220 ✭✭✭✭biko


    Pyttipanna aka "Bubble and squeak" is the way to go.
    Just get all kinds of stuff and toss it in a pan and fry it.



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,439 ✭✭✭SunnyDub1


    cocoshovel wrote: »
    SunnyDub1 wrote: »
    Your own cooked food will never taste the as good has a take away IMO
    Depends on how much time, effort and quality you put into it. Sure its not going to be nice if its from the tin and frozen food its not going to be as good but if you make everything from scratch like the sauces and stuff it can be much better than take-away. However, it does take some time to perfect this method. Laziness usually prevails and take away wins :D

    True - but by the time you buy all the ingredients to prefect a dish (Chinese for example) it works out cheaper just to order! Your also not left with a load of ingredients your must likely not to use again!

    Don't get me wrong I cook and prepare my own basic meals 6 days a week but one day a week for a treat is good and the take away always beats any of my dinners :)


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 363 ✭✭analucija


    90% of take away is complete rubbish. Home cooked food anytime. I even started making pizzas from scratch because you can't get decent one around here (and that includes domino's).


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,294 ✭✭✭hairyprincess


    I love to cook but usually it's just me and the kids and if they don't eat something that I have slaved over all day it's a bit disheartening. So yea the odd take away is a temptation.

    But if I had to choose I would cook from scratch, not a sign of a jar in this house :eek:


  • Registered Users Posts: 866 ✭✭✭Palytoxin


    If you don't want to cook, tin of tuna, tin of sweetcorn, mix it all up, an unbeatable combination :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,815 ✭✭✭✭galwayrush


    When i'm home alone , it's take away, but mostly my wife cooks, and her cooking is outstanding, she cooks Chinese, Indian better than any take away.
    :cool:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,943 ✭✭✭abouttobebanned


    Some people make me laugh. They give out about ordering a take away...and then go out and make Chips and burgers or something from the kitchen...or a goodfellas... They think that just cause its not a take away it's better for ya.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,783 ✭✭✭KungPao


    Palytoxin wrote: »
    If you don't want to cook, tin of tuna, tin of sweetcorn, mix it all up, an unbeatable combination :)

    Why do people ruin tasty tuna with sweetcorn?

    :(


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,041 ✭✭✭cocoshovel


    KungPao wrote: »
    Why do people ruin tasty tuna with sweetcorn?

    :(

    Why do people ruin tasty sweetcorn with tuna?


  • Registered Users Posts: 866 ✭✭✭Palytoxin


    KungPao wrote: »
    Why do people ruin tasty tuna with sweetcorn?

    :(

    HOW DARE YOU!:mad:
    cocoshovel wrote: »
    Why do people ruin tasty sweetcorn with tuna?

    HOW DARE YOU!:mad:




















    Ye're so wrong:)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 363 ✭✭analucija


    Some people make me laugh. They give out about ordering a take away...and then go out and make Chips and burgers or something from the kitchen...or a goodfellas... They think that just cause its not a take away it's better for ya.
    Yea but at least it tastes nice and takeaways usually don't.

    I'm not cooking at home because it's healthier but because it's also nicer.


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,069 ✭✭✭✭My name is URL


    analucija wrote: »
    90% of take away is complete rubbish. Home cooked food anytime. I even started making pizzas from scratch because you can't get decent one around here (and that includes domino's).

    Dr. Oetker Ristorante pizzas are nicer than any you'll get from a take-away imo. I love cooking but I'd prefer one of those even to a home prepared pizza.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 363 ✭✭analucija


    J
    Dr. Oetker Ristorante pizzas are nicer than any you'll get from a take-away imo. I love cooking but I'd prefer one of those even to a home prepared pizza.
    They are ok. But I was born in a country that borders on Italy and had good access to pizzas. :) Whenever we land in Slovenia my Irish partner and I go somewhere for a pizza (doesn't matter which side of a border, although in Slovenia you have to know where to go). I think you can get great food in a lot of Irish restaurants except for the pizzas. I found some that are ok but none I would really loved.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,783 ✭✭✭KungPao


    Dr. Oetker Ristorante pizzas are nicer than any you'll get from a take-away imo. I love cooking but I'd prefer one of those even to a home prepared pizza.

    Don't get the love for Dr. Oetker at all. I bought one for 2 bills on special just the other day and man what a let down. The base was like pastry and the toppings tasted like nothing in particular.


    Still, better than a 12" disc of heart disease from Domino's/Four Star.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 730 ✭✭✭gosuckonalemon


    People who prefer take aways and who say take aways are way nicer than home cooking simply are unable to cook to a decent level.

    If you are good at cooking and enjoy cooking you would rarely get a take away.

    Sundays are an ideal take away day, but for me if I'm hungover and have done fcuk all productive all day I enjoy getting up and cooking something like a thai, indian or chinese dish.

    Have a look at this thread of dishes cooked by boardsies
    http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2055068620&page=413
    ...90% of take aways wouldn't even come close to some of the dishes!


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,331 ✭✭✭Guill




  • Registered Users Posts: 7,807 ✭✭✭Calibos


    I don't know if the Skiing resort of Livignio is a good example of italian pizza but I tried a pizza in every restaurant there at one time or another and it ended up as a running joke with the other lads on the holiday about how I rated the Pizza's on the Tesco scale. Ditto with the likes of Milanos here. I dunno if its just a different style of pizza but nothing I have ever had anywhere comes close to a Pizza n Cream pizza in Bray.

    Some of the Livignio pizza's were close to a Texco pizza but none surpassed one and I am not a big fan of tesco Pizza's either. Meh!!

    Just tried the DR Oetkor after reading about them here. Got the Speciale with Ham, Salami, Pepperoni and Mushroom. For 2 Euro they are a bargain IMHO. Nicest Supermarket bought pizza I ever had and Nicer than anything I had in Livignio in a restaurant or over here bar Pizza n Cream. Pizza n Cream are just in another league entirely though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,069 ✭✭✭✭My name is URL


    Guill wrote: »

    I like your first instruction on getting some ribs. The picture of a whole fcukload of ribs would have been meaningless without it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 595 ✭✭✭omega666


    Dr. Oetker Ristorante pizzas are nicer than any you'll get from a take-away imo. I love cooking but I'd prefer one of those even to a home prepared pizza.


    not a chance, all the frozen pizza's may be cheap but they don't come close to takeaway ones. And if they do then there must be something wrong with you local pizza joint.


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 12,754 Mod ✭✭✭✭JupiterKid


    Dr. Oetker's pizzas are fine. Nothing special, but the pizzas you buy in the supermarket and cook at home have come on in leaps and bounds in the past 15 years. I remember what passed as "pizzas" here back in the 80s.

    Dominos is grossly overpriced, rip off crap. Their pizzas are so-so and atrocious value for what you pay for them. Their "chicken" strippers are reconstituted vile pulp.

    The best home delivery pizza I have had to date in Dublin is by the Gourmet Pizza Factory in the Superquinn SC in Blanch village. Very good.

    If you are good at cooking (which I'm admittedly not) it's much better to cook and eat at home than get a take away - not just probably healthier but cheaper too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 29,089 ✭✭✭✭LizT


    Some people make me laugh. They give out about ordering a take away...and then go out and make Chips and burgers or something from the kitchen...or a goodfellas... They think that just cause its not a take away it's better for ya.

    One of the girls I lived with in uni considered putting oven chips and birds eye 'chicken' in the oven cooking. and that was a night when she didn't have pizza or a Chinese!

    I used to make most of my meals - fairly basic pasta dishes or stir frys or meat and veg but she considered that to be too much effort! The annoying thing is she has the nicest figure ever and she doesn't work out or anything. Guess it will catch up to her eventually though


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  • Registered Users Posts: 25,069 ✭✭✭✭My name is URL


    omega666 wrote: »
    not a chance, all the frozen pizza's may be cheap but they don't come close to takeaway ones. And if they do then there must be something wrong with you local pizza joint.

    I guess it's just down to personal tastes. I really love the taste and consistency of Ristorante pizzas. Having said that, I've eaten them when cooked by others and I didn't have the same love for them, if it's even slightly overcooked; it's completely ruined.. and slightly under-cooking them makes them doughy and disgusting.

    In pizza outlets they nail it every time, but it's not really worth the premium imo. Getting to know your oven saves you a lot of money, whether you're cooking frozen or homemade pizzas.


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