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Those Waitrose recipe cards - does anybody really use them?
Thu 4-Feb-10
10:40 pm
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Danny
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I only ask because I have a decent collection of the ones that appealed to me at the time. But i have never, ever, actually cooked one of their suggestions.

I really plan to do one on Saturday - it's a shoulder of pork (diced or steaks, not sure) with a mushroomy sauce.

Does anybody have any comments on those recipe cards, good, bad or indifferent?

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Fri 5-Feb-10
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Danny, I too have a fair few of the recipe cards - and yes, I have cooked some, though I would say a few only.

They look inviting, don't they ......... but often I don't have all the ingredients, as the cards are usually placed somewhere after the checkout.

(In the Marlborough store, they are in a corridor on the way to the car park, opposite the trolleys, so when going in, you're looking for the trolley, not the cookery cards!) Doh

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I've only ever looked at them, never actually picked one up to take home.  They always seem like too much faff to me.

I'll try that again!

Sat 6-Feb-10
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I have three, all most venerable, all of which have been used. Don't bother nowadays, have so many recipes waiting to cook without getting more to file away! My daughter, who is not yet overburdened with recipes as she is some 34 years of recipe accumulating behind me, likes them and uses them.

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Sat 6-Feb-10
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BS: I actually had a look around our local Waitrose yesterday evening. They do have a rack of recipe cards next to the meat counter, one by a checkout (the Lottery and tobacco checkout) and one on the wall beyond the main row of checkouts.But, like, you, I usually only scan them on my way our of the store.

Kate - I totally agree. My mum used to paste her newspaper recipe clippings into an old exercise book but hardly ever actually tried them because my dad was a conventional meat and two veg guy. We must have 50+ cookery books about the house that we rarely, if ever, refer to. We have a Top 10 that we use all the time.

BTW - I tried the Waitrose recipe this evening: pork shoulder steaks in a cream sauce with garlic mushrooms this evening. It was OK but it can be greatly improved. We only used half the pack of six steaks (£6) so I will cook it again on Tue and publish our version - or maybe FN will, on the blog.

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I have loads of cookery books and clippings too and every so often when I lived in England and could get all the ingredients (or at least be able to translate everything), I would go through my recipe books and use them to plan meals for the next month. It was a great way of getting me out of a rut with cooking.

Sun 7-Feb-10
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In that case, Danny, I'll have to look again - maybe they are in the store, too. Clearly they are not in the right place if I don't see them.

Of course, it isn't because I walk around the store in a daze ....... Whistle

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