Captain Slog says:
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This discussion is very interesting, and I hope you don't mind if I join in.
Firstly, there is no such thing as "Fast Food", it only APPEARS to be "Fast." Whether you go to McDonald's (My Favourite), wendy's, Hungry Jack's/Burger King, Georgie Pie, Pizza Hut, Domino's, whatever, ALL of these Foods take time to make and prepare. The only reason it is called "Fast" is because there is so much of it made so that there is no waiting when Customers call in for a Meal. Sometimes, however, we are asked to excuse the crew for the wait for our order, because they have to make some more. I don't mind waiting. At least its HOT.
When I lived in Brisbane, I was in the City for a few years before moving out to a flat in Red Hill. While in the City, I stayed at the Palace Guesthouse, as it was known then, and it was a B&B. I had to get my own meals. I used to frequent the small Cafe in Edward Street (With all the fruit outside, for those who know the place), and get Toasted Sandwiches for Dinner, but over the weeks, it proved to be too expensive to eat there regularly.
On july 28,1980, McDONALD'S Regent opened in Queen Street, and McDonald's became my regualr haunt. I ate there every day for three years, and I enjoyed every meal. It was never the same thing. I always varied my meals to make sure I had plenty of salad with it. This became very obvious whwen my Favaourite, THE McFEAST joined the Menu. Every McFeast I had overflowed with salad. I had them with every meal, and became known there as The McFeasty Beasty.
ALL of the meals I ever had were Fresh and Hot, except, of course, Sundaes (Duhhh! Obviously! Ha!).
I agree, it is always good to do your own Cooking, but Burgers, my Favourites, are always very hard to make. I can't get the Patties right. They keep falling apart. Even when I buy the patties, they all go oval when they cook in the pan, and they shrink. I end up having to use TWO patties per burger, because they've shrunk so much. I did manage to find some rather nice ones that kept their shape and size, but they were too expensive.
I don't JUST cook Burgers, as much as I love them. THere's the good old "Spag Bol" FROM SCRATCH, Hot Dogs (Easy), Cottaage Pies, Curry, Soups, Scouse, Fried Rice, Stir Fries, etc. I am NOT a Professionald Cook, and I don't pretend to be, but I DO enjoy having a go at making a nice meal for myself. And Friends if they're interested.
I always make sure I've got plenty of Veges and especially Spuds, ONIONS and Garlic. They are the very Basics. Even a very simple meal can be done with just Onions and Spuds. That is, as long as you also have a good sized Block of Cheese (1 kg) in the fridge. You can have Cheese and Onion Toasties, and have a Spud (Agria)or ttwo in the Toaster Oven, too. You DON'T have to be a flash cook to know how to cook. I'm not!
Sorry this is rather long. I'll go now and let someone else have a go.
Before I go, though, I DON'T take any notice of all these "dieticians" and other wowsers who try to tell us our foods are "bad" for us. JUst eat what ever you like, but make sure there is very little fat, Plenty of Veges, and plenty of variety. Don't over cook your veges. Season well. And TASTE it to make sure it IS just right.
GOod Cooking, Everyone! Reply