View Full Version : Eeek, need cooking help!!!

Zapp Brannigan
04-01-2006, 16:01
Tonight I will be cooking dinner for my girlfriend Amalia... I was having quite the time figuring out what to make her since she's really picky lol. But, I figured out what I want to make... The only problem, is I don't remember much about it at all lol

Hopefully one of you will be able to solve my dilema!!!

One day we were talking about pizza (she hates the stuff) and how she makes this thing, basically pizza, without sauce, cheeze, toppings of any kind, with various herbs and spices... I can't remember any of the said herbs or spices, with the exception of oregeno(sp?), that she used, nor can I remember the name, but I think it started with a V. If any of you could help me, that would be fantastic!!!

It might be mentioned that I also am not a cook, and so all help is appreciated, along with new ideas for a picky Italian lady (who cannot eat any pasta not cooked by her Italian relatives lol).

Thanks for your wisdom O' wise Warseer

Commander X
04-01-2006, 16:08
"Spice starting with a V"

Anyhow, if I had to cook something with that description, I'd buy a few Vocaccio's and put them in the oven. Nothing that can go wrong if you just do as the packing says, and it's perfectly Italian food. That, and it sounds like what you need: No topping or sauce or whatever, with spices and some herb-thingies.

If she doesn't like it it's not my fault, but if she does you need to thank me. ;)

04-01-2006, 16:09
Sounds to me like she make bread.

I suggest you make something different, because she'll either hate what you have made, or hate you if you version is better than hers.

There are plenty of good recipes if you hunt for them online.
Do one of those instead.

Zapp Brannigan
04-01-2006, 16:14
She's said that she's forced pizza places to make it, so it would seem she can eat it from anywhere/

As for the Vocaccio's, I think that was what it is... It seems that, if they are similar... What exactly are tehy? I tried searching them, I didn't get much in English lol

04-01-2006, 16:17
You might get better results if the original reference was spelled correctly. Focaccia I believe it is. God knows how it's pronounced.

She's Italian, and you're going to try and emulate that? Fool :p

Unless you're certain she'll like that, don't try to compete with da 'family.

04-01-2006, 16:22
Ok, just a random thought that popped into my head...might work, might not.

Does she cook at all?
Why not instead ask her to help you in cooking what she likes and giving you a step by step walkthrough on making it? If she is as picky as you say and the fact that you don't remember how to make that certain pizza, then i doubt whatever you make will work.

If you ask her to help you in cooking her favorite dish, it might show to her that you are geniunely interested in her and care about what she likes. Plus it could turn out to be a fun activity for the both of you.

04-01-2006, 16:23

Zapp, exactly how fussy is your girlfriend?

Instead of attempting to emulate "mama's kitchen", why not dazzle her with the sights, smells and dubious ingredients of traditional english cuisine?
Jellied Eels!
Roast Beef and Yorkshire puddings!
Sausage and mash!
Pie and mash!
Fish and chips!
Mushy peas!

Zapp Brannigan
04-01-2006, 16:33
Yes, Focaccia, exactly what I was looking for... She's fussy enough that I will never cook her pasta without her step by step instructions... I know not to compete with "Mama's kitchen" lol, I also know she'll order focaccia out from pizza places, which she still can't do with most pasta.

And, as much as I like English cuisine, I'd have a harder time making it, but thanks for the suggestion!

Jo Bennett
04-01-2006, 20:59
if she likes foccacia, try making naan or some other similar bread. Try serving it with meat, maybe lamb or beef chunks on skewers, and steamed veg if you know any she likes.

04-01-2006, 21:06
Didn't Jamie Oliver make that for the school pupils in his first place in the series?

I think he did, maybe you could use that info as a starting point for coming up with the recipe, never know, it may be on a website somewhere.


04-01-2006, 21:15
Alright, does she like pork chops? If she does, I can tell you the best recipe to entice your lady friend.

04-01-2006, 21:19
Why would anyone like pork chops, though?

04-01-2006, 21:19
If she likes Foccacia (yummy:D) see if she likes Calzones (small foccacia pizza folded in half - double yummy):D.

04-01-2006, 22:00
Dammit, I was about to suggest that.....

Loads of salami, jalapinos, tomatos, peppers, and red onions.


edit: for all your gourmet (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17815&highlight=gourmet) needs

Kargos Bloodspit
05-01-2006, 00:19
This might help???

May be too late now, but at least I tried:

(from the external links on the wikipedia page on Focaccia):


05-01-2006, 02:24
do you have a grill? (like for steaks and stuff). A grilled flatbread would work out really well. Just buy frozen pizza dough smear some olive oil, oregano, basil, salt and pepper on it, and chuck it on a hot grill. Pay attention to it so it doesn't burn, but grill marks are ok. cook on both sides and then have olives, peppers, tomatoes, onions, and other traditional pizza toppings on hand to drop on it. If you're afraid to grill some dough, you can just buy some focaccia at a real bakery and drop it on the grill to heat it up. Traditional italian pizza isn't a gooey mess of pepperoni and cheese and stuff, but more dry. A few nice touches would be to have really good olive oil around (greener the better), fresh basil, calmata olives, and roma tomatos. I don't know if she likes goat cheese, but that would go well to. I am a chef, so if you have any other questions let me know.

05-01-2006, 11:09
I would have dumped her by now, I can't stand people who are that fussy (or so it sounds).

Zapp Brannigan
06-01-2006, 14:02
I have a grill, but we don't have any propane around during the winter...

I managed to make Focaccia for my girlfriend, she said she really enjoyed it, downed a few pieces lol... Anyone want the recipie I used? I also made curly fries lol... And sprite...