The difinition of "from scratch" is "from the beginning, without using anything that already exists" (quotated from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
As you may know, I sometime cook from scratch, for example, red beans and tale soup in Canada. Even in Japan, I made dried radish(=KIRIBOSHI DAIKON), breadcrumbs, white sauce made from rice powder, grilled spareribes....ginger syrup as well.
For now, I am scheming to bake bread and make dumpling(=gyoza)...yah, from scratch...of course, it means yeast from vegetables and dumpling skins from flour.
I'm living in very comfortable home now, so I don't have such a chance to do that. It takes long time to do that, you know.That's kind of dream... :P could be...hun?
Living by myself is little bit Mottainai life, eh?
If I buy a half radish for cooking, I eat quater of it and I don't eat radish everyday. So, the radish goes worse quickly and I have to waste the radish. It's Mottainai, isn't it? At that time, I place the rest of shreded radish under the sunshine and make them dry. When the radish gets dry, it becomes sweeter than fresh one. that's own sweetness. I cooked it already and the amount of dried radish was good for me.
It takes long time to cook something from scratch, but it is neat for me to concentrate on cooking and forget my stress while cooking, besides that's interesting and exciting. Can't wait for it's ready...
If you have time, you should try it once...
tired thinking in English...:P