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BS: Recipes - what are we eating?

Mrrzy 18 May 20 - 04:53 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 18 May 20 - 04:53 PM

If you smelt your roe it ain't fresh.

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

Halved a recipe for 12 muffin-sized lava cakes but it made 8, mighta made 10 but I tried to keep it down to 6. Recipe here, in French.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Jos
Date: 18 May 20 - 02:25 PM

I, too, enjoy sneezing but sometimes it just isn't a good idea - not just if you are about to meet the queen, but when you don't want to be heard, or when you are doing something delicate with flour or icing sugar and you don't want to send most of it flying round the kitchen. (I'm pretty sure the sneeze comes back later, so you won't be missing out.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: leeneia
Date: 18 May 20 - 01:13 PM

Images of cryowurst:

https://bit.ly/2WEPvXw


Link shorted via bitly. --mudelf


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: leeneia
Date: 18 May 20 - 01:11 PM

Last week I made bean soup. My mother made it this way with ham hocks, but the DH wanted more meat, so I modified it. I use a slow cooker because it does something magical to the sausage, giving it a delicious, velvety texture. Also it causes the spices in the sausage to escape and flavor the entire batch.
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Ingredients: one pound of dried baby lima beans. 2 bay leaves, 1/2 of a good-sized yellow onion, one package of cryowurst. Optional carrots

What is cryowurst? It is our own name for mild, firm sausage which is about one-inch in diameter and is packed as one long link in plastic. I like the Eckrich brand. Bought on sale and put in the freezer, it keeps a long time.

Soak the beans overnight in cool water. Next day, put a liner in the slow cooker, and add the beans. Add 5 cups of water.

Cut the cryowurst into pieces about 1/2 inch thick. Cut those pieces in half, if you wish. Chop up the half-onion, not too fine.
If you want carrots, chop them now. Put the wurst, onion, carrots and two bay leaves into the slow cooker and cook on low. After about 4 hours, check to make sure there is enough water. If not, add some.

Cook for a long time, (8 hours?) till the beans are tender. (There is no need to take the beans out and run them through a blender.)

This makes enough for two generous meals for two people. We like it with cornbread.

Let diners add salt and pepper at the table.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 18 May 20 - 01:00 PM

I *love* sneezing. I wouldn't stop one.

My delivery Chinese was great, and I didn't cook it.

Today preparing for duck legs with garlic green beans, lava cakes for dessert, for Thing1 tonight. Thing 2 will have spaghetti and salad, with more lava cakes for dessert too, Wednesday. Their actual bday is tomorrow but I am busy.

What I want to know is, *who* gave *my* twins permission to turn 25? Don't they realize that is 625 parent-years?!?


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Charmion
Date: 18 May 20 - 10:39 AM

The huge pork ribs were just as delicious cold, with cornbread and salad, as they were hot. But they would not meet Suthun standards for tenderness, requiring full exercise of the teeth despite being very thoroughly cooked.

Not sure about why. Perhaps something to do with fat content of the meat? Age and/or breed of the donor pig?

I have never eaten shad roe, living as I do more than a thousand miles from the Atlantic coast. Is it one of those delicacies that is available for two or three weeks of the year, and does not travel? (Like smelt used to be, until the invention of flash freezing ...)

Elk are farmed here in Ontario, and we have become depressingly casual about dining on elk rump, which makes the world's best sauerbraten by far. Yes, I know it's not supposed to need all that marinating, especially when it's from a farm, but it sure tastes great.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 May 20 - 10:51 PM

Sounds like quite a culinary adventure!

several weeks ago I found some really nice frozen Sockeye salmon filets at my favorite discount grocery and bought a few, but I wish I'd bought more. They are so good! Had one for dinner tonight. Now I'm thinking about shopping tomorrow - I bought some corn on the cob last week that turned out to be wonderful, and I'm hoping they still have some this week. We take turns shopping so I'm going to see if my ex wants some also. I try not to go out more than once a week, and I keep a note on the calendar about where I went in case it ever becomes important. These are hard times, especially in a state with numbers continuing to rise and a governor who is "opening up the state."


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: EBarnacle
Date: 17 May 20 - 06:28 PM

Yesterday, Lady Hillary and I were out in West Nowhere, Pennsylvania for a couple of major parts for her '81 Celica GT. He pretty much lives off the land, says he never has to buy red meat. There is a herd of elk on his property nd he is hoping to get one this year. If he bags one, we agreed that we would swap a couple of pounds for one of my homemade knives. We've never had elk before but he says it tastes better than venison and does not need to be as heavily marinated.

On the way home we stopped in Phillipsburg, NJ just as the fishermen were hauling out. They gave us a couple of roe shad. We cleaned them when we got home. As I ruptured one of the roe sacs in the process, we had a shad roe omelet for breakfast with the bacon used for cooking and some homemade yoghurt on the top. A breakfast fit for a king, or for George Washington, who adored to eat shad. The flesh from the two fish we were given went into the pickling jars last night. Two fair sized shad became four quart sized mason jars of fish. Later this week we will see how well the pickling dissolved the bones in the first batch.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 17 May 20 - 02:34 PM

You can stop a sneeze by firmly pinching both sides of your nose twixt finger and thumb, about half way up. Grand if you're just about to shake hands with the Queen. Otherwise, let it all hang out with a massive, orgasmic roar (going into total body-relax mode just before the sneeze). You'll see what I mean, and the Pope can't complain about that...


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 May 20 - 01:42 PM

It's funny, the trick that usually has been helpful (because the un-sneezed sneeze is so uncomfortable) is to look at a light source to get the sneeze to follow through. That's now best done only at home when you're alone! :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 17 May 20 - 01:35 PM

Appalachian yak, local! I was also amazed. Yeah, super-lean, tastes more like venison or even lamb to me, rather than bison.

I think tonight I shall support a local restaurant and order delivery.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Jos
Date: 17 May 20 - 12:13 PM

Stilly River, if you feel a sneeze is about to happen you can stall it by pressing your upper lip directly below your nose. It seems to cut off the message between your brain (the part of it that works without your permission) and the sneeze muscles.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 17 May 20 - 11:52 AM

I think it may be better to slow-cook ribs for a couple of hours in the oven first, marinated in stuff and wrapped in foil, then finished on the barbie.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Charmion
Date: 17 May 20 - 10:23 AM

Mrrzy: ground yak? Are you ordering your groceries from Katmandu, or perhaps Ulan Bator?

I imagine it's like bison: beef, but leaner and denser.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Charmion
Date: 17 May 20 - 10:15 AM

I fired up the barbecue yesterday for a feed of ribs that I bought at the farmers' market, open again at last. These were the largest pork ribs I think I have ever cooked, far longer and meatier than the "baby" back ribs sold at the supermarket. After cooking for nearly two hours, the meat had not achieved the falling-off-the-bone state considered desirable in barbecue circles, but Lord, it was delicious.

I guess they came from a Large White hog in the prime of muscular life, rather than the usual adolescent pigling.

Asparagus and mushroom pilaff on the side. Urp.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 16 May 20 - 01:42 PM

Was going to make soup with ground yak and all the veg I still had a little of (tail end of cabbage, last brussels sprouts, handful of spinach, half an onion, last garlic cloves of the head) so I melted some butter with paprika-marjoram-oregano (my current go-to trio), a little white wine and some chicken broth, but I forgot the yak and made a marvy veg soup. Seriously yum. With the end of the sour cream. I now have a lot of room in my fridge!
My freezer, on the other hand, is bursting at the seams. I have apparently narrowed my hoarding to just there. I have got to stay away from the farmers' markets for a while!


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: EBarnacle
Date: 15 May 20 - 11:57 PM

stuffed cabbage with spinach and mushrooms tonight. we were going to have the spinach tomorrow but a few of the leaves started to go bad. Raisins in the stuffed cabbage--nice and sweet. Orange sauce with the cabbage.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 May 20 - 12:17 PM

Funny; I know I'm coming down with something when lemon smells like soap instead of like lemon (not lemon scented soap, it tends to smell more like one of the blue brands). So far all are healthy in my small but dislocated world, though several of us are struggling to keep the seasonal allergies from getting to the sneezing point. These days that scares people.

I'll be harvesting my elephant garlic (actually some kind of a leek) soon. It keeps for a very long time (I'm still using garlic from two years ago). Keep it in a brown paper bag in a dark cool (but not refrigerated) place. Mine lives in the pantry.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Charmion
Date: 15 May 20 - 11:31 AM

I know I'm sick when my idea of Lucullan fare is a poached egg on toast, and tea is the only beverage with appeal.

Please be well soon, Steve. Your opinions are valued, if not always complied with. (Still mincing garlic sometimes over here.)

BTW, Steve, how do you use garlic in a vinaigrette? I put a clove or two in a bowl with some large-grain salt and smush it to paste with a pestle. Does that technique meet the Shaw Standard?


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 15 May 20 - 11:05 AM

Feel better soon Steve Shaw! Eggs are marvy. Also soups. Hot soups.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 15 May 20 - 10:38 AM

Funny, Maggie, my son's just the same with onions. When I'm chopping up onions/carrots/celery for anything I like to keep the pieces quite big. I like texture in food. I don't really understand the concept of "finely chopped" or, with garlic, "minced." ;-)

Anyway, I've been really badly poorly for over a week so, if I eat at all, I'm eating soft and bland. I didn't realise how much I liked porridge and scrambled eggs. I am well on the mend, I hasten to add, though the wine stockpile is holding up well.

I could eulogise all day about cooking eggs... So cheap, so easy, so quick, so tasty...


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Charmion
Date: 15 May 20 - 10:19 AM

No, Mrrzy, we don't want a cutting board with a built-in scale and knife-sharpener. At least not in this parish, where a good chopping board is one that can go in the dishwasher.

Today, in this parish, supper will include pears poached in wine. Because Friday.

The ingredients are: six firm, ripe pears that are not Bartletts (Bosc are best), plonk wine, the rind of a lemon, half a cup of sugar, and either a small piece of cinnamon bark or two or three whole cloves.

Find some completely undistinguished red wine, such as the kind that comes in a box or a Tetrapak. Depending on the size of your pot and your pears, you may need two bottles. If you have a bottle of crap white wine, you can use that for one bottle, but you will want red for the other.

Put the wine, the sugar and the spices in a steel or enamelled saucepan, bring it to a boil and simmer for five minutes.

While the wine is heating, peel the pears. If you are not a French cuisine purist, slice them in half and remove the core with a melon-baller. (If you are a French cuisine purist, leave the cores alone or remove them from the blossom end of the pear, which is fiddly and likely to waste too much pear. Either way, leave the stem on.)

If the pears are whole, stand them in the bottom of the pot and string the lemon rind around them. If the pears are halved, ensure that they are completely immersed and get the lemon rind in there any old how. Simmer very gently until the pears are just tender.

Put the pears in the wine into the fridge to chill, preferably overnight. In the morning, remove the pears from the wine with a slotted spoon; you will notice that they are now a robust shade of purple. Strain the wine back into the saucepan and boil it down into a light syrup; it should not quite coat a spoon. Cool the syrup and pour it back over the pears.

If you did this with whole pears, serve them standing upright in a pool of syrup; if the cores are still in, your diners will hold the stem with one hand and ply the spoon with the other. Halved and cored, these pears are ambrosial set on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream with the syrup ladled over.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 15 May 20 - 08:06 AM

Do we want one of these chopping boards with built-in scale and knife-sharpener?

Blicky


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 May 20 - 03:31 PM

My son was an extremely picky eater well into middle school years, but he gradually realized that just because he didn't want to SEE onions in something didn't mean he didn't want to taste them. There was an occasion when I was making chicken fajitas for each person to make (with flour tortillas and we topped with guacamole, salsa, lettuce, etc.). At some point he was watching me fix the dish, or maybe I was making it for him - he said he wanted the sliced onion and poblano pepper to cook with the chicken, but if I would serve him just the chicken after it was finished then he'd be okay with it. He's the reason I started grating the onion to go in guacamole - so he could taste it and not pick it out.

Since then he went away to college two states away he wasn't able to come home to eat regularly. He soon discovered that his friends from college had some interesting foods. The year he and a couple of friends moved off campus into a rental house he called home and asked me how to roast a turkey and make the fixings. Now his girlfriend will tell me about what he's cooking - and including sauces.

It's wonderful to watch them keep growing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: leeneia
Date: 13 May 20 - 03:17 PM

I agree with you about green peppers, Mrrzy. I tend not to put them in sauces. Sometimes, when a dish seems to demand them, I slice them thinly and serve them raw, so that people can add them at the table. This works well with Mexican food, which tends to be squishy and could use a crisp note.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Charmion
Date: 13 May 20 - 01:27 PM

Whatever that black coating was, Steve, you seem to be thriving on it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 13 May 20 - 01:01 PM

I have found that parsnips, like green peppers, take over. That is a spoonful of sauce that has green peppers in it will taste like green pepper even if there is no green pepper in that spoonful. Which is fine, I like green pepper. Not that fond of parsnips but if they'd stay in their lane, like carrots (a spoonful of chicken soup made with carrots tastes better than one not made with carrots, but it doesn't taste OF carrot unless there is carrot in the spoonful), I might like them better.

Others finf the same?


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 13 May 20 - 12:58 PM

I have a Microplane zester which does a good job if you want the zest very finely grated. When we bought it it had a black coating, which has now worn off in the middle. I suppose we've eaten it. I also have a old-fashioned zester which scrapes off larger slivers of zest for when you want to see the zest, which I usually do. I have another Microplane for finely grating cheese, ideal for Parmesan.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Charmion
Date: 13 May 20 - 12:17 PM

Mmmmmm. Microplane.

I acquired my first zester only a few years ago, and now almost never use the box grater that always tears the skin off my knuckles.

Maybe it's time to up my game with a microplane.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: leeneia
Date: 13 May 20 - 01:36 AM

(Note: parsnips cook faster than carrots, so I put the carrots next to the ceramic pot and put the parsnips in the middle. Small red potatoes dotted the outside.)

Cook on low for 6-8 hours, till tender.
Remove batch from the slow cooker VERY CAREFULLY, put in a bowl and chill till next day.
When it's time to eat, remove the meat from the bones. Put the meat and veg into a large pot and heat. To the juice which remains in the cooking bag, add the peel of one lemon, grated, and the juice thereof.
Stir in the rosemary/marjorum. Add juice to the pot and heat through.

Add salt and black pepper at the table.   
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I like my microplane for grating the lemon peel.

https://www.amazon.com/Microplane-40020-Classic-Zester-Grater/dp/B00004S


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: leeneia
Date: 12 May 20 - 10:38 PM

It's May, but it's wintry. Only 53 out, and this is the traditional day time to plant tomatoes. So I made a winter dish: Turkey with root vegetables.

Two turkey thighs
one half of a big yellow onion, chopped
root vegetables of your choice. I used parsnips, carrots and potatoes.
lemon
1 tsp dried rosemary or marjoram

Put the turkey in the microwaves and nuke it on half power till it is lukewarm. I figure this kills germs and makes it cook faster.

Line a large slow cooker and put the two thighs in the bottom. Add the root vegetables of your choice, then strew in the onions.

back later


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 10 May 20 - 09:53 AM

Spatchcocked for the first time yesterday, a cornish hen, with garlic that got crunchy instead of soft and some cabbage in the side. Marjoram and paprika and salt. Delish.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: EBarnacle
Date: 09 May 20 - 07:34 PM

Couldn't wait. Made the shad roe with bacon today. It was as good as I recalled it being. Have to go for more next week.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 May 20 - 02:17 PM

Blueberry muffins delivered, hot out of the oven, to a couple of neighbors, with a few left over for myself. I put on a mask and vinyl gloves to lift them out of the baking pan and onto paper plates that were popped into brown paper bags that have been folded away in the pantry for months.

Baked goods are a way to perk up people's week, though after the apple pie episode two weeks ago the house got smoky every time I turned on the oven because of the pie syrup that dripped onto the floor of the oven and the element. I ran the self-cleaning cycle a couple of days ago (after scraping up most of the burnt-on sugar). Much better now, I could smell the muffins and not worry about a smoke flavor being picked up by the batter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: EBarnacle
Date: 09 May 20 - 11:17 AM

Last night spent about an hour pickling shad. I'll know in a couple of days about the result. Used the pickled herring recipe from Jewish Cookery, Leah W. Leonard, 1968 edition. Didn't have milt and did not include sour cream, both of us being lactose intolerant.

Shad roe tomorrow. The only major ingredient other than the roe is bacon. Slow cooked is best, with the bacon under the roe. According to McPhee, the bacon may have to be finished to crispness after cooking the roe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 08 May 20 - 12:34 PM

Burma!

Apparently I panicked. Now that they have cooled, they are crunchy and delicious.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 08 May 20 - 09:55 AM

Question: my shopper delivered raw instead of roasted almonds, so I looked up how to roast almonds and put half on a baking sheet, single-layer but as many as would fit, into heated 350F oven for 10 mn, stirring after 7.

The roasted almonds are now soft and tasteless.

Tried one raw one, crunchy and yummy. I don't like the idea of raw almonds, though.

What did I do wrong? I checked several recipes, all said 350, all said 7-10 mn, none said Do not crowd.

Is there a way of redeeming the inedible ones I tried to roast?

I eat a LOT of almonds, but these are now gross. Should I just embrace earing them raw? I usually eat roasted unsalted, so it's not the lack of salt that made them tasteless.

Thanks!


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Charmion
Date: 07 May 20 - 05:15 PM

Steve Shaw, I learned to eat rice salad in the south of France, where pasta salads and lentil-bean salads are also a thing. At the height of summer, you make it early in the morning when the heat isnít blistering quite yet, and let it sit and think about itself (the French have a word for that ó mijoter) until lunchtime, when you eat it with a glass of cold white wine and then lie down for a while if you have any sense.

The first Ontario asparagus is in, hallelujah, and I bought a kilo. I can eat asparagus until I piss green. With hollandaise sauce, itís a dish fit for the Prince of Baden, but itís also fine poached for six minutes and raced to the table with a squirt of fresh lemon juice.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Donuel
Date: 07 May 20 - 02:28 PM

Of all the rice I've tried, Basmati has the best aroma.
Homemade fresh pasta likewise is superior.
Some things can't or shouldn't be improved upon-
But what about Avocado? It is such a complete food it is practically therapeutic.

I was also surprised at how nutrishious simple watermellon is.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 May 20 - 01:04 PM

I have some whole milk Greek yogurt I want to finish up so this morning I mixed in a couple of scoops of a stevia/sugar blend with vanilla flavoring (it's awful in tea or most things, but it does give yogurt a boost). I wanted it sweeter because I have a fresh pineapple to eat also and it's a bit on the tart side. So, a cup (more or less) of yogurt and about 3/4 cup of broken up pineapple. That was a nice springtime breakfast alongside a cup of tea.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 07 May 20 - 12:09 PM

Yup. I think of them as cannibal peppers as I add the chopped-up parts of the pepper lid to the stuffing. This time chopped the pepper lid, a jalapeŮo, and a garlic clove, mixed with ground yak, marjoram, oregano, hot paprika and one grind of salt. Put most of the chopped stuff in first then most of the meat on top, dug a little hole in the top for a dab of duckfat (yak is really lean), and it is in a 350į toaster oven with tin foil on top. After a while I will remove the tin foil hat. Lunch for 1! I am learning.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 07 May 20 - 11:15 AM

I think yak-stuffed pepper today...


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 07 May 20 - 05:40 AM

You can dress salads however you like, but if that salad has lettuce and/or slices of cucumber in it, or big chunks of bell pepper, I'm going home. And heaven forfend that anyone should serve up one of those seventies horrors that had peanuts or bits of tinned mandarin orange in them. Or cold rice...

A very nice salad that's almost a full meal if you eat enough of it is one that I saw printed on a box of Sainsbury's cherry tomatoes. It's like a caprese but with testicles (not real ones). Slice up a ball or two of mozzarella (can't be arsed with that expensive sloppy buffalo stuff - Galbani's finest will do me), slice up two avocados thinly (they must be perfectly ripe: paramount) and chop some of the best cherry toms you can get your hands on in half, about 200g mebbe. You can layer the avo and cheese artistically in a shallow serving dish of some kind by alternating the slices in a swirly pattern, or you can just chuck it all together. Throw the tomatoes on top. Season with a bit of freshly-ground black pepper. Sprinkle your very best extra virgin olive oil over it all and finish with some freshly-torn basil leaves*. Simple. The box calls it tricolore salad, because it has the three colours of the Italian flag. As they hardly use avocado at all in most of Italy, I doubt its authenticity, but it's delicious of a warm summer's evening.

*I said fresh. Put that pot of dried basil down and walk away slowly. Tomorrow, it will make the perfect partner for your kitchen waste bin...


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: EBarnacle
Date: 07 May 20 - 12:44 AM

Don't knock the green stuff. It's a useful ingredient.
Do you like seafood with tartar sauce--just mix a bit of relish and some mayo.
Lobster sauce--melted unsalted butter with lemon to taste. A good Maine lobster has a touch of salt already. If you want it saltier and the sea near you is clean enough, put kelp or other seaweed in the steaming vat; or you can just add salt to the solution.

Salad dressing--catsup mixed with mayo, relish optional.

Cocktail sauce--some catsup and freshly ground horseradish.

Catsup--tomato sauce, either homemade or commercial and a good vinegar; if you like it sweet, add some sugar to taste.

Mayo--plenty of recipes on line.

When I grind up a batch of horseradish, I wet it down with balsamic vinegar for a taste that's rich and powerful. No need for salt.

By mixing my own basic sauces I find no need for preservatives or salt and make them to my taste. I also get to control the amount of sugar.
None of the ingredients are exotic and there are no unpronounceable chemicals involved.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 06 May 20 - 05:02 PM

My burgers are made with the best minced steak I can lay my hands on and nothing else. Pure beef. For the barbie they are 150g each. I mould them with my hands, being very careful not to over-compress, and make a hollow in the middle, so it's the shape of a giant red corpuscle. I do baste it on the barbie, with a home-made concoction of tomato sauce, mustard, a drop of red wine, some Worcestershire sauce, a splash of oil and seasoning. It goes in a toasted bun with some wild rocket and caramelised onion chutney. If we're having burgers just fried on a cold night, I'll make six small ones out of the pound of steak. No seasoning, no onion, no nothing. They are fried in a tiny amount of groundnut oil in a very hot pan for 2 min 30sec a side, then allowed to rest in a warm oven for at least ten minutes while I get my chips, greens and baked cherry tomatoes sorted. No bun. If my burgers aren't ever so slightly pink in the middle, I've failed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Charmion
Date: 06 May 20 - 12:12 PM

I like home-made hamburgers with nothing but HP Sauce and a slice of red onion. In restaurants, I'll eat them dressed with all manner of clag, but never ketchup, mustard or that sweet green pickle relish. My life-long dislike of ketchup has me wondering sometimes if I really am a true-born Canadian ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 May 20 - 11:22 AM

Yesterday I made a grocery run for my ex and myself - it usually happens when I've gone too long without fresh produce. I found flour on the shelves for him (I recently gave him 3 pounds out of a bag a neighbor scored for me a few weeks ago) and bought huge T-bone steaks (Product of Mexico) on sale. I'll cut them into portions and freeze the bones for making soup later. I think the meat in some of my bean recipes in the future will be ground chicken. I usually grind up pot roast (cut up and frozen in 1-pound portions) to make my hamburger for tacos, nachos, bean dishes, etc. I don't buy pre-ground beef because there can be serious health risks with multi-sourced ground beef.

Dinner last night included rice cooker basmati rice and 4 ounces of sirloin pork chop. I used to eat much larger portions of meat than I do now; age and wisdom have something to do with that change. I find the combined fork of rice and a small piece of pork to be most satisfying.

One way to clear more room in the freezer is to take out a large jar of steam-juiced mustang grape juice and make jelly. I was out of jelly after sending a care package to a friend in New York City (along with 2 boxes of vinyl gloves and 2 homemade face masks).

There is a loaf of homemade bread in the freezer that will come out soon; it takes me a week to eat a small loaf by myself so the first couple of days are sandwiches or toast, after a couple of days the container goes into the fridge to keep longer and I make breakfasts of French toast. Most of it is gone but I might pop the end in the freezer so when I get near the end of the next loaf I'll have enough to make some bread pudding.

At the store yesterday a man in a mask with a toddler in a mask asked about yeast and I sent him to my favorite restaurant supply store where a one-pound vacuum packed brick costs $3.15. It will be a lot of yeast, but it keeps well in the refrigerator or freezer.


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 06 May 20 - 09:43 AM

Sexual reference to "boned pork shoulder" - you didn't miss much not reading it, Charmion.

Ordered out yesterday to support my local. Prefer my own cooking though...


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: Charmion
Date: 06 May 20 - 09:19 AM

Sorry, Mrrzy, you lost me. I never read Portnoy's Complaint; wherefore the Bwahahaha?


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Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
From: leeneia
Date: 05 May 20 - 03:48 PM

We are still in the renovation stage, with small appliances on top of the filing cabinet.

Yesterday we returned to childhood. In the old days, all seven of us would go to the grocery store on Saturday and stock up for the week. Back at home, we all helped put the food away. Then we would have hamburgers and potato chips for a casual dinner after all that hard work. There would be a vegetable or a salad, too.

We didn't have much money, but we did have the full array of condiments which an American has the right to expect: ketchup, mustard, pickle relish and onions, either raw or fried. Buns were toasted in a 250-degree oven, a gourmet touch.

The idea of putting lettuce and tomato on a hamburger came later.
I don't care for it - too squishy. When a restaurant serves me that, I turn the lettuce and tomato into a small, surreptitious salad.
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So yesterday we had hamburgers, potato chips (the smallest package), asparagus, avocado and strawberries.


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