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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:22 
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Following up from the best fluffy pancakes I've made yet (in BnB the other day), this morning we made Japanese pancakes.

Not bad but needs some work; they stuck to the side of the chef's ring (hence they have scruffy sides) and they take bastard ages to make.


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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
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Got to say, they don't look like they'd be very nice. They look really heavy.

I'm making a recipe website, but Android Chrome has put me off :(

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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 13:56 
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Awesome work. You really are quite the chef mate.

I made Mrs C a crab linguine last night; one of my absolute faves because it's so easy, yet seriously scrumptious even if I do say so with my usual modesty lol.

Secret ingredients include starting off by briefly frying off a jar of anchovies in oil, before adding 8 (yes, eight) dried and finely snipped Kashmiri chillies, seeds and all, together with 4 cloves of pressed good purple garlic. Fry these for a minute or so before adding a sploosh of extra virgin olive oil and the next secret ingredient - a peeled and grated courgette, fry over medium to high heat adding more oil and a generous bunch of finely chopped coriander stalks. Now stir in one 50/50 white and brown Waitrose crabmeat and three of the white crabmeat, keeping on the heat and stirring in, heating through (only another minute or so, keeping everything quick to conserve delicate flavours and textures). Now, add a few tablespoons of pasta water (unsalted, from the 3 minutes max cook time for fresh linguine), squeeze in a lemon, take off heat and stir in the freshly drained linguine (I use a very large, shallow paella pan btw). Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves and serve immediately with a super chilled, bone dry 1er Chablis, move pan to centre piece of candlelit table, Zeppelin playing chilled romantic tracks in the background.

IMO it does not get any better than this and makes the soul soar and be happy you're alive.

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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 13:59 
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Very important to get the Kashmiri dried chillies online from an Asian supplier. If you substitute it will not have that lovely warmth but will be far too hot and ruined.

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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
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Got to say, they don't look like they'd be very nice. They look really heavy.

Not at all. About 50% of the batter volume was egg whites whipped to stiff peaks so there's loads and loads of air in there. Texturally, they were almost all the way to a light sponge cake.


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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
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Not bad but needs some work; they stuck to the side of the chef's ring (hence they have scruffy sides) and they take bastard ages to make.


Your being a bit hard on yourself, looked for a recipe for these online and accompanying picture looks just like yours (minus butter and syrup )


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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
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I do now want crab linguini, however - a jar of anchovies? Seems an awful lot.

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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
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Very important to get the Kashmiri dried chillies online from an Asian supplier. If you substitute it will not have that lovely warmth but will be far too hot and ruined.


Billy Connolly popped into my head even as I was reading that sentence :)

https://youtu.be/g7ou4nagOck?t=2m54s <<< Direct link to Kasmiri Chillies.

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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
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Cras wrote:
I do now want crab linguini, however - a jar of anchovies? Seems an awful lot.


It's only a tiny little glass jar, about 80g only I think. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 15:19 
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Cavey wrote:
Very important to get the Kashmiri dried chillies online from an Asian supplier. If you substitute it will not have that lovely warmth but will be far too hot and ruined.


Billy Connolly popped into my head even as I was reading that sentence :)

https://youtu.be/g7ou4nagOck?t=2m54s <<< Direct link to Kasmiri Chillies.


Heh. Yes I know this sounds poncy but it's true: these particular dried chillies impart a completely different flavour - and heat - to normal shop bought dried chillies, let alone fresh. Honestly. :)

It's not a snobby thing because they're as cheap as chips.

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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 15:42 
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That crab linguine sounds excellent.

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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 16:07 
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Thank you sir. :) Mega-easy compared to Doc's stuff though, I wouldn't even attempt that.

I'm in the chair again tomorrow cooking for all my girls (Mrs C and both TAs) - roast forerib of beef with all the trimmings (and I mean all lol, fat bastard that I am :D )

Time to set both fires for max winter cosyness :luv:

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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 16:18 
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Most of my cooking is not as complex as the stuff I write about; the stuff I write about is the most interesting of it, that's all. The "best" thing I cook, in the sense that I'm happiest with it, is carbonara which is very simple (five ingredients, five steps, pretty similar to your crab in simplicity.)

Having said that I do have from-scratch cornmeal dough proving downstairs for deep dish (Chicago style) stuffed pizza later.


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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 19:40 
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And to think I feel exhausted after shoving a Co-op spag bol in the MAGNETRON.

I've no idea how you guys do it.

I mean, I know how to cook, and I'm generally alright at it (although I have very little technical knowledge) but I just derive no pleasure from it at all. I blame my upbringing.

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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 20:23 
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Having said that I do have from-scratch cornmeal dough proving downstairs for deep dish (Chicago style) stuffed pizza later.


Will you cook that in your oven or do you have something else? I have pizza cooker

Not this model but its similar https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ferrari-G10006 ... zza+cooker.

I also have a pizza stone for my Green Egg, never got around to deep dish pizza although I think there is something you can buy just for this from the Green Egg website.

Do they need different cooking than say thin crust? I do this on the Egg at around 500-550F with a nice hot stone, cook for 6-10 mins depending on how loaded the pizza is with toppings.


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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 20:29 
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It was in the oven for about 40 minutes at 200 deg C. Deep dish pizzas aren't cooked like fast and hot like thin pizzas, they are more like pies; comparatively low and slow. I mean they're inches thick, so they'd still be cold if cooked for a few minutes.


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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:23 
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Splendid Chinese takeaaway style curry, using just a few simple ingredients.

INGREDIENTS:

1) One sachet Mayflower chinese style frozen curry sauce
2) One onion
3) Two fresh chillies (Kashmiri not required, dried crushed chillies will suffice if fresh not available)
4) EVOO (This is how fancy types refer to Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
5) Black pepper
6) Your choice of pouched microwavable rice (I find the Tesco pouches of basmati rice to be perfect, and reasonably priced. A controversial choice of rice given the dish perhaps, but I feel it works)
7) Your choice of oven chips (Standard McCain's are ideal, a good robust chip, but you can use whatever you want)
8 ) Half a mug of frozen garden peas or petit pois (Petit pois are for if you're feeling posh. Really, they're all just peas)

PREPARATION:

Put your sachet of frozen curry sauce into a pan of boiling water, this will take 20 minutes to cook, which is ample time to prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Microwave your half mug of peas in water for 3 minutes and put to one side.

Chop the onion to your taste, you want reasonable sized pieces. Put the chopped onion in a glass bowl with some EVOO, the chillies, and some black pepper. Give it a good stir, microwave for 30 seconds (900W), give another good stir, and set to one side, this will allow the onion to relax and take on a spectacular infusion of the various flavours.

When the curry sauce is cooked, turn off the heat, drain the water from the pan, and empty the curry sauce back into the pan. Add the onion mixture and drained peas, give it all a good stir, cover, and put to one side.

You have now prepared a wonderful reheatable curry, perfect for after an evening on the beers playing online games with your chums.

WHEN READY TO INDULGE YOURSELF:

Reheat the curry over a gentle heat whilst your oven chips are cooking. (You may need to add a small amount of water to the pan to give the curry the perfect consistency.) Towards the end of the cooking time, heat your rice in the microwave according to the instructions on the pouch.

Present the dish with the rice on one side of the plate, the chips on the other side (season to taste), and then lovingly smother both with your delicious Chinese style curry.

Finish with seasoning and a sauce of your choice (black pepper and a hot sweet chilli sauce work very well).

Bon appetit!

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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:21 
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For a really tasty breakfast, chuck a muffin in the toaster. While that's cooking, take a regular mug, pop in a spot of butter and microwave it to melt. Add a dash of milk, break in a single egg, grate some cheese and season with salt and pepper. Quick whisk and then microwave for 70 seconds. Place egg in muffin and eat.

If you are feeling really adventurous, add a sausage patty or slice of bacon for the full McMuffin experience.


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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:50 
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For a really tasty breakfast, chuck a muffin in the toaster. While that's cooking, take a regular mug, pop in a spot of butter and microwave it to melt. Add a dash of milk, break in a single egg, grate some cheese and season with salt and pepper. Quick whisk and then microwave for 70 seconds. Place egg in muffin and eat.

If you are feeling really adventurous, add a sausage patty or slice of bacon for the full McMuffin experience.


This is a visual experience thread, I wish to see pictorial evidence of your bespoke McMuffin.

How do you get a convincing Maccy D's style sausage patty?

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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
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How do you get a convincing Maccy D's style sausage patty?

If you just skin a couple of sausages and form it into a patty before shallow frying, you'll be most of the way there. Although I think McD's seasoning blend isn't quite like any other sausagemeat I've ever had.


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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:16 
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My "how takeaway shit is made" book says:

500g ground pork (mince)
½ tsp dried ground sage
½ tsp dried thyme
1 tsp onion powder
¾ tsp black pepper
¾ tsp salt
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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 13:56 
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I've been making Chili quite a lot recently. I only have a small kitchen with two gas rings and a kettle as my only cooking equipment, and I'm pretty lazy with cooking so I like stuff I can make in a big batch and freeze.

I get 1kg of fresh tomatoes, boil them to peel the skin off, then chop them up and stick them in a big pot.
Fry some garlic and onions, and add them to the pot, with some fresh basil and chopped chilies (I do about 8/9 of the tiny little chilies).
Leave it on the lowest heat, and let it cook for ages, mixing it & checking it's still moist about every half hour. I add water and a little red wine.
About an hour in I add 500g of ground beef.
Then add whatever veg I'm using (pureed pumpkin is nice, also oyster mushrooms, grated carrot and obviously kidney bean).

The longer you cook it the better it gets. Pretty simple recipe, but it's healthy, cheap and delicious.


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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
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Hearthly wrote:
Dr Zoidberg wrote:
For a really tasty breakfast, chuck a muffin in the toaster. While that's cooking, take a regular mug, pop in a spot of butter and microwave it to melt. Add a dash of milk, break in a single egg, grate some cheese and season with salt and pepper. Quick whisk and then microwave for 70 seconds. Place egg in muffin and eat.

If you are feeling really adventurous, add a sausage patty or slice of bacon for the full McMuffin experience.


This is a visual experience thread, I wish to see pictorial evidence of your bespoke McMuffin.

How do you get a convincing Maccy D's style sausage patty?


Asda sell something similar, but not as nice.
https://groceries.asda.com/product/butc ... 0002379577

I'll photograph the next breakfast for you :)


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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
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I've no idea how you guys do it.


Pretty much the same as how I do it every day so that you eat something more than packets of crisps and haribo.

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I've been making Chili quite a lot recently.

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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
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That's quite the touch of class there, Hearthly. Microwave pouch rice, McCain oven chips... but obviously make sure it's extra virgin olive oil that's used... one shudders at the scale of faux pas which would doubtless ensue getting *that* crucial detail wrong, eh. :D
A trip to FarmFoods must be an epicurean voyage of unending discovery par excellence, huh. :p

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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
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Hearthly wrote:
How do you get a convincing Maccy D's style sausage patty?

If you just skin a couple of sausages and form it into a patty before shallow frying, you'll be most of the way there. Although I think McD's seasoning blend isn't quite like any other sausagemeat I've ever had.


These have the seasoning, texture, everything of the McD's patties I think 100% bang on: http://m.tesco.com/h5/groceries/r/www.t ... =289706028


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That image is verging on plagiarism.


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 Post subject: Re: Food & cooking
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"Just add muffin"? I can at least see eggs and cheese there too.


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Hash browns too.

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