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Re: Today I Made:

Postby philsov » Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:37 pm UTC

from my experience, fresh pineapple is simply impossible for gelatin. However, once canned, the enzyme or whatever is taken care of and it's workable.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby cerbie » Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:34 am UTC

Being broke, it's been mostly bean foods, lately, with whole grains and pastas mixed in.

But, since the weather has finally started to cool down enough, I started a new batch of chili mash. You see, I learned, as a bit of a chili-head, that separating the fermented mash into hot sauce and solids is largely a waste. It takes a great deal of time and effort, makes a mess, I need to keep track of more containers, clean more containers, I risk burning hands even more than normally with chili preparations, and then in the end, I reach for the solids more than the sauce, anyway.

Using a bail-top jar instead of a mason jar with plastic lid, it is progressing far faster than usual, and seems free of any significant amount of yeast flavor.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Amarantha » Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:58 am UTC

According to my major project from my Chemistry degree, heavy metals denature bromelain. Er. Yeah. That's probably not useful information for someone wanting to make jelly.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Feddlefew » Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:32 pm UTC

Amarantha wrote:According to my major project from my Chemistry degree, heavy metals denature bromelain. Er. Yeah. That's probably not useful information for someone wanting to make jelly.

The causal connection you just made in my head is unsettling. Now every time I crack open a can I'm going to have a little voice muttering "heavy mettle poisoning from canned goods!" in the back of my mind.

*Sigh* I have to go swab the inside of some cans now. -_-;
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Shro » Fri Oct 14, 2011 1:08 am UTC

Pork chops with

Whole Grain Mustard
Whiskey
Brown Sugar
Vanilla.

Turned out delicious.
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Postby PAstrychef » Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:22 am UTC

Chicken braised in apple cider. Browned the chicken parts for a really long time, then made a sauce of onions, garlic, herbs and apple in apple cider. Fit the chicken in the sauce so the skin stayed on top, then stuck it in a hot oven for about 15 minutes. It went very well with the giant biscuit I made because I was estimating how much liquid to add and added too much which made the dough a batter. It baked up just fine.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Sandry » Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:40 am UTC

Today was apparently Cooking Day for me. I made: red lentil and coconut soup with spinach, sesame noodles with asparagus and potato leek soup.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby skippysheila » Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:24 pm UTC

Sandry wrote:red lentil and coconut soup with spinach


Would you mind given me the recipe for this? It sounds like exactly the sort of thing I could take to work for lunch.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Sandry » Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:34 pm UTC

skippysheila wrote:
Sandry wrote:red lentil and coconut soup with spinach


Would you mind given me the recipe for this? It sounds like exactly the sort of thing I could take to work for lunch.

Sure - it's a pretty easy one.

Ingredients:
1 cup red lentils
1 can coconut milk
3.5 - 4 cups vegetable broth (I used bullion and water, 'cause lazy)
1/2 an onion (should have been 3 scallions... but we ran out)
8 oz spinach, chopped (lazy route=frozen)
ginger to taste (again, lazy, so I used 4 cubes of this stuff, which I LOVE because it's always pre-chopped and it never spoils, but you can also just finely chop or grate yourself a thumb of ginger like a normal, non-lazy person might :))
salt and pepper to taste, cumin or coriander ditto, if desired
optional hot pepper (when I do this, I use one or two fresh serrano chiles)
oil (I used sesame, as I like the flavour, but you can also go for a neutral vegetable oil if you like)

Saute the onion or scallion in oil (just enough to cover the pan) on a medium heat until it is somewhat transparent (or just a bit tender in scallions' case), add the ginger and let that go for another couple minutes. If you're using hot pepper, add it at this point, as well as whatever salting/spicing you want.

Add the vegetable broth and then the red lentils. Make sure you've rinsed the lentils a bit - if you put them in water and agitate them a bit, you want the water to not look yellowish - then drained them before adding. Turn the heat up a bit, and let the lentils cook for about fifteen minutes. They'll start to turn colour and look less solid and more disintegrated when they're getting more cooked. At this point, I usually use an immersion blender to smooth out the soup, though it's not strictly necessary, so long as your lentils are cooked well and not staying discreet and lenticular. I would recommend longer cooking time if you have non-continuous lentilpile instead of lentil smoothie, and of course keep an eye out to make sure you don't end up losing too much water for the lentils to cook well (hence the semi-variable last half cup of broth).

Once your lentils are sorted, add the coconut milk, stirring well, then the spinach. Once the spinach is in its happy place, you're all set.

As with most things I cook, the vegetable is somewhat arbitrary, and other stuff can be entirely reasonably be substituted in its place. I just happen to love spinach in a somewhat unreasonable sort of way.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby poxic » Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:42 pm UTC

/swipe
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby skippysheila » Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:43 am UTC

Thank you - it sounds really tasty.

Also:

Sandry wrote:lentils

Sandry wrote:lenticular


I've never noticed that before. Nicely done.

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Postby PAstrychef » Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:04 am UTC

skippysheila wrote:Thank you - it sounds really tasty.

Also:

Sandry wrote:lentils

Sandry wrote:lenticular


I've never noticed that before. Nicely done.

And they really are etymologically related!

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:14 am UTC

What cheeses did you use?

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:31 am UTC

Nice sharp cheddar and Monterey jack.
Not the super expensive, made from milk that came from cows who were serenaded with songs from The Sound of Music, but tasty "supermarket" cheese.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:21 am UTC

Monterey jack melts so good. Cheese is a hell of a drug.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby raike » Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:22 am UTC

I found myself craving some comfort food, so I made mashed potatoes and improvised some gravy made from butter and chunks of bread.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nocta » Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:09 am UTC

I bought a loaf of french bread, then made some bruschetta. French bread tastes amazing when you soak it in olive oil then pan fry it. It's how i make my toast. Today, i put smoked salmon, diced tomatoes, and basil on my bread.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Fire Brns » Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:14 pm UTC

No yeast Irish bread loaf. Bland and thick but it rises because of the recipe nonetheless.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby roband » Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:19 pm UTC

Chips, cheese, bacon, sausage, fried eggs, english muffins.

A mountain of food. Damn, it was good.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PictureSarah » Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:00 am UTC

A chicken pot pie is in the oven as I type!
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:44 am UTC

Armed with leftover chicken and lentil curry, I threw together a pretty rewarding salad of red cabbage, spinach, yellow baby tomatoes, pomegranate arils and sunflower seeds with a spicy peanut and olive oil dressing. I still have leftover pomegranate to deal with.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby poxic » Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:00 am UTC

Maybe, idunno, eat it? It's yummy.

Edit for a bit less snark: rub the seeds/whatevers in a lemon juicer (or machine juicer) and use the juice in a salad dressing or other sauce. Or, y'know, drink it because it's yummy.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:04 am UTC

The farmer's market has been selling big ass-pomegranates for $1.50/lb lately. I open one up and munch on it the rest of the day, but still have more than I can use up in a batch of Thing.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby poxic » Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:12 am UTC

I did find a random recipe using pom juice, one you can probably amend at will. (Sorry for the abbreviation. It is, for some reason, easier to type out this entire apology than to finish spelling the name of the fruit.)

250 ml. pomegranate juice
1 T. mild honey
1/2 t. minced fresh rosemary
1/2 sm. garlic clove
1 T. sherry vinegar
1 t. cornstarch
herb salt

Add the rosemary to the juice and simmer to reduce to 100 to 125 ml. (less than half to half - depends on flavour intensity of juice) add the honey and garlic and gently simmer for a few minutes.

Remove the garlic, add the vinegar and a pinch of herb salt.
Make a paste of the cornstarch with a little water, stir into the sauce and allow to thicken.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Anonymously Famous » Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:51 pm UTC

Last night's dinner:

1 pork shoulder roast
a handful or two of baby-style carrots
a few russet potatoes, pealed and cut into large cubes
salt and pepper

Throw it all into a slow cooker and let it do its thing. It took about 5 1/2 hours. We might have been able to eat it earlier. That's just when we felt like checking the internal temperature of the roast.

It's hard to go wrong with slow cookers and cast iron Dutch ovens.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Coffee » Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:34 am UTC

Today I made oatmeal cookies with walnuts and chocolate chips.
I toasted the oats before mixing 'em in of course.
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Postby PAstrychef » Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:09 pm UTC

Oatmeal whole wheat bread. Smelling great even as I type!
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Coffee » Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:23 am UTC

Today: matzo balls in turkey broth.
Yes it's store-bought broth. And... I'm okay with that.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:32 pm UTC

Raspberry-nutmeg whole wheat pancakes, to which Sarah added tasty stewed pears and apples.
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Postby poxic » Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:31 pm UTC

*jealous*
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Anonymously Famous » Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:00 am UTC

Sugar cookies, using my mother-in-law's recipe. They're delicious. :)

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby roband » Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:29 am UTC

Half an onion, half a tomato, leftover sweet chilli chicken, pre-grated packaged 'mozzarella', eggs and bread. I wanted to get rid of the small amounts of each I had left.

Scrambled egg with mozzarella and onion, on top of toast, topped with the chicken and diced tomato.

Second best dish I've ever made myself. I had a photo but my phone corrupted it :( It was all sunlit and beautiful too.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Sandry » Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:16 pm UTC

Yesterday (or was it the day before?) I helped my housemate make these delicious cinnamon roll pancakes. We didn't get the beautiful perfect swirl portion of it, though, as none of us could find our pastry bag, trying to do it with a plastic baggy resulted in the bag's immediate destruction, and my housemate finally said heck with it and just got out a spoon, so we had cinnamon blobs rather than swirls.

Still tasty, though. We have a bunch of the brown sugar mix and the cream cheese frosting leftover, so I think I may make cinnamon rolls shortly.

What I really need to do soon, though, is make chocolate tiramisu. I got random free chocolate lady fingers from work, and I bought the whipping cream and marscapone, and now all I need is some time and some motivation.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby roband » Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:24 pm UTC


hooo-leeee-sheeeee...

they look AWESOME

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Postby Sandry » Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:09 pm UTC

roband wrote:

hooo-leeee-sheeeee...

they look AWESOME

They were a thing of goodness, to be sure. :)
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Postby Anonymously Famous » Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:47 pm UTC

Note to self: Try these pancakes.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Coffee » Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:16 pm UTC

Tonight:
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 7oz tin of mushroom pieces, drained
1/4 lb beef salami, cut into small pieces
All that sautee'd together with salt, pepper, and dill until the onions are browned
add four beaten eggs and 1/4 lb extra sharp cheddar, cubed
cover until set and bottom browned, cut into quarters, flip quarters to brown other side
Serve
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby podbaydoor » Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:10 pm UTC

Box of mac 'n cheese + peas

It's probably a bad thing, how much pleasure a box of Kraft macaroni and cheese can bring me.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Screature, » Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:13 pm UTC

Today I mixed Encona hot pepper sauce with tobasco and had it as a dipping sauce for cheap plain crisps. A few people asked me if I was ok, considering my face was bright red and it looked like I'd been crying :lol:

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Shro » Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:46 pm UTC

Oh! A delicious sauce for dipping sweet potato fries:
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