Today I Made:

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Decker » Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:48 am UTC

I find that cracking the eggs in a couple places before putting them in the ice water bath helps get the shell off clean enough for me.

I wonder if there's an egg thread we should move these posts to.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Moo » Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:01 am UTC

After cooling the eggs, I bash them all over (gently) to change the shell from one big thing to a loosely connected net of small fractured shell pieces. Then, starting at the big end so as to utilize the air bubble, I start peeling; taking care to include the thin membrane under the shell. Peels off really easily, you just have to rinse it to take care of small pieces of shell that stick.



Anyhoo, I was up till 2am baking two chocolate cheesecake cakes (one as per recipe, one small one for me without carbs), prepping a Greek leg of lamb for the slowcooker, and making two trifles (again, one for me, one for everyone else).

And reminding myself that I suck at decorating big cakes. Just awful. Hope it tastes better than it looks!
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:46 pm UTC

I've grown accustomed to the idea my food often looks terrible, and usually tastes pretty good.
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Postby Quercus » Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:50 pm UTC

Moo wrote:And reminding myself that I suck at decorating big cakes. Just awful. Hope it tastes better than it looks!


Me too - luckily I have a housemate who is an accomplished cake decorator, so I can give my cakes to him to do.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:50 pm UTC

I, although I have loads of time being a baker, also suck at decorating. I can do basic stuff, sort of. It's sad, but that part is not my forte. Luckily, at my current job the most I have to do is pipe happy birthday on a cake.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby KittyCathy » Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:30 am UTC

Today I made dumplings filled with meat. Yum!

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Postby PAstrychef » Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:22 pm UTC

KittyCathy wrote:Today I made dumplings filled with meat. Yum!

What kind of wrapper did you use?
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:42 am UTC

Saturday: chicken tikka masala, using tandoori chicken from the local Pakistani takeout. (They do pretty good kebabs, but their curries suck.)

Yesterday: tomato-anchovy risotto and a roast Cornish hen, seasoned with some South African 'smoke' seasoning I found at Trader Joes. OK.

Today: another Cornish hen, this time with a mustard crust adapted from a Jacques Pepin recipe. Simple heirloom tomato and basil salad on the side. Better than yesterday's hen. It's almost like this Pepin fellow knows what he's doing.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Moo » Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:08 am UTC

Nath wrote:some South African 'smoke' seasoning I found at Trader Joes.
I am intrigued, what is this seasoning?

This Sunday I roasted a pork belly in the Airfryer. I frigging love roast pork belly.

For desert I made my hubby's favourite, Peppermint Crisp Tart (think cara-mint cream pie). I tried a recipe for a low carb version for me, which sucked; so I just ate some of the very very high carb version. Yum. Regret later, but yum at the time.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:37 am UTC

Moo wrote:
Nath wrote:some South African 'smoke' seasoning I found at Trader Joes.
I am intrigued, what is this seasoning?

This stuff: http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/149

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Postby Moo » Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:26 am UTC

I have never seen anything like this but it sounds pretty delicious.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby roband » Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:23 am UTC

Made from real South Africans.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Moo » Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:28 am UTC

Yeah, well, we are pretty tasty.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:27 pm UTC

Wanted to get bagels yesterday but weirdly the store was closed (yet still had employees and someone came out with bagels??), so I made french toast from store-bought brioche bread. Brioche is delicious, but it just doesn't seem to have the right structural integrity for great french toast. I think challah would be better for that.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Quercus » Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:28 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Brioche is delicious, but it just doesn't seem to have the right structural integrity for great french toast.

That surprises me - I make french toast with brioche all the time, and I love it. Although I do smother it with yoghurt, fruit and honey - so I may not notice any structural issues.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:44 pm UTC

When the bread was in the pan it puffed up impressively and looked pretty good, but once I took it out it kind of sank into itself pretty much immediately, to become a somewhat soggy-looking sad piece of french toast. It was absolutely delicious, but not very appetizing. Maybe it was the type of bread I used. Challah is a bit denser and holds its shape more, so that's why I think it would work better. I suppose if I let the bread dry for a day it might have turned out better.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Quercus » Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:49 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:I suppose if I let the bread dry for a day it might have turned out better.

That may be it - the brioche I use for french toast is pretty low quality (as brioche) and fairly dry - I get it for french toast, because I thought, well, it's cheap, and I'm soaking it in milk and egg, so it doesn't really matter if it's dry. Perhaps that actually made it better.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby freezeblade » Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:36 pm UTC

Challah makes wonderful french toast.

I buy day-old challah from the local jewish bakery just for french toast.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Sandry » Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:20 pm UTC

Yesterday I had this craving for mac and cheese from scratch, so did that. Wish I'd brought the leftover in to work with me, but at least it'll be there when I get back from school tonight.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby roband » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:02 pm UTC

Got 4 large chicken breasts marinating in thai red curry paste and other bits and pieces. Going to roast them up and make wraps with salad for dinner/lunches at work the next few days.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:21 pm UTC

Made some couscous last night (basic vegetables and prunes sauce) and some chocolate chip cookies om nom nom.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby roband » Sun Sep 13, 2015 5:49 pm UTC

Just finished a large portion of masoor dhal. Pretty proud of how it came out. Possibly the most delicately spiced dish I've ever made.

I made chapati too, simple but delicious.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Sun Sep 13, 2015 11:04 pm UTC

What sort of chhaunk did you use in the dal?

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Postby Zohar » Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:00 am UTC

Rosh Hashana dinner tonight! I made some fancy rice and tizmess to accompany it, other people are doing other things.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby roband » Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:28 am UTC

Nath wrote:What sort of chhaunk did you use in the dal?

The recipe I used didn't have one mentioned :( I don't know it by that name, but I've done a similar thing with curries in the past.

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Postby bigglesworth » Mon Sep 14, 2015 2:35 pm UTC

Did you (like me) know it as a tarka? (That's the Punjabi term - TIL).
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Sandry » Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:24 pm UTC

This weekend I made a caprese quiche, a broccoli cheddar quiche, a black bean and squash chili and garlic basil mashed potatoes. We cleaned out the fridge, and clearly I felt I needed to fill it right back up again. :P
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:04 am UTC

What kind of cheese do you use in the Caprese quiche? Do you have to use a low-moisture mozzarella, or does the regular stuff work?

Dinner last night: pan con tomate topped with Parmigiano, followed by roast chicken thigh in a hatch chile sauce.

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Postby Moo » Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:37 am UTC

I just melted 85% Lindt into milk for hot chocolate, and right now that is enough.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:37 pm UTC

Moo wrote:I just melted 85% Lindt into milk for hot chocolate, and right now that is enough.

I thought at first this was an answer to the mozzarella question. That sounds pretty heavenly.
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Postby Echo244 » Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:19 pm UTC

Leave out the milk, and that's my sort of hot chocolate. ;-D
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Sandry » Thu Sep 17, 2015 12:39 am UTC

Nath wrote:What kind of cheese do you use in the Caprese quiche? Do you have to use a low-moisture mozzarella, or does the regular stuff work?

I used fresh that's not kept in water, which seemed to do enough to make it not too liquidy. I do admit I tried to strain the tomatoes a bit, too, though, to improve my odds.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:06 am UTC

It's been a week of familiar favorites-roast chicken and potatoes, beef stroganoff, fresh pasta with butter and grated Parmesan. Nothing exciting, but really really nice to eat after way too much work.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Moo » Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:49 am UTC

If someone tells you to boil an egg for 4 minutes to make scotch eggs, do not believe that person.

Also, be really really careful about microwaving parboiled eggs. Like REALLY careful.
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Postby Quercus » Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:06 am UTC

Moo wrote:Also, be really really careful about microwaving parboiled eggs. Like REALLY careful.

O.O Did explosions happen? (If so I hope they happened in the microwave, not as you were taking them out)

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Postby Moo » Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:13 am UTC

In the microwave. Luckily, no-one was damaged in the eggsplosion. I KNOW eggs love to microsplode, and thought I was taking care...

Having now eaten one of the scotch eggs, it was very nearly worth the effort and drama.
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Postby Quercus » Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:16 am UTC

Moo wrote:microsplode

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Postby Sandry » Wed Sep 23, 2015 6:03 pm UTC

Y'know what's nice? Weather getting cooler so that turning on the oven doesn't just make everyone sad.

So it's baked potato time. Nom. I've been having mine with cheddar, salsa and sour cream.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Wed Sep 23, 2015 6:33 pm UTC

Made a huge amount of max & cheese on Monday om nom nom. I'm loving this cooler weather.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Wed Sep 23, 2015 11:58 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:max & cheese

I kind of want to befriend someone named Max and persuade them to open a cheese shop with this name.


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