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Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:06 am UTC
by Sandry
Entertained by the quick bread conversation here recently... I hadn't caught up here in *months*, but have been making tons of quick breads lately. Pumpkin bread, banana bread, lemon bread with and without cranberries, and this week a pear ginger one with dark chocolate chips in. It tasted great, but my texture was not best - too much liquid, too heavy. I'll try again with some alterations. My others all came out fine, which is good, because I made so many in so short a time period I had to keep bringing them places to make other people help me eat them. :P

Other than that I've been cooking really similar things possibly too often. I've found, though, that I'm perfectly happy to eat veggie curry and veggie chili twenty times a month with variations of what vegetables and proteins I use, so uh. I'm taking advantage of that, 'cause they're simple and healthy.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:47 am UTC
by Bakemaster
freezeblade wrote:Anywho, it's cold, so I made his Tuscan kale stew; very simple, kale, sausage, potatoes, a little bit of seasoning, simmered for ages. Tasty.

I love that dish, though I've seen it more often with white beans in place of potatoes and prefer it that way. Also can't beat a good cabbage and sausage soup. Nobody tell my wife I was talking about eating beans and cabbage.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:09 am UTC
by PAstrychef
Bistilla, a Moroccan chicken pie. Not my favorite recipe-the filling ended up a bit too gloppy for my tastes. It's wrapped in a phyllo crust and traditionally dusted with powered sugar before serving, which got me thinking about Monte Cristo sandwhices. Maybe for Tuesday lunch...

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:56 pm UTC
by Zohar
Made some pasta last night. Was going for simple tomato sauce but then decided to add some veggies - frozen kale and broccoli. Turned out pretty good. Also I just remember I bought zucchinis especially for it and forgot to add them.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:16 pm UTC
by Nath
What made a pressure-cooker-ful of caldo de res over the weekend.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:57 pm UTC
by freezeblade
Well, last night I made: Kaiser Rolls. Still trying to get the hand-shaping down, I'm getting better, but it's still a challenge.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:19 am UTC
by dubsola
Nath wrote:What made a pressure-cooker-ful of caldo de res over the weekend.

Probably a human, vaguely Nath-shaped I'm guessing.

Catching up:
Shakshuka! I love it. It's quite common to find at the morning farmers markets around my area, they put a few chickpeas / garbanzo beans in there which I think is good, I also use butter beans if I don't have chickpeas, and serve with a piece of baguette. I make it for dinner because it's great any time.
Even though I've been to both Morocco and Germany, I never saw Bistilla or Rouladen on the menu. I knew about bistilla but despite looking for it, I couldn't find it. Always bear some disappointment around that, since all I seemed to eat was endless tagines, and even though it's been 8 years or so I can still take or leave a tagine due to that time of excess. Rouladen is a new one to me.
What did I make...? I totally forgot. Ok, I guess I'll go back to Christmas - I had a MASSIVE zucchini from my boss's farm, so I made a stuffing with puy lentils, pine nuts, sultanas and tomatoes and parsley, and roasted it. It turned out great!
I've been trying to make a tasty slaw but not really succeeding. Weird how sometimes the easy things can elude you.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:10 pm UTC
by Zohar
Yesterday I made veggie lasagna. Decided not to do a bechamel sauce this time, but made my own pasta, and added a layer of zucchini (the ones I forgot to add to a pasta dish on Sunday).

Speaking of past cooking, while on vacation last week, two others made a pretty great paella (one veggie, one not). I come back from a day tour I was doing and they're like "We bought you stuff to make dessert, since you're such an awesome dessert guy!" and it's, like, chocolate cake mix, and an oreo pie crust - and I've never used either of those. After a bit of googling on whether I can take cake mix and turn it into pie filling by adding a million eggs to it or something and finding no results, I decided to just make the chocolate cake. I got some sour cream and bananas as a topping, and crumbled the pie crust (precooked) on top. It was weird. Sorta tasty, but weird.

Do people often find they get compliments for stuff that, honestly, isn't that good? People were like "I can't believe you made this wonderful thing in this very empty kitchen!" when to me it was clearly sub-par. Would have been better to have made a fruit salad or something instead.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:25 pm UTC
by freezeblade
Zohar wrote:Do people often find they get compliments for stuff that, honestly, isn't that good? People were like "I can't believe you made this wonderful thing in this very empty kitchen!" when to me it was clearly sub-par. Would have been better to have made a fruit salad or something instead.


I get that when I test out recipes. Things I consider a flop, or something that needs major twerking, people at the office just go gaga over. I think it is a combination of "you are your own worst critic" and the fact that most people just don't cook/bake much anymore, so anything fresh/homemade/"out of the ordinary" is like magic to the general public.

Edit: right, I should include what I made in these posts. Yesterday I made deli-style rye bread, to facilitate today's lunch: chopped liver sandwich on rye.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:53 am UTC
by Bakemaster
Today was one of my go-to meals, lion's head soup, but since I have really been wanting to try miso soup from scratch and so have got some miso sitting in the fridge I decided to drop a spoonful of that into the pot. Certainly not ow-tentico and I dunno if I'd do it again with the red miso but I might try it with the white, it seemed sort of borderline.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:03 am UTC
by Nath
Bunch of cooking over the weekend: aloo parathas (reasonably successful), tamarind fish curry (tasty enough, but too tomatoey), shortcut dosas and eggplant sambar (surprisingly good!).

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:38 pm UTC
by freezeblade
Savory morning buns to bring to the office!

Croissant dough with bacon, ham, caramelized onions, and swiss cheese rolled into it. Came out magical.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:25 pm UTC
by PAstrychef
Monte Cristo sandwiches are fantastic. I didn't even deep fry them. Last night was breaded duck tenderloin pieces over polenta with sautéed red cabbage. I got a five pound bag of the duck, and am thinking up fun things to do with it.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:21 pm UTC
by Zohar
Yesterday I made a Japanese cheesecake. It's a type of very fluffy and light cheesecake, with little flour and using folded egg whites for volume. It turned out nice in terms of flavor, but I didn't love the texture. It was a bit mousse-like, not really creamy as I would have liked. Of course I'll be eating it, don't get me wrong! But I think I'll see to the heavier cheesecakes that I really enjoy.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:22 pm UTC
by freezeblade
PAstrychef wrote:Monte Cristo sandwiches are fantastic. I didn't even deep fry them. Last night was breaded duck tenderloin pieces over polenta with sautéed red cabbage. I got a five pound bag of the duck, and am thinking up fun things to do with it.


Next time my local asian market has duck on offer, I think I'll be making a Duck Cassoulet, baked in a ceramic vessel, with dead dough to seal the lid on. Been on my list since I got a new shipment of this year's crop of cassoulet beans.

Tonight I'm making (or, prepping, it'll get baked tomorrow) a chocolate babka, recipe from "Jerusalem: a Cookbook"

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:06 pm UTC
by Moo
Made a pretty decent chilli con carne (in a vague improvised sense) that I couldn't eat because of the high carbs in the beans. Went down well though. I did have a few bites; I think it's a bit cinnamon heavy but looks like I'm the only one.

Also made Smitten Kitchen's brownies for my new work on Friday but not sure they're the kind of people I'll be baking for regularly; very lukewarm reception and I know it wasn't the brownies.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:27 pm UTC
by Zohar
Moo wrote:Also made Smitten Kitchen's brownies for my new work on Friday but not sure they're the kind of people I'll be baking for regularly; very lukewarm reception and I know it wasn't the brownies.

Oh that really sucks. Sorry they aren't more supportive, I hope the environment gets more inviting with time.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:38 pm UTC
by Moo
I apologise for communicating badly; the brownies got a lukewarm reception however me personally feel welcome and wanted and it's a nice place. Thank you though.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:39 am UTC
by Sandry
Nath wrote:shortcut dosas and eggplant sambar (surprisingly good!).

I would love to hear more about this. I suspect the only way I am ever likely to cook dosas involves shortcuts. :)

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:35 am UTC
by Bakemaster
Aww yiss

Motha. Fuckin. Wafkes.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:40 am UTC
by Nath
Sandry wrote:
Nath wrote:shortcut dosas and eggplant sambar (surprisingly good!).

I would love to hear more about this. I suspect the only way I am ever likely to cook dosas involves shortcuts. :)

The dosas were from store-bought batter; you just thin it out a bit with water and cook it in a non-stick skillet or tawa. Most Indian groceries sell this stuff. But the from-scratch version isn't an enormous amount of work; it just takes some advance prep (soaking the components), and you've got to grind it all into a paste to make the batter.

The shortcut sambar was Gits brand sambar mix, which I doctored up a bit by adding some coarsely diced eggplant, pearl onions, serranos, tomato puree, and a couple of rogue shallots, and tempered it at the end with some mustard seeds and dried Arbol chiles cooked briefly in ghee. Turned out better than some homemade and restaurant sambars I've had in India.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:57 pm UTC
by Zohar
Bakemaster wrote:Aww yiss

Motha. Fuckin. Wafkes.

That sounds fantastic. And we have a waffle iron.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:14 pm UTC
by Sandry
Zohar wrote:
Bakemaster wrote:Aww yiss

Motha. Fuckin. Wafkes.

That sounds fantastic. And we have a waffle iron.

They *are* fantastic! Had them at a friend's last month, and was so happy about it. :)

Nath wrote:
Sandry wrote:
Nath wrote:shortcut dosas and eggplant sambar (surprisingly good!).

I would love to hear more about this. I suspect the only way I am ever likely to cook dosas involves shortcuts. :)

The dosas were from store-bought batter; you just thin it out a bit with water and cook it in a non-stick skillet or tawa. Most Indian groceries sell this stuff. But the from-scratch version isn't an enormous amount of work; it just takes some advance prep (soaking the components), and you've got to grind it all into a paste to make the batter.

The shortcut sambar was Gits brand sambar mix, which I doctored up a bit by adding some coarsely diced eggplant, pearl onions, serranos, tomato puree, and a couple of rogue shallots, and tempered it at the end with some mustard seeds and dried Arbol chiles cooked briefly in ghee. Turned out better than some homemade and restaurant sambars I've had in India.

Sweet, thanks for the info! And uh. Yeah, I'm not saying from-scratch is an enormous amount of work, but I know me and grinding anything into a paste - it will never happen. >_<

Oh, right. And actual what I made - last night I made spinach ravioli with a butternut squash sauce. Super pleased with the sauce! That turns out to be a good thing, too, since I made a lot of it, apparently. :)

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
by freezeblade
Bakemaster wrote:Aww yiss

Motha. Fuckin. Wafkes.


Welp, that's going on the "must make ASAP" list.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:37 am UTC
by Moo
Went berry-picking last weekend with the kiddo. This Saturday we made
- Blueberry muffins (at kiddo's request)
- Blackberry granola bars (also per request). These came out such a cool purply colour.

It was shortly after this that kiddo discovered he does not like blueberry muffins.

Luckily there was still enough left for a small batch of low carb blueberry muffins for me - soooo yum. I also made some low carb spiced zucchini and walnut muffins while the oven was on. Very good. Now maybe I'll have enough yum and satisfying stuff in the freezer to stop pigging out on carbs in glorious self destructive sprees every night after dinner.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:06 pm UTC
by Zohar
Berry-picking sounds fun. I still want to go mushroom picking some time.

We had a lot of frozen green beans from our farm share, so I made a pasta with tomato sauce and green beans. Simple, but turned out nice, and pretty vegetable-y, since I used equal amounts of pasta and beans.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:10 pm UTC
by Liri
Zohar wrote:Berry-picking sounds fun.

North Carolina categorically has the best berries. George Takei said so.

But for real, we pick strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries every summer and they are great.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:16 pm UTC
by PAstrychef
Miniature scotch eggs using quail eggs. They were great-the whole sausage/egg/deep fried goodness, but not the size of your head nor so greasy that you didn't want to eat ever again. I will make again!

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 6:30 pm UTC
by Zohar
The other day we made beet skordallia, a dish from one of our favorite restaurants here, and it turned out absolutely amazing and I don't know if I ever want beets any other way. Apparently skordallia is a type of Greek potato salad? My version had roasted beets, garlic, salt, pepper, vinegar, olive oil, and toasted almonds, all blended to a puree. It's fantastic.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:19 pm UTC
by Liri
Oh man, until you said almonds and blended, I thought you were describing how we usually eat beets (which we learned to do in Greece). Roasted beets chopped in medium chunks tossed with chopped raw garlic, olive oil, and salt. Let it sit for a good bit to let the garlick have some time to mellow and spread its deliciousness.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:59 pm UTC
by Nath
Zohar wrote:The other day we made beet skordallia, a dish from one of our favorite restaurants here, and it turned out absolutely amazing and I don't know if I ever want beets any other way. Apparently skordallia is a type of Greek potato salad? My version had roasted beets, garlic, salt, pepper, vinegar, olive oil, and toasted almonds, all blended to a puree. It's fantastic.


Dang that sounds good. I am probably going to experiment with this.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:45 pm UTC
by Sandry
I've been making lentil soups lately instead of veggie chilis, and this week I made chili for the first time in months.

Man, why did I stop making chili? Chili is fracking outstanding! I've also started buying dried beans rather than canned, and so far that's going well.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:36 pm UTC
by freezeblade
Today I've got a bunch of family and friends staying at my place (for my wedding!) so I've got loads of goodies brewing (of note: it's citrus season!)

Seville Orange Sticky Buns (buttermilk yeasted sweet dough, loads of seville orange zest. the seeds are saved for root stock plants!)

Yucatan style roast pork (seville orange juice, beer marinade, with achote spices. Wrapped in banana leaves, baked low and slow in a dutch oven)

Rosemary Garlic Country style sourdough bread, to have with cheese/meats and champagne after the ceremony

Other citrus I'm stoked to see, and bought: Sumo citrus (Dekopon), Bergmont oranges, Cocktail Grapefruit (mandelo), Gold Nugget Mandarins, Moro Blood oranges.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:19 pm UTC
by PAstrychef
At least you don't seem to be making your own wedding cake!

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:23 am UTC
by Moo
Congratumahappiness!

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:38 am UTC
by Nath
Congratulations freezeblade!

I found some guanciale, so we made spaghetti carbonara and sauteed broccolini. Used the double boiler method, and didn't end up with scrambled eggs, for a change.

Also went to a ramen class last week, and made a bunch of ramen.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:04 am UTC
by bessie
Congratulations freezeblade!

And I made coffee today.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:36 am UTC
by Nath
Risotto with pancetta, scallions, and pecorino. Haven't made risotto in a while.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:02 pm UTC
by Zohar
Just pasta with tomato sauce and lots of veggies. Put some ricotta on top when serving. Ended up pretty good.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:47 pm UTC
by Liri
Zohar wrote:Just pasta with tomato sauce and lots of veggies. Put some ricotta on top when serving. Ended up pretty good.

Salata or the soft kind?

Ricotta salata is part of what really makes it in the vegetarian lasagna I grew up eating/cooking