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Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:04 am UTC
by cephalopod9
night baking! or rather I baked a pie crust a couple nights ago* and tried to make some berry, chiffon pie filling to put in it.

Thepictures looked really nice. I did some things wrong, the meringue was the consistency of latte foam, but it set up okay. Using too much gelatin helped with that, probably. It probably would have gone a lot faster if I had used the blender and a hand mixer instead of trying to mash fruit through a sieve, and using an egg beater.

I like egg beaters. I'm not sure if I like chiffon pie.



*I made chicken pot pie for a dinner last week, and wanted to test the crust I was making to see if i had it right**
**I usually use all crisco, but this time I didn't have enough crisco and used 1/2 a cup butter, forgot that would make the dough softer in my 80 degree kitchen and didn't add enough water

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:20 am UTC
by Moo
Sunday I made really, really disappointing beef potroast.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:02 am UTC
by PAstrychef
Saag paneer and spiced shrimp over rice pilaf.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:34 am UTC
by Moo
PAstrychef wrote:Saag paneer
YUM. I should make paneer again.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:24 am UTC
by Zohar
Moo wrote:
PAstrychef wrote:Saag paneer
YUM. I should make paneer again.

Do you make your own paneer? I've done that once, it turned out decent.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:43 am UTC
by Moo
Not often, but I have a few times, and it was goooood.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:28 am UTC
by PAstrychef
Sometimes I do, this time I used store bought.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:53 am UTC
by Moo
I wanted to make fajitas last night but had to work and just ordered pizza; so this morning I improvised breakfast buritos with the ingredients in the fridge. I fried some minced beef with cumin, oreganum, coriander and a hit of paprika, then scrambled some eggs into it. Made some salsa with red onion, cherry tomatoes and pickled jalapenos (no coriander to hand).

Assembled by spreading the tortillas with some garlic sauce (no sour cream either) and filling them with grated cheese, the mince-eggs mix and salsa.

I am sure it's in no way authentic (most of what I know about Mexican food is via American TV) but it was pretty tasty!

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:54 am UTC
by Moo
*hint. I think a hit of paprika would have been too much paprika.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:19 pm UTC
by Zohar
Moo wrote:I am sure it's in no way authentic (most of what I know about Mexican food is via American TV) but it was pretty tasty!

Just call it Tex Mex.

Friday I made a tarte tatin for my family before we said goodbye and flew back home. It was delicious, but it was a bit sad to leave.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:13 pm UTC
by freezeblade
Zohar wrote:
Moo wrote:I am sure it's in no way authentic (most of what I know about Mexican food is via American TV) but it was pretty tasty!

Just call it Tex Mex.


Yup, looks like Tex Mex to me. Kinda similar to a wonderful breakfast made with leftovers that is authentic: Machaca.

Saute onion slices, Bell Pepper, garlic (optional hot pepper slivers here)
Add slow-cooked, shredded beef (optional tomatoes here)
Scramble eggs in same pan
Place on plate, sprinkle cheese on top
Serve with a roast-y red salsa (salsa borracha works great here) and warm flour tortillas.

Yesterday I made: Nothing. Actually, I've been lazy. My better half is out of town until after thanksgiving, and it's just much less fun to cook for yourself. I've been living off leftovers and simple meals (roast veggies and animal protein, with salad.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:51 am UTC
by AngrySquirrel
Bun milk.

1 egg
Some milk
tablespoon sugar
teaspoon of salt
flour

Make into dough

Boil about 5dl of milk (not heavy boiling, just get it properly warm). Make tiny buns from the dough and put it in the warm milk. Let it heat at the edge of boiling for about 9 minutes. Serve with sugar. Cheap and tasty.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:37 pm UTC
by Zohar
Yesterday: Made another tarte tatin for Thanksgiving (someone couldn't have cinnamon and that was an easy recipe that didn't need it). Also helped out with cheesey green chili mashed potatoes, roasted root vegetables, and roasted Brussels sprouts.

I think I'm not actually a fan of Thanksgiving food. It probably is a combination of not being nostalgic towards it and being vegetarian, but I don't find cranberry sauce and stuffing appealing. Mashed potatoes are OK I guess, but I suspect they're more engineered to have the (non-veggie) gravy poured on them. Not a big fan of pumpkin pie either.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:00 pm UTC
by Liri
My thanksgivings for the past dozen years have been vegetarian, and I don't mean tofurkey. There're good ways to do it. Delicious mac n cheese features heavily.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:16 am UTC
by Moo
Had a Downton Abbey themed dinner for my pre-birthday celebration on Friday. Made:
  • Brocolli & Stilton soup (with an unwooded Chardonnay)
  • Salmon tartlets (ok actually my mom made these) (served with a dry Pinot Noir rosé)
  • Pork belly with roast potatoes, colcannon, honey glazed carrots, minted peas, gravy and roasted apples (served with a soft Merlot)
  • Eton mess
My friends wouldn't let me bring out the cheese board and sherry that was meant to be the 5th course because they were stuffed. Now I have all these delicious British cheeses in my fridge, whatever is a girl to do. Mmmm.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:41 pm UTC
by Zohar
Liri wrote:My thanksgivings for the past dozen years have been vegetarian, and I don't mean tofurkey. There're good ways to do it. Delicious mac n cheese features heavily.

Well, there's delicious vegetarian food, of course, but would the average American say mac n cheese is a traditional Thanksgiving food?

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:53 pm UTC
by Liri
Zohar wrote:
Liri wrote:My thanksgivings for the past dozen years have been vegetarian, and I don't mean tofurkey. There're good ways to do it. Delicious mac n cheese features heavily.

Well, there's delicious vegetarian food, of course, but would the average American say mac n cheese is a traditional Thanksgiving food?

Yes, or at least 20 to 35% of them depending on where you live.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:37 pm UTC
by Zohar
Huh, interesting. Maybe we should include that next year. My in-laws are from Michigan/Wisconsin and usually have rolls or cornbread. There's usually a salad too. I wouldn't have thought of that as a "side".

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:43 pm UTC
by Liri
Zohar wrote:Huh, interesting. Maybe we should include that next year. My in-laws are from Michigan/Wisconsin and usually have rolls or cornbread. There's usually a salad too. I wouldn't have thought of that as a "side".

Yeah, it's absolutely a main dish for me.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
by Zohar
Oh I meant a salad is just something that you always have with a larger meal. It wouldn't come instead of something like cornbread or green beans etc.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
by HES
Mac n cheese as a side is something I have only ever experienced in the States. It is very firmly a meal of it's own this side of the pond.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:21 pm UTC
by Liri
Zohar wrote:Oh I meant a salad is just something that you always have with a larger meal. It wouldn't come instead of something like cornbread or green beans etc.

Ah, gotcha.

I think it gains a reputation as a side because it divides easily into small portions.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:05 pm UTC
by Zohar
HES wrote:Mac n cheese as a side is something I have only ever experienced in the States. It is very firmly a meal of it's own this side of the pond.


I usually have it on its own too. Sometimes I try to make it slightly healthier by including veggies in there - some type of squash in the bechamel sauce, chopped onions and bell peppers fried in there, etc.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:46 pm UTC
by freezeblade
Zohar wrote:
Liri wrote:My thanksgivings for the past dozen years have been vegetarian, and I don't mean tofurkey. There're good ways to do it. Delicious mac n cheese features heavily.

Well, there's delicious vegetarian food, of course, but would the average American say mac n cheese is a traditional Thanksgiving food?


I'd say it's pretty traditional "big family gathering" side to be served alongside a meal. This puts it in the same category as macaroni salad, potato Salad, mashed Potatoes, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, fruit salad, and sweet potato casserole (add in some regional specialties like ambrosia salad). You'll see a few of these at most events like Christmas, 4th of July BBQs, summer potlucks, church functions, thanksgiving, etc.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:38 am UTC
by Moo
Yeah in both the UK and South Africa it is considered a main meal too.
freezeblade wrote:fruit salad
...and this is considered a dessert, usually served with ice cream.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:24 am UTC
by Giant Speck
Where I'm from, fruit salad usually takes two forms: assorted fruits mixed with whipped cream or assorted fruits suspended in gelatin.

Two of my family's staple Thanksgiving/Christmas dishes are apple salad (think Waldorf salad, but with whipped cream instead of mayonnaise) and sunshine salad (pineapple, shredded carrots, and shredded cabbage suspended in a mixture of orange and lemon gelatin).

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:46 am UTC
by flicky1991
HES wrote:Mac n cheese as a side is something I have only ever experienced in the States. It is very firmly a meal of it's own this side of the pond.
I've been in several restaurants/pubs in London that offered macaroni cheese as a side. I remember because, when people from my company eat as a group, there's one person who often can't have most of the main dishes due to requiring that they be halal, so she sometimes orders two non-meat-based sides instead, usually macaroni cheese and chips.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:39 pm UTC
by ObsessoMom
flicky1991 wrote:
HES wrote:Mac n cheese as a side is something I have only ever experienced in the States. It is very firmly a meal of it's own this side of the pond.
I've been in several restaurants/pubs in London that offered macaroni cheese as a side. I remember because, when people from my company eat as a group, there's one person who often can't have most of the main dishes due to requiring that they be halal, so she sometimes orders two non-meat-based sides instead, usually macaroni cheese and chips.


Just FYI, cheese made with animal-derived enzymes is often not kosher/halal.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:54 pm UTC
by flicky1991
ObsessoMom wrote:Just FYI, cheese made with animal-derived enzymes is often not kosher/halal.
I assume she knows what she can and can't eat.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:18 pm UTC
by ObsessoMom
Yep.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:29 pm UTC
by freezeblade
Today I'm making:

herb-y sourdough sandwich bread.

I've been away from the house for the past week for the holidays, and upon return, the house's pantry and basics stocks are pretty much depleted. If there isn't at least bread, milk, eggs, onions, and potatoes in the house, I get anxious.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:53 am UTC
by PAstrychef
Mushroom and sweet potato risotto and braised short ribs. I got a Sous vide circulator for my birthday and I’m starting a long cook on some ribs in the morning. We will eat them on Tuesday. I did some salmon with it and it was great.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:10 am UTC
by Sandry
A friend's birthday was this weekend (or at least the celebration thereof), and Oh me yarm, I made so many cupcakes and so much frosting, WTF, me?

I started with chai spiced cupcakes and apple cupcakes, but the apple ones I did non-dairy, and they were too heavy and didn't rise enough, so I was feeling meh about it, so I also made pumpkin cupcakes. I did not need to do that, really. Then I made maple buttercream frosting, and thought "but I have so many cupcakes, what if I run out of frosting?" so I also made cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Spoiler: I did not run out of frosting. In fact I am now thinking I am going to make more cupcakes, because I brought remainders from my friend's celebration to two successive events and eventually got all the cupcakes off my hands, but I still have almost all of the cinnamon frosting.

I really need to work on moderation. Or letting go of my perfectionism. Probably both. >_<

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:27 am UTC
by freezeblade
Well, yesterday:

Persimmon Bunt Cake, made Vegan for the neighbors (replaced mashed banana for egg, and a mix of coconut oil and vegetable shortening for the butter). I still have more persimmons, and plan on using this recipe as a base for fruitcake, adding in a bunch of candied fruit and then soaking it in a bunch of dark rum.

Re: Today I Made:

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:56 am UTC
by PAstrychef
Played with the immersion circulator and did some steaks. Just about perfect. Tonight it’s mushroom and leek lasagna with garlic bread and a green salad and company!