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Recommend me a food

Postby Zohar » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:58 am UTC

A friend of mine is in the US. What sort of candy should I ask him to bring? I had some jelly beans Moo sent me from the UK which were pretty awesome, once those were done I had some hard candy a friend got for me in Barcelona, but they're running out! So, do you have any suggestions about candy he could bring me? It would be used as "something sweet after lunch" so it should be small. The hard candy was perfect! Any ideas?

Feel free to use this thread for "I feel like having something with X, what should I get/make?" etc.

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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:31 pm UTC

Jolly Ranchers(warning - they melt in high temperatures, like the interior of a car on a sunny day in summer. I say this because I'm not sure what temperatures the carrier will be travelling through to get them to you.)
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Werther's maybe?

Outside of that, there's dozens of companies that make dozens of kinds of hard candy, with different brand names and the like depending on the region you're in, so it's kinda hard to narrow it down beyond that...
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Gentlelady » Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:48 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Werther's maybe?


If nothing else try these. Preferably not the soft chew ones.

Also try Bottle Caps.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Zohar » Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:58 am UTC

We have Werther's here. I'll ask him to look for bottle caps because it sounds cool. I'll post results in three weeks when he get back I guess. :) Thanks!

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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby PAstrychef » Wed Jul 15, 2009 2:48 pm UTC

Real American peanut butter. The Israeli kind is (or was) just weird.
If your friend can get them any of the varieties of Claey's hard candies are yummy. Tootsie rolls are great, as are tootsie pops.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Bakemaster » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:50 pm UTC

Smarties, NECCO Wafers or Root Beer Barrels.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby podbaydoor » Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:03 am UTC

My boss gave me a couple of cucumbers and squash. What should I do with them?
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Bakemaster » Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:44 am UTC

What kind of squash?

For the cucumbers, I highly recommend a moroccan green pepper salad, as seen here on the bottom left (I think I might have posted about it here a month or so ago?). The recipe is from this book and is fairly simple, though it takes some time to roast the peppers. In short:
- Roast/broil 3 green peppers until blackened; put in paper bag 10 min to steam; remove skin.
- Seed, dice peppers along with 2 cukes, 1 tomato (remove seeds/pulp from all veggies)
- Dress with 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, 2 tbsp minced onion, a clove of minced garlic, 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, juice of half lemon, 1 tsp grated or minced ginger, and 1/2 tsp cumin.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby podbaydoor » Wed Jul 22, 2009 3:32 pm UTC

Flat, white, round like a demented daisy. Wikipedia points me to the pattypan squash. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pattypan_squash

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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:45 am UTC

So, sweet potato. I love sweet potato. However, I'd like to try to do some new stuff with it-at the moment it's just being used as a sub for normal potato. Any one got any good soup recipes etc involving sweet potato?
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Zohar » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:55 am UTC

For a soup, just cut some onions and garlic, fry them, add sweet potatoes and cover with water. Season with stuff - salt and pepper obviously. You can also use some ginger if you feel like spicing things up or just regular vegetable stock, bring to a boil, wait until it's soft, then puree it.

You can also add other orange veggies - carrots, pumpkins, stuff like that. Don't cover with too much water, better to add water at the end if you need it.

Other stuff you can do - slice thickly (about 1 cm thick), place in a large bowl, add lots of olive oil, salt, paprika and hot paprika, and garlic. Mix it, place in oven (preferably in 1-2 layers, not more) until it's done (check with a fork).

You can cook a sweet potato and mash it, then add cream and seasoning to make a very simple and fast pasta sauce.

I'll add more if I think of them.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:06 am UTC

I have some carrots and veggie stock cubes hanging around, but no blender...hmm...I'll see what I feel like cooking over the weekend :)

Thanks for the ideas, Zohar!
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Moo » Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:19 am UTC

I love pattypan squash! I just boil them or quarter them and use them in stews, they soak up the flavour and become superlicious.

I like baking sweet potato, then halving lenghtwise and scooping out the flesh (careful, the skins don't bake as hard as a potato's). Then I fry some bacon and onions (substitute bacon with anything you like, including spring onion and chopped cherry tomatoes) and mix that with the mashed up flesh and some light soft cheese. Scoop back, top with cheese and bake until warmed through and melted. You can also make yummy wedges in the oven.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:21 am UTC

Moo wrote:I like baking sweet potato, then halving lenghtwise and scooping out the flesh (careful, the skins don't bake as hard as a potato's). Then I fry some bacon and onions (substitute bacon with anything you like, including spring onion and chopped cherry tomatoes) and mix that with the mashed up flesh and some light soft cheese. Scoop back, top with cheese and bake until warmed through and melted.
This is one of my favourite foods ever :) I like mashing the flesh with pesto and soft cheese. OM NOM NOM.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Moo » Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:38 am UTC

Covent Garden Soup Company make a really yummy sweet potato and red onion soup, but I don't have a recipe. I do have a "soup bible" at home though, I'll see if there's anything there tonight.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Zohar » Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:13 am UTC

A food processor can be a bit expensive. However, you can get a "blender stick" thingy for rather cheap, usually, and they work well. So I recommend those, at least. In addition, if you get a high-quality name-brand food processor (I have a Magimix), they can last for a long time. 15 years and more. So it's a good investment if you like cooking.

And Moo, thanks for the suggestions! We call it "potato boats" here and I haven't had them in ages. I'll make some next week. Mushrooms also work great in the filling.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:19 am UTC

I do have a blender, just not with me, so don't really want to buy a new one, especially as I'll have access to it in about a month...ah well :)

I'm thinking of making a gratin with sweet potato, just a basic one; potatos, onions, cream, seasoning...should work.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Zohar » Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:21 am UTC

Yeah, those work very well. Just remember that sweet potatoes don't need as much cooking time as regular potatoes.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Zohar » Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:22 am UTC

I want to make some whole grain rice today. Any ideas what I should put in it? I can do the usual but if anyone has any ideas about something special, that would be cool. I like sweet stuff too (rice with raisins etc.).
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Gentlelady » Sun Aug 09, 2009 2:54 pm UTC

Try adding orange slices and chopped basil after you fluff the rice.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Zohar » Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:37 pm UTC

I decided to go with relatively common (but always tasty) onions-carrots-raisins-pine nuts.

I also tried to make dal according to a recipe from someone at work but I think I reaaaaally overspiced it. Well, maybe if I put it over the rice it will be fine.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Bakemaster » Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:20 pm UTC

Baked sweet potato fries, thick-cut, topped with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper, feta cheese, basil and oregano...

Sarah has some recipes for sweet potato and lentil curry, and sweet potato latkes, that I will bug her to share.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Moo » Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:55 am UTC

I like frying rice with some cajun or Spanish type spices and adding diced veg and kidney beans (think paprika, a touch of turmeric, black pepper, saffron and herbs).
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Enrique_smith » Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:57 am UTC

You should try Pumpkin Pie Flavor. This is really very sweet . You and your friend will definitely like this flavor.

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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby The Utilitarian » Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:13 am UTC

Looking for a recipe for BBQ pulled pork. I love such sandwiches but there's no place to get em around where I live. Suggestions? I do have access to a slow cooker.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Not A Llama » Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:26 am UTC

Brown boneless pork shoulder on all sides in a frying pan/dutch oven.
Toss in some chopped onion to caramelize too, if that's your idea of fun
Put the pork in a slow cooker, top with 1 can of root beer. Cook on low 7 hours.
Pull the cooked, falling apart pork apart with a couple forks, pour some bbq sauce over top and serve on buns

Alternately, dry rub a pork shoulder with a nice rub. Cumin, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and dry basil is good. Let it sit in the fridge over night.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby The Utilitarian » Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:39 am UTC

Woot, thanks not-llama! Root Beer eh? I would not have thought of that. Time for a trip to my butcher I think. And then, deliciousness shall ensue!
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Not A Llama » Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:49 am UTC

I was also baffled at root beer, but it works.

You can buy the cheapest, crappiest cut of pork to do it, because the acids in pop break down the connective tissue. However, root beer isn't as sweet as coke. That's the logic behind it, i guess.

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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby parkaboy » Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:46 am UTC

blue_eyedspacemonkey wrote:So, sweet potato. I love sweet potato. However, I'd like to try to do some new stuff with it-at the moment it's just being used as a sub for normal potato. Any one got any good soup recipes etc involving sweet potato?



I LOVE sweet potatoes and Yams and have just (this very day) been introduced to korean Yams, aka goguma. They have a starchier texture and aren't as sweet but I like them for those qualities. I had them baked, as they traditionally are, and they turned out to be very very dry (this is normal) and they kind of forced me to drink a lot of water with them, so DOUBLE good. I am going to attempt to make some kind of potato bread with them soon-ish.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Zohar » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:23 pm UTC

I'll have some sort of dinner with a couple of friends tonight (just me, a good friend and her husband). Not sure what to make for dinner though. They said not pasta, and it needs to be vegetarian. Any suggestions? I'm pretty capable in the kitchen. Maybe I'll make a quiche. Or perhaps a risotto? Hmmm...
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby acb » Wed Oct 14, 2009 3:08 pm UTC

Some sort of vegetable curry? A lot of Indian food is vegetarian although I am sure you already know this. Something with butternut squash (or any other sort of squash) could be good as it is the time of year for them. Or if you are feeling really adventurous and courgettes/zucchini are available you could make a souffle with them, it is just fantastic.

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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Zohar » Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:20 pm UTC

I decided to go with a simple pie, some salad and fruit for dessert.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby acb » Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:49 pm UTC

That sounds great, I hope you enjoy(ed) it.

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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Zohar » Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:06 am UTC

It was pretty excellent. Surprisingly rave reviews from my friends. I just don't think they eat pie very often, they said how they'll start adding it to their weekly menu.

Edit: For those interested, I basically took puff pastry base (just bought the frozen dough because I didn't feel like making a base myself) and poured on that a mixture made with: Fried onions, cooked broccoli, green peas, some cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg and three eggs (to make it stick).
Then just popped that in the oven for about 40 minutes at 180 deg. C.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Amarantha » Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:55 am UTC

Thanks for the details; I was going to ask :)

Haven't had a pie for ages, especially a veg one, so will make a nice change.

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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:00 pm UTC

So, couscous. I generally have it in salads for lunch, but what else can I do with it? I've only been introduced to it through salad form, so any ideas/useful hints will be muchly appreciated!
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Zohar » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:07 pm UTC

blue_eyedspacemonkey wrote:So, couscous. I generally have it in salads for lunch, but what else can I do with it? I've only been introduced to it through salad form, so any ideas/useful hints will be muchly appreciated!

Couscous can be served on its own with dressing. It's very popular in Israel to make some clear chicken of vegetable soup (celery, onions, parsley, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, courgettes, chickpeas and maybe or maybe not chicken). Another nice option is what our housemaid used to make - couscous with some sort of onion and lentil topping. I have to get the recipe from her because it was delicious.
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Re: Recommend me a food

Postby Axman » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:51 pm UTC

Couscous isn't just the semolina pasta, it's also a kind of meal centered around the pasta. Basically, you serve roast, stewed, or fried meat in a stock and vegetable broth, with vegetables, beans, nuts, and fruit, spiced heavily (cardamom, cinnamon, red pepper, saffron, turmeric, black pepper, you get the gist) over a bowl of couscous.


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