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  1. Hi Corinna, Congratulations on receiving such rave reviews about your Eat Out guide and for creating such media interest with it - I saw you on Ireland AM and heard you were also on the radio a couple of times. Well done! Edited to add this link for the benefit of the others.
  2. My favourite Indian cookbooks (other than those by Madhur Jaffrey) are: - 50 Great Curries by Camellia Panjabi : Everything I've made out of this book so far has been wonderful. Her Mangalorean chicken curry tastes exactly like it does in homes in Mangalore. - Some one who I think deserves a lot more recognition than she gets is Premila Lal. Her book 'Indian Recipes' has some lovely recipes (covering many regions in India), even though they could sometimes do with a bit more explanation. - Yamuna Devi's 'The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking' never fails to excite and fascinate me even though
  3. This reminds me of the article that Dublin eGulleteer Corinna Dunne (aka Corinna Hardgrave) wrote for the Irish Times where she mentioned this blog by Louisa Chu, another eGulleteer. If you're reading this Corinna, I have to say I've enjoyed reading all your pieces in the Irish times, but it was the one on El Bulli that made me feel very, very envious.
  4. Hi Franci, As a lover of all things coconut, could I please have the recipe too? Thanks! Suman
  5. As someone who has been trying to replicate the restaurant-style Gulab Jamuns for ages, I have to agree with Scott, er, 123. I have tried several recipes, most of them involving powdered milk, but the best tasting GJs come from a mixture of khoya and paneer. Not that I would ever discriminate against one made with milk powder - a gulab jamun is a gulab jamun after all. I used a Sanjeev Kapoor recipe which seems to have disappeared fom the web. I'll see if I have it somewhere on my computer. His website has a few complimentary recipes, but the rest are only viewable by subscribers.
  6. I have the hoarding bug too. I just hate it when I'm in the mood to cook something and don't have the ingredients to hand. Hence my obsession with filling my fridge, freezer and pantry to the brim. All I can say in my defence is, that at least I know exactly what I have, so I don't end up buying two or three packets of the same thing because I can't find the older packet. As a result of a recent spring-clean of my kitchen, I have two boxes of things(quinoa, glucose syrup, zaatar....) I need to use up soon. I have a lot more storage space in my kitchen than most people I know and yet I end up
  7. There is a samosawallah in Dubai who makes the best samosas ever. I use his samosas as a yardstick to measure all the others I've eaten and made since. My favourite filling is just as he makes it - it's only potatoes and spices, nothing else. Liberal use of amchur in the filling is very desirable. I'm not a fan of the patti samosa. My ideal samosa has a crust that's neither too thin nor thick - it should be crisp but not too flaky. I once even managed to get to this level of perfection and even got much praise from my guests, but alas (and I'm still kicking myself for it), I never did write d
  8. Thanks! I have to try the water test yet, but it feels like a low-protein flour. It is definitely wheat flour rather than wheat starch, because I have a separate bag of wheat starch that I know the feel of. I have to check for additives, then just dive right in, bake a cake and find out for myself. I'll be really happy if this works because I've never found cake flour here. Will post results. In the meantime, more advice wecome. Renee, I mourn the demise of your beautiful site. What happened? Thanks again for the tips both of you!
  9. Hi, Back when I had a bee in my bonnet about making my own dim sums from scratch, I bought some special dumpling flour from the local Chinese shop. I don't know when I'll get around to making the dimsums, but I thought I might use this flour for baking cakes, perhaps? Is that a bad idea? Could someone tell me what the protein content of dumpling flour is? As far as I know from Googling, it is a low-protein flour, so I don't see why it shouldn't work as a substitute, either in whole or in part. Thanks!
  10. For those like me who don't have the Pie and Pastry Bible, here's Martha's puff pastry version as adapted by Nupur. This has been on my to-do list for so long.
  11. Hi, It would be safe to assume that when a recipe calls for coconut, it means brown. Green coconut, if used at all, might be called tender coconut. Generally green coconuts are used as a beverage - their tops are lopped off and the water inside them drunk through a straw. After you're done, the seller will split open the coconut to enable you to eat the very tender meat inside. If there is no mould on the outside, the coconut feels heavy for its size and you can hear plenty of liquid inside, you have a good chance of finding an unspoiled one. I also prefer those that have their 'eyes' hidden
  12. Cake, most definitely cake! Cookies and pies just don't do it for me.
  13. What was your family food culture when you were growing up? South Indian. Being from the coastal region of Mangalore, our diet mainly consists of rice, fish, coconut, beans and plenty of vegetables. Was meal time important? It was more than important - it was the highlight of the day. I have many fond memories of our mealtimes, particularly those at weekends. Was cooking important? Very important. My Dad loves bringing home the freshest of ingredients and my Mom loves to cook with them. When we were kids, weekends at home were generally a whirlwind of activity in the kitchen with all of us h
  14. JH, I'm curious about the use of camphor in Chinese recipes. Could you please elaborate? Thanks! Edited to add: Just found your recipe in the Chinese forum!
  15. Since I last posted here, I've added 14 books to my collection and 6 more are on their way. So, plus 20 for me. Edited to add: Megan, don't be ashamed. Be proud, be very, very proud. I mean, you could be addicted to something much worse - that's my excuse anyway.
  16. Verjuice, I know you're in Dubai - could you please elaborate on the Zaatar tea? I've never had it in Dubai. And as for the addiction to reading about food, I'm the same - I have to get my daily fix every day. When I'm not cooking it, I'm most likely to be doing one of the following in my spare time: -planning the menu/the grocery list -reading cookbooks/food mags -reading eG/foodblogs -organising my recipes/cookbooks -writing my food diary -watching food shows on TV -eating of course Rachel, I drink water everyday too - although not as much as I should. I also wish I could say I ate yogur
  17. I don't hide foods, but anything edible is enough to tempt me. I find I get pretty restless if I'm not moving my mouth in any way - if I'm not talking, I'm snacking (whether I'm hungry or not). It doesn't help to be a mum of two and have tempting things around me, but heaven knows I try to resist.
  18. Coffee would have been on my list - I love it but because I'm allergic to it I cannot have it. Vegetables: I have to have some kind of vegetables every day, otherwise I don't feel so good. Rice and Dal: Not every day, but almost. I wouldn't complain if I had them every day though. Nuts/Dried Fruits: Eat far more of these than I should. Too much of a good thing.....
  19. Happening June 22-25. Article from the Irish Independent. Edited to add the link for Taste of Dublin '06 website. A search on Ticketmaster.ie doesn't show up the event.
  20. Love the aromas of: Onions/garlic/potatoes frying Cake baking in the oven Fresh bread and that includes chapathis, parathas etc. Spices and other aromatics such as rose water, orange-blossom water Hot steaming basmati rice Freshly made ghee Dislike the smells of: Extra-ripe papaya Green Peas Bananas (but only the ones that we get here - I don't have any such problems with the bananas in India) Raw meat / sausages, particularly when present in a large quantity, as in a supermarket or at the butcher's.
  21. Thanks (yet again!) Corinna! You're a font of information! I hadn't even heard of Farmleigh (should I die of embarassment for not knowing that after 5 years in Dublin?), and now that I do, I can't wait for it to open. I googled, but can't find any specific dates. Do you know when they open?
  22. Hi Kathy, Thank you for letting us into your home - it's been a pleasure to read your blog. I particularly enjoyed reading about your inherited recipe cards and cookbook* and, being a mom of two kids, your experiences with getting your kids to eat. I admire your ability to blog just before you're about to move and also agree with all those that said you are pretty. Suman *I must admit, they did make me envious too, because my grandmother never wrote recipes down - I grieve for all those recipes that never got passed on from her.
  23. Thanks Corinna! I might try the Marlay park market in the near future. I keep dreaming of a farmers' market opening close to my house*. The BAllybrado site seems interesting too - I might not start ordering from them right away - but at least I know I have the option. After having read Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries, I find the notion of having a box of mystery organic produce delivered to my door quite exciting*. *yes I know I'm weird - while other people daydream about winning the lotto and such, my daydreams feature a lot of food.
  24. Thank you Conor and Matthew! I want to make something similar soon. Now that I'm armed with the necessary info., off I go googling.....
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