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  1. Those wild Spam are tricky to gut. The last thing you want to do is nick the bile duct...
  2. chromedome

    Instant Pot Cooking Blender

    That was my first thought, too, a subset of the Thermomix' capabilities at a much more consumer-friendly price. Gonna be interesting to see how it plays out.
  3. chromedome

    Instant Pot Cooking Blender

    I apologize if someone's already mentioned this and I simply missed it, but apparently Instant Pot's new product - a blender that cooks - will be a Walmart exclusive. Given the company's history with Amazon, that seems a bit odd. https://www.cookinglight.com/news/instant-pot-ace-blender-walmart https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/9/20/17882916/instant-pot-cooking-blender-walmart-exclusive https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/new-instant-pot-cooking-blender
  4. chromedome

    Gardening: (2016– )

    No photos from yesterday, because it was a gray and drizzly day, but a good enough haul. Another big bag of mixed cooking greens (turnip tops, beet tops, several kind of chard, broccoli raab, dandelions), a lot of late lettuce, a couple pounds of carrots (I'm just harvesting those as needed), another 8 or 10 cucumbers, and one big spaghetti squash. My tomatoes have already gotten more of a chill than they can withstand, alas, so I harvested a half-dozen that were nearly ripe and another 18 that were at least full-sized. I'll probably fry a couple of the green ones, and let the rest ripen on the windowsill of my sunny, sunny kitchen. I have a patio tomato that's just about to start producing, so I'm going to bring that indoors. It's actually three tomatoes in one pot (a full-sized red, a full-sized yellow, and a cherry cultivar) so hopefully I'll be able to keep it happy through the cold months in the kitchen. I got no further okra. None of the pods have advanced at all from that photo three weeks ago. I think what happened is that the heat and sunshine failed just at the crucial moment, and that kept the plants from fruiting as they should have. The plants themselves still look healthy and flourishing, they're just not getting any further forward. All told I think that's encouraging, because in a normal spring I'd have been able to plant them 3 to 4 weeks earlier. I don't know if okra transplants well, but that's also something to look into before next spring. Next year I'll also cover my brassicas with netting to deter the bloody cabbage worms. I'm only out there once or twice a week through the summer, and that's not often enough to stay ahead of them by hand-picking.
  5. As a longtime retailer turned chef, there are few things in this world that irritate me more than poor, negligent customer service. In retail stores, after being ignored at the cash for a while by gossipping staffers, I've been known to call out in a loud voice (and bear in mind, I sold hearing aid batteries for years): "I'LL JUST RING THIS IN FOR MYSELF THEN, SHALL I?"
  6. chromedome

    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    In Atlantic Canada it's certainly popular, and especially in Newfoundland. Locally it's referred to as "Newfie steak."
  7. chromedome

    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    Yup, me too. The version of corned beef hash I grew up with was that fried with onions and leftover mashed potatoes. I still make it up every now and again, when I'm feeling nostalgic. That, or a fried-bologna sandwich.
  8. chromedome

    Breakfast! 2018

    I kid you not, I've had people tell me "I didn't know you could make whipped cream from scratch!"
  9. chromedome

    Breakfast! 2018

    Just to apply some North American context for you, @Duvel, they sell frozen grilled cheese sandwiches and peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches in the supermarkets here, for people who find those too challenging or time-consuming. Something they're promoting right now in supermarkets here is a reusable parchment bag that holds a grilled cheese sandwich, so you can drop it into your pop-up toaster instead of using a pan. The packaging proclaims "Grilled Cheese Made Easy!" ...because apparently, it otherwise isn't.
  10. My mom's going to connect me with the young gent who bought their place in the country after my father died. The one thing I wanted to carry on was my great-grandfather's rosebush, which is growing in a corner of the property near the house. I took a few cuttings before the house sold, but none of them made it. It's just a scraggly old thing of no particular distinction, but it was my great-grandfather's rosebush, right? They'd trained it up an arbor at their old house in Halifax, and I have photos of my grandmother as an infant standing underneath it. The picture of my great-grandfather in uniform, the day he headed off to the Great War, is taken in front of that arbor. So is the photo from when he returned home, six months after the terrible Halifax Explosion, to find the arbor intact but the house somewhat damaged and patched. Communications left a lot to be desired in those days, especially in Halifax after the explosion, so for that entire half-year - despite his best efforts - he'd been unable to learn whether his wife and children were among the casualties. So yeah, I'd like to keep it going.
  11. It looks like a bad decoupage project by someone who's watched too much Martha Stewart (or too little, perhaps).
  12. chromedome

    Food Podcasts

    Okay...how many times can you say "crisp corn crust" quickly, without tripping over your tongue?
  13. If any Canadians should be reading this thinking "Hmmmmm....", I'll point out that Golden Temple brand atta flour is available at every Superstore.
  14. chromedome

    Small Dumb Toaster Oven

    I used to have a wonderful little oven that was sold by our Superstore grocery chain under its own President's Choice brand. It was (perhaps) slightly smaller than the french-door Oster, but had two racks, convection, a rotisserie, and digital controls. It sold for $89.99 Canadian, which even then was a ridiculously low price for its features. My late wife smashed it with a hammer one day in a fit of rage (not at the oven) and was very unhappy with herself when she learned they were no longer available. I've not seen anything since with the same features for anything under the $150 range.
  15. "Harmonized" sales tax is the (currently) 5% federal sales tax, plus the variable provincial sales tax, added as a single figure at the checkout.