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Adam Balic

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  1. From the list I would say that 2, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10 are Scottish, which makes sense given the region.
  2. Thanks Tepee for the kind offer. I think that you are right, they will be here somewhere, I just have to look harder. But who knows, I might have to take you up on your offer.
  3. Yes, you can get them from Amazon, but unfortunately haven't seen them here in Melbourne. An indication of the difference between the traditional an Western versions are the shipping weights. Shipping weight for 14 inch Traditional is 3.5 pounds, Prologic 14 inch is 14 pounds, Le Creuset 14.5 inch (with lid) is 15 pounds.
  4. Traditional/original Chinese cast iron woks should be relatively thin (a few mm) and light, Western versions are much thicker. Cast iron was the original metal wok using a very specific technique. Here is a link to the makings of these woks. I've looked hard, but haven't ever found a cast iron wok of this type, only the thicker versions, which I think would not be very good for me.
  5. Um, all lemons are hybrids. Citrus that are ancestral are citrons, pummelos, papedas and mandarin (although many commercial "mandarin" are hybrids). Lemons (Eureka/Lisbon et al) are an ancient Citron X Lime hybrid Limes (Mexican/Key/West Indian) are likely are Citron X Papeda hybrid. However the more common (in Australia) Tahitian lime is a Mexican lime X citron (or maybe lemon) hybrid. Meyer Lemons are likely a sweet orange (also a hybrid) lemon cross. It was introduced from China in the early 20th century, which would make it older then many many heirloom fruit and veg. They are the most cold tolerant of them lemons, so most likely bets for the NZ climate.
  6. Fresh fig split open is also worth consideration.
  7. OK, it was a brilliant night and I can't remember too much of it. Having problems with imagegullet, so I have put a step by step guide to preparing a haggis on my Blog Site. Click images for more details. Happy to answer any questions.
  8. I quite like the look of the rumen, looks like a comfy towel. The equivalent in the cow is sold as "blanket tripe". Doesn't really taste of anything as you scrub it very well first. And you don't eat it, its just the casing.
  9. Adam, I'll speak for the people are we're interested! If it's 43C you must be down under, and that photo of the smiling rumen will be with me for many nights. Here in Nova Scotia the toast is always a Canadian Scotch Gaelic, such as Slainte Mhath or Cead Mile Failte. ← Melbourne to be exact. Air conditioning has just failed in the building too. Mostly it was "cheers!" when I lived in Edinburgh, but on occasion there was the odd "Slainte!". One day I will have to work out what the equivalent Lowland toast is.
  10. I'll be making a haggis later in the week for a late Burns' Night Supper this weekend. I'll post images if people are interested. As the temperature has been 43.C for the last few days I'm not looking forward to the production this year. Here are some images of an earlier effort. Um, I think that a Gaelic toast on Burns' Night is a bit odd, given that one of his main claims to fame was the popularization of the Scots language.
  11. I can't answer many of the questions as they are specific to a brand I don't have access to. First, flour doesn't contain gluten. It contains glutenin and gliadin proteins that combine to form gluten when water is added. However, it is usual to refer to "gluten" content which can be a measure of how much of these proteins are present and the quality of the gluten produced. Most flour will just mention % protein, and gluten content is typically 80% of total protein. However, protein content varies hugely even in a single strain due to environmental conditions (dry v wet years), durum can have 9-18% protein content depending on where it is grown. If you want to control the flour you are producing then you have to account for this natural variation, hence flours are usually blends from different sources. For different products you produce a different flour, so a single mill might produce four types of 00 flour.
  12. "The use of the word dessert as applied to the pudding course is not confined to America, but prevails to some extent in Scotland as well." This quote comes from 1883, so it implies that in England it was more usual practice to refer to the last sweet course in a meal as "pudding". During the 19th century there is the shift in the order of service which ends up will the modern meal structure (sweet course at the end of the meal). Prior to this it was also possible to have sweet dishes served along side savoury, although the last course was dominated by sweet dishes. As pudding at this period, and before, covers a whole range of dishes that might not be considered a "pudding" now (see modern US English definition of "pudding") and it usual to refer to the sweet dish (served at any point in the meal) as pudding. So you can't refer to a sweet course as "pudding" unless you have an exclusive sweet course.
  13. I imagine that a lot of the early history of Chinese food in Australia is similar to the experience in the USA, simply because of the movement of the Chinese people between the two countries (gold fields for instance).
  14. This site is very useful for chop v slice. For me it depends on the knife and what I am cutting. Hard to slice with my largest chef knife and why would I slice when processing parsley? Cutting steak I slice, not chop.
  15. The emmer is ancient, but the rise in emmer farro popularity is relatively recent, which can be seen in the 1996 date for Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) of Farro della Garfagnana. I first was introduce to farro at around this date and even in Tuscany some products known simply as "farro" were actual spelt, not emmer. Now it is this doesn't really happen, in fact the last few batches I've bought not only have the region where the emmer is grown, but also the species name on label
  16. With the curry powder? No, I didn't know that. ← Yep. Here is a link to a typical recipe: Country Captain
  17. Thanks Pan, that helps quite a bit thank you. Did you know that in Savannah, Georgia "Country Captain" is (or was) a popular regional dish.
  18. As Paul mentioned, light and dark meat are a consequence of having different compositions of muscle fibres. This will come down to different muscle bundles. So depending on the cut of meat you will have muscles with different proportions of muscle fibres. These muscle types will vary based on muscle location, age, breed and sex of the animal and excercise level. Basically the skeletal muscle fibre types varies with the function of the muscle. Slow twitch muscle (red or dark muscle) can function over a long time period, where as Fast twitch muscle (white muscle) can contract more powerfully, but for a much shorter period of time. So if you look at something like a sword fish cutlet, you will see white meat with a core of dark meat around the spine. Essentially this means that the fish can swim for a long period of time using the white muscle, but when it needs to the dark muscle along the spine can give is an extra burst of speed for a short time. According to the pork marketing board in Australia, peope prefer white meat to the exclusion of all others and pork is marketed "The other white meat". Pork in Australia struggles for this reason and because it is so lean. Essentially it is pretty poor eating quality. With PSS when the pigs get stressed their metabolism goes mad and they start heating up dramatically. When you cut up an animal that dies from this, the meat looks pale and opaque, sort of part cooked already. This is different to the colour of the meat as described above.
  19. Campagna is actually a comune in Campania region. In other words they are both correct spelling. It is very close to where denise's family comes from.
  20. Not so you can buy very good or excellent type 00 in Australia try Centurion 25kg farina tipo 00 made in Australia you'll be surprised how good it is. ← I'm sure you are correct, but there is no chance of me using 25 kg of flour in a year, so not practical for me.
  21. Yep over 7,000 hits for "chip buttie" on google.
  22. Citron is a specific type of citrus with a particular flavour, so while it might be possible to replicate something green and candied, the flavour is unlikely to be correct. I'm not sure why the citron would have preseratives (other then salt and sugar), are you able to find whole peel rather then pre-diced stuff?
  23. For those that are interested, food historian Ivan Day demonstrates how Yorkshire Puddings were originally made. Batter puddings (scroll down).
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