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  1. An Embarrassment of Green Plums

    Can you not can them in syrup? What about plum liqueur? I dont deal with green plums often but have a wonderful chutney with ginger and sultanas if you would like. I would cook some down , vacuum pack and freeze for crumbles/muffins etc. Can you onsell at a market or have someone do it on your behalf? They sure do look ginormous!! And gorgeous.
  2. What's the Deal with 'Stronzo' Beer?

    I lived in Italy for 10 years and nearly fell over seeing a huge billboard roadside advertising ' Ristorante Crap'. Said 'crap' is a word for natural stones/rocks from the area ( provincia di Sondrio) and I have to admit the actual Restaurant sure din not look like crap!! It was beautiful and the stonewalls etc testament to the fine stone masons of the area. But......pity about the name....
  3. Copious quantities of egg whites

    Some one upthread mentioned Pavlova and that is a darned good thing to have around our parts for Christmas as it is summer,but do try a Pavlova Roulade sometime. Whipped up in 5 minutes and cooked for 10/15, cooled for another 10 before filling with cream and berries or whatever, roll and done. You can have an exquisite, soft meringuey dessert in 1/2 an hour.
  4. Uses for Canned Tuna

    I know summer is deserting those in the USA...but for me, Salade Nicoise is a mainstay over the warmer weather. I personally detest fresh tuna ( go figure) but when I can lay my hands on a can or two of good Italian tuna then it is destined for a Nicoise. Along with all those other gorgeous ingredients...canned tuna sings. And the first two times I ever ate it with canned tuna ...was in France!
  5. Deviled Eggs

    I love Indian devilled eggs...and its the only way we eat them at our house. Just saute off some very finely chopped onions in a little ghee until translucent. Add your favourite curry powder to taste with an extra pinch of chilli powder if you like. Cook the spices off at low heat for a couple of minutes, stirring. Cool and add to sieved egg yolks with some extra mayo to soften if required. Pipe/spoon into whites and top with a small sprig of cilantro. Delicious! And I have to say it is one of the rare times I use a bought curry mix...normally I make my own but for some reason they have never tasted as good as bought. Go figure!
  6. What would you call this cookie?

    Antipodeans call your Gingersnaps.. Gingernuts. Brandy Snaps are an English invention according to wikipedia and if you really want them to be authentic, dont use molasses or corn syrup, you REALLY do need golden syrup. I know you can buy Tate and Lyle GS in the States and if a shop does not stock it, it is online as I have steered many American friends in that direction. A tin of that syrup in your cupboard will make many delights other than brandy snaps. Steamed GS pudding or dumplings, a gorgeous caramel sauce, Anzac Biscuits, and the delectable Ginger Crunch. I have digressed sorry. ETA: Golden Syrup recipes
  7. For a savoury scone...just use a basic cheese scone recipe, roll into rectangle and cover with a good homemade tomato sauce ( eg for pasta), add fetta cheese, chopped spinach,ham or bacon pieces, kalamata olive halves etc. Roll up and bake. They are delicious and sell really well. I have made Cinnamon Buns ( like Cinnabons) and they have gone down well also. Gotta love the breadmaker!
  8. What would you call this cookie?

    I 3rd Brandy snaps. They are great draped over a small bowl when just out of the oven, to form wee bowls and fill as you wish. Gorgeous things. BTW..brandy plays no part in their making. ETA: I see someone else had mentioned the draping, and the included recipe above has brandy in the cream. Aussies always tinker with Kiwi recipes. Good blog on Brandy Snaps w/recipe
  9. What does the MIL do with them? I cracked up reading this post....and I imagine she is an 'old fashioned' cook, one who sticks to the rules and never ventures into discovery. I would have done as you did, with no regrets or thoughts of anyone elses feelings. Best of luck!
  10. Favorite home made sandwiches

    Oooo..a sandwich thread. Lemon chicken on rye ( chix/lemon juice and zest/capers/mayo/rocket) Crisp crisp fatty bacon on white with a beautifully ripe sliced tomato w heaps of black pepper Sliced tamarillo's on wholegrain w heaps black pepper ( my current fave as it is winter downunder) Cold canned creamed corn and bacon on any bread..lol Ham off the Bone with grain mustard and gruyere I cannot go a day without a sandwich. Sad but true!
  11. I am a S/S pan user and wont change that. Never had a problem with rice sticking and I use the absorbtion method to cook the rice. Only way to go! BTW...rinse your pan under cold water before washing as carbohydrate loosens in the cold, clings to hot. So that means potatos and pasta also. Quick soak or rinse in cold water and there will be no probs. Promise.
  12. Using Every Bit of a Whole Duck

    Just is case anyone gets a duck with feathers sometime.. ..here is the way to make plucking a breeze. Boil up a pot of water, add some parrafin wax and melt. Dip the whole duck into the water and hold it there for a minute, then dunk it straight into a bucket of cold water. Leave in the cold water for 3-4 minutes. The wax sets really hard and the feathers all come off encased in the wax. An easy and clean method. It is duck shooting season here very soon, and dawn and dusk are deafening times of the day. I am preparing myself.
  13. Meyer Lemons: Recipes and Storage

    If you are wanting a marmalade that is not too sweet I would not be using the Meyer. If you can get hold of some Lisbon or Villa Franca they would make a more ' bitter' marmalade. Meyers are a cross between an orange and a lemon ( I think!! no. Im sure...)and I eat them right off our tree. Even as a lemon to use with fish etc they fall a little short in the proper zing department!
  14. Some online sites I have used...... http://www.davis.co.nz A huge range of mostly Asian products. We have a branch in my city so I visit rather than order online. http://www.medifoods.co.nz Mediterranean foods, specialising in Italian http://www.belmondo.co.nz Mostly Italian with gorgeous vinegars/tuna and a great selection of Franchi Italian vegetable seeds. Got some San Marzano tomato seeds for coming season. http://www.mexifoods.co.nz Great range of Mexican foods. Fire roasted chipotle tomatos, jalapenos and Poblanos! Mexican flours etc. http://www.ashore.co.nz Pates/terrines/confits plus much much more. Great idea to table these sites, and I must go check out the Aussie ones!
  15. Hard-boiled egg question...

    I never have a problem with green rings. Mine go into cold water, as soon as they come to the boil the timer is set for 6 minutes, then straight under cold running water for 20 minutes. Works every time. An awful waste of water though!
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