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  1. I'm lucky to be able to buy pretty good tea in the supermarket. Dilmah is my favourite brand. Although occasionally I do like Twinings English Breakfast or the even stronger Irish Breakfast, but it is hard to find in leaf form and I don't do bags anymore. I do like Dilmah's Extra Strong black tea, but mostly I just get the Premium Black which has tasting notes as below. They do seem to have a wide distribution. http://www.dilmahtea.com/
  2. I rub veal chops with a juniper, sage, rosemary and garlic rub before cooking. There is no reason the flavour profile wouldn't work in a braise.
  3. Wow, Fatguy that looks really good. A book that might help with inspiration on this topic is 3 ways with stale bread and 99 other ingredients by Dobson. He uses mostly pantry staples and has some great ideas. http://www.amazon.com/Ways-Ingredients-Pan...35891259&sr=1-1
  4. Syrah

    Shallot Preparations

    Caramelising them with a balsamic glaze, or is that too passe? It is good.
  5. I feel something coming on, so we're having chicken noodle soup that I'm doing a quick version with chicken thighs. I've got some pasta I made and dried that I'll use in it. All that with some no knead focaccia and I think we'll call it done.
  6. I'm using the BBQ a lot (it's in a confined backyard and gas which makes it okay during total fire ban according to the NSW Fire service). Tonight we had felafel and meatballs with zucchini and eggplant - all cooked on the BBQ in pita wraps with salad and tzatziki. Very nice and filling too, Uncooked tomato pasta sauces have been pretty popular too. Fresh tomatoes chopped with basil and olive oil left at room temperature for the day. Really incredible taste of summer. Also, since the good corn has finally started coming in DH is eating a lot of that. Tomorrow, we're having a tomato tart and green salad.
  7. Syrah

    Pancake Seasonings

    Raisins and mixed spice could be good. Garam Marsala and coconut sounds like it would work. Cooked mashed sweet potato or pumpkin? with a little nutmeg perhaps.
  8. Can you link to it? I'm google retarded right now. Quickest, easiest, tastiest pasta dish; what's yours? ← Thank you Jaymes.
  9. Of course it's worth it. That being said, if you do feel burned out there is nothing wrong with defrosting soup, made with love on another day. If your BF really doesn't want to help, you can still do it. Menu planning is going to be key, as is a well stocked pantry and freezer. Have a few staple meals that can be whipped up quickly with no real need for special ingredients. The simple pasta thread would be a great place to start. Shalmanese changed my life with his peas and pasta "recipe". Sometimes it's all I have the energy to make. Or Carbonara? Or Marcella's onion tomato sauce thingie. Or whatever else you have. Something you might want to do is roast trays of veggies on the weekend. These can be added to couscous for a salad, or served alongside a quick protein, or added to am omelette or quiche or frittata. Sometimes an egg on toast can be dinner! Or radishes with a baguette.
  10. I ate a Wendys hotdog... yes microwaved roll, with mustard and cheese. It was good. So good that I really hope this is PMS and not something else. Like seriously.
  11. It's a texture thing. I know someone who refers to tofu as Wettex (brand of kitchen sponge). I can't speak for whether you grow into it, because my parents had no clue what tofu was when I was a child - but I can say that tastes are evolving. I don't like all the things I liked as a child and now I like a few of the things I didn't .
  12. I'm going to ask again. Can you point me to where anyone on CT said they don't love to cook?
  13. Mayo! Awww crap! Now I might actually have to go out and buy some tater tots! Tater tots with mayo...why didn't I ever think of that? I'm out of mayo, too, though, so I'll have to pick up some of that, too. ← Sorry! If it makes you feel any better, I think I'll have to buy some too. The mayo I have - Thomy is my favourite brand.
  14. Ooooohhhhh! Tater Tots! They weren't something we ever bought in my family (or very rarely), but I did love them when I was young. And I must admit, I still do. Whenever I'm at a breakfast buffet, and there are tater tots, I always have some (though I still never buy them myself). Sprinkled with salt and dabbed with a bit of ketchup, they're perfect! ← As a manufactured food they're not so bad though. Potatoes, oil and salt. They are an excellent PMS remedy with mayonnaise.
  15. During the summer we have a farmer's market here - don't know if such a thing is available in Oz, but local farmers sell direct to the public in the middle of town one day a week. Good veggies. Good people. ← Oh yes, there is one in my showground one Saturday a month, and another one 20 minutes away on a different Saturday.
  16. My goodness... your vents make me feel that I should be truly grateful for what I have. Firstly, I never buy fruit, vegetables, fish, meat at the supermarket. I have a good butcher in my local shopping centre, and another good, but a bit cheaper one 20 minutes drive away. I have two fruit and vegetable shops in my local area that are both excellent and another one 10 minutes ago that also sells reasonable meat. I have a fishmonger in my local shopping centre that does not smell like fish at all, and it has a second 'branch" in the smaller local shopping centre. The only things I buy in the supermarket are milk, eggs, flour, cheddar cheese, frozen peas, dried pasta and other staples (mainly cleaning products).
  17. I bought a bunch of red radishes for .99AUD. Tonight, I sauteed half of the greens in a little oil. My resident sweet freak thought they were way too bitter and asked if the "spinach" was off. I thought it was pretty good. The radishes themselves we will enjoy raw, but I also wanted to try pickling them. Any suggestions for how I should do that? Also, any ideas for the greens that might appease Mr. Sweet? I also bought a whole cauliflower for 2AUD. I made some puree tonight, and plan to roast it. I also thought I might try an Indian style stirfry as well.
  18. I don't know. I see canned potatoes and wonder who buys them. In cans I have been known to buy tomatoes, pickled beetroot, corn kernels and asparagus. I know that asparagus is such a different thing when canned, but they can be good on toasted sandwiches.
  19. That's amazing. I wish I wasn't too lazy and disorganized to do something like that. ← I had some success with a magnetic whiteboard attached to the freezer, but after a while it got too messy. That was only for the freezer though.
  20. Syrah

    Savory Sorbets

    Something with sage perhaps? Could you use butternut squash?
  21. Assuming these friends were Korean, this looks like their attempt to cook non-Korean food and they were totally unfamiliar with European food, both as consumers and producers. Always a bad idea, stick to what you know best ! Maybe next time they invite you, try dropping hints that you would like Korean food. ← I think they probably thought they would be really impressing you by cooking western food, not realising that you really like Korean food. If I were you, I'd find some Korean dish to discuss with them saying that you'd love to taste it.. and see how that goes.
  22. Can you point me to where anyone on CT said they don't cook, can't cook???
  23. I think this is key. I found everything a lot less overwhelming when I had a record of what I already have available. How do you keep inventory? What system do you use?
  24. Soft polenta works really well in those applications.
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