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  1. According to aunt Rita (the same one Maureen mentions in the video), the syrup should be room temp cold not chilled. The rationale is,the cold syrup is better absorbed by the hot baklava. Since we've always made the syrup before we started on the Baklava it was always at room temperature by the time the baklava was done. By the way, thirty five or forty years ago if you wanted a tray of Baklava for the holidays, the only way was to placed an order with aunt Rita, may she rest in peace:)
  2. Hello ladies and Alex, miss you guys:) First let me clarify, "Salatat Fool" is Fava bean salad and not peanuts. Other salad options are,(these are Lebanese, and not necessarily middle eastern) Fattoush Cabbage, vinegar, olive oil, dried mint, s&p salad Purslane salad (fattoush made with puslane insted of lettuce) Leaf lettuce, garlic lemong-gret and dried mint. Tomato, cucumber, onion, garlic, dried mint, lemon-gret salad with a bit of Berberi spices (little Etheopian twist) or ceyenne pepper. Summer Savory, red onion, sumac, s&p and just a touch of oil. Cucumber, yogurt, garlic, dried mint, salad.
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    Steven Shaw

    Damn I don't know what rock I've been under! Very sad.
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    Taboule

    No mint. Finely chopped tomatoes. Flat leaf parsley if young and tender, otherwise, whatever:)
  5. He's making basturma we're not familliar with. The kind we like can be made in four days.
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    Qurban

    You are correct. thanks.
  7. A Lebanese olive oil, more specifically, from my village of Deirmimas (pictured up-thread) and produced by a familly member, Anne Fawaz, has ranked 4th in an internatioal German exhibition. http://eecoy.com/con...an-exhibition-0 Anne's website http://translate.goo...l=np&prmd=imvns
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    Grilled crab legs

    I don't think it matters much weather they're cracked. Make sure they're thawed, and grill them till heated thoroughly. If they dry too much they'll be too salty. As far as dipping sauce try Beurre Monte.
  9. Hi BB I think that you and I agree that our experiments show that using 3% salt by weight give about the right saltiness to the fish. Yours cured for 52 hours, mine for about 24. Also, we both didn't like the texture of the final product after being in the brine for those periods. As far as the amount of liquid leaching from the fish, I think that's proportional to the amount of salt used. A vacuum-packed bag may be devoid of air, but does not really hold a vacuum. Once your machine starts sealing the bag, the pressure inside the bag is the same as the outside of the bag, one bar (1 atmosphere). Even partial vacuum can only exist in rigid objects from which air can be pumped out without them collapsing, like strong glass jars. To understand how liquid can be displaced from the fish into the vacuum-packed bag, imagine this: Fill a small ziplock bag half way with marbles and fill to top with water. Carefully close the bag making sure you squeeze all the air out as you zip it closed. Now place that bag in a bigger vacuum bag and vacuum seal it using your machine. Now you have a bagful of marbles and water (the fish) inside a vacuum sealed bag. (I'm blowing my own mind here;). Now imagine remotely introducing holes to (or simply remotely unzipping) the ziplock bag within the vac-sealed bag. What's to keep liquid from leaking from the ziplock bag into the other? Unfortunately, for this method to work, the resulting brine must stay in contact with the fish to achieve equilibrium. I hope this helps.
  10. This thread has become a great resource. Great work everyone. Hi BB I don't think vacuum packing prevents liquid from leaching out. Liquid is displaced from inside the flesh to the outside. I tried the same with two trout fillets. In my case there was quite a bit of liquid. in the bag after 24hrs. I too was pleasantly surprised at the saltiness of the smoked fish, but was turned off by the texture which was kind of gummy. Of course the fillets I used were the kind that had sat on ice and misted with water for who knows how long (at the store), so I attributed the texture to perhaps a water soaked fish to start with. Must try again.
  11. Wait a minute! If we're to believe the host of the other show who taught us that vegetables boiled too long will lose their nutrients in the water, then Ruhlman is correct;)
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    Ribs in the oven

    It was too cool to fire up the smoker. These spareribs were slathered with liquid smoke, covered with rub and roasted @250* convection for 4 hours. The pans were relined with fresh foil, sauce was applied and returned to the oven for 5 minutes, applied sauce again and took them out 5 minutes later.
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