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  1. Good timing on this topic! I have a smallish kabocha on hand, planning to make some of it Japanese-style with soy & mirin. Unfortunately out of dashi. Maybe soup with the rest? I like a little Thai red curry & coconut milk in it. My current favourite variety is delicata. It's a good small size, easy to cut, and the skin is fine. First time I had it, it came in a CSA box. Didn't know what it was, so DH called it stripey squash. We've been calling it stripey squash since.
  2. After the first bite, I worked the fruity bits off the seeds, strained it through my teeth, and spat out the seeds. But still, too many teeny tiny seeds for the fruity bits.
  3. Just had a prickly pear fruit for the first time yesterday. It was a disappointment. Nice flavour, but - bleccch! - all those hard little seeds, nearly cracked a tooth on one. I can see how it would have made a good juice or puree with the seeds strained out, but eating out of hand - no thanks.
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    Codfish dessert

    Moon Festival was just last weekend, which puts me in mind of mooncakes that have a savoury-sweet meat (pork) filling. It was most definitely desserty. I don't know how well it would work with fish, but I imagine it's possible....
  5. Great blog, very fascinating! I love Naramata - it's been a few years since I've been. We're heading out there for the big marathon in a couple weeks, so hopefully we'll get a chance to visit some of the wineries there. How did you get into wine making? Do you produce mostly for consuming at home, or do you sell it? Have you grown other grape varietals or do you stick to pinot gris & merlot? (Teehee! My profile pic is from a Naramata vineyard! Can't remember which, though.)
  6. I'm intrigued by the green tea flavour! How does it taste?
  7. White Spot Pirate Paks? (For anyone not familiar, White Spot is a BC-based family-style restaurant chain. Pirate Paks are kids' meals that comes in a really cool paper pirate ship. You get an ice cream cup and a gold foil chocolate coin in it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Spot )
  8. I've only tried the Butter Chicken and I like it. Does it taste like real butter chicken? Not really. But I do like the tomato-curry flavour.
  9. I used to get leftover Chinese food sandwiches - stir-fry tofu, stir-fry pork, braised beef. I don't remember being teased about it in school, but I recall I was embarrassed about it all the same. The fillings didn't stay in the bread. The sandwiches didn't taste bad, they're just weird. Hubby recently told me about the PB & cheddar sandwiches he used to get for lunch and loved. It sounded gross so he made me one, turned out pretty tasty. I've been having it for breakfast the last couple weeks.
  10. I like cooking and baking as long as I have the time to do it, and do it well. I dislike cooking as a chore, which is most weeknights after a long work day. I dislike grocery shopping and meal planning after work as well, but I can't get my sh*t together enough to plan it out on the weekend. Otherwise, cooking is great. My mom is the main cook in the family. She used to cook exclusively Chinese, with some "western" dishes every now and then (spaghetti & meat sauce, chicken/pork cutlets, etc). Until dad became an italophile (italianphile??) in the early 90's. Then she started cooking more Italian dishes - more pastas, ossobuco, stuff with pesto & tomato.... Now mom cooks quite a wide variety of things. I started cooking more for myself when I moved out for uni with my sister. I don't like eating the same things day after day, and could only eat so much packaged ramen. Spending money to eat out all the time was out of the question. So began cooking for ourselves out of necessity.
  11. Just a young'un here - 2006. Egullet's been a life-changer for me.
  12. Great food blog - thank you for sharing! I've picked up a few tips here for my next trip to Singapore!
  13. KennethT, have you been able to find the right bread in NY for kaya toast? The closest I've come is the thick squishy white bread from Chinese bakeries, but it's not quite the same, too dense. DH calls it "ninja toast" - because it takes some mad skillz to "ninja" the toast - splitting the toasted bread cross-wise. We had ninja toast, eggs, coffee every morning there.
  14. I wish I'd done a better job of jotting down stall names - but, alas, no idea what any of the stalls were. We actually didn't do any research into which particular stalls to eat at, just eat whatever looks good and appealed to us at the time. Singapore was tacked to the end of a trip to Taiwan and our family had fed us so much, while we weren't tired of eating (is that even a thing?!), we probably didn't do justice to all the amazing food in S'pore - we certainly missed out on some things. My most memorable meal - met up with DH's college friend & his wife, they took us to Newton Centre, where we had lots of satay, fried skate & too many Tiger beers.... Followed by durian at a durian stand. Drunk durian-ing is quite an experience.... From what our friend told us, hawker centres, food courts, etc. are heavily subsidized by the government at very low rents, which makes food incredibly cheap compared to stand-alone restaurants. All the same, it is unfortunate that this model might not be sustainable in the future for lack of younger folk willing to keep it up.
  15. Oh wow - loving this blog! My DH & I were in Singapore last year in the summer for our anniversary, and it was absolutely the most amazing trip. The food was incredible, we ate as many different things as we could possibly squeeze into a week-long trip, but there was so much more we could have had (which is a good reason to go back, hopefully in the next couple years). We purposely picked a hotel near the Maxwell Hawkers Centre, Chinatown Market, & Hong Lim Centre, so most of our meals were at food courts and hawkers centres. We didn't spend much time in the restaurants, so we'll have to check out some of the places you've described next trip.
  16. I fully intended to set aside some of the grilled balsamic figs from dinner last night to have with vanilla ice cream for dessert. But they were too delicious & we ate them all for dinner. Which reminds me, a few days ago, I stuffed fresh figs with ricotta, EVOO, s&p for an appetizer, but they could have done just as well as a dessert with a dash of cinnamon or grated chocolate or something.
  17. Don't know if a cheese plate qualifies.... Technically speaking, we'd have it as the hors d'oeurves before the dinner, and then whip it out again for dessert. I haven't done this, but biscuits for during dinner, then turn it into strawberry shortcakes for dessert.
  18. Japanese Kewpie mayo & tonkatsu sauce on a smoky. Unless it's a cheap junky IKEA or Costco dog, in which case ketchup, yellow mustard, & neon green relish.
  19. My favourite lazy person's drink - Gimlet! Gin + lime cordial + squeeze of lime.
  20. I've just polished off a pack of the Windset Farms "Symphony" packs, and they were very good. A couple of them were even a bit too ripe. I've had good luck with a lot of the BC Greenhouse tomato packs, from various farms, even in the dead of winter.
  21. I love savoury filled buns! Ham & cheese croissants, spinach feta brioche, those Chinese buns filled with all sorts of stuff - curry beef, bbq pork, yummmm! This morning for breakfast I had a Chinese bun with green onions & pork floss, and I've got a pack of steamed pork buns in the fridge too. My grandmother used to make lovely steamed pork buns. I remember once when I was really little she left the formed buns to proof, and for whatever reason the yeast was super-active that day. Grandma got a bit of a shock when she went to check on them, and the ginormous buns were practically overflowing out of the pan! Delicious all the same. The most unusual filled bun I've ever had was vegemite & cheese from a neighbourhood bakery - surprisingly tasty. I will also never turn down an almond croissant!
  22. Grilled or roasted and dipped in Japanese kewpie mayo and/or sprinkled with shichimi togarashi (chili spice mix).
  23. Beebs

    Tomato in fruit salad?

    Yes, please & thanks!!
  24. Beebs

    Tomato in fruit salad?

    A local restaurant makes a lovely tomato kimchi (served on its own). I imagine that would be nice with mangoes, green papaya, watermelon or pineapple.
  25. Thai red curry paste + coconut milk + pumpkin/butternut squash/sweet potato/carrot is one of my favourite soup combinations. With extra fish sauce. Or try laksa! There's lots of different kinds, but the ones I've had were Malaysian (more yellow curry-ish) and Singaporean (more coconut milky). Both are delicious. Sorry, I don't have a recipe, but googling brings up lots. I'm lazy, so I will use a package of laksa paste. Or go out for it.
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