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  1. My DH eats bananas like a crazy person & really, really wrong. Instead of peeling or cutting it like normal people, he breaks it in half. With his bare hands. It never squishes either, it just breaks cleanly across. I tear off & eat part of the pizza crust first, then the pointy part.
  2. Ooo I love her channel, it's so soothing! If you like Liziqi, check out Dianxi Xiaoge on YouTube. Similar to Liziqi, but she's a bit more interactive with viewers. Dianxi Xiaoge is in the Yunnan region and goes around with a gorgeous enormous Alaskan malamute.
  3. If you leave out the scallions, roll it out differently, put sesame seeds on top and bake it, you get shaobing (sesame oven bread)! https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/food-drink/article/2156813/how-make-your-own-taiwan-breakfast-specialities After my Serious Eats massive failure, I've been fiddling around with my shaobing dough for scallion pancakes. Later attempts have been better.
  4. I'll be following along with interest! I've only recently started making scallion pancakes, but I did try the Serious Eats one. That was a massive failure. The recipe calls for waaaay too much onions - a half cup onions per pancake, without making a roux or sizzling them, ended up a big huge sticky wet mess. Also bland - needs salt. Rolling technique is fine, though. I'm going to try the roux version with vegetable shortening next time.
  5. Yum! Love red cabbage! We had leftover red cabbage yesterday. No apples this time because I'd forgotten to get one. I use way more vinegar, some sugar, and veg/chicken stock. I like the idea of adding mustard, never thought to try it. If you have some beets lying around, throw those in there. Gorgeous colour!
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    Valentine's Day Dinner

    Right?!! Usually we'll order pizza or fried chicken and put on a movie, but spouse has a course that day till late. So dinner for me will be a couple glasses of wine or cocktails (or - let's be honest - both!). If I can get some decent liver, maybe liver & onions. He hates liver.
  7. Mustard and mayo. Or if I'm feeling fancy, Japanese-style - tonkatsu sauce, kewpie mayo, dried bonito flakes, nori, green onions.
  8. Fish sauce chicken! Lime juice, cilantro, fish sauce, chilis or chili paste, sugar, tamarind if you have it. Slather it all over and pop it in the oven. Glaze with extra sauce/marinade. One of my go-to dinners. I don't put ginger in it, but I don't see why you can't. Or stir fry with bok choy & garlic for a veg side. Plus rice.
  9. I love this topic! One of my Super Bowl snacks was a complete disaster. I never thought I'd complain about brie being too melty..... I made brie & cranberry baked in wonton wrappers. All the brie leaked out, the wrappers didn't get brown enough, just a big greasy mess. Ugh....good thing I had back-up cheese for a cheese plate.
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    Superbowl food 2020

    Doing a taco bar this year. Making carnitas and a bean/squash veg option, with all the usual things that go with it - pineapple salsa, guacamole, cheese, etc. Also making sweet & spicy wings, skordalia (hubby's request - weird, I know), brie baked wonton, and rice krispies treats. I hope the avocados ripen in time. No horse in this race again, but nominally rooting for San Francisco, because of the whole west coast thing....
  11. I've recently been introduced to the magic that is Hot Buttered Rum. So good, though a bit on the filling side. 😋
  12. Onion confit. I'd browsed the forums a bit, but joined as a member because of this onion confit thread. First time I made it in my slow cooker, it perfumed my apartment for nearly a week. I thought the smell was divine. Drove my husband bonkers! Time to make onion confit again - but in my InstantPot (purchased also because of EG)!
  13. Must have currants or raisins. No pecans, chocolate, cranberries, orange peel or any of that rubbish. I admit I like making them as squares, mainly because I don't have patience to fiddle with a bunch of individual tart shells. Extra generous with the currants, though.
  14. I bought a ThermoPen digital meat thermometer and "The Food of Taiwan: Recipes from the Beautiful Island". I used a Prime Day $10 coupon for the book. I wanted Fuschia Dunlop's "Land of Fish & Rice" but it wasn't eligible for the coupon, sadly.
  15. Oooh! Great idea - made in Canada, too! Putting it in my cart now.
  16. Beer Caesar! Caesar (aka. the only Bloody Mary worth drinking) topped with lager. Radler - grapefruit juice & lager In Berlin I had a weissbier with cherry syrup - very refreshing.
  17. Orange flavoured chocolate. I like oranges, I like chocolate, I even like candied orange peel dipped in dark chocolate. But I loathe & despise orange chocolate, and any desserts with chocolate and orange. Gaaak!!
  18. There's only one way to find out! Looking forward to your results. Personally, I don't think raspberry leaf tastes anything like black tea. But I've always found rooibos tastes a lot like Ceylon orange pekoe with a bit of honey, and it's easy to come by.
  19. Still deciding the menu, but right now it's looking like I'm doing cubano sliders, baked chicken wings, crispy brussels sprouts, either shrimp cocktail or smoked salmon platter, cheese/charcut platter. Still need a couple non-meat dips. Deciding between a hot spinach dip or classic spinach in a bread bowl. A few other things maybe, not sure what, but it should be non-meat. It's a bigger group this year, 14 bodies in our small apartment, hope we can squeeze everyone in. We'll need more food this year (despite husband's protests - Superbowl is about the food as much as it's about the
  20. Just remembered the cousins told us to go to Raohe Night Market (by the temple) and skip Shilin. Shilin is the bigger, more well-known one, but they said it's touristy. Raohe has pepper pork buns located at the entrance by the temple, and they are really good.
  21. I'm so excited for you - Taiwan is awesome! We're planning a trip end of the year. Looking forward to your trip report! Where in Taiwan are you visiting? I don't have restaurant recommendations, because we spent a lot of time with relatives, and I have no idea where they took us. But I can promise you the food is incredible. Vegetarian food is everywhere (Buddhism is one of the major religions), and plenty of seafood. You'll have lots of options. My Mandarin is terrible, but a lot of young people speak some degree of English, so we got around by pointing at food and asking young pe
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    Cheese Fondue

    I've never had an issue with overly salty bites, but then I'm also not dunking the entire chunk of ham in the cheese either. Just the top bit. Also, I alternate between bites of ham/sausage with bites of bread, veg, poached chicken, etc. Or it might be the cheese blend we use isn't too salty either. Or our meat chunks are on the smaller side.
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    Cheese Fondue

    I love cheese fondue! My family has it on a regular basis. For Christmas dinner this year, I've requested either cheese fondue or Chinese hotpot. Mom vetoed both. I don't see any reason not to try Spam...there's only one way of finding out. We dip all sorts of things - poached chicken/turkey breast, sausage chunks, ham, potatoes, steamed brussels sprouts & broccoli, tortellini, different kinds of bread.... Plenty of wine.
  24. The flat cabbages are labelled Taiwanese cabbage here as well. I like them better for stir-fry than the round green ones - leaves are thinner and crisper. What are some Chinese preparations for red cabbage? I have one in the fridge right now, was planning on German-style red cabbage, but wouldn't mind doing something different with it.
  25. This is great! In my neck of the woods, we get a lot of these labeled in Cantonese too. So the napa cabbage is sometimes labeled siu choy, and the brassica rapa is usually labeled choy sum or yue choy or yue choy sum.
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