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  1. Pasta con Costco Cook pasta and toss with stuff out of those big jars of marinated artichokes, olives, sun dried tomatoes, grilled red pepper, whatever. Three bean salad? Sure. Grate some Parmesan on top. Add some salami or chorizo if you want meat.
  2. Australians tend to go with "supper", I think because dinner is ambiguous as to time of day, although people usually say Christmas Lunch instead of Christmas Dinner.
  3. I thought it was the presence of meaty things that made it High Tea, but apparently it is hot dishes and only in Scotland is more like an afternoon tea according to this (for what it's worth).
  4. No more than I would say siltstone was never in the sea (although in the case of silt, not dissolved). It is the process of burial and lithification that makes halite precipitated from evaporating sedimentary basin brine into rock salt.
  5. Sea salt - taken from the sea Rock salt - sedimentary rock that consists almost entirely of halite Trust me, I'm a geologist
  6. Was sea salt. Sea salt is conventionally considered to be salt evaporated directly from seawater, usually, by human-controlled processes. Once it is buried it becomes recrystalised and often flows due to its ductility, which modifies the material.
  7. It still took some balancing and my back decided it was a bad idea but I used old basalt building stones to make an inunnguag. Had to rebuild it after this photo was taken because rain caused the ground to settle and it fell over. Obligatory food note: the green pigface in the front that isn't flowering is supposedly edible but I haven't tried it.
  8. First, Himalayan pink salt is rock salt not sea salt. I'm sure you all realise that but the bloggers don't seem to. In terms of impurities, I strongly suspect some potassium chloride due to the colour, but don't quote me on that. KCl does tend to have a bit of a bitter flavour, as anyone who has used light salt, could probably taste. In Australia you can get Murray River Pink Salt. I usually see the flake form, so not really designed for salt grinders or shakers, although a grinder does work. According to the web page, they do make coarser grinder salt. I was fortunate enough to t
  9. I tend to be risk adverse when it comes to things that are hard to replace and only have fake-stone. Be aware that there is granite and granite, and many counter tops sold as granite could be something with completely different properties. As a geologist, I think you would be safest with something that has uniform tightly bound grains with no indication of cracks that might have formed and sealed underground. But that doesn't say that something else wouldn't be safe. I suppose the best thing would be to ask for a cutting board size piece when you are having your counters put in and
  10. haresfur


    Had the durian been frozen? The supermarkets here used to sell durian that had been frozen then thawed to cut the smell. Now I think I can only get frozen durian from the Asian grocery. Haven't tried it, but maybe when the other is out of town sometime...
  11. I lived up the hill from there. I hope your picnic was after they spruced it up a bit or at least sealed up the broken tombs. When I was there, the decay was pretty over the top, except around Karl, that they kept nice for the Chinese and Russians to lay wreaths or whatever. I did often have tea with my well to do friends when the son my age (14) was back from school. The food was light but nice enough and conversation was suitably genteel, like discussing whether fornication had to be between two unmarried people, or just two people not married to each other. And if it was the for
  12. I'm sure there were worse meals in many places/times so I don't want to argue to the bottom either (Australians from farming communities talk about the school milk they had to drink that was delivered in the morning and kept out in the heat until noon.) But dodgy over-boiled cabbage, lumpy mashed potato (I hated potatoes at the time) and 2 fish sticks comes to mind (I could eat the fish sticks, anyway). Then again the fried blood sausage in my Swedish school was pretty revolting to me.
  13. British school food in the 1970s was the stuff of horror movies. I know from more recent (although still long ago) visits that things have changed but the iconic British caff wasn't much better. Like anywhere, it does depend on what level of dining you seek out and how knowledgeable you are. Even back then, I had some really nice meals with my rich friends. As for the French and their food, I fail to see what the hype is about so I discount their opinions about British food.
  14. haresfur

    Dinner 2021

    I have been banned from ever cooking with squid ink again after pretty much the whole kitchen ended up stained black after I used too much when I tried. Looks good though.
  15. I bought some Peking Duck flavoured potato chips for the express purpose of posting to this thread but didn't get around to taking a picture and working up the courage to try them and threw the bag out when it started to puff up like a tick on a dog.
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