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  1. haresfur

    Dinner 2020

    That brings back memories of a family trip to Mexico when I was a kid. My father loved to fish and caught some Spanish mackerel which he marched into the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant to be cooked up. I thought it was a very odd thing to do but the results were excellent.
  2. haresfur

    Dinner 2020

    I've had some pretty horrible tasting capers, but of course can't remember which brands are best. My partner doesn't care for them too much. At our farmer's market a stall was selling capers and also dried, ground caper berries so I could disguise them by coating salmon in the ground capers and broiling. Turned out really well, IMO.
  3. If I had thought of it before grocery shopping, maybe I would have planned latkes. As it is, maybe I'll just have some of the hot-cross buns that I have been pretending aren't for sale yet, since they appeared right after Christmas, and watch the Sydney LGBTQ parade on the TV. That's a huge deal in Australia, with all of the stations competing for viewers. Don't think we are in Kansas anymore, Toto.🙂
  4. I don't know if it is the same elsewhere, but it is common to find herbs in grocery stores here for sale in little seedling pots. Our little Asian fruit and veg store just reopened after the owner was stuck in self-quarantine for 2 weeks after 2 weeks in China 😥 so I was eager to help get his cash flow going and bought a pot of red shiso. I was inspired by a friend who grows the green in Indiana USA so I reckon it could survive our weather if I can keep enough water on it. I divided it into 3 pots, before finding this thread so we shall see if it makes it. I do miss the heyday of the Japan forum. So much great information here.
  5. haresfur

    Dinner 2020

    When I was working one autumn in Nova Scotia, the poached salmon was the best. And all the locals said that the conservation officer got his job a) because he could hold his own when he got into scraps at the Saturday dances with people he had caught, and b) because giving him the job got rid of the worst poacher in the area.
  6. My closest Aldi had Aperol for $15, which is a very good price for Australia. Not that I drink much of it but I grabbed the lone bottle left.
  7. haresfur

    Dinner 2020

    Needs Kimchi! 😄
  8. I'm thinking of seeing how they do as a ground cover out front. I have an unused raised bed, too.
  9. My warrigal greens are going to town. I need to move them to a bigger pot or take some cuttings. These are an Australian & New Zealand native. They have cool little yellow flowers that grow from the base of the leaves. I've only cooked with them once and they seemed pretty tasty. You are supposed to blanch them to remove the oxalate.
  10. haresfur

    Dinner 2020

    Looks great. I would love to visit Loretto, a friend has a kayak touring business there. The marine park is a treasure.
  11. haresfur

    Dinner 2020

    The meat was cooked on the gas cooktop in the unglazed terracotta pot. The tortillas were warmed in the terracotta warmer. I got the cloth damp, put a stack of tortillas on top, wrapped the corners of the cloth around the stack, and microwaved for 2 minutes. The bottom one ends up a little bit too soggy but no fuss. I have soaked the warmer in water first, instead of using the cloth but that's a bit too much effort for me. The plates were purchased. They have a copper-red and other glazes.
  12. haresfur

    Dinner 2020

    Lamb carnitas cooked in a clay pot with black beans, avocado, lime and corn tortillas. There's a place in Melbourne that makes the best corn tortillas I've ever had.
  13. haresfur

    Margarita

    Just finished one with a tiny grind of salt on top before serving as I mentioned previously. Still works for me. That is if I'm not going to get it made like in one of the sexiest film scenes of all time. In the movie More with a soundtrack by Pink Floyd, The male protagonist, a German, meets an American woman at a party and she makes him a Margarita. She licks the rim of the glass then dips it in the salt. Right then you know she is going to do him wrong.
  14. haresfur

    Sous Vide Short Ribs

    If I recall, the last time I did them was 57 degrees for 72 hours
  15. haresfur

    Sous Vide Short Ribs

    I've gone off SV short ribs because the fat ends up disgusting IMO. but enjoy them if you like it. You can always separate out the meat, but that's not a task I find pleasant either.
  16. May have to make one of those. Maybe Swiss cheese for the cream. Grated Parmesan instead of coconut outside, although coconut might taste interesting. 😃
  17. A follow up to a post on the Sous Vide thread, I made wattle seed and mountain pepper rubbed lamb on the barbie for Australia Day. It turned out really well in spite of my thermometer not working. The rub is basically ground mountain pepper berry, ground wattle seed, salt and olive oil. I used boneless leg of lamb and cut it open into a slab. so there was a lot of surface to rub.
  18. but they don't end up in the fruit basket like the bugs! 😀
  19. Ah, interesting. I often get a metallic taste from coffee and have been trying to figure out why. Almost all coffee served in Australia is a fairly light roast but most shops I know do let it rest though. I think the extraction can have something to do with it - even to the point of different baristas (depending on the machine). I seem to be susceptible because other people don't notice it as much.
  20. The bats and parrots don't tend to stick around
  21. Those are the ones that didn't calibrate well (I hope the person calibrating them did it right). I think they would be fine for many purposes, though. Lucky for me, work is paying for the toys.
  22. Yeah, I forgot that the reason I went with the motor control is that I'm switching latching-solenoid irrigation valves so I have to be able to reverse the polarity. Interesting about the PWM speed. Are you using capacitance sensors? We found some cheap ones were all over the map in terms of calibration, which was disappointing. I'm about to test some Time-Domain Transmission sensors but at about $300 AU a pop, they aren't exactly cheap.
  23. As a bit of a follow-up. I hadn't been mulching the beds with earwigs because I know they like moisture. But I tried and it seemed to help some (at least until I fried everything in a heat wave). Seems counter-intuitive, but I think what is happening is that the moist mulch keeps them happy under the surface at least for long enough for the seedlings to get established to where they fight their own battles.
  24. Another dimmer option is pulse-width modulation through something like an Arduino controller. You will have to send the PWM signal from a pin on the Arduino board to something like a DC motor control to jack up the signal to 24V. Bonus is that you can use the micro-controller as a timer to turn the lights on & off and even monitor soil moisture (caution many low end soil moisture probes are crap).
  25. A book is useful for dining alone so that the people at the next table don't notice that you are listening in on their conversation
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