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&roid

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  1. Dan Toombs is my go to for Indian recipes. He’s an American who came to the UK about twenty years ago. He fell in love with “British Indian Restaurant” food and made it his life’s work learning how to cook it. He’s got three books out now, all of them are classics if you like this sort of food. If you just need the recipes i think they're mostly all on his site: https://greatcurryrecipes.net/
  2. We stopped eating much wheat flour a few months ago (as part of a weight loss plan rather than due to an allergy). I’ve found chickpea flour (gram flour) a really good substitute in a lot of ways since then. We use it to make pancakes (socca) as well as various Indian appetisers like bahjis and pakoras.
  3. &roid

    Kid food

    What age are they and what do they like eating?
  4. &roid

    New Anova Pro

    Where is it? I can’t see it anywhere
  5. For me it would be: - good extractor which vents outside - tap with a flexible hose pull out - proper boiling water tap - under mounted sinks with waste disposal, make cleaning up so much easier
  6. Argh! Got as far as adding them to my basket and for some reason they aren’t available for shipping to the UK 😢
  7. &roid

    DARTO pans

    I tried that - think he prefers white 😂
  8. &roid

    DARTO pans

    Having seen your experience earlier in the thread I tried a different technique to my usual low temp method. I did them really quickly over a medium/high heat which I turned off after just 30 seconds or so. I’ll try some low temp ones today but if it ends up like you described I think I can live with the quick way of doing them - they were good eggs 😊
  9. &roid

    DARTO pans

    @JoNorvelleWalker, I’m a little nervous about trying a sofrito after the things I’ve read... might wait a bit till the seasoning has built up a bit more
  10. &roid

    DARTO pans

    I’ve done seven coats now and decided to have a go at making some breakfast with the smaller pan. As described in the guides I did a couple of rounds of sacrificial eggs first - the initial ones stuck horrendously, to the point that I worried the whole process hadn’t worked. However, after the second lot some magic happened and suddenly my pan is non-stick! With just a little encouragement a fried egg will slip around easily. Made some lovely creamy scrambled eggs to go with our salmon 😋
  11. We are 95% of the way through our own renovation and I agree with every single word of that. We were promised a mid November finish, what month is it now??
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    DARTO pans

    Wil do. Interestingly I just found this video (while going through a bit of baby-induced insomnia, might as well use feeding time productively right?). She seasons using the flax seed method then tries to reduce some red wine which strips it all off. The recommendation there is that we should wait a few months of regular use before trying very acidic things. Maybe it’s just a time/use thing?
  13. &roid

    DARTO pans

    That’s exactly what I’ve done. They are pretty grubby looking on arrival but I was able to get my paella pan back to a nice dark grey and my sauté pan back to a silver colour (the paella looked like it came pre-seasoned compared to the sauté pan). It only took about ten minutes for each pan with a liberal amount of BKF and a scrubbing sponge. Im halfway through seasoning with flax seed oil at the moment, hampered largely by the kitchen fitters still working on our new cabinets. Shame really as I’ve been off work this week so would have been nice to get these done and cook with them! ive found doing them in the oven on its hottest setting easier and better than on the rangetop. Just takes a little longer - about three hours per coat in total, one hour heating and one to two cooling.
  14. &roid

    Pommes fondant

    Agree completely, they’re cute enough but wasteful and fiddly to make. Taste wise give me a decent French fry or, if we’re going classical, some dauphinois.
  15. &roid

    DARTO pans

    Thats a gorgeous looking pan of food. What happened with the sofrito to Strip the seasoning?
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    DARTO pans

    Just picked mine up from the DHL depot... exactly the same story. Why on earth don’t they just put some bubble wrap or paper wadding in there?? The skillet is damaged around the rim of the pan and both sides of the handle, the paella pan has three or four gouges in the cooking surface. They are beautful looking pans though. Ten minutes or so with some bar keepers friend and a scourer and I got them cleaned up. Spent a bit of time with some wire wool on the scratches but suspect I’ll need to come back to them with something more abrasive at a later date. Ive done the first two coats of flax seed oil on the rangetop, might carry on in the oven tomorrow.
  17. I’ve had a set of the offset spoons for a good few years and use them almost every day. I was hoping to get some more but the rhulman shop seems to be closed now. Does anyone know of another way I might source some??
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    DARTO pans

    It’s getting nearer! My package left buenos aries on on Friday, had a brief layover in Madrid and Leipzig and is now sitting in the Manchester delivery depot, probably won’t be with me till 2nd Jan but that’s ok 👍🏻 I’m a little nervous to see what state it’s in after its trip
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    DARTO pans

    I think mine are on their way 😊👍🏻
  20. So I managed to do some proper cooking last night 😊😊 its going to take a bit of getting used to this grill and I might need to upgrade the motors in my extractor - they were fine with the smaller kitchen and no chargrill, wish I’d thought of this before having everything refitted and boxed in! But, what a relief it’s been to be able to cook properly again. We we had a mixed grill of pork chops (need some work), lamb chops (quite good) and a 1+lb rib steak (alright). It’s been four months since I’ve beem able to put any sort of browning or crust on a piece of meat and I’ve missed it! 😂
  21. Fingers crossed there are about three days of cabinet work left to do. Although I’m a little sceptical of this as I suspect they are going to have to undo quite a lot of bad work that the previous fitter did... After that, the stone people are back to fit the wall cladding near the dining area, a small worktop in a breakfast cabinet and the tops near the bbq. A few small electrical jobs and we’ll be done! It finally feels within our grasp. It might, and I’ll whisper this, even be starting to feel worth the pain!
  22. Another really good day! The stone guys pretty much finished the island today and were able to get the splashback in early enough that our plumber could get the rangetop connected - look, it works! We dont have taps yet, and the bank of units around the fridge is miles off being done. But it finally feels like I’ve got a kitchen back 😃😃 I will never again have to cook on that horrendous induction piece of c***! Our furniture arrived too, so tomorrow morning we’ll be unpacking that, trying to get stuff vaguely in order before we go away for the week to see family over Christmas. First thing though I’ll be queuing at our butchers for the festive meat order, I’m looking forward to having a bit of space in which to get the turkeys ready. I’m so much happier today than I’ve been for weeks!
  23. Alas no, it’s just a gap at the moment but will be filled with another of the regular drawers either side. The rangetop has slotted in where the top drawer of those middle pair used to be.
  24. It finally feels like we are edging nearer the finish line! The first of the worktops went in today, I’m really happy with them so far - great attention to detail with them, such a relief after our stress with the cabinet people. Speaking of which, they are finally taking things seriously and want to make things right with the cabinets. Just trying to agree a plan to get a new fitter that we trust in to fix everything. The worktop guys guys are back tomorrow to fit the splashback behind the rangetop and (very exciting!) the island. All being well the Wolf will get connected up to the gas and I can actually start cooking! I may even have cooked my last meal on the awful induction plate 😁 (though I’ll believe it all when I see it after the last few weeks!)
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