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    Food funnies

    I haven't seen a jokes thread on eG, so to cut down on the seriousness a little I thought I would start a thread on food funnies I'll kick off with this video on Youtube, about "crimes against Braai":
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    The Air Fryer topic

    A friend suggested that I buy an air fryer. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone who has one, so I can't borrow one to try. Supposedly it works by blowing heated air into a container. Is it like a hair dryer on steroids? Does anyone on eG have one? How does it compare to a regular deep fryer? Does fried chicken turn out as crisp? French fries? Can you fry anything based on batter (e.g. tempura) in there? What about donuts? Also, can it be used for anything else? Your comments would be appreciated. (I did a search on eG and found no results. If there is an existing thread, could the mods please merge?)
  3. Sorry guys, I know there is a huge sous-vide thread here on EG but it is waaaay too long for me to browse through. I went through the first 20 out of 98 pages and it did my head in! Anyway, I have been thinking of buying a sous-vide controller from these guys: http://www.cookingsousvide.com/info/regula...king-controller ... to use it, you plug a rice cooker or a slow cooker into the controller. The controller then monitors the water temperature and turns your appliance on and off to maintain the water temp. One of the disadvantages that I see is that my rice cooker and slow cooker are pretty small. I could probably do steaks for two in my slow cooker, but forget about dinner party cooking. I was thinking that I could use a portable induction burner, and put my great big stock pot on top. My stock pot is big enough for me to open my own soup kitchen, or to make stock from the neighbour's family pet (can you tell I am Chinese ). It should be able to sous-vide steaks for 8 people quite easily. My question is: do most induction burners need to be turned on from the front panel if they have been switched off from the mains? Can anyone recommend a brand that would be suitable?
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    The Ultimate Roast Chicken

    I thought I would take a straw poll to see what methods you guys consider "best practice" to cook a whole roast chicken. Please choose from the following options and elaborate as you see fit. - Desired final cooking temperature: breast xxxC, thighs xxxC (or F). - Stuffing: Yes or No - Trussing: Yes or No - Cooking position: breast side up on a rack, or rotisserie, or vertical (beer can), or butterfly - Cooking time: low temperature and slow, or high temperature and fast - Heat source: electric oven, combi oven, combined (e.g. sous vide followed by oven), charcoal, or smoker - Seasoning: none, or dry brine (includes rubs), or wet brine (includes marinades), or injection brine I think I have more or less covered all the variables. I would be interested to hear your responses.
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    Dinner! 2013 (Part 6)

    huiray, I have been asked to make a yee sang for Chinese New Year this year. How do you dye your taro yams after deep frying?
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    Dinner! 2013 (Part 6)

    This sounds interesting, but a search didn't help me find more details unfortunately. Could someone point me in the right direction please? That's because I invented it So far everyone whom i've served it to seems to want to know the recipe, which is a good sign!
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    Dinner! 2013 (Part 6)

    Christmas eve dinner at my place. All set up with Christmas crackers. Jansson's Temptation - a Swedish potato gratin. The difference is that it is made with onions and sprats. Instead of using breadcrumbs, I used Gruyere. Sugar snap peas with anchovies and whiskey. The main course - tunnel boned Poussin stuffed with couscous and briefly smoked, shaved smoked ham, turkey jus.
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    HELP! re prime rib in the oven

    Oops this post might be a little late for you now. Take all the guesswork out of whether your meat is done - use a meat thermometer and cook till your prime rib is 55C for medium rare. You might want to consider setting your oven to 60C, roasting for 4-5 hours, checking the temperature of the meat every 30 mins after 3 hours. Turn the oven off when it hits 53C. Before serving, panfry the entire roast to develop colour on the surface.
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    Making pork scratchings in advance

    Did you manage to find pork nipples for Heston's pork scratchings?
  10. Oh, so you did decide to spend Christmas with your parents! You poor thing My favourite cheap eats places in Sydney are Super Bowl in Chinatown (go there for breakfast or supper), and Golden Palace. Din Tai Fung is also quite good.
  11. Yes i've made that Heston batter as well. I don't seem to have a picture of my last attempt, but it REALLY puffs up - my piece of fillet ended up three times the size, and really crunchy as well - almost too crunchy. I tend to prefer Flathead fillets - I buy it from the local fishmonger at Camberwell markets. OTOH there is no good F&C shop nearby
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    Dinner! 2013 (Part 5)

    From Harold McGee, via NPR's Terry Gross: I hope that helps. Mrs. C used ice cubes in plastic baggies. That's the technique I use as well.
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    eG Cook-Off #64: Confit

    []David Ross when I saw your pork confit I lost my breath too. May I ask which Keller book this is from? I don't seem to recall seeing the recipe.
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    Dinner! 2013 (Part 5)

    sigma, that's interesting. Do you know the type of sutures that they use? Do they make interrupted or continuous stitches? I used 2-0 silk, interrupted. I normally use 3-0 or finer, but I couldn't get hold of that this time.
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    Dinner! 2013 (Part 5)

    I made these couscous stuffed poussins for a friend's dinner party. This is why the plates are different to my standard plates (if anyone is keeping track!). To my knowledge, nobody is crazy enough to consider tunnel boning a poussin, then stuffing it, then suturing it so that it appears whole, and then injecting it with sauce and roasting it. It is a lot of work, I had to do 10 of these little bastards. I also forgot to bring my suture holder, which meant that I was MUCH slower at suturing and more wasteful of sutures than I normally am. I didn't take a picture of the tunnel boning process this time, but here is an older photo showing a tunnel boned poussin on the right. One completed bird. Cut in half to show that it is indeed deboned. The stuffing is couscous with shallots, a brunoise of mushroom, carrot, and celery, and speck. It was injected with stock to help keep the birds plump.
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    Dinner! 2013 (Part 5)

    Ann_T that piece of Halibut is good enough for Jehovah!
  17. Thanks for the discussion Martin and Chris. Chris, that quote from MC is interesting. When I used to baste, I basted with pan drippings, which is part oil and part escaped juices from the bird. Would you get a better result if you only basted with fresh oil? Or do you try to grab only the oil in the drippings to baste with?
  18. Can someone comment on the effect of basting? Most old school turkey recipes call for frequent basting of the turkey. I am under the impression that basting slows cooking by (1) increasing evaporation from the skin thus slowing heat absorption, and (2) heat loss through opening the oven door. Does basting actually help the skin crisp up by adding proteins and sugar to the skin?
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    Coq Au Vin

    In Australia, a boiler chicken is a retired egg hen. When you cut into the cavity, you can sometimes (well, quite often) find egg embryos. It is not a substitute for rooster.
  20. Considering it is getting colder in the North and still cold in the South, I am guessing it is someone in China. Liuzhou perhaps.
  21. LR you should watch this episode of "How to cook like Heston" where he teaches you how to make the perfect mash. There is a brief discussion of potato varieties in the earlier part of the video. He is English, so those potatoes are definitely available in the UK! Maybe just not in your area http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2zsmHZOw8E
  22. I am not familiar with the varieties you describe. I can tell you that the type of potato you use is critical to how easily it can be mashed. Here in Australia I have had the most success with a variety called Dutch Cream, which is the closest we get to Yukon Gold. It is a type of waxy potato, but it is alone among waxy potato varieties in that it makes a great mash. You are normally better off using a floury potato.
  23. What potatoes are you using? Also, are you boiling the potatoes whole, or did you cut them into discs?
  24. I think this is the key insight into the difference in texture between SV and PC.
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    The Food Photography Topic

    I should add, polarizing filters come in two types. Linear polarizers and circular polarizers. Linear polarizers should probably not be used with modern cameras because it interferes with autofocus. No problem using it if you don't mind manual focus, or if you pre-focus the shot before you mount the polarizer. Circular polarizers do not interfere with AF, but are expensive