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    Making absinthe at home

    so i was just wondering if i could make absinthe at home ... i heard that one of the ingredients is worm wood. well the other day i saw some worm wood in a shop i was in and was wondering what else i needed to make it?
  2. knives wraped in a tea towel wrapped in cling film is my preferred way to get them home for sharpening ....
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    Food Preparers Run on Coffee?

    there is nothing like 7 or 8 coffees to get you through a 15 hour shift
  4. put boiling hot cream into the blender and the proceed to blend my face, neck, ear, arm and hand hurt .... and the kitchen looks like a abstract artwork
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    Anthony Bourdain's Medium Raw

    who really cares ?? he has an opinion so do i, so does everyone else. I love his books. its nice reading a book or seeing a chef in the media admiting that shyt isnt perfect or that so and so pisses him off ... not many other chefs in the spotlight do it .... and come on guys hes just plain funny
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    Working in Asia

    i looked in on getting a work visa for japan after doing a culinary exchange program there for awhile ... apparently its real difficult ... you can how ever stay for 90 days with out problem fly out and fly back in and be able to stay for another 90 day ... ive been told you can do this about 4 or 5 time with out being pulled up by the government
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    Coke Hacks

    coke hacking lol ... coke and vanilla vodka .. tatses like creme caramel ... AND gets you drunk what more could you ask for?
  8. siliconemolds.com has a few good ones for real cheap !!!
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    Tip envy

    i agree ... just pay the guy more ... i remember when i was a first year apprentice i was getting paid $4.90 an hour it was horrible
  10. we had deep fried cobia the other day for staff dinner and it was the best crumbed fish ive ever had ... i believe someone has already mentioned it using the name lemon fish ... top fish and chips i highly recommend it
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    Tip envy

    tips in my work place are pooled and then divided to all the staff according how many hours/hard they work eg causal staff will not get as much as full time staff and a full time staff members who do overtime or come in early to 'get the job done' will get more than those who dont .... i think the system is very fair. i dont see why in australia in a lot of other restaurants causal waitstaff who get paid more than qualifided chefs (who are working harder long days) are getting all the tips.
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    Yes Chef? No Chef!

    well said
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    Freezing Techniques for Blood Oranges

    you can freeze them whole in zip lock bags if you want ... they will keep for about 6 months
  14. put something in the microwave for 20 minutes instead of 20 seconds.
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    Molecular Gastronomy in the News

    i dont know why we cant just call it something like new cuisine ... it not only scares customers but also scares chefs from creating with the products
  16. sweet corn soup w crusty bread

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    Knife Recommendations

    That's a great question, and one that you'll get more than one answer to. There's an orthodoxy that says "never steel a japanese style knife." And there are many cooks who do it with impunity. In my experience, you can maintain some japanese knives on a steel. If the the steel isn't too brittle and / or the edge angles aren't too accute, it will work, although you should use really light pressure, and very smooth steel in general. I can't give any guidelines on where the line is, as far as how thin / how hard. My old hiromoto as gyuto handled a steel fine, until i thinned the edge past a certain point. then i just used a strop or stones for maintenance. my current gyuoto I wouldn't let near a steel. most japanese made knives westerners use are western style knifes and can be sharpened with a steel. but japanese style knives (only sharpened on one side) should never be sharpened with a steel. these are my japanese style knives
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    Knife Recommendations

    you seem to like the japanese knifes ... if your looking to upgrade to the best japanese knifes check out korin.com ... these knifes quite literately double your knife skill (if you have already established some form of okay knife skills) and an added bonus .. they look bad ass
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    Faux Carbonation

    lol i feel like i just got told off anyway if you are looking to carbonate fruit the method i said earlier WILL work ... and im pretty sure (not that ive tried) you can carbonate jelly, purees ect. ive been thinking of carbonating orange flavoured yoghurt ...
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    Kitchen Lingo

    lol reading this makes me laugh cause i do the same thing ... if my head chef want a peice of meat for the plate say duck he will ask me 'what noise does a duck make' ... 'quak'
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    Whipped Custard?

    i have done this sort of i suggest putting 2 sheets of gelatin into 500mls of creme anglasie ... then putting it in to a isi creamwhipper cool but not set and charge it twice. you should get a custard taste with a light smooth mouth feel.
  22. try you local wholesale butcher they use it for all kinds of 'sneaky' stuff.
  23. you know you a chef when you burn yourself and dont worry about running it under cold water ... or when someone asks if you can get friday off and you just laugh at them.
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    Faux Carbonation

    if your product is wet all you need to do is put your product in to a cream siphon close the lid and charge with a couple of Co2 bulbs (not to be confused with the normal No2 cream bulbs) and leave over night .... co2 is water soluble and will carbonate it .... were is no2 is fat soluble and will aerate fat