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  1. Mjx

    Gluten -free meatloaf

    I've used millet flakes (toasted, sometimes) to replace bread crumbs in a variety of things, and they work well in a panade; I use them when I make frikadeller. I know there are problems associated with heavy millet consumption, but as something used now and then it carries zero risks (unless, of course, you're allergic to millet).
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    Pizza Dough

    I looked at the old link for the source, which is Lodge's cast iron site. I'm fairly certain it was/is their 14" cast iron baking pan; it's the only thing they have that fits.
  3. Thanks! These are great, so many are ideas I'd not thought of, or forgotten; I tend to make the same familiar things repeatedly for myself, which was one of the things that worried me, in terms of producing something interesting. I'm really looking forward to discussing these with my friend This will be a buffet (last I heard), although not finger food. So everyone will be able to (and almost cetainly will, even if just sort of automatically) help themselves to the vegan dishes, which means making enough for the whole crowd.
  4. I'm helping to prepare food for a party, and several of the guests are vegan, and, because I grew up in a vegetarian household, and a lot of the food we ate would have been suitable for vegans, too, I've been asked to come up with several suitable dishes. The thing is, I'd like to make some dishes that are really appealing, rather than just 'pretty decent for a vegan dish'. I can think of several possibilities, but I'd love to hear other omnivores' experiences of vegan dishes that they really enjoyed, things they'd make themselves/again, or look forward to eating if they knew it was going to be served to them. Thanks! M.
  5. Fair point. Challenges are bit different, however, because if there's to be a decent level of participation, they do have to be relatively inclusive, which is the reason some challenges have never made an appearance.
  6. Doesn't sound appealing, but it's amazing what breading and frying will do to improve things.
  7. He thought it was 'fine', but a bit dull. Next time, I'm not going to listen to any concerns about my making things too weird I'm fairly certain that is correct. My original plan involved a nearly paper thin sheet of meat within a crisp golden crust, but circumstances dictated the hasty improvisation of a plan B.
  8. I'm sneaking in at the tail end of this party. I've been visiting a friend who was initially resistant to the entire schnitzel concept. Interestingly, his objections were based on his understanding and experience of schnitzel being a clump of mince, breaded and fried (which he loathed). This barrier overcome, I had to convince him that he'd almost certainly like schitzel, although he might find it only 'acceptable'. Next, we had to sort how the schnitzel would be fried, since he does not accept any staining of his beloved steel pans; I finally suggested he do the actual cooking. Then we sampled a bunch of whiskies, to decompress from this complicated and extended negotiation. Next day, I wandered out in search of schnitzel meat and acceptable sides. I found this (pork), and came across some black chickpeas and some broccolini, which struck me as good sides. My friend was going to stick to chips and remoulade. I started the chickpeas beforehand, and left them simmering throughout the remainder of the prep and cooking. The chickpeas got a bit of toasted sesame oil, some miso, and some fresh thyme. I began my traditional appraoch by pounding the schnitzel to paper thinness with a meat hammer. Actually, that is a lie: there was no meat hammer, and no pan that would accommodate any of the pieces had they been pounded much flatter than they already were. I used a small sauce pan to kind of even out the thickness, and break down the fibres a bit. I kept the seasoning simple, as my friend prefers that things 'not get too weird', and given my experimental proclivities, I kind of see his point of view. I did add nutmeg to the wash and crumbs (yes, that's panko, and I'm trying to feel contrite about that), but did not add miso, malt syrup, harrissa, or ras el hanout, which I'd considered. I did include black pepper, thyme, celery seed, and paprika, mostly to the wash, since I'm not a fan of the smell of burning spices. I've no idea how these were cooked, because, as previously agreed, I left the kitchen while my friend carried out whatever secret rites accompanied the frying of the schnitzels (I returned briefly to steam the broccolini). The combination was quite good, although I'd have loved for the schnitzel to be more evenly golden brown.
  9. Update: I experimented with candying mint leaves using gomme, and it works a bit better than using egg white; it dries more quickly, and there is less clumping, both when the leaves are dipped, and during the drying process, if there is any sugar lying about lose under the leaves.
  10. Has anyone tried candying mint leaves using gomme instead of egg white? When I've used egg white the sugar has ended up patchy, and gomme seemed as though it might be a viable alternative, although it might not dry as thoroughly/quickly (which would not be a problem).
  11. I wonder If I've caused this Hydroponic/Aquaponic Organic? thread to drift into a practical discussion of small-scale aquaponic gardening. I would like to continue the conversation if other members are interested.

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      Mjx

      I think you've got a point; it deserves to be its own practical discussion, if only to keep the focus on the practical.

  12. How complex is the chocolate-cherry loaf recipe?
  13. Is the oil the main source of the savoury flavour in fresh black sesame seeds? This black sesame dessert is a longstanding favourite of mine, and I think it's a great dessert (although I also have a relatively Italian palate), but it seems to have little or no perceptible fat (and is clearly quite processed, so far from fresh).
  14. Kasia

    Dear Mjx - I ahve just received information that I have recived warning - but only that -I do not know why? 

     

    best regards

    Kasia

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