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  1. Does adding commercial yeast to sourdough change the fermentation byproducts for which sourdough is so touted?
  2. For the first time, I have enough Darto for my space that I think I can hold off
  3. Hi Bread Topic! I've been baking a lot of sourdough bread since the pandemic began, as apparently so have many others. Most of the recipes and blogs I see are for Tartine/French style bread, which is delicious, but I want to bake traditional German breads. I've been looking for sourdough German bread recipes, but most of what I've found calls for yeast in addition to the sourdough starter. Why? I'd like to stick to 100% sourdough starter - will it work subbing starter for yeast in a recipe? Thanks
  4. nitrous tends to extract fewer bitter flavors, sous vide comes out a bit "heavier" and more bitter. Simply waiting is probably the most neutral way. If you're using strong enough alcohol, shelf stability shouldn't be an issue
  5. Yes indeed thanks to the sales thread!
  6. It’s here! Now I have to reorganize my counters and get creative with space. By the way, it’s a CSO-300N1C. Is that a Canadian model? Are there any differences?
  7. WIth that much reduced okra, it was actually thicker than most roux gumbos I've made
  8. Hassouni

    Dinner 2020

    Been cooking dinner nearly ever day the last month for the first time in years, but this one comes directly from eG: I made a few tweaks, but it really is one of the best gumbos I've ever made.
  9. I followed @My Confusing Horoscope's pictorial almost to the letter and got this: A few changes - I added celery to the onions, pepper, and okra, and added peppercorns, bay leaves, thyme, and fish sauce to the stock. This is one of the best gumbos ever, and I've made a lot of gumbo.
  10. Surviving and virus-free so OK on the scheme of things. Can't wait to reopen and welcome you! Shoot me a message when the time comes. Similarly some friends and I were planning a trip to Richmond to hang with some rum rascals down there
  11. New on eBay for $275 with free shipping. I think it's my time! https://www.ebay.com/itm/Cuisinart-CSO-300N-Convection-Steam-Oven-Stainless-Steel/283854308168?hash=item4217090348:g:tqkAAOSwfrleTdxc
  12. You've heard from some of the most dedicated cocktailers on this forum and none of us have heard of "boxing" a drink. Don't worry about it.
  13. up and straight up are the same and mean a drink served in a stemmed glass without ice. Straight in a legal sense refers to American whisky that's been aged at least 2 years and is at least 51% of its base grain (corn for bourbon, rye for rye, etc), aged in new, charred american oak barrels, and I forget what else. Straight for most people I'd say is synonymous with "neat" - poured right out of the bottle, no ice, nothing. A shot is a shot...a short pour of anything neat or mixed to be drunk in one gulp. May I highly recommend BarSmarts. It's free right now and is a very good starting point
  14. reshteh is also Persian. But Persian food is hardly underrated, it's often counted as one of the world's greats.
  15. Not having eaten a strict carnivore (I mean, pigs are omnivores), I've heard the general consensus is they don't taste very good.
  16. I'm a professional in the industry and before that a longtime cocktail aficionado and I've never once heard the term boxing. The definition is rolling is correct, though. There is a difference between rolling and throwing though - in throwing the cocktail is poured from the small to the large tin from a height several times, providing a lot of aeration and looking very dramatic
  17. I know a Kazakh who complained that he couldn't find good meat in Istanbul, of all places. I responded, "what do you mean, the lamb here is incredible!" to which he replied, "yeah but there's no horse"
  18. I got both the 4 and the 5.5. I've done a lot of research on Staub vs LC over the years and the general conclusion seems to be "Staub is for people who cook, LC is for people who display". I've only ever use Lodge enameled, and the searing surface is pretty small, and the enamel chips over time. Hoping for a nice step up
  19. Horse meat is clearly a Central Asian nomadic thing. The various dairy products I have no idea. I'm sure it's ubiquitous in all dairy-eating societies. Kaymak is the same as sarshir in Iran, 'ashta/geimar in the Arab World, and even clotted cream in England. Ayran is the same as doogh, tan, shineena, and whatever the Georgians call it.
  20. well fuck it. I got that and the 5.5 in turquoise. My Lodge ones leave a LOT to be desired and they will be seconded to my parents' house
  21. Yes. Look at modern Kazakh, Kyrgyz, or Mongolian food. Lots of horse meat, lots of dairy. Before the Turkic expansion, Central Asia was not especially nomadic.
  22. Central Asia was under Persian suzerainty if not direct rule and settlement (and pervasive cultural and linguistic influence) since the time of Cyrus until roughly the Kara-Khanids in the late 10th/early 11th century. It's arguable that the dominant culture, if not language of sedentary Central Asia today is still Persian. All this is to say I suspect the food of all the random Eastern Iranian ethnicities was pretty damn close to what the people there are eating today, maybe with a bit less East Asian influence (I've often said Uzbek food is mostly Persian with a bit of Chinese and Turkic thrown in) - hell look at modern Eastern Iranian Afghans/Pashtuns - their own food is basically "mostly Persian with Indian influences"
  23. I saw the Le Creuset and Staub sales, variously on W-S, Sur La Table, and also Bon Appetit (or maybe Food 52?), and their sale prices are all pretty much on par with the every day prices on Amazon. Am I missing something?
  24. It's all in Northern pronunciation too, that's really rare outside Vietnam since almost all overseas Vietnamese tend to be from the South. (For what it's worth, having been there quite recently, I much preferred Hanoi to Saigon)
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