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  1. I haven't been to Japan in six years so I wasn't aware of this recent tabehoudai rage. Are these places different than the baikingus ("vikings", or buffet restaurants)?

    Has there even been a nomihoudai (all you can drink) fad in Japan as well?

  2. At home I may have a glass of kir before dinner, but with the actual meal I prefer just water. Occasionally I'll have a beer if I've ordered take-out food like ribs, wings or pizza.

    At restaurants I'll have wine because someone has ordered it for the whole table, but I'm more interested in the food than the wine.

  3. Smallworld, your recipe produced a great curry - thanks! Ground meat and tomato juice...who wudda thunk it? I also dumped in a fistful of caramelized onions (Jaymes's no-fail recipe from one of the crockpot threads).

    I can't believe it took me so many years to even think about tampering with orthodox Japanese curry...

  4. In no particular order:

    Paula Wolfert – Couscous and Other Good Foods from Morocco [no, I haven’t tried the recipe for majoun (hash candy)!]

    Madhur Jaffrey - World Vegetarian

    Claudia Roden – New Book of Middle Eastern Food

    Najmieh Batmanglij - New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies

    Anya Von Bremzen/John Welchman - Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook

    Shizuo Tsjuji - Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art

    Hiroko Shimbo-Beitchman - The Japanese Kitchen

    Patricia Wells – Bistro Cooking

    Andre Soltner – The Lutece Cookbook

    Maurice & Jean-Jacques Bernachon/Rose Levy Beranbaum – A Passion for Chocolate

    Some of my "fun" books:

    Anya Von Bremzen/John Welchman: Terrific Pacific Cookbook

    Bradley Ogden – Bradley Ogden’s Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  5. I was reminded in the furikake thread about eating egg on rice; raw egg and shoyu poured on top of hot rice.  Great stuff, though I haven't had it in a long time.

    When I was a kid, I used to eat this for breakfast every weekend (I don't know what the official name is; my family called it "tama-tama gohan" or "otamachan-gohan"). As I got older, I started finding the slimy, mushy egg-rice mixture really gross, not to mention I developed a paranoia about the raw egg (because it doesn't quite "cook" as it would in a carbonara). But now you've got me feeling all nostalgic - I must eat it this weekend.

    Matsutake-gohan is divine! Once every several years, my parents and their friends take a road trip to northern Ontario during autumn to look for matsutake in the forests. (Otherwise, my parents buy their annual stash of matsutake from a "friend of a friend in B.C.") I always wait for that phone call once a year: "You're coming over for some matsutake-gohan and pan-fried matsutake." The fragrance of the rice cooked with the matsutake is positively intoxicating.

  6. I find Regan Daley's In The Sweet Kitchen a valuable reference guide, as well as a source for lovely (and some unusual) recipes for desserts including cakes/pastries. The first 350 or so pages of the book are dedicated to info, info, info: explanations of baking ingredients, a chart of ingredient substitutions, a list of ingredients and compatible flavours, etc. She's thorough, but doesn't come across as anal as Rose Levy Beranbaum (whom I also like, by the way).

  7. When Hostess started producing new chip flavours like dill pickle and ketchup in the late 1970s, it was an exciting time for young'uns like me weaned on barbecue, s & v, sour cream & onion, and "regular." But Hostess lost it when they came out with their orange and grape flavours. :wacko: Disgusting. It came and went so fast, I don't know if anybody remembers.

  8. If you are purchasing green tea to use soley in ice cream making I would reccomend the sencha.

    I agree! Sencha imparts a mellower flavour to desserts. I've made the green tea creme brulee from Vongerichten/Bittman's Simple to Spectacular with good results using sencha powder. (It's a good recipe, but I recommend straining out the lime zest and green tea powder.)

  9. A couple of days ago I gave my 2 year old a snack of peeled edamame (green soybeans) in a small bowl.

    I left the room to attend to the laundry and when I came back he was squeezing a bottle of Hershey's chocolate syrup over them. I couldn't help but laugh when he took his first bite. There was no second bite!

    I have no idea what possesed him to do that.

    That reminds me of one of my first food-related memories. I was about three years old, and I had a bowl of rice and a bowl of miso soup in front of me. I thought, "I like them both, so if I combine them it would be awesome!" I dumped the rice into the miso soup, and it indeed was awesome. Emboldened, several days later I poured orange soda into my bowl of rice. Gack. Maybe that's the culinary logic that your two-year-old was following??? :smile:

  10. Kitsune and tanuki are lovely. Zaru soba rocks during the summer.

    I must admit that on a bitterly cold day like today (it's -18C outside!), I enjoy tossing anything into the broth: jumbo shrimp, spinach, eggs, surimi, slices of leftover roast pork. Yes, it's mongrel soba, but it gives me stamina.

    Occasionally, soba salad.

  11. I have ancient stuff in my freezer that probably won't get thrown out until I move out of this house, just because they've become such an integral part of the freezer decor. I seem to have inherited my mother's "some day you will need it" sensibility. For me, throwing stuff into the freezer is like throwing stuff into the vault. There are a bunch of parmesan rinds for throwing into my next pot of minestrone (I don't particularly like minestrone, but some day I may make a batch for someone who does). About six jars of "local jams" from my parents' travels (I don't particularly like jam, but some day I may use it in a dessert...). Several end-slices of bread (you never know when you'll need to make breadcrumbs...).

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