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  1. GreenVC2017-Abdullah (iop.org) tl;dr: Potato starch has a lower gelatization temperature than corn starch, meaning it thickens faster, and - depending on cooking time - more complete (i.e. leaves less to no starchy residue that may impact the mouthfell). It also has a higher bulk density, so all in all you need less potato starch than corn starch for the same effect (think 2/3).
  2. Duvel

    Breakfast 2024

    I like Nami, and most if her recipes are decent. So is this one, but it neither gives the right texture (compared to the original, which is smoother), nor the taste I am looking for … as I said: it’s ambitious (and I have played around a lot 🤗).
  3. Duvel

    Breakfast 2024

    Oh dear … that’s an ambitious target. Shokupan of course, crustless. The egg salad is tricky: there is an excess of yolk, plenty of kewpie and - from sources I trust - a drop of fish sauce (I know no one believes me, but the closest I’ve ever gotten was with fish sauce). Anyway, as much as I’d like to I am still those last 5% away from the iconic original (of which I had a looooooot) …
  4. Duvel

    Dinner 2024

    Such a perfect surface pattern browning 🤗
  5. Now that you mention it - Reel Big Fish goes well with stir fries ...
  6. Metallica for chopping onions and root vegetables …
  7. Exactly … And once a significant number of people have succumbed after eating pork intestines or oysters in a surprisingly warm environment, codifying a law against eating them will protect their ancestors at least from that danger. I think there is a point to be had. Bleeding out animals to make the meat spoil slower is a smart practice as well. Eating fish on Fridays maybe less so, but then religion isn’t a strict science …
  8. Not necessarily set apart, but maybe help them to thrive in a certain environment, e.g. the matzo as a long lasting & spoil resistant bread alternative ? A colleague in university came from Haifa and whenever I had a Mettbrötchen (raw minced pork on a rye roll) for breakfast, he said that that would be a death sentence at home. I always assumed for religious reasons, given that pork is a no go for both Jews and Muslims alike, but one day he explained that pigs carry so many diseases/parasites in warmer climates plus the ambient temperatures in conjunction with the raw mince would make my favorite snack probably as healthy as slurping raw sewage. So, to forbid certain foods can have significant benefits for a population. I never got him to try it, not even on a Matzo cracker ...
  9. Maybe we see this topic from a wrong angle: not that they were forced to prepare the unleavened bread hastily (as the legend says) , but maybe the did so by design, i.e. to create an (barely) edible derivative of flour they could transport and live of for longer time than from bread. I mean crackers will keep significantly longer than bread, due to the low water activity. Plus bread with its sponge-lke texture will likely trap moisture in a desert environment due to the drastic day/night temperature change more easily and thus limit its shelf life.
  10. Sure, that part is uncontested. My point was that if there was a need to prepare matzo within said very short timeframe, the ambient yeasts in ancient Egypt must have been the pretty powerful ones. If I mix flour with water it’ll take a loooot longer than 20 min before anything ferments …
  11. As I was searching in the mancave for my Oxfords Dictionary of Ancient Cultures & Languages to prove you wrong, I noticed that I must have lend this to someone else with more need of important facts. But fear not, I used Google and it seems there were yeasts present in ancient Egypt - behold: And, given my 20 min account here, they must have been the fast acting type 🤭 Probably something like this, but Ramses II brand …
  12. I know - that was my point 😉 Given that it needs to be prepared within a ~20 min time window to guarantee no fermentation takes place, I can only assume that those 20 min refer to the time it would have taken in ancient Egypt (at the time of the exodus) to start fermenting. Hence, pretty active yeasts 😋
  13. Administrator's note: this topic was split from the "Why some people eat matzo year-round" topic here. 18-22 min, according to this article … They must have had some pretty potent wild yeasts in ancient egypt 🤗
  14. I could see it as a tasty snack, if fried in lard, sprinkled with MSG and salt and dipped in molten cheese …
  15. Duvel

    The Other Japan

    So shite ra … ano … arigatou, ne 🙏
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