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  1. Duvel

    Dinner 2019

    What started as a perfectly fine low-carb dinner featuring various cuts of beef and offal somehow went south after miraculously a bottle of Dassai 50 appeared ... (not pictured: subsequent beer, chocolate cream puffs and the “Absacker” I will have once I reach home - I better book this under “cheat meal” 😆)
  2. McDonalds in HK runs it’s line of “prosperity” burgers again, as a Chinese New Year-themed short term addition to their menu. I had to bite the bullet, or better the prosperity chicken hash brown burger. It’s as bad as it sounds. Really. A sweet black pepper sauce coating a fried chicken “leg”, deboned of course. The beef version had the same sauce, yet no other ingredients. Party & sauce. No veggies, pickles, nothing ... Not to be repeated until CNY 2020 ! (I also had to augment the coke with a generous splash of Maker’s Mark. Worked ...)
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    Lunch 2019

    Every now and then (ok, usually only when I see a pizza) I am a bit unhappy about doing low-carb. More often than not I am very happy that I do it ... especially when it serves as a “permission” to pig out on freshly made negitoro and tamagoyaki. Life is very good today 🤗
  4. Or the sesame paste / peanut butter & vinegar combinations in Chinese cuisine ...
  5. Duvel

    The Bread Topic (2016-)

    I find that a small addition of rye flour to lean bread doughs (5%, maybe up to 10% sometimes) adds greatly to the flavour without actually tasting like rye. Baguettes and pizza do benefit from that ...
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    Dinner 2019

    Actually, you can buy their signature broths in the (mainland China) supermarkets ... I’ve got a couple more, but can’t run the spicy ones for my family 😋
  7. Duvel

    Dinner 2019

    Well... the dessert certainly was 😉
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    Dinner 2019

    After spending the last couple of weeks in New Zealand I am back in HK. And today is the first day since last winter I actually feel a bit chilly. Ok, might be because in my free time I run around in shorts and T-shirt and today we were at merely 17oC, with high humidity and a light drizzle now and then ... Regardless, I felt really like warming, comforting food. As Grünkohl und Bregenwurst is pretty much out of the question (due to lack of raw material), I opted for the food of my second home: Oden. My wife does not share my love for the simplistic, neither for molded fish cakes with spicy mustard - so we had a chicken/pork based bone broth with jujube and goji berries (courtesy of Haidilao, a big Chinese hotpot chain) in parallel, with all ingredients shared between both broths and dipping sauces or karashi (hot Japanese mustard), respectively. And some seasonal Japanese beer followed by hot sake (from my former hometown Kyoto) to go with it. Needless to say I am a veeeeery happy camper tonight 🤗
  9. Fantastic. Just the thing I was looking for...
  10. Duvel

    Dinner 2019

    Grilled lemongrass chicken thighs with thai-ish Aubergine puree (walnuts filling in for the more appropriate peanuts) ...
  11. The latest treat at our local Pizza Hut ... Salted duck/chicken (?) egg yolk pizza. To quote Sepultura: Refuse/Resist !
  12. Duvel

    The Bread Topic (2016-)

    Really ? So quickly after Christmas ..?
  13. Duvel

    Dinner 2019

    Yes, please !
  14. Duvel

    Lunch 2019

    Fideua with clams, prawns and sausage for yesterday’s Three King’s Day. Served with allioli ...
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    Dinner 2018

    Christmas Dinner in a rental cabin in Taupo, NZ: Rosemary-crusted lamb rump with Kūmara purée and gravy* ... Not bad for being made on this equipment, if I may say so myself 😉 — *Gravy being improvised from onions, garlic, tomato, Sauvignon blanc, rosemary, sweet ham, instant coffee, a dash of BBQ sauce, roasted and finely ground toast bread and a bit of blue cheese. Strained it made a rich, balanced and very umami sauce.
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    Rice Cookers

    I have that one, actually already my second one, after buying it first while living in JP in 2003. It is excellent - foolproof & perfect (and I mean perfect) rice every time. And makes pretty good soups, too ...
  17. Every Sunday night ... about 100 g carbs. Better make it count 😉
  18. Got some nice veal shin yesterday and decided to do a SV braise. I prepared a sauce with the usual suspects: onions, carrots, garlic, tomato purée, white wine, bay leave - and augmented with fish sauce, oyster sauce, powdered porcini and two tablespoons of ‘Nduja. The sauce was probably the most umami thing I have made in a long time; I had difficulties not to eat it on the spot, but 90% survived. As my vacuum sealer is a very basic model that can’t handle liquids, I froze the sauce on a tray. Veal shin got a quick salt, pepper and sear treatment and was bagged with the frozen sauce sheet. 24h @ 176F. Crostinis with the buttery bone marrow and Maldon flakes as a starter, followed by the tender shanks in just the strained bag juices (solids were discarded) on top of mashed oven potatoes with copious amounts of butter and nutmeg. Very, very satisfying ...
  19. Duvel

    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    Spaghetti Vongole ... for the family. I had two eggs, boiled in soy sauce 😉 (not pictured)
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    Breakfast! 2018

    Already did
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    Breakfast! 2018

    Noooooo ... Kale is my favourite veggie by far. What I can’t wrap my head around, however, is how you can eat Kale that is still green with distinct leaves and has not been harvested half-frozen and boiled for hours with cured meat products. Maybe if you give the German version a go, you’ll fall in love with it as well. Especially in it’s ritualised version ...
  22. Duvel

    Beef Short Ribs -- The Topic

    More gelatinous in terms of the meat ? This is very interesting ... Would your assessment then be that the browning “facilitates” the leakage of gelatine into the sauce ?
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    New Lays Potato Chip Flavors

    New one here in Hong Kong: CoCo House curry - this one is FANTASTIC !!!
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    Dinner 2018

    More cabbage pizza ... today I shredded the cabbage more coarse, resulting in a rougher texture, more like a veggie pancake. Taste again was neutral, but the mouthfeel was better than the “riced” cabbage version . It simply had more “bite”. Toppings were mushrooms and smoked lardons ...
  25. Duvel

    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    Yessss ! That looks so good, @Anna N...
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