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  1. Almonds masquerading as peanuts?
  2. TicTac

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Those are some fine looking ribs, Capt! What's the BBQ sauce?
  3. TicTac

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    I am clearly hanging out with the wrong friends!
  4. TicTac

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    I like your idea of putting the meat/cheese in the shells and toasting them (vs. how we currently do it and toast them empty) to melt the cheese then adding the 'perishables' afterwards. We are eating a lot more Mexican these days with my little guys Celiac diagnosis, so this is great. Might just have to steal it!
  5. TicTac

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Agreed. Calves liver is a favourite here as well. As well, chicken livers fried with balsamic reduction, onions and rosemary is pretty awesome too.
  6. TicTac

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    So you found your Shiso leaves! Excellent!! If you want to try your hand at growing them (they grow and spread like weeds) happy to share some seeds.
  7. That is quite the detailed post. Kudos. You will fit in quite nicely with the lot here! Take some shots of the process next time, would love to see it (sadly, we do not consume, nor will I ever attempt this recipe as my wife is allergic to shellfish).
  8. Very happy to see you doing well, Kerry. A very wise business decision to donate your EZ Temper's to the contestants, some fantastic exposure/marketing; no doubt. Though I will say, I was concerned by the Chinese food selection in the city of Love, coming from; arguably, the best Chinese food metropolitan, outside of Asia (The GTA). I can only hope that it was not your choice! Now, let's see the cheese and foie!
  9. TicTac

    Food funnies

    LOL. Most people outside of Canada are not familiar with The Trailer Park Boys. You have to have a pretty whacked sense of humor to get them. Luckily, I do. Too funny.
  10. I would always roast on a rack if possible, and place root veggies (the longer the roast, the bigger the cut) below to soak up those drippings. Makes for fantastic soup, gravy, etc.
  11. Many curries use nuts as thickening agents and a way to add more richness. At a client of mine works a lovely Indian couple. The wife and I have talked about food many times and about a year ago she so thoughtfully brought me all the ingredients needed to make one of their favourite paneer curries. Interestingly it included a little jar of ground cashews. This was to be added towards the end, after the cream, to thicken the dish. The garam masala and chili powder she uses were also killer so I had to barter some Ramp oil for a larger batch, which she happily swapped. As an aside, I wrote a 2 page manual teaching hubby to make Risotto (he has cooked only a handful of times in his life) for a special occasion for his wife!
  12. I am officially going on a paw-paw patrol! Tropical'eque fruit....growing in....Ontario!? This I must find!
  13. TicTac

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Interesting! I will keep an eye out next time I am at my local Chinese market. Thank you.
  14. TicTac

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Single headed garlic? Aka Young garlic??
  15. These are Elm Oyster mushrooms. Think of a oyster mushroom with 5x the flavour and far 'meatier'. Be cautious as they only grow on one specific type of tree, the Manitoba Maple. You will never find these guys growing on the ground. I also saw what I believe to be honey mushrooms , but again, all it takes is 1% uncertainty for something to go horribly wrong! @Anna N - Very interesting re: the paw paw's - I remember reading/hearing about them years ago, but certainly with no local context...I must now start a new search, it seems!