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CatPoet

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  1. And with green we mean Environmentally friendly. A very simple question but hard to answer, so lets break it down. Cooking, utensils, pots and pans. How much disposable items are you using while cooking? Will these be recycled or end up on the landfill? How much energy does it take to cook your meal? Could you change for a better option? Food, ingredients: How much is organic? How much of the left overs will be used? How much food do you through out that could have been eaten? Will it be composed or end up in the landfill? Could you change one habit that would make your dinners more environmentally friendly? Sorry for the rough translation this was what my " county" gave me for Christmas, how to cook green and a calender about using the resources we have sustainably. It made me think. I answer as soon as I yet again have time.
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    Swedish gingerbread

    These are my favourite gingerbreads for Christmas. I have had them as long as I can remember. Swedish gingerbreads are thin and crispy and take 2 days to do, because the dough needs to mature and trust me when I say the maturing makes all the difference. Pepparkakor ca 100 biscuits 100 gram butter 250 ml brown sugar 100 ml golden syrup or pure cane sugar syrup or ljus sirap or honey 100 ml cream 2 teaspoon ground ginger 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 teaspoon ground clove 2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda / baking soda about 850 ml flour Cream butter , sugar and syrup in a bowl. Add cream and spices and combine. Mix 400 ml flour with the bicarb and combine. Now add as much flour as you need to get a soft, smooth and slightly tacky dough. Wrap in plastic and leave for at least 8 hours. Now dived the dough into 2 balls, dust with flour and start rolling one of the doughs out thin, cut out shapes and lay them on a baking tray with baking paper. Bake at 200 C or 175 C in fan assisted oven for 8 minutes. You need to keep an eye on them, they go from perfect to burnt rather quickly. Leave to cook on tea towel or a rack. Oh and if you after 100 biscuits still have dough left and dont want to bake more, you can pop it back in the fridge, it holds for 4 days or you can freeze it.
  3. Oh smoked shrimp! How I adore smoked shrimp, so I went to the east cost where the best shrimp is had and ordered a smoked shrimp sandwich in café by the docks, well guess if I was surprised , it was shrimps in mayo flavoured with liquid smoke and they where badly shelled. *sigh* Sitting a the dock watching boats come in with basket of fresh smoked shrimps wasnt fun. Or the time in the Netherlands, we went to a restaurant, which we had been before, just 1 year earlier and ordered their wonderful entrecôte with green pepper sauce, well we didnt get the right meat, the sauce was edible but not like it used too and the veggies was badly over cooked, we wanted to leave when we realised that the owners sat outside smoking pot with a biker gang and every time we tried to stand up they acted threateningly to us. So we ate up and then where allowed to get out of there. We talked to some friends and found out the former owner's daughter had taken over and her "friends" made sure guests stayed. Yeah, time to avoid that place.
  4. Any fast food chain is a disappointment, Kentucky fried Chicken and Subway in London was horrid. But otherwise it is Mac&Cheese, it looks like it at least would be edible but it is not, American BBQ sauce, ugh yes I get brands as Stubbs, Jacks and few others here that are made in America for the American market and I cant eat it, the sweetness is sickening and dont get me started on any meat with maple syrup, it just way too sweet and weird. Yeah I dont like overly sweet stuff and not with meat. The lingon jam I eat is sweet and sour and that I can handle with food. Oh and Haggis, haggis just taste like pölsa which I do like but it isnt magical and mythical as haggis is made up to be.
  5. Trust me, the Swedish hotdogs, there is one type , goes better with ketchup then mustard and to be honest the best spice for that sausage is starvation. I cant swallow it. But we have grillkorv and if you get a bad one they are like hot dogs but a good one can be really yummy.
  6. A good hot dog for me has cucumber relish, ketchup, mustard, fried bacon and onion crushed, that is too me a good hot dog, but I dont eat hot dogs that often because my tummy disagree with them, I rather have bratwurst, ratwurst or any other for of sausage.
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    Lunch! What'd ya have? (2014–2015)

    We had curry from last night, in home made naan wraps with lettuce and candy tomatoes ( got to love the seller, they sell small multi coloured tomatoes as candy and the kids love it).
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    Reduced Sugar Buttercream

    Condensed milk may be a good Idea, I see what I can find. Dulce de leche cost 47 Sek for a tiny jar but pre cooked condensed milk caramel cost 25 for a much larger jar Flavourings and extracts are not common here, that could otherwise solve the problem. I was thinking adding strawberry purée and make chocolate strawberry frosting but the cake have to be white since I am making a Captain America cake. My friend can eat eggs in theory but then his meds wont work and we rather have him egg free and alive.
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    Reduced Sugar Buttercream

    I am making white chocolate butter cream and dark chocolate butter cream. I found one that looked promising but it way too sweet for me, even though the recipe is low sugared compared to most I can find on-line. I like the fluffiness and spread-ability of this butter cream. I just want a bit more chocolaty flavour and less in your face sweetness. This is the recipe. 300 gram of unsalted butter / sweet butter 540 gram of powder sugar/ icing sugar 180 gram of melted chocolate. Do any one have any idea what I can do?
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    Grocery Shopping

    radtek: well we are a family of 3 that goes through roughly 14 kilos of meat per month , that dinner and lunches but it was such a great deal on the chicken ( one of the better brands) , I got 7 kilos of inner fillets for the normal price of 3 kilos and since there is a party next weekend , I thought, chicken sound great and in my budget. 12 kilo of flour, well that is all I need for cakes ( making 3 ) and all the bread and pizza this month. Oh we have nothing gowning yet in this area more then in green houses, been a lousy May.
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    Reduced Sugar Buttercream

    I prefer that one too BUT my husband and the boyfriend prefers Old fashion English butter cream and since it is their cakes , then I have to make it the way they like it and also we have one person in the gang who cant have eggs, so one cake is egg free fully.
  12. My 3 year old daughter will have ketchup on sometimes of sausages, HP sauce on others, Lingon jam on some and mustard goes on two types of sausages. For a hot dog, depending on brand I want both mustard and ketchup, but it has to be the right mustard to match the ketchup. Delikatessgrabbarnas or Gammelman are two mustards that doesnt go with Ketchup but slotts mild yellow do., How ever here ketchups is the most common thing on hot dog. As a kid I preferred mustard over ketchup. Did you know that Kellogs had to lower its sugar content to even be allowed in on the Swedish market back in the day? Also purple skittles in Europe is not grape it is black currant. Just some thing we are used to then grapes.
  13. How adorable!!!! I like it. Why not make a cake ball death star or a ball cake death star. Ann Reardon at how to cook that has a Starwars cake, maybe loo at that for inspiration !
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    Appetizer shells

    gsvelle it is not the same batter, but similar. I see what I can dig up. I found this_ http://www.amazon.com/Nordic-Ware-Swedish-Rosettes-Timbales/dp/B00004RFPJ Not the tiny cup I am used to buy maybe? And this one does have the tiny cup http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nordic-Ware-Double-Rosette-No-Timbale-Iron-9-Molds-/271882736443
  15. Or vegetarians who happily eat cheese, because meat is murder well cheese kills bull calves, ram lamb, billy goats because in countries where the meat isnt popular, they have no use and some are slaughter the day after birth. Any way I am very used to friends weird eating habits, due to autisms, allergies, religions and medications but it does annoys me when neither of this is present and people say I dont peas, I never have, I dont like them. Well how do you know you dont like something you never eaten? Oh by the way, gobi pakora doesn't contain cauliflower in this home and Indian food does not contain ginger, or that is at least what one person think and we all have agreed not to tell otherwise our dinners would be very restrictive.
  16. I know people with allergies but that is for another thread then here. Super taster and super smeller have more problems with food then bog standard people but there is also people who are the opposite of a super taster/smeller and for them a banana taste cardboard an tomato only sour. Then there people with autism that have texture problems and there fore refuse to eat wet, crunch or soft foods. When it comes to canned food, I use canned corn and canned tomatoes, why, simple because I live in an apartment and my gowning season short and I rather have taste corn then fresh corn from Spain or China when there is none here. Trust me out of season veggies are not that yummy.
  17. Yes! My foster brother refused to eat potatoes in any shape or form, he will now eat roasted potatoes because he lost a bet and had to taste them. He will not eat boiled potatoes, potato mash or French fries or anything with potatoes.
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    Appetizer shells

    gsevelle. http://www.amazon.com/Siljans-Croustades-Crispy-Shells-1-4-Ounce/dp/B00269WURE And the batter is thin, like pancake batter. I know you can buy these cheaper then amazon and Ikeas are similar.
  19. Hummingbirdkiss, that is why I teaching my kid to bake with out boxes, hate that flavour and can taste food colouring and flavourings, ugh and lucky boxes are to expensive and hard to find in Sweden,
  20. Yes genetic is also part to why people are picky, they say it is a combination of upbringing, genetics that makes a person a picky eater. To be able to taste food, you need a nose and a tongue, your nose is as important as your tongue, with out it food taste bland, banana will have no taste at all. Then you need a taste memory, we sort of know what a tomato taste like and that is what we are looking for when we eat a tomato. BUT if you have been smelling melted cheese or gotten your tomato covered in melted cheese as child, the smell you are looking for isnt tomato, but cheese and tomato so when you bite in to a tomato , it taste horrible because it doesnt taste tomato as you remember. That is why it is important to serve the whole family the same food or baby food with similar flavours so the taste memory and taste is the same. Today many kids dont eat them same as the adults. My generation and my mum generation had no choice then eat what was on the table, we had not the choices as many do today so we learned to eat and also it wasnt popular to hide veggies in things, so we got to know them by their true flavours. My ex husband was picky eater by upbringing , his mum seldom used spices and if she did they were 4 to 10 years old, which for oregano is way too old and they never ate anything else then meat and potatoes and over cooked carrot or broccoli so that is what is food for him. He would even eat pasta sauce, pasta and potatoes because you get hungry if there is no potatoes, I got him out of that after 3 years. He would refuse to eat anything new, what so ever because it would be to his taste. Well I got him to eat beans and vegetarian for 5 months with out him even knowing, that how horrible his sense of taste was and he was a trained military chef. Yes, part of the reason I divorced him was his restrictive eating.
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    Frying Twizzlers

    I told a friend this, his comment was I must try, fast forward a day and I got back: After losing our eye brows, we decided to make churroz with the same flavouring as red twizzlers and we had some form of weird success, it taste right but the soft texture played tricks on the mind and our jaws hurts. He said he need more time and if he ever get it right, he will post a picture here.
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    Grocery Shopping

    I am NOT going to take a picture of my grocery shopping, it is the big haul for the month and yes I am now tired. But this part of what I got. 7 kilos of inner chicken fillets, 3 kilos of mix ground meat 50% pork and 50% beef, 2 kilos of pork mince, 1½ kilo of smoked bacon , 2½ kilo of ground chuck, 2 rings of Falu sausages, 300 gram of smoked ham, 1 kilo of gouda ( not great gouda but it will do for pizza), 12 kilo of flour , 20 packets of dry yeast, stock cubes, potato starch , corn starch, white PAN corn flour, 500 gram of chocolate both white and dark, sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla, 4 litre lactose free milk, 4 cartoons of lactose free yoghurt, pickles, veggies and a lot more and 2 strawberry plants Fontaine. We have filled 8 big Tesco canvas bags with food. Yeah I am in Sweden but I use Tesco bags from the UK. I only have the dirt to pick up.
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    Appetizer shells

    I found out that you can buy a croustades maker in the USA at least, if you want to I can translate the recipe. It easy, dipp the maker in hot oil, then the batter and then back in the hot oil to cook and you have thin shell.
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    The Bread Topic (2014 –2015)

    Yeah sawdust, inner bark, hay, bull rush roots and dried peas has been used instead of flour through the ages. Pea bread is still made in some parts of Sweden.
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    Appetizer shells

    Once up on a time I made croustades, but then I moved and lost part of the form for making them and off course the one hardest to replace, so now I buy them and fill them with goodies. IKEA has actually the ones I like to buy. And for some appetizers I used home made knäckebröd ( crispbread), rolled thin and then baked and cooled in a muffin thin or a upside down mug.
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