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  1. Bernie

    Dinner 2020

    Several years ago our National broadcaster (ABC) did a documentary on the sewage system for Sydney. Some of the system is brick lined tunnels, over 100 years old but still in good conditions and in use. The whole system feeds into a sewage treatment works with large digesting ponds and other treatment. That way the sewage is converted by bacteria into useful stuff and water. Well the ponds themselves produce a sludge that is removed and dried and further processed to reduce it further. The video showed this sludge being transported, it looked like dark compost but it was do
  2. Bernie

    Breakfast 2020!

    the most important point about Vegemite is that it is made from the sediment left from the brewing of beer. So it is connected to beer. That alone makes it good! ๐Ÿ˜
  3. Bernie

    Sheet pan Dinners

    Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnip, swede mushrooms, capsicum, tomatoes all large cubes (not much of any one) Add a slab of pork belly on top, cross scored & liberally salted on the top (covering the veges) cook slowly ending with a grill to get crackling. One pan and heavenly rendering of fat to cook the veges in. (save the resulting leavings for future use)
  4. Bernie

    Dinner 2020

    Surprisingly there is such a diet and it does work. My doctor suggested it. (I have no existing medical conditions so seek advice if you do) Its called the six hour diet. You pick a six hour period during the day (1pm to 7pm for instance). During that period you can eat and drink anything and everything you want in any amount. Outside that time its water only. You should lose about 7~10 lbs a month and you will keep it off, even after resuming normal meals and times. You can use 8hr period but you wont lose as much. It works. After about th
  5. whiskey, glass, me
  6. Bernie

    Breakfast 2020!

    Its off topic but its sort of relevant Click on the link. When it comes up with the paywall message, go to the address bar in your browser and insert a "." (full stop ) after the .com ( report.nyt.com./sssss.ssss.xxx/.xxxx.....) leave everything in place. Do a reload page (usually the circle thing with the arrow) and usually no paywall.
  7. Jackpot ! What do you want to buy? Make sure the partner is always aware that it was their fault (no probables, no maybes). Be firm. Guilt will ensure you can buy whatever you like, watch whatever you like, get taken to the best restaurant...the scope is marvelous ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
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    If you sneak in a baguette and you got caught, would the restaurant charge you "crustage" (or crumbage?) You know like corkage, where they put a charge on for glasses you use when you bring your own wine ๐Ÿ˜
  9. There is another weird factoid that may well apply to the situation of SV from frozen. What starting temperature water should you use when you make ice cubes in your freezer in an ice cube tray, tap water, cold water, hot or boiling water to get the ice cubes quickest? Well of course it would be cold water, right? No actually it would be boiling water! That can't possibly be right could it? Yep. You see its the temperature difference that is important to the heat flow. You need to remove heat energy from the water and since it takes more than one unit o
  10. In actual fact our supermarket chains sell "chilled fish". This is fish that has been frozen and then thawed to be sold. Its is marketed as "chilled fresh fish" and most people don't know the difference. Being a fisherman, I generally freeze all the fish I catch. I portion it and vacuum seal it. When it thaws, it is as good as fresh. A few things to note. I was a tuna fisherman for the Japanese sashimi market so I learned about treating fish correctly. I put all fish I catch in a tank of seawater to bleed (cut the gills). After 5~10 minutes put them on Ice. The prefe
  11. Bernie

    Dinner 2020

    You do need to improve your photography, we can't quite read the wine bottle. At least you have the rabbit food on a separate plate ๐Ÿ˜€ Actually, I think Rebel looks like he is about to take you on for the steak !
  12. Bernie

    Dinner 2020

    Well it doesn't matter about the egg. It only really matters when you have chips! (...hmmm chips dunked in runny egg yolk...)
  13. Bernie

    Dinner 2020

    Also because its actually fairly larger crystals, it will not be the same in weight as fine salt for the same volume. There is a table somewhere that says how much kosher salt extra you need for seasoning compared to table salt. I just taste it to see if its enough salt. ๐Ÿ™‚
  14. freeze the egg. SV at 65C till the whites are cooked. The theory is that the white will thaw and cook while the yolk is still thawing. The residual heat will warm (cook) the yolk I haven't done it. You need to freeze a couple of dozen eggs then vary the time. When you find the right time you can tell us. I have no idea what happens to eggs when you freeze them. Seriously (I was kidding) Heston has a video on cooking the perfect boiled egg. I think it uses some of the same principle. Do a search but its something like get a pot of water just boiling, add the egg,
  15. I went to your link to see what they actually sell. The reason for my curiosity was the contents of the can. It seems to me that half the contents seem to be oil. Is that normal in the US? That maybe makes the price ~$5 per ounce of actual tuna. Seems high to me. Are regular cans of tuna that price? I assume this is being sold as a premium product. I am in no way denigrating it I am just curious.
  16. Bernie

    Potato mystery

    Apparently storing potatoes with whole garlic will cause both to sprout. Who knew?
  17. What I was thinking is that the filling could cook long and slowly. SV at close to boiling for say 20 mins and then drop the temperature to cook the filling for a much longer time. The other idea was to cook the pastry first. The vacuum bagging with the pie tin would mean it holds its shape without drying out. Time to play, I think
  18. OK here is one from way out of left field. Has anyone cooked pastry in their SV? I started to think about this because I am a fisherman and like to have hot pies. What I came up with was freeze pies and vacuum sealed them in a bag and then just heat them in boiling water. Results are excellent! Pie is hot, the already cooked pastry does not dry out, the water is available to make tea. Longer time in the water doesn't matter. So I started to think. I wonder what temperature shortcrust pastry actually cooks at? If I was to make frozen raw pies vacuum packag
  19. Same here and you know what the most annoying thing is? I never have the quite the right size when I go to use them. I always have to compromise! (I wonder if its an OCD thing or its just isolation madness)
  20. So you had it tucked away. What I would do is convince myself its still tucked away and then bin it. If you haven't use it in 6 years, revisit the subject in another 6 years. By that time the guilt of throwing it away will be completely forgotten๐Ÿ™‚
  21. Yes, most pork of the better cuts of pork is very lean and its the fats & connective tissues in those lesser cuts that benefit from SV process. I am trying different temps and times but its an ongoing battle. I have tried brine to increase its moisture content so it doesn't lose too much moisture during long high temperature SV. It does work to some extent but not as well as I would expect. The best method so far has been to SV at 62C for 45min in BBQ sauce and finish in the oven 30~45 mins at 140C or so. This thickens the sauce and combines any juices from the SV process. A
  22. Bernie

    Recipe management

    I hope everyone realizes that when you start using the cloud (or indeed any free web storage) that once you get over a certain size you are stuck with it. My neighbor stores all his photos on the cloud. He now pays for extra space (only about $1 per month). He says "its only $1 month". I answer with "for now and even if it doesn't rise its $1 a month FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE", then we go and drink more wine. BUT he has so many photos stored he can't download the lot and he can't actually view or find them randomly because there are just too many. Just on that Google now
  23. Bernie

    Dinner 2020

    And why the bread with all the pips? Read the label, white bread has the same fiber as wholemeal or multigrain๐Ÿ˜ (white bread shows up all the necessary dirt from your hands when you "rustic" BBG) And mustard with tomato sauce and where the salt, what were you thinking?๐Ÿ˜
  24. Got to say I initially got a laugh.๐Ÿ™‚ But then I felt sad for you. I remember my first time...she was...no wait we are talking about pasta. Don't be a coward and make the dough again. Its got to be much drier. Put a cup of flour on the bench, make a well and crack an egg in it. Combine adding flour till you have a dry mix. Just egg & flour. (when you become a master pasta maker you can add semolina (corn meal) or wholemeal buts that's for the yuppies) It should not be sticky at all. (One variation is to use only egg yolks) Lightly flo
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