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  1. Wolf

    Chicken Parmesan

    Foodwishes has 4 recipies- two for classic version and two for casserole (cheater version, sort of). If I was making it at home, I'd probably opt for the latter. Link to all 4 HTH.
  2. Kayb and Heidih- you are both correct. I appologize for confusion- these are older symbols which I remember seeing in cookbooks when I was young, so I still use them in my notes (from which I copy-pasted the recipe before translating it to english). Edited to add- Kayb, maybe disolving a small piece of boullion cube in the reserved cooking water before adding it to the dish would be OK substitute.
  3. Since this thread attracts quite a few bean afficionados, I thought I wouldn't be wrong in sharing a recipe for what is considered a Macedonian staple dish- gravče na tavče (literally translated 'beans in a pan')- a very spicy baked beans that go well from side dish with BBQ or simple sunny side up eggs to stand-alone dish... I haven't seen anything of the sort on this site, so I thought you might enjoy trying something from 'lesser known' cuisines (which is IMHO quite delicious... I always eat it as a stand-alone dish). Gravče na tavče 400 grams white beans (original variety is called 'tetovac'*, probably best substituted with cassoulet beans) 1.5 deciliter oil 250 grams onions 1-2 heaping tsp paprika 1 heaping Tsp tomato puree 2-3 cloves garlic 1 Tsp flour 2 hot peppers (chilles or pepperons), dried or preserved 2-3 fresh tomatoes 1 green pepper 1 bay leaf parsley 1 Tsp Vegeta (Croatian all-purpose condiment, containing a number of root veggies, salt & MSG**) salt, pepper to taste, mint to taste Soak the beans overnight, discarding the water and cook in salted water until almost done (shouldn't in no circumstances be overcooked). Drain and reserve some of the cooking liquid. Lightly brown/sautee thinly sliced onions, add paprika, tomato paste, finely diced garlic and flour. Stir well and sautee a bit (keeping in mind that burning paprika will impart an unwanted bitter taste to the dish). Add beans with reserved liquid, Vegeta, bay leaf and diced hot chilles. Add salt and pepper to taste and boil shortly. Transfer to an earthenware, or similar ovenproof dish, cover with tomato slices and (deseeded and de-membraned) squares of fresh pepper, sprinkle with parsley (and mint should you choose to use it) and oil. Bake in preheated 220°C oven for 20-30 minutes. This dish should be very hot and is excellent BBQ side-dish, but can be served with eggs or as stand-alone dish. (E. Buljina) * the name means 'from Tetovo' (a Macedonian city) ** in my family we use a homemade condiment made with one bunch of parsley (roots and leaves), one bunch carrot, one bunch parsley and celery leaves each. All ingreadients (with stems removed) are run through meat grinder, drained of water, 20% of dried weight of salt is added, drained again and jarred. We usually substitute 1Tbsp of our condiment for 1tsp Vegeta. Added- a 'bunch' is a unit used in our marketsČ the way I understand/guesstimate it is that bunch of e.g. parsley is 1kg, whereas 1 bunch of parsley or celeriac leaves is the amount of leaves with stems one would get when buying a bunch of said vegetable and cutting off the roots. I should conclude this post as chef John from FoodWishes with "I hope you try this soon and, as always- eeenjoy".
  4. I could offer $30 (and would be willing to) for that one, and it would barely cover shipping to my neck of woods.... You guys have it so lucky with such cookware. OTOH in my neck of woods we're happy with excellent quality sheet steel pots from neighbouring country (Slovenia)-can't go wrong with those for sauteeing, stewing dishes in those EMO Eterna dishes...
  5. I guess this is the wrong thread to post how I made my guanciale (it's basically done, but I'll leave it on my balcony for a day or two before I decide what to do with it... beside carbonara and Amatriciana)... ETA it has survived quite adverse conditions with regard to humidity, which rarely dropped below 85% over three weeks it's been hung...
  6. Wolf

    Dinner 2019

    I'll probably skip dinner tonight... I sort of get full from aroma when I cook- and tonight I have a date with 5lb of oxtails I intend to make into oxtail ragu (I had to splurge... cost me $9.50 the lot). Yesterday I prepared 5lb of tomato sauce, portioned off some to the freezer, and I'm about to start with ragu- wish me luck (I'm starting rather late).
  7. I think the reason is that stainless steel is poor conductor of heat (most of the heat going into pure stainless steel pan will try to warp it), and as aside bonus carbon steel can get 'non-stick' patina. I've done patina (by applying horseraddish and ketchup, of all things) on one of my carbon steel knives which prevent it from rusting, but does not prevent it from imparting 'metallic' taste to food being cut. I like to keep things as 'traditional' as possible, hence me trying to figure out a way to make (what I percieve to be a quintessential) wok work in an environment (heating element) not very suited to it. I'm more of a braising and simmering (european style) type of guy, but this experiment of mine is making me want to try stir-frying on electric stove (any my stove has 3 gas burners ) just as a proof of concept.
  8. Pardon me from butting in on this topic, but I have a related inquiry... I'm trying to set up a friend with a wok, but she has only (conventional) electric stove. Would regular round carbon steel wok work with induction plate (I have one lying around, and don't mind lending it to her- because I think it would be more responsive to adjustments)? My idea is to make (or have it made) a solid steel 'adapter' which would be placed on induction plate. It would protect the plate top, to some degree steady the wok and hold it in place, while distributing more heat to the bottom of the wok, and woul additionally prevent induction plate from shutting off when lifting wok to toss the food in it... So, my quiestion is- would it work? Is it worth the trouble?
  9. Chef John from Foodwishes,com (link) - it was delicious. I only added a pinch of thyme and oregano (and a salted anchovy fillet) to his recipe and it was very savoury, enough spicy and the warm aftertaste lingered for quite a while.... 👍
  10. Today for lunch (with a bunch of leftovers ) were chicken riggies, recipe from Foodwishes...
  11. I live in EU and FWIW I think I'm allowed to distill up to 60 litres (roughly translating to 15 gal) per year for personal consumption (mind you, curing meat and sausages. without nitrates. is sort of national passtime, so distilling should come rather naturally). Unfortunately, I've not done, as of yet any distilling or brewing projects- but have researched (insufficiently) and collected quite a few recipes for fee verte (Green fairy aka Absinthe). I think I could harvest most of the ingredients from 'the wild' in late spring/early summer should I try to do it... Are there any good reference books on the subject of production of brewed and distilled drinks? Leslie- I think I've read that British royal court imported juniper berries for gin production from my neck of woods (Zadar hinterland), as well as quantities of Maraschino. So, I could possibly (for a price, hehehe ) hook You up with some quality berries. Lately, some gins from my country have been getting some 'traditional gin' awards (as well as some 'funky' products emerging- like first ever gin that turns colour from blue to pink with addition of the lemon, thanks to deep infusion of some southern asian petals/flowers) so there might be a smigdeon of the truth to this rumour.
  12. Le Caisne's method seems a bit 'one-directional' for my liking- just like Jo, I haven't mastered braising, but in his method seems liked meat is steamed, and its juices leaching out into the braising liquid. The way I see it, in La Caisne method should produce less flavourful meat (water in - flavourful juices out), with few spoonfuls of exquisite sauce. IMHO, I'd be willing to settle for more ballance of conventional 'half submerged meat' method wherein meat and liquid interchange flavours (and more liquid, which can be reduced in the final stages*)... I've always fancied luting (sealing) the lid with dough, as Le Caisne suggests, but am not entirely sure it's worth the trouble with 'modern' pots, if one uses reasonably decent one- I've braised oxtails on stove top for hours in IKEA enamelled dutch oven (which one would be hard pressed to call 'state of the art' or 'top of the line') with no perceptible loss of liquid with just the lid on the pot. * actually, I leave my braising liquid quite thin, to facilitate reheating, and reduce to desired consistency only when the meat is reheatred properly/thoroughly
  13. I changed the 'recipe' a bit (after 2nd wash in wine, jowls were rubbed with crushed garlic, pepper and pepperoncino- all of which were then ommited from dry rub). After 8 days in ziploc bags in fridge, one stiffened up considerably, other one not so much, so both were additionally rubbed with salt-sugar mixture during their stay in fridge. Here's a photo of both pieces before I put them in a makeshift curing chamber- a cardboard box on my balcony, with holes for ventilation (later today, I'm going to put a tray with super saturated brine in there.
  14. Thanks a lot, Liuzhou, that helped a lot. Incidentally, one of his videos is translated and therein I picked up one of the best culinary advice found anywhere:
  15. Sorry for digging out this thread but I stumbled upon this video and it has intrigued me a bit... Would anyone who speaks Chinese be kind enough to explain what is he cooking, and what is he using for ingredients. Thanks in advance.
  16. Change of plans... I wasn't thrilled with Victorinox knife (it was apparently slicing knife, not an utility), so I did some further searching and being lucky as I am, the shop selling the knife I liked had 20% off today... I've treated myself to a nice de Buyer 14cm utility knife- much larger and lighter knife that pictures led me to believe.
  17. Thanks for the tip, Heidi. I usually stew for shorter periods (goulash and similar) and never brown the meat- I think the conventional wisdom for goulash and stuff is not browning the meat (the sauce would not infuse meat as much, and in turn meat is supposed to flavour the sauce less when browned). Later, I found out about jus au pan, which benefits from caramelized bits of meat, and when I started long braised dishes I continued to brown (because everyone else seemed to do it)- but in lieu of Your post, I'll seriously reconsider it. Your way also seems to make sense, so I'm willing to try it out. 👍 BTW, the dish turned out great, except for small niggling detail- it didn't reheat as well as I expected. Despite the sauce getting more savoury each time it reheated, it also lost most of its aroma and spiciness (most notably, rosemary and smoked paprika were 'gone' on first reheat- both beef and wine seemed to taste more pronounced on each reheat)... Oh, and it was really an old cow- it tok me around 6 hours braising to get it tender(ish)...
  18. Call me crazy, but once my Christmas bonus lands on my bank account, I think I'll treat myself to a 6" forged Victorinox Grand Maitre carving knife to serve as my 'primary knife'- slicer-cum-pairing knife (I don't use chef knives)...
  19. Today I swung by 'my butcher' to pick up an order (two pork jowls for guanciale and 2 lb. beef tendons) and he didn't have it but had great bargain on old beef short ribs, English cut, so I picked up 5 lb for 9$. I usually do peposo d'Imprunetta with short ribs (a recipe from Chef John), but I didn't feel like making it today so I fiddled with his recipe for short ribs and porcini braised in tomato sauce (I was a bit underwhelmed how the sauce turned out first time I tried it). In case anyone's interested, here's how I'm doing it (I'd welcome any comments or critique)... First I browned the beef (seasoned with some coarse sea salt and black pepper) on a tbsp or two of vegetable oil in 5qt Dutch oven, then removed the meat and sauteed 4 finely diced largeish onions on remaining fat. I waited until they were 'reduced' to about the quarter of initial volume (15-ish minutes on relatively high heat), then added thawed porcini (about 3/4 of a cup), sauteeed until onion got down to 1/5th of initial volume, added 2-3 tbsp tomato puree and 'roasted' it for few minutes before adding smoked paprika and cayenne and 'roasting' them some more. Added 2 tbsp flour and kept on same heat for few minutes before adding quality passata (I'd say a cup) and half a bottle of chianti and a cup, cup and a half of beef stock to deglaze, plus 2 bay leaves, a pinch of rosemary and one finely diced salted anchovy fillet. Once it reduced a bit, returned the ribs to the pot and am keeping it on the stove top under laziest of simmmers. So far, it's been abut two hours braising- I seasoned it a bit with ground pepper and stirred in a tsp of mustard. I've started the braising with meat 'bone side down', and haven't turned it over yet- I'm trying to get the bones to yield most of their succulence to the sauce before turning the meat... So far, the sauce is spot on (might adjust the salt, or add a bit of mustard later on), and am, judging by expirience with this older beef, looking at leat at another 2-2 and a half hours braising. I don't think I'll need to reduce the sauce, it's already got a consistency I'm looking for (and it doesn't seem to change too much as braising progresses).
  20. Sorry, Suzilightning, nothing lik burek for me- I'm sort of braise and stew kind of guy... And čevapćići are never frowned upon- great in any kind of weather... 'll try to dig up recipe for Banjalučki ćevap for You, which I have stashed somewhere- those have a cult folllowing in my part of woods (key ingewrdient is having some lamb or mutton mince), but what is little known is that the key for that recipe is having a 'custom grille' that collects drippings which are then used to moisten the somun (sort of bun they're served in)... somun (pastry they're served in)
  21. Yep, I went with 5 qt (4.7l) dish and just filled it almost to the brim... Mind you, the dishes cooked in thise kind of pots are always better when reheated (stews, braises, &c), so bigger pots seem to be a better option IMHO. Cooking for a co-worker celebration of me getting a permanent job in high school- first part of the job done (pollo a cacciatore, my version):
  22. As an aside to this discussion- my understanding is that Le Creuset pots are smooth enamel, whereas my dutch oven (and as I gather, some newer Staub pots) are enamelled, but interior is not smooth- they call it matte finish... Is there any substantial difference in those two kinds of enamelled surfeces? From what I gather, people say that smooth enamel is better for sauteeing &c, whereas enamelled surface with small dimples, as is the case with 'matte finish', should be better for browning. In my expirience, matte finish sautees and cooks just fine, as I presume would also be the case with browning with smooth LC finish (people have been doing it that way for ages). Is it the case of just marketing their choice, and presenting it in best light possible, or is there a real merit to those claims?
  23. I don't think it's about difference or drop in quality- personally, I cringe every time I see metal utensils used on enamelled pots and pans... They're just stating the proper way to use those pots. I can't speak of longevity, but IKEA casserole I bought seems of good quality at reasonable price.
  24. IKEA Dutch oven and induction plate for one, and few pots and pans as well (I'll have to make a vegetarian dish as well- probably aforementioned sataraš with chick-peas)...
  25. Well, I'll have to lug my toys to work on wednesday- I've landed a job in high school, and am expected to bring food for everybody at work. Colleagues on such occassions usually order few pans of pita or pizza (on rare occassions even BBQ), but I've decided to prepare and serve homemade food. Tomorrow I will be making my own version of pollo a cacciatore (I probably watched a dozen videos and then sort of made my own rendition- adding button mushrooms sauteed in butter and flambeed and pitted black olives... peppers, tomato and garlic as usual, and is stewed uncovered and liquid topped up with Chianti). It was 'tested on people' (as that old Phillips ad boasted ), and got rave reviews. The day after that is the dish my father 'invented' few decades ago and named 'mexican beans'- basis is dish called sataraš (stewed onions, peppers and tomatoes... I add anchovy fillet to it, to lift it up), ground meat and beans (for this purpose, I prefer Italian canned white beans which have faint taste of corn). Last time I did it, it turned out something like this:
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