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Pinga

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  1. I am the proud owner of an AGA and at this time of the year all friends and family agree how fantastic it is to have a centre of the house for all to gather around,lean up against and generally get cozy alongside.I have mine in the kitchen /dining area and do turn it off during the summer and use an electric oven.For roasting it has few competitors and for baking and slow cooking of oven top dishes the constant heat is great. Would I put one in a new kitchen,damn right but I realize it is an extravagance.
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    Favourite Cheese

    Maybe a bit seasonal but what about a whole Vacherin in the tub ,to be eaten with a spoon. Otherwise 1)Montgomery cheddar 2)Cashel Blue 3)Goat
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    Racine

    I had dinner there on tuesday,garlic mouse with mussels then my favourite rabbit with mustard and bacon .I arrived at nearly 9.00 and was the last to leave at around 11.00-no hassle from them on being last and great all round.I am used to other places 'of the moment'still seating people at 11.00-maybe the more relaxed seating explains why everyone is so calm and helpfull.Another of my best things about this place is when you reserve they don't bother with a phone number and certainly no faxes,credit card details and the rest which seem to have become the norm This should be the model for others to follow.
  4. Spam-I had a rabbit dish at Racine(great place ) the other day in a mustard sauce I think-pretty good but as you say the tendency to be dry is a problem with any lean game and possibly an arguement for farmed rabbit.
  5. Just to add that in Dorset,where I spend most weekends,rabbit is freely available and almost given away(all wild) .What I have not been able to source is Hare.Not a taste you would want every day but I find that once a season with pappardelle is awesome and if you were to eat this in a London establishment I would expect it to cost mucho dineiro.Any ideas on a London butcher who would stock this. p.s sorry to wander off topic
  6. Thankyou Hopleaf for your helpfull reply,I will give them both a test run. On a gardening matter with a food twist I am in the process of putting in a nuttery,I have dug out a one meter path for about 30 meters and will plant hazel whips on either side with a view to eventually training them over to give a covered walk.I will then under plant with cyclamen and bluebell.I am using common hazel ,the twisting Turkish hazel and am now looking around for other hazel types with particulaly tasty nuts-any suggestions(based in south west England on a fairly acidic soil,not too frost prone).
  7. Just an enquiery and I am sorry if this has already been covered.I have enjoyed reading the occasional gardening comments in this thread but wonder if there is an e gullet equivalent for gardeners out there.I am UK based and would love to have the same wonderfull time that I spend reading and participating in my one favourite pastime,food and all that is associated with it,but for gardening my second great love.Any boards that I have seen are attached to commercial concerns and certainly do not have the incredible atmosphere we enjoy at egullet thanks Pinga p.s I hope it is not considered bad form to ask this question ,I promise not to spend any less time on this forum
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    Goose Fat

    thanks for replies,I just could'nt bring myself to taste it this morning after a fairly heavy night and on an empty stomach
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    Goose Fat

    I have a jar of goose fat left over from last March sitting in the fridge and it is only now after the weather has started to turn that I am contemplating roasting my potatoes in this fat for this upcoming weekends Sunday roast(A leg of Lamb with garlic and rosemary,baby glazed carrots and the roast potatoes,redcurrant jelly on the side).Have I left it too long and is this goose fat way to old to use? Thanks Pinga
  10. Thanks for the lesson,I am looking forward to trying some of the 'child'sauces ,is that the right term ,for Hollandaise.I wonder what people would recommend with the sauce Divine,sherry is a favourite of mine and I am wondering on a partner. Just as an aside to home cooks I find that the easiest way to keep my Hollandaise warm while having another course or just staying in the room with guests rather than at the stove ,is to keep it in a thermos flask,or as I now have,a small coffee thermos in white shaped as a jug-this can be bought to table.
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    Chorizo

    Welcome to you,fellow Brit. I do a pasta dish with chorizo and rosemary. Heat some butter,put in some chopped rosemary,add a tin of tomatoes(a little sugar improves there flavour) then the chopped chorizo.cook down for about 5 minutes then add a little cream,reduce a bit more.Add a pinch of chilli flakes,salt and pepper then toss with some cooked pene and a spoon of parmesan. I have to admit to getting the idea from Ballymaloe cooking school .
  12. Is there a special reason to refridgerate walnut oil? On things to always have in the fridge a chunk of parmesan,various pestos,tomato paste,Japanese pickled ginger ,wasabi,soy,all the other things people have mentioned.
  13. Another South American side would be Farofa,this is Brazilian and is a ground ,fried manioc root with egg (tastes better than it sounds ).usually served at churascurias(bbq places)with steaks.
  14. Just got a new mexican cook book "The Essential Cuisines of Mexico" by Diana Kennedy.This combines her previous books "The Cuisines of Mexico","The Tortilla Book" and "Mexican Regional Cooking" together in one.This is the real thing and I was suprised on popping out to my local (in Dorset)Sainsbury to find Habeneros chiles freshly available to get me started in addition to Jalapenos in brine.
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    Japanese Dinner Party

    Hi Akiko-sorry for the delay-the gazpacho has the following cucumber,tomato,red onion red chilli,garlic,grated ginger,coriander leaves,mint leaves,rice vinegar(the brown one)soy ,lime juice,sugar ,EVOO and salt and pepper. not being too specific as copyrighted
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