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The Ladies Who Lunch (Part 3)

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17 minutes ago, Anna N said:

Well aside from the fact that the noodles got short shrift from me given that I was just trying to remain alive, I found them very disappointing. Think soggy pasta. But I have absolutely nothing to compare them with in terms of what are good versions. 
 

 

 

The noodles are usually served after the diners have eaten the chicken and spuds, to soak up the spicy* juices. They are meant to be "soggy".

 

* The spiciness is believed to be because the inventor of the dish was from Sichuan, but for whatever reason relocated to Xinjiang, but took with him his favourite spices - chilli and Sichuan peppercorns. Who knows, but the dish does feature both, neither of which are indigenous to that area.

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During my (extremely brief) time in China and SE Asia in general, I'd agree that I never noticed any splintered bones - even though it was quite common to find a leg piece (for example) cut crosswise into 2-3 pieces.  I think my local NYC places, no matter how "authentic," have extremely blunt cleavers...

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1 hour ago, KennethT said:

During my (extremely brief) time in China and SE Asia in general, I'd agree that I never noticed any splintered bones - even though it was quite common to find a leg piece (for example) cut crosswise into 2-3 pieces.  I think my local NYC places, no matter how "authentic," have extremely blunt cleavers...

 

 

My lovely chicken vendor lady in the market chops my chicken. Never a splinter.

(But I have to be careful - "chicken lady" in Chinese is also slang for a prostitute, which I'm sure she isn't!)


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2 hours ago, liuzhou said:

But about your bones!

Thank you so much. 


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11 hours ago, liuzhou said:

 

The noodles are usually served after the diners have eaten the chicken and spuds, to soak up the spicy* juices. They are meant to be "soggy".

 

* The spiciness is believed to be because the inventor of the dish was from Sichuan, but for whatever reason relocated to Xinjiang, but took with him his favourite spices - chilli and Sichuan peppercorns. Who knows, but the dish does feature both, neither of which are indigenous to that area.

Does the tea from the Xinjiang also contain a bit of sichuan pepper?

 

 

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When I was in a very popular Xinjiang restaurant in Beijing, they had a lot of herbal/flower teas.  We had a really nice rose tea.

Edit: not that that is necessarily indicative of what is true to the area itself... but the restaurant was highly regarded


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Today I was "the lady who lunches," at a new-to-me establishment in Memphis called Puck Food Hall. I went there because one of its vendors is City Block Salumeria, where I went in search of Toulouse sausage; alas, they had none. But there was a vegan place called Revelation that offered Buddha bowls, stuffed potatoes and so forth.

 

I had a stuffed sweet potato whose stuffing was quinoa, black beans, corn  (sorry, @liuzhou!) and tomato, some sort of viniagrette with a bit of a kick to it, and finely chopped kale. I'm not normally a big kale fan, but this was good. I couldn't see how the combo of flavors would work, but...it did. It worked well enough, in fact, that I forgot about taking a photo until I was halfway through it, and at that point it wasn't nearly as attractive.

 

As for the Toulouse sausage -- perusing recipes, it appears it would not be horribly difficult to make, save the fact I do not possess a sausage stuffer.  I'm wondering how it'd do if I just made link-shaped "meatballs" and chilled them until they were firm, and then just placed them in the cassoulet as though they were cased sausages?

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After an appointment yesterday my daughter and I decided to grab a bite to eat at Pintoh.

 

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Glass of Riesling for me. 
 

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Fresh salad rolls with peanut dipping sauce. I also asked for the mint dipping sauce. It was quite delicious and  packed quite a punch..

 


 

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Tom Yum soup for me. 
 

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I also had duck laarb. 
 

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Daughter had  Gang Ped. 


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@Anna N Wow - the serving dishes alone would have made me happy. The first image - I need the glass - forget the drink. Duck laarb sounds like a plan once it gets above 45F here. My Chinese market sells legs by the piece. On the long but for sure list. 

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6 hours ago, Anna N said:

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Glass of Riesling for me. 

 

This looks like a study for one of the very commercially successful artist Thomas Arvid's super-realistic wine paintings like this one

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50 minutes ago, blue_dolphin said:

 

This looks like a study for one of the very commercially successful artist Thomas Arvid's super-realistic wine paintings like this one.  

It is actually most likely the result of having both pupils very severely dilated. Was blind in one eye and couldn’t see out of the other!  Eventually I acknowledged this and handed the camera to my daughter.  


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4 minutes ago, Anna N said:

It is actually most likely the result of having both pupils very severely dilated. Was blind in one eye and couldn’t see out of the other!  Eventually I acknowledged this and handed the camera to my daughter.  

 

 

Art  is often a happy accident and in the eye of the beholder


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It's not often that I have lunch out, and even rarer that I take a picture of it. But I found this plate of hummus & masabacha quite pretty.

 

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The taste was OK.


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@shain 

 

nice !

 

Id suggest :

 

1 ) get out more , but not too often

 

2 ) pics of that food are very interesting to many of us

 

3) so take them , possibly  w discrete surroundings

 

cheers

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@shain Appealing food as always. I think raw onion is quite underappreciated as an enhancer. All the talk about "taming" the workhorse vegetable. On my long list of things that make me crazy. 

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9 minutes ago, rotuts said:

@shain 

 

nice !

 

Id suggest :

 

1 ) get out more , but not too often

 

2 ) pics of that food are very interesting to many of us

 

3) so take them , possibly  w discrete surroundings

 

cheers

 

I eat lunch at the office, so that's limiting my chances. I promise to take photos whenever I go out for a sufficiently interesting dinner :P

 

4 minutes ago, heidih said:

@shain Appealing food as always. I think raw onion is quite underappreciated as an enhancer. All the talk about "taming" the workhorse vegetable. On my long list of things that make me crazy. 

 

I love raw onion, especially with legumes, and salads.

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Lunch with Jessica with Jessica at Zorba’s, a favorite Greek place.  Greek salad:

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We both had the gyro:

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When I sent the pictures to Mr. Kim, who sadly had to work, he said, “you realize you’ve had that same kind of sandwich three times in the last 10 days”.  No apologies – it is my very favorite sandwich.

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Today both Kerry and I decided that a return visit to Celadon House would be a good idea. 
 

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strong, sweet ginger tea for Kerry. 
 

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Glass of Pinot Grigio for me followed by another glass of  Pinot Grigio. There is no end to my infamy. 
 

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spicy calamari. 
 

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garlic mushrooms Gambas

 

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Curry beef noodle soup. 
 

 

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"Cooking is about doing the best with what you have . . . and succeeding." John Thorne

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@Anna N Interesting - just by the name, one would think that all the servingware - cups, bowls, plates would be made from celadon.  Years ago, my wife and I picked up a whole bunch of celadon in Chiang Mai - at a factory/store called Baan Celadon (Celadon House).  Beautiful stuff - all handmade, and at the time, a great bargain - especially with what the exchange rate was back then... not so much nowadays...

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12 minutes ago, KennethT said:

@Anna N Interesting - just by the name, one would think that all the servingware - cups, bowls, plates would be made from celadon.  Years ago, my wife and I picked up a whole bunch of celadon in Chiang Mai - at a factory/store called Baan Celadon (Celadon House).  Beautiful stuff - all handmade, and at the time, a great bargain - especially with what the exchange rate was back then... not so much nowadays...

It’s a stretch!

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...I just let people know about something I made for supper that they might enjoy, too. That's all it is. (Nigel Slater)

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I'll have the Crispy  Sichuan Beef, please.

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Today Kerry and I returned to Cavallo Nero in Ancaster. 
 

 

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Tea, of course, for Kerry. 
 

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I enjoyed a glass of malbec from Argentina. 
 

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Mussels with a lovely warm bread. 
 

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Calamari. 
 

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Funghi pizza — hold the damn truffle oil!

 

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Leftover pizza from Italian restaurant travelled home in a Chinese takeout box.  


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"Cooking is about doing the best with what you have . . . and succeeding." John Thorne

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4 minutes ago, Anna N said:

   Today Kerry and I returned to Cavallo Nero in Ancaster. 
 

 

 

That's it?  That's the post?😟

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8 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

 

That's it?  That's the post?😟

Patience, Grasshopper, patience. 

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"Cooking is about doing the best with what you have . . . and succeeding." John Thorne

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