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Dinner 2019

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1 hour ago, demiglace said:

yes please and could you cook it?

 

I recall buying live crayfish at the Marin Farmer's Market.    I was driving a friend who was very creeped out by crawly things.     I became aware that the bag sitting between us in the car was vibrating, kind of moving on its own.     Fortunately, she didn't notice.

 

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I have tried crawfish a few times (lucky for us we can get them live here - thanks to fantastic Chinese supermarkets) and find them very muddy tasting.

 

Nnagged a live lobster still in the box from NS the other day and had it (from the same store) and it was excellent. 

 

I would say crawfish are closer to shrimp with more of a muddy undertone (unless it was just my unfortunate luck over multiple batches).

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14 minutes ago, TicTac said:

---- and find them very muddy tasting.

 

 

That's why they are also called mudbugs.

 

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Gosh, I don't find them that way at all.  I think they are very sweet and fresh tasting.  You might want to purge your crawdads for a while in the sink in water with a bit of salt.  Or if you have a big batch, in a tub outside minus the salt for a couple days.

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22 minutes ago, dcarch said:

 

That's why they are also called mudbugs.

 

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You may have been joking, but they're really called mudbugs because they live in mud - or swamps...

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I've always bought pre-purged crawfish from the Louisiana Crawfish Company...  all they ever needed was a rinse to refresh them after their long journey.  Like Shelby, I always thought they had a sweet and fresh taste as well...  and while I love the tails, my favorite part is sucking the heads - especially after they've been soaking in a good boil for a while.  The head fat is ridiculously sweet!

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12 hours ago, Duvel said:

On a toast ?!

 

Hm?  The bowl is sitting on a bowl cozy

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Could be - I don't believe I soaked them at all.  Perhaps a similar treatment to clams is in order....

 

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A few years ago we were on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain and stopped at a shack run by a Viet family. They served up very good banh mi and crawfish in a giant vat sold by the pound, which were basically just dumped on the table to suck and pull apart. They were not at all muddy, but quite spicy and also extremely salty; it was hard to taste the meat, to tell the truth, so I don't know how representative they were. I have more patience with small crustacea than either my husband or my daughter, both of whom gave up on them before I did. There are photos of me as a kid doing a perfect dissection of a lobster on a wooden table, looking like nothing else in the world existed. Needless to say I was usually the last one to finish my meal growing up.

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14 hours ago, Smithy said:

@liamsaunt, even your fall-back fare looks like fine restaurant work! You didn't mention the bread, but it's fine-looking stuff too. More information about that, please? (Please don't tell me you just whipped up the bread when you got home. ;) )

 

Ah, no.  My bread baking skills are amateur at best.  Those are ciabatta rolls from a local baking outfit, Iggy's Breads of the World.  They sell at local Whole Foods and farmer's markets.  They also make a delicious cracked black pepper brioche burger bun that I use for salmon burgers in the winter.  I always have some of their francese bread somewhere in the house too.  

 

Dinner tonight was a recipe for coconut crusted cauliflower tacos with mango-cabbage slaw.  Do you know what is tasty?  Tacos with something other than cauliflower in them.  I like cauliflower a lot but using cauliflower in all dishes as a substitute for everything "bad" is getting old, at least for me....

 

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15 minutes ago, liamsaunt said:

 I like cauliflower a lot but using cauliflower in all dishes as a substitute for everything "bad" is getting old, at least for me....

  

 

I think you've hit on a truism.     Why not celebrate a product, veg, etc rather than try to create a faux-silk purse.   

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14 hours ago, Shelby said:

Venison taco salads again along with a Hatch (not really truly Hatch because my brother-in-law grew it here and I'm super jealous because peppers just do not grow like that for us) chile .

 

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Fried crawfish tails, shrimp, mac and cheese and fried okra oh and squash

 

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The only dish I prepare with crayfish is Chicken Marengo.  And it's been a while.

 

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12 hours ago, liamsaunt said:

Dinner tonight was a recipe for coconut crusted cauliflower tacos with mango-cabbage slaw.  Do you know what is tasty?  Tacos with something other than cauliflower in them.  I like cauliflower a lot but using cauliflower in all dishes as a substitute for everything "bad" is getting old, at least for me....

@liamsaunt, I so agree with you.   I love cauliflower, but I want it as a vegetable. Not as rice, or potatoes or heaven forbid a pizza crust. 

 

12 hours ago, liamsaunt said:

They also make a delicious cracked black pepper brioche burger bun

 

Oh WOW.  I'm a big black pepper fan.  Have carried a pepper grinder in my purse for over 20 years.   I also grind pepper over my pizza crust when stretching.   

 Next time I bake burger buns, I'm adding lots of black pepper.     

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Last night's dinner was fresh halibut, pan seared and then finished in a hot oven. 

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Served with a fresh salsa, made from tomatoes (from our garden) Kalamata olives, basil, garlic, lemon zest, squeeze of lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil.

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Dinner with an old friend visiting from Shanghai. We went to a Xinjiang Muslim Restaurant.

 

She chose. Captions are their translation.

 

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Xinjiang Mutton Kebabs

We'd eaten some before I remembered to take pictures

 


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Xinjiang Grape Fish

I didn't enjoy this at all. Far too sweet.

 

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Pancake Rolled Mutton Grains

 

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Copper Pot Cauliflower

 

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51 minutes ago, liuzhou said:

Pancake Rolled Mutton Grains

 Intriguing. I’m guessing that it is ground lamb and vegetables in there.  But I’ve been wrong once or twice before.😂

 


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4 minutes ago, Anna N said:

 Intriguing. I’m guessing that it is ground lamb and vegetables in there.  But I’ve been wrong once or twice before.😂

 

 

 

Yes, you are right. Two separate cuts of lamb or, more likely, mutton: one lean, the other fatty to the point of being nearly all fat - tail meat. And mixed veg to be wrapped in pancakes supplied. They were rather good!

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On 9/10/2019 at 7:50 PM, Katie Meadow said:

A few years ago we were on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain and stopped at a shack run by a Viet family. They served up very good banh mi and crawfish in a giant vat sold by the pound, which were basically just dumped on the table to suck and pull apart. They were not at all muddy, but quite spicy and also extremely salty; it was hard to taste the meat, to tell the truth, so I don't know how representative they were. I have more patience with small crustacea than either my husband or my daughter, both of whom gave up on them before I did. There are photos of me as a kid doing a perfect dissection of a lobster on a wooden table, looking like nothing else in the world existed. Needless to say I was usually the last one to finish my meal growing up.

 

You're now offically my hero.

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Two colors of plums, blue cheese.

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Cauliflower with green onion and ginger, sesame oil and soy

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Seaweed noodles with scallions

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With teriyaki burgers

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