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Lunch 2019

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1 hour ago, robirdstx said:

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Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Red Onion on toasted Dark Rye with Mayo and Kettle Cooked Jalapeño Potato Chips

 

Potato chips not on sandwich?   How about John's dill potato obsession?

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Mushroom, zucchini, spinach casserole. Also browned onion, blue cheese.

Vegetable salad as always.

 

 

 

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Leftover crabs became lunch, using the same chilli paste, just more seasoning and more chilli paste added to make the broth.

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Various shoots and soft tofu with seaweed.

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Roasted aubergines, filled with yogurt. Some chilli-paprika butter for both the aubergines and dumplings.

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Comté frittata

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Half of the ingredients are mixed in the yogurt. The rest is on top.

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On 8/4/2019 at 9:23 PM, Margaret Pilgrim said:

One of my favorite food memories was a shellfish and seaweed crepe in a funky little creperie on an island off Brittany.    Scallops, shrimp, seaweed.   I've never seen one offered elsewhere.    Your omelette will do nicely.   

 

I still dream about this crispy octopus pancake I had in Korea. Possibly the most expensive octopus pancake... I got 2 live ones, for eating raw and for this.

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You can try recreating your seafood crepe... just get the ingredients and give it a go. (Incredible seafood market in Busan, Korea.)

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A seaweed stall, also in Busan, Korea. (stars = seaweed)

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On 5/23/2019 at 12:58 PM, liuzhou said:

Lunch today was one of the strangest I've ever had.

 

Back story: In the centre of the city, near my home, is a government owned 5-star hotel. It's not difficult to get 5 stars when the owners are the star issuing authority! The hotel has hosted almost every Chinese government leader except Mao and the current President, Xi Jingping (so far). I dislike the place and especially its "western restaurant" staffed by charming wait staff and chefs who've never eaten western food, but once saw a picture. They specialize in steaks, which they serve with a tiny scattering of parsley, shredded carrot and a flower, but no carbs. Order fries separately and they usually arrive ten minutes before your steak or ten minutes after. They also specialize in rip-off prices.

A few days ago, I had a call from a friend who explained that the hotel wanted to make an advertisement to be aired on in-flight videos to and from the city. For some reason, they decided that it would be good to have a foreigner in their movie.. As one of the very few western foreigners in town and the one who has been here by far the longest, I was volunteered. Again!

So I spent the morning pretending to be playing tennis, a game I haven't played since high school in the middle of last century and sucked at then. After that, at around 11 am headed  to the "western restaurant" for lunch. While waiting for the various camera men, lighting people and the director to do what people like them do, I was beginning to get hungry. A bowl of soup turned up. Borscht. I will never understand why every Chinese "western restaurant" serves this. There is no beetroot here. Why choose to serve a dish you don't have the main, signature ingredient for? I know the answer. They only saw a picture and saw it was red! Tomato soup is Borscht!

 

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I was instructed that I could eat this while they got ready. They weren't going to film me eating fake borscht. To accompany my soup they brought me a bowl of fruit salad slathered with Kewpie sweet mayonnaise. Of course.

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I ate a little of the soup and ignored the salad as all sensible people would. Then my steak arrived.

Or did it? The waitress with my meal hovered in sight while, for a long time, the film crew fiddled with their dials before the director yelled the Chinese equivalent of "Action" . The young waitress placed the steak, which was served on a cutting board, in front of me. I smiled and said "Thank you!"

The director yelled "Cut!" and said "One more time". Waitress took away my untouched meal, they fiddled dials a bit more and we went for take two. And three. And four. And five. And six. All the while my steak was getting cold. Finally, director was satisfied and I was allowed to actually eat the damn thing that had been tantalizing me for so long. I'd quite lost my appetite.

 

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The picture shows half my 'meal'.  I wasn't about to waste more time taking a picture until I'd eaten some.


To be fair, they had obviously picked the best steak they could find (I didn't get to choose) and it had been cooked exactly as I had requested (I was allowed to do that) - medium rare. Unfortunately, unlike the poor waitress, it had been rested so long before I got my fork to my mouth that it was no longer as pink as when it left the kitchen. Residual heat. However it was tender and reasonably tasty.

Then  I went home and had a huge cheese sandwich with lettuce and tomato. A CLT.

Look out for me at the next Oscars ceremony!

 

 

 

Sorry to bring this up again, but I just saw the final video. I'm in it for 30 seconds and they don't even show me eating the goddamned steak!

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Fried Eggplant with Caramelized Tomato & Goat Cheese from Shaya, in the chapter, "My Grandmother's Peppers and Eggplants."  Edited to add that the recipe is available online at this link

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The book describes a "tomato paste-o" as the secret weapon of the dish.  Warm garlic and parsley in a bath of olive oil "until it smells like garlic bread" then add tomato paste and a bit of salt and continue to cook until everything is caramelized.  It's delicious!

The cheese is equal parts cream cheese and goat cheese and a mix of fresh herbs.  

 


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I had the same thing today except that I baked the eggplant slices instead of frying

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33 minutes ago, blue_dolphin said:

I had the same thing today except that I baked the eggplant slices instead of frying

Which way did you prefer? Or, is the baked at least acceptable?


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1 hour ago, MelissaH said:

Which way did you prefer? Or, is the baked at least acceptable?

 

Preference-wise, I'll give a slight edge to frying as it produced a more delicately crisp coating while baked was a bit more crunchy.  Both had a nice contrast between the panko coating and creamy interior.  

After tasting the first batch, I decided to try baking because I thought they'd be nice made with small eggplant slices for little one- or two-bite appetizers.  No way would I want to fry a million little slices but baking a big tray full would be fine.  

Baked was absolutely acceptable and what I will do when I make it again.  

 

Edited to add that I peeled eggplant for the baked slices because I thought the skin might get too hard in the oven.  It's also nice to get the coating to stick to the sides.


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Israeli Couscous with Summer Vegetables and Caramelized Tomato and Watermelon and Feta Salad with Harissa. Both from Shaya.

The salad is excellent.  Recipe available online at this link

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Had a craving:

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Once in a blue moon, I want bologna, cheese, lettuce, and mayo on soft white bread.  I heated up some leftover onion rings and chicken skin (naughty me) from Popeye’s in the CSO on convection/steam:

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The onion rings were honestly better than when they were fresh.

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46 minutes ago, Kim Shook said:

Had a craving:

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Once in a blue moon, I want bologna, cheese, lettuce, and mayo on soft white bread.  I heated up some leftover onion rings and chicken skin (naughty me) from Popeye’s in the CSO on convection/steam:

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The onion rings were honestly better than when they were fresh.

 

I'll take the plate in the 2nd photo 🙃

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Somewhere on the side of a road leading towards the north of Kuantan, Malaysia. Business lunch.

 

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Some banana leaf with rice & chutneys was presented ...

 

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Alongside came curries ...

Chicken

 

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Goat

 

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Fish

 

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Shrimp

 

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Curry gravy to moisten the rice

 

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The cooking liquid / soup from the goat meat, with some lime juice added. Excellent!

 

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Lime juice

 

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The damage done. A great lunch ... spicy, aromatic, fresh - about 2 USD per head ...

 

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Fresh chickens waiting next to the washrooms ...

 

 

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Lovage soup with added veggies and a big salad topped with a nut & seed mix.

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I have a LOT of lovage in my flower bed. I should try making a soup with it!

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Warm salad of chickpeas, grilled zucchini, caramelized onion, tomatoes. Yogurt, tahini, parsley, garlic, cumin, sumac.

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4 hours ago, Smithy said:

I have a LOT of lovage in my flower bed. I should try making a soup with it!

If you have the Greens cookbook from D. Madison there are a couple of recipes there.  Basically treat it like spinach for soup.  I added celery, onions, green onions, etc, etc.  simmered then blended until smooth...you can add rice or potato if you like a thick soup.  This time I had some scraps of zucchini and carrot which I sautéed a little and added to the soup.  I like a little chili at serving time.  Or you could just blanch the lovage and freeze for later use.

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@robirdstx

 

Soooo jealous !

 

its taking to me

 

no Jack near me

 

Sooo sad

 

and so much cheaper than BK

 

Id try three , and that's just me

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On 8/8/2019 at 6:38 AM, suzilightning said:

HHH here.

Small dollop of potato salad, small dollop of Mr. Ron's coleslaw from the store, small bowl of horseradish sweet pickle chips, small bowl of 3 bean salad and a sliced yellow mortgage lifter tomato.

 

Did not know Mortgage Lifters (one of my favorite tomatoes) came in yellow. Must check this out. Thanks!


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Lunch yesterday in a small village in the countryside south of Liuzhou. Typical Zhuang ethnic minority cuisine. Unfortunately, the lazy Susan  was lazier than usual and wouldn't turn, so I had to shoot some of the dishes from afar! Everything was grown, raised or foraged in the village.

 

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The Spread

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Fried River Shrimp

 

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Braised Duck

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Pork Bone and Winter Melon Soup

 

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Mixed Pickled Vegetable

 

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Foulness Emanating from the Pits of Hell

 

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Poached Chicken

 

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Green Beans with Pork

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Rehydrated Dried Tofu, Glass Noodles and Wood-ear Fungus

 

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Fried Rice Paddy Fish with Chilli - My Favourite.

 

for a bit of background to this meal, see here.

 


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21 hours ago, liuzhou said:

Lunch yesterday in a small village in the countryside south of Liuzhou. Typical Zhuang ethnic minority cuisine. Unfortunately, the lazy Susan  was lazier than usual and wouldn't turn, so I had to shoot some of the dishes from afar! Everything was grown, raised or foraged in the village.

 

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The Spread

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Fried River Shrimp

 

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Braised Duck

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Pork Bone and Winter Melon Soup

 

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Mixed Pickled Vegetable

 

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Foulness Emanating from the Pits of Hell

 

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Poached Chicken

 

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Green Beans with Pork

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Rehydrated Dried Tofu, Glass Noodles and Wood-ear Fungus

 

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Fried Rice Paddy Fish with Chilli - My Favourite.

 

for a bit of background to this meal, see here.

 

 

I want to be able to punch both the "like" and the "haha" buttons!

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