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Dinner 2021


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19 minutes ago, mgaretz said:

Pulled pork (from frozen, pan fried) and fries.

 

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Were sauces involved? Looks almost carnitas like in a good way.

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I rarely eat swordfish (here at home), but once in a blue moon I see a good looking chunk...

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I also have a HK poster! Bought it in 2008. Returned for the 4th time in 2018. Hope I can go back, even if it's going to be a different HK (unless I have to endure mainland Chinese style entry requirements.)

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Pizza & movie night (while my parents are stopping over on their way to their holiday in the Palatinate):

 

First pizza was salami & mushrooms (as always, actually), but with the little one emphasizing on being hungry, my father praising the beer selection and my mom inquiring about the things I’ve done to the garden yesterday, I missed taking the picture. Yes, I know. @Anna N or eventually @JoNorvelleWalker will be all over me …

 

Second one was raclette cheese & potato. I was reminded of the combination by @Chris Hennes post in the Modernist Pizza thread. I used to live off this combo in the early 2000s during my PhD time in Paris. The Pizza Hut in the suburb of Asnieres-sur-Seine (where I was living) had a 2-for-1 take away deal on Thursdays after 21.00h, which made me consume a looooot of these pizzas. It was a very substantial pie, suitable for students on a meager scholarship. Funny enough, they still carry the pizza (with lardons filling in for the caramelized onions) …

 

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Third one was spinach and gorgonzola, as requested by my father …

 

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My mom opted for figs, goat cheese, pine nuts and honey …

 

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Finally, the cooks choice: Margherita with thinly sliced fennel salami added post cook …

 

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All enjoyed with Disney’s The Living Desert - a really good movie, even in its German dubbed version … 

 

And a beer (or two ?!) for the hard working cook 🤗

 

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Epilogue: tomorrow’s lunchbox will feature pizza as well …

 

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25 minutes ago, BonVivant said:

 

I also have a HK poster! Bought it in 2008. Returned for the 4th time in 2018. Hope I can go back, even if it's going to be a different HK (unless I have to endure mainland Chinese style entry requirements.)


That photograph was the farewell gift of my team when I left. It was made to order by a known photographer and fits exactly the wall above a Chinese cabinet I purchased even before we went to HK. It centers Jardine House, where my office was … sweet memories 🤗

 

Right now, you are facing 3 weeks of hotel quarantine if you decide to go. And not in the good hotels. We would love to visit our friends over there, but not under these conditions. Let’s hope for better times soon 🤞

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I really dislike ciabatta. I think it’s because I have veneers and it feel rough to bite into. I’m more of a potato, brioche or pretzel bun person and I know they all likely have more calories. I just worry too much to chance a ciabatta and I also think it could distract from some burgers but certainly not the delicious double posted above! 

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Obe ata: my first attempt at a West African dish... and I've never eaten real West African food. So while it was delicious, I have little context for it! I can perceive similarities to elements of North African and Caribbean cuisines. I also have a feeling that the leftovers will improve overnight. The process as is interesting as the ingredients: roast an assemblage of vegetables and aromatics; blend; season and reduce.

 

I followed the Serious Eats recipe closely, albeit divided by 4. Only changes were subbing jalapenos for fresnos, increasing the Lion's curry powder slightly, and salting and browning the uncooked chicken in advance, and then adding it to finish in the sauce as it cooks down. I didn't have Mediterranean basil, so I used Thai, which matched very well. I passed a bowl of pounded grains of selim at the table.

 

The red palm oil flavor is the most unfamiliar element. Beyond that, it's a rich, sweet, spicy, braise. The Cameroon pepper is superb, smoky and dark, and I think essential to this dish. The recipe suggests that the heat level is negligible. I wouldn't call it that (allowing for the huge variation in heat in jalapenos and habaneros), but it's not very spicy. I have a feeling upping the capsaicin level might complement the sweetness of the roasted vegetables and palm oil better, so I will try that with the leftovers. But in any event, very good (and very chicken-y through the rich sauce).

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I don't have issues with leftovers being usually planned for lunches or a protein becomes a completely different dish. But the fettuccini and meatballs were so good we had it again Saturday afternoon for an early dinner. Made a fresh chopped salad that should last a couple days. 

Sunday smoked short ribs, a brisket, and a couple salmon filets and some merguez lamb sausage. 

Short ribs last night smoked then braised. RG DomingoRojo beans and rice. Ribs had the nice tug, then fell off the bone clean at the table.

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DOMS and a full day at work got the better of me today, but nothing that a Mettbrötchen and a hot bath couldn’t fix* …

 

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*one after the other.

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Got my second Shingrix shot late Saturday afternoon and you basically have the same kind of reaction after the second Covid shot, so I didn't feel like cooking much and soup sounded good.  This was a can of Campbell's Hearty Chicken Noodle to which I added a generous amount of char siu along with some corn and peas.  (What I really wanted was some War Wonton soup from one our favorite Chinese restaurants, but was too lazy to go get it.)

 

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On 10/16/2021 at 6:01 AM, liamsaunt said:

 Nobody else in the house eats shrimp.

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Pearls...swine. :B

The shrimp look delicious.

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10 hours ago, liuzhou said:

Mackerel steaks pan-fried with mirin and litsea oil to finish. Triple cooked chips. There was a salad to the side.

 

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Still all with only one functioning hand? I admire you, I would have likely reverted to freezer stuff or takeout. Bravo!

 

 

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54 minutes ago, MaryIsobel said:

Still all with only one functioning hand? I admire you, I would have likely reverted to freezer stuff or takeout. Bravo!

 

 

Thanks. Yes, still one handed, but I can now use the broken one as a dead weight to steady things.

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Another porterhouse steak night.

 

My SO is doing another four day cleanse so I made a very rare steak with baby bella mushrooms sauteed in olive oil, butter and red wine. The baked potatoes are two small red ones harvested from the compost pile. We didn't plant potatoes this year. 

 

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The steak was SVed for 2.5 hours at 122F then seared in an antique CIFP at 500F for 100 seconds on each side. It was frozen solid when it went into the water.

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2 hours ago, Paul Bacino said:

Didnt make this..but boy was it killer.

Omaha gets some pretty decent seafood  @Hiro's88

 

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That is a thing of beauty in more ways than one. 

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