what's cooking? part 5: 2017-2027

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rfi: what is yr favorite way to prepare fennel?
preferably side dish but i'll take all comers

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 10 January 2017 04:49 (six years ago) link

one place i worked at useda make a potato, fennel and leek gratin that was nice. other ideas: superthin sliced and put in a salad is great, too. or "melted", cooked slowly in olive oil with onions and garlic to get it really soft and borderline carmelised could be a nice side?

all the right notes of bitter, salty, sweet, and sour. (outdoor_miner), Tuesday, 10 January 2017 23:16 (six years ago) link

fennel is nice roasted

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 10 January 2017 23:26 (six years ago) link

I like fennel raw in salads, sautéed with leeks & green beans, roasted & carved up with a piece of meat or fish

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 10 January 2017 23:51 (six years ago) link

Jim: it's good. Double and freeze, for all the effort.

rb (soda), Wednesday, 11 January 2017 00:15 (six years ago) link

thanks everyone! pretty new to fennel. i tried braising it in stock & vermouth last night & it turned out delicious, keen to try some of these recommendations

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 11 January 2017 00:26 (six years ago) link


going to cook this at the weekend

― Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, January 10, 2017 5:28 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

oh man i've been wanting to try that but its daunting --- soda, you've done it? how long did it take?

jason waterfalls (gbx), Wednesday, 11 January 2017 12:49 (six years ago) link

i like fennel here are some things

fen risotto, maybe w/ salami
fen & chickpea broth w/ lemon zest and chilli
fen & potato soup
baked fen in like a puttanesca sauce w/ orange zest and feta
roast pork w fen (add fen seeds to pork herb rub too)
any bit of wite fish w/ fen, thyme, rosemary, lemon zest, capers etc

pernod good to have around just for fen

r|t|c, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 14:25 (six years ago) link

also if u ever want to parboil fen for anything do it in milk, or mostly milk, and keep for mash potato or gratin later

r|t|c, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 14:27 (six years ago) link

I don't like fennel because it is anise-y. I feel like I need to broaden my horizons tho w/r/t winter vegetables, I can't only eat potatoes all year, and I love kale but let's be honest it's not in season in February.

A friend is coming over on Sat bc she wants advice on cooking large hunks of meat. Considering a pot roast alongside a rolled stuffed pork loin -- one easy, one complicated.

If authoritarianism is Romania's ironing board, then (in orbit), Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:14 (six years ago) link

try parsnips! one of our favorite winter things is just roasted winter veggies (beets, onions, carrots, garlic, parsnips, turnips, potatoes) mixed up with some olive oil, rosemary, and a bit of sausage, cover and bake.

sleeve, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:17 (six years ago) link

best way to enjoy fennel is to throw it in the damn garbage bcz it tastes like licorice and it is GROSS

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:20 (six years ago) link

I made a great pork dish with star anise the other night and the first time I made it I used like one star anise (recipe says 5) because I hate licorice but actually it's so subtle it's really good so I always use 5 now

kinder, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:26 (six years ago) link


If authoritarianism is Romania's ironing board, then (in orbit), Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:28 (six years ago) link

anise and fennel are wonderful flavors

marcos, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:45 (six years ago) link

that said i have bought fennel bulbs in the past and they have rotted in my fridge bc i couldn't decide what to do with them fast enough :/

marcos, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:45 (six years ago) link

tbh I wish I didnt' loathe anise/fennel bcz it wd make things a lot easier but welp here we are, what can ya do

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:20 (six years ago) link

parsnips are the devil fyi

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:54 (six years ago) link


sleeve, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:57 (six years ago) link

parsnips are fine, they're sweet and a lil weird but they're fine

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 11 January 2017 20:58 (six years ago) link

quickest way to ruin a soup imo


Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 11 January 2017 20:59 (six years ago) link

parsnips are good caramelized together with other vegetables as the base for a winter soup stock, they contribute a lot of complexity and are similar to carrots w/ their sweetness. im not a fan of plain parsnips though

marcos, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 21:19 (six years ago) link

for burly winter root vegetables i prefer celeriac

marcos, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 21:20 (six years ago) link

I stand with VG.

Jeff, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 21:20 (six years ago) link

Honey roast parsnips are my secret ingredient in a veggie soup

kinder, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 21:53 (six years ago) link

monsters, all of u

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 12 January 2017 00:16 (six years ago) link

mushroom pizza that has a bunch of rehydrated porcinis sauteed with a load of criminis and garlic, on top of fontina, carmelized onions with rosemary playing the role of sauce on some bland-o plain white dough i made

all the right notes of bitter, salty, sweet, and sour. (outdoor_miner), Thursday, 19 January 2017 20:51 (six years ago) link

haven't had farinata in years, might attempt this recipe for saturday lunch http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/05/how-to-make-farinata-italian-chickpea-pancake.html

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 19 January 2017 21:07 (six years ago) link

we had my brother and his family over for dinner the other night. they love cooking indian and so do we, so we made a huge feast. i haven't cooked this much food in a while:

masoor dal
benghali green beans and potatoes
tomato sambal
summer squash w/ mustard seeds
saag tofu

marcos, Thursday, 19 January 2017 21:23 (six years ago) link

All the way at the other end of the vegetarian-omnivore spectrum, I'm making beef stock today.

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Thursday, 19 January 2017 21:33 (six years ago) link

I agree with VG that parsnips would not work well in any soup I know about, but they roast well and were quite acceptable in a beef and peanut stew recipe my wife made just a few days ago.

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Thursday, 19 January 2017 21:34 (six years ago) link

I really like roasted parsnips but they are such a damn awkward shape--the top fat part and the itty bitty skinny end make it diffcult to get evenly-roasting pieces.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Thursday, 19 January 2017 22:53 (six years ago) link

had some oddly delicious parsnip cake last winter

ogmor, Friday, 20 January 2017 08:38 (six years ago) link

I'm out. Can't take this parsnip thread. Too triggering.

Jeff, Friday, 20 January 2017 10:52 (six years ago) link

I had a couple of ideas for pesto variations yesterday — roasted peanuts instead of pine nuts, and mustard greens instead of basil. I got some mediocre mustard this morning and tried that one out -- pretty good, but it needs fresher, more-peppery greens.

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Saturday, 28 January 2017 20:08 (six years ago) link

my co-worker's ex-husband hunted a deer and gave her a bunch of venison she couldn't use and i'm the leading consumer of meats in the office so i got some and made venison/pork chili and it's the best

assawoman bay (harbl), Thursday, 9 February 2017 01:16 (six years ago) link


call all destroyer, Thursday, 9 February 2017 02:08 (six years ago) link

My father in law used to give us venison and it was always good in chili. I don't really like chili tbh but it was ok.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 9 February 2017 02:13 (six years ago) link

i impulse bought a frozen rack of venison back around the holidays and still need to do something with it

call all destroyer, Thursday, 9 February 2017 02:20 (six years ago) link

just recently realized how freaking awesome delicata squash is. it's my new kabocha (eg fave winter squarsh). thinkin' of stuffing a couple a la http://beardandbonnet.com/delicata-squash-burrito-bowls/

all the right notes of bitter, salty, sweet, and sour. (outdoor_miner), Thursday, 9 February 2017 19:23 (six years ago) link

Venison is awesome with mole. You're welcome.

Mud... Jam... Failure... (aldo), Thursday, 9 February 2017 21:09 (six years ago) link

delicata is great xp, i like it too because you don't have to peel it and it cooks faster than other winter squash

marcos, Thursday, 9 February 2017 21:11 (six years ago) link

I'm also a fan of delicata. And venison! Had a discussion with a rabbi about kosher venison, which is a thing but v. v. expensive.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Friday, 10 February 2017 01:36 (six years ago) link

yeah delicata is like the french fries of squash in a good way

assawoman bay (harbl), Friday, 10 February 2017 02:02 (six years ago) link

steely dan of squash even?
ended up making a Killer kale salad -- dino kale sliced v thinly, rubbed with salt and mashed roasted garlic, added some lemon juice and olive oil. threw in some quinoa/amaranth that i'd cooked together mixed it together and plated. topped with 1/2" slices delicata that had cumin and smoked paprika rubbed into the inside (automatic salt and pepper all around, natch) and dressed the top of salad with a simple but yum tahini/apple cider dressing. salad loving housemate was in heaven.

all the right notes of bitter, salty, sweet, and sour. (outdoor_miner), Friday, 10 February 2017 14:51 (six years ago) link

i have some lamb mince - it looked nice at the butcher so i bought it. not sure what to do with it.

my thoughts:

shepherd's pie
mince and potatoes cooked separately not in pie

i mean, do any recipes use lamb mince without being some celtic stodgefest?

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 22 February 2017 13:40 (six years ago) link

go greek imo

ogmor, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 13:42 (six years ago) link

you could make meatballs! flavor them however you want (i like parsley, something spicy, onion, garlic, ginger, ??) and eat with rice & vegetable of your choice. or put I guess you could also put them in soup.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 22 February 2017 13:42 (six years ago) link

shepherds pie with garlicky sweet potato mash

kinder, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 13:42 (six years ago) link

i enjoy opening a fresh tube with the pokey thing on the cap

― towards fungal computer (harbl), Friday, April 22, 2022 11:06 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

things you were shockingly old when you learned

we only steal from the greatest books (PBKR), Saturday, 23 April 2022 11:50 (one year ago) link

you weren't "today years old" were you ;_;

towards fungal computer (harbl), Saturday, 23 April 2022 11:52 (one year ago) link

No, but I was probably in my 40s!

we only steal from the greatest books (PBKR), Saturday, 23 April 2022 11:57 (one year ago) link

and the cracker is more like a steak, but

― Tracer Hand, Saturday, April 23, 2022 2:07 AM (three hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

"toast" leaves room for interpretation. Could be covered in cinnamon and milk in a bowl. Melba toasts have cracker DNA. But I understand my post was a tangent.I am going to refocus, double concentrate. Much less of that from me now -- only the exact same amount as before.

Michael Flatley's (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 23 April 2022 12:44 (one year ago) link

be that as it may i’m sensing a noticeably more robust tone in your posts sufjan

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 23 April 2022 15:05 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

i've been making large pots of turkey white bean chili to subsist on for the past few weeks.

my issue with turkey white bean chili is that it always somehow comes out a little bland no matter how much of the usual "make it flavorful" stuff i add into it.

so i literally googled "how do you make turkey white bean chili not bland" and someone suggested soy sauce or worcestershire sauce.

not having any of those, i opted for fish sauce, in the neighborhood of 1 tbsp maybe a little more. i hesitated before i did this.

folks, it is delicious. everything that was blurred and blanded together is now in perfect alignment. worth doing if you're making chili and you need umami.

ꙮ (map), Monday, 7 November 2022 19:42 (six months ago) link

Bold move, map

I’ve been making this vegan bowl regularly. My husb was ordering a ridiculously priced salad from a bougie health and wellness restaurant so I decided to try copying it:

Wild rice mix (I just use the frozen bags from Trader Joe’s)
Roasted shredded cabbage
Sauerkraut (since it already has cabbage, some other kind of fermented or pickled veg would be better)
Diced avocado
Pan fried tofu (Hodo brand is the absolute best)
Crushed honey roasted peanuts (some kind of sweet roasted cashews would be better)
Chimichurri sauce from Trader Joe’s
Lil splash of balsamic vinaigrette

just1n3, Tuesday, 8 November 2022 00:40 (six months ago) link

ooh sounds good i might try that out

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 8 November 2022 00:57 (six months ago) link

seconding Hodo being godheadlike. i like the bowl idea, too

Half Japanese Breakfast (outdoor_miner), Tuesday, 8 November 2022 16:25 (six months ago) link

I find that impossible meat substitute is pretty good. Now that my kids are vegetarian I’ve been wanting to try it in some of my older recipes. If only there was an impossible turkey

| (Latham Green), Friday, 11 November 2022 00:24 (six months ago) link

four months pass...

So I made this bean salad to go along side roasted Japanese sweet potatoes, quinoa and pan fried tofu and apart from the beans it was delicious (I don’t really like beans unless they’re in Mexican food):

2 cans black beans
Zest and juice of one lime
1 grated clove of garlic
1tsp ground ginger powder
4 tsp maple syrup
2 tbsp soy sauce
Half a cup of minced parsley and basil (original recipe used cilantro instead)
5 tsp toasted sesame oil
1-2 diced avocados

Original recipe used twice as much garlic and also chili oil (I don’t enjoy chili).

Since I didn’t like the beans I’m trying to figure what else I could use the rest of the recipe with.

just1n3, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 07:48 (two months ago) link

Forgot to add: mix and then salt to your liking

just1n3, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 07:49 (two months ago) link

That looks amazing

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 10:12 (two months ago) link

Justine, are you trying to keep it vegetarian/vegan? In which case, a non-bean protein source like lentils or mushrooms? And I think maybe some eggplant could work too.

Shartreuse (Leee), Tuesday, 21 March 2023 17:31 (two months ago) link

Yeah trying to keep it vegan.

It might be too wet for this but I’m thinking of using it like a salsa over taco lentils in a tortilla with some romaine.

just1n3, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 18:14 (two months ago) link

add some more soy sauce

| (Latham Green), Wednesday, 22 March 2023 13:41 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

I’m trying to get back into cooking again now that I have a way nicer kitchen. This recipe was from a meal kit box years ago - it didn’t have complete measurements so some of this is just my guesses, but it tastes really good and is super fast and easy.

Creamy mushroom pasta:
Get half a pound of penne or similar pasta boiling. About 5mins before it’s done, add a couple tbsp of sundried tomatoes to the pot.

Get a couple of tbsp of oil heating in a large pan. Add a punnet (like 8oz I guess) of mushrooms (my fav is shiitake but reg ones are fine. I don’t like the texture of sliced mushrooms so I dice mine) and sauté till golden (5mins).
Add half a diced onion and a big handful of frozen peas. Sauté till onion is translucent (5mins).
Add 1/2 c coconut cream, 1/4 c pasta water, about a cup of mushroom stock concentrate (I didn’t have any last time so I just used water and like a a tsp of umami seasoning), a pinch of Italian seasoning and 2 tbsp of any kind of parm (I use the cheap shelf stable powder). Stir and let thicken them take off heat and toss in pasta and sun dried tomatoes.

I made shredded and roasted Brussels last time and dumped them on top and it was a great match.

just1n3, Wednesday, 3 May 2023 08:05 (one month ago) link

I sometimes add a dash of Braggs at the end just to pump up the umami even more.

just1n3, Wednesday, 3 May 2023 08:08 (one month ago) link

I've got my first ever microwave oven arriving tomorrow. If there is another heatwave this summer I'm only using the instant pot or the microwave. And also cooking becomes absolutely exhausting at times. It can be a really stimulating activity when you are learning new tricks and recipes, but doing it routinely for years without a break it becomes like too much work. Perhaps ultra-processed dross in plastic boxes is a necessary evil that I'm going to have to get into for a bit.

calzino, Wednesday, 3 May 2023 09:08 (one month ago) link

I never had a microwave until a couple years ago. Use it pretty regularly to heat rice/grains/soups/etc. Also think it's perfectly acceptable for steaming veg.
Have fun with it!

matcha man (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 6 May 2023 23:20 (four weeks ago) link

I've not really got into anything other than warming up chicken chow mein ready meals yet. It's quite liberating having the option of taking a day or two off cooking and just warming up some ultra processed food in a carton, which has actually turned out to be much more substantial and decent than I was expecting.

calzino, Sunday, 7 May 2023 07:32 (four weeks ago) link

just made some rice in a microwave steamer pot. It wasn't really any quicker but an easier washing up job and creates less heat and gas is so expensive. So yeah that's one thing I'm into now.

calzino, Sunday, 7 May 2023 11:43 (four weeks ago) link

Those microwave rice steamers changed my life. So much easier and zero guesswork.

kinder, Sunday, 7 May 2023 18:40 (four weeks ago) link

This certainly broccoli soup is epic, and pretty easy!


Sid Bream You My Love (Leee), Sunday, 7 May 2023 18:44 (four weeks ago) link


yep, just filled it rice with a 2:1 water ratio and pressed the button on 12 mins. The 20th century was pretty neat in some ways!

calzino, Sunday, 7 May 2023 19:08 (four weeks ago) link

calzino do you have an immersion blender? it's great for things like humus and gazpacho when it's too hot out too cook on the stovetop.

something like this is a good option during a heat wave:


i can't be bothered with making the noodles from scratch. i just make the dressing and the toppings. i live next to a Korean super mega market but you could cook some rice noodles or something in the microwave if fresh ones aren't available.

No, 𝘐'𝘮 Breathless! (Deflatormouse), Sunday, 7 May 2023 19:51 (four weeks ago) link

I have to cook for a young autistic guy with multiple sensory issues with food and trying new things can be difficult and unpredictable. I can't explain the heartbreak I feel when I've been working on a culinary masterpiece for hours and he coldly pushes the plate away and says "bin". Lol it's funny really, but at that moment it really fucking isn't.

calzino, Sunday, 7 May 2023 20:18 (four weeks ago) link

aw man, now that's a tough critic <3

No, 𝘐'𝘮 Breathless! (Deflatormouse), Sunday, 7 May 2023 21:06 (four weeks ago) link

feel for you. how many things do you have that are accepted easily?

kinder, Sunday, 7 May 2023 21:34 (four weeks ago) link

he generally errs towards spicy food, it's hard to nail anything that he will reliably accept. Some days it takes him 2 to even 3 hours to eat a meal and I'm never sure if it will end up in the bin or be eaten. I'd say the most reliable one is any curry with chick-peas and some other protein with some rice. At his college he frequently misses the afternoon program because by the time he has finished his dinner it's time to go home!

calzino, Sunday, 7 May 2023 21:56 (four weeks ago) link

this trend is what has driven me to get a microwave oven and say bollox to 7 days a week cooking for a bit. I still made a curry for dinner today though, just a basic one with jarred spice paste. And it was much more successful than ones I have planned and spent hours on marinating and following instructions pedantically from an Indian food cookbook.

calzino, Sunday, 7 May 2023 22:20 (four weeks ago) link

successful = he ate it within half an hour of being served!

calzino, Sunday, 7 May 2023 22:27 (four weeks ago) link

that's quite a responsibility and sounds very challenging emotionally and everything. if processed or packaged food gets the job done and gives you some relief, awesome. i also hear you about cooking becoming a drudgery when you have to do it all the time. i've been feeling that way lately.

No, 𝘐'𝘮 Breathless! (Deflatormouse), Sunday, 7 May 2023 22:39 (four weeks ago) link

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