what's cooking? part 5: 2017-2027

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made this tonight: https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/steamed-fish-with-lime-and-chile-380597#reviews

i seldom use my bamboo steamer but i can see myself doing this again many times. bit of sambal oelek on the side and a beer.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Saturday, 6 January 2018 21:01 (five years ago) link

wish i had entire unscaled fish meals in my life

Scatperson (ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-whore.) (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 6 January 2018 23:39 (five years ago) link

made this easy thai curry, https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1015694-vegan-thai-curry-vegetables, and thought it was great (affirmed by partner). Used snow peas instead of green beans, half the palm sugar (piloncillo actually), and the green curry paste recipe in Splendid Soups. I used the shrimp paste, but it would be still good and vegan without. Will be my go to recipe for having veg friends over.

Scatperson (ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-whore.) (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 8 January 2018 03:08 (five years ago) link

and good god, why haven't I gone to the thai market for coconut cream before must have been 10 options.

Scatperson (ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-whore.) (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 8 January 2018 03:09 (five years ago) link

also v happy to find thag same store sells reasonably sized shallots

Scatperson (ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-whore.) (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 8 January 2018 03:14 (five years ago) link

going to make mussaman curry paste and sub it in that same recipe because I was forced to overbuy eggplant at the market. recipe feels like a good baseline for testing different curry pastes. only complaint is that eggplant absorbs too much water if you reheat leftovers.

Scatperson (ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-whore.) (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:37 (five years ago) link

mmmmmm sno-peas. . . and thai curry. i must do this sometime soon, thx for the idea!

freedom is not having to measure life with a ruler (outdoor_miner), Thursday, 11 January 2018 14:42 (five years ago) link

thank you for introducing me to spiced butter. this is what went into the molcajete for the paste (from Peterson soup book). dried red chilies used for red curry paste.

Green Curry Paste
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
3 tsp freshly ground black pepper
0.5 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp grated nutmeg
0.25 cup cilantro leaves (tightly packed)
0.5 in. ginger, peeled and grated
2 kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped
1 tsp shrimp paste (optional, leave out for vegan according to NYT recipe)
1 tsp salt
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 lemongrass stalk, bottom half only, finely sliced, then chopped
2 shallots, peeled and chopped
8 Thai chilies, seeded and chopped (or 12 jalapeno)
0.25 cup peanut oil

Scatperson (ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-whore.) (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 11 January 2018 16:08 (five years ago) link

lovely! hell yeah to the eggplant idea, too. gonna do this someday soon

freedom is not having to measure life with a ruler (outdoor_miner), Friday, 12 January 2018 05:13 (five years ago) link

been cooking more tofu: extra firm, pressed, and dry fried. never marinate because adding to stuff with sauces, usually. anybody know a good way to press tofu quickly? or can somebody recommend a clever way to press tofu in the fridge while out or at work? or maybe pressing that hours ahead is a bad idea? is freezing really necessary?

Dat Login was the dname u doofus (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 18:01 (five years ago) link

http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/02/vegan-experience-crispy-tofu-worth-eating-recipe.html

^^^addresses the question of pressing

gbx, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 18:59 (five years ago) link

hmmm. hot salt water idea is interesting. not crazy about consuming more paper towels after increasing surface area.

Dat Login was the dname u doofus (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:35 (five years ago) link

question:

i am making red beans and rice - recipe calls for smoked ham hock.
all I could find at the store is smoked *PORK* hock, so, not cured.

should I cook the pork hock in the oven first before making the the red beans and rice, or is it ok to use it as is?

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 29 January 2018 00:24 (five years ago) link

i don't know the answer to the question and i'm far from a pork expert so my question for you is why do you think you should cook it first? i'm learning

assawoman bay (harbl), Monday, 29 January 2018 00:29 (five years ago) link

well, idk exactly except that if it was a ham hock, it would already be cured and essentially kinda 'cooked' already? but if I cook the pork hock all the good stuff would cook out of it and i think I want that in the beans.
so.
i guess I'm not 100% sure if the uncooked pork hock would affect the end result.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 29 January 2018 00:32 (five years ago) link

given the simmer time for a trad red beans recipe i'd just throw the smoked hock in there. i see no reason to pre-cook it as it's going to cook through in an hour+

call all destroyer, Monday, 29 January 2018 00:33 (five years ago) link

made the unparalleled Cook's Illustrated Chicken Stew yesterday for the first time this season (their goal was to make a stew that was as rich and meaty as beef stew and they nailed it). It has so many glutamates (bacon, anchovy paste, soy sauce) and basically tastes like fond stew. It is, in full CI fashion, quite fussy, but when it tastes this good you don't mind it.

http://gourmay.net/recipes/chicken-stew-cooks-illustrated/

the masseduction of lauryn hill (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 29 January 2018 17:12 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

making gigantic-ass grilled cheese w/ roasted yams, kale massaged with reduced balsamic, grated guyere and fontina (daiya for vegan niece) on tj's pain pauline. i'm excited. did this once before and it was killer. salad of chopped (raw) bok choy and thinly sliced red cabbage w/ a tahini dressing to go with (not cuz it needs more salad but i need to use up some bok choy)

freedom is not having to measure life with a ruler (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 17 February 2018 22:21 (five years ago) link

sounds great! Doing fennnel/lemon sole in parchment tonight. With some tiny potatoes dressed in creme fraiche, horseradish, chives.

Dat Login was the dname u doofus (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 18 February 2018 01:38 (five years ago) link

did the martha stewart mac & cheese recipe tonight for some friends, it's basic but so perfect

call all destroyer, Sunday, 18 February 2018 02:13 (five years ago) link

always ready to try another mac & cheese recipe

Dat Login was the dname u doofus (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 18 February 2018 04:51 (five years ago) link

barefoot contessa vegetable lasagna also basic but perfect. Especially if you just make the marinara instead of buying $15 marinara.

Dat Login was the dname u doofus (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 18 February 2018 04:54 (five years ago) link

go nuts https://www.marthastewart.com/957243/macaroni-and-cheese

call all destroyer, Sunday, 18 February 2018 04:55 (five years ago) link

been trying to cook a bit more lately. My most recent was pan-seared salmon topped with kalamata olive butter, and braised leaks on the side.

Moodles, Sunday, 18 February 2018 04:59 (five years ago) link

Tonight I made chicken breasts with a cumin/paprika/turmeric rub and lime juice. Involved such exciting elenents as deboning the chicken and transferring a large ultra hot cast iron skillet back and forth between oven and stove.

Moodles, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 02:13 (five years ago) link

sounds great, though deboning feels unnecessary. Had a veggie tajine out to dinner tonight and now know what to make next.

Dat Login was the dname u doofus (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 03:29 (five years ago) link

Needed to be deboned to sit flat in the pan, but next time I'll probably just start with boneless breasts. I don't know that having the skin really added much.

Moodles, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 03:59 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

St. Pat's supper last night was a simple one: ham (& mustard), colcannon, steamed chard, steamed carrots, Guiness. Nice, though.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 18 March 2018 15:24 (five years ago) link

i did corned beef in the slowcooker & it turned out the best it’s been in recent memory. i programmed it to cook to a set internal temperature and it totally worked.
i also made a really nice soda bread & we had all that with just kale & veg.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 18 March 2018 15:47 (five years ago) link

Just made a Dutch baby

valorous wokelord (silby), Sunday, 18 March 2018 17:24 (five years ago) link

oooh how’d it turn out?

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 18 March 2018 17:28 (five years ago) link

Good! Sometimes Joy of Cooking is unimpeachable

valorous wokelord (silby), Sunday, 18 March 2018 17:38 (five years ago) link

Scarpetta spaghetti tonight. This is our go to pasta dinner. Always great, better when we can find fresh bucatini. We also add in all the chili flakes and crisp basil and garlic that is used to infuse the oil whereas in the recipes and videos he only uses the oil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7BeGj38J4k

Yerac, Sunday, 18 March 2018 19:45 (five years ago) link

adding infused oil to the tomato sauce seems delicious. I am still skeptical, though, so I am compelled to make it myself. do you peel and seed fresh tomatoes when you make it or use canned? I've always used canned whole peeled san marzanos for red sauce.

Sufjan in Worst Shithole of a Major American City (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 19 March 2018 22:17 (five years ago) link

I like sauce better with fresh tomatoes but I definitely used canned when tomatoes are out of season.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Monday, 19 March 2018 22:32 (five years ago) link

do you use plum tomatoes? or san marzanos? I guess I'm hoping someone will confirm that TJ's canned plum tomatoes are good so I can save $5 every time I make red sauce.

Sufjan in Worst Shithole of a Major American City (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 19 March 2018 22:42 (five years ago) link

I use both. They're not that different but I'll splurge for real D.O.P. brands if it's a straight-up tomato sauce, just to set my little mind at ease. But for a lazy weekday night throw-together I'll use store-brand.

As for fresh, I think the best option in California is usually romas.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Monday, 19 March 2018 22:58 (five years ago) link

Same^^^ If I can get nice tomatoes I will use that. But canned tomatoes works in a pinch (especially, since I am lazy and I always keep can tomatoes around, I am pretty sure I have used some of TJ's tomatoes in a can before). This video may be better to show how to make it. Around the 14 minutes mark is where they show it. I had it in the restaurant before. And it was amazing. But it's more amazing to not pay $20+ dollars or however much the entree was (I can't remember). And we've changed the dish around a little like I said because I love bits of fried, chewy garlic and it more spicy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3iU9gpIpwE

Yerac, Monday, 19 March 2018 23:09 (five years ago) link

ok, thanks. might be fun to do a canned DOP, canned store brand plum, and fresh roma taste test. suppose it will have to wait until summer.

Sufjan in Worst Shithole of a Major American City (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 19 March 2018 23:15 (five years ago) link

I'm currently excited that I've found a local supplier of Gobo (burdock root). Kinpira cooked and I am eye some tasty gobo and beef tendon recipes.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 07:18 (five years ago) link

Last night made Greek style roasted chicken with cucumber yogurt sauce.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 18:51 (five years ago) link

sounds delish - recipe?
I made puff pastry tarts with leeks, bacon, goat's cheese - really easy and yum

kinder, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 20:53 (five years ago) link

Poke last night. Super easy. I feel "on trend" but if you tell anyone in Hawaii how it's taken over the mainland they are kind of astonished.

Yerac, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 20:58 (five years ago) link

I hope you made 5 outrageous island sauces that you kept in squeeze bottles

Sufjan in Worst Shithole of a Major American City (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 21:04 (five years ago) link

No, we just make regular poke. I put some spicy garlic sauce in mine though.

Yerac, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 21:06 (five years ago) link

sounds like the only sauce one needs

Sufjan in Worst Shithole of a Major American City (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 21:09 (five years ago) link

Pretty much. Even when we would get it from the grocery store the regular poke is always the best. The spicy poke sometimes has too much mayo.

Yerac, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 21:10 (five years ago) link

We do put avocado in ours though, which isn't entirely common in Hawaii.

Yerac, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 21:11 (five years ago) link

it is strange how "spicy" = "some mayo" only in the context of raw fish

Sufjan in Worst Shithole of a Major American City (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 21:12 (five years ago) link

Yeah, I am not into it. The sushi where I am right now often has too much cream cheese or mayo because it's Nikkei style (Japanese-Peruvian).

Yerac, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 21:14 (five years ago) link


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