what's cooking? part 5: 2017-2027

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I will take Dutch crunch over fucking sour dough any day of the week (I’m a Bay Area ilxor) but I would put all American bread in the trash for any kind of New Zealand bread

just1n3, Tuesday, 17 July 2018 22:14 (five years ago) link

dutch crunch is a torture device masquerading as bread imo

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 02:25 (five years ago) link

That's tiger bread isn't it?

kinder, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 02:58 (five years ago) link

It is, yes.

Impossible Burgermeat. Unlikely Seitan. (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 03:53 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

We are having an academic group/late housewarming thing tomorrow around lunch. Is it a cop out to just order a bunch of pizzas and make a salad, hummus, put out fruit? I have a terrible time of knowing what to cook for a larger group of people, especially of many backgrounds. Everyone is happy with pizza right?

Yerac, Friday, 3 August 2018 19:11 (five years ago) link

Pizza’s great. Order at least one plain cheese for the hard to please and anxious types, try to find out if vegan or gluten-free or both will be in demand, get some sweets too.

devops mom (silby), Friday, 3 August 2018 19:14 (five years ago) link

Spouse doesn't eat cheese/meat so we totally have the vegan thing covered. Ugh dessert. I have an open bag of spicy haribo.

Yerac, Friday, 3 August 2018 19:17 (five years ago) link

Salad is great if you love generic italian house salad like me. Add tomatoes and/or olives.

Impossible Burgermeat. Unlikely Seitan. (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 3 August 2018 23:37 (five years ago) link

I love generic italian salad. It's the type of thing I would love for people to just put in front of me. Oddly enough I don't think I have bought iceberg lettuce since college.

Yerac, Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:48 (five years ago) link

We're making hummus right now. Whipping up the tahini, lemon juice, garlic beforehand makes a big difference.

Yerac, Saturday, 4 August 2018 01:00 (five years ago) link

Speaking of pizza I just moved and new neighbor has a beautiful outdoor pizza oven in shared space and invited us to help ourselves to it. It's been over 100 degrees basically since I've been here so this is supercool. Roasted some salmon n yams/spuds in it last night. Gonna start making pizza in it soon.

lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 4 August 2018 14:22 (five years ago) link

picked up some mole base in LA last weekend so making mushroom/tempeh mole tacos. haven't done this in about a year so am excited. But that's tempered a little bit cuz i can't wait to make this, which looks like something i could enjoy daily while it continues to be 100 **cking degrees for the next couple months or whatever: https://mykoreankitchen.com/spicy-cold-kimchi-noodles/

lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Thursday, 9 August 2018 19:18 (five years ago) link

That looks delicious. I should try to find some somen noodles and somen sauce.

I am going to try to make orecchiette from scratch tonight. I was going to make it two nights ago and then realized the dough I made wasn't right for it (supposed to just use semolina and water for it, who knew?!)

Yerac, Thursday, 9 August 2018 19:24 (five years ago) link

i want to play w/ pasta making but a few things i owned didn't make my recent move - one of those being my pasta roller. i have a torn rotator cuff so ain't abt to roll out noodles by hand. anyways, that recipe i posted up a ways from allrecipes was sublime semolina dough recipe if you're needing one

lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Thursday, 9 August 2018 21:34 (five years ago) link

there are lots of shapes that don’t require major-league rolling, orecchiette definitely being one.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 9 August 2018 21:44 (five years ago) link

see, if i had the roller i could manage the rolling part with one hand. i cld deal with that.
but i'm talking kinda serious shoulder damage though (like lifting 5 pounds w/ right arm will cause pain so bad that it's hard to sleep). not sure if it's from 30 years of playing hockey and working in kitchens and all the stress that both of those entail, but when i had left shoulder operated on a few years back (been perfect ever since) the surgeon called what i had going on in my rotator cuff "crab meat" cuz that's what it looked like. not good. i'm afraid i now have similar issue on the other side so have to be mostly one-armed for awhile and hope it clears up at least somewhat.

lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Thursday, 9 August 2018 22:07 (five years ago) link

I am debating whether to get a roller or not (or just getting a 20+inch rolling pin/dowel) because I thought I could get frustration out with rolling pasta, but that has not been the case. It is a lot of work when the dough isn't near perfect. I was getting pissed the other night when my dough kept shrinking back when rolling it out. I let it rest for a couple of hours so I am not sure what the deal was.

Yerac, Thursday, 9 August 2018 22:12 (five years ago) link

hmm, one thing that may or may not help is to not go back and forth over the dough. if possible just roll out in one direction to help avoid working gluten (that's how i approach pie dough and things like that). semolina is surprisingly high-gluten. imo that's why the roller machines completly rule - one just needs to bring the dough together, let it rest 1/2 hour, the machine kneads as it rolls. winnerwinner

lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Thursday, 9 August 2018 22:34 (five years ago) link

Yeah, I have been doing different proportions of eggs, water, semolina to AP flour. I need to get some oo flour next time. One thing I just figured out is to not to rely on measuring anymore. I am really good with dumpling dough so I should just go by feel, like I normally do. The Pasta Grannies really made me realize different pasta shapes do better with different types of dough.

Yerac, Thursday, 9 August 2018 22:58 (five years ago) link

But it was probably overworked. All the videos have people kneading a lot longer than I would normally do it.

Yerac, Thursday, 9 August 2018 23:05 (five years ago) link

Orecchiette turned out really well even if slightly too thick. My hands hurt a little from being clumsy about the rolling out of the shape. It took a while to figure out where to position the board, myself, the back of the knife and no flour on the board so I could get the drag. Going away for while in 2 days and using up groceries so did a kale, carmelized onion, garlic, lemon zest, weird leftover tomatoes, banana pepper thingey for it.

Yerac, Friday, 10 August 2018 01:22 (five years ago) link

the first time i did it they were a little too thick as well. getting each piece to that perfect point where the center is thin but doesn't break is the hard part.

call all destroyer, Friday, 10 August 2018 01:29 (five years ago) link

FFS, I finally got motivated to make one of my favourite dishes last night (first time since I had my baby) and made enough for two nights but today I got a cold and can't taste any of it

kinder, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 19:21 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

kept coming across recipes that call for liquid smoke so picked some up the other day. made tempeh bacon that was pretty tasty on a baconlettuceavocadotempheh sando. and just prepped "tomato lox" which has kelp powder for "oceanic" qualities, smoke, soy sauce, and that's about it. gonna make some pasta with cashew cream sauce and lay some "tomato lox" slices on top and see if it puts me in the mind of salmon in cream sauce. i love salmon but hate to support the farmed salmon industry and the good stuff is a little beyond my student budget these days i reckon.

lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 21:03 (five years ago) link

I love this recipe for tempeh bacon:

just1n3, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 23:17 (five years ago) link

tomato lox sounds pretty good! where'd you find the recipe??

the late great, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 23:19 (five years ago) link

i just stumbled upon it randomly here: https://www.carrotsandflowers.com/vegan-ny-bagels-tomato-lox-recipe/
it was the second vegan lox recipe i looked at, the first one involved roasting carrots then shaving thin slices, but i opted going with the former.

xpost: i'll try that one next time, ty. looks like it might be better than the one i used. do you bother steaming the tempeh ahead of time when you make it, just1n3?

lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 23:36 (five years ago) link

I always have in the past but I don’t know how much it matters with such a heavy marinade?

just1n3, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:07 (five years ago) link

I’m really sensitive to bitterness though, so I probably wouldn’t risk not steaming it

just1n3, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:07 (five years ago) link

tha tomato lox was deece, not sure if i'll make that again though

Culurgiones look freakin' sweet! def. gonna (try and) make these tomorrow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjGcUI4CS0E

lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 8 September 2018 18:21 (five years ago) link

Yeah, I am going to make these ^^^ at some point when I am back home in my kitchen.

Yerac, Saturday, 8 September 2018 19:12 (five years ago) link

pasta grannies!!

gbx, Saturday, 8 September 2018 20:15 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Neglected the quince tree in a bumper crop year and a few have been subject to windfall. Rough headcount gives around 150 of decent size still on the tree. Started picking the ones that come off easily enough. What to do with it though? Beyond quince jelly I'm not really sure. Any suggestions without too much effort?

Ctrl+Alt+Del in Poughkeepsie (fionnland), Saturday, 29 September 2018 11:12 (five years ago) link

nice quince and honey pie? http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/9527/quince-pie.aspx

thomasintrouble, Saturday, 29 September 2018 12:57 (five years ago) link

Funny timing afaic. Don't think I've ever worked w quincies and was just thinking about making a soup w a ingredient I've only used a couple times - sunchokes. Thinkin of making soup tomorrow.
Today gonna try lentil "meatballs".

Sorry I am zero help!

lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 29 September 2018 15:17 (five years ago) link

Yeah maybe poached. Akin to poached pears?

lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 29 September 2018 15:19 (five years ago) link

yeah there's a good poached recipe w/cardamom here, along with other ideas:


sleeve, Saturday, 29 September 2018 15:21 (five years ago) link

i am making my third cherry pie (ever, not today)
they are not that hard and the payoff is an entire delicious pie, well worth the effort imo

the crust is giving me ideas about savory winter pies and i am liking what comes to mind. the possibilities are endless.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 29 September 2018 15:23 (five years ago) link

no fancy lattice stuff, just two simple pie crusts on top and bottom

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 29 September 2018 15:25 (five years ago) link

how hard actually is pie, i've never made one because it seems like a black art to me

gbx, Saturday, 29 September 2018 15:49 (five years ago) link

speaking as a former pastry chef, basic pie is easy. the minute details of "perfect crust" is a rabbit hole that lasts a lifetime. don't let that stop you!

sleeve, Saturday, 29 September 2018 15:50 (five years ago) link

thanks for the encouragement! i had a friend in college who would be like "you look a little down, let me make you a pie" and honestly it was like knowing a good witch, she would just conjure one of those babies up and everything would be better

also savory hand pies are in my top five favorite foods, so i feel like i should learn how to make them

as to what i have cooked lately (since everyone cares): cacio e pepe last night for the first time, scandalously easy

hankerin for mapo tofu, but i'm out of fermented black beans and santa fe doesn't have an asian grocery as far as i can tell

gbx, Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:01 (five years ago) link

after I read the extensive cacio e pepe discussion upthread I tried a recipe out of Milk Street, it seemed off somehow, too much water? the variation in recipes is staggering.

sleeve, Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:03 (five years ago) link

yeah if you let go of ideals of perfection it’s p dope

there’s definitely a lot of variables in pastry making that make it seem like a hellscape when you are reading about it but as long as you keep your fats chilled & dont let yr dough get too warm when you work it, it’s all good

and it’s kinda fun, i love rolling dough

and srsly if you like cacio e pepe then pastry making is a relaxing step down from that lol

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:05 (five years ago) link

i’ve used the one i copied into the thread multiple times since; it’s never let me down.

does the milk st. recipe have butter or oil?

call all destroyer, Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:06 (five years ago) link

i used something between kenji's recipe on SE, and uh basically every other recipe i found? except w/o butter because i didn't have any on hand (parm is usually the only dairy product in the house)

wasn't perfect (though i've never actually had it before), but i think in my case it was because i actually didn't have enough water


gbx, Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:07 (five years ago) link

also i somehow missed the extensive cacio e pepe discussion???

gbx, Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:07 (five years ago) link

maybe it was on previous thread?

to CAD: no, just water, cornstarch, pecorino Romano, pasta, salt, pepper

VG reminds me I do have basic advice for pie crust - everything as cold as possible. I used to chill the flour in the walkin fridge, in a metal bowl. pour your water directly off of ice for maximum coldness, frozen butter, everything as cold as possible.

sleeve, Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:08 (five years ago) link

wait re CeP -- no fat at all (aside from the cheese)???

gbx, Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:10 (five years ago) link

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