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 dopethere’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???
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
also cooking homies i do not want to brag (i do) but i am currently living in an apt that is outfitted with a commercial kitchen for some reason and having lived with electric stovetops for oh about ten years i am pretty pumped
― gbx, Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:12 (five years ago) link
for the record I was deeply suspicious of the Milk St recipe but wanted to give it a try, I was underwhelmed
― sleeve, Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:14 (five years ago) link
lol that bit about electric stovetops reminds me of one of my favorite food snob quotes, seen in some kitchen porn magazine around 17 years ago - "If you have to cook with electric, you might as well just go out to eat"
although I don't agree 100%, I've always found the quote amusing
― sleeve, Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:15 (five years ago) link
i am using my friend's mom's very basic recipe but 1) it's vegan so my vegan friends will eat it 2) it's easy -- I made my first one with her two daughters, aged 4 and 6 and we rolled the dough with a Kahlua bottle and 3) the ingredients are shelf-stable and that means i can make one ANYTIME and 4) having the ability to make decent pie crust without complicating it totally makes me feel like a witch/wizard. i can post the recipe but i am sure you will find one.
i asked my friend to have me over to teach me because that works best for me and is also fun; then even though i was distracted by having fun, i wrote the recipe (and have added notes) in my purse notebook. whatever works, yknow.
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:26 (five years ago) link
― gbx, Saturday, September 29, 2018 12:10 PM (twenty-three minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
yeah! the versions with extra fat all just end up tasting like that fat to me.
― call all destroyer, Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:36 (five years ago) link
Electric stoves are awesome if the alternative is a flat glass top one. I’ve used three of these - last place I rented before buying a house, my parent’s house, my mother in law’s - and they’re always awful
― joygoat, Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:39 (five years ago) link
huh, I would have thought those were better!
― sleeve, Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:41 (five years ago) link
They’re easy to clean but that is literally the only good thing. There’s always some sort of thermostat or safety thing that keeps the burner from overheating so they cycle on and off instead of being consistent. I often have to trick it by only covering half the burner surface
― joygoat, Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:51 (five years ago) link
Our induction top is flat glass and it’s fabulous
― droit au butt (Euler), Saturday, 29 September 2018 19:15 (five years ago) link
the CeP recipe on Pasta Grannies, she just whips all the grated pecorino, pepper and hot pasta water together until she has a nice sauce. and then tosses the pasta with sauce in a pan.
― Yerac, Saturday, 29 September 2018 19:49 (five years ago) link
Xps savory pies are one of things I miss most from New Zealand. The mince (ground beef) pie, the mince and cheese pie, the bacon and egg pie - all classic nz foods.
― just1n3, Saturday, 29 September 2018 19:53 (five years ago) link
xpost to fionnland - quince makes very good relish and chutneys. I did a cranberry/quince/pecan relish a few years back that was really good. Quince paste, quincesauce (applesauce-ish), use it in baked goods etc.
― Jaq, Sunday, 30 September 2018 00:07 (five years ago) link
Making potato leek soup rn. Love things made of like four ingredients.
― I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Sunday, 30 September 2018 23:52 (five years ago) link
I made potato leek soup last weekend using leeks from the garden, and it was glorious. Used the recipe below except:
* Used russet potatoes instead of Yukon gold ones because russets take in seasoning better.* Left out sage cos I didn't have any.* Put in a few chunks of cauliflower with the other veg.* Used half chicken broth and half water for the liquid.* Put in two cut up stalks of celery with the other veg.* After all the veg were boiled through, I fished out the celery & herbs and threw away, then scooped most of the potato chunks into a bowl, then pureed everything that was left in the pot with an immersion blender, then added the chunky potatoes back in.* Did not add any cream but did melt shredded gouda into each serving.
What is it about soups that makes it seem like they're pouring health and life into your body?? Solid foods just don't have the magic no matter how good they are.
― There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Monday, 1 October 2018 14:37 (five years ago) link
once I made a basic leek and potato soup and threw in leftover roasted parsnips and it was so good I always make it like that now
― kinder, Monday, 1 October 2018 17:52 (five years ago) link
I made soup twice in the last week cause it's finally kind of cold out and the furnace kicked on for the first time in months.
Last week I made a kimchee stew - kimchee and pork belly and onions and doenjang and gochujang fried together with broth added and soft tofu and green onions at the end. I never really ate a lot of Korean food until a couple years ago and just started getting into cooking some of the dishes that seem to exist to use up kimchee. Unlike gbx I lived in a place with no real asian market for a decade and now live less than a mile from an incredible one with literally everything I've ever wanted and it's amazing.
Last night I made chicken and leek soup with peas and tarragon and old timey DUMPLINGS! on top.
― joygoat, Monday, 1 October 2018 18:24 (five years ago) link
I’ve been using japanese recipe apps a lot recently. The best two are Kurashiro and Delish Kitchen and the recipes feature little videos. Last night I cooked Fried beans with Chirimen (sardine fry) 揚げ大豆のじゃこ炒め. Really delicious although I’m not sure where I can get more chirimen in Australia. The ones I have were a souvenir of the Kyoto railway museum.
― American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 19 October 2018 20:52 (five years ago) link
I've been working toward the unachievable perfect biscotti the last few months -- about 25 batches now, mostly for family and friends and a couple of failures into the trash. For a brief moment I thought about trying to pitch them to the local coffee shop. Getting the right balance of dough to fruit/nut/chip additions, playing with flavor extracts.
― WmC, Friday, 19 October 2018 22:18 (five years ago) link
I know this is ultra trendy right now, but I have been making golden milk a lot (tumeric, black pepper, ginger, etc. milk). It's very soothing.
― Yerac, Monday, 22 October 2018 11:54 (five years ago) link
ooh i love golden milk. i have never ordered it out but make it at home as needed. i think i first had it as a free sample at whole foods and i looked at the ingredients and was like oh i can do that. i have tried it with different milks and settled on coconut or almond as the most delicious. i like regular milk in coffee though.
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 22 October 2018 14:10 (five years ago) link
I have only used soy milk because it was what was available. It's amazing how you can't even taste the black pepper. I should try the almond/coconut versions. Do you put anything else in it? I realized that we ran out of cinnamon so i put in some pumpkin spice (blech). It was either that or garam masala.
― Yerac, Monday, 22 October 2018 14:14 (five years ago) link
i keep it simple -- grated fresh ginger, a shake of dried turmeric*, a twist of black papper, spoonful of honey. that's all it needs to be delicious imo!
* (i use fresh in smoothies if i can find it)
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 22 October 2018 14:23 (five years ago) link
also those were the ingreds on the bottle that i sampled at whole foods and i was like oh wow this is super easy so i kept making it that way
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 22 October 2018 14:26 (five years ago) link
for one very, very large mug I put in almost two teaspoons of tumeric and maybe 5 grates of pepper and maybe an inch of grated ginger? Ha. That sounds like too much comparatively.
― Yerac, Monday, 22 October 2018 14:33 (five years ago) link
My co-worker makes it for her kids when they have a sore throat and they call it caca milk.
― Yerac, Monday, 22 October 2018 14:34 (five years ago) link
Lol.Have successfully used garam but it was homemade and had no cumin or fennel. I love making this either hot or cold. Have done turmeric (fresh grated is ideal), grated ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, teeny bit of clove, pepper, maple syrup & soymilk.
― lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Monday, 22 October 2018 14:40 (five years ago) link
ooh yeah cardamom! that is what i forgot! i crushed cardamom seeds in there too
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 22 October 2018 15:29 (five years ago) link
also strained it before serving
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 22 October 2018 15:30 (five years ago) link
two teaspoons of turmeric is enough to make liquid turmeric?
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 22 October 2018 15:31 (five years ago) link
this is for the golden milk? I just use a lot of tumeric in general. For a mug that holds ~16 oz of liquid about 2 teaspoons of tumeric. I don't really measure.
― Yerac, Monday, 22 October 2018 15:43 (five years ago) link
i will never give my kids liquid turmeric. They will dye the whole house. Might make this for myself, though, sounds good.
― for i, sock in enumerate (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 22 October 2018 16:55 (five years ago) link
I just saw it in 3 different coffee places in the city. I am trying to drink it 3-4 times a week. I need all the anti-inflammatories that I can get.
― Yerac, Monday, 22 October 2018 18:09 (five years ago) link
since you're doing this for medicinal purposes you know abt the positive effect piperine in black pepper (even white pepper) has on the circumin in turmeric? i'd heard about this before, but i found a olde paper that was looking at this. "increased bioavailability 149%"!https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9619120
― lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Monday, 22 October 2018 21:05 (five years ago) link
xxpossts to Sufjan - it IS good. kinda sorta like chai, but different
― lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Monday, 22 October 2018 21:07 (five years ago) link
xpost, i didn't know about white pepper, but only knew about the black pepper. And that it has to be heated/cooked together?
― Yerac, Monday, 22 October 2018 21:11 (five years ago) link
never heard abt heat being required to lower the activation energy. doesn't really make sense to me that they would have to be cooked at all or together. but i'm not a food biologist or organic chemist. does make me think about how "they" used to say that you have to combine rice with beans for a complete protein. but in reality the foods just need to be eaten the same day so the body breaks them down in a similar timeframe on the molecular level
― lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 14:09 (five years ago) link
https://i.imgur.com/hcLaPmD.jpgEnchiladas w/mashed purple sweet potato and russet, pintos, & goat cheese w/ghost pepper sauce.
― form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Tuesday, 6 November 2018 02:03 (five years ago) link
jeez, i am not a shutterbug by nature. hope they taste better than pic looks
― form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Tuesday, 6 November 2018 02:05 (five years ago) link
Lately - Joanne Chang's apple cake. Some basic cassoulet (I call any slow-cooked duck and beans combination cassoulet; this was limas and black-eyed peas). Resisting the temptation to make a million apple desserts - it's barely felt like fall yet, but the apples here are good, and won't be around for long.
I picked up some goat and goat stomach at an Asian/African market, but haven't decided what to do with the stomach yet. Presumably something braised.
― Bill, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 22:15 (five years ago) link
xpost was the ghost pepper sauce from scratch?
Wow, report back on the goat stomach.
I have become very good at making orcchiette.
― Yerac, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 22:37 (five years ago) link
has anyone ever used dried hominy before? I bought some at Berkeley Bowl, and I soaked it overnight and cooked it for quite a while, but it didn't soften much. Was I supposed to nixtamalize it?
― reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 6 November 2018 22:39 (five years ago) link