what's cooking? part 5: 2017-2027

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xp wait what? raw onion/celery/carrot? no wonder it was too many vegetables.

call all destroyer, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:02 (five years ago) link

Oh, I see. Hmmmm. Well, dumping a can of tuna in any heated pasta dish is fine too. It was an easy way to get some protein.

I bring my lunch to work 90% of the time and eat at my desk and then take walks to run errands or whatever during "lunch." It gives me heart palpitations to think about spending $10 on salad (because I don't want to eat them anyway). Plus one time I got a spinach/steak salad when I worked in the met life building and that led to some emergency running to the bottom of grand central so I could hide out in the public bathroom with the super loud hand dryers. I am still distrustful.

Yerac, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:03 (five years ago) link

Oh if only it was $10.

Trϵϵship, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:04 (five years ago) link

My mom used to make a cold tuna casserole but it didn't have that many raw vegetables ( i think just celery pretty much?). But it's probably good for you.

Yerac, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:05 (five years ago) link

I work near union square and there like a zillion “healthy bowl” or salad places. Most are pretty delicious but $$$$$$, and shouldn’t really be in my budget

Trϵϵship, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:06 (five years ago) link

Yeah i think traditionally this has more mayo and just celery and onion. But i loaded it up with vegetables so i would eat more vegetables

Trϵϵship, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:07 (five years ago) link

I don’t know thatttttt much about nutrition but i am a believer in vegetables

Trϵϵship, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:07 (five years ago) link

I hadn't been back in NY/the US in a year and when I went back a couple of months ago and was working downtown near bowling green I was surprised how expensive everything got in a short amount of time. Like 20-30% more. And all the poke places are ridiculous and expensive.

Yerac, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:08 (five years ago) link

I don’t know thatttttt much about nutrition but i am a believer in vegetables

imo, this will get you three-quarters of the way there all by itself.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 18 January 2019 02:11 (five years ago) link

Try adding green olives to the tuna salad, great combo.

nickn, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:12 (five years ago) link

Poke is a racket, i agree yerac

Trϵϵship, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:12 (five years ago) link

as far as lunch today i checked the 4th "healthy bowl" place off the list and it was prob the worst of the 4. i should have just gone back to gene's chinese flatbread cafe and gotten the insanely glutinous xi'an noodles again.

call all destroyer, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:16 (five years ago) link

The seasonal miso salad at sweetgreen minus the rice is extreemely good. As is the fish taco salad, subbing in 1/2 romaine for the arugula to get some crunch. I’m financually ruined by these salads though.

Trϵϵship, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:18 (five years ago) link

It's super easy to make poke (we make it once a week).

I still have never been to sweetgreen. Yeah, I always swap out what I could buy with the money for a salad/lunch with something else. Like a bottle of wine. Or get a manicure.

Yerac, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:20 (five years ago) link

sweetgreen salads are really good but i hate eating salads for lunch. too many uncooked greens in the middle of the day for me.

call all destroyer, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:20 (five years ago) link

I have thought of getting manicures. I bite my nails and i think i might be inspired to stop if my hands looked great

Trϵϵship, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:20 (five years ago) link

I love uncooked greens

Trϵϵship, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:21 (five years ago) link

they're great but i can't eat an entire lunch of them

call all destroyer, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:23 (five years ago) link

If i spent less money on food and had beautiful hands, i’d probably be happier

Trϵϵship, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:23 (five years ago) link

I eat salads at work (that I make) otherwise I get too sleepy and it forces me to eat salad.

Yeah try a mani/pedi. It's very nice. I make my spouse go sometimes for his feet. I usually can only do one or the other because I get aggravated about how long it takes.

Yerac, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:24 (five years ago) link

treesh, if you can eat the same things every day, you can assemble salad like those for like $3 each probably. i don't so much anymore but used to roast some vegetables, put them in a container, then keep one of those 1 lb containers of field greens in the fridge, then in the morning put the vegetables and the greens together with whatever meat, shredded beef, chicken, or tuna. and i have a couple of these dressing containers https://www.amazon.com/OXO-Grips-Salad-Dressing-Shaker/dp/B003L0OOR6 which i only spilled in my car one time. better to put dressing in at the time of eating because the salad greens will wilt otherwise.

forensic plumber (harbl), Friday, 18 January 2019 02:26 (five years ago) link

^^^ Yeah, I think I posted about what I buy at TJs to make my salads for the week. And then I put grey poupon on it only as dressing. Which sounds weird, but it's really good. Or maybe that is just me.

Yerac, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:29 (five years ago) link

congrats, Treesh. That is a good start.

Yerac sammich looks otm.

Scarpetta spaghetti was great with the homemade noodles, but the difference was very subtle. The noodles are whiter, smoother, and cook for less time. The flavor is different but also milder than the all semolina dry noodles. It seems to be more about texture. Anyway, I was thrilled that it worked out on this first try. But I think homemade pasta probably matters more for something like ravioli.

why date Ryan Adams in the first place? (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 18 January 2019 02:58 (five years ago) link

Oh nice. I prefer fresh pasta just because I like the texture better. It's probably because I like things on the doughier side. But fresh pasta is super quick to cook. You did the sauce with the infused oil too?

I don't have any breadcrumbs to coat the paneer (if I manage to make it) but I do have some quinoa flakes (cereal) am thinking about using that instead. The last time I was in London last year I had this super good, huge paneer wrap for maybe 5 quid. It was so delicious. I think about it a lot.

Yerac, Friday, 18 January 2019 03:57 (five years ago) link

treesh, Rome wasn't built in a day. you're just laying the first foundations.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 18 January 2019 03:59 (five years ago) link

xp yes, on the quick to cook. I think i did 2.5 minutes from frozen. Also did the infused oil. We really love that sauce with 50/50 canned and fresh tomatoes. Thanks again for getting us hooked.

I am interested in your paneer adventure. I've made it before and it was quite simple. I think the only possible mistake would be scalding the milk as you bring it to boil. I've only made quite crumbly paneer for kofta. I wonder if getting the solid brick comes simply from more time in the cheesecloth or what.

why date Ryan Adams in the first place? (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 18 January 2019 04:36 (five years ago) link

speaking of kofta i was perusing a big Yucatan book the other week and it turns out a lot of Lebanese emigrated there @ some point so there was this Kibi de Papa recipe - mashed potato gets mixed with mint, bulghur, oregano, orange zest, chiles, a few dry ingredients (flour, baking powder) formed and then fried. i have never eaten a kibi before but am gonna make these someday soon
finally got my gas turned on after a week without and am gonna be a little boring and make split pea soup cuz it's easy and comforting

form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Friday, 18 January 2019 13:49 (five years ago) link

xpost we have been quite lazy and only doing the canned tomatos, but so easy once you have a system of wandering away and coming back to stir down.

Yerac, Friday, 18 January 2019 14:22 (five years ago) link

xp I've also never eaten a kibi but fried potato, risotto, etc balls are generally good

why date Ryan Adams in the first place? (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 18 January 2019 18:39 (five years ago) link

gonna make a bold claim here but imho most spherical foods are good

gbx, Friday, 18 January 2019 19:08 (five years ago) link

i agree. also cool names like kofta, kibi, and strangolapreti

why date Ryan Adams in the first place? (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 18 January 2019 19:37 (five years ago) link

albondigas is a cool word

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 18 January 2019 19:38 (five years ago) link

speaking of kofta i was perusing a big Yucatan book the other week and it turns out a lot of Lebanese emigrated there @ some point so there was this Kibi de Papa recipe - mashed potato gets mixed with mint, bulghur, oregano, orange zest, chiles, a few dry ingredients (flour, baking powder) formed and then fried. i have never eaten a kibi before but am gonna make these someday soon

this is extremely my shit, might need to peruse this book somewhere

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 18 January 2019 19:39 (five years ago) link

dang that sounds delicious

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 18 January 2019 19:40 (five years ago) link

i'm ~94% certain it was this book: https://www.seriouseats.com/2014/04/cook-the-book-yucatan-by-david-sterling.html
found it @ my local library and i'll try to remember to confirm. i already have a HUGE desire to visit Mexico and the book only added to the where/how long. i made a simple pot of beans from one of the recipes that called for caramelizing onions, adding cumin and oregano, chile (i used chopped habanero), and i subbed liquid smoke for bacon since i don't eat land animals, and that got added to the cooked beans (i used pintos cuz they're my fave, but recipe called for blackies). tha little variation elevated beans to out-bloody-rageous heights. made a rice dish (from book) to go with it that, again, was slightly different than i'd ever prepared rice and both of them combined was absolutely A+.

form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 19 January 2019 01:31 (five years ago) link

albondigas is a cool word

― ( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, January 18, 2019 11:38 AM (ten hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

albóndigas, por favor

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Saturday, 19 January 2019 05:50 (five years ago) link

I have some vegan albondigas in my freezer.

outdoor miner. When you get a chance can you post the approximate portions for that black bean thing. We make a lot of black beans and I want to try it. I am going to have to figure out a bacon/liquid smoke sub though.

Yerac, Saturday, 19 January 2019 15:00 (five years ago) link

vegan meatballs with fake ground beef, or?
why no liquid smoke?

this is literally what i wrote down from book (it's quite simple but the flavors REALLY married after about 24 hours and was the best beans i've ever made iirc):
Simple Beans
1# Black or pintos – cook. Separately carmelize large onion (i cut into thin half-moons), adding t oreg., t cumin, habanero, liquid smoke to finish

form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 19 January 2019 15:45 (five years ago) link

chipotle powder sub for smoke? not sure i like the idea of canned chipotle for this on account of the acidity

form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 19 January 2019 15:54 (five years ago) link

Looks like soy protein. It's this brand. http://riku.cl/productos/albondigas-veganas/

I am in chile. I don't know how easy it will be to buy liquid smoke here. I do have some AZ mesquite smoked whisky. Maybe that will work.

Yerac, Saturday, 19 January 2019 15:55 (five years ago) link

yeah we have family bring us liquid smoke when they visit, otherwise it’s not available

L'assie (Euler), Saturday, 19 January 2019 15:58 (five years ago) link

I did buy some fresh milk today (although I think it wasn't whole milk) so I am feeling better that the paneer making will happen. I am going to just use lemon juice I guess for the acid.

Yerac, Saturday, 19 January 2019 16:00 (five years ago) link

you have mesquite smoked whisky! capful may do the trick? other obvious thing i just thought of is vegan bacon but maybe not available where you are as well.

those meatballs look good. i barely know Spanish, but looks like a seitan-y/soy protein combo. am guessing "laurel" in the seasonings is bay leaf. i like that

form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 19 January 2019 16:08 (five years ago) link

Someone visiting from Arizona brought it to us as a gift. It is this whiskey.
http://whiskeyreviewer.com/2015/02/del-bac-dorado-mesquite-smoked-whiskey_021215/

I am the easiest person to shop for. Just bring me food or weird alcohols.

Yerac, Saturday, 19 January 2019 16:12 (five years ago) link

had a smoked rum once @ a bar in LA that was insane

form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 19 January 2019 16:17 (five years ago) link

it's probably (almost certainly, based on my brief experience in chile) not more available than liquid smoke but i like using lapsang souchong leaves for smokiness in things

gbx, Saturday, 19 January 2019 17:49 (five years ago) link

Oh! I need to check what tea I have. We sometimes I have a roasted rice tea but I think that is likely too subtle.

I've had an amazing jalapeno tequila with lapsang tea before.

Yerac, Saturday, 19 January 2019 19:37 (five years ago) link

www.bonappetit.com/recipe/root-vegetable-tagine-with-sweet-potatoes-carrots-turnips-and-spice-roasted-chickpeas/

made this veg tagine but with red skinned potatoes instead of sweet, dried turkish apricots instead of sundried tomatoes, fresh mint, and pearl couscous. Pretty good! Similar to chana masala but with the preserved lemon instead of pomegranate seed for the sour. The roastiness of the chickpeas also made for a good meat sub.

why date Ryan Adams in the first place? (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 20 January 2019 01:22 (five years ago) link

i've never oven-roasted chickpeas. seems like a good idea.

call all destroyer, Sunday, 20 January 2019 02:14 (five years ago) link

It is. You have to cook them before roasting. But you can do a lot by changing the spice mix and using them as a drinking snack as well.

why date Ryan Adams in the first place? (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 20 January 2019 04:00 (five years ago) link


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