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recipe is here: https://cafejohnsonia.com/2014/02/slow-cooker-red-lentil-dal-recipe.html

(i didn't have any fenugreek or fennel or onion seeds and i used non-canned toms)

mark s, Sunday, 15 March 2020 19:18 (two months ago) link

Several xps

Joy Luck in London does Wuhan dry noodles and they are extremely delicious.

I have a freezer drawer full of fish which I’ll be rubbing with various pastes (gochujang, miso, tandoori paste etc.), roasting and eating with rice. Other than that it’ll be DUMPLINGS!, ramen and black daal for the foreseeable. If I can be bothered to bake bread I have fish fingers for a sandwich.

Mainly I’ll be making a dent in my wine stash to stop myself getting through too many teabags.

crisp, Sunday, 15 March 2020 20:58 (two months ago) link

This is what's cooking now, can't quite convey the smell which is intense and wonderful

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=091ympU6P_0

hot dry noodles are the shit, Wuhan has the best breakfast in China, would also recommend the doupi, which is like rice with a meaty sauce on top then a sort of egg-tofu shell, also there are these little savory donuts, forget the name of those, and shaobing, which is like a very light puffed up pitta

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 15 March 2020 21:20 (two months ago) link

lol @ the DUMPLINGS! autoreplace still existing :D

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Sunday, 15 March 2020 22:08 (two months ago) link

<3 <3

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Sunday, 15 March 2020 22:14 (two months ago) link

I found a Hubei restaurant in Melbourne but it may be too late to go now. Will check if there is Hubei food on EASI or Hungry Panda.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 15 March 2020 22:25 (two months ago) link

Although if this is an good recipe I have everything in the cupboard to make an ersatz version.

http://heneedsfood.com/recipe/hot-dry-noodles-reganmian/

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 15 March 2020 22:27 (two months ago) link

V says it looks good, but not reganmian, the noodles are the wrong sort and the pickled radish is not cut finely enough, small quibbles tbh, and she says it still looks good. For me it doesn't look like reganmian because it's not in a little cardboard bowl.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 15 March 2020 22:41 (two months ago) link

Given my store cupboard currently extend to soba, spaghetti and udon, and my pickled raddish is Korean I might not get even that close.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 15 March 2020 22:48 (two months ago) link

Still give it a go, wheat noodles in sesame paste with pickled radish is always a winner.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 15 March 2020 22:50 (two months ago) link

makin some superiority burgers for the first time

also made some modernist cheese slices

we shall see

gbx, Monday, 16 March 2020 02:47 (two months ago) link

curious how the superiority burger comes out; i have the cookbook and i've eaten the burger in nyc but have not attempted it myself

call all destroyer, Monday, 16 March 2020 03:02 (two months ago) link

curious how the superiority burger comes out; i have the cookbook and i've eaten the burger in nyc but have not attempted it myself

― call all destroyer

jeez, that just sounds like a lot of work for a hamburger!

we're mostly sticking with our standards. lots of noodles and rice and chicken with various spices as appropriate. inspired us to go through and actually determine what ingredients we had on hand and what we can do with them, so our eating is going to have more variety than it's had in a while probably!

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 16 March 2020 03:19 (two months ago) link

the burg was good folks

gbx, Monday, 16 March 2020 05:33 (two months ago) link

that said, there's definitely some tweaks and technique not specifically spelled out

used more potato starch than called for to get a better bind. using a ringmold after the first burg fell apart made a huge difference

gbx, Monday, 16 March 2020 05:34 (two months ago) link

There is an alternate Chinese world in Melbourne and some of the delivery services that were previously mandarin only (a struggle but you could make it work) have been opening up English language store front. Apropos the hubei food up thread I find I can now get prepackaged shelf stable duck neck snack on same day delivery along with all the hot pot ingredients I’ll ever need.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 16 March 2020 09:49 (two months ago) link

I made sweet potato and pea curry last night with, among other things, tamarind, and it was p good. mushroom fried rice tonight with a bit of roast chicken thrown in for me. saving my one tin of tomatoes for a special occasion!

ogmor, Monday, 16 March 2020 10:26 (two months ago) link

I can never really deal with spicy duck neck - the tolerance of my mouth for the heat is substantially more than the tolerance of my lips, if there's a single crack there it's agony to eat.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 16 March 2020 10:29 (two months ago) link

TIL that chinese five space and indian five spice are very much not the same thing :)

mark s, Monday, 16 March 2020 11:16 (two months ago) link

hackney five spice

mark s, Monday, 16 March 2020 11:16 (two months ago) link

bisto granules, daddy's sauce, non-brewed condiment, ice magic, butterscotch angel delight

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 16 March 2020 11:18 (two months ago) link

never heard of indian five spice before. it has fennel at least, and the concept of five.

ogmor, Monday, 16 March 2020 11:20 (two months ago) link

I never heard of it either! I just started finding Chinese five spice ok last year. I used to really dislike it.

Yerac, Monday, 16 March 2020 11:25 (two months ago) link

the idea of not liking any spice is insane to me

ogmor, Monday, 16 March 2020 11:25 (two months ago) link

people react strangely to sichuan pepper I guess, I cannot get enough of it.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 16 March 2020 11:27 (two months ago) link

Sichuan Pepper and sancho pepper are the best favours.
I’m trying to grown them on my roof right now because they are such wonderful flavours and even better when fresh.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 16 March 2020 11:28 (two months ago) link

sichuan pepper w/ fish curry is incredible

ogmor, Monday, 16 March 2020 11:29 (two months ago) link

"hunting for fennel in the time of pandemic"

the daal i made yesterday is in fact a five-spice daal acc.madhur jaffrey, it just didn't advertise as such on the one-line site i raided (bcz i wanted slowcook advice)

mark s, Monday, 16 March 2020 11:30 (two months ago) link

that advice in full btw: "8-10 hours on low"

mark s, Monday, 16 March 2020 11:31 (two months ago) link

This is a good thing to do with sichuan pepper and fish - though in the picture they have squeamishly taken the fish off the bone, also I would expect a lot more oil in there.

https://thewoksoflife.com/sichuan-boiled-fish-shui-zhu-yu/

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 16 March 2020 11:33 (two months ago) link

that looks excellent

ogmor, Monday, 16 March 2020 11:35 (two months ago) link

it was the star anise that put me off I think .I am not a fan of that flavor.

Yerac, Monday, 16 March 2020 11:43 (two months ago) link

but i had a far of the five spice from forever ago and used it when I made these scallion flower buns and it was good.

Yerac, Monday, 16 March 2020 11:45 (two months ago) link

I'm wondering wether its time to find some interesting WWII rationing style recipes that involve bulking things out with like jello.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 16 March 2020 22:17 (two months ago) link

we are just doing avocado, scallion, raw garlic, cooked mushroom do it yourself sushi handrolls tonight.

Yerac, Monday, 16 March 2020 22:23 (two months ago) link

+ jalapeno.

Yerac, Monday, 16 March 2020 22:23 (two months ago) link

Because it was an activity in and of itself, we itemized everything we had in freezer/storage and will be focusing on that first and foremost. It's a good excuse to eat some stuff we forgot we bought. For example, a whole turkey we bought for pennies the day after Thanksgiving 2 years ago.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 16 March 2020 22:25 (two months ago) link

basically, I am eating a lot of beans and drinking a lot of protein shakes (which are disgusting, but one thing the situation has done is completely destroy my appetite, and it is easier to drink calories than eat them)

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 18:29 (two months ago) link

tofu grapow 3 nights in a row, but now we are out of tofu and rice. no regrets. holy basil doesn't last forever. it's funny (well, gross) how people have raided the asian markets for rice but left all of the rice noodles because they don't know what they are. hopefully nobody tells them.

latin hypercube in shitspace (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 18:38 (two months ago) link

weird how things differ per place; the grocery store near me is floor to ceiling huge sacks of rice

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 18:39 (two months ago) link

if you make a thick enough dal you can bubble-and-squeak it on day three

mark s, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 18:52 (two months ago) link

you can what

latin hypercube in shitspace (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 18:53 (two months ago) link

katherine, if these are not premixed protein shakes and you have a blender you should try it with frozen bananas, berries, peanut butter, ginger, spinach (not all together, or altogether up to you).

Yerac, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 18:54 (two months ago) link

these specifically are premixed -- planning ahead for days when my roommates are using the kitchen, there's only room for one person to cook at a time -- but yeah, that's the plan for when they run out (in the past I've used tofu as well)

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 19:12 (two months ago) link

i am gonna make a pizza tonight. a week or so before the panic i went ham on canned tomatoes at the grocery store.

forensic plumber (harbl), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 20:21 (two months ago) link

We made a huge batch of pesto and froze most of it, but are doing pesto, sundried tomatoes and radiator pasta tonight.

Yerac, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 20:28 (two months ago) link

The pesto is basil, pistachios, too much garlic (no cheese).,

Yerac, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 20:29 (two months ago) link

radiator pasta?

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 20:37 (two months ago) link

Local market had $0.99/lb pork shoulder so I picked up a 8.5lb shoulder and roasted it cuban style. Feel like I have a main dish for the week.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 30 March 2020 01:02 (two months ago) link

much deliciousness in these posts. made the six seasons cauliflower ragu. It is the kind of thing kids and adults can enjoy. But also tricked 2 and 4 year old into eating a quarter head of cauliflower in one meal. Will probably replace all other iterations of mac and cheese with this.

Nudeln und Klopapier Gore (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 30 March 2020 02:10 (two months ago) link

That’s a big shoulder and a delicious way to cook it. I hope you have associated Cuban sandwich fixings.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 30 March 2020 02:18 (two months ago) link

to go with the pasta I sauteed some turnips in butter, then tossed with bread crumbs and romano cheese; I feel like my two modes during all of this are no appetite at all or compulsion to prepare vegetables in the least healthy way possible

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 03:12 (two months ago) link

Pulled elk sausages out of the freezer this morning. I think I will poach them in beer and serve with boiled potatoes and sautéed frozen kale.

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 12:48 (two months ago) link

Anyone got any recommendations for salt beef, beyond bagels, reubens etc? Am considering incorporating into some kind of Portuguese-style wet rice thing but other suggestions gratefully received (I have a lot of salt beef)

crisp, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 14:55 (two months ago) link

I assume you have thought of corned beef and cabbage

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 16:47 (two months ago) link

What's a good, ethical (ie their workers are not currently striking for paid sick leave) place to mail-order food things? I'm looking for flavors I can't get in this small town--curry paste, sambal olek, dried guajillo, pasilla, arboles chilies, also I can't find a single lentil in the whole county so if I could order some that would be great. There's no grocery deliver, it would be straight mail order.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Thursday, 2 April 2020 16:33 (two months ago) link

Also I don't need anything from there but browsing the Food 52 site is extremely soothing.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Thursday, 2 April 2020 16:34 (two months ago) link

By the by

The most delicious and surprising way of eating a lot of vegetables for dinner is to make pinakbet, Filipino vegetable stew. Every time I make it, I am constantly surprised at how delicious it is, and how healthy it is, which is completely out-of-step with the majority of Filipino cuisine.

I'll type out the recipe here-- I can't find as good a one online as the one I use from my cookbook. (I omit chicharron/lechon that the recipe recommends as garnish, because I don't like that shit.)

Pinakbet

serves 4

3 cloves garlic
1 onion
4 tomatoes
6 long beans
1 bitter melon (or several mini ones, if you can find them) do not omit the bitter melon even if you don't like it, trust me, it is amazing in this dish and I don't generally like bitter melon
3 winged beans (pretty niche, not necessary)
8 okra
half a small eggplant
half a butternut squash
1/4 c oil (I use peanut)
3 Tbsp fish paste (if you can't get the real thing, I use mashed-up anchovies with commonly available fish sauce, or combine that IKEA-available Kalles shit with fish sauce)
A handful of cherry tomatoes

1. Put a litre of water on the boil, as salty as the sea. Set up your rice cooker to make rice.
2. Mince the garlic. Chop the onion. Wedge the tomatoes. Cut the long beans into 2" pieces. Halve the bitter melon, remove the seeds and slice. Cut the winged beans into 1" pieces. Remove stems from the okra. Cube the eggplant. Cube the squash.
3. Boil the squash for five minutes in the water. Remove with a wire skimmer; keep the water boiling.
4. Boil the other vegetables (except garlic, onion, cherry tomatoes) for 1 minute. Remove from heat and drain in a colander.
5. Get a big sauce pan and heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, saute until nearly translucent. Add the garlic, let cook for a minute.
6. Add the tomatoes and fish paste. Let simmer a couple minutes.
7. Add the other vegetables. Mix for about a minute or so over the heat, then remove from heat.
8. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and fish sauce

So, like, your veg are boiled a minute, fried a minute, served over rice, and honestly I can't really communicate how surprisingly delicious this mass of undercooked vegetables ends up being. I hope somebody reads this and makes it!

we have no stan but to choice (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 2 April 2020 19:50 (two months ago) link

https://www.foxyfolksy.com/pinakbet/

Here's an online recipe-- ground pork is often added (I'd cook the onions/garlic less, then throw it in for ten minutes until it starts to foam). Parboiling the veg (as above) is REALLY effective, unlike this recipe and others would suggest. Look at how delicious this dish is, though!

we have no stan but to choice (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 2 April 2020 19:55 (two months ago) link

Not sure how I came across this, could definitely have been ilx

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2016/01/braised-chicken-thighs-cabbage-bacon-recipe.html

Cannot recommend highly enough. Anything that doesn't start with frying garlic is uncharted territory for me but it turned out really well.

lukas, Thursday, 2 April 2020 20:41 (two months ago) link

io I've heard good things about https://oaktownspiceshop.com/

lukas, Thursday, 2 April 2020 20:41 (two months ago) link

I made toum with some garlic that wasn't the best and past it's best and it's too astringent. mellowed it with some yoghurt and it tasted ok drizzled on a roasted whole head of cauliflower and as a dipping sauce for rotisserie chicken (my gf had the latter)

COVID and the Gang (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:27 (two months ago) link

What's a good, ethical (ie their workers are not currently striking for paid sick leave) place to mail-order food things? I'm looking for flavors I can't get in this small town--curry paste, sambal olek, dried guajillo, pasilla, arboles chilies, also I can't find a single lentil in the whole county so if I could order some that would be great. There's no grocery deliver, it would be straight mail order.

― There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Thursday, April 2, 2020 9:33 AM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

loz, if it's chiles you want i can probably sort this out

gbx, Saturday, 4 April 2020 18:31 (two months ago) link

Thanks, dude! Actually C brought home some arboles and pasillas from Queens the other day so I'm good there but I'm still missing the Asian stuff. Might just wait it out.

There could be a modified posole in the cards though.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Saturday, 4 April 2020 19:16 (two months ago) link

IO, I get chile products from here — http://thechileshop.com/ — every year or so. Everything's been really good so far.

Miami weisse (WmC), Saturday, 4 April 2020 20:54 (two months ago) link

had some zucchini about to turn so I made pesto with it (not the greatest I've had but pesto is very substitutable), then took a hunk of goat cheese and made pasta sauce; if I ever have children I really suspect I'm going to become that mom who hides vegetables in everything

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Friday, 10 April 2020 16:15 (one month ago) link

made amazing asparagus risotto last night. one of the best things i’ve made for ages. absolutely ballsed up a chicken pilaf earlier in the week - whole grain rice was all that was available and cos i never cook with it i forgot it takes twice as long to cook. result totally inedible. had to make it all again and drank a lot of beer and danced round my kitchen in the process. the end result was v 5/10.

waterzooi - belgian fish soup - tonight.

Fizzles, Friday, 10 April 2020 16:18 (one month ago) link

I have so much arborio rice, I really need to commit to some risottos. Chx soup on my schedule for tomorrow though, with the intent of freezing it for later.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Friday, 10 April 2020 16:35 (one month ago) link

I don't like zucchini or eggplant or any squashes so it's been basically kale and broccoli and fresh salad veg (as long as they'll keep) for us--feels like I need to branch out a bit but I'm not that creative with veg!

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Friday, 10 April 2020 16:48 (one month ago) link

we have been murdering the fennel risotti recently. lattermost one also had a large leek in it which pushed things even further. great lockdown food, would endorse

courgette and aubergine were both very apt ingredients in the giant daal tt made last night. they stew really well and soak up any flavour

my big question for tonight is how to deal with kohlrabi. the current feeling is a soup but that's almost a waste of its texture maybe?

ban laggy jazzer (imago), Friday, 10 April 2020 17:02 (one month ago) link

great for high-heat roasting

call all destroyer, Friday, 10 April 2020 17:06 (one month ago) link

or shaved raw in some sort of salad context

call all destroyer, Friday, 10 April 2020 17:06 (one month ago) link

the former sounds eminently plausible!

ban laggy jazzer (imago), Friday, 10 April 2020 17:10 (one month ago) link

went with the soup, accompanied by the leaves turned into crisps a la kale

it is superlative

https://www.abelandcole.co.uk/recipes/hellas-creamy-kohlrabi-soup

ban laggy jazzer (imago), Friday, 10 April 2020 19:25 (one month ago) link

fake larb (i.e. with textured vegetable protein instead of meat because it's shelf-stable), which didn't turn out half bad actually

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Sunday, 19 April 2020 23:08 (one month ago) link

arroz con pollo with some drumsticks that have been in the freezer for some years. they were vacuum sealed and look good as new, though.

forensic plumber (harbl), Monday, 27 April 2020 23:25 (one month ago) link

there's a loquat tree on hoa property behind our home. going to harvest some for jam this year. i say that every year, and i've never actually done it, though.

Nudeln und Klopapier Gore (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 27 April 2020 23:36 (one month ago) link

had some saffron in my pantry for a truly unreasonable amount of time, but finally used it today to marinate some chicken, alongside a roasted radish salad, which is probably one of the best things I've made in years

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Thursday, 30 April 2020 01:48 (one month ago) link

saffron so expensive. must use it up. someday I'll get a proper tahdig on saffron rice. Today, i harvested the 8 cups loquats. We watched paddington 2 and made 2 jars of marmalade.

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 30 April 2020 02:15 (one month ago) link

yeah, it's like that thing when you're playing a video game and you're reluctant to use up the best potion item in the game because then it's gone. except with ingredients

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Thursday, 30 April 2020 03:39 (one month ago) link

Even though I made a massive shopping run yesterday, from which we shall be eating for most of the next 3 weeks (!) I now confine myself to one store only rather than the three I usually shop at, and there is no menu prepared in advance from which to make my list and no guarantee what I seek shall be findable. So, there are a great many dishes we could make, but it's a bit like Tetris, in that it is easy to have gaps among necessary ingredients, and if one dish is chosen, it may preclude four other dishes by virtue of using all of one ingredient that then won't be replenished for quite a while. It is a daily game of optimization, constantly restarted with a shorter list of fresh ingredients. Fun at times, frustrating other times.

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 30 April 2020 03:53 (one month ago) link

saffron so expensive. must use it up. someday I'll get a proper tahdig on saffron rice. Today, i harvested the 8 cups loquats. We watched paddington 2 and made 2 jars of marmalade.


Sounds like someone has figured out how to live

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 30 April 2020 04:29 (one month ago) link

xp the recipe optimisation game is very relatable. I am quite fatigued by it this week. My indecision is bad at the best of times, but when it necessitates sacrifice too then it's hard to make any decision at all! Especially because everything is now organised by what is going to go off first rather than what I want to make. I miss impulse.

But anyway, the proliferation of pesto and houmous varietals continues to favourably rule many dishes. So cheap and easy to make!

tangenttangent, Thursday, 30 April 2020 21:20 (one month ago) link

I am making my own wide rice noodles again now that I have a proper steamer basket. Getting prettay good.

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 2 May 2020 00:05 (one month ago) link

made this, was phenomenal (with substitutions -- couldn't find ground lamb so substituted turkey and upped the spices, used pistachios in place of pine nuts because I hate pine nuts, I'm sure someone on twitter is screencapping this and getting 100,000 likes on what a horrible person with horrible taste I am) https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/spiced-lamb-and-dill-yogurt-pasta

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Friday, 8 May 2020 01:19 (four weeks ago) link

https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/p720x720/96774332_10158106960244000_5216103069342760960_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=C9OOwr2UY0sAX-QG52j&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=6&oh=b7487e8a32dd271550c5a55dfae01fc1&oe=5EDB8215

A homemade chocolate custard--not as photogenic as my sister's loaves of bread, but definitely delicious. Tomorrow once it's set, we'll see if it's better than pudding from a mix.

Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (j.lu), Saturday, 9 May 2020 15:38 (four weeks ago) link


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