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by PAstrychef
Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4763
Views: 926597

Re: Today I Made:

I'm not sorry to have spread the bao meme. I made pork roast braised in milk with sage, garlic and lemon. Very easy, faster than I expected and damn fine. Whole wheat bulgar pilaf and broccoli to go with. Also chicken soup because a roommate is under the weather. Chicken soup in the freezer is bette...
by PAstrychef
Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Shakespeare Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 9536

Re: Shakespeare Thread

Once more, the accuracy of Shakespeare as historian is questioned: Agincourt numbers off? After all of these years of thinking of these plays as depictions of real things, it's funny to see them as being closer to fiction. I wonder why people assume so much of this stuff must be accurate. I would ha...
by PAstrychef
Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Winter Local Vegetables
Replies: 6
Views: 1727

Re: Winter Local Vegetables

As a long-time Chicago resident there is no way to eat fresh local veggies in the winter if you don't preserve them yourself. If you have the time, space and foresight to can, freeze or dry stuff in the summer you can eat local, but there just aren't many fresh foods growing around here from Novembe...
by PAstrychef
Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Shakespeare Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 9536

Re: Shakespeare Thread

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre has Richard III running now, in a lovely performance.
Quick-does it matter how much or how little this Richard resembles the historical figure? Was he a mis-formed scum or was he libeled big-time by More?
And for extra points, how many of the plays have ghosts in them?
by PAstrychef
Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4763
Views: 926597

Re: Today I Made:

nice batch of pistachio korma. The only hassle is getting the skins off of the pistachios, but at least I can get them shelled! Also some mac and cheese, with extra cheese.
by PAstrychef
Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Fruits and Veggies: Where to go from here?
Replies: 65
Views: 8641

Re: Fruits and Veggies: Where to go from here?

persimmons need to be soft to the point of mushy before they develop any really sweetness. Then they make great puddings and baked desserts.
by PAstrychef
Sun Oct 18, 2009 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books/series you'll never read again
Replies: 33
Views: 7197

Re: Books/series you'll never read again

Stopped reading Laurel Hamilton when Anita Blake became a one-woman lust machine and every 300 page or longer story had maybe five pages of plot and 295 pages of slightly kinky sex. So you stopped pretty quickly, then? ;) I stopped when the twelfth book came out (Danse Macabre iirc?) and the premis...
by PAstrychef
Sun Oct 18, 2009 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Shakespeare Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 9536

Re: Shakespeare Thread

Just saw an amazing version of Othello done by the Joffrey Ballet. Even the three year old sitting near us was mesmerized. I'm just glad I didn't have to explain the plot... Soon it will be Richard III , then Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead . I'm fascinated by interpretations of Shakespeare, f...
by PAstrychef
Sun Oct 18, 2009 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4763
Views: 926597

Re: Today I Made:

Char Siu Bao, or bbq pork steamed buns. The shaping needs more practice but the bao are great.
Also a nice batch of granola with olive oil and a bit of salt. Plenty of dried fruits and nuts too. It's nice to have a recipe that doesn't start with a 50# bag of oats...
by PAstrychef
Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Iain M. Banks
Replies: 124
Views: 172339

Re: Iain M. Banks

@PAstrychef: Banks is very clear that the Culture is a utopian society, in his honest whole-hearted opinion. Do you think of the Culture as a utopia? Would you live in it, if you could? Good grief yes, to both! What's not to like? ...Well, unless you're actually a fascist or a power junkie or since...
by PAstrychef
Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books/series you'll never read again
Replies: 33
Views: 7197

Re: Books/series you'll never read again

Stopped reading Laurel Hamilton when Anita Blake became a one-woman lust machine and every 300 page or longer story had maybe five pages of plot and 295 pages of slightly kinky sex. Got no problem with pron, but Hamilton has scraped away at the story so much that NOTHING HAPPENS except Anita screws ...
by PAstrychef
Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Author's original work, or edited versions?
Replies: 7
Views: 8964

Re: Author's original work, or edited versions?

I won't listen to abridged audiobooks, but often review copies or ARCs are sent out months before the final text is ready to print. If the published version and the ARC differ, the author did the editing. If the editing was done by a third party I would still want to read the original. That said, I ...
by PAstrychef
Tue Oct 13, 2009 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Shrimp 100 Ways
Replies: 10
Views: 1977

Re: Shrimp 100 Ways

Sorry, as a midwesterner I have only the faintest grasp of CA geography. A visit to trader Joe's is always fun in its own right. Do you stock up like folks in Alaska visiting Anchorage? And to stay remotely on topic, last night I made shrimp in a dill burre blanc (white-wine butter sauce) served ove...
by PAstrychef
Sun Oct 11, 2009 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Shrimp 100 Ways
Replies: 10
Views: 1977

Re: Shrimp 100 Ways

PictureSarah wrote:We, uh, don't exactly have local ethnic markets. We live in a town of 3500, that is mostly homogenously white, and the only ethnic populations of any size at all are Latino and Native American. We may have to order online.

Well, here's a place you might make a day trip to:
chestnut ranch
by PAstrychef
Sun Oct 11, 2009 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4763
Views: 926597

Re: Today I Made:

Challah french toast and some crispy slice of the braised pork belly. I'm not totally happy with the pork. I think It needs to be in barely enough liquid to cover and the slow cooker was a smidge too small, so I had to use more liquid than I wanted to. Tasty, but not perfect. Also I think a bit over...
by PAstrychef
Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Shrimp 100 Ways
Replies: 10
Views: 1977

Re: Shrimp 100 Ways

Check out your local ethnic markets. I've found them in Italian, East European ans Asian markets. Mostly they're vacuum sealed in a foil bag. Sometimes they're roasted, sometimes steamed-it doesn't matter. You can use fresh chestnuts, but peeling them is a PITA. You can also order them online-find a...
by PAstrychef
Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Shrimp 100 Ways
Replies: 10
Views: 1977

Re: Shrimp 100 Ways

Shrimp with cabbage and chestnuts, from Bittman's The Minimalist . I've made it several times and it's lovely. What with the cabbage it doesn't really need more carbs. These days getting peeled chestnuts is pretty easy. Trader Joe's has them vacuum sealed year 'round. I have also found them at ethni...
by PAstrychef
Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4763
Views: 926597

Re: Today I Made:

Been a busy couple of days: A set of lovely rib eyey steaks marinated in red wine and spices with orange a la Medieval Venice. Served with a huge pot of mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus and carrots. A large pot of split pea soup with smoked pork bits. Roast chicken and potatoes A nice meat sauc...
by PAstrychef
Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The Lewis Carroll Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 1617

Re: The Lewis Carroll Thread

Reciting Jaberwocky is one of my favorite parlor tricks. I can manage bits of Snark and some of the Lobster's Quadrille , but that's it. You might try reading the stories on their own first, and then reading the annotated versions. While I like the annotated editions I found they distracted from the...
by PAstrychef
Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A slightly random Rant on Harry Potter (Spoilers, naturally)
Replies: 80
Views: 13561

Re: A slightly random Rant on Harry Potter

Not to mention that those basic classes, like algebra and world history seem to missing from the curriculum too. It can't hurt anyone trying herbology to know some basic plant science, nor anyone who uses astronomy for any purpose to know some physics. I mean, even in the wizarding world objects fol...
by PAstrychef
Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What did you eat today?
Replies: 185
Views: 63489

Re: What did you eat today?

Only soft foods because I chipped a tooth whilst eating granola. And I had soaked it in the manner of proper museli sot it was supposed to soft too-I have no idea what caused the dentition to break. Tomorrow will only be worse as I go to the dentist..... :cry:
by PAstrychef
Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Someone help me identify this map of middle earth
Replies: 7
Views: 4063

Re: Someone help me identify this map of middle earth

It's framed. Pull it out of the frame and examine the back and edges. Is there a signature? A copyright mark and date? Is it a poster-quality print or something that looks like "real" art? You may have an original piece that was tossed as part of an estate.
by PAstrychef
Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4763
Views: 926597

Re: Today I Made:

Nothing. It's Yom Kippur, and I'm fasting, then going out for Break Fast after services.
L'Shana Tova everybody!
by PAstrychef
Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What am I supposed to do with *this*?
Replies: 98
Views: 24219

Re: I have a [ingredient]. What should I do with it?

Pound them thin, then dip them in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs and fry them. Serve with rice or buttered noodles and a green salad. A good Merlot would be nice too. Or Saute them in some olive oil, put them on a plate tented with foil. In the pan cook some sliced garlic, some chopped rosemary ...
by PAstrychef
Thu Sep 24, 2009 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Response To Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol
Replies: 1
Views: 900

Re: Response To Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol

But there's already a thread about this-just check the list.
by PAstrychef
Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Dan Brown's new book. The Lost Symbol. (Spoilers)
Replies: 31
Views: 10475

Re: Dan Brown's new book. (Spoilers)

What's really scary about these books and others of their ilk is that many many people take the "science" in them at face value and think they now know something. So when they read the news (I know, I'm dreaming here) and it contradicts what was said by The Author, guess who they think is ...
by PAstrychef
Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Rereading books as you get older
Replies: 38
Views: 6997

Re: Rereading books as you get older

So how old are all of you Ender's Game re readers? And when did you first read it? I have found it to not age as gracefully as I would have hoped it to. So enjoy it while it still says important things to you.
by PAstrychef
Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Shakespeare Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 9536

Re: Shakespeare Thread

I like the way some of the new-ish film versions have put the story in perspective for modern Audiences and made the plays about the script, not about the silly accents and funny clothes. My faves- Julie Taymor's Titus Attenburough's Richard III And Kenneth Brannaugh's A Midwinter's Tale , while not...
by PAstrychef
Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4763
Views: 926597

Re: Today I Made:

A nice batch of spicy Sechzwan green beans and pork. But it was not perfect. If any of you make this, please send me your recipe!
by PAstrychef
Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4763
Views: 926597

Re: Today I Made:

Any time you're in the Chicago area just let me know.
by PAstrychef
Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Rereading books as you get older
Replies: 38
Views: 6997

Re: Rereading books as you get older

I reread all the time-sometimes I just want an easy book to read in bed, one where I know the ending and like the flow of language. Some books are annual events, some are picked up by mood, or by which box is most interesting as I unpack. I'm fascinated by how my current state affects the things I n...
by PAstrychef
Mon Sep 21, 2009 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4763
Views: 926597

Re: Today I Made:

A really lovely batch of pomegranate koresh, a persian poultry dish made with onions, poultry-I used cornish hens, split-walnuts and pomegranate juice. Also a bit of cinnamon. The walnuts are ground with the juice to make a thick sauce which you then braise the meat in. Serve it over rice.
by PAstrychef
Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Vegemite. Basically the best spread ever.
Replies: 37
Views: 5675

Re: Vegemite. Basically the best spread ever.

It's impossible to confuse vegemite and chocolate. Chocolate is one of the perfect foods. Vegemite is inediblity in a jar. I know that many europeans think the same of root beer, so I will concede regional variations in the value of edible. I just don't come from one where the edible value of vegemi...
by PAstrychef
Tue Sep 15, 2009 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Dinner party canapes
Replies: 9
Views: 1971

Re: Dinner party canapes

Okay-one very fancy canape coming up! 10 medium sized red potatoes (approx. 3"x4") 20 quail eggs some aioli-garlic mayo . Recipe later. one onion, minced Put a pot of water on to boil and add some salt. Set up a bowl of ice water and stick it in the fridge until you need it Cut the potatoe...
by PAstrychef
Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Dinner party canapes
Replies: 9
Views: 1971

Re: Dinner party canapes

Deviled eggs are a hit. Cucumbers, cut in half with the seeds scooped out can be filled with chicken salad, shrimp salad or mousse, smoked salmon and cream cheese mixed together and so on. Get some white bread and some whole wheat bread, making sure they slices are the same size. On each slice of wh...
by PAstrychef
Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4763
Views: 926597

Re: Today I Made:

The hardest part of smoking the pie was finding big enough rolling papers. :P
by PAstrychef
Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you like that no one else has heard of
Replies: 88
Views: 20457

Re: Books you like that no one else has heard of

Andrew Vachss is good, if his stories get grimly repetitive after a while. Robert Olmstead's A Trail of Heart's Blood Wherever I Go as well as his Coal Black Horse are some of the finest writing that's ever crossed my path. Jim Dodge's Not Fade Way is a great mix of road tale, ghost story and homage...
by PAstrychef
Sun Sep 13, 2009 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The 'I Need a Recipe' Thread
Replies: 302
Views: 54131

Re: The 'I Need a Recipe' Thread

Well, I've been searching for a recipe for a nice knish for years now. Even old Jewish cookbooks don't seem to have them.
by PAstrychef
Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4763
Views: 926597

Re: Today I Made:

Pork ribs rubbed with 5 spice mix, then smoked and glazed with mango-chili teriyaki sauce. Excellent eating.
Aiming to make some corn soup later, the coconut milk angle is sounding very appealing....
by PAstrychef
Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: The Chicago-area small n' cozy meetup (MEETUP 3: MARCH 21)
Replies: 108
Views: 17939

Re: The Chicago-area small n' cozy meetup (MEETUP 3: MARCH 21)

Sure. Where are you in school?

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