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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Obby » Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:31 pm UTC

Very delicious and simple meal. Chile poured over a baked potato!

It could probably be done better than I did it tonight by making your own chile with fresh ingredients, but it was still delicious and very quick (all of 10 minutes). Throw the potato in the microwave, pop open a can of Hormel chile (any variety, I used the vegetarian variety) and microwave that, mix in some cheese (I used cheddar) and pour over the split-top potato. Add a dollop of sour cream and you're golden!
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Telchar » Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:45 pm UTC

Made a nice paella last night using chicken marinated in smoked paprika, chorizo and shrimp. Perfect hangover food. My one complaint was I put a little too much clove in, and the chorizo I can get around here isn't in a sausage packing, it comes out like sticky hamburger and turns into something resembling extra greasy taco meat. After I threw it into the wetted sofrito, it just dissolved which made for great flavor, but a darker color than I wanted and no texture.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PictureSarah » Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:49 am UTC

A shitload of playdough. And I still have to make more. Sigh.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:31 am UTC

Quick tomato sauce with zucchini and crimini mushrooms. It came out pretty good for being the product of "oh wait you mean I don't actually have that leftover sauce I thought I had..."
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Amarantha » Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:50 am UTC

TheSkyMovesSideways wrote:Did this tonight. Quite good, though the truffle oil wasn't as strong as I was expecting. Put 2 teaspoons in (one serving) and yet there was only a subtle flavour.
Looks good :) How did you use the oil? It should ideally be sprinkled on top at the end, so you don't cook all the flavour out of it. Also, be careful when adding, as there's a fine line between subtle and cloying.

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Postby TheSkyMovesSideways » Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:05 am UTC

Amarantha wrote:Looks good :) How did you use the oil? It should ideally be sprinkled on top at the end, so you don't cook all the flavour out of it.

Ah, that could explain it. Wasn't sure about how it would handle temperature, so added it at the end of cooking, but did mix it into the sauce while it was still hot. Will try sprinkling it immediately before serving/eating next time. Thanks!
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Postby Moo » Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:44 am UTC

Pan-fried, lightly smoked pork neck fillet steaks with a cheddar and mustard sauce, and roasted courgettes and baby corn. It was really, really satisfying.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:09 pm UTC

A nice onion and leek pie, with mustard and some white wine incorporated in it. Very yummy.
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Postby PAstrychef » Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:07 pm UTC

I'm really looking forward to cooking something soon. It's been busy and to damn hot, but there's nothing much to eat in the fridge.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PictureSarah » Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:14 pm UTC

I didn't make it, but I had a super good meal today, so I thought I'd share:

Smoked/grilled (unsure of exact preparation, but I know smoking was involved) chicken, brought in by the maintenance guy at my work in celebration of his birthday.

Salad, heavy on the cilantro, brought in by my boss.

The most AMAZING chewy sourdough whole-grain/flax bread brought in by my boss. Bought from a local-ish baker who takes orders on Mondays, and then grinds the wheat and bakes the bread on Tuesdays. OMNOMNOM.

...Then I ate way too much horrible storebought cake with the terrible white frosting, and now maybe I'll hurl.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Sat Aug 14, 2010 2:07 am UTC

PictureSarah wrote:Bought from a local-ish giant who takes orphans on Mondays, and then grinds the bones and bakes the bread on Tuesdays. OMNOMFOEFUM.
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Postby |Erasmus| » Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:30 am UTC

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PictureSarah wrote:Bought from a local-ish giant who takes orphans on Mondays, and then grinds the bones and bakes the bread on Tuesdays. OMNOMFOEFUM.

I've been trying to discover the secret to baking great bread for some time now...

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Postby TheSkyMovesSideways » Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:12 am UTC

About 2.5 litres of hummus, including a spicy chipotle variation. :D
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:23 pm UTC

Simple summer supper of grilled marinated beef, corn on the cob and salad. Cooked at home, eaten at home. Bliss. Tonight it may be stuffed peppers if I can scrape up the energy.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:23 pm UTC

Today I made ravioli filled with sweet potatoes in a cream-wine-mushroom-onions sauce, and a heavenly focaccia with garlic and parsley.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:08 pm UTC

Salmon with a garlic/herb breadcrumb crust, orzo and green beans. Making a real dinner at home is a pleasure.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:09 am UTC

Pan-seared lemon-pepper chicken breasts and a salad of romaine, cherry tomatoes, red grapes, yellow bell pepper, avocado and sunflower seeds. They went pretty well together, and we have this great coconut-lime salad dressing from the local hippie store that we keep pretty regularly stocked nowadays. I really like a good dinner salad.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby anto1 » Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:00 am UTC

That sounds very delicious, I wish I had the ambition to cook like this, but I usually just make myself a frozen pizza (at least then I am not afraid that I might spoil it while cooking, you just put it in the oven and that's it).

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Moo » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:48 am UTC

I was early for a coffee-shop meeting last night, so I ordered a date and nut muffin. It was HUUUGE - at least 3 regular muffins’ size - and very boring, with about one date and a few nuts in the whole thing and the rest like brioche but only dryer. So I ate less than half and took the rest home. This morning I sliced it like a loaf of bread in thick slices. I beat the eggs with milk and added some ground cinnamon, and made French toast that way. I just put a little butter on after while it was hot.

SO GOOD.

I am formulating a theory that there is no bread-like substance that cannot be improved by French toasting. Tried thus far:
  • Croissants (success!)
  • Muffin (success!)
I foresee some potential problems with garlic bread, though...
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:04 am UTC

French toast can be made savory. Well, we used to call it Bombay toast, but it was the same idea. Should work perfectly with garlic bread.

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Postby Moo » Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:23 am UTC

When I make french toast with regular bread I make it neither sweet nor savoury, and have it with either honey or tomato sauce. That wasn't my concern. I just can't imagine it.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:03 pm UTC

Tomato sauce? Huh, never tried that.

I think garlic bread would be too oily to taste goo- OH MY GOD BRIOCHE FRENCH TOAST I NEED TO TRY THIS!!!
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Telchar » Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:45 pm UTC

Baked tilapia with garlic, lemon, and parmesean. I've always enjoyed working with tilapia.
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Postby Zohar » Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:22 pm UTC

Tomato sauce for pasta and some marinated baked tofu, for use in a salad tomorrow.
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Postby |Erasmus| » Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:10 am UTC

I just stuffed some chicken breast for dinner. Filled it with breadcrumbs (got some nice sourdough), brie, parsley amd dried cranberries. Rubbed it down with some salt and pepper too. Will bake it with some kind of herb/garlic baste, I think. I love weekends, when I have time to do this stuff.

Edited to add pictures of my handiwork once cooked and placed next to some sliced avocado drizzled with chilli oil.
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Postby PictureSarah » Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:57 am UTC

Mexican chocolate-orange cake with cream cheese icing. It came out tasty, but a little crumbly.
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Postby Nath » Sun Aug 22, 2010 2:47 am UTC

Spinach-salmon cakes. Eaten with various vegetables and jalapeno-cilantro hummus from Trader Joe's.

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Postby semicharmed » Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:01 am UTC

Watermelon preserves!

Actually last night, but it's taken me three attempts to get right so I'm pretty. damn. excited.
Also, today I think I'll be starting on pickles and pickled tomatoes. And maybe try some watermelon-apple preserves. And peaches.

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Postby PictureSarah » Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:33 am UTC

Two loaves of very crusty white bread with cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. It shall be toast tomorrow for the breakfast at work that's kicking off our week of training days (no actual work all week, and ending with a "staff development" day at the lake).
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Postby Moo » Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:59 am UTC

Yesterday I was in a productive mood so I cooked enough dishes for eating yesterday and lunches this week to work.
  • Suet pastry pie with savoury minced beef filling
  • Roasted veggies lasagne
  • Lentil and chickpea* curry
  • Chili con carne
  • Low GI chocolate cake, which is chickpea* based. It's very crumbly and dense, like all the flour-free chocolate cakes I've tried, and although it's quite edible and tastes a lot like chocolate (should bloody hope so, considering the price of the Lindt Excellence 85% and 70% chocolate I used (one of each); but it also reminds of chickpeas*, which makes for an odd finish. I want to experiment with using butterbeans next time. I found a recipe for brownies using black beans but I haven't seen black beans as readily available here.

*aka garbanzo beans.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby chocablock » Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:50 am UTC

U all wanna try a cuppa soup on noodles to give them extra flavoring. Tasty

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Postby PAstrychef » Mon Aug 23, 2010 6:53 pm UTC

I have made french toast from angel food cake and served it with soft vanilla ice cream and warm maple syrup. Damn tasty.
Brioche is the perfect bread for french toast and bread pudding. Cinnamon-raisin brioche is superlative.
Garlicy bread pudding with chunks of sausage and diced red and green peppers is a great side dish. Use brioche.
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Postby semicharmed » Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:29 pm UTC

Today got two jars (1.85L) each of pickles and pickled/salty tomatoes started. Way misjudged my amounts, though, and need to buy more jars!

And taste-tested the watermelon jam I made this weekend, and it's a go.

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Postby Zohar » Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:19 pm UTC

Today I made tahini with cream instead of water. It was disgusting. I guess I found something that does not become more nomilicous with more cream.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Pansori » Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:33 am UTC

I just recently learned of tahini and was surprised my grocery store carries it. It's almost $9, but the jar is pretty big. I have been wanting to make hummus.

Well a few days ago I made potato soup, even though the weather is suffocating hot... But I had several potatoes and wanted to use them. I have been eating on it all this week. I was thinking when I am done with it I would like a cabbage soup and some kind of fish to go with it.

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Postby PAstrychef » Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:32 pm UTC

It is become the summer of ribs. A simple batch-spice rub in the AM, toss on grill (indirect heat, really wet oak chips, water pan under rack that holds plenty of slabs) around 5 PM, snacks at 9PM. And these are cheap ribs I get at a local market, so enough for 4 meals is under 20 bucks.
Time to make sausage soon.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Sat Aug 28, 2010 3:01 pm UTC

For my birthday three weeks ago I got a pizza stone, a ravioli pan and four small (15 cm) pie pans. I used the first two fairly quickly, yesterday I made pear pies in the last gift:
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I'm very proud of how they turned out.
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Postby Moo » Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:24 pm UTC

That looks frigging amazing.
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Postby Zohar » Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:09 pm UTC

Thanks, they were pretty nice too, even though I used canned pears. :)
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PictureSarah » Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:29 am UTC

Tomorrow is my birthday, so tonight Bakemaster made two sheet cakes for me to bring into work. One lemon cake with lemon-amaretto glaze and no frosting, and one Mexican Chocolate-Orange cake with cream cheese frosting.

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