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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Amarantha » Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:41 pm UTC

Today I made stuffing for my lambs hearts. Tomorrow I shall stuff and bake the hearts. Fergus Henderson FTW :)

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:06 pm UTC

Today I made some rice risotto.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:58 pm UTC

Today I have made (and am about to assemble) this monstrosity for our rain-date father's day thingamajig. Altered the recipe by:
- replacing 1 cup sugar with 1 cup splenda
- using 5 tsp baking soda total
- using 2 tsp vanilla total
- baking in three 8.5" layers
- replacing 1 1/3 cups canola oil with 1/2 cup butter and 3/4 cup canola oil
- sprinkling 1 cup choppped pecans on top of the iced cake

This beast, when cut into twelve slices, has over 900 calories per slice (after the splenda substitution). It was a request by one of the fathers of the day. And it is going to be amazing.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby cerbie » Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:18 am UTC

[Yesterday:] Whole wheat bread, with cheese and dried herbs all mixed in. Most surprising, to me, was that it was easier and far less messy than making bread based on white wheat flour.

P.S. A day after that yesterday: onion, garlic, turmeric, shiitake and whiting soup in dashi. Surprisingly good, given how I made it due to being too lazy to properly mix in miso...

P.S.S. Today (Jul 3): heretical quick/soupy gumbo (no okra), with clams and sausage.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Amarantha » Sat Jul 04, 2009 12:40 pm UTC

Chicken bone, bacon rind, onion-and-garlic-offcuts stock.
Chicken, pea and barley soup made with same.
Bran muffins with pecans, sultanas, muscatels, dates and banana.
Chips and eggs.

And sheol made nasi goreng. We cook a lot on the weekends.


*edit to not double-post*

Spice-roasted pumpkin.
Ham, corn and pine-nut quiche.
Boiled eggs.


*edit again - damn, am I the only one cooking? *

Roasted kipfler rounds.
Linguini pseudo-carbonara. That was totally the best one I've made in ages. *basks in afterglow*

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby acb » Wed Jul 08, 2009 10:15 am UTC

Yesterday - pasta and tomato sauce. Fry Onion&garlic, stick in a lot of tomatoes and a handful of basil, then simmer till the pasta is done. Mmmmmmmmm. Cheaper than the stuff in a jar too. I'll be doing this one again!

Your food sounds really good amarantha, how did you do the spice roasted pumpkin? And is quiche reasonably easy? They both sound like something I might want to have a go at.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Wed Jul 08, 2009 9:07 pm UTC

A brownie pie/cake like thing from an old Hersey's cookbook. Very nice indeed.
Last week saw a number of mediocre meals, not worth posting about.
Quiche are very easy, whether or not you make your own crust. You can use just about anything you like in the filling.
I like to make the custard separately, that way I can use one batch of custard with a bunch of fillings.
For the custard you need 4 eggs for 2 cups of milk/half and half/cream depending on your taste, about 1 t. salt, a few grinds of a peppermill and a splash of Tabasco. Mix it in a blender or with a hand blender if possible. This will fill one 9" crust along with your solid stuff. Cheeses, cooked meats, sauteed aromatics like onions or leeks, sun dried tomatoes, cooked potatoes, cooked veggies-quiche are great for leftovers and cleaning out the fridge.
If you use spinach cook it first and squeeze out the extra liquid.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Amarantha » Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:52 am UTC

Last night, hash of red capsicum, roasted kipflers, boiled eggs, grated cheese. Even more awesome than I thought it would be.

Tonight, baked lamb spare ribs and swedes. And Amarantha's Mountain of Nachos.

acb wrote:Your food sounds really good amarantha, how did you do the spice roasted pumpkin? And is quiche reasonably easy?
The pumpkin was a butternut that I cut into large wedges (saved skin&seeds for making stock), laid onna baking tray, oiled and sprinkled with some random ground spices (ginger, garlic and cayenne iirc), then stuck in the oven until they smelt cooked.

There are a million ways to make quiche. I like a lazy way:
My pastry is my Mum's - 2c plain flour, ~3oz/90g butter, enough cold water to bind it (~100ml/3fl.oz) - cut butter into flour (plus any flavourings you put in the flour; I used salt and the spices I had out from the pumpkin), add water, knead until smooth, rest 20min. It's enough for one pie or two quiches; I froze the other half for another day. Blind bake the pastry before adding the filling.
The filling is 4 eggs and 300ml cream stirred together (I used 3&150ml on this occasion because my dish wasn't real big), plus bits & flavourings of your choice. I'm partial to lining the crust with chilli jam and flavouring the filling with mustard. My bits on this occasion were ham, corn, pine nuts and rather a lot of microplaned cheese (tasty, parmesan and mimolette). I was keeping it simple - usually I put in wayy too much stuff.
Cook on moderate heat for maybe 40mins, maybe more or less depending on your oven, basically until golden-brown and not wobbly.

Worst recipe evar, sorry :P I kind of do it differently every time and mostly by feel/smell/sight/etc, so it's hard to describe inna way someone else can use. Questions welcome.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Thu Jul 09, 2009 7:45 pm UTC

You must be from NZ 'cause that's the only place I know where a whole type of cheese is called tasty. Also plenty of lambs offal readily available.
In the US butternut are just squashes-pumpkin is reserved for the orange Halloween-types. Baked squash really is a wonderful food.
Far too few people know to par-bake a quiche crust, and I suspect I left that step out of my run down.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Amarantha » Fri Jul 10, 2009 3:51 am UTC

PAstrychef wrote:You must be from NZ...
Close - I'm just across the Tasman in Australia :)

"Tasty" is a local term for "cheese made in the style of a Cheddar". I suspect this came about because the only local cheese I can think of that's called "cheddar" is actually a horrible, fake, processed non-food and the proper cheesemakers didn't want to be associated with it.

The only foods we usually call "squash" are those little yellow button squash and the spaghetti squash. Anything else is pumpkin, zucchini, marrow etc.

Also, the NZ-ers have just recently discovered two new uses for sheep - meat and wool.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby acb » Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:31 pm UTC

Thank you for the recipes, when I get a chance I will have a go at quiche and let you know how it goes. I am at my parents' house for a couple of months so will need to persuade my sister to let me near the oven, it could be a little while as she enjoys being chef and can be quite possessive of the cooking duties!
Amarantha wrote:I kind of do it differently every time and mostly by feel/smell/sight/etc, so it's hard to describe inna way someone else can use.

I cook like this too, I'm sure it'll turn out edible and then I can adjust things if needed next time :)

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Moo » Sat Jul 11, 2009 10:11 pm UTC

The wild black cherry trees near our house are laden with delicious cherries! Today I made:
- Black cherry jam
- Wholewheat black cherry and cashew muffins
- Black cherry compote

I may edit in a picture tomorrow if I can find my card reader. My hands are stained from tips to elbows, it looked like a masacre as I was stoning the cherries.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Sun Jul 12, 2009 5:01 am UTC

Moo wrote:The wild black cherry trees near our house are laden with delicious cherries! Today I made:
- Black cherry jam
- Wholewheat black cherry and cashew muffins
- Black cherry compote

I may edit in a picture tomorrow if I can find my card reader. My hands are stained from tips to elbows, it looked like a masacre as I was stoning the cherries.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Moo » Sun Jul 12, 2009 5:58 am UTC

He he, I wanted to but my hands were too dirty to get to my camera!
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Mon Jul 13, 2009 2:43 am UTC

A beer-can chicken on the grill.
Rubbed the bird down with a mix of paprika, coriander, fennel, ginger, garlic and black pepper, then stuffed the can of beer up it's fundament. Cooked it over indirect heat for about 2 hours. Roasted corn on the cob on the grill too.
It was very tasty and nice and easy to do. Getting the chicken off of the can proved difficult, but it didn't matter at the eating.
Also Potato latkes for lunch. Not traditional-I used the food processor to shred the spuds and onion, then added fresh tarragon and garlic to 1/3 of the mix, along with 2 eggs and about 1/4 c. matzoh meal. Buzzed that smooth then pulsed in the rest of the spuds. I would call this one a winner!
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Moo » Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:15 am UTC

How intriguing - what's the purposed of the can inside the chicken?
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Postby PAstrychef » Mon Jul 13, 2009 2:42 pm UTC

The can is mostly full of the beer. As the bird cooks the liquid in the can a) keeps it moist and b) flavors the meat. It also stands the bird up on its butt, so that more fat drains away. It's a vertical roaster made from items found around the home. You can vary the liquid in the can for different flavors. I've heard good reports about pineapple juice and apple cider-separate, not mixed together.
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Postby Moo » Mon Jul 13, 2009 2:46 pm UTC

Ah. See I didn't figure the vertical bit, so I didn't know if the can was on it's side and open (in which case, you may as well just pour the liquid in right?) or closed (in which case all I could think was some sort of structural rigidity trick I didn't know about).

Anyway. Sunday I made pizza from scratch with my super easy dough recipe* and wholemeal
flower, onions, peppers, mushrooms, fresh rosemary, cheddar and mozzarella. It was GREAT.





* 3 parts self raising flour, 1 part warm water, 1 part oil. Mix. Press into pan. Top. Bake.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Amarantha » Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:38 am UTC

Sauteed wild mushrooms with garlic, parsley and lemon juice, on toast. Because sheol got me mushrooms at the market. Because he rawks. Hard. :mrgreen:

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Postby TheSkyMovesSideways » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:53 am UTC

I just had brussels sprouts for the first time. Ever.

Halved them and sautéed them in butter and EVOO with some onions, then poured lemon juice over them and stuck them in an omelette.

SOOOO EFFING GOOD! :shock: Where the hell did that ridiculous stereotype come from anyway? :roll:
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby cerbie » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:29 pm UTC

No idea. I've been eating brussels sprouts all my life and never disliked them.

Two days ago, I made chicken to have tacos with. It was from Kroger, 'cause I was feeling lazy, and was completely devoid of any flavor at all. Think fast food chain chicken, but without crazy amounts of MSG, sugar, and salt. Luckily, the side of beans and rice turned out alright. Of course the little Mexican store I get tortillas and beans at has their own butcher shop, so it's a nice WTF on my part.

Tonight, I'll try some hot soba noodle soup; it will my first attempt with everything but the noodles raw in the serving bowl (not one vegetable will be parboiled!).
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:53 am UTC

TheSkyMovesSideways wrote:I just had brussels sprouts for the first time. ... Where the hell did that ridiculous stereotype come from anyway?

From serving them boiled or steamed to death with absolutely no flavoring, I'd guess. Like most vegetable stereotypes.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby goingnorthwest » Wed Jul 15, 2009 2:09 am UTC

As I was making my double decker PB and J (three slices of wheat bread with crunchy peanut and apple jelly), I was thinking that making a thread about what I made today would be a good idea. Someone totally beat me to it though... *takes another bite of an eXtreme PBJ* om nom nom.... now if only I had a cow to drink milk from....

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Postby PAstrychef » Wed Jul 15, 2009 2:51 pm UTC

Spinach and leek risotto with shrimp. Now I have leftover risotto to make arancini with.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby cerbie » Thu Jul 23, 2009 8:09 am UTC

Several days ago: mushroom (42oz total) and pork chop soup, with broth made from the chops' bones, connective tissue, and fat. Good for multiple days as breakfast, lunch, and dinner :).
Three days ago: whole wheat buttermilk biscuits (experiment).
Two days ago: tomato curry. Mixing fresh spices in Indian food is a difficult art unto itself.
Yesterday (today by waking/sleeping): egg fried rice topped with the leftover tomato curry.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Sun Jul 26, 2009 10:02 am UTC

2am this morning: pork chops with cherry sauce.

cerbie wrote:Two days ago: tomato curry. Mixing fresh spices in Indian food is a difficult art unto itself.
Yesterday (today by waking/sleeping): egg fried rice topped with the leftover tomato curry.

What spices did you use? There's a good version of tomato curry flavored predominantly with cumin seeds; it's often made with boiled eggs ('egg cutt') or potatoes ('aloo cutt'). The 'cutt' probably comes from 'khatta', Hindi for 'sour'.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby cerbie » Mon Jul 27, 2009 3:58 am UTC

Nath wrote:What spices did you use? There's a good version of tomato curry flavored predominantly with cumin seeds; it's often made with boiled eggs ('egg cutt') or potatoes ('aloo cutt'). The 'cutt' probably comes from 'khatta', Hindi for 'sour'.
Approx. 3tsp cumin seeds, 2tsp fenugreek seeds (a bit much), 3tsp coriander seeds (for some reason these ones I have now are weak in flavor), and 1tsp peppercorns cooked in coconut oil, then about 1Tbsp fresh white turmeric (should have used half that), then some bay leaves, black cardamom, and a pinch of dill, once it started really cooking down.

It was good. The flavors were just out of balance, once it started cooling down.

I could certainly try boiled eggs in the future. I tend to avoid potatoes, simply because there's already going to be a great deal of rice or barley involved.
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Postby Zohar » Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:04 am UTC

Yesterday I made whole grain rice with dried tomatoes, peas, onions and leek.
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Postby PAstrychef » Mon Jul 27, 2009 2:10 pm UTC

Fresh pasta for lasagna. Faced with few funds and plenty of time I used my eggs and semolina flour to make the pasta. Now I need to get the ricotta, then I can assemble. No idea why the thought of a lasagna is so appealing in the summer heat....
Also a nice kugle with coconut milk, caramelized pineapple and small pasta shells (couldn't find the orzo anywhere).
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An un-successful marinated chicken thing-yougurt, OJ, maple syrup, garlic and ginger and garam masala. Aiming for a variation on tandoori marinade. Not sure if the failure was flavor profile, too mild a marinade or not enough time soaking. Will be working on this again. By no means inedible, just not very noticeable in the finished dish.
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Postby PictureSarah » Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:28 pm UTC

We went to the lake yesterday, and my dad caught 9 very nice Rainbow Trout. So tonight I am making Parmesan and Pecan Encrusted Trout, with a side of grilled veggies.
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Postby Bakemaster » Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:08 am UTC

Seven rainbow trout, actually, and two brook trout.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby cerbie » Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:35 am UTC

Cabbage, green onion, garlic, and a cubanelle pepper stir-fried bacon grease; with the bacon added back in, then an egg lightly scrambled in (to help make a sauce, mostly), and finally a little soy sauce and wine (reisling) thrown in for a final steam-heavy tossing just before serving w/ soba noodles.

I have some bean sprout and cabbage salad soaking in the fridge, too.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Moo » Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:42 am UTC

So far I've made 500g (raw) turmeric flavoured rice, 2 squashes' worth of roasted butternut squash and wild black cherry compote (to serve with vanilla ice cream).

I am currenty making (by way of the slow cooker/crockpot): 2kg worth of Cape Malay curried minced beef with sultanas.

Tonight I am making: a traditional dish with the mince called Bobotie, that will entail soaking some bread in milk and mixing it into the fragrant beef stew as a binder then baking it with an egg custard on top.

I also found out this morning I'm supposed to feed 5 people, and not the expected 9... leftovers, anyone?
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:21 pm UTC

A lasagna with homemade pasta. Used the pasta made a few days ago. Very tasty lasagna with spinach and mushrooms, ricotta, parm and mozzarella. Most if it will be getting frozen for quick meals.
Roasted chicken and potatoes go in for dinner tonight, but not for quite a while.
Oh, and some melon sorbet from a wonderfully sweet melon.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Amarantha » Thu Jul 30, 2009 5:11 am UTC

Cauliflower cheese Oh me yarm! Every time I make cauliflower anything, I ask myself why I don't do that more often. I really should just buy one every week and then think of something to do with it.

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Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:38 am UTC

Yesterday I made bacon pasta salad with peppers, musrooms, sweetcorn, cheese and white sauce. Was my first time at making white sauce and it worked :)
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Postby netcrusher88 » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:02 pm UTC

Tortilla + shredded cheese + broiler = quesadilla (sort of). I don't recall ever seeing the broiler used growing up (despite being in a family that liked to cook) and now I'm finding all kinds of things to do with it, including grilled cheese (I was taught to do grilled cheese that way by a friend from Holland who also makes grilled cheese with Dutch Gouda cheese...).
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Ell » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:48 am UTC

Last night: a Thai-ish chicken curry, and then a Thai-inspired dessert soup consisting of fresh lychees in coconut milk. Amazingly simple and delicious.
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Postby PAstrychef » Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:40 am UTC

A Chinese-ish dinner for a friend who had gone over my extra books and found the salable ones and sorted the rest into "give away" and "sell really cheap" boxes.
So-Phoenix and Dragon in Lotus leaves, or chicken and shrimp in mu shu pancakes with a tangerine sauce; 5 spice beef with broccoli; bok choy with red peppers and mushrooms; brown rice and home made melon sorbet to finish.
I almost made gyoza as well but came to my senses. Soon it will be dumping sand Ma Po Tofu and green beans.
The friend had no complaints. I have leftovers for breakfast!
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Amarantha » Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:59 am UTC

The other day I made stock from a bunch of offcuts I had in the freezer. These included a chicken carcass, pumpkin skin and bits of onions, garlic, yellow chillies, zucchini, parsley and various other random bits. Today or tomorrow I shall make it into soup, with lentils, split peas, potato and anything else I can find in the pantry. There might even be some bacon in the freezer.

Today I had vegemite on toast, and a fried egg chilli chutney sandwich. I had my annual hot dog craving, but the milk bar didn't have any, and I'm too sick to drive to the supermarket.


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