Cookin again

Zardnaar

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Father in law made this for wife's birthday.

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Sticky date pudding.

Only the ice cream was store bought.

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Fish and chips store bought. Blue cod with tartare sauce, chips and a steak and egg burger. Fish and chip shops, Chinese and burger joint often the same thing. This hop also sells deep fried cheese rolls go figure.


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And a weird burger. Had Sriracha mayo and peppini in it and jalapenos. Was nice wife got a glorified cheese and bacon burger and it rocked. This one was very nice and very greasy.

Apart from this stuff just the boring usuals more or less living off rabit food and oats.

Made a nice spiced pumpkin nut salad and tonight's effort was a chicken salad on pita very basic.
 

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prabe

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Wow authentic Mexican here?


Lamb tacos a thing over there? I like Mexican food mist places here kinda suck.
I'm not an expert, but from the outside I don't see any reason lamb tacos wouldn't be a thing, other than perhaps a cultural preference for beef among red meats. There are folks who raise sheep around the US-Mexico border, at least.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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I haven’t encountered lamb tacos, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find them somewhere.

There’s an incredible family restaurant in San Antonio whose specialty is cabrito (goat). They make it into all the kinds of things you’re used to seeing beef, chicken, pork or shrimp versions of. They have rotisserie ovens all around the main dining area with glass towards the diners so you can see them cooking on the spits.

So why not lamb tacos someplace?
 




Zardnaar

Legend
Rating the various sides you can get at a fish and chip shop.


They do 23. There's more but it's location specific. Eg they exclude jam raps (NZ donuts jam center, chocolate bars, wedges and special options).

Most F&C shops do burgers and often Chinese more rare Indonesian or Cambodian dishes. I can go to one and get a cheese and bacon burger, chop suey, fish and chips and a satay beef on rice all from the same place.

And some places offer garlic butter or vinegar as condiments.

NZ donuts are different they're deep fried and coated in Suger and cinnamon or you get them full of various jam flavours.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Nothing to exciting.

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Kumara and pumpkin hummus was nice though.
Pile o' rice, salad, chicken and a bit of pita. Think I went vegetarian on Saturday by accident.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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Dad just hit 76 yesterday. Among other things, Mom & I put together a nice antipasto on a 14”x20” turkey platter for his party. I chose the ingredients, she did the layered plating.

INGREDIENTS:
Provolone
Mortadella
Genoa Salami
Thinly sliced red onion
Castelvetrano olives
Kalamata olives
Heart of palm
Marinated mushroom slices
Marinated artichoke hearts
San Marzano tomatoes
Sopressata
Diced mozzarella
Sweet Capicola

DRESSING:
Red wine vinegar
Lemon juice
EVOO
Dijon mustard
Rosemary
Oregano
Thyme
Basil
Parsley
Black pepper

It came out damn good. But there were hiccups. The brand of artichoke I prefer was out of stock, so I was kind of guessing when I chose a substitute. They were tasty, but they did have a little bit more of the tough, inedible outer leaves still attached.

Similarly, the sopressata I chose had an inedible casing, but I couldn’t SEE it. So people were pulling little strips out as they ate . 😳

Still, it was tasty. And- leave it to my creole family- several took the antipasto and slapped it between pieces of the buttered toast we had provided and made faux mufalettas.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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Days before Dad’s birthday party (02/22/2022), I needed to cook a big meal so we could eat AND have leftovers while we were prepping the house for the gathering. I bought a chuck roast…but when I got it home, I realized my USUAL recipe wasn’t going to be a great idea.

Most of the time, I use chuck roasts to make what we call “Stoup”- a soup/stew that is based on Hungarian goulash and veggie beef soup. It’s very tomato heavy…and the party menu was primarily Italian.

So to avoid tomato overload, I tried making a soup based on French onion soup, but with chuck added in.


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My chuck roast, sliced & seared


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Sautéing the onions, garlic and portobello mushrooms in a stick of unsalted butter and the rendered fat from the seared chuck roast

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The soup in the pot

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The soup close up. At this point all the ingredients are in the pot, including bay leaf, pepper, parsley, thyme, beef stock, a can of cream of mushroom soup and an equal amount of Sauvignon blanc.

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Plated, topped with melted gouda butter-slathered toasted sourdough.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Crumpets not an American thing?

These are a bit different than locally. Cream cheese and jam.


6:35 mark.

Might have to go for a trip.....

Last night's chicken katsu burger. Was nice enough but wouldn't get it again.

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On the fence about dining out. This place was very good with distancing and vaccine pass.
 

CleverNickName

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Maybe not everywhere in America, but we can get crumpets here in the Pacific Northwest pretty easily. They're especially popular in Seattle, IIRC, and a couple of bakeries here in Portland have them. I like 'em with maple butter for breakfast, or with a sharp cheese for lunch.
 


Zardnaar

Legend
I'm not that big on them but they're nice enough.

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Wife's meal should have ordered that it was delicious but she didn't love it. Said it was good at least.
 


Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member

Dad just hit 76 yesterday. Among other things, Mom & I put together a nice antipasto on a 14”x20” turkey platter for his party. I chose the ingredients, she did the layered plating.

INGREDIENTS:
Provolone
Mortadella
Genoa Salami
Thinly sliced red onion
Castelvetrano olives
Kalamata olives
Heart of palm
Marinated mushroom slices
Marinated artichoke hearts
San Marzano tomatoes
Sopressata
Diced mozzarella
Sweet Capicola

DRESSING:
Red wine vinegar
Lemon juice
EVOO
Dijon mustard
Rosemary
Oregano
Thyme
Basil
Parsley
Black pepper

It came out damn good. But there were hiccups. The brand of artichoke I prefer was out of stock, so I was kind of guessing when I chose a substitute. They were tasty, but they did have a little bit more of the tough, inedible outer leaves still attached.

Similarly, the sopressata I chose had an inedible casing, but I couldn’t SEE it. So people were pulling little strips out as they ate . 😳

Still, it was tasty. And- leave it to my creole family- several took the antipasto and slapped it between pieces of the buttered toast we had provided and made faux mufalettas.
FWIW, I had that on a sandwich today. Toasted some sourdough, then the bread with Mayo & brown mustard. It tasted great, but the ingredients were too coarse to properly stay on the bread. There was significant spillage.

Essentially, it was a faux, messy muffuletta.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
What's a crumpet??? No seriously, most Americans have no clue.

Like a spongy biscuit/scone/savory pancake.

Best served toasted with butter, golden/maple syrup, or jam and whipped cream.

English. Not sure if they made it to Aussie/Canada but they made it to NZ.

Fun fact apparently the relative lack of fish and chip shops and Indian restaurants in the USA is because they came out after 1776 in the early 19th century. So Australia and NZ get savory pie shops, bakeries, and fish and chip shops USA not so much.

Think there's an NZ pie shop in Colorado as expats opened one. They're also diversifying from ye olde English pie with things like butter chicken or Thai green curry pie.
 

Like a spongy biscuit/scone/savory pancake.

Best served toasted with butter, golden/maple syrup, or jam and whipped cream.

English. Not sure if they made it to Aussie/Canada but they made it to NZ.

Fun fact apparently the relative lack of fish and chip shops and Indian restaurants in the USA is because they came out after 1776 in the early 19th century. So Australia and NZ get savory pie shops, bakeries, and fish and chip shops USA not so much.

Think there's an NZ pie shop in Colorado as expats opened one. They're also diversifying from ye olde English pie with things like butter chicken or Thai green curry pie.
Well Fish and Fries or (hush puppies) is just good ole fashioned comfort food. Not something you really 'go out for' you just make 'em.at home. (Long John Silvers and Capt. D's being the major exceptions) and Indian food is one of the fastest growing markets of takeout in US. (Love me some Chicken Tikka Masala and Paneer).

A crumpet sounds like an English Muffin, except edible. lol (I prefer buttermilk biscuits..which is like a scone... but not) Damned language barrier again. lol
 


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