log in or register to remove this ad

 

Cookin again

Zardnaar

Legend
Breakfast.

Sausage roll with tomato relish. Very good but different to ye olde traditional one. UK, Ireland , Aussie and NZ do them afaik. This one had herbs, carrot and other stuff in it.

IMG_20210523_100611.jpg


Favorite pancakes. Not to rich just plain yoghurt and fruit compote.

IMG_20210523_101348.jpg
 

log in or register to remove this ad


Cadence

Legend
Supporter
We got a new grill for outside (our last one died a few years ago). My 11yo took charge of putting it (at about twice his weight) together, with me as unskilled labor. He broke it in by cooking ramen noodles on the side burner. If we don't figure out how to make a pizza in it, I picture that as his go-to
 



Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Looks great. Skipping dinner tonight having baguettes tomorrow and pita the following night.

Found out another USAism.

USA/NZ translation.
Cookie/Biscuit
Biscuit/Scone (sorta)


Do you ever stuff the pita?
I have in the past, but not these. Their density is higher than most of the other pitas available around here, and they’re thicker as well. The density is the tricky part, though. There’s no real open space to stuff. I’d have to cut a pocket in it.

To make any kind of stuffed pita, I’d have to get them from one of our local Lebanese restaurants. They’re really the only ones making thin, puffy pocket pita breads.

We used to have a chain of sandwich shops called The Hip Pocket, whose entire thing was sandwiches made in pita pockets. (Hence the name.) My favorite was slices of ham, turkey and roast beef, with shredded iceberg lettuce, sliced tomatoes and green goddess dressing.

When the company folded, some locations owned by franchisees stayed afloat for another decade or so, under different names. But even these closed eventually.

I’ve tried to recreate the sandwich, but green goddess dressing is long out of style. The only one I’ve found on the market has none of the original ingredients in it, just chemical flavor simulators.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
I have in the past, but not these. Their density is higher than most of the other pitas available around here, and they’re thicker as well. The density is the tricky part, though. There’s no real open space to stuff. I’d have to cut a pocket in it.

To make any kind of stuffed pita, I’d have to get them from one of our local Lebanese restaurants. They’re really the only ones making thin, puffy pocket pita breads.

We used to have a chain of sandwich shops called The Hip Pocket, whose entire thing was sandwiches made in pita pockets. (Hence the name.) My favorite was slices of ham, turkey and roast beef, with shredded iceberg lettuce, sliced tomatoes and green goddess dressing.

When the company folded, some locations owned by franchisees stayed afloat for another decade or so, under different names. But even these closed eventually.

I’ve tried to recreate the sandwich, but green goddess dressing is long out of style. The only one I’ve found on the market has none of the original ingredients in it, just chemical flavor simulators.

You can make home made pita. Basic bread recipe dry fry in a pan.
 



Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
The way I put it: Cooking is an art. Baking is science.

Not that baking can’t be artistic, because it clearly can, but there’s a lot more wiggle room in cooking than baking. Get your ingredient proportions off a smidge in baking, you probably have a disaster. In cooking, you might only have an interesting new variant.
 
Last edited:

Zardnaar

Legend
The way I put it: Cooking is an art. Baking is science.

Not that baking can’t be artistic, because it clearly can, but there’s a lot more wiggle room in cooking than baking. Get your ingredient proportions off a smidge in baking, you probably have a disaster. In cooking, you might only have an interesting new variant.

I'm not that great at either but I worked at a Turkish kebab place years ago. Borrowed his marinade and learnt how to do pita
 

Zardnaar

Legend
First shot at making a home made Flamin Chook burger.

I used chicken breast and I coated it in a bit if olive oil, powdered chipotle, paprika and a bit if garlic before coating it in the store bought crispy coating.

Into the air fryer. Halfway through chucked in the jalapeno poppers.

Added smoked cheddar, onion, tomoto, lettuce with Sriracha mayo and sweet chilli.

IMG_20210524_173403.jpg


Pepper shaker for scale. Best homemade chicken burger I think I've done very basic as well.
 



Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
I mean it looks like a good size- not too big or small- and also properly cooked. It’s clearly not overcooked, at least.

I’d def dig in!👍🏽
 

Zardnaar

Legend
I mean it looks like a good size- not too big or small- and also properly cooked. It’s clearly not overcooked, at least.

I’d def dig in!👍🏽

Bun came out if the bakery bin at the supermarket.

One day old but fresh enough.

Chicken just a chicken breast cut up.
 
Last edited:

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Running around town today getting Mom to her MD and other errands, we stopped at Cafe Mandu again. They did not disappoint.

They were out of what we ordered the first time, so I got fried momos (dumplings) stuffed with chicken, and a couple of skewers of grilled pork. Like the steamed pork momos from the first visit, the fried ones had a nice texture, good flavor, and finished with a little “bite”.

The grilled pork skewers, OTOH...were impressive. Seasoning was not “too much” of anything, with a lingering smokiness. And they were cooked to perfection- tender & juicy, cooked through without becoming dry.

Not only is this place now permanently on my radar, I also REALLY want to try one of the bigger restaurants with a broader menu.

The ONLY downside this place has is the tiny drinks, and only one size. I needed two. But I don’t really care about that.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
That's the Nepalese place?

Close up of my chicken with the wrap under construction. Third attempt at it in the air fryer.

IMG_20210528_175136.jpg


Came out perfectly. Marinaded for an hour in bbq sauce, garlic, pepper, chipotle and paprika then coated.

Forgot to take anything out of the freezer so a heat and eat type kebab.
IMG_20210527_173538.jpg


Chicken popper kebab w/jalapeno.

And a steak and eggs at local place. Was good but not amazing.

IMG_20210526_180445.jpg
 
Last edited:

prabe

Aspiring Lurker (He/Him)
Supporter
Running around town today getting Mom to her MD and other errands, we stopped at Cafe Mandu again. They did not disappoint.

They were out of what we ordered the first time, so I got fried momos (dumplings) stuffed with chicken, and a couple of skewers of grilled pork. Like the steamed pork momos from the first visit, the fried ones had a nice texture, good flavor, and finished with a little “bite”.

The grilled pork skewers, OTOH...were impressive. Seasoning was not “too much” of anything, with a lingering smokiness. And they were cooked to perfection- tender & juicy, cooked through without becoming dry.

Not only is this place now permanently on my radar, I also REALLY want to try one of the bigger restaurants with a broader menu.

The ONLY downside this place has is the tiny drinks, and only one size. I needed two. But I don’t really care about that.
One of the places around here is an Indian/Italian restaurant run by a Nepalese family. Long story. The point is, they have momo on their menu, and we like them a lot, too. I also would love to find a Nepalese restaurant and try more.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
That's the Nepalese place?

Close up of my chicken with the wrap under construction. Third attempt at it in the air fryer.

View attachment 137473

Came out perfectly. Marinaded for an hour in bbq sauce, garlic, pepper, chipotle and paprika then coated.

Forgot to take anything out of the freezer so a heat and eat type kebab.
View attachment 137474

Chicken popper kebab w/jalapeno.

And a steak and eggs at local place. Was good but not amazing.

View attachment 137475
Cafe Mandu is that little Nepalese place, yes!

BTW, that meal you were making looks nice! Getting the feel for the air fryer?
 

An Advertisement

Advertisement4

Top