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Herring help, please!

I'm in Cambridge. My MIL is picking up some in London to bring, so I think it will work out okay. I haven't found it at Tesco or Sainsbury here...

Dec 21, 2013
mayjay in Home Cooking

Herring help, please!

We find ourselves in the UK this Christmas (and for many more!). Scandinavian pickled herring is a family favorite, and I could not find any around here to purchase. I got the idea to do it myself using salted herring and found a wonderful US supplier, but had difficulty here. I decided this was correct http://www.jollyfish.co.uk/product.ph... and it just arrived now. However, it seems pretty clearly smoked and salted to me. Can anyone tell me if there is anyway to have pickled herring using this? I can still get fresh herring, but that seemed like that would still have to be salted (for a couple of weeks) before it could be used to pickle. If anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear them. If not, I guess we have a lot of smoked herring to enjoy...

Dec 21, 2013
mayjay in Home Cooking

London and Cambridge - mother & 18 yr old son - adventurous eaters

I haven't lived in Cambridge long enough to go to Midsommer House or Alimentum, but I also recommend Fitzbillies for lunch one day. We really enjoy dinners at the Chop House on King's Parade. For non-British food, I like Tasty (Chinese-Szechuan) on Regent street the best (by far) of the number of spots I've tried. It's much better for dinner than lunch, though.

Dec 06, 2013
mayjay in U.K./Ireland

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking: Appetizers and Soups [CoTM Sept 2006 and Nov 2013]

I just made this soup, too. We absolutely loved it, and I thought the added step of poaching eggs and finishing it all in the oven wasn't too much trouble and added a great deal of richness to the dish. My four year old proclaimed this the best thing he'd ever eaten, and I also thought it was much more than the sum of its parts.

Nov 08, 2013
mayjay in Home Cooking

Economical and mid-range Cambridge pub and restaurant recs

I'm also curious because we just moved here in the last week and I haven't found that many recs on the board either. I will say, though, that we ate in Dry Drayton yesterday for lunch at the pub in town and it was really great. I had a duck sandwich (hoisen sauce and five-spice) with salad and coleslaw while my husband had the outstanding pie of the day (chicken, bacon, and mushroom). The mains listed were right at your 25 GBP mark while our lunch was cheaper.

That's been our only good mid-range meal (so far!). However we had a nice meal at Al-Casbah on Mill Road. It's less than 15 GBP/person but has a nice ambience. We had the meze appetizer and the mixed grill. We will definitely go back.

Sep 22, 2013
mayjay in U.K./Ireland

Opah cheeks--preparation ideas?

I bought these today because they were beautiful, and I decided I could figure out something later. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm guessing that they should be cooked very quickly and served rare in the center?

Apr 17, 2013
mayjay in Home Cooking

Valentine cupcakes for preschool

I'm making cupcakes for my son's Valentine party at his preschool. Does anyone have any healthy-ish cupcake recipes that are still appropriately festive? I found some on the Eating Well website, but I haven't tried any of them. Any suggestions would be appreciated (there are no allergies in the class). Thanks!

Feb 11, 2013
mayjay in Home Cooking

Coffee soda anywhere?

Funny. I'd never tried it before yesterday when I picked some up at Country Cheese Mart on San Pablo.

Oct 06, 2012
mayjay in San Francisco Bay Area

Too many Thai chilis?

That's exactly it! Thank you.

Jul 22, 2012
mayjay in Home Cooking

Too many Thai chilis?

My father's garden is overflowing with all sorts of peppers. I have plans for the chilacas, poblanos, and all others except for the Thai chilis. Does anyone know of great uses for these in large quantities? We don't really know how to can things, but I'm thinking of making Hawaiian chili water to keep in the refrigerator.

Jul 22, 2012
mayjay in Home Cooking

Collard Green Wraps - Question

I use them as wraps a lot to cut out carbs. I don't blanch them first, but I cut out the middle thick stem. I suppose if they are particularly big, I might blanch them to soften the other veins, but it has worked great for me.

May 29, 2012
mayjay in Home Cooking

Chicken fried steak with white gravy, fried okra, and buttermilk biscuits around the Bay Area?

The chicken is still really good. I don't know about the chicken fried steak, though.

May 23, 2012
mayjay in San Francisco Bay Area

Hog Island Oyster Farm **OR** Tomales Bay Oyster Co?

I haven't been to HI, but I've been to Tomales twice and both times they provided a knife when asked. I think the first time we paid a deposit for it and the second time they just gave it to us to use. The oysters were great, but we enjoyed the first time so much more because it was a weekday and not crowded vs. unbelievably crowded the second.

May 23, 2012
mayjay in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for ideas for radishes and cilantro (don't have to be together)

We've found ourselves w/ way too many radishes, and for the first time I just roasted them in a roasting pan. It's really good and a completely different flavor than raw.

May 19, 2012
mayjay in Home Cooking

Lao New Year, UN Plaza, San Francisco

Stopped by around 4:30 just as they were closing, but when I asked about beef skewers a woman inside said she would make some for me. They were curious how I knew about these, so I told them about chowhound. I agree the skewers were great. Came with a salad w/ lettuce, tomato, and orange segments, rice, and 2 eggrolls. She said they were doing another festival in SF at the end of the month. I told her I lived nearby and would be back.

May 07, 2012
mayjay in San Francisco Bay Area

WEIGHT WATCHER FOODIES - WHAT ARE YOU COOKING? PART 6 [old]

Last night we had a shrimp boil w/ potatoes, corn, and sausage. Super fun w/ my 3-year-old son. Corn is 1 pt. for half of an ear. Careful w/ the potatoes. The smoked sausage I used was 4 pts/sausage and shrimp is sort of nothing. Tonight it's roasted chicken marinating in a yogurt sauce w/ asparagus salad.

Apr 03, 2012
mayjay in Home Cooking

Harissa - Whoops - It's powdered

I don't know where to get the paste, but I just add oil to it to get the consistency I want.

Mar 28, 2012
mayjay in Home Cooking

Visiting Berkeley for the First Time - Need Critique's

I second all of this.

Mar 08, 2012
mayjay in San Francisco Bay Area

Sumo citrus - enormously good to eat

My son and I have been gobbling these down thanks to your heads up.

Feb 23, 2012
mayjay in San Francisco Bay Area

Donuts from tube of biscuit dough - any good?

I grew up eating these occasionally as a special treat. I can't imagine it being fancy in any way, but I have memories of it being delicious! Of course, I haven't had it in 25 years. . .

Feb 23, 2012
mayjay in Home Cooking

WEIGHT WATCHERS FOODIES: WHAT ARE YOU COOKING? PART 5

I love skinnytaste, but that recipe is just okay. Admittedly, though, I left out the scotch bonnet b/c I was hoping my 2-year old would love it. So, perhaps it's not fair to say it was a little boring. If you make the fish stew, I did the points plus for it and it works out to 8 pts per one quarter of the recipe. That was a huge portion, though w/ the sweet potato included.

Feb 23, 2012
mayjay in Home Cooking

WEIGHT WATCHERS FOODIES: WHAT ARE YOU COOKING? PART 5

You can see the recipe here:

http://www.food52.com/recipes/9670_fi...

I only made half the recipe and substituted rock cod for salmon. I don't have a clay pot, but I have a small enamel pot that just held it all. I baked it in the oven at 300 degrees. With my other half-can of coconut milk I made Skinnytaste's Jamaican Red Beans and Rice (also half the recipe). They went well together, but plain rice would also work well. That fish stew is really delicious.

Feb 23, 2012
mayjay in Home Cooking

WEIGHT WATCHERS FOODIES: WHAT ARE YOU COOKING? PART 5

I made a Brazilian fish stew from Food52. Rock Cod marinated in cumin, paprika, garlic, and lime juice and then stewed with sweet potato, coconut milk, bell pepper, cilantro, and onion. This was fantastic and worked out to 5 points/generous serving. I'm going to do more fish stews now.

Feb 22, 2012
mayjay in Home Cooking

Telegraph, Oakland. Sausage sandwiches

We were there Sunday and had the Merguez and the Wild Board & Pear. Yes, they were both messy. The Merguez had a good kick and was delicious. It had an aioli and salad greens. My SO liked the Wild Boar & Pear. Both were were split lengthwise and served on toasted hoagie rolls. The staff was very nice and the patio was good. I wish they had some options that were less than 8-9 dollars, but it's a really nice addition to the neighborhood.

Feb 09, 2012
mayjay in San Francisco Bay Area

Recipes for 18-month old?

Our son did best at that age with things he could pick up himself like peas, beans (like black or cannelini) as well as things he could dip into something else. I agree that at that age it sometimes changed daily and could be really frustrating. One year later and he's much less rigid and will eat almost anything except spicy food.

Feb 01, 2012
mayjay in Home Cooking

ideas for a Tuesday birthday dinner in Berkeley-Oakland

I really like Revival.

Dec 04, 2011
mayjay in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Bay Area bagels?

I bought these yesterday and they are terrible. Crumbled apart when toasted.

Sep 24, 2011
mayjay in San Francisco Bay Area

Good place for dinner near Fox Center Of The Arts in Riverside

Your best bets are probably Mario's Place on Mission Inn Ave. http://www.mariosplace.com/
The Salted Pig mentioned below or Phood on Main which serves dinner on Friday and Saturday only.

I like The Salted Pig quite a bit, but I don't think you can compare it to Omakase at all (which I loved). And it's not necessarily better than Mario's Place or Phood on Main--just depends on what you want. There have been quite a few hitches in each of my 4 visits to The Salted Pig and while each visit has gotten better, it's not without detractors.

Phood on Main is my favorite lunch spot in town, but I haven't been for dinner in over a year. It's within easy walking distance of the Fox, though (as is Mario's) and it's gotten quite popular at dinner (you need a reservation).

Hope you enjoy the show--

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Mario's Place
3646 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA 92501

The Salted Pig
4205 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501

Phood on Main
3737 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501

Mar 25, 2011
mayjay in California

Any Great Burgers in Riverside or Corona?

Cooked a perfect medium-rare. Nice juicy patty with good flavor. Homemade bun that worked really well. I very much like the fries there (similar to in-and-out) and the homemade ketchup.

There's another one on the menu that has a jalapeno cream cheese and something else, but I just had the plain one. It wasn't cheap, though. $15 for burger and fries I believe.

Feb 25, 2011
mayjay in California

Any Great Burgers in Riverside or Corona?

I had a really good one at the Salted Pig which just opened in Riverside. I haven't cared that much for the rest of the food there, but the burger was great.

Feb 24, 2011
mayjay in California