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Cold remedy

I had a really bad cold a while back and spent a bit of time reading about cold remedies. I concluded that they often included the same things and I think anyone could make a healthful soup based on the following

garlic - fresh, 1 or 2 cloves
ginger - few slices fresh
tomato juice or V8 - provides vitamin C
cayenne pepper or tobasco, or both - more vitamin c

The reason you have it hot is to soothe the throat and ease coughing.

Making a soup with some homemade chicken broth, which is always good, some shredded chicken, some fresh herbs (herbs are loaded with vitamins, eg parsley is full of vitamin C) and the rest of the ingredients should make you feel better really quickly.

I have made the soup just with tomato, garlic, ginger and lemon and it worked pretty well. Good to have before bed.

Dec 17, 2012
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the secret to cooking tender pork chops?

I have finally gotten around to trying these - I wanted a porchetta flavour in a meal for just 2 people, so I followed the brine in milk method, then flavoured my breadcrumbs with sage, rosemary, fresh garlic, lemon zest, crushed fennel seeds and plenty of pepper. I got a couple of thick, bone-in pork chops from the butcher, removed most of the fat and breaded them as per the Epicurious recipe. I fried them on medium high heat till nicely golden (in light olive oil) and then transferred to a 375/190 deg oven for about 6-7 min. They only rested for a couple of minutes. I served with garlic roasted potatoes and purple sprouting broccoli drizzled with lemon juice and EV olive oil.

The pork was delicious, wonderfully juicy and tender. I loved that I could taste all the different seasonings in the crumb, and the deeply savoury flavour of the seasonings overall.

When I make this again I will probably not bother with potatoes, I would just serve a few different kinds of veggies - you could do this with ratatouille and green beans, or roasted squash and cabbage, or a lovely root vegetable mash and savoy cabbage.

Thanks again for posting this method! A lovely anniversary meal for my husband and I!

Aug 31, 2012
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Black Forest Cake - High Quality Recipe?

Therebis a nice looking recipe in the Simon Hopkinson book The Prawn Cocktail years. I haven't tried it but his recipes are generally excellent.

Jun 20, 2012
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methods of cooking pork tenderloin to keep it really moist - bake with a glaze??

In a hurry, haven't searched sorry.

Dinner for me and DP tonight. Leftovers for the kids. Slightly sweet - apple honey and thyme glaze?

Cooking method? temp?

I have a single tenderloin, can go to store later

thanks!

Apr 03, 2012
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Chicken Fried Steak...gimme the recipes!

Just wondering if you could explain what cut of meat this is? I am inlondon, would love to try making these but not sure what to ask fir at the butcher?

Feb 24, 2012
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Help me find a Cranberry & Orange Cake recipe that replicates the taste of the C&O starbucks muffin...

Every year I have to have at least one C&O muffin from starbucks, I love the sourness of the cranberry against the sweet cake and the moist little pockets of orange - not bitter, just tangy and orangy - which stop the muffin from being boring to eat.

Any ideas on how to replicate?? I would really prefer to make this as a cake but not sure how to get a really good orange tang going apart from a syrup. How does Starbucks get the the orange into the muffin???? I wonder.

Does anyone have a great tried and tested recipe? The muffin contains what tastes like whole cooked cranberries, not a (tasteless, papery) dried cranberry in sight.

Smitten kitchen has a cranberry upside down cake that could easily be flavoured with a little orange but I don't think it is quite right.

Happy to try a muffin recipe too. But I'd love a cake.

Dec 13, 2011
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What to cook in my new Staub mini cocottes?

TomP I was about to say gratin dauphinois, I did one with parsnip and potato earlier this year and it was lovely, plus you get lots of caramelised crust when you make it in the little cocotte!

Dec 12, 2011
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Using fresh pasta in a Lasagna

We found it best when we let the sheets dry out a little before precooking, the sheets only need about 30-60 min to dry out, then we just barely cooked/dipped in hot water, and this gave an excellent texture to the lasagne. Keeps much better.

If you don't pre-cook, the noodles keep absorbing the moisture from the ragu and that's when they get gummy. I think that if you don't precook the sheets then the lasagne needs to be eaten on the day it's made.

Sep 02, 2011
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Best Carbonara Recipe

gosh, the thought of vinegar in my carbonara or indeed anywhere near it has me recoiling in horror. I stick with Marcella's recipe, using extra parmesan if I don't have pecorino. I am careful not to cook the bacon to crisp because no italian who ever made carbonara for me ever crisped theirs. It's always tender and just beginning to turn golden.

Sep 01, 2011
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Favorite cooking blogs?

Another SK follower, although I'll be really pleased when she's finished writing her books, I feel like she's constantly holding back on us these days, and I really miss her cakes/sweet recipes. I think she is super busy with her son/writing commitments and I'd love to hear more about her general food interests, eg use of more grain flours, her very judicious use of meat, how she plans her menus without meat etc. She used to be a veggie - i wish i was brave enough to serve more meatless meals, but I am often scared of going hungry! plus am pg so need plenty of energy/protein right now.

I also love use real butter - she is an excellent photographer, I don't know how she keeps her images so clear and devoid of clutter and mess. Only pain is that her stuff takes a while to load due to the size of the images.

Lots of delicious oriental recipes, tho I tend to omit her bamboo shoots, I really don't care for the flavour but I guess she has grown up with them.

I like simply recipes too, for old fashioned american cooking and simplified versions of tasty international dishes. Very reliable cooking and she writes with warmth.

Sep 01, 2011
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potatoes on gas bbq to go with homemade burgers?

ooh intriguing. Will get the burgers made up and chilling then have a think about yr suggestions.
Magiesmom, what sort of temp do they need for 35 min cooking time? our grill has a temp indicator.

Jul 01, 2011
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potatoes on gas bbq to go with homemade burgers?

we basically use our gas bbq for meat and fish, occasionally baked potatoes. What would be a nice accompaniment to homemade burgers for dinner tonight? I really want fries but seems kind of silly to have oven and BBQ on. So wonder if there is any other tasty method for BBQ.

Jul 01, 2011
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What's the best way to get my daughter eating spicy food?

Phurst, I'd assumed she'd eat the nuggets as she loves chicken!

Jun 25, 2011
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What's the best way to get my daughter eating spicy food?

Scoop, already doing this where organisation and time permit. Just want her not to reject all vaguely spicy food out of hand, which is a slightly different issue.

Jun 25, 2011
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What's the best way to get my daughter eating spicy food?

Funny you say that. I struggle to feed my daughter when we come over to the states because the children's menus are so limited over there, and also offer very little in terms of vegetables which she normally has in or with her lunch and dinner. For one memorable meal we ordered her chicken nuggets and fries and I had to pick all the fried coating off the chicken - she wanted to see that it was actually chicken she was eating, not just some brown food! I do think that if you keep your kid's food options too "safe" all the time then they will start to only eat their "safe" foods....

Jun 24, 2011
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What's the best way to get my daughter eating spicy food?

I know what you mean about kids being fussy in restaurants. When we were on holiday recently we were eating from a huge buffet every day and I was utterly horrified to see a kid of about 16 ordering plain pasta for both lunch and dinner each day. Nothing on it at all.

Jun 24, 2011
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What's the best way to get my daughter eating spicy food?

This a good point Uncle bob! I think I was slightly different - and extremely lucky - that my mother was dating a Lebanese man when I was very young, and I was exposed to a lot of typical arab dishes at a young age. the smell of hummus and tabbouleh is one of my favourites... Anyway I have been enjoying these things for so long I can't imagine not liking them, but then again it did take me many years of tasting hot food before I stopped asking for things "spicy but not TOO spicy"

I am aware that young children's palates tend to narrow a bit at this age so I'd like to keep offering her some new tastes and flavours from week to week. I have to say I think she eats extremely well for her age, it's just me being a bit of a foodie mother trying get her to eat even more things!

I may have a go with a very mild kedgeree next week (rice, hard cooked eggs, little curry powder, smoked fish, lemon, parsley, onion). She loves fish, smoked or plain, and the curry flavour is more aromatic than spicy.

thanks for all your replies!

Jun 24, 2011
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What's the best way to get my daughter eating spicy food?

She is almost 3. Generally quite open to tasting different foods but very clear about what she likes and doesn't likes (like her mama, maybe?)

Anyone have any specific "spiced" recipes that their kids love?

Jun 24, 2011
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What's the best way to get my daughter eating spicy food?

She doesn't seem to like any spice in her food at all, and I love it! We often eat very different meals because I make something with a little fresh chilli in it, or that uses lots of spices, or is even just very peppery. I prefer to eat asian food because I find it a lot lighter and so those dishes are often cooked just before we eat too, whereas my daughter eats much earlier in the evening.

I'd love to get her eating chile con carne for a start, but she hates pulses too (another of my favourite foods).

Any good tips to start her off? She has had a mild thai curry at a friend's house, but I think that was using a jarred paste and I normally make my paste from scratch and it can be a bit hot.

I think we often get into a rut with kids food because you don't want to go to the trouble of making something new that they then reject out of hand...

Jun 24, 2011
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Pls suggest a vegetarian main course for my dinner party tonight, to serve 1 person.

well I couldn't think of anything that appealed to me in the end so I did a seabass stuffed with Lemon and Sorrel which she loved. Will try to come up with something exciting next time. I do like the idea of stuffing mushrooms with quinoa tho, nice and filling and much more textural than a pile of vegetables. Thanks for your suggestions folks!

Jun 12, 2011
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Pls suggest a vegetarian main course for my dinner party tonight, to serve 1 person.

I have cooked for her before, I know she eats fish.

Re: parmigiana, I think it's a bit too similar to ratatouille no?

Will have a look at flexitarian menu.

Seems a bit funny to serve pasta as well as mashed potatoes. I would not want the 2 together on my plate. Am looking for a nice protein or vegetable dish to accompany the other sides.

Jun 11, 2011
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Pls suggest a vegetarian main course for my dinner party tonight, to serve 1 person.

I am serving Simon Hopkinson's lamb with garlic and anchovies, baked ratatouille, mashed potatoes and green beans.

My go-to dish veggie dish is a piece of fish, usually bream or sea bass, spread with tapenade and quickly roasted, and it would go perfectly with the meal tonight.

But I would like to do an actual vegetarian dish instead of just fish. Any suggestions that would pair nicely with the other sides? I am thinking a warm cannellini bean salad but it just doesn't seem very substantial. I don't want her (the veggie) to feel her meal has been an afterthought.,

I am terrible with veggie food and need to think of a "centrepiece" dish rather than a couple of extra sides, I started cooking in the eighties and am not very patient with meals that involve lots of little dishes to make up the protein element!

Starter is mozzerella tomato and avocado salad, and pud is almond macaroons with mascarpone cream and fresh strawberries.

Jun 11, 2011
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Help with menu planning around Vietnamese Duck braised in Orange Juice (Rick Stein)?

Thanks so much for the suggestion. I did the papaya salad and everyone loved it. I would have liked the salad perhaps a little sweeter but it was a great refreshing contrast to the main course.

I did a Sauternes and Olive Oil Cake for dessert with fresh nectarines. Very tasty tho the recipe should say a 9inch tin rather than 8. A very successful dinner all round so thanks for your input!

Jun 06, 2011
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Favorite Olive Oil Cake

I have just made the Sauternes and Olive Oil Cake from Chez Panisse and it's absolutely delicious. Won't use up many oranges but it tastes heavenly.

Jun 04, 2011
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Delicious winter dessert: Sauternes-olive oil cake with dried fruit compote

Dagnabbit! just seen this post AFTER putting my cake in the oven full to the brim and with a mini cake on the side. Have put them in on a baking sheet in case of spillage and fingers crossed that with everything I've read about this cake, it will still taste good even if it looks a bit sad...

Am going to serve with chilled nectarines drizzzled with a little peach liqueur, and some whipped cream. Can't wait!

Jun 04, 2011
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Give me your veggie recipes that....

also, I got a kid's knife from Pampered chef and I try to give her a vegetable to chop when I am chopping. She particularly likes raw pepper. Tomatoes too but they are messy. She even ate some celery the other day - I hate raw celery but she was pretty hungry. I was totally impressed!

Also I never try to disguise food - I always tell her what I'm giving her or what is on her plate. That way she is more aware that there are lots of different kinds of foods in the world and she can figure out on her own what she likes and doesn't like. I also tell her she can spit it into my hand if she doesn't like it (when it's a new food).

Jun 03, 2011
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Help with menu planning around Vietnamese Duck braised in Orange Juice (Rick Stein)?

mm I like the idea of the salad with prawns. will look at recipes for the salad. Think I can get the papaya at our oriental shop.

Jun 03, 2011
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Help with menu planning around Vietnamese Duck braised in Orange Juice (Rick Stein)?

I am planning to cook this on Sat night. Only 4 of us and I've never done the duck before but can easily imagine how it might taste and am assuming it will be quite rich.

Not sure how to start the meal?? I would love to do vietnamese spring rolls but I really hate deep frying and also don't think I'll have time to get them done. Could also do summer rolls but I have done them so often and they aren't that exciting, tho always tasty I admit.

Needs to be fresh and crunchy and tasty. My husband does a nice squid salad but I feel like we make that all the time for parties!

Don't want the starter to be too meaty and it's warm here so it shd be a salad or involve lots of nice fresh herbs. I love the thai?? chicken salad with mint and the vinegar/sweet dressing but not sure about serving chicken before the duck.

Am also unsure about dessert. I am pregnant and craving chocolate cake so can't really think of anything else right now. Smitten Kitchen posted a delicious looking strawberry cake that might work with creme fraiche. Or a raspberry buttermilk cake, in the same vein...

Or something simple, light and fruity, like almond macaroons with mascarpone and fresh strawberries.

Ill be serving the duck with steamed rice and a mix of bitter greens and cabbage.

Jun 02, 2011
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Give me your veggie recipes that....

I tend to put a little soy sce or lemon and olive oil on broccoli. And generally, asian stirfried greens, started with a base of ginger and garlic. With a bowl of rice and making sure they are well seasoned with soy, a touch of white wine, a pinch of sugar and finished with sesame oil, my DD will hoover this kind of food up.

Stirfried noodles in a sweetish sauce. I always marinate the chicken in soy and honey, plus a bit of whatever else asian - rice wine, or sake, or mirin. Then quickly stirfry garlic and ginger, spring onions, and then whatever veg I have, usually carrots peppers zucchini broccoli and green beans or snow peas. THrow in the chicken at high heat, let it sizzle in its marinade, reduce heat and add a bit of water, lid on for a few min, then check to taste. I usually stir in [whisper it] a tb of peanut butter which adds calories as my baby is a bit skinny, and is a good source of protein and helps the sauce cling to the noodles.

Always goes down a treat.

Jun 02, 2011
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Did anyone go to Borough Market last week? Do they have ripe peaches in yet?

Am thinking about making the sauternes and olive oil cake from Chez panisse and I think it might be nice with peaches or nectarines but haven't seen any decent ones yet. Just wondering if it's worth a trip to the market on Saturday.

Jun 01, 2011
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