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Italian Sausage?

Thanks Phil! Yeah, to be honest, my chorizo knowledge is very lacking but I have not seen any fresh varieties of chorizo in Belfast, be them of the Spanish, South American or Mexican persuasion. Sawers is the greatest shop and I didn't see any there last time but I will check again!

Apr 09, 2010
wahwahweewee in U.K./Ireland

Italian Sausage?

Yes, exactly. For some unknown reason, in my head I always call it 'raw' chorizo. But yes, fresh chorizo is exactly it. I live in Belfast and have searched for it to no avail. I even tried to make my own but it was an absolute nightmare both in process and taste.

Apr 06, 2010
wahwahweewee in U.K./Ireland

Help with a dinner in London!

Thanks for all the responses! Y'all have given me loads to think about. I will check out these and report back next month! Thank you for all your help.

Apr 06, 2010
wahwahweewee in U.K./Ireland

Italian Sausage?

Always wondered about where to possibly find Italian sausages. I miss the hot sausage so much from home (fry with onions and peppers, add tomato and some pasta and voila! dinner). Thank you for asking this (and thanks to all the responses) I am definitely going to give those Sainsbury's ones a try.

Now if only I could find decent Mexican style chorizo...

Apr 05, 2010
wahwahweewee in U.K./Ireland

Help with a dinner in London!

Hi 'hounds. I am looking for a great, quirky, different dinner spot that isn't too expensive (maybe 15-20 pounds a head, not including drinks, service, etc). I am meeting some of my friends from America (I am American too but live in the UK) in London next month and want to book in advance, as it will be Saturday evening and I am sure difficult to find a table. So it would need to be somewhere that accepts reservations and is big enough to seat all of us. There will between 5-7 of us. I would like it in a location where there are decent bars or pubs (we aren't really night club type people) around (Maybe SoHo? Admittedly, my knowledge of London's hip spots is quite shabby). All cuisines welcome, but prefer something a little different to what they have at home (Indian? Thai? Though they probably would prefer British fare or some iteration of it). Any ideas? All suggestions are greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Apr 05, 2010
wahwahweewee in U.K./Ireland

Help! Need Mysterious Breakfast Sausage Name, Type

I am nearly certain that these couldn't possibly have been meat-free. Belfast isn't particularly known for friendliness towards vegetarians now (I have lived here for four years and it's pretty awful here for vegetarians as far as I can tell) I can't possibly imagine that things were any better 17 years ago.

I imagine that these were probably beef sausages, or as a previous poster mentioned, a combination of meats. I would recommend going to a decent butcher shop or deli and trying several of their sausages. You may not find those sausages but you might find something similar or better. There are certainly worse activities that I can think of...

Apr 03, 2010
wahwahweewee in U.K./Ireland

"Straight out of the Can" -- What do you eat this way?

Chick peas
Pears packed in water or juice (no syrup)
and my favorite, refried beans of any kind. Just hand me a spoon.

Jan 17, 2010
wahwahweewee in General Topics

The Perfect Grilled Cheese

Great, thank you for the tips! I must remember to cover it. I think a lot of my problem is impatience and I keep checking to flip it too early, so it sticks from all the moving around. Also I think you're right about muenster cheese. That's what my mom used to use. Unfortunately they don't sell it anywhere near me! :(

Thanks again for the tips.

Sep 06, 2009
wahwahweewee in Home Cooking

The Perfect Grilled Cheese

I know this is fairly basic and may be a dumb question but though I am fairly deft at cooking, I cannot get a grilled cheese to be perfect, in the way I remember my mom's ones being. I am looking for the methods of cooking a Perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Though I know that there are many new flavor combos that people are trying, I am just wondering about the most basic of grilled cheeses: cheese slapped between two slices...

Just wondering if you 'Hounds could use your expertise to give me any tried and true methods for making it perfect.

-What type of bread and cheese?
-What type of pan do you cook it in?
-Butter, oil, both, something else?
-How high should the heat be set?
-How many times do you flip? How long should you wait before you flip?

Any ideas or methods? Thanks y'all!

Sep 06, 2009
wahwahweewee in Home Cooking

How to make fries in the oven?

I struggled making good fries in the oven for years. I read a trick in an old weight watchers cookbook and I live by it now. Cut your fries to whatever shape you like then BRINE them for 15 minutes in a mix of water, about a teaspoon or two of salt and a teaspoon or two of sugar. dry them well, top with seasonings and olive oil (if desired) and bake in a hot oven, between 400-450. If you want fries to be crispy, I recommend trying this method. It works for me every time.

Sep 06, 2009
wahwahweewee in Home Cooking

looking to send care package to friend in uk . . .

I second the notion of asking your friend what he/she is missing. I live in the UK now but grew up in Georgia so the foods I would miss would be quite different than West Coast treats (i get instant grits, canned boiled peanuts, etc. sent over from time to time).

There are a lot of not-so-good-for-you foods that i personally love and miss but a lot of people might not care for them (duncan hines cake mixes, bisquick for pancakes, kraft mac and cheese, etc.)

If you friend is into cooking and likes mexican, I would definitely send some of that stuff. Canned chipotles in adobo (i can't find them, though they may be available in london), really good jarred salsa verde, dried chiles of any kind, his/her favorite hot sauce, etc.

Outside of that, I can't really think of much, but those would all be the types of stuff I miss. I would definitely ask your friend though to see if there are special requests.

Sep 02, 2009
wahwahweewee in General Topics

Bachelorette Party in Atlanta- HELP!

Hi all,

I am trying to plan a bachelorette party for a friend of mine in Atlanta. We are planning on just a dinner and a lot of drinking (no strip clubs or anything like that). We are all in-town girls (though I haven't lived in Atlanta in a long time) and I would like to stay ITP. There will be about 10 of us and we are all between the ages of 19-26 (though the 19 year old won't be drinking, just doing dinner).

About dinner: The bride is very low key. She is also a pretty picky eater and drinker. She wouldn't be into fine dining or wine of any kind (in fact she only drinks Bud Light). I would like somewhere for dinner that isn't too expensive (maybe $20-$25 before drinks) that would be relatively low key and 'easy' food (eg Mexican, American, old-style Italian, etc.) but where we wouldn't look weird if we were dressed up. (By dressed up I mean in dresses and heels, not like vails covered in male genetalia or anything like that). The best idea I have so far is Pura Vida? Would that work possibly? Any other ideas?

About drinks: I am looking for somewhere where there would be several bars together. Not a big fan of the highlands and definitely not Buckhead (is there anything there anymore?). She likes low-key places (see: the aforementioned Bud Light), no dancing, but still fun. Also, it will be on Wednesday so somewhere that may be kinda lively during the week so we don't stick out like sore thumbs.

Is this a lost cause?

Any help or advice you may have would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you for reading this far!!

Aug 31, 2009
wahwahweewee in General South Archive

Service- What makes it excellent? Merely good? Or bad?

well put, superk!

Aug 17, 2009
wahwahweewee in Not About Food

The Basics: How to Make Gazpacho

This could not be more timely. I just bought tomato juice and cucumber and was looking to make Gazpacho even though I have never made it and never had it.

Just wondering about something Aidam said, how exactly are almonds incorporated (I have them too..) Do they need to be ground first or with the veggies? Are they just a garnish? Sorry, I am afraid I am a gazpacho virgin.

Aug 13, 2009
wahwahweewee in Features