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What's for Dinner #234 -- The Dog Days of Summer Edition #4 thru Jul 24, 2013

not quite my backyard, but close enough!

Jul 25, 2013
sourgirl in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #234 -- The Dog Days of Summer Edition #4 thru Jul 24, 2013

last night: chanterelles (from my woods) and garlic sautéed in butter on toast

tonight: an improvised thai green curry, with inspiration from 101cookbooks.com. coconut milk, vegetable broth, shallot, grated ginger, garlic, lemongrass, potato, broccoli, kale, green curry paste, and a dash of sriracha and lime in the bowl. easy, delicious, refreshing!

frozen pancake batter

thank you! pancakes for dinner.

Feb 13, 2013
sourgirl in General Topics

frozen pancake batter

I was cleaning out my freezer today and found a jar of pancake batter from the summer. should I toss it, or do you think it will still be edible? thanks.

Feb 12, 2013
sourgirl in General Topics

Ireland (Dublin and Connemara), mid-november

Thank you for these suggestions! I am so looking forward to it.

Nov 10, 2012
sourgirl in U.K./Ireland

Ireland (Dublin and Connemara), mid-november

Greetings. My mother and I are going to Ireland from 16-26 November, and we'll be spending half the time in Dublin and half the time in the Connemara area, though we haven't booked our hotel there yet. I'm looking for any and all recommendations for restaus in Dublin and the west. I am a vegetarian, my mother is a pescetarian. We are looking not only for Irish food, but really anything delicious and note-worthy. I'd also love any microbrewery or other interesting food destination suggestions you might offer! For example in the Connemara area are there any farms, cheese makers, breweries, etc. to visit? We will be renting a car and are eager to do some exploring. Thank you!

Nov 06, 2012
sourgirl in U.K./Ireland

Vegetarianism in China...

thanks for this post. I will have access to a kitchen, so i'm planning on cooking a lot of vegetables and improvised ramen and some other stuff. I know i can count on getting a meat-free breakfast and will start scouting out veg friendly places when I get there on sunday. going out to eat with friends seems like it might pose a problem, but I'm sure i'll figure something out. I'll definitely check out the shanghai expat website when I have a minute. it's too bad that my dietary preferences will limit what i'm able to eat - my favorite chinese dishes are mapo tofu, yu hsiang qie zi, dumplings of all kind, and cong zhua bing. all those dishes have meat in them in their original versions but at home i cook them without meat or order them in a restaurant, where they're often featured on the vegetarian menu.
I have heard of a number of fair-weather vegetarians who just abandon it in china because it gets too hard, but for me, it's non-negotiable. i suppose it might be for the best, though, because when I spent a year in taiwan 3 years ago I gained about 6 kilos!

at home in the US, when I go out to eat, I don't have a problem eating something that was prepared in a pot that at one point cooked meat. It's just that often when a pan or whatever was used to cook meat and then it's not washed I can taste the meat, which renders the meal inedible. I feel quite certain that when I eat in restaurants and I order a pasta dish or some kind of vegetable thing that are marked as vegetarian they probably haven't been cooked in a "contaminated" vessel.

Vegetarianism in China...

alas, it seems it will be as I feared. for me, any food that's cooked in pork fat or any animal fat or that contains stock or little bits of meat or fish is off limits. I guess i'll be mostly restricted to vegetarian restaurants, and if that's not possible, then just say "wo chi su" and point to the jade buddha on my necklace and hope they respect that.

what about street food, though? surely there are some xiao chi that are vegetarian?
and can anyone comment on why vegetarianism is quite common in taiwan but not china?

Vegetarianism in China...

Specifically in Shanghai. I will be spending the next four months studying at East China Normal University, and I've heard mixed things about maintaining strict vegetarianism in China. I know there are vegetarian restaurants in Shanghai, but if I go out to eat at a "normal" restaurant, will they understand and respect it? That means using different utensils and pots to prepare my food, and certainly not sneaking any meat stock or slivers into any of it. Is there a lot of vegetarian-friendly street food? I have spent time in Taiwan and had no problem at all being veg. there, and people were very open to it, so i'm also wondering why China might be less understanding about a strict vegetarian diet.

I would appreciate any recommendations about specific places to eat that serve reliably good veg. Chinese (or really any cuisine) food, and any tips about navigating the whole situation.

HASH BROWNS.

I know this topic has been covered before, but I'm wondering if anyone has updated information about where to get legit hash browns in new york. Joseph Leonard's are delicious, but not exactly what I had in mind. any thoughts?

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Joseph Leonard
170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

Dec 03, 2011
sourgirl in Manhattan

searching for 3 very different cookbooks

and need recommendations.

one- a comprehensive and easy to follow bread cookbook. I have a really old-school one from the 70's that's really confusing and I've been too intimidated to ever make anything from it.

two - a turkish cookbook that's either completely vegetarian or else heavily emphasizes veg. food.

third - vietnamese, thai, lao, cambodian or any south east asian (or all in one), vegetarian or mostly vegetarian cookbook. If someone could recommend a book that sampled recipes from all SE Asia, that'd be great, or else I would welcome a solid book for any of those countries.

thanks

Nov 03, 2011
sourgirl in Home Cooking

Vegan/Vegetarians: What to eat when feeling under the weather???

for colds, coughs, hangovers, and just about everything except severe stomach upsets, I like either plain old homemade vegetable broth, or vegetarian pho, canh chua, or tom yum. soup is a cure-all!

Nov 03, 2011
sourgirl in Home Cooking

Otto or Frankies 570

We went to Frankies 17 on friday night, quite late, and it was busy right til midnight. I got the ricotta crostini and sweet potato ravioli - both were absolutely delicious. I was still hungry, though, and it didn't quite fill me up, so I ordered a side of broccoli rabe. That was the only disappointing part of the meal; it's served cold, which was kind of unexpected, and it was just...blah. My friend got the cavatelli and thought it was excellent. Definitely would go back.

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Frankies 17 Spuntino
17 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

Oct 31, 2011
sourgirl in Manhattan

Otto or Frankies 570

Frankies it is, then. thanks!

Oct 26, 2011
sourgirl in Manhattan

Otto or Frankies 570

In need of some good pasta, of the two, which would you recommend? or another downtown italian recommendation of similar price range

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Otto
1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Frankies 570 Spuntino
570 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Oct 25, 2011
sourgirl in Manhattan

葱抓饼 cong zhua bing recipe not 葱油饼

I am looking for a cong zhua bing recipe, the kind they make in taiwan...distinctly different from scallion pancake or cong you bing. see picture for examples, or this video of a vendor in taipei (i actually ate at this stall many times, his was by far the best) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsUb5r...

so anyway, I would be very grateful to anyone who could give me good recipe/technique.

Oct 19, 2011
sourgirl in Home Cooking

cheese!

wow, thank you so much for all of those wonderful recommendations! I'm in vermont, so it shouldn't be hard for me to track down the Consider Bardwell and Von Trapp. Red Hawk sounds amazing, as does Hooligan. Actually, they all sound delicious, and I can't wait to cross them off my list! Next time I'm in the city I'm headed to Murray's and Artisanal to look for some of the imported ones.

Oct 19, 2011
sourgirl in Cheese

cheese!

Since posting over a year ago, I have become obsessed with washed rind cheese, thanks to Jasper Hill's Winnimere. I love all of Jasper Hill's cheeses (new favorite is harbison), but Winnimere takes the cake. After trying it on a whim, it lead me to vacherin, tallegio, epoisses, and "barick obama," among others. Any stand-out washed rind suggestions? I especially love vacherin and winnimere because of the bark on the rind, so any other wood-wrapped cheese would be especially appreciated.

Oct 15, 2011
sourgirl in Cheese

green tomato pickles/relish/mincemeat

I've got a huge surplus of green tomatoes and I'd like to make a pickle or relish etc.. I've looked online and in retro cookbooks, but there's such a huge variety of recipes I don't know where to start. One thing I'm incredibly put off by is the huge amount of sugar that's called for in almost all the recipes I've seen. Why do these recipes require so much sugar? I'm looking for one with little or no sugar; the more sour and savory the better. Thanks in advance.

Oct 15, 2011
sourgirl in Home Cooking

REALLY GOOD PIZZA

Tomorrow night some friends and I are planning on meeting for a pizza meal, preferably in bk though willing to venture into lower manhattan. we'd like a place with a nice enough atmosphere but of course mostly importantly REALLY GOOD PIZZA. Preferably more in the new york style/di fara vein rather than neopolitan. My first thought was Lucali, but they're not open on tuesday night. Any suggestions, please?

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Lucali
575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Jan 10, 2011
sourgirl in Outer Boroughs

vegetarian pho - pho chay

I had the vegetarian pho at An Choi, and it was really delicious. I definitely recommend it, but their banh mi wasn't good. However, what I described in my post I later found out is actually Canh Chua Chay, which is kind of like vietnamese tom yum soup, but in my opinion much better. I did a menu pages search and they have it at Pho Pasteur, which if it is related to the Boston one serves the best bowl of soup i've ever had. Nha Trang also has it, and veg. pho on the menu. i'm going to give both of them a try sometime soon. Good luck

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Nha Trang
148 Centre St, New York, NY 10013

An Choi
85 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Jan 08, 2011
sourgirl in Manhattan

Vegetarian Christmas

homemade squash or pumpkin ravioli with sage brown butter is, in my opinion, the most delicious food in the world. since it's quite luxurious, I think it would be an appropriate holiday main dish. If you're really splurging, why not shave some truffle on top, or drizzle with truffle oil ?

Dec 10, 2010
sourgirl in Home Cooking

food for christmas party

wow, that artichoke bread looks amazing - definitely making that. and I will trust you, katecm, on the gougeres! no fish, because we are a vegetarian household and only make the gravlax in deference to family tradition. otherwise we like to keep the flesh to a minimum. thanks for the advice ~!

Dec 10, 2010
sourgirl in Home Cooking

Bahn Mi New Additions - Any Feedback?

I ate at An Choi about a month ago with a friend. We both ordered the half pho/banh mi, and I got the pho chay, which was absolutely delicious, and the lemongrass tofu banh mi. We ate there pretty late, which might've explained for the extremely soggy, disappointing baguette. The description of the sandwich said the baguette had aioli on it, but there was none, only homemade chili sauce. It didn't actually taste too bad, but the filling was bursting out of the bottom of the baguette, it was so soggy. And in the last bite, I consumed possibly the most spicy mouthful of food i've ever tasted. I don't know if there was a conglomeration of jalapenos and chili sauce hiding or what it was, but my mouth went numb and my throat was prickling and I was honestly afraid I was going to have an anaphylactic reaction. can anyone recommend good banh mi chay?

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An Choi
85 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Dec 05, 2010
sourgirl in Manhattan

food for christmas party

My mother hosts an annual Christmas Eve party, with about 150 people dropping in throughout the night. We always serve hummus, spanikopita, gravlax (homemade!), zucchini squares, and some kind of cookie, and all of those are fine, but we do the same spread every year. This year we need to expand our offerings! Ideas, please?! I was thinking of making a big pot of fondue with assorted crudites and bread, or maybe gougeres, but gougeres for 100 + would be too hard. heeelllppp!
ps- must be vegetarian. no fish.

Dec 05, 2010
sourgirl in Home Cooking

good breakfast place in newton/brookline area

Ah! I guess i'll have to try Deluxe, then!

Nov 17, 2010
sourgirl in Greater Boston Area

Artichoke dipping sauce?

mayo mixed with paul newman's balsamic vinaigrette. I won't eat an artichoke without it.

Nov 15, 2010
sourgirl in Home Cooking

"Different, but not strange" - what's on your breakfast plate?

In Taiwan, I would have "dan bing" for breakfast every morning. It's a kind of scallion pancake, rolled up with chili sauce on top. Each vendor makes a different kind, with some of the pancakes veering towards the crepe side, and others (my personal favorite) more similar to naan. I would frequent the same one on my way to language school every morning, buy two pancakes and some dou jiang (soy milk) all for a little over a dollar. You can't beat that.

In the states, I love to make homemade hash browns topped with a poached egg.
For hangovers, homemade vegetarian vegetable soup, rye toast, and scrambled eggs always cures me. Something about the soup/protein combination makes you feel as good as new.

Nov 15, 2010
sourgirl in General Topics

Poll: Help the Vegetarians!

love this thread.
I'd have to my number one favorite veggie dish is the pho chay at pho pasteur...mmm

followed closely by a regina Margherita

Nov 15, 2010
sourgirl in Greater Boston Area

Kashkaval

how is the fondue?! I really wanted to try it, but I was more attracted by the tapas. The beer-cheddar sounds delicious.

Nov 14, 2010
sourgirl in Manhattan