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Cheesy Artichoke Dip

OOOOOH...I'm about to make this now!! Yummers!!

Unfortunately I left my Panko at home (I'm a college now and we don't have any speciality food stores near by) I think I'll make it without this time and then with next.

Will let you know how it goes.

Nov 23, 2009
perfectlypastry in Recipes

launceston place restaurant [London]

I went to Kensington Place - it's owned by the same people. I had the Pork rillettes
cornichons and toast to start, followed by the Sea bream chorizo, tomato cassoulet, saffron aioli and grilled potato and then Apple tart Tatin prune and Armagnac ice cream. Delicious!!!!!

Oct 22, 2009
perfectlypastry in U.K./Ireland

Attention Vegetarians/ Vegans

Roast squash with olive oil, garlic and thyme. Watercress salad - with pears and roasted beets. This fennel salad which I love - it has orange segments in it and lots of thinly sliced fennel and a lemon + olive oil dressing. Gazpacho...chunky guacamole - lots of lime, kosher salt, tiny bit of chilli (depedning on how hot you like it) cilantro - optional, itsy bit of red onion and garlic. These recipes are all vegan. Middle eastern cuisine is also a great idea because most of it is either vegan or veggie. I love tabbouleh - make some couscous in a bowl, add thinly thinly chopped parsley, mint, tomatoes cucumber - take skin off, spring onions and a lemon / oil dressing. Butter bean tagine with yummy flatbread and a really good quality creammy yogurt. Basil / tomato tarts. Bake the tart cases - you can use either ready made puffy pastry / filo or a basic shortcrust. Then add pesto - again you can either purchase this or make it at home, slice the tomatoes Julliene and add them on top. Garnish with basil and parmesan shavings.

Oct 22, 2009
perfectlypastry in Home Cooking

Raw Almonds at Trader Joe's

I have been looking around and this is what I came up with - mainly through googling this topic etc . The customer relations lady wrote this on the subject:

"Trader Joe's California almonds are steam pasteurized and are heated to 115 degrees. There are no chemicals involved in this process. The almonds are labeled as raw
because the steam pasteurization of almonds is an industry standard and
all almonds that have been steam pasteurized will be labeled in this
manner not just Trader Joe's. If you are looking for almonds that have
not been pasteurized please look in our stores for a country of origin
labeling, as only California Almonds will be pasteurized. All other nuts
labeled Raw are completely raw."

Now from the above I figured that though raw almonds are still illegal in the US, there are loopholes. I guess if the almonds have not originated from the US then they are actually raw even though there was a bill passed in 2007 making it illegal to purchase them. Either way you can purchase online or at farmers markets.

Oct 22, 2009
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