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Kifla recipe, please?

Have a look in this week's LA Times food section, there is a recipe for a cookie (called keefleess)that sounds exactly like what you are looking for. I made the dough this evening and am looking forward to trying them tomorrow! http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

Dec 18, 2010
colonelcrunch in Home Cooking

Do Alice Medrich's Recipes Work?

I made the brownies with cheesecake/espresso swirl from the new cookie book last week and they were the best brownies I've ever made. Having said that, I also was pressed for space and had to put them in the unheated pantry, effectively refrigerating them overnight before serving. I've never done that before so it could have also made a difference.

Of course one recipe does not really answer your question, but I am still thinking about those brownies...

Dec 07, 2010
colonelcrunch in Home Cooking

Any "must get" food items that can travel back to States?

Will have a look at that, thanks.

Dec 05, 2010
colonelcrunch in U.K./Ireland

Any "must get" food items that can travel back to States?

Last year I bought a load of cured sausages and cheeses in Germany to bring back to my family in the US. All the meat was cooked and vacuum packed and seized from me at customs in Dulles Airport (hurrah for the USDA's Beagle Brigade), the cheese was ok. They said if it had been canned (yuck) it would have been okay but no meat whatsoever. And for my next three trips back through Dulles I somehow got tagged and had to go through special inspections of my stuff. Just my experience.

Nov 30, 2010
colonelcrunch in U.K./Ireland

Memories of deep fried McDonald's Apple Pies

Oh, yes. The pies in the UK (well, in the McD's I have visited) are fried. Say what you will about English food, they know how to fry.

Nov 28, 2010
colonelcrunch in Chains

Cookbooks you shouldn't have purchased...which books just didn't work for you?

Yes, that was the one. It did have great photos and reminded me more than a little of Ina Garten in its appearance but in the end I felt like there was nothing I really wanted to cook out of it so back it went. I would have probably kept it on the shelf for a few months and then donated it, I do that too often...

Nov 28, 2010
colonelcrunch in Home Cooking

Christmas in London

Try the Big Bang in Oxford. Not that much atmosphere but the food is great- sausages and mash. I just had drinks at the Old Parsonage on Thursday and it was lovely. Nice fire, festive atmosphere and good wine. I also like to duck into the Vault in St Mary's. If you are sightseeing (Radcliffe Camera, the Bod, All Souls) on that side of town, they have excellent lunches (only until they sell out, usually around 2) and a delicious cream tea. I usually go around 3pm and the scones are coming out of the oven. Mmmmm.

Nov 28, 2010
colonelcrunch in U.K./Ireland

The Great Pumpkin Pie Cook-Off! CooksIllus vs. Epicurious vs. Libby's

I made one on the KAF website that I loved. You mix the filling the night before, I have no idea why it made such a difference but it was delicious. I'll be making it again for the Christmas dessert extravaganza. I was about to make the CI one and I could not find canned yams. Good to hear other opinions about it.

Nov 28, 2010
colonelcrunch in Home Cooking

Cookbooks you shouldn't have purchased...which books just didn't work for you?

I just had a clear out so that I could buy some more and donated:
the new vegetarian one by Simon Hopkinson - too complicated, weird flavor combinations
several meals in minutes type books aimed at busy families
several fancy italian ones (locatelli, batali, etc)
the last Giada one, was pretty cheap but in the end not worth the shelf space
I feel like I need to make some rules for myself about buying new cookbooks, I seem to repeat the same mistakes.

I bought
new Melissa Clark - like this one a lot
Flour - again, very happy with this one
the big NYT one, not sure yet.

Nov 28, 2010
colonelcrunch in Home Cooking

Cookbooks you shouldn't have purchased...which books just didn't work for you?

Good suggestion! I've just bought his 30 min meals and really like it. My other fave is his italian one. I don't really follow his shows/growing empire but some of his recipes have made their way into my regular rotation. I also have to confess a fondness for his chain of Italian restaurants in the UK. I copied their addition of orange to tiramisu and serve it to rave reviews.

Nov 28, 2010
colonelcrunch in Home Cooking

Places to eat in Oxford, any ideas?

I have lived in Oxford for almost 2 years and I am struggling to think of a recommendation for either of your two categories. Lately I have had good meals at The Big Bang, which serves only sausages and mash but lots of different kinds and very tasty. Unfortunately, it has little atmosphere. There's a little Japanese place near the museum you are going to called Edamame, it's across from New College. Check the website first for the hours, very popular and good food. Cash only. Someone else mentioned the Ashmolean restaurant for dinner, I had some tea and snacks, not a full meal, but it was good and the views are lovely. The Eagle and the Child is the only pub in the city where I've tried the food, it was pretty good. A little way outside the city (you'd need to drive or bus/walk) is the Perch, which has good French food and a very nice atmosphere. And although I am reluctant to mention it since it's a chain, I did have a good lunch at Jamie Oliver's yesterday. Hope you enjoy your weekend, I've visited the Steampunk exhibit a few times and enjoyed it.

Dec 10, 2009
colonelcrunch in U.K./Ireland