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What are you making this weekend?

That sounds like such a delicious weekend...

I am finding myself wanting to cook something, but not having the energy to decide what and carry it through to fruition. Frustrating position to be in!

I think I really want to make some kind of stuffed pasta from scratch but it just feels like too many steps. I have some pumpkin and cream cheese in the fridge and some sage in the garden, which I think would make a wonderful combination for a ravioli filling.

Maybe it's a gardening weekend for me.

about 12 hours ago
ursy_ten in Home Cooking

Kitchen Hacks. What are some of your favorites?

I am surprised that this topic didn't take off!
Here are a few that I got some inspiration out of:

18 DIY Cooking Hacks Alton Brown Taught Us
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/13/diy-cooking-hacks-alton-b_n_4937384.html

Cooking hacks @ Lifehacker.com
http://lifehacker.com/tag/cooking-hacks

How to cut cherry tomatoes the fast and easy way
http://www.reshareworthy.com/cut-toma...

1 day ago
ursy_ten in General Topics

What are you making this weekend?

Aw, thanks - I surely will :)

Apr 15, 2014
ursy_ten in Home Cooking

What are you making this weekend?

I think a risotto or something - they're great for those kinds of things because they do all the stirring for you... or maybe a sauce. I'm really looking forward to making sauces with this baby because even if they do turn out lumpy (which I think would be unlikely), I can just blitz them and smooth them out again. I ummed and ahhed a bit (well, a lot) about the price, but DH just got himself a swimming pool, so I thought what the hell - it's nowhere near what he spent on his new toy!

Apr 14, 2014
ursy_ten in Home Cooking

What are you making this weekend?

Speaking of pastes, here is a video of tikka paste from scratch in the thermomix - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxT8o...

Just to give you an idea of how you can use them.

Apr 14, 2014
ursy_ten in Home Cooking

What are you making this weekend?

Yes, but you can also cook with it too, as well as mill grains and nuts into flour... all kinds of things! It's just like a pair of extra hands in the kitchen. I think I will spend some time playing with it over Easter.

The chicken looks great - you have inspired me. I will have to get some tandoori paste soon!

Apr 13, 2014
ursy_ten in Home Cooking

What are you making this weekend?

Ahh, nice. I love tandoori chicken.

Both of your chicken creations this weekend sound delicious.

I didn't do as much as I'd planned, just a celery soup (weather is cooling now, great time of year for soups). I have a new toy, it's a thermomix - and I love all of the possibilities it opens up, but it's a bit noisy and DH was napping all day so I didn't feel able to use it. Eh, small house blues. If I ever get to design a house I will have to remember to have the bedrooms far away from the kitchen.

When I do get a chance, I am eager to try pastry dough and pasta dough in it.

Apr 13, 2014
ursy_ten in Home Cooking

Do Chowhounds Tend To Be Creative/Artistic?

Oh yeah, I LOVE the Killer Rabbit!!!

Mar 25, 2014
ursy_ten in Not About Food

Overheard in Thai restaurant...embarrassing "Yankees."

That's what I was saying... I think. Maybe I'm using that phrase wrongly?

I meant, I think people need to let up on the OP - after all, they weren't there and didn't hear the tone or observe the body language, the OP was.

Mar 12, 2014
ursy_ten in Not About Food

Overheard in Thai restaurant...embarrassing "Yankees."

It's very difficult to say without hearing the tone in which it was said.

I'd rather give the OP the benefit of the doubt. As subjective as an individual's interpretation can be, it's all speculation if you weren't there to hear it.

Mar 12, 2014
ursy_ten in Not About Food

The Chatty Bagger at the Grocery Store

I had a thought - maybe you could suggest she be moved to a non-express lane? Then she will have more time for chattiness since there are more things to ring up. You could couch it in terms of: you're sure her friendliness is an asset to the store but maybe putting her on the 10-items-or-less checkout is not the most strategic placement.

I'm sure there are some people who might be lonely or are not in a hurry who would appreciate her.

Mar 10, 2014
ursy_ten in Not About Food
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The Chatty Bagger at the Grocery Store

It's sweet that you don't want to get her in trouble. By the sounds of things I imagine if you leave it long enough, someone else is bound to complain, if they haven't already.

Mar 10, 2014
ursy_ten in Not About Food
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Non-tomato pasta sauce recipes?

This is what I've been doing - making a white sauce and freezing it in silicone cupcake cases, that way my daughter only has to decide which flavours she wants to experiment with. Once she gets confident in choosing the main ingredients, I'll take her through making the roux etc. She's not a confident cook and doesn't have a natural interest in it (yet), so I'm breaking it down into stages so as not to overwhelm her with multiple steps.

Feb 24, 2014
ursy_ten in Home Cooking

Non-tomato pasta sauce recipes?

Sounds lovely - interesting use of a bouillon cube, too!

Feb 24, 2014
ursy_ten in Home Cooking

Non-tomato pasta sauce recipes?

Sounds quite decadent! I've heard of bottarga, have to try it one day.

Feb 24, 2014
ursy_ten in Home Cooking

Non-tomato pasta sauce recipes?

It's been awhile. Anyone had any new revelations in the world of non-tomato pasta sauces?

I have a new one to share.

Make a roux, (equal parts butter, flour), add milk a bit at a time until the white sauce is the consistency you like.

In another pan, sautee diced onions in butter, add chopped bacon and sage leaves (or whatever else goes well with bacon). Cook through, season to taste. Mix in white sauce and pasta. Top with lots of shaved parmesan.

Also good with baby spinach instead of the sage.

This is my teen's favourite so far. I'm teaching her to cook so that she doesn't have to rely on us or noodles in a cup, and she loves spaghetti. I just bought her a fasta pasta microwave cooker and it's great, it means that we can concentrate on the basics of sauce making while the pasta cooks unattended.

Feb 20, 2014
ursy_ten in Home Cooking

What new food(s) have you tried recently and how was it?

Yes, but I'm talking about before they turn brown and become the coriander seeds you see in the spice aisle.

Feb 17, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

Why would someone decide to avoid all food products made in the States?

Ok (I'm not an expert)

Feb 17, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

Why would someone decide to avoid all food products made in the States?

Hybridization is mixing the genes of two related/similar organisms (which may or may not be the same species). For example, a mule is the offspring of a male donkey and female horse. If a male donkey mates with a female horse, offspring is possible with no other intervention (but because they are different species the mule is sterile).

They have to be somewhat related. If a donkey mated with a cow or a sheep, they would not produce offspring because genetically they are not similar enough.

GMO takes it a step further, in that the genes of two or more organisms are combined to create another organism that in nature, could not occur - that is, scientific intervention is necessary. It could not happen on its own, no matter how much time you give it.

Grossly simplified, but as I understand it, that's the gist of it.

Feb 17, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics
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What new food(s) have you tried recently and how was it?

I'm sure you will when they start bolting :)

Feb 15, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

What new food(s) have you tried recently and how was it?

I add them to anything I'd put cilantro in, really. The flavour is not exactly the same, but similar enough. For some things like soups I'd crush them so that the flavours can infuse.

Feb 15, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

What new food(s) have you tried recently and how was it?

Cilantro berries. I had a cilantro plant go to seed, and I tried the berries when they were green and plump, before they hardened and turned brown.

It's so nice to know that I don't have to despair next time my cilantro bolts, as they are so prone to doing.

If you love cilantro, you have to try them!

Feb 15, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

The best way to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew

Huh! Good to know :)

Maybe it's because there's a bit of "give" in wood that might provide a bit of spring-back that a stone fence doesn't.

Feb 04, 2014
ursy_ten in Not About Food

The best way to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew

The fence over the stone wall? That surprises me! Was it a wooden fence?

Feb 03, 2014
ursy_ten in Not About Food

Do Chowhounds Tend To Be Creative/Artistic?

Have you never heard of the term, "starving artist?"

Jan 30, 2014
ursy_ten in Not About Food

Do Chowhounds Tend To Be Creative/Artistic?

I can draw - I have bits and pieces of art scattered throughout the internets - think there's a link to my facebook art page on my profile. But I'm a librarian in my day job.

Oh, and I also crochet cute lil things when I have the time. The last one was a zombie bunny. But I rarely have the time these days.

Jan 29, 2014
ursy_ten in Not About Food

Chowhound Hang ups

Have you tried using a different browser? Sometimes that helps.

Jan 10, 2014
ursy_ten in Site Talk

Wheat free alternative for bread stuffing?

Thanks Querencia - I don't think I've ever heard of mashed potato stuffing - interesting!

Jan 06, 2014
ursy_ten in Special Diets

Tell me about Ulam Raja - the King's Salad (Malaysian herb: Cosmos Caudatus)

Many thanks - I am so looking forward to trying this!
Apparently it's easy to grow, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's true.

Jan 05, 2014
ursy_ten in China & Southeast Asia

Tell me about Ulam Raja - the King's Salad (Malaysian herb: Cosmos Caudatus)

Thank you klyeoh, so I would probably use it in a similar way to or as a replacement for lettuce, do you think?

Jan 05, 2014
ursy_ten in China & Southeast Asia