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Stovetop Pizza

Comments on the post say that the bottom is very crispy due to the direct heat.

Sep 01, 2015
ursy_ten in Home Cooking

Would you have asked...? Food to be thrown out

I really like that. I hate all of the single use stuff that ends up in landfill. Good for you!

Aug 30, 2015
ursy_ten in Not About Food

Chorizo, Chevre, ____?: How to Top This Canape ?

I'm thinking a pecan might be nice.

I'm also thinking a sliver of preserved lemon would be good.

Aug 30, 2015
ursy_ten in Home Cooking

Cookies (Trader Joe's?) Rocks and Twigs? Stones and Sticks?

Oh, don't worry - she got her answer. It was Rocks and Rolls, and they were at Wholefoods.

The description still intrigues me, think I will go and google some up.

Jul 31, 2015
ursy_ten in General Topics

Cookies (Trader Joe's?) Rocks and Twigs? Stones and Sticks?

One of my facebook friends just posted this, and it intrigued me enough to see if any of you fine folk have any ideas (being an Aussie, I can't help her):

"Does anyone remember those cookies, I think they were sold at Trader Joe's, called something like "Rocks and Twigs" or "stones and sticks?" They were not very sweet, hard little dough blobs and circles of a pale dough? I wish I knew what they were really called, I want to make something like them."

Jul 31, 2015
ursy_ten in General Topics

Party sides and nibbles--hot and bored!

Well, ok - you might have a point... *shudders*

Party sides and nibbles--hot and bored!

Oh, it's awful here in Australia right now. I wish I was freezing my ass off somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere!!

Jan 10, 2015
ursy_ten in Home Cooking

Looking for light and upbeat or soothing conversational cooking shows

Thanks for all of the additional suggestions - I am enjoying exploring them all :)

Aug 20, 2014
ursy_ten in Food Media & News

How good is your flavor imagination?

Lol, it's ok - I'm not going to try it. Wouldn't know where to find a psychotropic drug anyway!

Aug 07, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

How good is your flavor imagination?

Wow, wouldn't that be nice... I wouldn't mind a reset.

Aug 07, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

Looking for light and upbeat or soothing conversational cooking shows

Thanks so much everyone for all of the suggestions! I am enjoying exploring them all :)

Aug 06, 2014
ursy_ten in Food Media & News

Looking for light and upbeat or soothing conversational cooking shows

I have many cooking show dvds and am looking to add to my collection with some shows that are cheerful and friendly. I don't necessarily need to learn anything great or complicated, I have plenty to watch in that category.

To give you some background, I care for my mother who has Alzheimer's. Some days are harder than others, but on the whole it's pretty challenging. When I am feeling down or worn out from the day, I have found that putting on Rachel Khoo's 'Little Paris Kitchen' or Nigella Lawson's 'Nigella Kitchen' just the ticket to help me unwind. I particularly like Nigella's conversational style, it's like she is talking to a friend... and I find her voice (or maybe it's her accent) kind of soothing; and Rachel Khoo is just so cute, she always cheers me up.

So, I would love to know if there are other shows out there like these... because it's way cheaper than therapy!

Thanks in advance...

Aug 06, 2014
ursy_ten in Food Media & News

Beef stew meat - suggestions other than beef stew?

Stifado (a Greek stew) - the cinnamon and other herbs and spices make for a nice twist.

http://www.jamieoliver.com/magazine/r...

Aug 06, 2014
ursy_ten in Home Cooking
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How good is your flavor imagination?

I'm glad things have come back somewhat for you. It's pretty scary, the power a doctor can yield!

Aug 05, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics
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How good is your flavor imagination?

I don't know - I don't think it was that so much as I lost some brain cells. It's been observed that I turned into a zombie (so, definitely not the right drug for me). I don't actually remember too much about that time, I just know that what used to come easily and instinctively is now not so natural.

ETA: Actually I do vaguely remember something about it possibly altering sense of taste, so it might be a factor.

Aug 05, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics
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How good is your flavor imagination?

Mine is ok, but it used to come much more naturally and easily to me.

A few years ago I was misdiagnosed as bipolar and was put on lithium (and other things I forget) for a number of months, and since then my knowledge of what will go well with what doesn't "flow" quite as easily. I used to have a mind like a steel trap but it's more like a sieve nowadays. Ah well. The brain is a fascinating thing...

Aug 05, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

China: A Culinary Adventure

It's a great show, I really liked their presenting style - they made a good team and it was wonderful how they went off the beaten track to visit places that would be inaccessible to the average traveler.

Jul 11, 2014
ursy_ten in Food Media & News

Preparing Sunflower Buds

Thanks for posting, I am going to have to give this a try. I have some sunflower seeds somewhere from awhile back when I tried sunflower sprouts. Incidentally, I thought they were quite awful but I imagine the buds would be quite nutty and delicious.

Your question intrigued me enough to google it. This is the most informative page I have found: http://www.livestrong.com/article/483... - it gives some advice on what to do with the rest of the plant as well.

Jul 09, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

Popiah (spring roll) wrappers. Ingredients are simple, but some serious skill is involved. I was intrigued enough by the process to give it a go - once. This guy makes it look so easy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp-zG...

Won ton wrappers... well, actually I am on the fence about that one. If I am in the mood it can be quite meditative, but I just don't seem to have the energy these days. I have been wondering whether a pasta machine might make the job easier but I haven't gotten around to finding out.

Corn tortillas - all the ones I've made have been blah.

Jul 07, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

Do you dry your stainless steel sink?

I don't because my partner has ocd so it will be wet again in five minutes. I do know someone who is ocd about wiping her sink dry though (not for hard water's sake, just 'cause it's one of her "things"). I imagine it would have been a recipe for disaster if she was married to someone like my partner!

Jul 07, 2014
ursy_ten in Not About Food

Luke Nguyen Vietnam Australian show

I think it's SBS in Australia. I don't know what network in the U.S. but I've been getting them from iTunes (but I have no idea if iTunes is different between countries)

Jul 04, 2014
ursy_ten in Food Media & News

Do you watch you tube for cooking?

Thanks so much for the recommendation for Gourmet Farmer - I'm really enjoying it.

Will have to check out River Cottage as well... Heston I've watched before. He's great!

Luke Nguyen Vietnam Australian show

I have just "discovered" Luke's shows through Itunes - his France series is airing here in Australia now. He is a really likeable presenter. I had to hunt down his other shows once I had seen my first episode (there are now 4 other seasons that he has done now, since the OP was made)

Other Australian presenters you might like, besides the ones already mentioned are Peter Kuruvita (Sri Lanka, Pacific Islands), and Adam Liaw (Japan). They follow similar formats.

Poh's Kitchen (Poh Ling Yeow), Food Safari (Maeve O'Meara) and The Cook and the Chef (Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant) are more Australian focused but are also very enjoyable. If you haven't discovered them already, they are really worth a look. I think you can find much of the content on YouTube.

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

I have made lavender salt (I read that it's fantastic on freshly picked tomatoes - possibly here on Chowhound), and lavender sugar. The latter is nice in a hot chocolate at bed time, especially since lavender is supposed to help you sleep.

Your rosemary lavender roasted potatoes sounds amazing - I must try it sometime.

Jun 24, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

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

Tomatillos. They are not like anything I have ever tasted before. They're very, uh... savoury. Hard to describe.

I had read that they have a citrus tang but I didn't really pick it up in this variety. These were the little ones, about marble size. I grew them from seed. I am going to keep an eye out for the bigger, tomato-sized variety. I don't like my chances much though, not many people have even heard of them here.

Jun 18, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

These handles on these pans look intriguing. Possibly ergonomic?

Oh, brilliant! Thanks Tanuki!

Jun 10, 2014
ursy_ten in Cookware

These handles on these pans look intriguing. Possibly ergonomic?

I quite like the look of them. I think it would take a bit of skill to bend them like that!

Jun 10, 2014
ursy_ten in Cookware

These handles on these pans look intriguing. Possibly ergonomic?

Yes - I have a friend with fibromyalgia and was wondering whether she would find them useful. Sounds like they might be worth a try.

Jun 10, 2014
ursy_ten in Cookware

These handles on these pans look intriguing. Possibly ergonomic?

This is a photo from the podcast 10 minutes to table with Xanthe Clay (Telegraph TV) - which I have been quite enjoying. I am interested in the handles of the pans. I have never seen them before but they intrigue me. Has anybody seen them around? They look to me like they could be ergonomic, but since I have never seen them before, maybe not? Otherwise - why would they not have taken off, given that they should be easier to use. What are your thoughts?

Jun 09, 2014
ursy_ten in Cookware

What are the most educational cooking shows?

Ahh, Aussieland - now you're in my territory!

I am currently waiting for a dvd box set of "The cook and the chef" (Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant). I am thinking that this might be a good series for picking up some new skills.

Luke Nguyen is also worth looking up. But he might fall more into the culinary journey category.

May 25, 2014
ursy_ten in Food Media & News