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How many different types of fish have you tried?

OK I forgot carp, crappie, bombay duck, anchovy - I'm sure quite a few more will come to mind in a while

Jan 27, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

How many different types of fish have you tried?

OMG where to begin,

ahi tuna, albacore tuna, amberjack, arctic char, sea bass, lake bass, catfish, cod, corvina, escolar, flounder, grouper, haddock, hake, halibut, herring, bronzini(loup de mer), mackerel, mahi mahi, monkfish, mullet, orange roughy, perch, pollock, pompano, red snapper, salmon(4 kinds), sardines, shark(flake), skate, sole (2 kinds), sturgeon, swordfish, tripletail, hogfish, rainbow trout, turbot, wahoo, whitefish, whiting, whitebait, salt water eel, fresh water eel, pilchards, chilean sea bass, tilapia, tile fish, yellowtail, bluefin tuna,
That's 54 so far that I recall of fish with fins. That's not counting cuttlefish, lobsters, crabs and things like shellfish, octopus and squid. And I don't think of myself as a particular adventurous fish eater

Jan 27, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

what is best water for tea?

As a kid in London I somehow got the responsibility of buying and making multiple pots daily for my family. As a buyer I gravitated to Twining's Assam a tea you can stand a spoon up in. As a brewer, the only rule was make sure the water is boiling. We had hard (limey) water and the kettle would rapidly get a thick coat of limestone.

Jan 27, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

Our old house had a gas fired 12kW backup system that came on automatically - wasn't designed to power the whole house but would handle a couple of rooms (including the kitchen) and also power some essential sump pumps (long story). Now, all we have is our Cobra jump starter and air pump with 400 watts of 120V output. We still have gas for heat.

Jan 25, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

British curry vs. Indian curry

My 2 cents.

Indian/pak/bangla curry - what they make in India/pak/bangla - that includes traditional dishes and evolving dishes.

British restaurant curry - what they serve in restaurants in Britain and can vary from crap to excellent and may or may not approximate what you'd get in India (virtually no biriani[yes I know it's not curry] served in any restaurant is made properly or traditionally). This definition should also include what serious chowhounds make at home.

British curry - a distinct cheap and cheerful curry made with (usually) hot curry powder as the only spice. Pretty much thrown into just about any sauced protein and (usually) with sultanas added and then served with white rice. Curry powder is thrown in raw and not sauteed. Not an attempt to duplicate any particular Indian dish - just an attempt to cook up something spicy that you can call curry.

Jan 25, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

British curry vs. Indian curry

I think they said they were "going for an English".

Jan 25, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Cuisinart Premium Stainless Steel? D'Ohhh!

I'd be willing to bet that what they've been doing since 2010 is using martensitic stainless steel. That still has chromium in it but has a crystalline structure that makes the steel work with magnets - whereas the austenitic phase structure is non-magnetic. martensitic stainless is what you need for induction cooking and 2010 is about the right time frame for Cusinart to start worrying about induction. Now how that gets convoluted in their minds with chromium is anyone's guess. If I recall my crystallography correctly, austenitic steel can undergo a phase change to martensitic depending on composition and treatment.

Jan 25, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware

Cornwall - St. Ives and Padstow

If you have special needs then book as early as possible Otherwise, consider that May is not exactly high season and St Ives can be pretty cold at that time of year - not trying to dissuade you from going - just saying it should not be super-crowded

Jan 24, 2015
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland

Professor develops synthetic alcohol

This is very interesting.

Jan 24, 2015
kagemusha49 in Spirits

Cornwall - St. Ives and Padstow

It's been a while since I've been to St Ives. As pub grub goes, they do a pretty good job. They always used to land the fresh fish catch right on the slip in front of the sloop I'm not sure how much fishing continues today. There probably should be some excellent locally caught crab and lobster and that should find itself into places like the Sloop.

Jan 23, 2015
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland
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Cornwall - St. Ives and Padstow

As an inn it has accommodations and food but I tend to think of pubs as being for drinking. FWIW about 100 years ago pubs were REQUIRED to sell food with drink.

Jan 23, 2015
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland

Cornwall - St. Ives and Padstow

Clotted (Cornish) cream tends to be chunkier than Devon cream. As a result, you would have trouble putting jam on top of clotted cream.

Jan 23, 2015
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland

Cornwall - St. Ives and Padstow

In St Ives you have the Sloop Inn - right in front of the slip (boat ramp) for the harbour. It is about 700 years old. Not sure what other pub yo would go to.

Jan 23, 2015
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland

Labour MP dies from vodka shots

I suspect each shot was more like a tumbler.

Jan 22, 2015
kagemusha49 in Spirits

Can I leave wine in cold car?

Let me get my 2c worth in here.

1) I believe it is true that water reaches its maximum density at 4c
2) Regardless, even if the ocean temperature were minus 5C, wine would not freeze.

Jan 22, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine

TULSA -- New restaurants offer totally authentic Asian dining experiences

KEO is rather nice (and cheap if you go for half price appetizers). But if you want tear you face off authentic Asian, both China Garden and Mandarin Taste are the real deal (as long as you don't order American style dishes like Kung Pao chicken).

Jan 21, 2015
kagemusha49 in Great Plains

70th Birthday Dinner (max $75 per person)

If your idea of ethnic includes Thai - then there is Lotus of Siam which many believe is the best thai restaurant in the country (and quite different from your local Thai). Prices there are reasonable and you would have plenty of $$ left to get wine from their extensive list. On our first trip we asked the server what he would order and his recommendations were excellent - especially the Nam Kao Tod appetizer. Great place to share multiple dishes.
Drawback - it is off strip (need to drive or cab - don't walk) in a dingy low rise Asian mall off of East Sahara - but once inside it is friendly and spacious - one of Las Vegas's secrets.

Jan 21, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas
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How important are color, form, and design in your cookware?

I get free stuff to review on Amazon. A few months ago I got this Neoflam 3 qt pot to review http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00M...
I have to say it a wonderful combination of form color and design.

Jan 21, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware

70th Birthday Dinner (max $75 per person)

Charlie Palmer Steak at Mandalay Bay (Four Seasons) should do it for you. Steak special is $45 and includes unlimited wine. With that coming way under your budget, some of you could order something different if the special does not appeal

Ziploc bags for sous vide, are they safe?

I'm not putting words in your mouth but a few folks in this thread appear to want to put fears in people's heads.

Jan 18, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware

Ziploc bags for sous vide, are they safe?

If you are scared (aka skeptical) of everything you will die of starvation. Our bodies are radioactive (potassium is radioactive) and sunlight causes cancer. These facts are indisputable and you cannot avoid all these risks (ok you can avoid sunlight) which are far far greater than any hypothetical risk you face from polyethylene. Also, we now just about have the ability to measure single molecules of just about anything. so sure, you may find single molecules of all kinds of carcinogens in polyethylene - that's not going to stop me using polyethylene or continuing to have radioactive potassium in my body or going out into the sunshine in moderation. BTW did I mention that just about any method of heating just about any kind of food has associated risks? - but if you don't heat food you face greater risks. Now, you may go and live under a rock because you think it is conservative and safer (it isn't). I, on the other hand, choose to enjoy life and not worry excessively.

Jan 17, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware
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Safe to eat ???

If we could pin the temperature down to 50F or less I'd vote for eating it too.

Jan 17, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Safe to eat ???

Out as in outside? Or inside your house? Outside would probably be cold enough. in your house may be too warm. If you have multiple kids, feed it to one and then, based on results, decide what to do with the rest of your family

Does buttercream go bad if left outside?

Icing sugar (any sugar) in sufficient quantity will inhibit the growth of bacteria("To inhibit mold growth, 65-70% sugar must be added. The addition of up to 50% sugar will inhibit bacteria and yeast growth."m a quote from http://food.unl.edu/safety/poisoning). Since your basic problem is bacteria you need 50% sugar or thereabouts - mold growth should not be an issue overnight. If you are making the buttercream, how come you don't know what type you are making? Don't you have a recipe?
Recipes that I just browsed have at least 50% sugar. I'm not sure why the link says "up to 50%" - my experience at Unilever Food Research lab in Welwyn Garden City was that the more sugar the better.

Jan 17, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

can you identify this London breakfast place (though it might not exist any more)

Areas near docks (London, Live Liverpool - wherever) often have surprisingly good greasy spoons. Not familiar with your reference but Pellici's on Bethnal Green Road is about a mile from dockland and fits the good greasy spoon breakfast bill.

Jan 17, 2015
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland

Wanting to eat good without breaking the bank

Yep - just don't go for the insurance charges - most gold cards provide the same cover as do many auto insurance policies

Jan 17, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Wanting to eat good without breaking the bank

Absolutely! If you shop around on the web and don't pay for all those extra "insurance" charges, as you say, the car expense is basically covered by what you save on airport cab trips (especially as these tend to take you to your hotel by way of Idaho).

Jan 17, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Ziploc bags for sous vide, are they safe?

Well - if you had gone to Oxford or Cambridge, you would have been impressed.

Jan 16, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware

Ziploc bags for sous vide, are they safe?

Not every one with a PhD is a genius. Some PhD dissertations are total crap. You folks without PhDs should be less impressed by academic qualifications. FYI more than 50% of all PhDs in this country got their PhDs in Education - as if education in this country is such a science and is so good.

Jan 16, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware

Ziploc bags for sous vide, are they safe?

Yeah well Oxford is a pretty good school - not as good as Cambridge of course - but don't tell your hubby that as generally Oxford people aren't smart enough to know Cambridge is better.

Jan 16, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware