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Edinburgh -- Salad??

We'll be in Edinburgh for a few days next month..looks like some fine opportunities for good meals.
For lunch sometimes a nice green leafy salad is wanted... Anyone serve salads they're really proud of? crispy, tasty, mouth watering....?

Feb 13, 2012
penche in U.K./Ireland

salads??

Lots of good ;foods in Vancouver...I eat well on my visits there. Anyone have any suggestions where to go for an interesting salad? I get a craving for an interesting, nutritious, green leafy lunch now and then.

Aug 30, 2011
penche in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Iron Chef Challenge - Eggplant

Did an eggplant dinner last fall, I'd found a bunch of beautiful eggplants at a farmer's field stall, bought a box (box of 24 for $11 or something ridiculously cheap) Invited some friends for dinner with the understanding that they'd be supplied with as many eggplants as needed to make what ever eggplant dish they wanted to bring to dinner. Lots of good stuff showed up, generally the traditional dishes. The one that unfortunately didn't make it, but deserves some prize for imagination, was the eggplant ice cream --Perhaps you could give that a try.

Apr 07, 2011
penche in Home Cooking

Keeping green vegetables fresh

The local stores' selection and quality of good green vegetables is pretty limited. When I travel to the city I stock up on bok choi, napa, ba tai, brussel sprouts, cilantro, etc. Some wilts or yellows quickly, others last fairly well - sometimes for a couple weeks. The same vegetable that lasts well one time might wilt and yellow in a couple days the next time. Any suggestions on how to keep the greens green??

Mar 14, 2011
penche in Home Cooking

Food Dehydrator - Should I fork out the cash?

Duchess, now this thread is going places -- wind dried fruit and a solar oven!! Tell us about your solar oven, how it was designed, built and how it was to cook in it.

Feb 25, 2011
penche in Cookware

Basque Restaurants in London??

Any suggested Basque restaurants in London or near-by areas? What foods did you order, How was it prepared???

Feb 24, 2011
penche in U.K./Ireland

Kew Lunch??

Any suggestions for lunch in or near Kew Gardens...

Feb 23, 2011
penche in U.K./Ireland

Food Dehydrator - Should I fork out the cash?

Been using a Nesco for a few years, Does the job well, There is some added expenses to the machine. I tcomes with 4 trays and you'll probably want more. Also the removable liners that make it much easier to remove fruit after it has dried and stuck to the tray, so figure some added cost. Also ther are at least two models, one with just a heat element, one with heat and fan. The latter being prefered. Some fruits take a day or two to dry. Fruit and fish and such were all preserved by drying for several thousand years or so before anyone was selling appliances, so you might try wind drying some stuff..at least for fun...

Home dried doesn't come out as pretty and colorful as the commercial stuff, but fuss with pretreating solutions and times. (anyone got suggestions on pretreating?)

The big cost factor is the expense of the fruit or vegetables...If you've got a garden and can dry the surplus tomatoes, or can get them from the local farmer for $4 per box that's good, plus you probably can get ripe fruit. If you are buying at supermarket prices there is little price gain.

All that said, dried cantelope is fantastic, dried waatermelon is just tooo sweeet. Find, or create a recipe for fruit soup...

Jan 30, 2011
penche in Cookware

Extra Large Fish Poacher

one more possibility: in James Beard's fish cookbook he reports keeping a baby's bathtub for use as a fish poacher for large salmon. We assume an enameled metal pan, not plastic...Not as classy as $800 of hammered copper, but you'd be in good company...Where are you finding a fresh chinook in December??

Dec 18, 2010
penche in Cookware

Astoria Oregon - Breakfast and dinner recommendations

Good to get the upbeat reviews of the eateries in Astoria. I regularly, but too infrequently, travel through there and am impressed by the number and quality of your restaurants...Delighted to get the reports from the guys who eat there. Though it doesn't come anywhere near Sandy S's request, I would mention Andrew and Steves', unpretentious, stick-to-the-ribs sort of homecooking place, seems to be a bit of an institution. Always a good meal.

A question for the Astoria chowhounds: Last trip through, I was wandering around downtown looking for dinner and happened by a hole-in-the-wall sort of cafe offering Serbian cooking. It looked great and inviting, but it was a night they were closed so I missed it. Serbian? in Astoria? It's almost worth a trip back just to hear the story. What's it like? How's the cooking? What have you ordered?? Are they doing as well and is the food as good as I hope to hear??

Oct 21, 2010
penche in Pacific Northwest

East German Solyanka

Thanks for the tip, checked my Russian Cookbook and there it was...For whatever its worth, the book is "Cooking Russian in America"..For the truly bold cook it provides a recipe for 50 gallons of borsht!!!!

Oct 14, 2010
penche in Home Cooking

Cabbage powder - what now? (NOT soup or smoothies)

Greygarious:
You gotta be honest with us. No one order 5 pounds of cabbage powder and forgets what it's for...Somewhere there is a culinary disaster report that you're concealing. Was this the recipe you picked up from the health food store for a cabbage/garlic/lime jello treat that would protect the kids from colds for the winter, but made them gag and choke, and when you threw it out for the chickens, they ate it but stopped laying or two weeks?? Or was this the creamy cabbage roll soup that smelled so bad that your spouse threw it to the dogs and they got so sick they had to go to the vet???

Forgive the rant, but I'd try some cabbage ice cream with a little hint of lemon and some grated carrot for color and crunch --- if that goes south, there's always the chickens and dogs- they have short memorys...

Oct 14, 2010
penche in Home Cooking

Cooking LOTS of baked potatoes

used to do them in a commercial oven, and even then it took hours...You're talking about a huge mass to heat and cook...Check one of the commercial size cookbooks such as "foods for fifty " to get a good handle on the time or you'll have a hundred angry and hungry diners gnawing on hot raw potatoes. But it sounds like fun, what else you cooking for them??

Oct 13, 2010
penche in Home Cooking

East German Solyanka

Without getting political, An article about Angela Merkel mentions her fondness for Solyanka (an East German meat and pickled vegetable soup) and letcho (a Hungarian vegetable stew).. the solyanka especially sounds interesting. any suggested recipes???

Oct 13, 2010
penche in Home Cooking

Need travel food for road warriors w/kids: cooler yes, mini-fridge & microwave sometimes.

stop by truck stops and check their 12 volt appliances, stock and supplies vary by truck stop, but there are coolers, crock pots, hotpots "ovens" and other stuff that plug into the cigarette lighter socket There is even a microwave --teeny - and large for what you get. Have driven many a mile with the stew simmering in the crock pot and filling the truck with that fine aroma. There is a certain pleasure in lifting the lid and stirring and sampling the soup at the stop light or toll booth.. Be warned, this is the peak of cheeep and things don't last, so keep receips and such for warranty...enjoy the journey

Oct 13, 2010
penche in Home Cooking

Making your own mustard

home cooking board has a discussion about this

Sep 26, 2010
penche in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Looking for a stainless steel food dehydrator

www.home-food-processing.com offers a dehydrator with stainless shelves..what are you drying?? something tasty and wonderful?

Sep 26, 2010
penche in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Indian food in London

Jocks: Don't be discouraged---you must go to Brick Lane..just to see what Brick Lane is all about...follow these fellow chowhounds recommendations and you'll probably get some fine meals, but you still gotta see Brick Lane...Two or three blocks cluttered and jammed with restaurants, food courts, food stalls, an art gallery, a couple street fair type places with, it seemed, lots of cheap clothes. Didn't make a count, but it seemed there were 80-100 places to get some sort of food, some with only two or three menu items, some with pages of menu items. Must be at least 500, maybe a 1000 different plates, bowls, dishes and platters of stuff some cook has prepared for us. Go, spend some time, talk with some of the vendors, taste some samples, maybe it ain't all the best, greatest, most authentic stuff to come out of a kitchen, but it's a place a true foodie would never pass up. Out of the hundreds of dishes available, there is surely 3 or 4 or even more that you would enjoy, recommend or even come back for in a few days, if not, near the underground station there is a McDonalds where you can eat, and reportedly they provide the very best American food.

Sep 17, 2010
penche in U.K./Ireland

Downtown Dinner recommendations

You guys are great...looking forward to trying your recommendations.. The vancouver bus system works well for me to get around...Last time I was there and asked the driver a question about my destination. other passengers overhearing my question formed an ad hoc committee to advise me about lunch, make sure I got off at the right stop etc.. wonderful....

thanks

Sep 16, 2010
penche in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Downtown Dinner recommendations

will be in Vancouver for a long weekend the end of sept, getting about on public transportation.Some of the restaurants and bakeries I used to enjoy have disappeared over the years, like the little bakery and pastry place on Granville and smythe, Goulash and the old German place on Robson. Some rouladen would be great -- any German recommendations? And fish--maybe some sturgeon or eel --does anyone serve columbia river eel or is there eel from the Fraser river?? There is Japanese, Chinese and Mexican food nearby and other Asian food so I'd look more for foods I can't get locally. Recommendations for cheese shops? Looking forward to your ideas....thanks

Sep 13, 2010
penche in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Indian food in London

Thanks for your kind and temperate words of warning about brick lane, I shall forward it to the Indian family that took me to dinner there straightaway..

Sep 10, 2010
penche in U.K./Ireland

Indian food in London

London....Curry, yes lots of good curry Brick Lane is the "curry Street", Easy tube stop, good curry buffet. The area also has a saturday/sunday market with a wide rang of ethnic food carts and stalls. Go hungry so you can feast..Tube stop is Aldgate East.

Also a good Curry place in Earls Court..Actually an excellent variety of ethnic foods around Earls Court..As a friend explained, The united Nations bus stopped at earls court and everyone got off and opened a restaurant -- or a food store and a cleaner and laundry

Sep 08, 2010
penche in U.K./Ireland

Boston Honeymooners need on-the-road advice

Some replys correctly point out that the coast has lost lots of its logging and fishing and many of its jobs. It remains a great part of the state with many interesting areas to explore...More important, people still eat there and there are some fine meals to be had. There are a few restaurants trying to attract the tourist trade, some all-you-can-stomach buffets at the various casinos, and a nice scattering of working-mans' cafes. Some of the latter employ some fine local cooks who, along with the standard fare, put out some really tasty daily or weekly specials. On my last visit to Astoria I had dinner at the local cafe(I think it was the only place serving dinner in town.) Nice old fashioned cafe, good service with adult waitresses. Had some really fine cabbage rolls. Some of the locals that came in later were a bit upset that they had sold out because they had counted on the cabbage rolls.

On up the coast in Washington, and out on the spit is Tokeland and the old Tokeland hotel. I've had some pleasant breakfasts there. The dinner menu features a cranberry pot roast which is apparently a big favorite with the locals. I haven't had it because its only served for Sunday dinner. I may have to plan a trip there on sunday just to try it, my mouth waters just thinking about it. Needless to say Tokeland and the Grayland area is big cranberry country.

The other replys cover the center part of the coast. On up at Pt Angeles I've had some good Hearty breakfasts at a fishermans joint ot the east end of the marina -- there is a dinner place at the west end of the marina that wasn't all that great.

Lots of restaurants come and go year by year, it real tough place to make it go. There is suprisingly little seafood. I think the fish and crab and oysters get boxed up and sent off to the bigger markets. if the locals want some fish for dinner they take it home and cook it rather than going to a restaurant.

Also, in Montesano, ther is a nice family restaurant at the intersection, south east corner. Good basic food, good cooks and an owner with respect for food and running a restaurant, I usually have breakfast there, but there are probably some interesting daily specials.

General stuff: Take a look at the road map and you'll see a long part of highway 101 is miles inland from the ocean and you spend hours on winding, two lane highways traveling through logged over second growth timber..the most scenic thing you may see all day is the backside of a huge motorhome lumbering along at 25--35 mph. no place to pass, no place to pull out. Watch for suicidal deer and elk wanting to end their life on the hood of your car. Campgrounds are sometimes closed due to problems with bears or cougars. The weather can be wet and gray a lot..spent a week on the coast and never saw the sun..and that was in july...There is a reason its called the rain forest.

No you won't starve, you'll find some fine home cooking and friendly restaurants, less local seafood that you'd expect or hope for. Take your sweater, umbrella and boots, drive slow and enjoy the road.

Sep 07, 2010
penche in Pacific Northwest