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Gift for Friend? What does the US have that you don't?

Hello Mr. G. She is at Camberwell. I actually think she is pretty proud of making perogy by hand. Interestingly, none of her friends were even remotely familiar with the little potato dumplings.

Aug 20, 2014
KarenDW in Australia/New Zealand

Sealing Canned Tomatoes in a Hot Canning Bath

Some tips here, via homecanning.com
http://www.freshpreserving.com/tools/...

Aug 20, 2014
KarenDW in Home Cooking

Gift for Friend? What does the US have that you don't?

This thread reminds me of my Canadian-born daughter, living in MEL.
She misses perogies, the frozen sort. Now just makes her own.
Maple syrup and maple sugar can be very expensive in Aus., and I've never seen Birch Syrup there.
Some baking spices and flours have been difficult to find, in her own neighborhood, but now she shops farther afield.
Also, I find liquor to be much less costly in the US than in Aus. Not sure of the $$ comparison in NZ.

Aug 16, 2014
KarenDW in Australia/New Zealand

Fabulous brunch spots?

Heading to Catch 122 (122 West Hastings St., across from SFU Woodwards), and will report back. The website states that brunch is served until a civilized 4pm :) Have only had drinks/coffee there, thus far, but the room itself is appealing.

Aug 13, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Your Favorite Meat or Protein?

Fish, poultry (and eggs), shellfish.
Really. I could eat eggs, poached soft, on top of sauteed greens, nearly every day.
Don't need to eat meat very often, if I have fish. But now and again, that steak is really yummy.

Aug 12, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

What food do you wash that you're sure no one else does?

Given the time and opportunity, I wash most fruits and vegetables with water and a bit of dishwash liquid (or hand soap). Even bananas. I find this keeps the fruitfly population to a manageable level (removes surface eggs). Also, gets rid of aphids and such from the veggies.
W/ onions and garlic, I generally peel off the first outer layer before getting a knife into the rest. Or, wash the outside w/ soap and water.
At work, I do similarly, although the greens and herbs might not get a secondary wash. But we do get a lot of fruit from food recovery operations, and most items are handled by a number of people. So yeah, wash w/ soap and running water. Even strawberries.

Aug 12, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

Best wording to offer chef services as a gift to bride & groom

As a personal chef, I think your offer of an additional gift is lovely. Most of my clients understand that there are both the Service and the Supplies components in hosting a catered event. It's quite possible that the bridal couple is well aware of the cost of hiring a personal chef for a dinner party. And that they would appreciate your offer, as a family friend.
IMO, a separate card, with a certificate offering "Chef services for dinner party for up to 6 guests. We will plan the theme and menu together to suit your tastes. Your only obligation is to pay for food and wine!" It is up to the couple to accept or not accept your offer.
(I understand that your offer is in addition to a wedding gift; as per your OP)

Aug 12, 2014
KarenDW in Not About Food
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Need some fresh Mushrooms for Pasta in Coquitlam, BC

There are sometimes Chanterelles and morels in the gourmet mix of Ponderosa Mushrooms at Save-On or Choices.
Otherwise, check the farmers' market. Not sure that those items are still in season, though.

Aug 11, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

I just realized I need a pressure cooker for canning tomatoes

A pressure cooker is not suitable for food preservation for shelf stable storage. UNLESS the device is also a pressure CANNER.
Even so, it's not recommended to use the pressure canner for cooking food, as sometimes minute particles of food can become lodged in the valves, and cause inaccurate pressure readings.

The National Center For Home Food Preservation has a wealth of food-science-based information regarding canning, freezing and drying.
http://nchfp.uga.edu/

Aug 11, 2014
KarenDW in Home Cooking

I just realized I need a pressure cooker for canning tomatoes

If you add the proscribed amount of bottled lemon juice or citric acid, it is safe to use a waterbath. Check with your local extension office, or homecanning.com, or the national center for home food preservation. Tomatoes are totally fine to process with water bath, if the acidity is adjusted.

Aug 11, 2014
KarenDW in Home Cooking

Fun kitchen tips to share? - moved from Home Cooking board

We live in an apartment, and do not have a compost for food waste. But we do have a weekly neighborhood food waste drop. So, at our home, we put food scraps into a reusable container or heavy zip bag, and then, flattened, into the freezer. No smell,no mess; and best of all, less smell for the drop stop attendants, too!

Aug 09, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

Fun kitchen tips to share? - moved from Home Cooking board

I might have just drained in a colander/strainer, and frozen the liquid for soup, later.

Aug 09, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

Best way to box up cookbooks for long-term (2-3 years) storage?

I've often thought that every time I empty a case of wine, I should fill the box with books :) Wine boxes are a good size -- not too heavy when filled; and often a good shape for storing the books spine-up.
We've kept books packed in boxes for years at a time, and they are mostly fine. Ditto for wooden shelves.
As for humid basement: perhaps you could store the books under your bed instead?

Aug 09, 2014
KarenDW in Not About Food

Basic kitchen equipment and supplies?

Should definitely be part of the kitchen kit, if only to ensure that there is always a clean scissors when you need it!
Having to rummage through the desk drawer is just annoying.

Aug 08, 2014
KarenDW in Cookware

ISO Kefir grains

I have grains in liquid. But can share with a small jar, if you like.
chef2u (at) telus (dot) net
I'm 1 CanadaLine stop from Olympic Village.

Aug 08, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Wasted food due to guest taking too much -- any solutions?

I concur about offering to wrap your friend's uneaten food "to go", AND to store it in your fridge until the end of the event.
Most of my friends, I'd eat their uneaten food. lol.
I can understand your frustration about the portion size, and remaining food. Likely, in our home, had the portion not landed on someone's plate, we'd be eating the leftovers the next day.
However, I'm not very comfortable in packaging someone else's leftovers for my own, later, consumption. Definitely would offer to pack takeaway, though.

Aug 07, 2014
KarenDW in Not About Food

Granville Island - Restaurants

"Alcohol in public is a huge no no here, alas."
Which is why the ceramic travel cup was invented :)

Chicken ramen w/chicken meat?

sometimes I order veg ramen, and add chicken, or an egg

Aug 07, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

ISO Kefir grains

I still have... and have not used for a while. Location = downtown/yaletown

Aug 07, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Sour cherries in Vancouver?

Season is basically over for finding fresh sour cherries at the farmers' markets. But Cherry Jubilee in Aldergrove has pitted & frozen available year 'round. Call ahead and arrange for pick up. IIRC, 2L and 4L tubs?

Aug 07, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Bad service (not horrible). Check adjusted. What to tip?

15%, max, on the discounted amount. We typically tip 15-20% for "good" service.
The combination of multiple missteps would annoy me enough to affect my enjoyment of my dining experience. (especially the sleeve thing).

Aug 05, 2014
KarenDW in Not About Food

Wrapping Sandwiches in Wax or Parchment

Checkered wax paper :) Ask your neighborhood deli/sandwich shop if you can buy 25 or so sheets.
Plain wax paper with a ribbon or twine would also be fun.

Aug 05, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

Veg Friendly Waterfront/Yaletown.

Tricky to find vegan-friendly, but ovolacto vegetarians can probably find something to eat, even at a steakhouse.
Are you looking for a water view? Provençe Marinaside works for me :) for lunch or dinner. Also Dockside at Granville Island.

Aug 05, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Can you freeze freshly squeezed lemon juice?

From time to time, I have access to lots of lemons :) I often just wash and freeze whole; loose. When a recipe calls for grated zest, I pull a fruit from the freezer, and grate with a microplane zester; return to freezer. When receipe calls for juice, remove fruit from freezer, microwave for 20-30 seconds (and then rest!), then juice with a press or ream.

Aug 02, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

Organic chicken wings near new west?

Maple Farms and Bradner are available at Choices Market, at 10th Ave. near Cariboo... I recall the strip mall is called The Crest (?)
also
Thrifty Foods on Columbia

Aug 02, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

For half-pint jars, because the boiling time is >10 minutes, sterilizing before filling is not necessary. As per USDA National Center for Home Food Preservation http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/general/reco...

Also, because fruit + lemon juice = a high acid environment, these preserves are shelf stable at room temp. Refrigerate after opening. Sugar is not a preservative.

Attention Chefs: Can we all agree that bacon is over?

I like bacon. Sometimes I order a side of bacon. Also, sometimes I order something on the menu, "without" the bacon. Not "possible"? OK, I'll order something else.

Jul 25, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics

Rabbit - where to find at a reasonable price?

$12.99/lb, frozen, at Windsor Meat Packing on Main @ 25th.

Jul 25, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

where to buy white spelt flour

I wonder whether passing whole spelt flour through a mesh sieve might yield something passable for white spelt flour. Maybe it depends on the actual recipe? At any rate, organic spelt flour at Sunrise Market, Powell & Gore.

Jul 25, 2014
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

TUBE-o-hamburger?

I have used "tube packed" ground meat products without incident, but some years ago. IIRC, the shop ground and packaged it's own meat. In our region, such service is rare in general supermarkets.
If the meat is coming from a large processing plant which then bulk-packages for distribution, then you are purchasing meat from multiple animals. But it's likely the same meat which is being shipping en-bulk to supermarkets for re-packaging.
One of the reasons for the lower price is the lack of packaging. Packaging materials and labor probably constitute 50% of the cost of packaged foods of any sort.

Jul 25, 2014
KarenDW in General Topics