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Week in Vancouver late May

Coffee to take home... I happen to like the 9Bar beans, available from Espressotec on Clark near Venables. Not a coffee shop, but an equipment distributor. Closed Sundays.

about 1 hour ago
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Store-bought vs. homemade grated Parmesiano Reggiano

My experience is that for the same cheese, pre-grated and grate-your-own will taste nearly the same in a finished dish. Unless you have a side-by-side tasting.

about 7 hours ago
KarenDW in Home Cooking

Garlic Flowers/Spears?

I make pickles; sometimes separating the bud from the stem, or leaving the stem long. Great on a relish tray, or for garnishing savory cocktails.

May 18, 2015
KarenDW in Home Cooking

Graduation Open House - How much to make?

Whatever you decide to make and freeze, remember to freeze in small packets; no more than 10-12 servings each. Smaller packets will freeze through, and thaw, more quickly than larger ones.

May 17, 2015
KarenDW in General Topics
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Recipes for Impromptu Casual Summer Entertaining?

At our house we generally have on hand: a couple of cheeses, one or two salami; olives; good tuna or other tinned fish; pasta; rice; diced tomatoes; eggs; frozen peas; wine (!); chicken stock.
So... pasta putanesca, primavera or carbonera; or risotto, are easy choices. There is usually some sort of boneless chicken in the freezer, too; this can be defrosted in 20 min in a bowl of cold water.
Tinned beans + shallot + sausage/chicken/meat from the freezer could yield an ersatz cassoulet. Bring on the bread!

Recipes for Impromptu Casual Summer Entertaining?

Burgers can go from freezer to grill easily :)

What Oil for Mayo?

I've been happy w/ results when using gmo free/expeller pressed/cold pressed olive, sunflower and canola. Haven't tried corn oil yet. A touch of mustard helps the emulsion. Also patience.

May 17, 2015
KarenDW in Home Cooking

Appetizer suggestion? (Chicken enchiladas/main)

martinis
margaritas
or... a light gazpacho?

May 17, 2015
KarenDW in Home Cooking

La Brasserie

maybe a mini 'down is in order?

May 02, 2015
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where to buy powdered buttermilk in Burnaby?

Did you call your local SaveOn Foods yet?

May 01, 2015
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Nice but less expensive wedding locations?

Vancouver Museum (or... new name, Museum of Vancouver) has a function space, and could bring in catering. Nice view.

May 01, 2015
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Pork Loin freezer meals.

Heats up similarly to frozen chicken strips ;P
But really... schnitzel should reheat ok in the oven = about 15 min., 375/400-ish. (180/200ÂșC.
I've frozen the coated pieces uncooked, and they do crisp up nicely. If you've defrosted the whole loin IN THE FRIDGE the whole time, then no safety reason to avoid re-freezing the single portions. Texture of the meat may be a little soft, but you're going to pound it anyways!

Apr 29, 2015
KarenDW in Home Cooking

Nice but less expensive wedding locations?

Are your friends hoping to have the marriage ceremony and the dinner in the same venue?

Apr 27, 2015
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Nice but less expensive wedding locations?

I yet haven't taken a walk down the street to check out the recent renos, but Province Marinaside had an alcove... not a separate room, which seats 12-ish. Nice location overlooking the marina at Yaletown.

Apr 27, 2015
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Pushcart dim sum - updates ?

Continental in Richmond (Cambie & No. 5 Road) still has carts. And they take resos.

How do you split the bill and tip evenly?

I am ok with that, unless service is exceptional. In our region, the auto-grat on a party of 8+ is 17-18%

Apr 24, 2015
KarenDW in Not About Food

How to invite friends for dinner, where everyone pays for their own food?

Perhaps, something along the lines of,
"We're heading to XX for dinner. Are you interested in joining us? OK with everyone if we split the bill evenly, or should I let the House know we'd like separate checks?"

Apr 22, 2015
KarenDW in Not About Food

Who owns the leftovers?

It all depends? As in... leftover food which is made at home = belongs to the whole family unless labeled. Leftovers from an outside meal = NOT YOURS unless you brought it into the house.
Maybe each person in the household needs his/her own basket in the fridge.

Apr 20, 2015
KarenDW in Not About Food

Who owns the leftovers?

Anyone in my house would ask me before eating my leftovers. Otherwise, whoever brought the food home from his/her outing is the "owner". I wouldn't think about eating food in a takeout container that I didn't bring into the house. Sometimes family members bring home take-away (not leftover) sushi, or other items, for next day lunch.

Apr 20, 2015
KarenDW in Not About Food

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

IDK, or maybe has difficulty with holding card and wallet at the same time as also holding coupons, and bagging her own groceries?
It takes me a few seconds to put my change back into my wallet, and to fit the receipt in, too. Also, the more I feel rushed, the less I am able to manage fine motor movements. This affects my ability to remove the card from my wallet, especially when there is no place to support my handbag at the till.

Apr 12, 2015
KarenDW in Not About Food

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

Waiting for 2-5 seconds is good defensive driving technique. But this is probably OT.

Apr 12, 2015
KarenDW in Not About Food

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

Really? You can't wait the 8 seconds it takes me to close my wallet?
In several of the shops I frequent, there is nowhere for my bag of product to rest, while I put my receipt, and change, away.
Frankly, I think it's inappropriate for the checker/cashier to start ringing up my order before the previous customer is away. And I will wait.
Sometimes, the cashier will ask for my loyalty card, or start scanning items. I tell him/her that I can wait until the person ahead is finished.

St. Paul's area

Depending upon how far you're good to walk, heading west on Davie would have several options, if not all Chow-ish.
I still like offerings at The Dish. Sometimes they are GF. Also, I was satisfied by both Pho Goodness and Pho Central. You'd need to ask whether or not they have soy sauce in the broth, vis a vis GF.

For another sushi option, daughter likes Jako on Davie near Seymour.

Gendering of Food

me too!

Apr 09, 2015
KarenDW in General Topics

Fire Code bans use of barbecues on decks of apts. and condos - HELP

Also, quite likely, insurance coverage may be void, for not complying with local ordinances.

Apr 09, 2015
KarenDW in Not About Food

Old school table manners... what were you taught? update

I'd prefer quiet, subtle texting to my brother's loud ringtone and his subsequent conversation AT TABLE.

Carbon steel wok from Ming Wo Chinatown

Attison is great!

Apr 08, 2015
KarenDW in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Are you the main shopper/cook at home?

Especially when we want something "fancy", or are having a dinner party for Not Family. Although Mr.DW surprised me recently, by preparing a cheese plate, for friends dropping over.
Mr.DW is retired, and I cook for a living, at several different locations. On nights that I am working, he plans/shops/prepares for his own meals, and sometimes makes enough for me. We live within walking distance of several produce markets, medium sized supermarkets and ethnic shops. Also, we have moderate food budget, which would be higher if I stopped buying so much wine and gin!
But I do the majority of menu planning, and ALL organizing for any potlucks, major events and family dinners.
He is really good at cleaning the apartment, and moderately good at dishwashing.

Apr 08, 2015
KarenDW in Not About Food
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freezing Onions

I do likewise, often; especially when I have an abundance, or when I only need 1/2 an onion for a recipe. Likewise with celery, bell peppers, green onions; when I have plenty, and no plan to use soon, I chop and freeze. Don't even bother to blanch.

Apr 06, 2015
KarenDW in Home Cooking

Changing Eating Habits b/c of Foodborne Illness Risk

I try to minimize exposure to foodborne illness, through my purchasing patterns, i.e.:
Ground meats come from a butcher shop who works from whole carcasses, rather than the supermarket which buys from a broker whose supplier combines hundreds of carcasses into one batch;
Chicken and eggs from smaller farm operations, where the birds have more room to move around, and lower risk of ill health;
Vegetables and fruits, when possible, from farmers who provide adequate toilet and sanitation facilities for field workers.
I also wash the outside of melons, other hard fruits, and pumpkins with mild soap and a brush, rinsing well, before cutting. (especially if the skin is multi-faceted, such as canteloupe or pineapple).

Apr 05, 2015
KarenDW in General Topics