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Potato Salad - Unknown Ingredient

Could it have been Horseraddish? Many years ago I used to buy a deli coleslaw with a very distinctive horseraddish flavour which I absolutly loved.

Sep 13, 2013
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Uses of non-fat dry milk powder?

I'm so jealous, I have a ton of recipes (mostly pre-mixes) which call for powdered milk, and it's SOOO expensive where I live, I think they consider it a luxury product hahaha It makes me crazy that it's a low cost product just about everywhere else in the world.

Aug 07, 2013
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What is your absolute favorite dish from your cultural heritage?

My take on it is ...Melomakorina and phoenikia are the same recipe EXCEPT that Phoenikia are 'dry' (plain or with powdered sugar) whereas Melomakarona are always dipped in syrup.

What is your absolute favorite dish from your cultural heritage?

Got it! All exept for Ttavas, Koupepia and Koupes, Cretan???

What is your absolute favorite dish from your cultural heritage?

New Zealand huh?

May 21, 2013
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Unrefrigerated Tomatoes -- I Still Don't Get It

In Greece, oil AND vinegar/lemon juice are added to all salads- Horiatiki (village salad), Lettuce, shredded cabbage/carrot, boiled greens, egg/tuna salads etc etc Salads arrive already dressed at Tavernas and Restaurants usually with Oil AND Vinegar bottles on the table for those who want extra.As for the ripeness of the tomatoes, fully red yet firm tomatoes are preferred, but occasionally tomatoes that aren't fully ripe (red) are used.

May 12, 2013
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Do you have any food "rituals"?

What a fun thread! I like my hot drinks in plastic mugs/cups. Tea,( herbal or black) in a cheap plastic picnic mug and coffee in my 'good' melamine cup. I thinks it's cause I don't like the feel of cold ceramic on my bottom lip?!?!

Sep 26, 2012
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Are You Snacking on Anything Right Now?

At home in Ikaria (Greece) munching on a Peanut Slab that arrived in a care package from my Mum in New Zealand!! Thanks Mum xxx

May 15, 2012
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Bulk vanilla beans

I've bought bulk vanilla beans from Morrocco off ebay and I'm thrilled with the quality, the service and the wonderful vanilla essence I've made with them, also vanilla sugar. I have a kilo of sugar in a large jar which I constantly top up and I'm constantly dipping into for baking, in my coffee etc.The essence I usually make with Vodka, but I recently read that it works with rum, ehich is what I've got brewing at the moment.
Good Luck

Mar 05, 2012
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Is there anyway to tell when an egg has 2 yolks?

Turkey eggs are obviously bigger than chicken eggs, they're pointy and often speckled, the taste is almost identical to chicken eggs, depending of course on the feed they're given. Duck eggs on the other hand (although they all eat the same food) have "heavier" tasting eggs, thicker yolks and their whites remain somewhat 'transparent' even after cooking. My kids used to fight over the duck eggs, we all thought they were much tastier, chicken eggs in comparison tasted 'watery.

Oct 26, 2011
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Is there anyway to tell when an egg has 2 yolks?

I can confirm the theory of young hens that just start laying produce the highest percentage of double yolkers, also completely round eggs! eggs with no shell! ridiculously small eggs, and rough-shelled eggs. The blood spots are actually called "meat spots" although there is occasionally blood in the egg. All these variations are due to the hens fluctuating hormones when she first starts 'menstruatiing' (releasing eggs) Strangely enough I also have turkeys and ducks but haven't seen the same variations in their eggs

Oct 23, 2011
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Unwelcome squid "bonus" [moved from Home Cooking]

I love fishing particularly for squid and octopus, so finding "goodies" in their tummies is quite a usual occurrence. Admittedly the cats usually get those treats.

Apr 20, 2011
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Weekly Menu Planning - Do you plan?

I have a 'system' that really works for me - Each day has a theme with a list of meals that my family likes ie Sundays - Roast (Lamb, chicken, fish etc)
Monday - Quick and Easy (usually with leftovers or pre-prepared food)
Tuesday - Pasta dishes
Wednesday - Pulses, rice
Thursday - Meat (chops, sausages Mince etc)
Friday - Fish
Saturday - Take -outs or home-made 'junk food' (Pizza, Chinese etc)
This allows flexibility, depending on whats fresh at the grocery store but I don['t have that - "what do I cook tonite" dilemma, and I know that over a week the family are eating a well- balanced menu. It keeps meat to a once or twice a week minimum.
With each days selection I have also listed a dessert and salad that matches ie light meal - heavier dessert and vice versa.
Hope this all makes sense!!!

Mar 05, 2011
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Cake mix vs. scratch

um... I don't mean to be a smart-ass but why did she not poach fresh pears for him????

Feb 02, 2011
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All About Porridge (aka congee, polenta, shugo, okayu, uji, nasi lemak, dalia, chao bo, lugaw, mush, farina, etc)

I make mamaliga every couple of weeks. I pour half into a bowl or loaf tin, spread with butter crumble over fetta cheese then top with the rest of the mamaliga, more butter then a sprinkkle of chopped parsley, cool just a little then slice (or wedge). My favourite comfort food.

Dec 31, 2010
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What shocked you the first time you ate it?

Hahahaha me too!!!!!

Dec 18, 2010
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Same name, two different things

Invite someone home for 'tea' in New Zealand and you get to feed them dinner! You only want to give them drink of tea? Then you say "Come over for a cuppa".

Dec 02, 2010
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Same name, two different things

"Sarmades" in Greece. As opposed to 'dolmades' which are traditionally made with vine leaves.

Dec 02, 2010
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After the recession, what will you buy?

I ALWAYS bought Kikkoman andconsidered it the best soy sauce on the market till I too had to downgrade, I bought a bottle of "Blue Dragon" at about half the price and it turned out to be BETTER!!! Sweeter and smokier, which I like. Won't go back even after the recession!!

Oct 09, 2010
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What classical desserts would you like to see make a comeback on menus?

A decadent Choclate fondue with lots of yummy things to dip!

Oct 04, 2010
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What food find still haunts you - that you had once and haven't found since?

The year was 1988, The place - Mykonos ferry terminal. The food - bowl after bowl of Greek yogurt served with local honey. I'm now living in Greece but haven't had yogurt like that since, it was thick but light , like tangy whipped cream, Wonderful memory, (didn't really like Mykonos though!!)

Oct 02, 2010
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Best Sandwich in the World

It's a pregnancy thing with me - the only cravings I have when pregnant is for tomatoe sandwiches just as described but with my own baked bread, home-made mayo and of course tomatoes from my garden,
Never eat them otherwise!!!!!

Oct 02, 2010
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Are you a brand slave?

On another topic a poster mentioned Miracle Whip and then said that he prefered 'REAL' mayo ie Hellmans. Now don't get me wrong, Hellmans is fine for a bought product in a jar but surely REAL mayo is the stuff you make at home with an e yolk, mustard etc
Is this being OTT snobby?

Oct 02, 2010
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