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How Europeans think Americans have breakfast

A full Scottish will include at least one potato scone, Haven't seen white pudding for years and we generally avoid fried bread. Beans should never be near it either.

Mar 15, 2014
stilldontknow in Food Media & News

Why is egg refrigeration mainly a US thing?

I don't know why this remains a matter of controversy. In Europe there's no need to refrigerate eggs in stores because the protective coating isn't washed off by the producers. In the US it is, therefore the eggs require refrigeration to inhibit pathogen growth. In the US context refrigeration is the right thing to do and in Europe non refrigeration is also appropriate. Context is all.

Nov 22, 2013
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Does anyone else watch "Master Chef UK, The Professionals" on BBC-America?

I thought the two who went through from week one were a lot stronger than the two from last week. Monica is still on hilariously good form although I think she hasn't been quite as fiendish on the skills test as last year.

Nov 17, 2013
stilldontknow in Food Media & News

So what's the average Chowhound's Race / Ethnicity?

White Scottish.

Oct 25, 2013
stilldontknow in Not About Food

Masterchef the Professionals 2013 (UK) back on Nov 4th

Greg, Michel and the awesome Monica are back on the 4th with their latest season looking for the best young professional chef in the country. It's far and away my favourite of the UK Masterchef offerings and if it's up to the standard of 2012 it should make great viewing.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00mx9xb

Oct 25, 2013
stilldontknow in Food Media & News

"doggie bags"??

Agreed it's just very rarely done here. I have to say it's not something I'd ever consider asking for although we don't seem to suffer from the same gargantuan portions as the US.

Sep 16, 2013
stilldontknow in General Topics

Corned beef (split from UK board)

Lebowskis do a good burger but I find the service poor. Cocktail and Burger, Meat Bar and Burger Meats Buns are all doing nice things but my current favourite, by a long way, is Meathammer at Nice n Sleazy's. Just about the best burgers I've ever had. The guy is a bit a of a mad meat genius.

http://www.nicensleazy.com/meathammer...

Aug 21, 2013
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Corned beef (split from UK board)

Keep in mind corned beef in the UK and Ireland is nothing like what you get in the States. Although we are starting to see some US style corned beef in our better delis. It's not an Irish staple it's an American Irish staple.

Aug 19, 2013
stilldontknow in General Topics

Does anyone else watch "Master Chef UK, The Professionals" on BBC-America?

You're basically seeing one week of episodes, the following weeks repeat the same format for 3 weeks, then the remaining 8 go to head to head, the remaining four have a week of semi final challenges before the final 3 go into finals week.

Aug 07, 2013
stilldontknow in Food Media & News

The $330,000 hamburger patty

I've had dearer at the local farmers markets. :-)

Aug 05, 2013
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Does anyone else watch "Master Chef UK, The Professionals" on BBC-America?

The celeb Masterchef has always been my least favourite of the bunch. Masterchef and Masterchef Professionals are both about contestants who are absolutely passionate about cooking and want it to be a career. Can't help the feeling that the celeb version is just another attempt by C listers to keep their profile up. Although to be fair in some series the eventual winners have produced pretty decent food. I have to admit a real disdain for celebrity variants of most shows though so I may be a little biased.

Aug 04, 2013
stilldontknow in Food Media & News

How do you like Bacon, Thick or Thin Sliced?

Dry Cured back bacon about half a centimetre thick. Like this although preferably a little thicker.

http://www.denhay.co.uk/our-products/

Jul 30, 2013
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So what's the average Chowhound's age?? (Part 2)

46

Jul 20, 2013
stilldontknow in Not About Food

Ice Cream, What Flavors are Your Favorite and Worst?

Favourites Rhubarb and Ginger, Pear, Vanilla
Worst. Coffee

Jul 17, 2013
stilldontknow in General Topics

Are there countries other than America that "-ize" ethnic cuisines?

> There is a reason for asking - it's that the Scots tend to think they have the best South Asian food in the country.<

With some justification, although I do offer up apologies for Chicken Tikka Masala. Vile stuff.

I like this place at the moment. It's very, very good.

http://curry-heute.com/?page_id=1054

And on the theme of "ized" food the Babu Bombay Street Kitchen does some brilliant Scottish Indian mixes that work surprisingly well.

http://www.babu-kitchen.com/menu/

Jul 13, 2013
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Favorite Vintage and Off-Beat Soda Pops

Fentimans is terrific. I love their "Old Curiosity Cola" especially.

Jul 04, 2013
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Master chef: the Professionals (UK)

I have Harters although to be honest the Celeb version is probably my least favourite of the three versions. I've got Virgin too but haven't caught up with any of the American shows on offer on the Food Network. Any show where the personalities of the contestants is more important than the cooking is going to piss me off. I love the sense of camaraderie that you get amongst the contestants on the UK versions. You get the sense they all feel closer for having endured the same trial as opposed to trampling over each other to win the glory. I will give the Food Network a look. What I really, really want is more Rachel Khoo. I loved her Little Paris Kitchen and would love to see her back with another series.

I agree with you that the standard of Masterchef has improved over the years but strangely I found this years a bit underwhelming with the exception of the three finalists who I thought were a terrific as any we've ever had.

I also love how giving so many of the top chefs are of their time on our shows, whether it be on Masterchef, the recent Protégé, the Great British Menu etc. Everyone seems to be determined to drive standards up across the board and I think we've really seen the effects of that on our food culture in the last 20 years. It's very encouraging as well as delicious.

Jun 28, 2013
stilldontknow in Food Media & News

Master chef: the Professionals (UK)

My favourite programme. Monica Galleti is impressively scary and Michel Roux Jnr excellent to watch. We're pretty well served for great cooking shows in the UK and Masterchef consistently delivers year after year.

Jun 26, 2013
stilldontknow in Food Media & News

Southern Scotland, especially Glasgow

Nice to see you ate so well on your Glasgow visit. Should you return and hanker for seafood then I'd recommend Gamba, Gandolfi Fish and City Merchant as reliable central restaurants.

http://www.citymerchant.co.uk/

http://www.cafegandolfi.com/gandolfi-fish/

http://www.gamba.co.uk/

Jun 26, 2013
stilldontknow in U.K./Ireland

[Manchester, city centre] Chaophraya

There's another branch of it opened in Glasgow last year. I haven't tried it yet.

Jun 21, 2013
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Corn on Pizza??

Tuna, sweetcorn and mayo have been a British sandwich staple for the last few decades.

May 27, 2013
stilldontknow in General Topics

What is your absolute favorite dish from your cultural heritage?

May 19, 2013
stilldontknow in General Topics

The Chef's Protege BBC

Alas I watched the first episode but missed the last couple of days of this. Really enjoyed watching how Tom Kitchin handles the candidates. Thankfully there's Iplayer to help catch up.

May 17, 2013
stilldontknow in Food Media & News

What's your favorite cooking show/s and why?

She's fabulous. Hoping she does another series soon.

Apr 30, 2013
stilldontknow in Food Media & News

[Edinburgh] I J Mellis - cheesemonger

They have a branch in Glasgow on Great Western Road. It's always a treat to visit.

Apr 27, 2013
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[Edinburgh] Restaurant Martin Wishart

What a delightful sounding menu. I haven't had the pleasure of dining at Wishart's yet but it's certainly on the list. Have you tried 21212? I have a friend who's dining there this evening and I'm looking forward to hearing his impressions.

Apr 27, 2013
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For all the Brussels Sprouts Haters - what don't you like about them?

It really is that simple.

Apr 20, 2013
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Food fads around the world

Amen to this. I've always loathed cupcakes. I have a friend coming this weekend bringing some lovely Dorset Apple cake and clotted cream to go with it. I love the variety of regional British baking.

Mar 12, 2013
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Almost Famous Burgers in Manchester?

Full review from the guys at James V the Burger. I've found there reviews to be pretty accurate.

http://jamesvsburger.com/2013/01/26/w...

I'm hoping to visit on my next trip to Manchester and see if the fuss is justified.

Mar 02, 2013
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Glasgow in May

I'd add La Valle Blanche and Fanny Trollopes to other local suggestions. Afternoon tea at the Btterfly and Pig is rather nice too and the attached pub is decent.

Feb 26, 2013
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