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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2015) Nominations!

I am all for DIPS; make them often!

Jul 21, 2015
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Cheesecake topped with cake - question

Reporting back as requested :)

Made the cheesecake in the morning (Dorie Greenspan's Big Tall Cheesecake, 1/2 or 1/3 recipe) and refrigerated when cool. Made the red velvet cake (Smitten Kitchen, 1/3 recipe) in the afternoon. All in a 7" springform pan. Made the cream cheese icing (no recipe, just went on instinct and just added stuff till it looked and tasted right).

When all was cool, I put the cheesecake below, with a thin layer of cream cheese icing, and then the red velvet cake. Then frosted the lot on the outside.

I almost forgot about taking photos, but managed to grab this one after the first serving. http://i.imgur.com/Zemolna.jpg

It was incredibly good. He loved it! He said it was way better than the one from the bakery. The cheesecake is a definite repeat.

chalky ice cream---why?

Was going to recommend this when reading through the rest of the thread. I find myself preferring it to the custard-base ice cream - it's a smoother mouthfeel. Have had fantastic results with this one: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/09/..., and a vanilla one that I cobbled together from Jeni's vanilla ice cream recipes found online.

Jul 16, 2015
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Cheesecake topped with cake - question

Will do :)

Jul 09, 2015
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Cheesecake topped with cake - question

My thinking had been to bake the cheesecake partway then add the cake onto that for its full baking time which would equal the remaining banking time of the cheesecake. As per advice in this thread, though, will do them separately instead.

Jul 09, 2015
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Cheesecake topped with cake - question

Yes, although just cheesecake on the bottom and red layer (made the chocolatey way) on the top.

Jul 09, 2015
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Cheesecake topped with cake - question

You're invited! I'd love for someone to sing along with me, and would gladly share cake. Hope you can make it to Cape Town by Saturday ;)

Jul 07, 2015
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Cheesecake topped with cake - question

There was a local bakery that did a red velvet cake & cheesecake combo which the other half loved (it's since closed down). As we're celebrating his birthday this week, I thought to make it for him. From what I remember, they seemed to have been baked together rather than separately and iced together. I tried a search on this, and I'm either not using the correct search terms or there's not a lot on this out there...
What do you think? Should I attempt to bake them together (ie bake the cheesecake partway, then add the cake batter on top of that with sufficient time for both to bake through)? Or is that doomed to dail and I should just do them separately and put them together when icing?

Jul 07, 2015
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Sorbet, ice cream, and other frosty treats

Fellow fan of the Jeni's method using cream cheese and cornstarch instead. I also find that it's a cleaner taste, ie you taste the ingredients more so than the egg-based custards. And, as you mentioned, quick and easy :)

Jun 26, 2015
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TARTS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (June 2015)

I made the most beautiful tomato tart the other day, and in my hunger didn't bother to take a single photo! I don't know where my mind is these days.
I went with http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2010/05/... (an old favourite). Baked the crust first, then topped with wholegrain mustard and sliced vine-ripened tomatoes in a spiral, with some smoked salt, pepper and thyme. When almost ready, I added some chilli-infused honey and some leftover camembert. It was delightful with a side salad. I took the leftovers to the office the next day (fasting, so no need for lunches), and it was enjoyed by the office-mates too.

Cauliflower

Wouldn't it work out easier to cut into florets before steaming?

Jun 04, 2015
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What's your absolute favorite/best apple dessert?

I'm a huge fan of http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2010/11/.... I mix it up by browning the butter sometimes.

May 15, 2015
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Making ground beef crunchy

Something else I've seen done is soaking the ground beef in water, and the fat floats to the top; scoop that off, then strain. Can't comment on how well it works myself, as I've never done that.
Personally, I buy lean beef mince and don't have any excess fat to remove. To get it crunchy, I dry fry it and just keep going until it's crispy, making sure to brown all well and keep stirring.

Apr 28, 2015
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Hit Me With Your Best RICE PUDDING RECIPE

My favourite to date has been a (I think) Danish rice pudding, where you make it the usual way and then fold whipped cream into it when cool. It's delicious, and not heavy in the way many rice puddings can be. Serving with a cherry compote is highly recommended.

Apr 13, 2015
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What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

Roasted tomato tarte tartin topped with goat's cheese and homemade habanero sauce, served with salad (baby gem lettuce, cucumber, avocado in a lime & coriander mayo dressing).

What's for Dinner #352: the pre-Daylight Savings Time 2015 Edition [through Mar 8, 2015]

Made sushi last night. Always a bit labour intensive, from chopping up all the veg to rolling, but always delicious.
I also made a tofu-scallion spread which I'd read about online, and used that on the rice-free rolls. Delicious stuff.

What's for Dinner #351: the Wishing & Hoping Edition [through Mar 2, 2015]

Today was the hottest day in years. There's also raging fires in the mountains, which isn't too far from the office. So definitely not a day to spend in front of the stove. Opted to make quiche with all the little bits of cheese I had in the fridge (thanks for the inspiration, SeriousEats; also, first ever quiche!) and salad. It was delicious and not much work. I'll have to make it again sometime.

Mar 03, 2015
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Cape Town and around again

Which parts of Cape Town, and what kind of food are you interested in trying?

Feb 24, 2015
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Simon's Town, and Noordhoek?

Food Barn is quite nice. Whether it's worth going out of your way for... I'd probably say no.

Simon's Town:
If you walk along the harbour area, you'll see some options and can just pick whichever appeals. Or you can see listings here: https://www.zomato.com/capetown/simon.... I've been to some of those, but can't say that I've found any to be particularly memorable.
I've heard good things about the Tibetan Tea House, but haven't had the opportunity to check it out yet.
Black Marlin is usually quite nice for lunch. It's just outside of Simon's Town, though.

Simon's Town is close to Kalk Bay, and I would recommend heading out that way as well. There's a fair amount of restaurants and stores on the main road, and usually quite a good vibe too.

On transport, I'm going to recommend Uber over taxis. I've found them to be better priced, and quite efficient.

Feb 16, 2015
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Oscar party - suggestions

Love it. Going to try to watch as many of the movies as possible this weekend, and then will report back re your suggestions.

I have managed to see The Grand Budapest Hotel, and I think the Courtesan Au Chocolat is the way to go there.

Feb 13, 2015
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What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

What about using a food processor? I've read about it, but not quite convinced it'll work.

Feb 12, 2015
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Oscar party - suggestions

I've seen previous threads along these lines, but nothing yet this year. I've been talked into throwing an Oscar party, and trying to decide what to make. I was thinking of sticking with appetisers/finger foods, so we can graze throughout.

Previous threads showed movie-themed foods (best picture nominees?), which seemed like a cool idea. Unfortunately, I'm only going to start watching all of the movies this weekend, so no ideas yet.

Any suggestions would be appreciated :)

Feb 12, 2015
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What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

Last night was some pan seared salmon served with tri-colour quinoa (some roasted red chilli paste and caramelised onions went in with the water) and veggie nori (no rice).
Tonight: burgers!!

What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

Can you only use the florets for cauliflower rice? I've been meaning to try it, and just realised that that makes sense...
Thanks to you, I'll now have a use for the stems too.

Feb 12, 2015
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What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

Last night's dinner was a vegetarian/spice medley:
- cauliflower steaks, half served with chimichurri sauce and the other half topped with tapenade
- baby carrots roasted in a mix of harissa and honey
- halved tomatoes in the same roasting pan topped with some togarashi. I should have stuck with the standard salt and balsamic combo, which would have worked better
- sliced baby portabellos cooked until almost crisp, tossed with ras el hanout, a dash of honey and butter to soften

What's for Dinner? #346 - The Deep Freeze Edition! [through Feb 3, 2015]

Tried to make Thai corn fritters last night (shallow instead of deep frying, though). Came out fantastically well. Served it with a sweet chilli/harissa sauce. And stuffed mushrooms (stuffing with cream cheese, emmental cheese, sauteed mushroom and shallots, red chilli flakes, ground oats and a sprinking of parmesan on the top.

Cape Town, South Africa -- what's the most important thing to know?

I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who thinks so...

Jan 27, 2015
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December 2014 & February 2011 Cookbook of the Month: THE ESSENTIAL NEW YORK TIMES COOKBOOK Chapters 15-18

Made these too. I may have made them too large, as they took a long time to brown, and ended up crispy when I finally removed from the oven (or are they meant to be?). Still delicious.
Made half a recipe, as I didn't want that much temptation around.

Jan 02, 2015
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Cookies, Cakes, and Breads with honey

I haven't made this yet, but I have it bookmarked for a special day - http://ladyandpups.com/2014/04/11/the...

Dec 30, 2014
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Christmas lunch in Cape Town

2 friends recently had year end functions at the Mount Nelson, and both reported that it was terrible. I'm not sure if the standards are slipping or if they can't cater well for groups, but just thought to post their thoughts in case it helped you make up your mind. One of those friends is a foodie too, and I trust his opinion on this.

Dec 21, 2014
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