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Recipe ideas for pregnant lady with high blood pressure

Parsley during pregnancy? Hmmm
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplem...

2 days ago
RUK in Home Cooking

Is the cuisine so boring or just bad that you have to ask for alternatives?

I totally agree!

Apr 07, 2014
RUK in General Topics

Is the cuisine so boring or just bad that you have to ask for alternatives?

And when you go back, take a side tour to Greenland, you will be in absolute Seafood heaven!! :-) and some delicious Danish cooking too!

Apr 06, 2014
RUK in General Topics

Is the cuisine so boring or just bad that you have to ask for alternatives?

Interesting! One can certainly get local food while traveling around Iceland ( we did a couple of years ago)/ lots of delicious fish, soups, and yes - Wale and Puffin can be tried also, but we were really amazed that the local food in most areas consisted of Pizza/Hamburger/Tex mex combination joints. We thought the quality of the dishes served in those places was quite good. Perhaps you were a bit out of luck where you wound up eating? Our experience did not match yours.

Apr 06, 2014
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Misleading Names of Certain Preparations

Mincemeat Pie, I don't think Suet is used much as one of the ingredients.

Leberkäse at the German butcher contains neither Liver or Cheese, it is Veal loaf.

Mar 31, 2014
RUK in General Topics

Where are the Northern Jerseyans?

Cooking in our own kitchen? :-)

Mar 27, 2014
RUK in New Jersey
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I am starting to really dislike chicken

I am buying my Chicken, Eggs nowadays at a small local Poultry farm, what a difference! Delicious!
http://www.gofflepoultry.com/index.html

If you call ahead you can also pick up one of their rotisserie chicken made to order. Very nice, if you are strapped for time.

Mar 25, 2014
RUK in General Topics

CH borderliner unusable on iPad, just me?

I posted earlier into this thread -
I have two IPads - the original first and now a new IPad Air ( that runs Safari on OS 7.1)
I just checked, no problem on either, except the old IPad is just a touch slower than the new IPad Air.
Is it possible that a slow connection is the problem for many?

Mar 21, 2014
RUK in Site Talk

CH borderliner unusable on iPad, just me?

No problem on IPad Air!
Perhaps it jumps around because of a slow internet connection?

Mar 19, 2014
RUK in Site Talk

Too-dark chocolate transformation?

I would simply throw it into a pot with Lots of Rum and melt the whole thing on the lowest heat possible. Stir every so often. You may need to add more Rum, as you need to achieve a smooth thick texture, thin enough to thickly pour, but not to become runny.
I use nowadays one of those new soft forms for bread baking and layer the chocolate with Social Tea or Leibniz cookies. ( those will work best, don't try Graham crackers)
Once it is firmed up, usually overnight, perhaps a couple of hours in the fridge, turn the whole thing out on a platter and cut into small slices.
Just google "Kalter Hund".
You can always add a bit of powdered sugar at the melting stage to make it sweeter.

Mar 17, 2014
RUK in Home Cooking

Butter & Soy Sauce?

It always was in our family and to this day! :-)

Mar 04, 2014
RUK in Home Cooking

Butter & Soy Sauce?

Gründonnerstag! :-)

Mar 04, 2014
RUK in Home Cooking
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I thawed pork in running water and the meat touched the water

Ah yes, she mentioned the oven. My bad.
But I still stand by my comment to read a bit.....

Feb 22, 2014
RUK in General Topics

I thawed pork in running water and the meat touched the water

Then how on earth did you reach 425 degr.? Last time I looked, the boiling point for water is 212 degr F.
I suggest you do some reading before you start cooking! Btw the Joy of Cooking is a wonderful book, I highly recommend it! I still refer to it on occasion.

Feb 22, 2014
RUK in General Topics
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Got fat?

I am not much on keeping fats except Duck fat and perhaps some of the layer of fat one might skim of a Pho ( very fragrant!).
But I bake my Christstollen with a 50:50 mixture of Lard and Butter. Makes for much better texture and taste than just straight butter.
Now my MIL years ago told me that her local ( local = small village in Germany) recipe for Stollen contained all the collected fats from various Chicken, Duck, Goose and such. We have tasted Stollen from that region years ago and it was really good!

Feb 16, 2014
RUK in General Topics

How do you cook your white rice?

I use a rice cooker, the rice comes out perfectly done every time.
Most of the time it is just water and Rice, but sometimes I use nice thick Coconut Milk (some Thai brand) instead of ca half or two thirds of the water, Lemon grass and perhaps a clove. I love it!

Feb 16, 2014
RUK in Home Cooking

Baking cookies on a silpat versus parchment versus directly on sheet

I would think it depends on the type of cookies you are baking, as mentioned.
My Christmas baking is done on Silpats. I do a lot of the German type Lebkuchen/Elisenkuchen and baked Marzipan, they come out more evenly baked on Silpats. Before they came out with Silpats I used Parchment paper.

Feb 16, 2014
RUK in Home Cooking

Best 'sleeper' vegies I'm missing out on?

Celeriac was mentioned. We like it sometimes diced, boiled in a little water and eaten as a warm salad with vinaigrette dressing. We add caraway seeds to this and sometimes cubed crisp Apple.
Or cut into thick slices, parboil, bread it and fry it!! Yum!!

Feb 13, 2014
RUK in Home Cooking

Pre-soaking, refrigerating Romertopf?

Somehow I couldn't see myself moving this pre-prepped Römertopf from a cold fridge directly in the oven, even if one starts out in a cool oven.
This whole procedure just sounds cumbersome. I would always soak the pot in water shortly before using it and setting it up then. I stack vegetables underneath and around the bird and add fresh herbs etc. so it simply wouldn't be practical to do it a day earlier.

Feb 05, 2014
RUK in Home Cooking

The Taste 1/30.....ugh.....spoilt

She is looped!! This is actually funny!

Jan 31, 2014
RUK in Food Media & News

The Taste 1/30.....ugh.....spoilt

Nigella seems to pick her contestants poorly, perhaps her palate is simply not that great. Jacquelyn was hard to watch, I can't imagine ever cooking with that long "hair" flowing about, one would expect to find long strands of red in those tasting spoons. And as mentioned, a knife to open that can ( Coconut milk added at the end?), isn't there at least a can opener to be found.
Surely the lady had her shortcomings, but having Nigella micro-managing like that would have driven me buggy!! How about teaching and then stepping back a bit?

Jan 31, 2014
RUK in Food Media & News

How long does bacon keep?

same here!

Jan 25, 2014
RUK in General Topics

The Taste 1/22/14 spoilt

True! I rolled my eyes when they announced him. But - I thought he was less obnoxious on the Taste. At least he didn't tell everyone their food was crap.

Jan 24, 2014
RUK in Food Media & News

I hate Zip Locks - The disappearence of non-ziplock bags...

No, they are actually decent size, I use them for all sorts of things.

Jan 23, 2014
RUK in Cookware

I hate Zip Locks - The disappearence of non-ziplock bags...

Around here I can pick up a whole roll of - not sure how many, perhaps 600 plastic bags for ca 6 bucks at HMart! They are great for sandwiches, cookies, left over cheese, whatever you have.

Jan 22, 2014
RUK in Cookware

Confused about Eating on a Diet

Nahh, there is enough wiggle room not to drive ourselves bananas, truly. We do eat well, I would think…I enjoy preparing decent meals daily.

Jan 18, 2014
RUK in General Topics

Confused about Eating on a Diet

Eat everything and weigh yourself daily at the same time and record that weight! If you go over your "magic number", do a bit of portion control/ cut out a snack in the evening!
The key is to weigh yourself DAILY!!
Works for us!

Jan 18, 2014
RUK in General Topics

RAMEN BURGER

It really is not difficult at all to make it yourself! Add all the trimmings you like!
Lots of good info found here
http://forums.egullet.org/topic/14565...

Jan 16, 2014
RUK in Hawaii

What's the Hottest Pepper that You Cook With

I keep Caribbean Red Hots, pickled and also on the plant right now. My son grew them in his garden two Summers ago, and I wound up overwintering his plants in my greenhouse. We repeated that this year. My son pickled a couple of jars and gave me one. These are very hot and I treat them with the utmost care. One pepper, fresh or pickled spices up a whole pot of Chili or whatever I feel could use some heat. The infused pickling liquid is great in all sorts of dishes.

Jan 07, 2014
RUK in General Topics

Switching from coffee to tea in the morning

I switched from Coffee to Tea a couple of years ago! I make myself a pot of JavaVana Mate (from Teavana) 5 days a week and I really like it. I drink it with a small splash of milk! So far I am not tired of it!

http://www.teavana.com/the-teas/mate-...

We still make a pot of Coffee on weekends since Mr. K prefers his Coffee.

Jan 02, 2014
RUK in General Topics