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Dry-Fried Szechuan Green Beans, no chopping required?

Ipse—
Thanks so much for the encouraging—not to mention eloquent—reply. Should I lose the bet, at least I can find solace in the exceedingly well-turned "extant in the culinary quiver."
-pj

Sep 17, 2013
pamela joy in Home Cooking

Dry-Fried Szechuan Green Beans, no chopping required?

This is to settle a bet: I'd swear I found a recipe online for traditional dry-fried string beans in which the aromatics (ginger, garlic, dried chili peppers) were left in big chunks (or whole, in the case of the peppers) and added to the pan before the beans, to flavor the oil. The only other thing I remember was, that's all there is to remember. Perhaps it was seasoned before serving with a little salt or soy sauce, but nothing more. Does this ring a bell? All of the recipes I've found call for frying the beans first and then adding minced ginger and garlic. (And of course some call for additional ingredients: Szechuan pepper, pork, dried shrimp, rice wine, scallions, sugar, etc.)

Sep 16, 2013
pamela joy in Home Cooking

Beautifying rustic rhubarb

Don't get me wrong: I am not immune to the charms of a straightforward, homey dessert, but to cap off an elegant, special occasion, I admit, I am influenced by the va-va-va-voom factor. I want something I can present with a "ta-dah!" and be rewarded with tiny gasps! Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. And you're right---quenelles are a lovely way to elevate a dish.

Jun 28, 2012
pamela joy in Home Cooking

Beautifying rustic rhubarb

Thanks, Jules. I also think having your own little dessert somehow makes you feel more pampered. And heaven knows, I have enough ramekins.

Jun 28, 2012
pamela joy in Home Cooking

Beautifying rustic rhubarb

I was planning to bake a spectacular cake (or impressive pie) for a friend's fancy birthday dinner party. Now I find out, his favorite dessert is rhubarb crumble---delicious, but far from attractive. Any ideas on how to disguise it and still have it taste like rhubarb crumble? Thus far I've considered baking it in a tart shell, or hiding it under something like meringue or bruleed sugar (though I'm not exactly sure how I would manage the latter). Any ideas would be much appreciated. -pj

Jun 28, 2012
pamela joy in Home Cooking

Must you cook dried shrimp? [moved from San Francisco board]

Bought a bag of dried shrimp (from Thailand) to make Miang Kam. I have numerous recipes for it, and none mention cooking the shrimp, but the package reads "TO BE COOKED OR FRIED BEFORE USE." It could be that the admonition on the package is a liability issue. I'm not sure what to do. Rinse the shrimp? Soak 'em? Boil 'em? Microwave 'em? Does anyone know?
Thanks. ---PJ

Jun 24, 2012
pamela joy in General Topics

lost recipe for traditional, yam-based, flourless cookies

It may very well be (although I can't say I remember the almonds...). Thank you so much. (This must be my week for Catalan-inspired baked goods. I made a Catalan Pinch Cake a few days ago. Lovely texture, and having the guests pinch off fluffy bits of cake made for a very sweet communal experience.)

May 10, 2012
pamela joy in Home Cooking

lost recipe for traditional, yam-based, flourless cookies

I cannot locate this recipe anywhere and am hoping a fellow baker might have it. Here's what I remember: It's a very traditional cookie made with mashed yams or sweet potatoes instead of flour. I'd swear it has a Spanish name: might start with a "c"? I know that's not much to go on. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

May 10, 2012
pamela joy in Home Cooking

New - lovely, pale-green organic Jade Pearl Rice

An update: Kudos to Lotus Foods for their customer service. Julian Kingman responded to my email almost instantly and even offered to send me a replacement box of a higher fiber rice.

Jul 22, 2011
pamela joy in General Topics

New - lovely, pale-green organic Jade Pearl Rice

Regrettably, I bought a bag of organic Jade Pearl Rice at the Whole Foods in San Rafael today before reading Sabrina's post. The bulk bin still lists the too-good-to-be-true nutrition info. It would be easy to blame the error on Whole Foods, but I did a quick check online and found numerous websites selling the product accompanied by the inaccurate nutritional analysis. Some even tout the incorrect composition info in big, bold type, e.g., 5 times more fiber than whole grain rice! 10 grams of fiber per serving!
I sent an email to Lotus Foods. Now what to do with a bag of beautiful but completely fiber-free rice? Guess I can use it as pie weights or for display...

Jul 21, 2011
pamela joy in General Topics

Monukkas in Marin?

Anyone know of a source for monukka raisins in Marin County? You used to be able to find them in any health food store, but they've become scarce. I'm willing to travel to Berkeley or SF if need be. (I've located them online, but the shipping costs exceed the cost of the raisins.) I'd be grateful for any leads.

Mar 30, 2011
pamela joy in San Francisco Bay Area