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Thanksgiving 2011 -- the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

What a lovely story. Your dad sounds like a trouper!

Nov 26, 2011
Rocky74 in Home Cooking

Help with Asian inspired barbecue menu

Many thanks everyone. In the end we are going for Thai style drumsticks - marinated overnight, baked in a low oven and finished off on the barbecue. Also a few wee tenderloins of beef loc lac style and a Vietnamese fish. So a bit confused but keeping it in one little corner of Asia! Sides are a crisp veg and sesame omelette salad and a green mango salad

Oct 21, 2011
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Help with Asian inspired barbecue menu

The recipe we are going for is very similar to this. Thanks!

Oct 21, 2011
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Help with Asian inspired barbecue menu

Wow - sounds amazing ad filed away for next time!

Oct 21, 2011
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Help with Asian inspired barbecue menu

These sound great. I presume minced pork would also work.

I used to scoff at those basket things - until I tried using one!

Oct 21, 2011
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Help with Asian inspired barbecue menu

Unfortunately not as that would be so impressive! For an islamd, the selection of fresh seafood is hopeless!

Oct 21, 2011
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What's for Dinner # 112 [old]

I love capers. Last night was a pasta 'sauce' of sundried toms, capers, garlic, red wine vinegar and some of the oil from the toms blitzed in the mini food processor. Cooked up some chicken and red pepper and then tossed with pasta, the sauce and some black olives. Heaven!

Oct 20, 2011
Rocky74 in Home Cooking

Help with Asian inspired barbecue menu

Thank you all - some lovely ideas. I love the idea of Kalbi but having said we can get most things here, I wasn't really thinking. Unfortunately I have never seen beef ribs or Korean ingredients (for those Korean chicken legs) but I have definitely got some inspiration so thank you. Within the confines of what is available here skewers and/or whole roast chicken look like a good plan - maybe a range of skewers beef (maybe with some of the kalbi flavours), chicken, shrimp etc.

Thanks very much!

Oct 19, 2011
Rocky74 in Home Cooking

Help with Asian inspired barbecue menu

We are having a group of people over for Saturday lunch and as the weather will be nice a barbecue is on the cards. We live in a place where throwing something on the barbecue is the norm and I am bored of it so I thought maybe theming it might make it more appealing to me. We are competent cooks and have had a couple of asian themed dinner parties so I was hoping to do the same for a barbecue. I have a number of interresting salads I can do but does anyone have any tried and tested ideas - maybe drumsticks or fish marinades. Actually anything. There are no dietary restrictions and there will be 8-10 of us. We live on a small island and unbelievably can't get whole fresh fish (which would be my first idea) but can get most things.

Thank you!

Oct 18, 2011
Rocky74 in Home Cooking

The perpetual guest -- are you one? Why?

I think for some perpetual guests, the problem might be the people who are the regular hosts. I love having people over SO much more than going to other people's houses so I guess in a sense I am forcing my hosting on people - in the nicest possible way!

That said, it sometimes backfires. My sister recently turned 40 and earlier in the year the extended family were asking her where she wanted to celebrate it as we all wanted to be with her. Obvious options were Washington DC where she lives, or the UK where most other family live. She decided she wanted to host a party at my house (we live in the Caribbean) and invite lots of her friends to fly down too. As it emerged in the days leading up to the party she didn't want to hold the party at our house, she wanted it all arranged for her so we ended up organising and paying for her party of 30 people. She didn't lift a finger to help, either with prep or clear up or contribute to costs. It was obviously a breakdown in communication and I should have known as she has always been the perpetual guest type who arrives empty handed! I think I might ask her to host my next birthday!!!

Oct 18, 2011
Rocky74 in Not About Food

What's for Dinner? #111 [old]

White bean and chicken chili tonight - the version that has fennel seeds in it (I think Giada). Will have it with spanish rice and a green of some sort. And a cold beer - you have to have beer with chili!

Oct 18, 2011
Rocky74 in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #111 [old]

This morning I have made up a batch of chilli and coriander pesto. Going to marinate some prawns in it. The boy fancies that with pasta and maybe cherry toms. I fancy something a bit greener. It's Monday so I don't have a big issue with slightly different meals!

Oct 17, 2011
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What's for Dinner? #111 [old]

It was great. Three hours in the oven and it was melt in the mouth. The recipe suggests pork cheeks but no way can I find those so just used tenderloin. Now, shame my camera skills don't quite match yours!

Oct 17, 2011
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What's for Dinner? #111 [old]

Both 16 bean soup and that pork sounds fantastic - I am trying to think of 16 beans!

Oct 16, 2011
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What's for Dinner? #111 [old]

We had pork bourguignon last night that really was quite lovely - I used some broad leaf thyme that I found growing in a corner of the garden. I had it with mash and the boy had rice. The leftover sauce and mash made quite a nice breakfast!

Tonight is 'healthy' fish and chips - grouper fillets in panko with batata wedges and mushy peas

Oct 16, 2011
Rocky74 in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #111 [old]

We were intending to have Tom Yam Soup with prawns as the boy has had three client dinners in a row and wanted healthy and spicy but I have had soup for breakfast and lunch for the past few days so we had a wee shift and had red curry instead - the prawns were awesome. i was worried they would be underdone but they were perfect. In addition to the prawns, had red capsicum, mushrooms, cauliflower and coriander. Very spicy and perfect for our mood!

Oct 13, 2011
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What's for dinner? #110 [OLD]

That's hilarious! Even rubbing your eye 24 hours later is not advised!

Oct 10, 2011
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What's for dinner? #110 [OLD]

On my own this evening so indulging in a huge pot of black bean chilli that is loaded with chipotle chillies. A big pile of green veg and a glass of sauvignon blanc will do the trick as accompaniments!

Oct 10, 2011
Rocky74 in Home Cooking

What's for dinner? #110 [OLD]

This recipe is based on one given by some Jamaican friends. They suggested 4 scotch bonnets but even though we like the heat that is a bit much for us! So into a mini food processor chuck as many chillies as you fancy, a small chopped onion, 2 crushed garlic cloves, a large knob of grated ginger, a couple of tablespoons of ground allspice, a few tablespoons of dried herb (friend reckons any will do), a few tablespoons of all-purpose seasoning, a teaspoon each of ground nutmeg, cinnamon and salt and two tablespoons of ground black pepper. Blitz until smoith and then add a handful of chopped coriander leves and pulse briefly. Stir in 300-500ml of ketchup until you get the consistency you want.

What we do is rub the chicken with a mixture of all purpose seasoning, all spice, dried herbs and salt and pepper. Then pour over the wet jerk and rub it in and marinade overnight. We then bake for ages in a low over until just done and then blast on the barbecue to finish - that is using drumsticks. Breasts are treated a bit more gently!

Oct 10, 2011
Rocky74 in Home Cooking

What's for dinner? #110 [OLD]

I can look it up for you. It is really good - definitely more than the sum of its parts - includes scotch bonnets, all spice, garlic, ginger, onion, nutmeg, cinnamon, ketchup, coriander and other stuff I can't remember. So much better than the jarred stuff so I will come back with the proper recipe!

Oct 09, 2011
Rocky74 in Home Cooking

What's for dinner? #110 [OLD]

I have been away for nearly a month so haven't posted but what imspiration on here!

We bought stacks of chicken on special to marinate overnight in homemade jerk and there were a couple of breasts leftover so I pounded them and dredged in flour, egg and panko mixed with parmesan and had them with batata wedges, salad and a tomato caper sauce. It was good - if I do say so myself. Looking forward to the jerk chicken tomorrow - mainly skin-on drumsticks that will have marinaded overnight, then baked in a low slow oven then flung on the barbecue (grill).

Oct 08, 2011
Rocky74 in Home Cooking

Underappreciated Cuisines & The Dishes You Would Choose To Spotlight Them

Cambodian definitely. People complain that it isn't as interesting as Thai or Vietnamese but the Khmers ruled that region for so long that a lot of Thai and Vietnamese food was influenced by them. What many fail to appreciate is that Cambodian meals need to be eaten as such rather than a single dish so each meal has a spicy soup, a salad, a vegetable dish, protein of some sort, etc so the mral is more than the sum of its parts.

Great question!

Oct 02, 2011
Rocky74 in General Topics

Lamb shanks

Thanks so much all. It sounds like browning well then cooked slow with red wine/herbs/nice bits and then cooked really slow is the way to go. Great to know they should be ok to freeze. I will report back!

Aug 28, 2011
Rocky74 in Home Cooking

Lamb shanks

Lamb Shanks
by Rocky ยป August 27th, 2011, 10:53 am

I hope you might be able to help. I live in the Caribbean and my sister is coming down to visit to celebrate her 40th birthday which is on 20 September. She arrives on the 19th and I also get back from being away for two weeks on the 19th in the evening so there will be very little chance to shop (and as we are 'out of season' shops aren't very well stocked). She has said she would love me to cook lamb for her birthday dinner. I looked in the shops and found a small boneless leg of lamb but it was $95 which is madness. There are also lamb shanks as an option. I suppose I have three questions really.....

Are lamb shanks nice (I am not much of a lamb eater)

Does anyone have a tried and tested nice recipe

And perhaps most importantly, can I make the dish before I go and freeze it - do lamb shank dishes freeze ok?

The Friday afterwards 15 of her friends are arriving for a long weekend but that is a different headache! I feel so lucky to live here but sometimes wish it wasn't so appealing to the constant stream of visitng friends and family!

Thanks so much in advance.

Aug 27, 2011
Rocky74 in Home Cooking

Please help with our London visit

The Duke of Wellington is fairly close and always has consistently nice food. Lovely French waitressess too!

Aug 26, 2011
Rocky74 in U.K./Ireland

Home in a hurricane, what are you cooking?

I live in the virgin islands and we got the start if Irene but still had no power for 72 hours. It is such a pain and no matter how hard you try there is some food wastage. I had recently stocked up on fish so we barbecued tuna the first night. Used the thin fish fillets the next night for panko fish and chips and then made a fish pie that I kept chilled on ice then cooked in the gas oven the third night. I quite enjoyed the coziness of the candle lit first night but was bired by the third - particularky because we don't get running water if we have no power.......

Aug 25, 2011
Rocky74 in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? Part 102 [OLD]

Hurray - for the first time in days this is allowing me to reply (not that my meals have been so super amazing that anyone needs to know about them!). Last night in an attemot to clear the freezer out a bit, I took a single portion of black bean chili out of the freezer and spotted half a chicken breast (surely not me to leave HALF a chicken breast in there!) so we had the BB chili and I invented a chicken and white bean chili. Definitely to be repeated. We both loved it.

Tonight we are having bits and pieces. The boy has made gazpacho, i have made mahi ceviche and a little dressing to drizzle over a bit of smoked salmon to make it more interesting. We also have some nice olives and a black bean salsa. I have toasted up some flour tortillas to have with it

Aug 20, 2011
Rocky74 in Home Cooking

Cambodian/Lao cookbooks?

I have the Spiders to Water lilies book and use it more to look at than folllow - I am not sure why. Rick Stein has a book following his Far Eastern Odyssey and the Cambodia section in that is quite good. I will follow this thread with interest - I spent nine months working in Phnom Penh and loved the food!

Aug 20, 2011
Rocky74 in Home Cooking

What to serve with lamb loin chops

I really like French style flagelot or cannelini beans 'simmered' in a bit of weak stock, garlic clives and rosemary so that any liquid reduces and leaves nice garlicky rosemary beans

Aug 16, 2011
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Cold Lentil Salad Ideas

I make an asian style one that I love. Cook up green lentils in a bit of veg stock so they take on a bit of flavour. Steam some brocolli and edamame. Toss everything with a dressing of sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, honey and lime juice

Aug 16, 2011
Rocky74 in Home Cooking