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Vietnam and Cambodia food guide?

Is there such a thing? Looking more for names of dishes, how to order and what dishes are specialties of which places. Planning a trip to both countries and I am overwhelmed (and confused) by the names of dishes. I want to know what I'm ordering and where I should eat it!

about 16 hours ago
Nyleve in China & Southeast Asia

How do I find posts I'm following?

Argh - I figured it out. I starred a couple of OLDer posts for some upcoming travel. Those have turned up in my profile list waaaay down since they were not started recently. Thanks - found 'em. Duh.

Sep 18, 2014
Nyleve in Site Talk

How do I find posts I'm following?

I know I should know this. I've just recently starred a couple of posts I want to follow - or at least remember. And I can't figure out how to find them later. I clicked the "my followed discussions" tab on my profile page but they're not there. What am I doing wrong?

Sep 18, 2014
Nyleve in Site Talk

Pulled pork without a smoker - suggestions?

Just a couple of weeks ago, I did a 20 lb. shoulder for a big party. Trimmed off the "skin" leaving some of the fat on the meat, then put on a nice rub of salt, pepper, sugar, smoked paprika, cumin and cayenne. A teensy sprinkle of liquid smoke. Fridge overnight, then into a 250o oven - uncovered, no liquid. Cooked for about 12 hours and it was perfect. The outside was crusty, there was enough juice in the bottom and the flavour was great. I would have liked to give it a real smoke before cooking but my smoker died. But this was absolutely delicious anyway. Nothing could be easier - it didn't need to be covered or crockpotted or anything. And it pulled apart easily.

Sep 15, 2014
Nyleve in Home Cooking
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Spanish Food

Ok no seafood. Here's an amazing one that's JUST tomatoes and really really delicious. I have made it so many times, and every single time someone asks me for the recipe. The saffron and smoked paprika give it a Spanish feel. If you really want to add chorizo or chicken or whatever, you can brown it and add with the tomatoes. But its perfect just as is.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/05/din...

Sep 07, 2014
Nyleve in Home Cooking

Spanish Food

Oh I have to disagree about not doing paella. Unless you're a total stickler, it's not really difficult to make a really delicious version of the dish. And it's so celebratory and wonderful - easy to build a great festive meal around it. I have a recipe (which I will have to dig up) that I use often - everyone loves it and it just feels fun to put that pan of the table. Use excellent ingredients (good rice, good seafood, real saffron) and it's hard to beat for a party. Ok, so my paella might be sneered at by a Spanish abuela, but I doubt your 26 year old son is going to be so judgemental.

Sep 06, 2014
Nyleve in Home Cooking

Too much corn on the cob! Help me use it!

The particular corn belonging to the OP is long gone by now. But I was faced with about 4 dozen fully cooked cobs last weekend after a somewhat smaller than usual crowd at our labour day corn roast. I grilled most of the cobs until they were lightly toasted and then cut the kernels off the cobs and froze them in zip locks. A few cobs, I just cut off as is, without grilling. Saved the cobs from all and made corn broth and froze that. I know the corn would have been better if I had just blanched them rather than fully cooked, but this works well enough to add to a salsa or soup. Sometimes you just have to sacrifice perfectionism for reality.

Sep 06, 2014
Nyleve in Home Cooking

Salmon loaf!

That is hilarious. Salmon loaf is not in your immediate future.

Sep 03, 2014
Nyleve in Home Cooking

Salmon loaf!

Chopped egg sauce would be a deal breaker for me. We will come up with something nicer to go with it.

Thanks people.

Sep 03, 2014
Nyleve in Home Cooking

Salmon loaf!

Soup kitchen project again. We have lots of canned salmon and were thinking of salmon loaf with some kind of nice sauce to serve with it. I haven't made salmon loaf since forever, so I don't have a tried and true recipe. We will be serving about 100 people, but I can work with a normal size recipe and just multiply it up. Anyone have an old favourite to share?

Sep 02, 2014
Nyleve in Home Cooking

What to do with old dried morels (DTW)?

Thanks. I don't get a lot of the acronyms, but I usually google them and get something sensible. This time I didn't think I did.

Sep 01, 2014
Nyleve in General Topics

What to do with old dried morels (DTW)?

Sorry if this is off topic, but what does DTW mean? I googled it and I'm pretty sure you aren't referring to either dynamic time warping or Detroit Wayne county airport.

Sep 01, 2014
Nyleve in General Topics

Mushrooms are up!

Even more this morning. I have two dehydrators going full time' threw a bunch in the freezer whole (never tried that before but I've seen them sold that way so why not?) and I will sauté a bunch and freeze them that way. I made a delicious porcini and farro soup yesterday and will grill some for dinner tonight. What a season!

Aug 29, 2014
Nyleve in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Couscous - Is there an instant and "regular" or long cooking kind?

Thank you, sunshine. I am definitely not camping. But I am pretty happy.

Aug 29, 2014
Nyleve in Home Cooking

Mushrooms are up!

South of Peterborough. The trees are...um...regular(?) spruces. They were planted in rows many years ago so are not a natural forest. Maybe white spruce. The ground is partly covered with spruce needles, and partly carpeted in deep moss. There are a LOT of different mushrooms in that area but porcinis are so abundant that once they come up I don't bother with anything else. Won't go hunting again, though, until the weather cools. When it's warm they go wormy even before they've fully come out of the ground.

Aug 26, 2014
Nyleve in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

This pineapple killed my tongue!!

Thing is, I'm pretty sure she believed it was true.

Aug 26, 2014
Nyleve in General Topics

Mushrooms are up!

I am sworn to secrecy about my spot. They do grow in Ontario, though, and always in association with spruce trees. Good luck. Even if you don't find anything, there's no better way to spend an afternoon than mushroom hunting.

Aug 26, 2014
Nyleve in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mushrooms are up!

That does sound delicious. I tend to use them either where they're the star or alongside red meat, sometimes chicken. On the rare occasion that I find a really large one without any worms, I have grilled it and it's just eye-crossingly good. Had them that way in Italy also - simply grilled with olive oil and salt. If I happen to get my mitts on porcini and good fish at the same time, I will try them together.

Aug 26, 2014
Nyleve in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

This pineapple killed my tongue!!

When I was a kid, my best friend told me that this happens because (anyone who is squeamish should stop reading NOW) pineapples are full of tiny worms and they burrow into your tongue when you eat it. I didn't totally believe her but it took years (years!) for me to get rid of the feeling that it might be true. I just avoided eating pineapple altogether. As a more rational adult, I now believe that it's just acidity or enzymes that irritate the surface of the tongue. Some pineapples are more acidic than others - the super-sweet kind doesn't give me that reaction at all.

Aug 26, 2014
Nyleve in General Topics

Mushrooms are up!

I am very very careful. These particular mushrooms are distinctive and easy to identify. I do not ever pick a mushroom without being 100% certain. I pick two varieties regularly - these porcini (boletus edulis) in the late summer/early fall and morels in the spring. I will occasionally pick another type that I know well - orange lactarius - but they're rarely abundant enough to bother with. I don't like puffballs, which are easy to identify, often abundant but tasteless. I do understand your concern, though. I was taught to pick by Polish friends who knew their mushrooms well and have never had a bad experience in over 30 years of mushrooming.

Aug 25, 2014
Nyleve in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mushrooms are up!

Tonight's dinner. About half of the porcinis were too wormy to eat (sad) but there was more than enough for a big pot of risotto. Delicious. I'll be going out hunting again tomorrow or the day after.

Aug 25, 2014
Nyleve in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mushrooms are up!

Not sure yet. I usually begin any mushroom season with a simple risotto or pasta. This progresses through mushroom lasagna, mushroom strudel, mushroom turnovers and steak with a mushroom wine sauce. Eventually, we can take no more of this and I just dehydrate them and put them away for winter. These are really wonderful things.

Aug 24, 2014
Nyleve in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mushrooms are up!

The season is upon us! This morning's haul was over 5 lbs of porcini mushrooms (boletes edulis) from my secret spot. They grow under spruce trees exclusively. Happy hunting, everyone.

Aug 24, 2014
Nyleve in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Niagara Falls - I know, I know

Report!

Had silly fun in Niagara Falls. We arrived around lunchtime and had a picnic at the little conservation area just past the falls. You can park for free and throw your leftovers to the ducks, which is what we did. After that we parked our car beside the Skylon tower ($5) and walked to the boat thing ( no longer called maid of the mist, but the same thing). Did the tunnels, then went to our hotel. Dinner ended up at Antica Pizzeria (or whatever it's called) because it had the most veg options and the pizza was actually quite good. I think we could have done much much worse, so thanks for the recommendation. I tend not to do Italian when eating out because it's usually not as good as what I can make at home, but this was fine. Visited the Criminal Hall of Fame (ugh) for dessert. Breakfast at the Flying Saucer Restaurant - silly place with typical diner food. We kept saying that they could really do much much more with that theme, but we don't own the place so it is what it is.

Niagara on the Lake was a bit twee for my taste, with nothing to interest teenaged girls so we just breezed through it. Stopped at a farm stand on the way to the QEW to load up on peaches. Thanks everyone for your help. It think it'll be a good few years before I do Niagara again, but it was a fun trip.

Aug 23, 2014
Nyleve in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Niagara Falls - I know, I know

Hi all - sorry for disappearing. We actually haven't gone to Niagara Falls yet. This Thursday. Thank you for all the suggestions. I still haven't decided on our dinner for Thursday night. It's kind of tough - the girls are from New York so I'm not going to do pizza with them. Or, for that matter, anything Italian. The other adult won't eat any meat and none of them will eat shellfish. So wherever we go will have to have plenty of vegetarian or fish choices. I'm considering Paris Crepes Bistro for maybe dinner. Anyone have a comment about that place? And the Flying Saucer might just work for breakfast (if they're open for breakfast - I will check the website).

Aug 19, 2014
Nyleve in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Summer 2014 Yard/Estate/Tag Sale Scores

Neat. Thanks for that info.

Aug 17, 2014
Nyleve in Cookware

Too much corn on the cob! Help me use it!

Made a wonderful salad the other night with grilled corn, cut from the cob, diced red onion and feta and lots of fresh mint. Lemon juice and olive oil dressing with salt and pepper. It was absolutely delicious. I used a dozen cobs and it made a nice sized bowl of salad, which was great even as leftovers the next day.

Aug 11, 2014
Nyleve in Home Cooking

Summer 2014 Yard/Estate/Tag Sale Scores

It's a Canadian brand - Super Health. And from the design of the trademark, it would seem that they only make this type of pan. Or maybe they just identify with it more than anything else they ever made.

I love those old aluminim pieces too. I have a couple of really heavy-duty roasters that are just fantastic, also picked up at yard sales. I guess no one wants aluminum anymore. I say, bah humbug.

Aug 11, 2014
Nyleve in Cookware

Summer 2014 Yard/Estate/Tag Sale Scores

The handle fits into that handle-hole - so one handle does all 3 pots. I assume the configuration is so that they all fit over a single burner. A nifty trick. I will find some way to use it eventually.

Aug 10, 2014
Nyleve in Cookware

Summer 2014 Yard/Estate/Tag Sale Scores

Yesterday for $3, this adorable set of pots. Have absolutely no use for it, but I couldn't resist. There's one handle that can be used for all the pots - the guy said it's great for camping but it seems a bit bulky for that use.

Aug 10, 2014
Nyleve in Cookware
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