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Fantastic Moussaka Recipe!

I know this post is ancient, I came upon it recently when searching for moussaka recipes/ideas.

I'm glad pikawicca posted about this recipe back in 2009. I gave it a go with a few tweaks and have to say it really is fantastic. I've been chasing the perfect moussaka after my first experience with it as a kid in Athens. While this might not be the holy grail, it comes pretty close. So for those of you looking for a great moussaka recipe, I'd give this one a try.

Beware, it's a crap ton of work. Give yourself time.

The tweaks I made:

roast eggplant instead of fry - 400 degrees about 20 min and cut eggplant lengthwise not circles and cut potatoes same way

boil potatoes until half cooked before baking in the casserole

increase cinnamon to 1 tsp

decrease cayenne to 1/2 tsp

increase lamb to 1 1/2 lbs

decrease tomato to 20oz (2 1/2 cups)

used green bell pepper instead of red

only used 1/4 c - 1/3rd cup of parmesan

Caffeinated sunflower seeds..... really?

I found out when I ended up in the hospital. I was a heavy consumer of coffee. Caffeine allergy symptoms aren't the same as other food allergy symptoms due to the drug's effect on the nervous system. So luckily no swelling, itching, breathing difficulties. It effects my motor skills and cognition amongst other things and those symptoms will last for days. As it can potentially cause permanent brain damage, I want to be VERY careful.

I was sort of kidding about schizophrenia although there appears to be a possible connection along with other mental illnesses.

https://www.goodtherapy.com.au/flex/c...

I had no luck last time I googled decaf chocolate. Seems we've come a long way since then. I won't be able to try it as it still has a tiny bit of caffeine but that is great news for people with mild caffeine sensitivities.

I guess I'll get experimental and try making a "chocolate" cake with carob powder and see what happens.

Jun 08, 2015
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

Caffeinated sunflower seeds..... really?

I recently did a search for products that contain caffeine. Products we don't expect to contain caffeine, I should say. I have a caffeine allergy and have to be more and more careful these days. I had not suspected the Bloody Mary I ordered at the bar would contain caffeine. I've since learned that there is in fact caffeinated vodka and caffeinated Bloody Mary mix. Quite a good idea.

I knew about all the energy drinks and sodas of course but had no idea we have caffeinated: granola, gummy bears, beef jerkey, hot sauce, ice cream, oatmeal etc. Not to mention all the restaurants that put coffee and chocolate in their short rib, pot roast, chili recipes.

Wow! I'm surprised schizophrenia isn't an epidemic. Are you concerned about your caffeine intake?

P.S. Why hasn't anyone figured out how to make decaf chocolate??

Jun 07, 2015
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

What to do with sliced pork belly?

I love all the ideas so far and plan on giving each one a try. Thanks so much! Keep the ideas coming.

Jun 02, 2015
ChervilGeorge in Home Cooking

What to do with sliced pork belly?

I hesitate to smoke it in the house for fear that it will forever smell like bacon indoors along with all my clothes.

It is not cured, not smoked, just raw. Looks exactly like very thickly sliced bacon. So many people were buying it and the checker said it was one of the most popular items (Costco), there must be something amazing to do with it if that many people were going nuts for it. Most recipes I've seen for pork belly require a whole piece, not sliced.

Jun 02, 2015
ChervilGeorge in Home Cooking

What to do with sliced pork belly?

I purchased what I thought was bacon but when I got home realized it was not bacon but pork belly. I now have 5lbs of pork belly! Ugh. I can't make bacon with it because I don't have a smoker and I doubt that would even work as it is already sliced.

The slices are 1/3rd of an inch thick. Any great ideas what to do with all this? I'm open to experimenting. The only thing that comes to mind is lardons for salads and soups. No diet restrictions, so anything goes.

Thanks

Jun 02, 2015
ChervilGeorge in Home Cooking

potato flakes

I've used them to thicken cream and chowder style soups.

Cloudy pickled eggs - are they ruined?

Thanks. Throwing away pickled eggs would have made me cry!!

Jan 30, 2015
ChervilGeorge in Home Cooking

Cloudy pickled eggs - are they ruined?

Yes, they have the entire time. There is no offensive smell.

Jan 30, 2015
ChervilGeorge in Home Cooking

Cloudy pickled eggs - are they ruined?

I have some eggs that I've had pickling since Jan 16th. I've done this many times, sometimes with my own pickling brine and sometimes such as now, I just use the leftover juice from a jar of pickles. They seem unusually cloudy.I've had them go a little cloudy before but this seems a bit much. Is this contamination or perfectly safe?

Jan 29, 2015
ChervilGeorge in Home Cooking

For the bread bakers - can my dough be salvaged?

Good question. I hadn't thought to test the temp of the dough itself. And I did not know that yeast is killed at 140. Learned something new today! The dough would not continue to rise at all once I rescued it from the oven.

Jan 18, 2015
ChervilGeorge in Home Cooking

For the bread bakers - can my dough be salvaged?

I'm new to bread making. I had dough on a second rise in the oven (turned off). Totally forgot it was in there and turned the oven on to 350F. It was probably in there for 5 minutes and the temp had reached 250F. I think I killed the yeast. It won't rise again. Wondering if I can still use it for something. Pizza crust? Crackers? I hate to waste it. Thoughts?

Jan 18, 2015
ChervilGeorge in Home Cooking

Uh oh, think I ruined my first batch of homemade sauerkraut.

No mold no discolouration. I'm just concerned about poisoning myself and others. :)

Dec 20, 2014
ChervilGeorge in Home Cooking

Uh oh, think I ruined my first batch of homemade sauerkraut.

No recipe, just the standard amount of salt. Then I pounded it for a bit to release the juice. Packed way too full into mason jars, the liquid covered the cabbage. The jars were place in a dark spot in the kitchen

Dec 20, 2014
ChervilGeorge in Home Cooking

Uh oh, think I ruined my first batch of homemade sauerkraut.

I just checked on the two jars and they appear to have dried out. There is no liquid covering the top of the cabbage. It's day 8. I haven't checked on them in about 3 days. I filled them too high and I think the juice seeped out over the last few days even though I had pulled some of the cabbage out to make more space. Should I chuck it and start over or top it off with a brine and keep going?

Dec 20, 2014
ChervilGeorge in Home Cooking

Anyone have a great wild rice salad recipe?

Thanks everyone! I think I'm going to take a mix of a bunch of these. What do you think of:
wild rice
dried cranberries
celery
green onion (and some red onion?)
parsley
cubed and caramelized sweet potato (not quite sure about this)
nuts - either pecan, pine nuts, cashews

I plan on a red wine vinaigrette with a smidge of dijon.

Nov 26, 2014
ChervilGeorge in Home Cooking

Anyone have a great wild rice salad recipe?

I've been scouring recipes online. I'm looking for something that leans heavily on the savoury side. At most, I'm willing to add a few currants or cranberries but no other fruits such as orange slices or other dried fruits. All other ingredients are fine. And I'm hoping to find a knock out vinaigrette/dressing. This will be served as a Thanksgiving side dish. I don't necessarily need a specific recipe, but ingredients that will go nicely together. This is not a dish that is in my repertoire.

Nov 24, 2014
ChervilGeorge in Home Cooking

Should I get a 6 QT or 8 QT pressure cooker?

While I appreciate everyone's responses, yours has helped me make the final choice (it was a close call). I know I will avoid using something if it is unwieldy to wash. A 6QT it is. I can always pass it on to a friend and get a larger one if it's inadequate.

Thanks all!

Oct 07, 2014
ChervilGeorge in Cookware

Should I get a 6 QT or 8 QT pressure cooker?

I keep reading conflicting information as to the best size for a household of 2. Places like Americas Test Kitchen say one should get an 8qt no matter but many people on forums have said they are perfectly happy with their 6qt. I plan to use it for beans, stews, braised meat etc. Not canning. The only reason I am waffling on the size is that I have limited kitchen space and wonder if an 8qt will be too large in some cases when I want to make a small meal.
Would one be able to do a 3lb pot roast in a 6qt?

Oct 07, 2014
ChervilGeorge in Cookware

Foods or snacks you NEVER get tired of?

sashimi
steak tartare
poached shrimp with cocktail sauce
cold Asian noodle salads
pickled eggs
blt sandwich
cheese and dill pickle sandwich
Vegemite on buttered toast with poached egg
pretty much any chowder
crab cakes with remoulade
split pea soup
peas (particularly mushy peas)
fish stews such as cioppino or bouillabaise
Cotswold cheese

Oct 05, 2014
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

I drink pickle juice
I think Velveeta is awesome melted with Pace salsa and eaten with corn chips
I love saltine crackers with butter and Vegemite
I love Kraft macaroni and cheese with a can of oil packed tuna mixed in and maybe some peas if I'm feeling fancy.

Sep 11, 2014
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Californian here. I just don't get the appeal of In and Out Burger. AT ALL. Every visitor from out of state always wants to hit one up. This becomes even more absurd to me because I'm in San Francisco, we have tons of amazing food.

I can't think of much that I'm embarrassed by in terms of actual food, it's more food trends that make me cringe. The paragraph long descriptions on menus of where each ingredient comes from is at the top of my list. Bacon in everything and drinks served in Mason jars are close behind.

Jul 20, 2014
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

Has tomato season arrived yet?

Nice!! I've never had a Green Zebra before. I'll search them out.

Has tomato season arrived yet?

Are any of you finding good tomatoes at the farmers markets yet? The last tomatoes I bought a couple weeks ago for $6/lb were abysmal.

Butter versus Margarine

Bwahahahahaha!!

Jun 27, 2014
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

When You No Longer Can Eat Some Foods You Love

Thanks! I'll grab some the next time I'm at my Japanese market.

Jun 04, 2014
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

I believe it is onion and pine nuts. They are amazing.

A vegan, a person who's gluten free, someone with a nut allergy and an anorexic walk into a bar…

Woah, tall order. Indian food comes to mind. I love aloo sag, chana masala, baingan bharta, aloo gobi.

Some other ideas:
wild rice salad, served with roasted vegetables or a vegetable pureed soup
vegetable hot pot
Asian style soba noodle salad
falafel (just make sure it's gluten free)
Thai coconut vegetable curry
split pea soup
French lentil salad
roasted vegetable tacos (corn) with guacamole and Mexican rice
quinoa, sweet potato and black bean chili
baked beans and veggie burgers (Mom can have it bunless)
chili smothered baked potatoes
grilled romaine salad
southwestern salad with cilantro vinaigrette (corn, black beans, avocado, corn tortilla strips, tomato)
salt and vinegar smashed potatoes
vegetable fried rice
hummus
Vietnamese summer rolls
caponata or ratatouille
gluten free pasta with marinara sauce

Asparagus season over?

Hmm, I can't even imagine why Whole Foods would hike the price up so high. But then again, I've seen Idaho potatoes there for $4 a piece. Their prices seem to vary widely on produce from week to week.

May 11, 2014
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

Asparagus season over?

Are we at the end of asparagus season already? I'm in San Francisco and asparagus was $6.99 for 1 bunch at Whole Foods yesterday. Whahhhhh? I've never even seen a bunch for that much during the off season. It's been varying in price wildly from week to week at Whole Foods but that was a bit shocking.

What about in your area? Are you still seeing nice asparagus at decent prices?

May 11, 2014
ChervilGeorge in General Topics