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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


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
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

The best thing I put in my mouth lately... (Foodwise)

Is this the recipe you've used for Korean fried chicken?


May 07, 2014
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

Confession, I love surimi, who else does?

Does anyone have any info on a brand of surimi that has the scallop type of flavour/texture? Are any available in the US?

I've seen it mentioned a few times on the site. A google search didn't turn up anything worthwhile. Does it have a specific name like "krab" or "sea legs"?

May 06, 2014
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

When only SALT will do?

On buttered toast does seem to be a favourite, or in sandwiches but that won't help a non bread eater. Make a sauce of marmite and butter then poor it over the pasta along with some parmigiana. A delicious quick meal when you have no food in the house.

It's also great to add a spoonful to beef stew, shepherd's pie or a meat ragu during cooking. Slather a butter and marmite paste over your chicken before roasting - mmmmm. A little smear on lamb chops before searing is a nice touch. It's great in a brown gravy.

I'm one of the few people that like both Vegemite and Marmite but Vegemite is the winner if I have to choose.

May 06, 2014
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

When only SALT will do?

Cheese and dill pickle sandwiches have always been good to me. A couple of times in the past, I lost my appetite due to stress and they were the only thing I would or could eat. And they'd be all I'd eat for days on end. For me, they are the ultimate comfort food. I'm partial to sharp cheddar and Claussen dills. I also love cheddar and Branston pickle sandwiches.

May 01, 2014
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

When only SALT will do?

I'm a salt fiend.

cottage cheese with soy sauce
a glass of pickle juice
salted peanuts and pistachios
toast with butter and Vegemite
bacon sandwich
avocado with salt and pepper or soy sauce
cheese and dill pickle sandwich
popcorn with butter, soy sauce, nutritional yeast and black pepper
lemon wedge with salt
for the hard core salt lover, salted dried plums (saladitos). If that doesn't make your mouth pucker, I don't know what will.
cucumber, avocado and surimi salad with wasabi soy dressing
marinated feta cheese with olives
pickled eggs
sardines on saltines with mustard
thinly sliced prosciutto
hummus with pretzel crackers
V-8 juice (sometimes I'll pour a little on my cottage cheese)
beef jerky when it's around
shrimp cocktail
seriously roasted cauliflower pieces (the burnt bits are the best!)
cheese toast (even better with Vegemite and roasted tomatoes)
anything I can think of to put loads of fish sauce on like Vietnamese summer rolls or noodle salad

Hell, I'll do a shot of soy sauce if no one is around.

May 01, 2014
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

Confession, I love surimi, who else does?

I'm with you! I love surimi when it's good. I've had a few brands that have been terrible but I don't remember what they were.

I like to make a seafood salad with it or California rolls (as much as I love fresh crab, I prefer my California roll with surimi). I've added it to seafood enchiladas on occasion with success, added it to udon. And I love, love, love it dipped in cocktail sauce that's ice cold.

Do you have favourite brands?

May 01, 2014
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

Searching for a great artichoke heart dip or spread

I'm going to experiment with roasting some and will give this a go. Sounds good.

Apr 24, 2014
ChervilGeorge in Home Cooking

Searching for a great artichoke heart dip or spread

I hadn't thought of adding them to the the Knorr mix. I think I'll do that. People love that stuff! I may also go with a chickpea and artichoke spread for those that don't like mayo type things.


Apr 24, 2014
ChervilGeorge in Home Cooking

Searching for a great artichoke heart dip or spread

I have an insane amount of water packed artichoke hearts and would like to make a dip or spread to bring to a picnic so the usual hot artichoke dip idea won't work. My search hasn't turned up anything really interesting. Any ideas? No restrictions other than it must be served at room temp.

Apr 24, 2014
ChervilGeorge in Home Cooking

When You No Longer Can Eat Some Foods You Love

I've not had heard of Postum. Right now I have Roma which I got from Whole Foods. I usually buy Pero if I can find it but the Roma seems just as good. I'll keep my eye out for Postum.

Apr 10, 2014
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

When You No Longer Can Eat Some Foods You Love

I can't have any caffeine either. I developed an allergy to it about 10 years ago. Not even decaf coffee or tea for me. That means no chocolate as well. Boo hiss!

I was able to tolerate a tiny amount of chocolate (meaning a small bite) until this past year. Now even that ruins me. I miss coffee so bad it hurts. I substitute with a roasted barley malt, instant beverage. It's actually quite good.

Apr 07, 2014
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

The best way to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew

I have never been able to get this to work for me. Tried many times. Hope you all have better luck!

Feb 03, 2014
ChervilGeorge in Not About Food

Meals in your regular rotation

Quiches or frittata

Black bean and sweet potato chili

Split pea soup

Vegetable chowder

Lots of fritters (patties) like quinoa, broccoli and cheese, or yellow split pea or zucchini etc. They are great topped with a poached egg.

Thai coconut curries

Pasta may be: Asian style soba noodle salad or Polish cabbage and sour cream noodles or cauliflower "alfredo" with spinach or peas.

Vegetable gratins

I love a good veggie burger or falafel sandwich.

In my younger vegetarian days (I am not one now), I lived on stir fries which I find very boring and almost never make them anymore.

What is Australian cuisine?

I've been trying to find it. Doesn't seem to be anywhere in my area.

Jan 27, 2014
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

What is Australian cuisine?

It's been years since I lived there but dishes that made regular rotation were: meat pies, sausage rolls, pasties, fish and chips (shark), grilled prawns and fish, lobster (but I think we called it crayfish), grilled steaks (not beef) and roasted tomatoes, lamb prepared in all sorts of ways, full English breakfast, sautéed onions with everything, lamingtons, pavlova, interestingly flavoured crisps (potato chips) - tomato was my favourite, violet crumble candy bars.

There weren't too many vegetables happening as I recall but I lived at the ocean, far from any town of significant population. We pretty much lived on seafood.

Lamb was certainly the dominant meat of choice but it was not unusual to see horse or kangaroo on your plate. I don't remember beef having a presence where I lived.

Jan 26, 2014
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

What is Australian cuisine?

I have to agree with your friend. I keep both in the house but use Vegemite exclusively when eating on toast. I cook with it often as well. The Marmite is good for certain braised dishes when I want a more toned down version of the stuff.

I've forced a few friends into taste off competitions between the two and all have preferred Vegemite (if they can even stomach it) to Marmite but both are good.

Jan 26, 2014
ChervilGeorge in General Topics

servers taking away my plate too soon...

This happens to me all the time. I am not a fan. I tend to be the slower eater in a party (but not absurdly slow) and am always left feeling like I have to rush because all the other diners have had plates removed.

At least if they ask if I'm done, I can tell them "no". I've had several experiences recently where they have taken the plate without even asking if I was finished. Most of the time I catch them in time and tell them I'm not done but there have been a couple of times where I was in conversation and didn't notice they took my plate until it's too late. And it's not like I've set my silverware upside down and together at the top (how I was taught) to signal I was done.

Dec 17, 2013
ChervilGeorge in Not About Food

Your Family's Top 10 Favorite Meals

I don't tend to repeat too much but some of my go to faves are:

1. salmon cakes (or any fish/crab cake)
2. split pea soup
3. salmon baked in foil with green beans, tomatoes, olives and anchovies (a Jamie Oliver recipe)
4. Guinness beef stew
5. Thai coconut fish curry (red)
6. pasta with a smoked salmon, tomato cream sauce
7. Thai peanut noodles
8. chicken cacciatore
9. seafood chowder
10. chopped salad

Honorable mention: I make a lot of vegetable purée soups. They are quick and can be a whole meal with a hunk of bread.

Dec 16, 2013
ChervilGeorge in Home Cooking

Help with gift basket for an Anglophile!

Great gift guide!!

Dec 15, 2013
ChervilGeorge in U.K./Ireland

Help with gift basket for an Anglophile!

All great suggestions! This is what's going in the basket thus far:
Jamie Oliver's Great Britain cookbook
Union Jack tea towels
teapot and cup/saucer - haven't found the perfect one yet
English Breakfast tea
clotted cream (she makes scones a lot)
Branston pickle
Heinz beans
Coleman's mustard
marrowfat peas
Red Leicester Red Fox cheese if I can find it.
lemon curd (not homemade unfortunately)
I will be baking a few Cornish pasties to include in the basket

It's breaking my heart not to include Gentleman's Relish -she hates anchovies and Marmite - she hates Vegemite, so won't like it. She is trying to avoid sweets so I'm not going to load her up with candies and biscuits.

Dec 14, 2013
ChervilGeorge in U.K./Ireland