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Would You Help Me Expand My Fish-Eating Repertoire?

If you like flavourful, fatty fish, then orange roughy should be right up your alley. The flesh is fairly delicate compared to some of the others you mentioned like salmon or sea bass, but pretty fatty and lends itself to a variety of preparations. I'm not sure how it stands on the endangered species list- might be difficult to get a hold of.

Apr 01, 2013
ragtime_6 in General Topics

Restaurant Lost Running Water & Stayed Open

I've always been a believer in the notion that people are overly germ-o-phobic these days; however I also think that not having any form of running water for sanitation for staff when food is being prepared is a BIG no no.

If you really love this place and don't want to see them go, perhaps a letter or a personal visit to let them see the egregiousness of that situation will put the message across- better they get it from you than the health inspectors if they want to stay in business! Restaurants should be aware of the fact that customers aren't blind to this sort of thing.

Feb 25, 2013
ragtime_6 in Not About Food

Cleaning the plates

I remember a particular event very clearly, when my famjam were all having dinner at my mother's house and my father let the dog clean his plate before putting it in the dishwasher (as a side point, he did this fairly quietly and without show). After he had left the room, the other relatives (who are Indian in origin and were brought up to have particular cultural notions regarding food and table manners) made a point of laughing about it and saying "EWW gross!" quite loudly. I felt rather offended (more for my father than for myself), and made a point of saying that I let the dog clean my plate quite often. I also mentioned how it shouldn't matter since it's going in the dishwasher anyway, throwing in the old "dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's mouth" line for good measure. Everyone else felt slightly embarassed, and said how it was just a pet peeve of theirs, or like others have stated, an "ick factor".

Having said all that, would I let my dog lick the plates if there wasn't any dishwasher and hand-washing was the only available option? I'm really not sure on that one. In general I agree with a previous poster, who said that plates covered with leftover bits of food is a way bigger turn-off than a little doggie spittle.

Feb 25, 2013
ragtime_6 in Not About Food

Favorite cold weather sandwich?

Grilled cheese with nam prik pao

Jan 27, 2013
ragtime_6 in General Topics

"..And a slap up grill for two."

I would try to avoid typical barbeque foods (a few burgers and hotdogs for the die hard fans, but I would want lots of alternatives as well). Definitely a range of grilled sausages with unusual stuffings (veal and rosemary for instance, or turkey with sage) and lots of grilled seafood like squid, lobster tails or whole fish like tilapia or red snapper.

Dec 12, 2012
ragtime_6 in Home Cooking

"..And a slap up grill for two."

For those who are unfamiliar with the expression, a slap up grill is a meal consisting primarily of grilled items, be it meat, vegetables, etc. (slap up referring to anything of exceptionally good quality). So, given the incredible range of possibilities in grilling and barbequing, what would be your dream vision of a slap up grill?

This question relates to the British sitcom Bottom, and to a scene in the episode “Contest” wherein one of the characters describes how sweet life would be if he won £10,000 (the exact moment starts at the 1:30 mark). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzvDXs...

It also relates to the fact that winter is finally settling in where I live, and how the idea of summer barbequing has never looked so good…

Dec 11, 2012
ragtime_6 in Home Cooking

What makes a good or bad egg roll?

The skin-to-filling ratio makes a big difference. In my experience, if the egg roll is too big or if the roll is packed improperly, then eating it becomes quite messy. Not necessarily a bad thing, but chasing after all the stray bits can feel like an exercise in futility. If the egg roll is too small, then it can often wind up being hard/greasy/overcooked, and I can hardly taste the filling because each bite is 80% fried skin.

More support for the dipping sauce too; in Toronto I am always presented with overly sweet sauce which is either thin and watery or syrupy and thick. Sometimes I will get a savory, dark brown sauce, somewhat like a teriyaki-oyster sauce combo, which is very nice indeed and a great compliment to the pork and cabbage. What is this hot mustard that everyone speaks of? Is it the usual hot yellow mustard (like Keens or some such thing) for when folks make egg rolls at home, or is this a different form of mustard altogether?

Dec 09, 2012
ragtime_6 in General Topics

Lunch / Take-out near Eaton Centre...anything worth having?

Salad King really is great; food is delicious, good serving sizes and not too expensive. Plus they automatically give separate checks, which I find kind of nice. It's louder than a henhouse in there, probably since it's usually full of hungry university students. I've actually never seen a day where it wasn't noisy in there.

Hummus question.

Thanks for the article, very helpful and informative! I love it when they go into the science of how and why some food preparations work better than others.

Jun 20, 2012
ragtime_6 in Home Cooking

Onion, Mushroom, and Goat Cheese Mini Frittatas

In response to the previous comment- I have not tried this recipe, but I think you would be better off freezing the mushroom mixture and then making them on-site... eggs in my experience do not freeze/re-heat well....

May 11, 2012
ragtime_6 in Recipes

Say what?? Cooking comments that baffle you

beautifully written post. Reading it gave me such culinary fantasies, which were quickly popped by the inane explanation on the part of the host. God forbid any guests ask her to actually COOK something, as it would no doubt necessitate a stomach pump.

May 11, 2012
ragtime_6 in Not About Food

Say what?? Cooking comments that baffle you

"I'm allergic to water." An entire magazine article devoted to a girl who was so allergic to water that her skin would erupt in redness and hives from so much as a splash of water to skin contact.

Not quite cooking-related but my eyebrows were receding into my hairline at that one.

May 11, 2012
ragtime_6 in Not About Food

Smoked Recipes?

It wasn't stolen by the way... well someone probably owned it at one point, but hey if you leave something like that on public property and walk away from it, someone's going to use it or take it away right?

Smoked Recipes?

meatloaf sounds great- my oven is broken so I'm dearly missing anything that requires a baking time.

As for the type of smoker... I hesitate to admit it because it sounds so sketchy... it was found in a public park, where some people were using it as a barbeque. It's fairly weather-beaten but the structure is solid, no holes or serious wear and tear apart from some rust. Obviously it needs a good cleaning but I think once it's emptied out and hosed down (figuratively speaking) it'll purty up real good. It looks like this:

Lunch / Take-out near Eaton Centre...anything worth having?

I tried the ackee and saltfish at Ritz Caribbean (the one south of dundas) and it was really good! Contained bits of tomatoes and peppers with spices, rather than just plain ackee and fish like I've had before. Service was efficient and speedy too. Plus most locations have a lunchtime special (11-3) where you can get jerk chicken and rice for approx. $4!

My mouth is on fire! Memorable spicy food moments. [moved from Not About Food]

A few months ago I was making a dried chilei-red wine infusion, basically by soaking dried red chiles in wine, then simmering the whole mixture in a shallow pan for several minutes. I wanted to see how it was coming along, so I had the brilliant idea of sniffing it while it cooked.
My face felt like it was burning from the inside out, and I ran to the bathroom unable to open my eyes from the pain! All facial orifices tingled and burned for a good half-hour after that.

Apr 23, 2012
ragtime_6 in General Topics

You know you're a foodie ("food nerd", "chow-der", etc.) when.....

one more...
when the sight of your relatives making tea by heating water in the microwave makes you seriously question your loyalty to these people

Apr 21, 2012
ragtime_6 in Not About Food

You know you're a foodie ("food nerd", "chow-der", etc.) when.....

and of course, when you'd rather spend time browsing Chowhound and food-related articles rather than try and get some precious sleep....

Apr 21, 2012
ragtime_6 in Not About Food

You know you're a foodie ("food nerd", "chow-der", etc.) when.....

When some of your favorite Hollywood movie moments revolve around food and drink (e.g. Series of Unfortunate Events=pasta puttanesca, Go West=mint juleps, Blues Brothers=dry white toast, four fried chickens and a coke)
When items like a shrink-wrapped package of pork snouts makes you breathe heavily with excitement
When you seriously consider getting an electric spice grinder but are unsure if the speed of the grinding will release the oils properly as your mortar and pestle does
When you visit a strange and foreign restaurant and feel a little let down when you don't see anything you don't already recognize
When you see yourself in practically all these replies

Apr 21, 2012
ragtime_6 in Not About Food

Smoked Recipes?

Great replies everyone, thanks! Reading them is giving me so many mouth-watering visions :) That's why I love this site, so much more informative, creative and social than just simple recipe postings.
I'm also anxious to experiment with different combinations of foods and woodchips too...

Smoked Recipes?

I just got a smoker and I'm looking for inspiration. I'm pretty adventurous food-wise, so nothing is off-limits!

Best Bread in Toronto

there's a bakery on parliment north of college, but I can't remember the name. They have really yummy challah and their poppyseed danishes are pretty good too.

Beer for a bad day

but yeah, if we're just talking straight beer after a hard day, I love me a frosty pint of Stiegl, Hoegaarden, or Tetley's. Flying Monkey's Hoptical Illusion is great if you can get your hands on it.

Apr 15, 2012
ragtime_6 in Beer

Beer for a bad day

I don't know if he's into this kind of thing, but I had a beer float at a cafe that wasn't bad. It was a scoop of chocolate ice cream in some kind of dark stout (I forget which). They went pretty well together although I would have preferred to have the ice cream next to the beer rather than floating in it. But hey if you want a remedy for a bad day, beer and ice cream ain't too bad!

As an afterthought, maybe the chocolate stout in the above comment would be an appropriate pairing...

Apr 15, 2012
ragtime_6 in Beer

Help - this Chowhound has no taste!

I had wicked bad food poisoning a few weeks ago, and had to go a few days without food and only occasional sips of water. Finally I was able to wean myself onto apple juice (the first sip was like a godsend!) and then after a few more days I had my "food-legs" back. Glad to hear you are on the mend!

Apr 15, 2012
ragtime_6 in General Topics

Help Me Teach My Cousin How to Cook

Tell her to keep at it and don't give up, great cooking technique evolves from practice and support (and a steady stream of supplies)! I don't know how many horrid-tasting batches of white sauce I had to go through before I got the rhythm down, but now I can make it in my sleep. Does she know anyone near her that she can cook with? I find that watching a person cook right in front of you can be insanely helpful, especially if you can get them to cook in your own kitchen. Youtube is a fantastic teaching tool as well.

Apr 15, 2012
ragtime_6 in Home Cooking

Lunch / Take-out near Eaton Centre...anything worth having?

I've only been to Paramount a few times (unfortunately). I would totally go more often but my daily routine doesn't really allow it. Great place if you have a group of friends who aren't in a big hurry though!
I remember their hummus was really good, and I had a lamb sandwich recently which was off the hook! So juicy and succulent without too much fat. My friend had a falafel skewer which was also delicious, it was the more on the soft side rather than being overly hard and crispy. The best part is getting the bread basket, ripping open those lovely pitas and watching the super-hot steam billow out!

Guacamole - Why am I still alive?

that is indeed strange that it didn't show more signs of aging...Sometimes the hardiness or durability of food can surprise us, other times it can be surprisingly fragile.

I don't have an extensive scientific/medical background, but I was raised among those who did and so I had food safety rules drilled into me from a very young age. I've always been a firm believer in listening to the body when determining the safety of food- "the nose knows" as they say. My philosophy is, if I can take several deep sniffs and a few thoughtful tastes without any alarm bells, however distant, then it's probably fine.

Apr 15, 2012
ragtime_6 in General Topics

My mouth is on fire! Memorable spicy food moments. [moved from Not About Food]

My fam-jam and I were at an Indian restaurant, and although we are Indian my grandmother never really believed in my spice tolerance when I was younger. At one point during the meal I was adding some Indian pickle to my dish (which is COMPLETELY unlike dill pickles for those who are unfamiliar with it) and she warned me that I might not be able to "take it". I decided to prove myself and stuck a teaspoon of the stuff directly into my mouth. My eyes popped and my hands clenched, but I managed to chew and swallow without too much pain. The best part was that afterwards I was still able to keep adding bits of it to forkfuls of my curry or whatever it was, which is how it is supposed to be eaten, rather than plopped straight into one's gullet.

Apr 15, 2012
ragtime_6 in General Topics

Lunch / Take-out near Eaton Centre...anything worth having?

Paramount food is fantastic, delicious lamb and falafel, and beautiful big puffy breads (I forget what they're called) for dipping in hummus or what-have-you. The only caveat is that it is ALWAYS crowded (at least it is every time I poke my head in) and so service is intermittent at best.

Kabul Express is decent- good prices for the amount you get, although the one time I was there I got some chicken which tasted a bit "paper-y" although it was a daily special so maybe that was why. Their rice was yummy scrummy though!