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What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition

Super impressive!

Jul 29, 2015
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What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

We're having friends over tonight who have a child a bit older than ours. I'm feeling a bit under the weather and not much like cooking. I'm thinking of doing a top your own pizza night. It should be fun for the girls and easy on me.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

One of the bloke's favourites tonight. Sambal petai beans with tempeh goreng.

It's a bit of a mash up of some traditional recipes to his taste. Normally the sambal petai beans (stink beans) are made with prawns. I'm subbing in sliced tempeh fried until it's crispy to make the tempeh-loving fish-hater happy. There will also be a touch less belacan in the sambal paste and a healthy addition of extra green beans to stretch the meal further.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Nice photos MC. It looks delicious.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Stunning looking plates NW.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Another night of salad for me after a big lunch at a Chinese cafe. I had Fuqi feipian - 'sliced lung by the married couple'. No lung but it did have beef tongue and tripe with a wonderful chilli and Szechuan pepper sauce.

The bloke had hand pulled noodles with braised pork. It came with black vinegar and chilli oil. Dumplings for the four year old.

I've blown my calories for the day (and thoroughly enjoyed it) but the bloke and child are planning dosa, coconut chutney and dahl for dinner. My food capacity seems to have declined and at 4:30pm I'm still in a happy food coma from lunch.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

If I lived in the U.S. I would put my hand up. Postage to NZ would be insane. Gorgeous looking grinder, nothing like the rubbish quality ones you get these days.

Jul 23, 2015
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What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Last night we went to Hansik - a
modern Korean restaurant. http://hansik.co.nz

We had the raw beef with miso, the tofu salad, the bulgogi and the kimchi jjigae. All ok but a little lacking in flavour compared to our normal hole in the wall joints. Maybe they were toning it down for us even after seeing me pour soju like a Korean granny for the bloke and asking if we had visited Korea before. Nice decor and service but random music. Polka and some weird flute rendition of perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.

Tonight I'm going to make use of the now stale pide bread and make bread and greens fritters for the bloke and four year old. Feta may find its way in depending on what greens I have. If it's just Asian greens I might use a miso paste as a flavour boost instead of feta.

Spinach and tomato salad for me.

What's for Dinner #376 - The HHH Edition --Horrid, Hideous, Hellacious! [through July 23, 2015]

Lol! You are my hero. I'm stealing that idea for one day when rinds are back on the menu.

Jul 22, 2015
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What's for Dinner #376 - The HHH Edition --Horrid, Hideous, Hellacious! [through July 23, 2015]

Yes, that's all I came up with after googling - see JumgMann's comment too. I didn't buy any yesterday but one day I will!

Jul 22, 2015
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What's for Dinner #376 - The HHH Edition --Horrid, Hideous, Hellacious! [through July 23, 2015]

I did this recipe without the pumpkin and with less oil and used some chicken stock as that was at hand. It was delicious but if I wasn't on a diet I would have used the pumpkin or thrown some chickpeas in for a bit of textural variation. The yoghurt stirred through the sauce was very good and the bloke and four year old dunked their dosa in it.

http://m.gourmettraveller.com.au/reci...

What's for Dinner #376 - The HHH Edition --Horrid, Hideous, Hellacious! [through July 23, 2015]

So true. I picked up some rooibos tea for $2, at my local supermarket it's around $5 for half the volume.

Jul 22, 2015
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What's for Dinner #376 - The HHH Edition --Horrid, Hideous, Hellacious! [through July 23, 2015]

I did some googling last night and came up with that recipe. It sounds good but I doubt I could get the squeamish bloke to try it. It will have to wait until I'm back to a full calorie diet so I can have it with lots of naan.

Jul 22, 2015
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What's for Dinner #376 - The HHH Edition --Horrid, Hideous, Hellacious! [through July 23, 2015]

Today I poked around a suburb close to me I hadn't explored before. It's very ethnically mixed and there is a goldmine of grocery shops. I picked up some chilled dosa batter and curry leaves from an Indian store and some frozen coconut from a Filipino shop. Dinner is dosa with coconut chutney (for the bloke and child) and a cauliflower and tomato curry for all of us.

I also got a lovely warm from the oven pide bread and discovered where I can buy lamb hooves (never heard of cooking with these) and frozen sea cucumbers should I ever want some. More useful perhaps was the discovery of a shop selling fresh tofu. Like I said - a goldmine of a suburb.

What's for Dinner #376 - The HHH Edition --Horrid, Hideous, Hellacious! [through July 23, 2015]

I've eaten something similar with a see-through noodle - sweet potato I think. Absolutely delicious.

Jul 20, 2015
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What's for Dinner #376 - The HHH Edition --Horrid, Hideous, Hellacious! [through July 23, 2015]

Another welcome back. We've missed you.

Jul 20, 2015
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What's for Dinner #376 - The HHH Edition --Horrid, Hideous, Hellacious! [through July 23, 2015]

I have a friend who has an allergy to it. He ends up in hospital if he eats it and said that after some research he's found that it's a fairly common allergen. If he has indigestion issues after eating it I would let him off the hook.

I'm not sure what your neighbourhood is like but when I lived in Sydney people would put a basket outside their gate with excess fresh vegetables and put a sign up encouraging people to help themselves. It was such a lovely thing to see and do.

What's for Dinner #376 - The HHH Edition --Horrid, Hideous, Hellacious! [through July 23, 2015]

Personally I love Ramadan. Part of the 'annoying rituals' as you put it is that you aren't allowed to be an asshole. Even if you are hangry. Everyone is pleasant and gracious for an entire month.

If you're ever lucky enough to be a guest in a Muslim's house during this time you'll experience excellent hosting with the added bonus of getting to be the taster for the cooking. I've spent many a lovely hour chatting in kitchens with hosts and being fed teaspoon after teaspoon of deliciousness so I could give a verdict on seasoning.

Lamb Brains - No Gross Out Intended

Not European but I grew up eating them either sliced, crumbed and fried with lemon or in a tomato based curry (recipe: http://www.slenderplate.com/lamb-brai... ). FYI if your brains have been frozen you don't need to peel them.

I also used to get them in a French restaurant poached and served with a white sauce.

Jul 18, 2015
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What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

Sometimes I buy a BBQ duck and do the bones myself JoanN. I mix some cayenne powder into flour and dust them before frying. Yesterday I noted that they sprinkled some barely fried garlic and red chillies over the bones on the platter. A very good addition.

What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

I've made the cream filled ones before but walnuts sound wonderful.

Jul 18, 2015
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What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

Thank you. I did like it - but as NW suggested, not shoved into gumbo as mine was.

It reminded me of banana bread - an Australian breakfast staple which is actually a slice of banana cake that they toast then slather butter on and claim as a healthy fruit based breakfast. Delicious, but really a dessert.

What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

We're off to a Peking duck lunch today - that means dinner will be a green salad. The place we go to for our duck has a wonderful final course where they flour the bones and deep fry them so you can sit there gnawing them.

Last night's dinner at the Southern restaurant was ok. My seafood had obviously been pre-frozen, which was a real shame. I do have a question for you Hounds though - is corn bread supposed to be sweet? My gumbo came with some and it could have passed for polenta cake.

What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

Sadly I'm missing out as Eid is today and the in-laws booked the duck lunch long ago. I had hoped it would be tomorrow and coincide with my mother's birthday. We'll go to the next Eid. Eid Mubarak to your family and friends too.

As an aside I've been hanging out on Google + recently. There's a huge food community there and Eid recipes have been flying around like mad. I've been saving them for next year when I can indulge.

What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

Drooling at the sound of livers. Let's hope your appetite returns.

What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

A big side of Brussels sprouts last night. I halve them, fry them cut side down until good and brown, add chicken stock to quarter of the way up the sprouts, add capers and then finish when most of the stock has evaporated with a teaspoon of sour cream (low fat dammit). One of my favourite dinners.

Tonight the mother-in-law joins us at the apartment and we're taking her out for dinner to a Southern restaurant that's had some good reviews.

The weekend sees a Peking duck lunch with all the in-laws and an Eid celebration with my father when 'fucking Ramadan' is over. I fear for my weight loss attempts with so much good food is around.

What's for Dinner #374-The Summer Swamp Edition! [through July 14, 2015]

Glad you clarified!

What's for Dinner #374-The Summer Swamp Edition! [through July 14, 2015]

Another chilly day today. We settled on a roast for dinner. Chicken with potatoes and a failed scape pesto. The pesto was too pungent so I fried it (before the cheese went in) and it became a sort of crumb. Not bad at all.

It's the bloke's birthday tomorrow so lunch will be out at a nice country cafe and I'll see what he wants for dinner.

What's for Dinner #374-The Summer Swamp Edition! [through July 14, 2015]

I'll check it out when we get back to our normal internet connection - looking forward to it.

Jul 13, 2015
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What's for Dinner #374-The Summer Swamp Edition! [through July 14, 2015]

Do let us know how the chicken turns out, it sounds very good.

Jul 12, 2015
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