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Suggestions of what to make with 3 pounds of shredded cabbage


Oct 04, 2014
merrua in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #327-The Scotland Votes Edition! [through September 25, 2014]

Hare is edible? Rabbit yes. Hare?

Sep 21, 2014
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Beef Stew - what are your secrets or tips for making a really good meal?

Beef Stew shouldnt have tomato. It should however have pearl barley, carrots, parsnip and butter. I like adding some carmelized onions along with the other onions. I like salt/pepper/bay/thyme for the herbs. Any puddings in it are good. Potatoes are good but I cant eat them. Update: I forgot mushrooms, I always add at least 1-2 these days, more towards the end if I feel like it. Mushrooms are good.

Swiss steak should have tomato and its also very nice.

Sep 21, 2014
merrua in Home Cooking

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

Sounds like potatoe cakes made with corn meal. Wonder if its just old european cooking.

Aug 11, 2014
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Cook on Sunday - eat all week?

most meats wont sit without changing that long. stir fry mix to cook with eggs? fish in freezer defrosted that day?

Mar 23, 2014
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Cook on Sunday - eat all week?

lamb stew, beef stew, swiss steak, all still good in 3 days.

Mar 23, 2014
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Glut of strawberries

Strawberry Composte (bbcgoodfood has a good one)
It will keep a month in the fridge

Mar 22, 2014
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What can I serve with Shepards Pie?

strong tea.

Mar 22, 2014
merrua in Home Cooking

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

Yes. Smoked fish, picked fish, grilled/fried fish are all pretty common breakfast food in ireland too.

Aug 22, 2013
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Somethings that you eat that others think are gross..

black and white pudding, fermented tofu, pigs feet, turkey heart and neck, liver, pickled fish, whole fish, chicken skin, seaweed, anchovies, raw fresh peas and beans, haws, tongue, ox-tail, mutton, goat, picked onion, pickles, mustard and cress sprout sandwiches.

Saying that I know people who hate mushrooms and fish and oranges. Which I would consider neutral in pretty much any culture.

edited, I forgot dried fruit which is becoming very unpopular.

Aug 19, 2013
merrua in General Topics

Tomatoes: what are you doing with them?

tomato scrambled eggs

Aug 19, 2013
merrua in Home Cooking

Can I bake a ham that isn't smothered in sugar and fruit?

I like ham with cloves, black pepper and apple cider vinegar. I also like it without the apple cider vinegar.

Edited for another suggestion: Fermented tofu. Cover the ham in fermented tofu and let it marinate for a couple of hours first before cooking (I like it more with ribs, but its nice with a ham too).

Aug 07, 2013
merrua in Home Cooking

How do folks feel about restaurant restroom attendants?

they are weird, but rare in my country. id avoid places with them

Jun 21, 2013
merrua in Not About Food

Have you ever had to hide any foods or drinks from others ?

I hope you sent him out to get you more :)

Jun 21, 2013
merrua in General Topics

Hiding vegetables from a 5yo

green eggs and ham ?
( you puree spinach until its smooth and mix it with the eggs for the green eggs)
curry, you can blend the vegetables until smooth and hide the colour with spices?
piece pudding and teach him the poem/song?
foreign vegetables that would be new to him. help him pick a recipe and let him help you cook.
food week when you guys are together, where you learn about food, try new things and draw/read about them
tempura with dipping sauces
battered, fried, naru/abergine/eggplant

Jun 21, 2013
merrua in Home Cooking

Gluten-Free Baked Goods without alternative flours?

Im not sure if you just want snacks, or some that are more bready. Sorry if these are unhelpful. Maybe one will spark something

Homemade Marshmallows
Flourless peanut butter cookies
Flourless hazelnut butter cookies
Macaroon (wikipedia has a bunch of the varients one with potatoe flour)
Flourless chocolate cake
(two types ive tried, ones mostly chocolate and heavy, lighter ones with a lot of eggs thats really light soft)
Pavlova (creamy in the middle)
Meringue (hard in the middle)
lemon meringue with almond crust (meringue should be very creamy)

Chocolate mousse
Fruit fooles
Fruit Soup with rice pudding
lemon curd
Carrageen Moss Pudding
Trifle (skip the bread fingers) Jelly/custard/cream
fruit Cranachan (skip/sub the oats if you cant handle them)
baked/stewed apple with cinnmon, butter, sugar
Rocky Road Chocolate Bars

Jun 18, 2013
merrua in Special Diets

Gluten free whole wheat flour alternative-your advice please

I like buckwheat flour for pancakes. Many good suggestions for a general purpose mix down below. However you may want to check if you react to oats or not (it doesnt have gluten, but some people also react to oats).

Jun 18, 2013
merrua in Special Diets

Newly Celiac Sister coming to visit... what to cook? Where to buy?

If you like eggs (some vegetarians do I think), omelettes with oven roast veg are yum.
They are also fast and could work for any meal.

I would check your local farmers market for people selling gluten free home baked goods. Its often cheaper than a supermarket.

fresh mushrooms from the pan with garlic oil, nice piece of cheese, sundried tomatoes, fresh fruit and yogurt is a really yummy breakfast combination.

Gluten free onion jam is nice with the cheese, mushrooms and tomatoes (for my taste anyway).
But thats more preparation than you want for a visit.

caprese salad. fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, tomatoes. Optional (bell peppers). yummy, easy and gluten free.

stir fry vegtables (chinese tomato and cabbage stirfry is delicious) you can get naturally gf noddles easy enough (there is a rice and seaweed ones).

flourless peanut butter cookies (basically 1 egg, a jar of natural peanut butter, 1 cup of sugar, mix and bake for 10 minutes)

flourless chocolate cake is pretty easy, but be careful to get a gf chocolate. Your more likely to find a plain dark chocolate, but read the back.
making your own gauche and using it for hot chocolate or white icecream is popular and easy
(same warning for icecream, read the back)

I'd mostly just cook as normal, while being very careful with anything convenience, and cook something sweet to snack on.

-make sure all oils/sauces/spices are named gf even those that really should be gf.
-sub a gluten free flour mix or type for for bread flour but you will find it easier to skip meals that require flour.
-fresh fruit and veg are naturally gf so thats easy
-if you buy meat for her, make sure nothing has been added to it (sauces hide flour)

Jun 17, 2013
merrua in Special Diets

Recs for Ireland...

Freddie's bistro in limerick. The French table would be another good place. The elephant in the castle for breakfast in dublin

Mar 29, 2013
merrua in U.K./Ireland

festive and interesting pie for Xmas eve

I thought you might have meant a savoury pie (Id have suggested pheasent and chicken which is supposed to be great).
How about blackberry and apple tart, tasty and pretty?

Dec 19, 2012
merrua in Home Cooking

I dislike celery!

Many of the time they are using it for a mirepoix. If they are, swap it for a different aromatic onion/garlic/tomato onion/fennel/leak parsnip/leak/onion etc
Find one or two combinations you like and use that instead.
If its the texture you hate, pureeing it might help. If its the taste swap it out.

Dec 06, 2012
merrua in Home Cooking

What Thanksgiving dish do you refuse to eat?

I wonder can you play around with the recipe to bring it back to orginal ingredients? No packet cool whip instread the mix of fresh homemade marshmallow and cream, and fresh fruit and nuts. It sounds interesting to try.

Dec 04, 2012
merrua in General Topics

What's for Dinner #175 - Dark Days of Winter Edition [OLD]

i love marrow. it sounds so yummy.

Dec 03, 2012
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What's for Dinner #174 - Thanksgiving Aftermath/Early-Early-Early Christmas Edition [old[

it depends what in the dairy is setting you off i suppose.

Dec 03, 2012
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If You Were Broke For The Week, What Would You Buy?

This might be useful to you
While its not the most healthy this site has a lot of tips for eatting cheaply in the USA

In my country it would be variations on beans/onions/cheap protein + a egg with milk tea.

Dec 03, 2012
merrua in General Topics

Low carbers, what are you making toniggt or tomorrow

today i had a duck egg 1 egg omlette on a bed of onion and button mushroom and it was yum.
smoked cheese and tea for afters.

Dec 02, 2012
merrua in Special Diets

Low carbers, what are you making toniggt or tomorrow

lettuce or cabbage for the wraps is lovely

Dec 02, 2012
merrua in Special Diets

GF Scots/Irish Shortbread biscuits (cookies)

thanks. im going to test the rice and almond ones out seperatly

Dec 02, 2012
merrua in Special Diets

Rude or Polite: Another Thanksgiving Family Debate.

I agree. I

Nov 29, 2012
merrua in Vegetarian & Vegan

GF Scots/Irish Shortbread biscuits (cookies)

I have been making a Gluten Free shortbread recipe that is simple and tasty.
8oz butter/8 oz gf bread flour/ 2oz sugar/ 1/2 teaspoon salt
cream butter and sugar, mix in flour and salt, roll out and bake.

I'm wondering if I can make it healthier (its super tasty but not really good for me).

If you make gluten free shortbread (or even normal shortbread) Whats the best ratio of flour/butter/sugar you use? I'd like to lower the sugar or flour, but I dont want them to become too crumbly.

Or have you made shortbread with a gluten free flour? Which did you use and how was it?

I'm thinking almond could be good. I have rice flour but I think that wont really be any healther for me (high gi). buckwheat might make them too heavy.

Nov 16, 2012
merrua in Special Diets