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What is the best Biscuit/Cookie/Pastry to eat with Tea?

Yes, yes, yes!

Dec 12, 2014
Marusik in General Topics

How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

Wine drinker here.
I drink only Friday/Saturday/Sunday - first reason is that I rarely drink wine without food (except for pre-dinner drink) and during the week I don't cook/have foods that require wine pairings (well, not to me LOL); second reason comes because of the first one - good food and wine too often cause me to gain weight and bloat.
When I do drink wine (with food) it avarages to about a bottle per day - could be more with white, less with red. I eat slowly, take breaks between courses, and have appetizer, so that bottle would be stretched over 3-4 hours.
I do drink alone every Friday (hubby is working), but his presence would not change anything for me since he is an absolute non-drinker. I honestly do not think that there is anything wrong with drinking alone, but probably it's because I do it exactly the same way if anyone is present.
I do have an occasional cocktail when out on the town (tequila- or vodka-based) or mimosa if I happen to be in the mood for it in the morning.
I rarely drink beer - usually at the pub with pub food.

ETA - I drink every day while on vacation, but try to drink more water that usual (and I drink a LOT of water) to compensate for it.

Apr 11, 2014
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Plane Food for a LOOONG Flight--Frozen pastrami?

Since it's business class, I would imagine they would offer snacks between the meals.

Mar 27, 2014
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Small things I can't stand at chains or other......

Totally agree! I will still order my alcohol, but thanks for making me feel weird.

Mar 27, 2014
Marusik in Chains

Best Way to Thaw Frozen Shrimp

It sounds like a great idea! I will definitely try it!

Feb 05, 2014
Marusik in Home Cooking

What Food Do You Leave to the Experts?

Anything deep-fried (fear of hot oil plus don't eat it too often).
Good yeast bread.
Pizza (don't have the right oven for it + yeast dough).
Ethnic cousines (due to many obscure ingredients that will go to waste since I don't get cravings very often).
Anything that should have a fresh ingredient of high quality that is unavailable at a store or would cost too much - I'd rather spend that money on prepared dish that is complete (sushi, expensive fishes, some seafood - lobster, scallops, oysters).

Jan 30, 2014
Marusik in Home Cooking

Commonly mispronounced foods

Hmm, I just pronounced it out loud (native speaker here) and it came out as kEE-yev. I woul also agree on kEE-yiv.
P.S. I used EE to show the correct sound - it's not long like in "peeve". (not pun intended LOL)

Jan 30, 2014
Marusik in Food Media & News

Commonly mispronounced foods

I love "Stoli" - both for taste and as a short for Stolichnaya.

Jan 30, 2014
Marusik in Food Media & News

Commonly mispronounced foods

I would go with stole-LEECH-nigh-yah. I am not sure where -neeyah came from. Maybe, because igh in -nigh has to be really short. Russians tend to mumble unstressed endings of the words.

Jan 30, 2014
Marusik in Food Media & News

"Breakfast" around the world

Russia here as well. Never kefir for breakfast - since it's supposed to aid digestion, you dont want to drink it in the morning in case it "aids" too well LOL. Never herring for breakfast (it's more of a dinner food). Never ever herring + dairy for breakfast or any other meal - could be urban legend, but I heard the combo will give you diarrhea.

In my house it was one of these (sometimes combination):
Farmer's cheese with sour cream and sugar.
Fried eggs with other stuff mixed in (sour cream, bread, potatoes, tomatoes) + bread.
Omelette + bread.
Little pancakes made with farmer's cheese (more like griddle cakes).
Fried bread (previously soaked in milk).
Open sandwich with any combination of butter, salami, and cheese.

And wash it down with tea, of course.

Jan 06, 2014
Marusik in General Topics

Any foods you are selfish with ?

I love that trinity, too!
You can get a smaller carton and if you eat it holding in your hands , by the time you finish the 1st layer, the 2nd one is ready, and so forth. All yours, ahhhhh...

Dec 19, 2013
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What would *you* want from the food pantry?

What a sweet little boy you have!
I guess the money would be the best to donate, but it probably does not provide the sense the immediate involvement.

P.S. Thank you for starting this topic, it prompted me to go and donate some money to my local food bank.

Dec 17, 2013
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Food and drink to have around for the man in your life

Hot tea and, if it's not too late, cookies or bread with cheese.

Oct 21, 2013
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Healthy for Halloween?

I thought Unreal candy bars were nasty.
And yes, I would recommend giving out the traditional stuff or nothing at all.

Oct 15, 2013
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Your Biggest Restaurant Menu Pet Peeve

Thank you! Finally someone said that:)

Apr 19, 2013
Marusik in Not About Food

what are your fav pizza topping combinations?

Mushrooms and olives.

Tuna, caramelized red onions, and olives.

Apr 04, 2013
Marusik in General Topics

what are your fav pizza topping combinations?

It is my favorite as well! It's tasty, every place has those toppings, and they don't make pizza soggy.

Apr 04, 2013
Marusik in General Topics

Spending too much on groceries? ..and how to embrace the frugal lifestyle

So, HOW do you spend only $25 pp/ pw on groceries?:) LOL

Apr 04, 2013
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Spending too much on groceries? ..and how to embrace the frugal lifestyle

If I were to shop European style, I would easily spend 25$ per day and weigh 500 pounds.

Agreed!

Apr 04, 2013
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How to eat a baked potato/jacket potato

1. Yes, at home. At restaurants the potato comes out usually "pushed open", so the insides are kinda out (LOL!).
2. On top, never mixed with flesh so it resembles mashed potato.
3. Yes, and I make sure I leave some toppings to eat with skin.
4. See 3 - flesh 1st, skin last (coz it's the vest part!).
5. Yes - again, it's the best part!

Jan 22, 2013
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How important are online menus to you?

Mostly to make sure that they have a dish I would eat - especially expensive restaurants. Last thing I want to order at the upscale restaurant is chicken or salad.

Jan 10, 2013
Marusik in General Topics

Question about Russian cuisine.

I do not live there, but when I do go back to visit, I see a lot of Russian brands of pasta at stores (I'd take a wild guess that expensive, durum wheat brands are manufactured using some corporation's technology or in part owned by one).

Haha, true, but pelmeni and vareniki need to be made correctly (not like some cheap stuff which has 90% of dough and 10% of filling. Or with some "no-name" meat inside).

Jan 10, 2013
Marusik in General Topics

Food at work

Yeah, the same at my work - people do it to donuts. Even though they cut donuts, still gross, especially when there is no knife in sight. Sheesh, just take whole and throw away what's left.

Jan 10, 2013
Marusik in General Topics

Question about Russian cuisine.

I have never seen Stroganoff served with showstring potatoes, as far as cooking at home goes.

Jan 07, 2013
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Question about Russian cuisine.

Noodles are fairly common food staple in Russia, as they are pretty cheap (especially the ones NOT from durum wheat - they tend to turn into mush).
The most popular cheap dishes are - pasta with butter and cheese (and ketchup:); pasta with canned meat (so called makarony po-flotski, pasta navy style); pasta with butter and sugar. Also, there is filled pasta - pel'meni, vareniki; sorta gnocci - lazy vareniki.

Ah, almost forgot - zapekanki! They are like fritattas, but with noodles instead of potatoes. Could be savory (pasta+eggs) or sweet (pasta+eggs+farmers cheese+sugar).

It is possible that noodles were served as a side dish for lunch and dinner to the team as noodles are very popular side dish to go with meat-based entrees.

Jan 07, 2013
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Question about Russian cuisine.

Shchi da kasha, pisha nasha! It has to rhyme:)

Jan 07, 2013
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Beet Salad....Dressing?

Either smelly oil (olive, sunflower, etc.) or mayo.

Dec 20, 2012
Marusik in Home Cooking

Poll: Do you refrigerate eggs?

Yes, always, no matter what country I am in.

Dec 06, 2012
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What Thanksgiving dish do you refuse to eat?

+ me:)

Nov 15, 2012
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What did you have for lunch today Part 4

Salad with lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, and chopped hard-boiled eggs, with mayo and crushed pepper. With crackers (have to have my "bread"). Hot tea and chocolates.

Nov 09, 2012
Marusik in General Topics