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What's for Dinner #304 -- The Celebration Edition! [through June 8, 2014]

Sounds similar to that Ottolenghi recipe, the courgette makes the meatballs very moist. Must make it again soon, thanks for the reminder!

Jun 06, 2014
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What's for Dinner #304 -- The Celebration Edition! [through June 8, 2014]

Not been to it but the reviews look good!

Jun 05, 2014
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What's for Dinner #304 -- The Celebration Edition! [through June 8, 2014]

So jealous of Waitrose, I really miss it. Wholefoods is great but it's not the same.

Brixton Market too, you'll love it! I'd make a bee line for Rosie's or Franco Manca.

Have you got somewhere in mind for Sichuan? I love Ba Shan in Soho, or it's slightly posher (but less atmospheric) sister restaurant Bar Shu. Baozi Inn is good too, a cheap and cheerful option.

Jun 05, 2014
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What's for Dinner #304 -- The Celebration Edition! [through June 8, 2014]

My son helped me double pod fava beans (he really liked stroking the silky pods) and I used them to make a risotto with pancetta and a few peas thrown in too. I had a rocket salad on the side.

We had gelato on the way home from playing in the fountains at Georgetown waterfront this afternoon so a back to front dinner. I couldn't resist though. I had roasted strawberry and blood orange, he chose dark chocolate and salted caramel, which impressed the girl at the counter.

Jun 04, 2014
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What's for Dinner #304 -- The Celebration Edition! [through June 8, 2014]

I can't stop roasting olives, they're so good that way.

Jun 04, 2014
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What's for Dinner #304 -- The Celebration Edition! [through June 8, 2014]

That looks so delicious!

Jun 04, 2014
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What's for Dinner #303 - School's Out for Summer! Edition [through June 3, 2014]

I'm making pizza with my 4 year old for dinner. He's making mushroom, san daniele, mozza and black olives and I'm making a white pizza with courgette flowers, basil, mozza and parmesan. Rocket salad on the side for me.

Cherries with ice-cream for dessert - phish food for the boy, creme fraiche for me.

Jun 03, 2014
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What's for Dinner #303 - School's Out for Summer! Edition [through June 3, 2014]

I only realised how delicious and easy chimichurri was recently too. So good!

Jun 03, 2014
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What's for Dinner #303 - School's Out for Summer! Edition [through June 3, 2014]

Congratulations! Sounds like a delicious feast.

Jun 01, 2014
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What's for Dinner #302 -- The Slide Towards Summer Edition! [through May 30, 2014]

I'm making Leon's sesame chicken wings marinade but with the split chicken breast I defrosted yesterday instead of wings. It smells pretty good already with all the sesame, ginger, soy and fish sauce. I'm finally using up the kohlrabi that has been looking at me in the fridge drawer to make a slaw with carrots and a mint and coriander dressing. Grilled corn and momofuku-esque miso butter alongside.

Happy Friday everyone!

May 30, 2014
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What's for Dinner #302 -- The Slide Towards Summer Edition! [through May 30, 2014]

I got a split chicken breast out of the freezer to make some kind of satay to go with a quite worthy sounding kohlrabi, carrot, coriander and mint slaw (veg box delivery day!) But the chiken's still icy in the middle.

So I have some peanuts roasting in the oven, rice noodles soaking and tofu pressing. Mmm pad thai! Kohlrabi using up will just have to wait until tomorrow.

May 29, 2014
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What's for Dinner #302 -- The Slide Towards Summer Edition! [through May 30, 2014]

Beautiful marbling on that meat Steve.

May 29, 2014
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What's for Dinner #302 -- The Slide Towards Summer Edition! [through May 30, 2014]

I will probably watch the US version but I hope the story is a bit different. I'm a bit annoyed at David Tennant making it across the pond and not Olivia Colman. She's a fantastic actress!

In a similar vein, I've been enjoying BBC's Hinterland. Quite Broadchurch/scandi noir but set in Wales.

May 29, 2014
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What's for Dinner #302 -- The Slide Towards Summer Edition! [through May 30, 2014]

That sounds delicious. I have loads of oregano growing.

May 28, 2014
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What's for Dinner #302 -- The Slide Towards Summer Edition! [through May 30, 2014]

The UK version of Broadchurch? It's excellent!

May 28, 2014
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What's for Dinner #302 -- The Slide Towards Summer Edition! [through May 30, 2014]

These are old favourites, I've been making them since I bought the book (Flavours) in 2001! Really easy, quick and healthy. It's just salmon chopped into small cubes flavoured with wasabi, grated ginger, lime zest (the original recipe calls for shredded kaffir lime leaves but it's hard to find fresh ones) and bound with egg white and cornflour. The dipping sauce is equal quantities of soy and lime juice sweetened with a little brown sugar.

May 28, 2014
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What's for Dinner #302 -- The Slide Towards Summer Edition! [through May 30, 2014]

Sounds delicious and not low effort at all! Really jealous of your colleague, especially of the delicious sounding cocktail ;) Lasagne on a week-night is super-organised!

I really like TJ's burrata. Is the Sardinian music paper a TJ's product? Please say yes, I love that stuff!

May 28, 2014
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Ice cream pairing for molasses (Shoo Fly Pie)

Maldon sea salt ice cream - I tried some recently and it was delicious.
Creme fraiche would be great too.

May 28, 2014
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What's for Dinner #302 -- The Slide Towards Summer Edition! [through May 30, 2014]

Tonight it's Donna Hay's little salmon cakes made with lime, wasabi and ginger and soy based dipping sauce. Sides will be some kind of cucumber salad and steamed rice.

May 27, 2014
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Gelato in DC?

I agree, Dolcezza is great. My 4 year old loves the dark chocolate. I hadn't tried the maldon sea salt until this weekend but it is so good. Great rec Steve!

May 27, 2014
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What's for Dinner #301 - The Memorial Day Edition! [through May 27, 2014]

Happy Memorial Day for yesterday! I've not been on the WFD threads for a while as I've been suffering with horrible sickness and living on toast! But I think I've turned the corner, along with getting into my second trimester so I can start planning and cooking proper food again, yay! I've missed you guys.

I was cooking for one last night as S is back in London for 3 weeks with work and my 4 year old fell asleep fork in hand at 6:10pm! So I made salad for dinner - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's halloumi with roasted new potatoes, asparagus and I added generous handfuls of rocket a squeeze of lemon at the end.

May 27, 2014
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What's for Dinner #301 - The Memorial Day Edition! [through May 27, 2014]

Rillette! Yum

May 27, 2014
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What's for Dinner #301 - The Memorial Day Edition! [through May 27, 2014]

I had to look up Watergate salad. It sounds errrrr, interesting!

TJs pea shoots? I've been buying them a lot recently. I made a nice asian-ish salad with pea shoots, fresh coconut, cucumber and a lime and red chilli dressing. I also like to top risottos with them. My favourite is courgette, pea and broad bean risotto - at the end add lots of basil, mint, parmesan, lemon juice and top with pea shoots and a drizzle of olive oil.

May 27, 2014
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What's for Dinner #301 - The Memorial Day Edition! [through May 27, 2014]

Those are two of my most cooked recipes. Really fabulous.

Have you seen their newbook - Morito?

May 27, 2014
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What's for Dinner #301 - The Memorial Day Edition! [through May 27, 2014]

That sounds like a fabulous combination! If you make it let us know how it turns out, and share the recipe!

May 27, 2014
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What's for Dinner #301 - The Memorial Day Edition! [through May 27, 2014]

Wow! bellinis all round!

I'd make a peach, parma ham salad with arugula and rocket, and a peach tart. Enjoy your peach haul!

May 27, 2014
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Carluccios "European restaurant-market concept" coming to Alexandria

I'm excited about it! I lived near one in London and we used to go there a lot for quick, reliable reasonably priced lunch, early dinner with kids, breakfasts at the weekend etc. The penne giardiniera is something I still crave and I make a version at home. I adored their foccacia and caponata too.

As well as the restaurant bit they sell lovely italian goodies too. I used to like the little bottles of campari soda (they make cute vases after you've drunk them!) Really good deli products (esp the fennel salami) too.

May 27, 2014
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Recipes for non-traditional ice cream flavors?

Hi! I used this recipe: http://sugarcooking.blogspot.com/2009... you can easily change the flavourings, it's a very well behaved recipe.

May 19, 2014
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Where to get best fresh roasted coffee beans?

I love Ceremony coffee, they're in Annapolis but they are stocked in wholefoods (roasting dates displayed) and also online: http://ceremonycoffee.com/ For mellow chocolatiness I'd go for their Cerrado Gold.

Last time I was at my all time favourite coffee suppliers (Square Mile coffee in London) they said between 9 and 11 days after roasting is now considered optimum. They ship their beans out right after they're roasted so you can decide though. After all, everything is down to personal taste.

Apr 01, 2014
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What's for Dinner #288 - April Fool Edition! [Through April 3, 2014]

Yes! Where are the cool looking bars?! Hmmm. I read it was mostly filmed in Baltimore.

I still loved the second series (we binge-watched over a few days, best way to do it!)

Mar 31, 2014
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