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Hit Me With Your Best RICE PUDDING RECIPE

I love this prep too. though had always known it as old fashioned British nursery pudding! In fact I'm making it tonight.

Apr 14, 2015
Miesque in Home Cooking

Hit Me With Your Best RICE PUDDING RECIPE

Having the luxury of an Aga.....

Two tbsp pudding rice
Tbsp Demerara sugar
Grating of nutmeg
Knob of butter
500ml of whole milk

Place all ingredients in a casserole dish, stir and put in the slow over (maybe 120c ora little less? There's no temp gauges except the on the main oven that reads "cool-hot-very hot"!) and leave for 6-8 hours.

Apr 14, 2015
Miesque in Home Cooking

Vegetable gardens 2015

I've got eggplant, tomato, pepper and chilli pepper on the kitchen windowsill. All about six weeks old. I've got carrot, Swiss chard, spinach, arugula, lettuce, peas and beans sown directly outdoors. Courgette, summer squash, pumpkin and butternut squash in the cold frames. This is our first year with this garden so it's very much a test the waters scenario.

Apr 12, 2015
Miesque in Gardening

Vegetables that aren't necessary to grow at home?

We came the same way, Lthough my wonderful little grow bag greenhouse has various slots for cross canes too so I can make a proper frame this year - luxury!

Grow Bags are so useful if you have limited space - we managed to pick ours up for about $1.50 a bag at Aldi in their special deal bins, long with enough compost to fill the raised bed for just $30!

Apr 10, 2015
Miesque in Gardening

Vegetables that aren't necessary to grow at home?

I'm in Ireland so a very different climate! We have one 3 x 12 raised bed, a grow bag green house for the tomatoes and some grow bags on a concrete slab for the veg garden. We have very sandy, alkaline soil.

We grow..
Tomatoes (Sungold,Red Alert, Alisa Craig) bought as young plants and they stay on the kitchen windowsill until going into a greenhouse after first frost.
Bell and jalapeƱo peppers (seed and a young plant respectively)
Courgette (zucchini/summer squash) - 1 plant each, bought as young plants
Pumpkin (in ground)
Peas (we grow dwarf bush varieties)
French beans (again dwarf varieties)
Round carrots only as ours tend to fork, this variety came from Brussels and is fab
Swiss Chard
Spinach
Arugula
Butter head lettuce.
Basil with the tomatoes for pest deterring purposes.

Herbs in the rockery :)

Square foot gardening is very useful for us in the limited space available!

Apr 10, 2015
Miesque in Gardening
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Can Cast Iron crack my Induction cooktop?

Yes, we do it all the time. The silicone is good to 500f. If you're leaving a pot on high to boil down or cooking with a wok of smoking oil i wouldn't but for med-hot and down we've never had any problems and I know many others who do the same.

Mar 20, 2015
Miesque in Cookware

Can Cast Iron crack my Induction cooktop?

You can put a Silpat between the pot and induction cooktop to prevent scratches.

Mar 20, 2015
Miesque in Cookware

Torturing myself over London eating plans

Include Heston, whatever of the others. It's fabulous.

Mar 18, 2015
Miesque in U.K./Ireland

Group dinner for travelers meeting up in Dublin

An adendum - Le Bon Crubeen would fit the fill.

Mar 17, 2015
Miesque in U.K./Ireland

Dublin--first specific request(s)

In Temple Bar try The Elephant and Castle or The Bad Ass Cafe. Neither Irish but both cheap and consistent.

Mar 16, 2015
Miesque in U.K./Ireland

Destination to dine in in Ireland

Consider Vaughans in Liscannor (Clare coast) or Chez Hans in Cashel (South Tipperary)

Mar 16, 2015
Miesque in U.K./Ireland

Group dinner for travelers meeting up in Dublin

What kind of price range? Chapter One, Gilbaud are expensive but great. The Port House is really good if you enjoy tapas.

Mar 16, 2015
Miesque in U.K./Ireland

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition! [old]

Shortbread, half vanilla and half ginger. Very basic but they're my father's favorite treat so I thought I'd able a batch for him.

is it safe go make coq au vin in an enamel cast iron le crueset pot?

It will be fine.

Feb 27, 2015
Miesque in Home Cooking
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Home-made stock

Well you've given the veg a wash before prep, yes? So the carrot tops, onions ends etc are fine for use. I dont use salad greens and i reserve parmesan rinds for making risotto with. The carcass still has plenty of flavor in it which is released by the long slow simmer. I'm Lucky in having an Aga so my stock lives on the simmer plate and is going 24/7.

Feb 27, 2015
Miesque in Home Cooking
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Irish Soda Bread recipe that isn't too dry?

Are you making brown soda bread baked in the oven or the traditional skillet bread? I'm Irish, live in Ireland and have family recipes for both.

Feb 27, 2015
Miesque in Home Cooking

What to do with Foie Gras?

Luckily I'm in Ireland so within the eu it's not an issue. It's raw - the terrine sounds good :)

Feb 26, 2015
Miesque in Home Cooking

What to do with Foie Gras?

I have a sizable piece of foie gras that a friend brought me from Paris last weekend. I usually just sear it and served with sliced conference pears caramelized in Calvados. Which is delicious and timeless.

What other preparations do you like?

Feb 25, 2015
Miesque in Home Cooking

What to serve with hot wings?

Nothing like my home grown fresh from the garden stuff but close enough to bother cooking it

Feb 21, 2015
Miesque in Home Cooking

What to serve with hot wings?

Thanks guys! I went out this morning to get a few items at the store and my butcher had great looking baby back ribs so those have been added to the menu! We're doing the wings and ribs, bleu cheese dipping sauce, celery, potato skins, slaw, corn on the cob and onion rings. Followed by a homemade apple pie and vanilla ice cream.

Feb 21, 2015
Miesque in Home Cooking
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What to serve with hot wings?

Thanks guys - I always do blue cheese for the wings (which we make with Franks RedHot sauce). I'll definitely be doing corn on the cob, thanks for the reminder!

I haven't made purple cabbage slaw - I might try that.

Feb 20, 2015
Miesque in Home Cooking

What to serve with hot wings?

Hi all,

I haven't posted on Chow in a long time but I do pop in and out to read a lot. We're cooking hot wings for an informal dinner with friends tomorrow (Saturday) night. I'm thinking of doing an American themed menu - perhaps some really good potato skins, a slaw of some kind, the wings....and there ends my inspiration! Any suggestions for sides or additions you usually serve would be gratefully accepted!

PS- We are based in Ireland but I grew up in Connecticut and latterly KY so I might not be able to get exactly the same ingredients but I can probably make a fair substitution.

Thanks!

Feb 20, 2015
Miesque in Home Cooking

First Trip Ireland

Thorntons is nice, quite classical.

Feb 16, 2015
Miesque in U.K./Ireland

First Trip Ireland

We have a holiday home in Liscannor - walking distance to Vaughan's. Wonderful!

The Cliff House is great too - very well considered food.

Another one to try is Le Vie De Chateau in Naas.

Feb 16, 2015
Miesque in U.K./Ireland
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First Trip Ireland

Near the cliffs f mother go to Vaughans in Liscannor. It is my favorite restaurant in that area, despite being a pub! Very thoughtful and interesting treatments of food.

In Dublin your list is good, I would add The Port House for lunch if you can.

Feb 16, 2015
Miesque in U.K./Ireland
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The best Tasting Menu in LA for a special ocassion?

A little update on the Bazaar!

We opted for a drink at Bar Centro before dinner (Salt air margherita and a virgin something or other the bar tender made up for my Father who was driving). We moved to the restaurant proper and were seated right at the kitchen sharing a long banquet style table with two other pairs of diners. As it was the SLS' 4th anniversary they were offering $4 glasses of Cava, $4 Philly Cheese Steaks and $4 chocolate assortments. Obviously we had to take them up on all of these!

We shared eight dishes: (in order of presentation)
Olives, modern and traditional
Prawn cocktail
Caprese Salad
Rossejat
Chicken Wings
Carrot fritters
Braised beef cheeks
Philly Cheese Steak

Everything lived up to expectations! We moved to patisserie for some salt caramels and fleur de sel florentines which were delectable. The lemon poppy seed cupcake was the only marginal disappointment of the night.

(And yes, we had two winners at the Breeder's Cup!)

Nov 06, 2012
Miesque in Los Angeles Area

All-American treats for kids!

I'm Irish but live in America half of every year. Corn muffins sound a great idea for an American treat! Or anything pumpkin based - that's novel too.

Brownies, Apple Pie and Rice Krispie treats are well integrated into Irish food culture by now :)

Oct 26, 2012
Miesque in Home Cooking

The best Tasting Menu in LA for a special ocassion?

The molecular gastronomy is the aspect he enjoys (he's a scientist). His favourite local-ish restaurant is The Fat Duck.

Oct 14, 2012
Miesque in Los Angeles Area

The best Tasting Menu in LA for a special ocassion?

Well...booked Saam. Got a call yesterday to say that with the truffle season starting they would now be having a Truffle influenced tasting that night - $275pp. I've show my father Melisse and Providence to see if either of those take his fancy instead. If not we may just have dinner at The Bazaar.

Oct 12, 2012
Miesque in Los Angeles Area

The best Tasting Menu in LA for a special ocassion?

Thanks...fingers crossed! I'll report back after our trip.

Oct 12, 2012
Miesque in Los Angeles Area