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

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

The best Tasting Menu in LA for a special ocassion?

Thank you for all the help! I'll look into all the suggestions but it sounds like Saam will fit the bill.

lil mikey - We're staying at the Langham during the BC and have the Chef's Table booked for a corporate dinner (hopefully a celebratory one!)

Oct 08, 2012
Miesque in Los Angeles Area

The best Tasting Menu in LA for a special ocassion?

Hi, I'm a Chowhound newbie so please be gentle!

I'm looking for suggestions, hints and ideas on the best tasting menus in LA. My father is in LA on business and is staying on for the Breeder's Cup. I'll be in LA for the Breeder's Cup via work. We have 10/28-11/1 before the racing travelling and sight seeing. I'd like to treat him to a tasting menu somewhere one evening during that time.

I've been been looking through old threads and have seen suggestions for Melissé, Providence, Saam @ The Bazaar and Osteria Mozza. Some of the threads were older though and I know places can improve (or not) over time! So any fresh suggestions would be great. Budget wise about $500 total including tax and tip is the upper end of what I'd look at but less is always appreciated!

I'm leaning towards Saam for José Andrés' "Molecular Gastronomy" and associations with Ferran Andriá's El Bulli as that has always been a food Mecca for my father. Reviews seem to be very divided though?

Any help is gratefully recieved! Thanks.

Oct 07, 2012
Miesque in Los Angeles Area