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do you eat American style or European style?

Social rather than racial, surely?

If you have any regard for how other people view you, you will presumably wear an ironed shirt, brush your hair, make sure your shoes come from the same pair etc. These things don't make any difference to who you are, but the fact is that they do get noticed, and IMO this extends to table manners. American style is fine for a bowl of chili in front of the TV, but would attract attention at table.

Did the odd shoe thing a few years back BTW. Caused much amusement among my office colleagues, who kindly didn't tell me until the end of the day!

about 4 hours ago
Robin Joy in Not About Food

Issue roasting chicken thighs on foil lined baking sheet?

I know you're a respected meat guru grey, but 475F sounds very hot to me. 45 mins at 200C (pretty much 400F) works fine. Way prefer thighs to breast BTW. Bones and scraps good for the stock bag in the deep-freeze too.

As an aside, I also generally use foil for this and have recently started using the non-stick version. Is this available in the US? It's a little more expensive, but totally worth it IMO.

Sep 18, 2014
Robin Joy in Home Cooking

Food jokes - list

Apologies to Porker. Missed the post!

Sep 18, 2014
Robin Joy in Not About Food

Food jokes - list

Two cannibals were eating a clown. One said to the other "Does this taste funny to you?"

Sep 16, 2014
Robin Joy in Not About Food

Easy home cooking?

Please try "Jim Jack Joe". It's inexpensive,low pressure for the cook, light on meat but not flavour, can be made a day ahead, freezes well. It's a bit like tarted up bolognese sauce, and indeed could be served over pasta:

“Jim Jack Joe” is what this dish is known as in my family, but most people will just call it savoury mince.
From my great-grandmother’s WW11 recipe. Great-grandfather had a small farm, so had access to rather more supplies than many people in wartime Britain. It’s also a brilliant way of sneaking vegetables in to reluctant kids if you chop them small (the veg, not the kids).

Serves 4.

A little oil.
1 carrot, diced.
1 smallish onion, chopped.
1 sick celery, diced (only if you have it, stupid price-wise to buy a whole head).
500g/1 lb minced/ground beef.
Salt & pepper.
400g/14oz can tomatoes (whole or chopped, doesn’t really matter).
250g/8oz mushrooms, sliced.
1 bay leaf.
A little tomato puree/paste.
Optional: Chopped bacon, and parsnip, potatoes, turnip, swede (rutabaga), peas, beans, shredded cabbage, whatever veg. you have to hand or like really.

Get the carrot softening in the oil whilst dicing up the onion and celery, which you then add to the pot. Cook for 5 minutes over a medium/low heat.

Turn up the heat a bit, add in the meat, and stir to break it up and become browned. This will be easier if the meat is at room temperature. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Stir in the can of tomatoes, bring up to a simmer and add the mushrooms and bay leaf. A splash of water and maybe a spoonful of tomato paste may help adjust any dryness.

Partially cover and simmer gently over a low heat. Stir occasionally. 30 minutes of this and the JJJ is ready to serve, preferably with some buttery mashed potatoes. It is even better if cooked for an hour or so.

Options: A couple of chopped up bacon rashers can be added to the carrot at the very start, with any other veg stirred in at a stage appropriate to their cooking time. Some stronger flavours like parsnip or spinach might not suit younger customers.

Absolute Tomatoey-est Tasting Tomato Sauce You Will EVER Eat

Top banana. Thanks cowboy.

My wife and I try to go vegetarian for a couple of days each week (OK, maybe a little dairy sneaks in) and we had this on penne last night. Big time fresh zap, so we'll certainly have this again.

Sep 07, 2014
Robin Joy in Home Cooking

Roasting joint for Chilli?

Reply from a Brit.

You're on track here. Any sized piece of meat for roasting would be referred to as a joint (no sniggering at the back!), even though boneless items will have no bone joint involved. A shoulder of lamb, a section of pork leg, a boneless rolled sirloin of beef or a turkey crown would all be called joints.

Aug 27, 2014
Robin Joy in Home Cooking

Ideas needed: beets for someone who hates beets

Plus 1 on the risotto. It looks spectacular and tastes great. Fine on its own, dotted with feta or goat's cheese, or as a side to cold meats.

I peel, dice, and simmer (30 minutes, in not too much chicken or veg stock) beets, and use the resulting red potful to make a simple risotto.

Something similar:

http://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/bee...

Errrr....When you next visit the bathroom you might think you have suffered kidney failure!

Aug 16, 2014
Robin Joy in Home Cooking

Need advice on a Bread Knife

I have this Victorinox (except mine has the Fibrox handle rather than the nylon one pictured):

http://www.nisbets.co.uk/Victorinox-S...

At about $35 there is no better bread knife around. The turned up tip means that there are no knuckle clearance issues. It is often used as a back-up carver, which is how it's sold, and it's excellent for that too. The edge is essentially identical to the Victorinox bread knives.

It's been dishwashed a couple of times a week for maybe 20 years (say, 2000 times) with no apparent detriment.

Aug 13, 2014
Robin Joy in Cookware

Looking for a good-quality, SMALL gas grill

+1 on the Weber. A pal of mine has the Q100 which is excellent. He can cook up two beef tenderloins on it which then slice up for ten people. Works off a normal bottle or a small canister for picnics or the beach.

The current equivalent model is the Q1000.

Aug 04, 2014
Robin Joy in Cookware

Royal Lytham & St. Anne's Golf Club

Escorted my 13 year old son around the course a few years back:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7126...

Jul 31, 2014
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland

Easy way to remove a pan lid?

Duffy couldn't have been clearer that the lids aren't spinnable:

"They will NOT come off. I can't move them at all, not even to spin them a little. I can pick up the entire pot by the lid's loop handle"

Sounds like quite a compliment to high quality design and production, however much of a nuisance it is!

Jul 28, 2014
Robin Joy in Cookware

When you were starting out in the kitchen what did you make?

I misread the headline as "When you were making out in the kitchen what did you start". My reply might have excited the Mods, so I'll leave it unposted.

Jul 26, 2014
Robin Joy in Home Cooking
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Had a potato au gratin failure...need some pointers to fix it!

grey, I know you're a regular, knowledgeable, poster, and I respect your contributions, but I simply can't not reply.

"roux", "evaporated", "velveta" and "processed" are words that should never appear on the same page as the "potato au gratin" that the OP is aiming for.

You say that you never make this unless you have to, which is fine, but please try it as per my upthread reference. They've got loads more Michelin stars than I'll ever have!

Best,
Robin.

Jul 22, 2014
Robin Joy in Home Cooking
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Dualit New Gen Toaster vs Other Dualits

Be aware that "used to be better made" may refer to a very long time ago. We had them at school in the mid 1970s and, yes, they were much more beefy and solid than the Classic line available nowadays (I have a recent one, and they're still good). Also FWIW the timer ran at a much slower tick rate. I guess it would be tricky to find a reasonable one from 40 years ago.

Jul 22, 2014
Robin Joy in Cookware

Had a potato au gratin failure...need some pointers to fix it!

I'm not sure what went wrong for you, but this thread may help:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5821...

The OP's reply to my post was pretty positive.

Jul 22, 2014
Robin Joy in Home Cooking

Home made salad dressing that lasts

Some ingredients, agreed. But ones normally used for dressings?

Jul 17, 2014
Robin Joy in Home Cooking

Home made salad dressing that lasts

Easy peasy answer to this is to pop a few garlic cloves (a good use for the annoying little ones from the middle of the bulb) into a bottle of vinegar and leave it for a couple of weeks. No need to peel. Then just use the flavoured vinegar to make dressing.

Jul 17, 2014
Robin Joy in Home Cooking

Stock Pot vs. Slow Cooker (for broth AND chicken)?

If you prefer one big pour then one big ka-splash is what you are going to get.

Just dip in a jug to transfer manageable quantities of liquid to the strainer. Jug clean up is much easier than ka-splash clean up!

Jul 15, 2014
Robin Joy in Cookware

Pret a Manger, Portrait Gallery branch [London]

It's also (or was until recently) the name of a prison on the Isle if Wight. Famous for its porridge. And something called "stir"

Jul 06, 2014
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland

DESPERATE FOR SET OF 5 FRENCH LIDS WITH CAST IRON HANDLES

They look like the lids here:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rare-Set-of...

Jun 30, 2014
Robin Joy in Cookware

Can anyone suggest a great garlic press?

My old Zyliss Susi broke recently, so I replaced it with the Susi 3:

http://www.amazon.com/Zyliss-Susi-3-G...

Something of a disappointment I'm afraid. I'm getting significantly less pulp per bulb than from the earlier model.

Jun 30, 2014
Robin Joy in Cookware

Henckels Dishwasher Safe??

I didn't read it that way originally, but you may well be right, in which case I apologise unreservedly to EFGM. We obviously think alike!

Jun 19, 2014
Robin Joy in Cookware

Henckels Dishwasher Safe??

Am I the only one who thinks that it's simply wrong to willfully (EatFoodGetMoney sounds positively gleeful about it) mistreat manufactured goods in the knowledge that someone else will pick up the tab if anything breaks?

Would any Hound encourage such an attitude in their children, for instance?

Damage from normal use or faulty manufacturing etc. is of course a different matter.

Jun 18, 2014
Robin Joy in Cookware

do yu "drink" at work??

So you don't like room temp water?

Really worth a SHOUT on CH?

Anti-aging recipes and ingredients?

There is only one defence against aging, and you can't eat it. Money.

Jun 10, 2014
Robin Joy in Home Cooking
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wedge salad a rant

Thank you.

That sounds great, although I'd probably try Cos/Romaine hearts, or Little Gem, as IMO Iceberg's appeal is limited.

Jun 08, 2014
Robin Joy in General Topics

wedge salad a rant

I'm a Brit, in the UK. What's a wedge salad please?

Jun 08, 2014
Robin Joy in General Topics

Indian, Chinese, middle eastern food near Knightsbridge/belgravia

Maroush more casual. Ishbilia more for grown-ups, but not intimidating, just a little less colourful for youngsters.

Amaya is upmarket, noisy, and expensive. I know I suggested it, but Phil's recc opposite Harrods sounds a better idea.

Wine will not be a problem in any of these places, but it does get marked up quite a bit. Last time I was in Ishbilia the fantastic Chateau Musar was
priced at three times the £25 shop price I pay.

Edit: Just checked Ishbilia's site and to be fair to them their current wine list actually looks quite reasonably priced. No Musar though!

Jun 03, 2014
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland

Crispy rice powder-London

This place is very good. Call them perhaps?

http://www.tawana.co.uk/openingtimesa...

Jun 03, 2014
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland