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The Future of Food

As the rapidly expanding numbers of Gym Bunnies become parents, passing their ethos on to their children, the consumption of meat, as others have noted, is surely going to fall. I expect that this trend will be accelerated by stronger scientific evidence of the health hazards of eating lots of meat.

May 20, 2015
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The Future of Food

Farm to Doorstep sounds good, but at every farmers market in the UK I find that prices are at or above comparable shop prices. I really don't like badmouthing the hard pressed agricultural community, but surely cutting out all the middlemen should benefit both producer and consumer? I feel that the producers are keeping all the middlemens' slice, rather than attracting custom by passing some (half?) of the savings on to the consumer.

May 20, 2015
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The Future of Food

Have you read Wedgwood-Benn's diaries John? They're a very dusty read, so I hesitate to recommend them, but in the 1960s he clearly predicts that technological advances will mean less jobs, not more leisure time.

May 20, 2015
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Fera at Claridge's (LONDON)

I apologise June.

May 13, 2015
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Fera at Claridge's (LONDON)

I've not been since the Gordon Ramsay association ended, but I always liked it. Glad they've continued the affordable lunch, but it looks from your pic. like they've economised on the crockery somewhat. I'm sure I've got a bowl like that from Woolworths circa 1980! And is that a housebrick with salt in it behind the water glass?

May 13, 2015
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UK restaurant terminolgy query

I've always assumed it refers to a "Face", e.g. Gordon R, who comes in with a menu, teaches the chef and staff on site how to deliver, and then returns every so often to refresh as required. His name goes on the menu, and on a monthly cheque!

May 06, 2015
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Time to get rid of the microwave?

My oh my Puff! You've been on the receiving end of a drive-by.

Do you by any chance regret posting?

May 05, 2015
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Any experience storing a copper pan permanently on a sailboat?

SS with teflon interior? Easy to find here in the UK.

Apr 27, 2015
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Any experience storing a copper pan permanently on a sailboat?

Leave a few inches of copper pipe from a hardware store on board to gauge oxidation issues.

Apr 27, 2015
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Raw Leg of Lamb Left Out Overnight

Just a little self-depreciating joke for my own amusement! :)

Apr 27, 2015
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Are cows in Ireland raised in factory farms are they all free range?l

Well I've just learned a tiny bit about feedlots:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feedlot

My money would be that there's very little of this happening in Ireland. Feed supplements maybe, but, as Paprikaboy said, not factory farming.

Apr 27, 2015
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Are cows in Ireland raised in factory farms are they all free range?l

:)

Apr 27, 2015
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Are cows in Ireland raised in factory farms are they all free range?l

I stand to be corrected, but I think it's unlikely that cattle can be factory farmed at all, so it's all free range. Maybe excepting veal calves.

Apr 27, 2015
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Raw Leg of Lamb Left Out Overnight

Yup. And we still point at airplanes.

What knives do I need!!!

Firstly, buy four to six really cheap 3 inch dishwashable paring knives. These do many, many tasks, from opening packaged meat to trimming broccoli or cutting apples. I get mine at a hardware store for $2 each and if you have enough there'll always be a clean one.

Then I suggest these three Forschner models:

5.2003.19 (7 1/2 inch chef's)
5.2003.15 (6 inch chef's)
5.2833.20 (8 inch bread/carver)

With the above most cooks would have 90% of all they'll ever need for around $120.

Apr 24, 2015
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Anyone thought about selling their homemade dishes or pastry? Does it need any license?

When emglow said "prepare yourself" I don't think they were referring to preparing food. More like "get yourself ready".

Apr 23, 2015
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Shallow Dutch Ovens

I probably don't know what I'm talking about as, shamefully, I've only got 11 pieces of ECI. I'll take the 5 that are not LC to goodwill immediately, even though they've given perfect service, some of them for over for 35 years.

I do agree with your worry about what's in cheap enamel.

Apr 21, 2015
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Shallow Dutch Ovens

How about buying a cheap version, so you can see if you really do use it enough to then spend four times as much for LC?

Actually, the reviews for this one put it right up there with the expensive stuff:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/ProCook-Cast-...

I have SS, enameled CI (not LC) and cast aluminium shallow DOs, and I really enjoy using all of them.

Apr 19, 2015
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recipes for extra bacon

Chop it and wrap it in smaller portions then freeze it for adding flavour to other dishes like red pasta sauces and beef stews.

sauté pan that can double as a deep fryer

Still too small IMO. You could deep fry just one 9" piece of fish if it was absolutely full to the brim, which may be a tad unadvisable for deep frying.

Apr 14, 2015
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sauté pan that can double as a deep fryer

Well, 10" was my figure so I'll try to head for one of my local pubs for F&C tomorrow lunchtime and take a tape measure & camera with me!

Apr 14, 2015
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sauté pan that can double as a deep fryer

Yes, there's something of a dimension issue I think, not just capacity. Here in the UK a fish fillet from a fish'n chip shop can easily be 10 inches long, so take a piece of fish with you to the cookware store for measuring purposes.

Apr 14, 2015
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Watery marinara sauce w fresh tomatoes

Apr 13, 2015
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sauté pan that can double as a deep fryer

Yes, the All Clad, but I have now read the review and I see what you mean. Sounds like a one-off, but maybe not a risk worth taking! Also you need some capacity, but 6qt is a really big pot for two bits of fish, so why not try a cheapie with a basket as suggested by kaleokahu. Something like this, which you could replace with larger if needed:

http://www.smithsofloughton.com/kitch...

Apr 13, 2015
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Watery marinara sauce w fresh tomatoes

Not quite answering your question I'm afraid, but this is outstanding:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9875...

Apr 12, 2015
Robin Joy in Home Cooking

Lamb steaks

These are almost certainly leg steaks, slices through a (hind) leg of lamb, and they should be delicious. They'll be fine with an all-day marinade, but simply oiled, seasoned & grilled can be just as good. Grill as for beef steaks.

I expect you know, but if the grill is too cool all you'll get is grey leather, which would be a shame.

Apr 12, 2015
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sauté pan that can double as a deep fryer

No, but what foods are you looking to fry, and for how many people please? That De Buyer looks pretty small, and deep frying calls for quite a lot of oil per portion. Also, how good would it be doubling as a saute pan? The AC you cited earlier looks perfect.

Apr 12, 2015
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what is this utensil??

Handle shaped to sit on side of pan/bowl. A common sight here in the UK.

Apr 05, 2015
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Anyone Have Cooking Tips For A French 'Boxpan', A.K.A. 'Daubiere', or 'Braiser' ?

My mother has one of these (front of photo):

http://leitesculinaria.com/66465/writ...

It's been used most weeks for over 50 years and is just fine for anything a round equivalent would handle.

Apr 03, 2015
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Private dinner central London

City Social, Jason Atherton's restaurant half way up Tower 42 certainly ticks the taste of Britain and location boxes. Happily it's also excellent.

http://www.opentable.co.uk/city-socia...

Take lots of money.

Apr 03, 2015
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