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London next week, upscale but not high end nor set menu

For terrific value try Le Gavroche's fixed lunch at £55 including a couple of glasses of wine:

http://www.le-gavroche.co.uk/

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaura...

Jul 27, 2015
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London next week, upscale but not high end nor set menu

Very true John. I worked next door from '86 to '99 and I was there on the first day it opened as a public market. The Two Fat Ladies did a cooking demo! Then Maria's Cafe (in her original premises) was really the only eating place, everything else was proper produce. Much preferred it myself.

Jul 27, 2015
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Looking for cookbook suggestions

These days I just use the web and print out any keepers, which I tuck inside an old recipe scrapbook. I do however rather miss the pleasures of thumbing through a cookbook, especially if the background text is interesting and well written, but I'm glad to have freed up some space.

Jul 26, 2015
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Gordon Ramsay Carrot, Cumin, Orange Salad question...

Briefly rinse them and pat them dry with paper towels?

Jul 18, 2015
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Ideas/Recommendations for Lamb Shoulder

Slow roast works really well if you are free to start prep 5 hours before eating. Here's Jamie Oliver's version, which is excellent:

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/la...

Jul 12, 2015
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Andouillette.

Does anyone, anywhere on CH like eating andouillette? Please educate me as to their attraction.

I find them a challenge too far myself.

Jul 09, 2015
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What are some ingredients you don't like to use?

I've tried more than once John. Don't bother.

Actually I think this calls for a new Post.

Jul 09, 2015
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What are some ingredients you don't like to use?

Jul 09, 2015
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Thinking of going straight gauge

"Weight 22lbs".....Can that be right?

Jul 09, 2015
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How to cook salmon?

It roasts really well, no need to cover or wrap in foil etc. I brush with a little oil, season, and roast skin side down on a foil lined shallow tray in a fairly hot oven for about 8 minutes for fillets of average size and thickness.

Jul 09, 2015
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HELP! Is my LC Salvageable?

Lye will work. Be very careful.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8946...

Jun 28, 2015
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Sunday lunch near National Portrait Gallery

If you want to sit down to a civilised lunch you could do worse than the National Dining Rooms in The National Gallery. in by 12.00, out by 13.45 is perfectly possible.

http://www.peytonandbyrne.co.uk/the-n...

This might also suit, right near Cockspur Street:

http://www.thetrafalgar.com/vista-hom...

Otherwise Crypt or Pret are by far your best options for a quick Sunday bite. You're in the middle of Tourist Trap Central there, so don't expect too much I'm afraid.

Someone may correct me, but I don't think there's much else of merit on the very short walk to Cockspur St.

Jun 28, 2015
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Restaurant, Shopping Recommendations near Borough

Some traders in BM are there every day (actually, I don't think I've ever been on a Monday, so maybe not) but by Fri/Sat it's at full throttle.

The local branch of Tas is okay: http://www.tasrestaurants.co.uk/borou...

Jun 21, 2015
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Pastas - Different quality?

Is Cipriani widely availabled in the US? It's astonishingly good (and reassuringly expensive). Rare these days on UK supermarket shelves. Their jars of sauce are also several levels above anyone else's, IMO.

http://shop.cipriani.com/collections/...

Otherwise I get De Cecco, used by many top resaurants, I believe.

Jun 21, 2015
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Organic grassfed beef

Maybe just overtly meaty John? I made a lamb curry recently, and cubing up the boned shoulder I used was quite a pungent process. The "gaminess" was certainly there on the nose, even for the first few minutes of cooking.

Jun 05, 2015
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Olive oil pouring spout?

An inert gas oil preserver! Now that could sell......

Jun 04, 2015
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Olive oil pouring spout?

I reckon some sort of stopper is needed to minimise air circulation. Helps the oil stay fresher?

Jun 03, 2015
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Olive oil pouring spout?

+1 on that K, except I like the flapper gizzy as it makes the process entirely one handed.

Jun 03, 2015
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ISO mild blue cheese for dressing

In general I'd expect what supermarkets stock to be young, creamy and mild. It comes in many guises though, and the more aged and expensive examples seem to be firmer and "piccante". In the UK something very similar is marketed as "Dolcelatte", but it may not be available in the US.

I'm afraid you'll need a specialist Hound to tell you any more.

Jun 02, 2015
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ISO mild blue cheese for dressing

Gorgonzola works really well in dressings I find Duffy, but I don't know if you see it much in the US? Also it's good simply melted in heavy cream for a nice and slimming pasta sauce.

Jun 01, 2015
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I'm Looking to Buy a Manual Citrus Juicer

I've never used one of these, and I gather that they're pretty useless, but boy do I want one!

http://www.independent.co.uk/property...

Jun 01, 2015
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Lunch recs: Tower of London/20 Fenchurch Street vicinity

The Garlic Chili Chicken is great, as are the Tandoori Lamb Chops (or anything else from the Tandoor oven).

Not the cheapest, but not silly money. Expect about $35 a head with soft drinks, $50 with a couple of beers.

http://www.rajasthan1.co.uk/about-the...

The Walrus And Carpenter pub next door has an upstairs dining room with perfectly OK pub food for half Rajasthan money.

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaura...

May 31, 2015
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Lunch recs: Tower of London/20 Fenchurch Street vicinity

Perfectly true Phil, but the issue for the OP is what is available in a very small geographic area? I spend every working day no more than 300m from 20 Fenchurch St., and I'm struggling to come up with anything more suitable!

There's not much "Fayne Dayning" nearby, and the Modern European spots (1 Leadenhall, Coq D'Argent etc.) are all expense account money, which the OP wants to avoid. There are plenty of pretty basic pubs/wine bars, touristy bug hutches, chains (Nando's) and trad classics (Simmos, G&V), but I don't think they really fit the bill.

As a wild card, Rajasthan is a truly excellent Indian, in exactly the right spot.

May 30, 2015
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Another specific question re: London Liverpool Station and Stonehenge on a bank holiday

There appears to be two Pasty outlets at Waterloo. I've eaten from the West Cornwall Pasty outlet at Twickenham Stadium and it's excellent, so I guess their Waterloo shop would be fine too (It's on the lowest of three levels). I can't speak for "The Pasty Shop" on the main level, but I'd bet it's a bit more mass market.

http://www.networkrail.co.uk/london-w...

May 28, 2015
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Lunch recs: Tower of London/20 Fenchurch Street vicinity

Do you like fish and chips? Loch Fyne in Leadenhall Market is good. Also Leadenhall Market itself is worth a brief visit. The actual shops are mainly high street standards these days, but it's got a good feel and it's only 2 minutes walk from 20 Fenchurch St.

http://www.lochfyneseafoodandgrill.co...

May 27, 2015
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How to Remove Aluminum from Bottom of Oven

Try reading the replies Kitkat. Many issues are covered.

May 26, 2015
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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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