Robin Joy's Profile

Title Last Reply

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
Robin Joy in Cookware

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
Robin Joy in Cookware

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
Robin Joy in Cookware

Watery marinara sauce w fresh tomatoes

Apr 13, 2015
Robin Joy in Home Cooking

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
Robin Joy in Cookware

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
Robin Joy in Home Cooking

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
Robin Joy in Cookware
1

what is this utensil??

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

Apr 05, 2015
Robin Joy in Cookware

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
Robin Joy in Cookware

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
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland

Toaster Recommendation

Could be. I guess that in the UK home toasted begels are outnumbered by plain toast by at least. 50 to 1. Shop bought begels are about £0.25 to £0.30 each here, but bread is about £0.05 a slice.

Apr 02, 2015
Robin Joy in Cookware

Toaster Recommendation

Here in the UK toaster ovens are virtually non-existant, but almost every home kitchen has an automatic pop-up toaster (and an auto-off electric kettle). I wonder why there's such a difference to the USA norm?

Mar 31, 2015
Robin Joy in Cookware

Toaster Recommendation

My 5 year old, not very heavily used, 4 slice Dualit recently developed a very dangerous intermittent fault. The timer sometimes
comes to a halt at about 1 minute to go, and so the elements just stay on!

Checking on the web I've found that many, many people have suffered the same problem, and that Dualit's customer relations people aren't really interested. The only fix is a new timer (about $45) which you can only buy from Dualit, have to fit yourself, and is the same model so could cease working at any time!

I've changed toasters and will never have another Dualit.

Mar 30, 2015
Robin Joy in Cookware
1

Fast and easy way to cut a mango

Ask this guy to do it for you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7LtT...

Mar 30, 2015
Robin Joy in Home Cooking

restaurant near Waterloo

If you want to see soulless John, try the NatWest Tower:

http://www.vertigo42.co.uk/#londons-h...

Check the gallery pages. What a waste of a great view.

Mar 30, 2015
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland

Why is it so difficult to find a bread knife?

Sorry. Didn't mean to sound schoolmarm-ish! I suppose the reality is that an OP loses ownership the moment they hit "POST".

Mar 29, 2015
Robin Joy in Cookware

Why is it so difficult to find a bread knife?

I had already suggested Victorinox upthread, but I didn't know about that model. What a beauty!

I use one of these, which is wavy rather than properly serrated, and makes a great back-up carver, but I wish it had a wooden handle:

http://www.amazon.de/Victorinox-K%C3%...

Mar 28, 2015
Robin Joy in Cookware

Why is it so difficult to find a bread knife?

The OP has already found "blade I want, plastic handle."

Mar 28, 2015
Robin Joy in Cookware

Why is it so difficult to find a bread knife?

I reckon you need one of these:

http://www.cateringmegastore.com/vict...

About $35. Not sure about full tang though.

Mar 28, 2015
Robin Joy in Cookware

What size are Rogers and Gray's sausages?

In the UK one can expect to get six or eight normal sausages to the pound, but it might be different from an Italian supplier.

In fact I've had trouble with River Cafe Cookbook quantities myself. One of their recipes would have me cooking 250g (about 9oz) of dry pasta to feed six. Or am I just greedy using 250g for two people?

Mar 26, 2015
Robin Joy in Home Cooking

Moderately-priced London restaurants?

£20 to include sides is about right IMO, including allowing for a service charge. Be aware that sides can easily run at £4.

Most places will have a fixed price daily menu though. Last Sunday I had lunch at Motcombs in Motcomb Street about 20 minutes stroll from your hotel. Excellent main of roast beef at £30 for two people, including green veg. potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. Menus, photos etc. here: http://www.motcombs.co.uk/

Mar 21, 2015
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland

Moderately-priced London restaurants?

"hipreplacementster"?

Mar 21, 2015
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland

Top-end kitchen/cookware shop in London?

"at least down to 100 mg accuracy" For serving caviar by the egg, no doubt?

Mar 19, 2015
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland

Top-end kitchen/cookware shop in London?

Pretty sure they're still there. Lifted from their website 2 minutes ago:

Address

Nisbets Shaftesbury Avenue Store
121 Shaftesbury Avenue
London
WC2H 8AD
Contact

Tel: 0845 146 2685
For Mobiles: 0207 010 7989
Email: shaftesburyavenuestore@nisbets.co.uk

Mar 19, 2015
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland

Top-end kitchen/cookware shop in London?

Yes, Dentons is good, and so is the other one you mention, Nisbets, but they're both slightly odd shopping experiences for the non-trade customer. Check their online catalogues (Nisbets is really good) but don't expect the stores to stock everything shown on the web.

Harrods, John Lewis, Divertimenti, Selfridges (home of the £500 casserole shaped like a cow!)all carry good stuff.

Mar 19, 2015
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland

London Trip Recommendations For Mid to Late April

Knightsbridge is a little short of budget dinner places. 100 yards from your hotel there's a block of apartments where you can buy a four bedder for a mere $50m! However, The Star Tavern in Belgrave Mews West is a teriffic London pub just 5 minutes walk south. Plain but nice food in the evenings.

Motcomb's wine bar/restaurant in Motcomb Street is very near The Star, and I had a perfect roast beef Sunday lunch there last weekend at £16 per head for a filling main course (grog is extra of course). Good place to go at any time.

Mar 18, 2015
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland

London Trip Recommendations For Mid to Late April

Where are you staying please?

Mar 18, 2015
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland

Destination to dine in in Ireland

Try and get to Kinsale. Hardly a secret, but a lovely harbour town with plenty of good places to eat. A couple of hours drive from Waterford.

Mar 12, 2015
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland