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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?

1 day ago
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Why is it so difficult to find a bread knife?

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

Mar 28, 2015
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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
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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

Salsa recipe?

No charring in this, but it looks really tasty, and a lesson in knife skills too!:

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

Mar 12, 2015
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Brunch beyond the cheesy and eggy

It's worth seeking out if you can. Querencia's recipe looks very nice, but a traditional recipe would contain smoked haddock (I'm guessing smoked haddock is virtually unobtainable in the US though?):

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cu...

I add a little cream too.

Mar 11, 2015
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Brunch beyond the cheesy and eggy

Does Kedgeree ever appear in the US? IMO it's a perfect brunch dish.

How do you keep cucumbers from rolling off the cutting board?

These Q&A threads are not conducive to a proper discussion. Hardly important here, but still irritating. Can 'em CH, please.

Mar 08, 2015
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How do you keep cucumbers from rolling off the cutting board?

I assume that you're referring to the cut slices rolling away, not the whole bit, which you'll be holding? Just cut at an angle, say 30 deg off square, and the slices will be oval and roll much less easily. Doesn't work so well for thinner items like scallions though.

Mar 07, 2015
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Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

It was just a little joke for my own amusement.

Mar 03, 2015
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Dripless Bottles for Pouring Oil..?

Plus one on this. I think the little flap is very important to minimise air circulation.

Mar 02, 2015
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Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

I dry my dishes in my underwear. Sometimes.

Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

I wouldn't dream of risking contamination of my kitchen towels from clothing in the same laundry load.

Mar 02, 2015
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Bones for chicken stock

I was just about to suggest the exact same whole chicken (plus stock veggies) gambit, returning the bones etc. to the half made stock. Glad I took time to skim through the posts! Anyway, plus one on that.

Feb 23, 2015
Robin Joy in General Topics

Share your favorite YouTube cooking videos

"cat recipe"?

I've always had my suspicions.

Feb 19, 2015
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Help doctoring "crab casserole" leftovers

Most suggestions seem to involve reheating. Is that a good idea with shellfish?

Feb 18, 2015
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Share your favorite YouTube cooking videos

Wrong, wrong, wrong! Do people in this day & age really know so little about handling raw meat?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK2XI...

A favourite for a skewed reason, but still a favourite!

Feb 18, 2015
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