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Put too much cardamom in my mango chutney. Is there anything I can do to save it?

I told you what I did with mine. You could try adding pineapple. But add the correct proportion of vinegar and sugar per your original recipe.

Jun 17, 2015
Lina in Home Cooking

Put too much cardamom in my mango chutney. Is there anything I can do to save it?

Sure. But look at this objectively. That's one death in a year in a country of 300 million people. You're more likely to die in a car accident on your way to the store to buy the jars.

The Ohio death was from canned potatoes, which is about as low acid as you can get (and sounds revolting). Personally, I don't can anything low acid and in this case would feel pretty safe adding another type of fruit to a recipe that has a full cup of vinegar in it.

Jun 17, 2015
Lina in Home Cooking

Put too much cardamom in my mango chutney. Is there anything I can do to save it?

There are an average of 22 cases of botulism a year caused by food in the US, and very rarely a death. It's just very common and the risk is completely overstated. The sort of foods that are risky are low acid foods, like vegetables. Most chutney recipes contain lots of sugar and vinegar, and are not risky.

Jun 17, 2015
Lina in Home Cooking

Put too much cardamom in my mango chutney. Is there anything I can do to save it?

I ended up making a second batch with no cardamom (had to buy some mangoes) and adding 2 cups of the old batch to 6 cups of the new batch. I still ended up having to throw away quite a bit of the first batch, there was just way too much cardamom.

If you have enough vinegar in it, I wouldn't worry about the canning issue, personally.

Jun 17, 2015
Lina in Home Cooking

Put too much cardamom in my mango chutney. Is there anything I can do to save it?

I used a recipe from Helen Witty's excellent 'Better Than Store Bought' cookbook that called for 1.5 teaspoons of ground cardamom. Unfortunately I realized too late that she was probably using that tasteless ground cardamom bought in plastic jars. I ground the cardamom myself (it was around 12 pods) and the cooked chutney tastes like it has way too much cardamom in it!

When I can the chutney, I am sure the cardamom flavor will only get stronger. Is there anything else I can add to balance it out a bit? I am going to add four more mangoes, but I am not sure if that will be enough. I'm reluctant to throw it all away because we have just reached the end of mango season where I live and I won't have more of them until next year.

Jun 13, 2015
Lina in Home Cooking

Desperate for Seoul recommendations

Thank you! I just had a look at your thread and it looks like you have been eating well in Seoul.

Sep 12, 2014
Lina in China & Southeast Asia

Desperate for Seoul recommendations

Thanks! Today we tried chadobaelgi at Bong San Jib that we read about on another thread, and we were wowed. Yum.

Do you have any suggestions for sundubu?

Sep 12, 2014
Lina in China & Southeast Asia

Desperate for Seoul recommendations

I'm heading to Seoul this weekend and would love any and all restaurant recommendations you hounds have!

I love Korean food, particularly sundubu. So any specialty sundubu places would be of interest. I'm traveling with two chefs who don't know much about Korean food, so I'd really like to find some stuff that will wow them. Any recommendations?

Sep 09, 2014
Lina in China & Southeast Asia

[Cambodia] Groceries in Phnom Penh?

It took me two years, but I managed to answer my own question: http://www.movetocambodia.com/food/th...

Jan 03, 2013
Lina in China & Southeast Asia

Best food and grocery stores in the world?

Yes, I'm not including markets as I think that's a different kettle of fish entirely, although I think I'll include some food halls. It's a tough call.

Mar 12, 2012
Lina in General Topics

Best food and grocery stores in the world?

oops double post

Mar 12, 2012
Lina in General Topics

Best food and grocery stores in the world?

Agreed, and I think that's true of any "best of" list, regardless of the topic. You'll never create a list of the best of anything, it's too subjective. If my list ends up with a lot of fantastic stores on it, I'll be pleased, whatever order they end up in. Interestingly, I have all four you mentioned already on my list.

I am looking for more in Asia and Australia, though, so if you have any suggestions please let me know!

Mar 12, 2012
Lina in General Topics

Best food and grocery stores in the world?

I was wondering what the Chowhound community think are the best food and grocery stores are in the world? I'm thinking of smaller one-off stores, ethnic groceries and large chains (like Whole Foods).

Full disclosure: I'm writing about this topic, contact me if you want more details.

Mar 12, 2012
Lina in General Topics

Boquerones en vinagre recipe?

I'm actually going to be doing this project in Bangkok (I can't find fresh anchovies in Cambodia) so I'll be able to get foreign vinegar.

Sep 15, 2011
Lina in Home Cooking

Boquerones en vinagre recipe?

Thanks. They aren't available where I live so I have to resort to making them.

Sep 15, 2011
Lina in Home Cooking

Boquerones en vinagre recipe?

I'd like to make boquerones en vinagre this weekend and was wondering what type of vinegar is best to use? Any recipes would be appreciated.

Sep 15, 2011
Lina in Home Cooking

What Spanish ingredients should I get?

Thanks, the cookbook looks good. I'm definitely going to need one. Any other recs? I'd love one that's perhaps less comprehensive and paperback -- am not going to make it back to Cambodia with this much luggage!

Jun 24, 2011
Lina in General Topics

What Spanish ingredients should I get?

I live in Cambodia, so no.

Jun 21, 2011
Lina in General Topics

What Spanish ingredients should I get?

Was asking about Boquerones en vinagre (White Anchovies) as they are all sold refrigerated

Jun 21, 2011
Lina in General Topics

Barcelona - Everyday, cheaper restaurants

Thanks for the tips. I don't know the geography of BCN so didn't realize that so many of these could be reached from the Ramblas. Which places at the Boqueria market do you recommend?

Jun 21, 2011
Lina in Spain/Portugal

What Spanish ingredients should I get?

What a great shopping list, thanks!

All of the boquerones I have been able to find seem to require refrigeration. Are they sold in any form that don't require refrigeration?

Jun 21, 2011
Lina in General Topics

What Spanish ingredients should I get?

I can't find this sort of thing at any of the shops there, so that's why I am hoping to go back with a bag filled with goodies!

Jun 20, 2011
Lina in General Topics

What Spanish ingredients should I get?

I live in Cambodia and they don't seem to care about that sort of thing, so I think it's okay.

Jun 20, 2011
Lina in General Topics

Barcelona - Everyday, cheaper restaurants

I'm also looking for recs -- I'll be staying off of Las Ramblas and would like to find some less expensive but delicious places to try.

Jun 20, 2011
Lina in Spain/Portugal

What Spanish ingredients should I get?

Why not the meats? Refrigeration or customs?

Jun 20, 2011
Lina in General Topics

What Spanish ingredients should I get?

I don't have a lot of experience cooking Spanish food, but after a few days in Spain I'm dedicated to learning. I'm still here, so was wondering if anyone could give me suggestions of what food items or ingredients I should buy that can travel well.

I love the boquerones en vinagre here, but the packaging seems to say that I need to refrigerate it. Is that really true? I'd love to pack a few packages of this but it would have to be able to survive without refrigeration for a few days.

How about cured meats? Can I take those with me sans refrigeration?

Any other suggestions would be appreciated. I have a few more days here and would love to pick up a few things.

Jun 20, 2011
Lina in General Topics

Cooking class in Saigon?

Sorry, just saw this. I went to Lazat in KL and thought it was very good.

Apr 06, 2011
Lina in China & Southeast Asia

[Seoul] Best sundubu in Seoul?

I tried the place in Jongno-gu yesterday for lunch. I also didn't think it was as good as Metdol Sundubu. As you said it was very basic--didn't appear to have any seafood in it and was just a cheaper version of the dish. That said I liked how they served the rice bowl so you could make your own bibimbap and at 4,000 won it was a good deal.

I have found that Seoul Eats makes a lot of mediocre recs and I don't usually trust his advice (although I think I saw the guy that writes it the last time I was in Metdol Sundubu, coincidentally)

Apr 06, 2011
Lina in China & Southeast Asia

[Seoul] Best sundubu in Seoul?

Thanks, I'll try that one today, hopefully. I liked this one as well: http://www.koreataste.org/lang/en/en/...

Apr 05, 2011
Lina in China & Southeast Asia

[Seoul] Best sundubu in Seoul?

I'm in Seoul for a few days and am looking for some excellent sundubu. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!

Apr 03, 2011
Lina in China & Southeast Asia