@chezmom Pedantry alert Actually "done" is the older word, having been introduced into the English language in the 1400s, whereas "finish" was introduced about a century later, with the same meaning. There were a few grammarians that started to say that they weren't synonyms around the First World War but that point of view only lasted a couple of decades and was never widely accepted. Nowadays "done" means the same thing as "finished" according to all major American and British dictionaries and usage guides. see: http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/201... http://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/... http://www.drgrammar.org/frequently-a...
Regarding knives falling off the magnetic strip... I just performed an experiment with my 7€ (about $10US) Ikea magnetic knife strip. With the knives (including a very heavy butcher's cleaver and a steel) still on, I unscrewed it from the wall, took it to the bedroom and shook it vigorously over the mattress... Nada. If your knives have a tendency to fall off, throw out your magnetic strip and buy one from anywhere other than a dollar store.
Since he was a chef from France, he was probably talking about french people. Certainly in the five years I've been here, I've never met anyone here that knows anything about chinese or mexican cuisine, except for foreigners that is. Everybody here thinks that samosas are chinese and frijoles are only available in, bizarrely, chinese grocery stores.
I'm pretty sure that 2 tbsp is correct; the idea is to have a brine solution, rather than a vinegar solution. There's a good pickle recipe on www.strubpickles.com ; they're pretty well known in Toronto (and maybe elsewhere).
My girlfriend's uncle has a crêperie in Pontivy called Le Cul de Poule. I was up in Paris this weekend, in the 13ème, I can't remember the name of the brasserie but I had a nice tournedo, with decent potatoes on the side. Not haute cuisine by any means but at 12 euros very reasonably priced. Unfortunately my pint of Kronenbourg was 8 euros!!!!
I used to live at Oakwood and Rogers, in Toronto, and on the west side of Oakwood, just south of Rogers is a large portuguese bakery. There were two things that I bought on an almost daily basis but I can't remember what they were called.. The first one is not too important because it was just a large bun stuffed with chouriço, but he second I'd like to try and make but need to find out the name. It was basically a flaky pastry roll, about 15-20 cm long, open ended and stuffed with an amazing paté-type hashed meat. It usually sold out before 10 am. If anyone knows what it's called, or is in the area and can check, I would be extremely appreciative!!!!