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Birthday cake delivery

Hi there. I want to have a delicious birthday cake delivered to someone who lives in Manhattan, but I'm really out of the loop on bakeries in NYC now. Something that delivers on taste over anything else. Magnolia bakery and sugar sweet sunshine are bakeries I remember from when I lived there and disliked them for their dryness. I've heard Lady M and Empire Cakes are great. What are your thoughts on them? Or any others that are a better choice? I will need this cake delivered as I won't be there to pick it up. Thanks in advance!!

Sep 07, 2014
junglekitte in Manhattan

Native Foods Oatmeal Creme Pie recipe

If anyone here has been to the vegan restaurant called 'Native Foods' they have a yummy oatmeal creme pie. I am mostly interested in the oatmeal cookie recipe they use. It's so good and I just want to be able to make a large batch at home. Does anyone have a recipe close to theirs? Probably a long shot, but thought I'd ask. Thanks!

Jul 30, 2014
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Making REAL Danish Pastry

I'm Danish and feel your pain. Using imported butter is important and worth the money. I would use Lurpak Danish butter, but any good European cultured butter would be good. :)

I'll have to look through my recipes for something good, but roxlet gave a good start. Making good Danish is not easy. The bakers there train for years if I remember correctly.

Jul 30, 2014
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Best Homemade Veggie Burger Recipe

Thanks for this recipe. It was amazing!!!!

Protein Waffles or Pancakes

I am in need for a recipe for ultra healthy protein waffles. Something maybe loaded with protein powder, hemp milk/almond milk, using alternative flours, alternative sweeteners/no sugar, etc. I've done a search on chow and haven't seen one. Google has a lot, but I want one that my fellow chowhounders know is delicious. Thanks in advance.

Jan 28, 2014
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Best Lebanese in Orange County?

Olive Tree is definitely my favorite spot in So Cal. Their falafels are the best!! They have lots of other amazing dishes as well. And the bakery next door has yummy baklava and maamouls.

Cafe Matinee in Lake Forest is good for their mezze. I enjoy their hummus, fattoush salad, and kibbeh.

Sep 15, 2013
junglekitte in Los Angeles Area

Vanilla sponge without mixer

Hi all. I'm currently traveling and staying with a friend who has the bare minimum of kitchen equipment. I would like to make a yummy cake for them to thank them for the generosity, but they literally have bowls and wooden spoons. Can any of you recommend a simple recipe that won't use a lot of ingredients and doesn't need anything other than bowls/spoons to mix it? :) he really likes a Victorian sponge or any simple vanilla cake recipe that I can doctor up with a glaze or jam or something. Thanks in advance. :)

Jun 26, 2013
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Sadly, I'll probably never eat it again...

I recently quit chewing gum because my ear/nose/throat doctor said it was likely causing my headaches! I guess he was right because I haven't had one since. :/

May 03, 2013
junglekitte in General Topics

Working with Fillo - Moroccan Pastilla in particular

Welcome back. Morocco is one of my favorite places and foods and I'm glad you are attempting to make my most favorite Moroccan dish.

You received a package of phyllo that is defective if it is riddled with slits like that. Sorry to hear that. :( Make sure you defrost it in the fridge overnight from frozen and not on the counter top. Also keep it covered with a slightly damp cloth as you quickly work with each sheet.

I'm not sure where you live, but lately I have noticed warka available at some Middle Eastern markets if you want to make it more authentic. Also, to make things easier if you do end up using phyllo, I don't see why you couldn't just make the dish in a 9x13 pan and fold the overlapping sides under (like tucking it in around the sides) It would be a rectangle, but easier for you. That's what I do with spanikopita and it works great. Good luck!

May 02, 2013
junglekitte in Home Cooking

What's your favorite chilled soup?

For a twist on the classic tomato gaspacho, try white gazpacho. This recipe is amazing.


May 02, 2013
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Late night dining in SF -3am-?


Late night dining in SF -3am-?

I tried Naan 'N' Curry last time I was there. You are absolutely right about it not being great. Even after a few drinks I didn't like it. It was fun they had bhangra blasting on the speakers though! :P

Korean sounds great!

Late night dining in SF -3am-?

I plan to go dancing in SF in the north Mission area (kind of near where the 101 ends) and will want to have late night food around 3-4am. Is anything yummy open at that time? I'm open to street tacos, diners, or any other suggestions! My hotel is near Union Square so it could be anywhere near the club, hotel, or between. Thanks! :)

Help! Stinky cheese is ruining my fridge!

This is a really old post of mine and have since solved the issue. My solution was to double wrap them and put them in a fridge in the garage away from other foods. We also got a new fridge for the regular foods because that one was old anyway. :) The cheeses we keep are much stronger than any manchego, gruyere, or other typical hard cheeses. They are extremely aged Danish cheeses like gamle ole, havarti, and esrom flown in from Denmark. They taste nothing like the havarti you can get at any normal market in the US that I've seen! Suuuuuper strong, yet buttery and delicious....but unfortunately you need to wash your hands really well after eating it. haha!

Mar 17, 2013
junglekitte in Cheese

So has anyone been to Mo Better Meatty Meat Burgers in the old Greece's location on La Brea and Eighth ???

I used to go to the old Mo Better Meaty Meat Burger on Fairfax (I think it was Fairfax anyway...) back in 2000......my friends and I all loved it and were sad when they closed! Glad to hear they're back and hope it's just as good.

Mar 13, 2013
junglekitte in Los Angeles Area

How do you "dress" your fried eggs?

salt always and sometimes either sumac and/or zaatar.
roasted cumin powder.

Mar 12, 2013
junglekitte in General Topics

Riff on a previous thread...if you could have anything for breakfast, every day (health and weight issues aside), what would it be?

So sad that's all you (and most people) have ever tried. A real Danish from Denmark is pure heaven! I pick that for my choice!

lox, cream cheese, bagel, tomato, and a drop of red onion.
masala dosa with sambhar and chutneys
punjabi parathas with yogurt, butter, and pickle
or anything with eggs cooked the proper French way and a side of goose fat fried potatoes.
chilaquiles or huevos rancheros.
or more Danish seeded rolls with Danish cheese and Danish butter.

Gosh, I love breakfasts from all over the world!!! :)

Mar 12, 2013
junglekitte in General Topics

Your favorite recipes with goat cheese?

Thanks for posting this! I made it this weekend and everyone LOVED it! :)

Feb 26, 2013
junglekitte in Home Cooking


To me this is the best recipe I have tried. It's even amazing using canned chickpeas that you boil as per recommendation.

It's KEY to get fresh tahini from a Middle Eastern market in my humble opinion. It makes all the difference!


P.S. I also use a good quality blender, not a food processor.

Feb 26, 2013
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Large party world bite ideas

I LOVE your papri chaat display! That's exactly what I'm going for, but with golgappas! :)

I also love all of your other suggestions. Thank you very much. It's not very difficult to make your own ma'maoul and they taste so much better than the packaged kind! I'll have to google the banana king cake recipe. Sounds yum.

And thanks for Berheenia suggesting American desserts. Done! :)

Feb 03, 2013
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Large party world bite ideas

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! I like the hand pie idea. I will have to make an empanada of some sort for sure and maybe samosas. :)

I really wanted to do it up a little fanicer than average because I'm actually a pro chef and a lot of my friends have not tried my food before (and are excited to) so I can't put out things I didn't make myself/were too (seemingly) easy.

Jan 30, 2013
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Large party world bite ideas

I'm having a late Valentines party with approximately 30-40 people centered around cocktails, but I wanted to provide delicious homemade treats for everyone. I originally planned on having 10-15 people where I could provide a full meal, but now that the guest list is exploding I need to completely rethink my menu strategy. I want things that can sit out for hours and be picked at throughout the night while still tasting relatively fresh (not fried foods or anything that only tastes good hot)

One idea I had was to do a global street food idea.

Golgappas from India (make all the parts and have them in separate bowls for people to create a plate of their own)
hummus/labne/and other Middle Eastern dips (not street food per se, but can sit out a while)
Vietnamese spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce.
Baked empanadas or alcapurrias.
Little cups filled with some sort of Asian noodle salad like soba or?

What other street food/party food ideas do you have that people may love and could sit out (or I could put in a bowl of ice)? American ideas would be great also! Everything I seem to think of is better right from the stove.

Also, I would like to have a dessert table.
alfajores, maamouls, and other various world cookies.
something with lemon since my tree is exploding with lemons- maybe lemon meringue tart.
something with bananas....ideas?
and I would need something chocolate since everyone loves chocolate. :)

Lastly, about 40 people have RSVP'd to my event, but I notice at various parties I attend here many do not show up or if they do, some don't eat. How is the best way to plan so I don't have an excessive amount of food left over? Thanks in advance.

Jan 27, 2013
junglekitte in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? New Year 2013 edition! [old]

I made a Swedish princess cake yesterday. It was very involved, but worth the effort! I'm on a low carb diet so I only had the tiniest taste (ughhh), but my family raved about it.


Jan 27, 2013
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Short Vancouver trip- please look over my list

Hi all, I'm an LA hound coming to Vancouver and have done some research here and elsewhere for places to eat. I was hoping you could look over my list and help add or delete anything. :) If possible, I'm looking for places that would be different than SoCal. I eat most foods of good quality and will be dining alone some of the time, but occasionally with a vegetarian so my list includes some vegetarian spots.

I definitely want to try Vij's.

But what about:
cafe medina
naan veg restaurant
meat and bread

hon’s or 3g vegetarian restaurant for vegetarian dim sum? I would love my vegetarian friend to be able to try dim sum.

What about a favorite dim sum whether it's veg or not?
And is there such a thing as vegetarian ramen in Vancouver you can recommend?
What about a place with amazing fresh pasta?
Best sandwiches?
Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance. :)

pizza making class at mozza = hugely disappointing

I went to professional culinary school and everyday there was a demonstration followed by hands-on cooking. NEVER instruction only.

I have also personally taught 2-3 hour classes to a small group of people at home and ALWAYS have them do hands-on work. I would never go to a class or teach one where it was demonstration only........I just don't see the point.

I feel sorry the OP made an error of not checking.
I feel even more sorry Mozza offers demonstration only when most people would probably prefer to also cook.
I feel even more sorry for the OP that the manager refused to respond to them in a timely manner. That is not good management, but I am not surprised. I signed up for a fabulous sounding event at Mozza Scuola (not a class, but a meet and greet with a famous chef where he would cook dinner and we eat it) I was SO excited to go for over a month, but got terribly sick right before the event. I couldn't taste or smell anything and was coughing up a storm. I called Mozza to ask if I could get a refund for our reservations because I didn't want to get the group of people sick from all of my constant coughing. The manager/reservationist was SO RUDE and after a long argument she said she would, huffed, and slammed the phone down. It left a terrible taste in my mouth and I loved the food at Mozza as well. :/ I just can't deal with snooty behavior for no reason. That is not what brings customers back to your establishment.
The OP may have made a mistake in not crossing her t's and dotting her I's, but the management should have been kind and gracious during the event to accommodate her as best as they could AND should have responded afterward in a timely manner. That is where the problem lies. Customer service is really lacking here.

Jan 16, 2013
junglekitte in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant practices you'd like to see become more common

Amen to both!!!!!

I disagree with wombat. Salted butter would make me very happy.

Jan 09, 2013
junglekitte in Not About Food

What dish do you cook that people just rave about?

I'm dying for a great sambar recipe. Please share??

Jan 07, 2013
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Cooking bacon in the oven... why the hype?

I used to be a chef at a resort and our breakfast chefs cooked the bacon in the oven.

Parchment paper on the sheet pan, lay the bacon down, another sheet of parchment, and another sheet pan on top. Came out perfect and crispy every time.

Nov 05, 2012
junglekitte in Home Cooking

What is it that you do with um...lamb heart and kidney?

My ex used to make a Moroccan tagine with lamb kidneys. Smelled the whole house up, but he loved it.

Nov 05, 2012
junglekitte in Home Cooking

Emirates in-flight meal options?

Standard meal will give you meat or fish. I would go with the vegetarian or Hindu meal only.