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Rules for par-boiling meat

My various relatives would start pork or chicken in cold water, then, as soon as the water comes to a boil, drain the pot. Start with cold water again. It does make for much clearer broths.

Apr 23, 2007
mingerspice in Home Cooking

Rules for par-boiling meat

I've also very briefly parboiled duck prior to roasting to remove some fat and ensure the meat stays moist while the skin crisps later. I cooled the duck after parboiling.

Apr 23, 2007
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what can I do with my kimchee besides stand in front of the fridge and eat it

lol, that is exactly what I felt. Actually, a kimchee bloody mary might be quite tasty. :)

Jul 21, 2006
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Best Low-Effort Desserts? +Lemon Slice recipe

What brand of canned whipped cream do you find to be good? I never buy the canned stuff (the few I've tried were yucky and tasted greasy, and I've avoided canned ever since), but this means that I don't often eat whipped cream, since it is a bit of a pain/mess to make my own. It would be great to find a good brand.

Jul 21, 2006
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Best Low-Effort Desserts? +Lemon Slice recipe

I don't know if there's a fancy word for the process of cutting the orange that way, but the resulting products are called "supremes". :)

This sounds like a great recipe. I love citrus and walnuts.

Jul 21, 2006
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Best Low-Effort Desserts? +Lemon Slice recipe

Ooh, this sounds really intriguing. I can't wait to try it.

Jul 20, 2006
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Best Low-Effort Desserts? +Lemon Slice recipe

I'm in Australia at the moment. We had Marie biscuits in Malaysia and Singapore when I was growing up too. They are manufactured by Arnotts, which is an Australian company. According to their website, they launched the biscuit in 1922. Arnotts was founded in New South Wales, Australia. I've managed to find Marie biscuits in San Francisco at some Asian grocery stores.

Jul 20, 2006
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Best Low-Effort Desserts? +Lemon Slice recipe

Hi, I recently learned how to make lemon slice - it's a refrigerated dessert. The most work really involves melting butter. The other amazing thing - it didn't require any weird better-living-through-chemistry type ingredients (and by that I mean Cool Whip). It was really easy to do and can be more or less made with two bowls and a pan. There's no baking, and it's super tasty. It took about 20 minutes to assemble, and then chilled in the refrigerator for a few hours. Cleanup was a breeze.

Do people have other dessert recipes that require no baking and little effort that are nonetheless tasty (and not full of weird ingredients). Lemon Slice recipe follows

Lemon Slice

1/2 cup condensed milk
125g. butter
250g crushed marie biscuits
1 cup dessicated coconut
Zest of 2 lemons

Heat condensed milk and butter until butter melts.
Mix together crushed biscuits, coconut and lemon zest.
Mix together wet and dry ingredients.
Press into a square baking sheet.

Icing:
1 3/4 cup icing sugar
3 tbsp lemon juice
15g butter, softened
Zest of one lemon

Mix together all ingredients.
Spread on the cookie mixture.

Jul 19, 2006
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Hard-Boiled Eggs... Getting On My Nerves!

The flat side of the egg (as opposed to the pointed end) has a little air bubble. I find that a good place to start peeling (after doing the crack n' roll to break the shell all over) because it means you're less likely to accidentally jam some shell into the egg. From then on as long as you pull away from the egg and never push into it, you should be ok.

Jul 14, 2006
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What's the BEST Restaurant in the Santa Clara/Mountain View area?

I always enjoy myself at Los Charros, on Castro St. in MV. The staff are very friendly, the tacos are excellent, and the horchata and fresh juices are good.

Vegan in Berkeley?

There's Cafe Gratitude, which is also raw food.

Your favorite "everyday" recipes

One pot bean stew is also one of my lazy comfort food recipes (and clean up is easy because of the one pot-ness)

5-6 slices of bacon
One can of white beans (cannellini), drained
One can of crushed tomatoes
A carrot - diced
A few sticks of celery - diced
A white onion - diced
3 cloves of garlic, lightly smashed
Bay leaf
thyme
1 cup White wine

Cut up the bacon and sweat until the fat renders and the bacon is getting brown. Throw in the onion, saute until transclucent, then throw in the carrot, celery and garlic, and the bay leaf and thyme. Cook until al dente, then add the white wine and cook out the alcohol. Put in the white beans, stir until bubbling again, then throw in the tomatoes. Add water if it looks dry, and bring to a boil. Simmer - you can serve this at any point.

Jul 12, 2006
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Your favorite "everyday" recipes

By far the most important thing when I'm super tired is my rice cooker. You can also make short grain rice ahead of time, make rice balls about 2 inches in diameter, then wrap them in plastic wrap and throw them in the freezer. They defrost in the microwave in a minute and a half. Fluff them up and you'll never know they were frozen.

In my opinion, once you have hot rice, your meal is more than half done! :)

Stuff to eat with rice:

Any vegetables chopped up small and stir fried with garlic and oyster sauce. My favorite - brocolli florets, sliced shiitakes and bacon.

Fried egg

When I'm feeling extra lazy, I've even eaten just the rice with some soy sauce drizzled on, wrapped in a sheet of nori or laver, with whatever little pickled or salted thing I have lying around (century eggs, pork floss, pickled bamboo shoots etc.)

Jul 12, 2006
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Good little neighborhood places...

I don't know if there are any "neighborhood" restaurants in the Mission, since the Mission itself is a sort of destination neighborhood for not-from-the-missioners. However, there are two under-the-radar restaurants that I love to go to:

Whiz Burger - Don't let the somewhat run down look fool you, the burgers and fries are tasty. Also, the shakes are amazing.

Balompie - Salvadorean food that's a little more upmarket than a taqueria, but still won't break the bank. Sometimes the roast/fried meat can be a little dry.

Current food blog obsessions?

I like Bay Area Bites - my one complaint is that they have too many writers living elsewhere I find myself mildly annoyed reading a post about Paris or New York on a Bay Area blog (although the writing is still excellent!).

http://www.kqed.org/weblog/food/

Jul 12, 2006
mingerspice in Food Media & News

good cafe in glenhuntley, melbourne

There is a surprisingly good cafe in Glenhuntley, on Glenhuntley road, called Caffe, I believe. I had a roast veggie sandwich that was very fresh, and my long black coffee was the perfect richness - not that awful watery stuff that you get almost everywhere else.

Food podcast for SF?

For many months now I've been listening jealously to Good Food, which is a food podcast out of LA. Each episode, they talk to people at the farmers' market, and have a restaurant reviewer come in to talk about some great local find (often a non-Zagatable place like tiny vietnamese or malaysian restaurants). I was wondering if you all knew if SF had a similar food podcast, and if not, why not? (Perhaps chowhound has cornered the market on food-discussion?)

Jul 11, 2006
mingerspice in Food Media & News

Late summer foodsplosion - suggestions?

Hey all,

I'll be returning to the Bay Area in early August after a whole summer stuck in Australia (where it is winter), and will have a week and a half off before full time school starts again.

Any suggestions as to how to make the most of the last of summer?

I'm already planning to go strawberry picking at Swanton Berry farm and going for tomato day at my CSA.

Desperately Seeking Authentic Malaysian Food in Bay Area

If you ever manage to find a source for fresh pandan leaves, please please please let me know - heck, let all of SF Chowhounds know :) Considering breaking customs laws just to get the stuff in...

Desperately Seeking Authentic Malaysian Food in Bay Area

I find it to be much more "authentic" than Straits Cafe, but the spicing is somewhat underwhelming.

bay area ethnic buffets

My favorite indian buffet is Passage to India near the MV/Palo Alto border. The chopped salad is bizarrely tasty (one of the few times I'll eat cucumbers)