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British curry vs. Indian curry

like a few people said - what on earth is British curry? there is no such thing. Sure Indian is the most popular cusine in UK but that does not make it British - it is still Indian, or Bangladeshi or Pakistani... and brits do cook their own versions at home sometimes - but mostly we dont bother - as a takeaway around the cornver (cooked by Indiands, Bandladeshi etc- you get my drift) is miles better and quicker!

Feb 08, 2009
twinsmum in General Topics

HK NYE - food and time filler

no, dont bother with the cricket club - not much going on there at all - plus it is kind of out of the way a bit.
not sure what to recommend i am afraid - but if you dont get a better recommendation - head to Soho for dinner and drinks - easy - quite a lot of good inexcpensive places. Oh Soho for dinner, Lan Kwai Fong for drinks!

Wineries and restaurants - Western Australia

we are spending 2 wks in Dec in Eagle bay and Perth and I was wondering where to go in Margaret River for lunches, dinners - incl wineries? Thank you

Can use pork fillet instead of shoulder?

brilliant! thank you very much! sounds good

Nov 12, 2008
twinsmum in Home Cooking

Can use pork fillet instead of shoulder?

yep, same thing... oh, what a shame... have to come up with fillet recipe for dinner the - anyone pls?

Nov 12, 2008
twinsmum in Home Cooking

Can use pork fillet instead of shoulder?

i am thinking of cooking Delia Spanish Pork stew with Potatoes and Chorizo but for a dinner party tomorrow night but the problem is that the recipe calls for pork shoulder and i have pork fillet. The cooking time is around 1.5 hours - would it dry fillet out? I did search online and it said best way to cook fillet is potroast - so that's pretty much the same as stew?

Will i be ok using fillet instead, do you think? Thank you!

Nov 12, 2008
twinsmum in Home Cooking

Scotch Pies in London

is that what they are called? there are some fab pies in Fortnum and Maison. Venison, etc etc - you can either get small round one or a slice of a big one - no cheap but was excellent last time i tried.

Sep 26, 2008
twinsmum in U.K./Ireland

Macau - A Lorcha or Fernando's?

Def Fernando's - food is great, roast suckling pig and prawns with clam sauce are just excellent. atmosphere is lovely, you do forget that you are NOT in Europe. Have not beeen to a Lorcha but husband has and prefers Fernando's - so do seem most expats in HK!

Your opinions on these HK restaurants, please

touristy and overpriced but i would still take visitors to Hutong - the food is pretty good and the view is amazing - make sure to book ages in advance and ask for the window seat to see the lights show that comes on on HK island every day at 8 pm.

Restaurant for New Year's Eve in London

have a look at Gary Rhode's one in the "Gerkin" building - the food is good (you can find much better in London of course) but the view is amazing and not too far from Big Ben. There is also a champagne bar in the building - again with the views over the city.
http://www.rhodes24.co.uk/

If you are after great food first of all - then i would try something like Petrus, or Gordon Ramsay on Hospital Rd - or Gordon Ramsay in Claridges...

Sep 08, 2008
twinsmum in U.K./Ireland

Favorite Movies About Food?

Def Chocolat - chocolate and Johny Depp, set in France - whats not to like??!

Sep 08, 2008
twinsmum in Food Media & News

Corn dishes

salad - this one seriously simple and healthy but tastes amazing for some reason.

corn - just kernels, best boil fresh and slice off the corn rather than using tinned (4-5 corns)
1 pack cherry tomatoes halved
a couple of avocadoes - cut in small dice
a large bunch of corriander (cilantro)
1 red large red onion - small dice

for dressing - a couple of limes just squized into salad - nothing else. The sweet corn and lime work so beatifully - make sure to try next time you have a bbq!

Sep 02, 2008
twinsmum in Greater Boston Area

Best food markets in the world? The kinds with multiple vendors?

Borough Market in London indeed - amazing, just love it esp since they have just redeveloped it - or rather restored a bit. And of course village markets all around france - specifically in Luberon - it changes - one village in the area holds market a day - so you can spend a week just going to a market a day in dif villages! Veg and fruit to die for...

Sep 02, 2008
twinsmum in General Topics

9th trip to Hong Kong - Need something special and different

have you been to the private kitchens yet? it is a very HK thing, dont think you get that anywhere else - basically privately owned restaurants, quite often literally set up in a flat. you can bring your own wine etc - some no corkage, but some do charge - check before you go. One of the best is Da Ping Hou

http://www.foodtourist.com/FTGuide/Co...

It is sichuan food, very good, very spicy. Very reasonable for something like 13-15 small courses. And at the end the chef comes out and sings chinese opera - 2 sittings 7.30 and 9. Enjoy!

Best absolute beginner cookbook?

Delia Smith one is fantastic

Aug 26, 2008
twinsmum in Home Cooking

honey-walnut prawns: anyone know their origins?

will keep an eye out for these next time i am in restaurants in this case - sounds so good.

Aug 26, 2008
twinsmum in General Topics

honey-walnut prawns: anyone know their origins?

i live in Hong Kong at the moment (for nearly 2 years now ) and not once have seen those in any restaurant - more than that - have never seen walnuts used in cooking here at all - dont think chinese use them - sorry everything - not so sure it is a Hong Kong thing!

Aug 26, 2008
twinsmum in General Topics

Haricot Vert?

it is simply green beans - any supermarket should have them

Aug 26, 2008
twinsmum in Los Angeles Area

Unfamiliar Veggies - need a reference!!

hi - i live in Asia at the moment and we have a lot of local veggies but nothing too unfamiliar - so I am really puzzled that you have so many that you are not sure about - could you give me names of a few maybe? in that case i could try to help? Just about everything we have here is similar to something else we are used to in western world...

Aug 26, 2008
twinsmum in General Topics

What should I do with a can of foie gras?

oh, you lucky thing! it is the best thing ever. The way the french would do it is to serve it on toasted brioche (just ask around in bakeries they should have it) and you have to have a glass of sweet wine with it - Sauternes is the perfect match (or something like Icewine will do as well). Dont even bother with sauces etc - it is perfect as it is...

Aug 18, 2008
twinsmum in Home Cooking

Moscow and St. Petersburg

i personally love Cafe Pushkin in Moscow - it is just off Pushkin square and on the other side of the blvrd from McDonalds - it is a pink building. Go upstairs rather than downstairs - set up like a library - lovely. Food is great - make sure to have some pierozhki!

http://www.cafe-pushkin.ru/

As for Georgian - I love Tiflis - not far from Park Cultury metro (Ostozhenka ul., 32, Tiflis restaurant Metro: Park Kultury Tel: 650-9920

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Be prepared tho, Moscow is pretty expensive...

Aug 13, 2008
twinsmum in Europe