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Masterchef returns with new judge

yeh I tell my patients every day that I work to prove x,y and z to my kids, that as a single mom I was able to achieve my dream of being a nurse that can make a difference to the lives of others, that being an ethnic minority (Jewish and female) has meant that I started life with a chip on my shoulder, always fearing that I was destined for nothing of worth,............... ad nauseum ..................... (please pass the vomit bag).

12 minutes ago
smartie in Food Media & News

Masterchef returns with new judge

I have no idea who Christina Tosi is but she has absolutely no personality and was a poor choice IMO. Really couldn't they come up with a chef with years of experience and somebody that I'd actually like to watch? All I see is somebody with a good figure and can display a cutesy party dress.

The usual array of contestants, sick and tired of their stories, stories don't make me want to buy their cookbooks.

about 3 hours ago
smartie in Food Media & News

USA heavy cream vs UK double cream

I'm English and although I live in the USA now I have spent many summer holidays in Cornwall and Devon and have bought clotted cream from farms along the roads, where they had trays of it and spoon it into containers. It most certainly can be a little runny underneath, and was similar in consistency to creme brulees I have had. It can be spreadable too but I've seen it run off my scone.

May 20, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Whole Foods and "donations"

At Panera or Starbucks (I don't remember which) I saw a sign that said something like 'With Your Help We Donated $XXXX,000 Last Year'. And I thought to myself why doesn't the company just donate whatever they want to rather than say a percentage of the cost goes to a charity when you buy a bottle of water.

May 19, 2015
smartie in Chains

NPR: Sheep Ranchers Count On American Muslims To Keep Lamb On Menu

Lamb is a big part of British culture so I like it and raised my kids on it (excuse the pun also), roast lamb, grilled lamb, shepherd's pie, Lancashire hot pot are some examples. British supermarkets have lots of cuts of lamb but now I'm in the USA I can find it at Publix and Walmart locally but the cuts are limited to chops, legs and lamb steaks and ground lamb. It's usually NZ or Australian lamb.

I still eat it about once a week, I am lucky to be in Florida where it's no issue to fire up the grill and cooks some lamb burgers or chops.

May 19, 2015
smartie in Food Media & News

USA heavy cream vs UK double cream

Clotted cream is more yellow in colour, it has a crusty kind of top but it's not crunchy. I think I'd say the consistency of clotted cream is more like that of creme brulee. It's thick and a little runny and is best served on fresh scones with strawberry jam.

May 17, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Bird's Custard Powder - Where to Get in US?

wow, well somebody must have revived this post before me :)

May 15, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Bird's Custard Powder - Where to Get in US?

Publix in South Florida almost all have a British section and I can buy it there. They sell the tins of premade custard (I think by Ambrosia or some other make but it's not as good as the powdered form).

May 15, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015

I just bought the chocolate flavor and have to say the Mocha is a little better, the chocolate is not very chocolatey and they taste almost the same.

May 13, 2015
smartie in Chains

Do any cultures eat owl?

I believe Sing a Song of Sixpence (the nursery rhyme) is referring to crows rather than blackbirds of the thrush family. On the other hand maybe they were regular old blackbirds. I haven't tried blackbird or crow (or owl).

May 13, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Hell's Kitchen starts again tonight-does anyone care?

I don't think T is good enough to win. I'm going for Meghan v Milly in the final.

May 13, 2015
smartie in Food Media & News

How about fruit compote?

Stewed fruit reminds me of my grandparents and their friends and discussions of bowel movements (sorry TMI I know). It's taking me back to Passover holidays at a hotel in Bournemouth England where we used to frequent in the 60s. The fruit was usually stewed apples, prunes, dried apricots and pears, with sugar and cinnamon and maybe a clove or 2.

My grandma always had compote in her refridgerator, my own mum made them fairly often. Stewed rhubarb is another, also plums. I haven't stewed fruit for years and had forgotten how nice it can be (and other uses lol).

My kids used to love to drink stewed rhubarb juice especially still warm.

May 13, 2015
smartie in General Topics

frozen fish from China: worth a try?

I also won't purchase foods from China, not just fish but also garlic, honey (and honey in manufactured products as that is likely to be from China also), dog food, canned mandarin oranges. I've become quite a label checker.

May 09, 2015
smartie in General Topics
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Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach--no good food?

thanks for the recommendations Florida Hound. I'll likely be there for Biketoberfest, it's about 3 and a half hours riding from Delray. I'm a Softail girl - got a 15 Heritage and an 02 Heritage Springer.

May 08, 2015
smartie in Florida
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Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach--no good food?

I've been a bunch of times for Bike Week and Biketoberfest and we've never found anything good. It's more eating for something to put in your tummy than a gourmet trip :). But I wouldn't mind finding something better than fried chicken strips, bad BBQ, pretzels, chains and gas station sandwiches and chips.

May 07, 2015
smartie in Florida

Are you going to toss it . Or just hold onto it forever ?

I make bang bang chicken with all those not much left in the jar or bottle dressings and jams. Put a whole chicken in a baking dish, cut up some onions around it, half an onion inside, salt and pepper on the skin then turn those jars upside down and bang the sh*t out of them (or use a spoon). In the oven at 350 for a couple hours.

Makes a great roast chicken and your fridge is much clearer. It will never taste the same twice but who cares.

May 07, 2015
smartie in General Topics
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Are you going to toss it . Or just hold onto it forever ?

Ha I just tossed Lupini beans last week, they are most unpleasant. Otherwise I am pretty good at throwing stuff out that I didn't like or which has got old. We have a food drive on Saturday (the mailman leaves a bag and picks up non-perishables) so that's the time of year I get rid of Campbells soups and sardines and other jars and cans I bought but will never eat.

May 06, 2015
smartie in General Topics

For whom still does Receipt = Recipe?

I loved listening to their accent. It reminded me of how English is spoken in the West Country (Somerset/Devon/Cornwall)- well sort of.

May 06, 2015
smartie in Not About Food
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015

Oh I nearly bought some today but thought 3.99 was expensive and I could make it for less. A real easy soup to make also.

May 04, 2015
smartie in Chains
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When do you eat your salad?

I'm also from the UK although I live in the US. I prefer salad with my meal, it's not an appetizer to me.

May 04, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Cheesecake factory

I agree with the OP, the cheesecakes are really not that good and I make much better cheesecakes.

But their food is pretty good overall.

May 04, 2015
smartie in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015

OMG a monster YAY for the low fat Mocha yoghurt. It's unbelievable.

Decaff ground French coffee is also a YAY.

May 04, 2015
smartie in Chains

Six Tables Boca Raton report

I have been several times ( for professional dinners not by choice) but not for about 18 months and it doesn't seem as if it's changed at all. I find it a little pretentious with the chef's speech at every dinner. His soups are ok, but I've always thought I can make better ones, the entrees are also ok and desserts nothing special. Portions are not gargantuan. I would not want to have to pay to go there, there are much better restaurants around.

Palate Memory...

I've just come back from a weekend away and the fridge is kinda bare, but there's ripe home grown tomatoes, and eggs in the fridge. So right this minute I'm frying tomatoes in a pan in butter and letting them slightly burn, then I'll scramble eggs into the cooked tomatoes. This is just what my dad did on Sundays for breakfast when I was little. He died 7 months ago and the smell of cooking tomatoes made me wistful for dad and my youth.

How do you split the bill and tip evenly?

I'm so sick of being screwed by steak and eggs dude while his girlfriend has 4 Bloody Marys that it's an instant 'separate checks please' remark to the server, when I know I'm having 2 over easy eggs and a slice of tomato.

I don't the any problem asking for separate checks as soon as you sit down and the server takes the drinks order. A few weeks ago 7 of us went out and the same guy orders calamari for the table. I pointed out immediately that I don't eat shellfish and wasn't paying towards it. He then screwed the rest of the table for his bottle of wine and expensive entrees as well. Fool me once ......

Tips to cut grocery bill

People have made some good suggestions. I don't think vegetarian is always cheaper if you buy premade veggie burgers or sausage so I guess you've got to make your own. Stretch your meat when you do buy it with a lot more cheap vegetable and filler such as oatmeal. What can you grow yourself? You can also sprout beans and seeds for salads.

I think $250 a week is high for 3 people for groceries. But we don't know what you buy so it's hard to tell.

Apr 21, 2015
smartie in General Topics

How to invite friends for dinner, where everyone pays for their own food?

Would you like to meet us for dinner on Saturday night at Suchnsuch Resort? I think it's quite pricey but what do you think?

Apr 20, 2015
smartie in Not About Food

As a foodie, what do you do for lunch during the week?

We get a full lunch brought in by pharmaceutical reps, daily. All catered, usually chicken with sides, sandwiches rarely or wraps, today it was salads and soup and I heard that tomorrow we have Greek food.

Apr 20, 2015
smartie in General Topics

Lychee sightings - Miami

are you supposed to prune it annually?

Prune mature trees to help control the size and shape. The University of Florida Extension office recommends not cutting branches that are larger than 1 inch, or you risk having less fruit production.

"Bully Beef & Biscuits" - a new book about food during the Great War

I love the reference to Fly Fishing and Yellow Pages. I used to love those ads.

How's the book selling?

Apr 20, 2015
smartie in U.K./Ireland