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Properly using a Meat Thermometer

I'm a little confused about its behaviour. Its a Polder in-oven thermometer (not instant read) that has a digital reader that sits outside the oven, attached to a probe.

I inserted it into the center of the boneless roast without touching the bottom of the pan and placed the roast in the oven. Once the roast reached 155 I took it out and re-inserted the probe to a different central location to confirm the temperature. Within a couple of minutes it dropped to 110 and was not going back up, I gave it about 5 mins on the counter top as I know this thermometer is not instant and needs time, but the temp. kept dropping. I put it back into the oven, but it took about half an hour to reach 155 again, and of course the beef was overcooked.

I now know that I should have of trusted the reading the first time, but is it strange that the thermometer behaved that way, or am I mis-understanding how non-instant thermometers work?

Jan 24, 2010
Sof in Cookware

Cooking Fish in a Cast Iron Skillet

Hi,

I'm looking to buy a Cast Iron Skillet, mainly for the purpose of searing fish. I've never cooked in one before, but as I understand, the pan is meant to absorb oils from the food. My concern is that its going to smell like fish, making it unusable for anything else, as well as making my apartment smell like burning fish oil every time I use it. Has anyone experienced this? If so, is there a way to avoid that?

Dec 14, 2009
Sof in Cookware

Culinary Arts @ George Brown College

to take one of the asian classes you need to take culinary I as a pre-requisite. Culinary I fees include a uniform. If you're able to get around that, then it'll probably depend on the instructor whether or not they enforce the uniform rule, but I think it's "manditory" for all classes. I got away without a uniform for the fish class, but the baking one was pretty strict :)

Aug 21, 2009
Sof in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy potted herbs and vegetables (save Richters)

this is probably a bit far for you, but perhaps useful for others reading this who live north of TO, there's a place I stopped by today on the North West corner of Keele and Steeles in Vaughan...it's a small garden center but right now they have an excellent variety of plants (different varieties of tomatoes, herbs, peppers, eggplants, onions, etc...). When Ontario produce is in season, they have that too and its open every day.

May 22, 2009
Sof in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Halleluia Restaurant - So good!

I think that location is closed now, but the same owners opened Yummy Grill in Richmond Hill (Bathurst and Center I think).
I love the baba ganush and salad dressing...I buy them to use at home.

May 21, 2009
Sof in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rosewater Supper Club - Like Missy said, Is It Worth It?

I had one too a couple of months ago...and I wasn't impressed with the restaurant at all. We didn't have any appetizers but for mains we had salmon and steak - pretty standard options. The steak and salmon were OK, nothing special, but the sides were WAY too salty!!! For a restaurant like that there is no excuse for over salting food. I ordered a side of forest mushrooms and barely ate them, the sides that came with the meals were terrible too. Even though I had a $50 coupon, we still spent another $50 to have a normal meal, and I think I would've rather spent my $50 somewhere else. Maybe this was an off-night for the kitchen staff or something because I haven't seen any other "salty" complaints.

In addition to this, when the waiter asked us how the meal was, I expressed my concern. He said he would talk to the chef and see what he can do. I wasn't expecting anything more than acknowledgment or perhaps a "sorry you didn't enjoy your meal", but that waiter never even came back. Another one picked up our payment. Not impressed!

May 04, 2009
Sof in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Marben recs?

Thanks for the review :)

Doesn't seem like many people have visited this place, as the restaurant was pretty empty (3 tables of 2, during dinner time), and there aren't too many reviews.

We really enjoyed our meal, partially because we were on an ordering spree...$200 is a lot for two people who weren't drinking! We ordered several appetizers, two salads, and 3 mains. The appetizers were good, both salads were great, the nicoise stood out for me because I love seared tuna, and all the mains were excellent (although I wasn't really excited about any of the sides). The black cod stood out, it was perfectly cooked, crispy on the outside, amazingly tender and flaky on the inside. The arctic char and lamb were also delicious.

I was also being a little bit creepy with my new camera: here are some pics!
Note that my picture of the cod did NOT do it justice. I'm still experimenting.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/37866316...

Apr 28, 2009
Sof in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Marben recs?

I got a $200 g/c to Marben for a dinner for 2 (expries tomorrow) so I'm going there tonight.
Looking at the menu, it seems like we can each have a 3 course meal easily (w/o drinks).

Has anyone been there?
What are the good dishes? anything to avoid?

Apr 28, 2009
Sof in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Organic Steak in Toronto

Cumbrae's indeed claims to have "naturally raised beef with no hormones". It doesn't claim that the beef is organic, but the beef is mostly grass fed (grain finished), and raised in Southern Ontario, which beats simply having the organic label in my opinion.

Apr 25, 2009
Sof in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Tips on where to buy Passionfruit???

saw some at whole foods last week....
i've also bought from Highland Farms before, although I haven't been there in a while so I don't know if they have any now.

Apr 25, 2009
Sof in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Authentic Thai food in downtown Toronto?

Visited Mengrai for the first time last week and had the lychee curry, very unique and delicious!

Apr 24, 2009
Sof in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

sushi kaji - which price point?

we got 10 pieces of nigiri....that was the $120 menu, but the people beside us had a different one (80 or 100, not sure) and they had the same nigiri course as us.
Maybe it depends on the menu, they change it every month.

Apr 24, 2009
Sof in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Culinary Arts @ George Brown College

wow!! awesome pics!

traycer, I think I'm in your baking class :) You look familiar, I'll introduce myself next week.
Are you going to be posting Baking Arts pictures??

I took the CA I course about 5 years ago, and recently took Fish Cuisine. I loved CA I, but didn't love fish cuisine. I think the outline for that needs to be re-done, we also had parasites in our Monkfish (go GBC quality control!), although I guess that was a good learning experience picking them out! Some recipes were good, but I was expecting to learn how to make outstanding fish (its a specialized fish course after all), and that course didn't deliver.

Apr 24, 2009
Sof in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

sushi kaji - which price point?

I went there last month with two friends. One friend (who eats like a LOT), had the $120 and said he could go for another dinner, even though he thought the food was totally worth it for the price. My other friend and I got them to make a special arrangement for us. We wanted to share the $120, but since there's no sharing allowed, we asked if we could pay $80 each and share the $120. We wanted to try as many things as possible, but 9 courses was way too much. Kaji agreed and in addition to that offered to double some of the courses. We each had our own appetizers, sushi courses, and dessert, and shared the sashimi course and main courses. We were both stuffed, and really impressed with Kaji's willingness to accommodate our sharing preference.

I would definitely return and try to do the sharing thing again, but if they won't allow that, I would probably get the $80 option. The sushi and sashimi courses seemed to be the same for all of the price points, and for me those courses were the definite standouts, although cooked courses were excellent too!

Apr 24, 2009
Sof in Ontario (inc. Toronto)