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Different types of beef

What's the weather like and what kind of mood are you in? Sometimes I feel like an Asian beef salad with filet. Sometimes slow cooked shin with mash,sometimes beef rending.

1 day ago
Paprikaboy in General Topics

Cheese Board

I would participate in the cheese board more but I'm in London and many of the cheeses I can get hold of are difficult to find outside of their local area or London. I'm not aware of how easy it's to get hold of certain British cheeses in the US and so am wary of making suggestions. The inherent regional nature of cheese (perhaps one of the last bastions of regional food) is perhaps what makes participation difficult.

Dec 16, 2014
Paprikaboy in Site Talk

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

It's from John West and actually labelled dressed crab.If there's any white crab meat in there it's in such small qualities as to be negligible.

Dec 15, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Two things stand out. The first is nasi lemak.Been a bit of an obsession the last 18 months. Finally was taught to cook it by an Italian who grew up in Belgium ,married to a Malaysian , in her kitchen in east London.
Second is baked rigatoni. Always used Bolognese sauce and bechamel for lasagne, don't why I didn't think of this for other pasta. Love the way the Bolognese sauce gets inside the rigatoni and the pasta is bathed in the bechamel.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

Last night was fish fajitas. Tonight is a store cupboard and freezer job. Have frozen cooked clams with juice and tinned brown crab meat. So picking most of the clam meat and add the clam juice to chicken stock , use this for a risotto. Stir through the crab at the end, add the clam meat and garnish with a few clams in their shells

Next up Christmas, Hanukah, Festivus, etc.

Having the in laws over for Xmas. Six of us in total. There will be the constants which means panettone for breakfast. Smoked salmon and champagne mid morning.

For the main event fore rib of beef, Yorkshire puds,sprouts with chestnuts, roast potatoes and of course roast parsnips ( I declared these non negotiable). The MIL is bringing a schichttorte for dessert , luckily she's not going to try and make it whilst I'm cooking.

Dec 02, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

What are your 3 favorite cuisines to cook other than your own?

The simplest way to describe it is as mix if Indian and Chinese with a bit of Thai but that does it a disservice.
There's quite a wide range with the Muslim Malay curries to the more Chinese influenced Nyonya cuisine. The real indicators are star anise, pandan leaves and shrimp paste. Of course not used all together and not always in a Malay dish.

Nov 20, 2014
Paprikaboy in General Topics

What are your 3 favorite cuisines to cook other than your own?

Malaysian, Spanish, Italian.

Nov 19, 2014
Paprikaboy in General Topics

Please can you spare 30 seconds to help a student in need?

Done. Didn't do q4 as I'm in London & not sure about st food elsewhere.

Nov 19, 2014
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Thanksgiving for one - What would you make?

I'm English so don't do Thanksgiving but have spent Xmas day on my tod.
I decided i'd have whatever I fancied rather than worrying about keeping it traditional. I started with a big slab of Ardennes pate and half a jar of cornichons, followed by steak and kidney pudding and finished with trifle. A few real ales to wash it down.

Nov 19, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking
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Which foods do you wish were more popular?

Mutton, cheeks, kidneys, pig intestine, hare, grey mullet, Sussex pond pudding,goose, octopus.

Nov 18, 2014
Paprikaboy in General Topics
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Traditional Christmas dishes from around the globe - but EASY recipes please!

No matter whether it's turkey, goose or beef it's the trimmings that make a Christmas dinner in England. Without roast parsnips or pigs in blankets it's just not Christmas.

http://www.waitrose.com/home/recipes/...

http://www.perfectchristmasdinner.co....

Two Singaporean/Malaysian places, Leicester Sq./Chinatown, London

There's a newish? Singaporean place in London on Warren St. It's called Nyonya , though not sure if there's anything Nyonya about the menu. I tired the Char Kway Teow. A bit bland and not a patch on Sedap's version(not made to order either) Also no Chinese sausage, which I know not all versions have but I think it's something of a must. The roasted chilli sambal you can help yourself to is good though and saved the dish somewhat.May go back for pork belly with boiled egg.

Nov 16, 2014
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

Caught an episode of Jamie Oliver's 15 min meals the other day. The spaghetti with broccoli , anchovy and chilli looked great so I' will be making that. Melting the anchovies in a large oven tray on the hob and cooking the broccoli in this and then adding the pasta at the end so it's easier to coat all the pasta with the sauce (as opposed to using a frying pan) is one of those ideas that Jamie's really good for.Don't know why I didn't think of it before.

Mr Oliver claims it's a good way to get kids to eat broccoli, truth be told it's my way of getting the missus to eat anchovies.

Periphery: Where Taste Counts But No Craft

Are these beers indicative of the English beers available in the US?
Sam Smiths beers are a bit dull and have a few very cheap but odd pubs in London St. Peters used to be good but their stuff now is overtly bitter (which I know is the point to some extent) but it's very one dimensional.
As for Hobgoblin it's all a bit gimmicky and aimed at a younger demographic and not well rated as a brewery.
There are scores of breweries in England making more interesting beers than these three.

Nov 15, 2014
Paprikaboy in Beer

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

I hear you're not too fond of Mcds filet-o-fish either.

Nov 15, 2014
Paprikaboy in General Topics

How to flag a post

You can see the flag button on the OP when you first open the topic but not on your reply. For replies other than the OP you have to move the cursor to below the line above the user name of each post to see the flag button for that particular post.

Nov 15, 2014
Paprikaboy in Site Talk

What's for Dinner #334 - the Veteran's Day Edition [Through November 17, 2014]

My office moved to a different part of London and bereft as I was at losing 4 really good Malaysian restaurants it does have it's upside. There's a really good middle eastern supermarket near the new office. I was picking up supplies for my friend in deepest darkest Wales who has trouble getting the more obscure ingredients and picked up some stuff for myself.
Finally attempting one of my favourite dishes- Khoresh Gheymeh, lamb with split peas and dried limes.For dessert I bought salted caramel sponge pudding fondants.

Periphery: Where Taste Counts But No Craft

Badger's not the worst brewey in the UK but for me it's a bbq beer. A bottle of Golden Champion is good when you want something refreshing and a bit more interesting than lager. Only had it on draught once and that was in a Badger pub in Hampshire.If it was on the pumps in a pub with a good selection it wouldn't be first choice.

Nov 14, 2014
Paprikaboy in Beer

London fine dining during Christmas

I have this problem every year for my birthday. I was going to say about trying restauarants in hotels but Zuriga beat me too it. Indeed Fera at Claridges has poor availibility on Sat 27 Dec for dinner but quite a few at decent times for Sun 28th.

Nov 13, 2014
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Best French Bistro in London

There's Ottos in Bloomsbury not exactly bistro pricing (though not exorbitant). I've not been but Jay Rayner loved it and it's on my list.I just need someone who's prepared to come with and stump up for the canard a la presse.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...

Nov 12, 2014
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland
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CHICKEN CURRY! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (November 2014)

Looks good H.I do like Chettinad dishes. Always go for the fish curries which have tamarind in, not in this recipe so maybe it's not used in chicken dishes and the tomatoes add the acid note. Curry leaves though do seem a staple of south Indian cooking.

Nov 04, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

CHICKEN CURRY! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (November 2014)

Malaysian Chicken Curry (serves 2)

4 chicken thighs on the bone.
1 medium red onion sliced
6 small waxy salad potatoes halved
1.5 tablespoons red lentils (rinsed)
1 tablespoon Malaysian meat curry powder (Adabi brand is the best I've found)
Half a cinnamon stick
1 star anise
chicken stock (about 400 ml, enough to cover the other ingredients)
neutral veg oil.

Brown chicken thighs on high heat in the veg oil in a saucepan and then remove. Turn heat to medium and fry the cinnamon stick and star anise for a couple of min. Add the onion and fry until soft. Add in the curry powder and cook off- add a little stock if it looks like the powder will burn. Add the potatoes and ensure they are coated with the spice and onion mix. Add a little stock and turn up the heat , stirring to deglaze any sticky bits. Turn heat back to medium and add the chicken and remaining chicken stock. Cook on a low heat until the chicken is tender and the sauce has thickened.

Marmite and Vegemite: What's the Difference?

It's quite easy. Vegemite is the devils' work and Marmite is the nectar of the gods. Also can someone please change the Marmite picture to the original and far more aesthetically pleasing UK version.

Nov 03, 2014
Paprikaboy in Features

beer stores how to find good beer...

Stella had a very slick ad campaign in the UK but despite the "reassuringly expensive" tag line is considered Euro fizz on par with Heineken by myself and most of the people I know.

Nov 03, 2014
Paprikaboy in Beer

If You Could Only Drink One Beer Forever...

I agree with Insidious but I will play along. I would choose Adnams Ghost Ship. It's only 4.5% so can be a session beer and it's from a traditional English brewer. It is a pale ale and uses Citra and other US hops so is a nod to the US IPA styles but not a slavish copy and retains it's British character. It's a very good hybrid of two of my favourite beer styles. I will almost always order it if I see it on tap.

Nov 03, 2014
Paprikaboy in Beer

beer stores how to find good beer...

I'm in London and almost every decent pub will have a bottle of US craft beer available. Some places like the Craft Beer Co will have 30+ US beers on the list.
US beer used to be considered a joke because all we got was Bud, Coors and Rolling Rock. About 20 yrs ago Anchor Steam beer started appearing then about 10 yrs ago Sierra Nevada pale ale. Now anyone with an interest in beer know's how much good stuff there is in the US.

Carbonara - How many eggs and how much pepper?

For To my mind 8 eggs for a pound of pasta seems way too much. I use one large egg for two people which is between 150 -200 grams of sphagetti. Use ground ' pepper, 5-6 twists. Pork wise it's 4 slices of streaky bacon.

Oct 31, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

'Upscale" Sauce for Seared Scallops

Not a sauce as such, actually a puree. Made it the other week to go with sea bass and it went down very well.
Saute a couple of finely sliced shallots in butter until soft. Add a glug of Pernod and cook off the liquid. Add about 5 medium Jerusalem Artichokes ' peeled and cubed. Cook for a couple of mins. Add chicken stock so it jus covers the veg. Once artichokes are soft , blitz and season.

Oct 29, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

When is the last time you went on a picnic?

My last picnic was a couple of months for my missus' birthday by the Pont du Gard near Nimes. Pate, cheese ,baguette and a good bottle of red.Picture of the spot if anyone's interested.