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What is this and how do I use it? (Add yours)

I use belacan alot to make sambal assam, mainly to go along with nasi lemak. I use it for other stuff as well like spreading on chicken and then baking.
I soak about 20 dried red chillis for about 15 mins. When the chillis are soft I blend with one diced red onion, about 2 tbsp tamarind paste, 1 tsp of belacan and a little salt. I then fry this off until the oil starts to separate and add sugar (normally do this by eye depending on the volume of the mixture about 2 tbsp) and cook until it has a jammy consistency. It lasts quite a while in the fridge.

about 4 hours ago
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French food - boring? Yes, according to the Daily Telegraph

As has already been pointed out peach crumble is not common in the UK .I've never seen it only, apple, rhubarb and plum.Also I assume you mean steak and kidney pie which to my mind, when done properly is the best savoury pie there is (though I'd rather have it as a steak and kidney pudding.)
FWIW if you asked me to find somewhere in London that serves spotted dick I'd struggle. Finding steak au poivre or tarte tatin OTOH would be a piece of cake.

Jul 21, 2014
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Do you eat rabbit? How do you cook it?

I haven't had farmed for over 20 years. They used to do frozen rabbit pieces in Sainsbury's. I used them a lot when I was a hard up student as they were far cheaper than chicken, Used them for curries , though took some convincing for my housemates to eat it, none of then had tried rabbit before.

Jul 20, 2014
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Pork chops with a fennel pollen,sage and salt rub. Cooked on a griddle pan. Succotash to go with, well my interpretation of one. Cooked off mirepoix , added diced fresh tomatoes,added white wine and a little chicken stock. Boiled off the wine and added corn, frozen broad beans and some blanched runner beans for freshness. All washed down with a very nice Viognier. Missus made baked figs with mascarpone and honey and amaretti biscuits for afters.

Jul 19, 2014
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Almost half of the world prefers instant coffee

It's interesting on the map that in western Europe the UK sticks out like a sore thumb in terms of it's preference for instant coffee. I suppose that can be explained by the UK historically being a tea drinking nation. At home I have roughly 5 cups of tea for every cup of coffee. If I make coffee I usually use my machine but sometimes use instant. I always run out of beans far far quicker than I run out of instant.

Jul 19, 2014
Paprikaboy in Food Media & News

Do you eat rabbit? How do you cook it?

$35 for one rabbit? I had no idea they were so expensive in the US.I was complaining recently about having to pay £5 for a rabbit.Guess I should consider myself lucky.

Jul 19, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

Do you eat rabbit? How do you cook it?

I don't really cook rabbit but will usually order it if I see it on the menu. One of my favourite rabbit dishes I had was in Florence. The rabbit had been cut in two length ways, it was marinated in olive olive and oregano and grilled. best of all the half of rabbit still had the kidney attached.

Jul 19, 2014
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Mumbai street food in the UK

I went there mainly for the Sindhi dishes as I'd never had them before but I think they only do them at weekends. Maybe in the evenings but definitely not at lunch during the week when I went. Still I very much enjoyed the chaat and will have to go back soon.

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

Avatars -- describe? u/l a pic?

Copious amounts of bacon and HP. I knew you had excellent taste Sunshine!

Jul 16, 2014
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Avatars -- describe? u/l a pic?

Bacon sandwich. A British classic. Made sure I found an image of it with white bread and any unnecessary additions.

Jul 16, 2014
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Mumbai street food in the UK

I had some good chaat in Wembley, North London recently. Not sure how authentic it was but they do have a branch in Mumbai. The bhel puri and pani puri were particluarly good. Linki to website:

http://kailashparbat.co.uk/dishes/

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

Let's talk about white bread

Bacon sandwich has to be on white bread, preferably pre sliced., also keep the fat on and fry the bacon. You can serve me lean baked bacon on wholewheat bread and I wont be angry, just a little disappointed.

Jul 14, 2014
Paprikaboy in General Topics

Restaurant blames cellphones for service complaints

Not sure if it's true or not. Though I remember being in a restaurant and a guy was on his own and continually looking at his phone. Waitress approaches a couple of times and he's completely oblivious. His dining companion then turns up and then proceeds to call over the waitress and berate her as the guy "had been waiting for ages and could we please have some service". I was absolutely gobsmacked.

Jul 13, 2014
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What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

You could use very small plates though not really your style H.

Jul 13, 2014
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What's for Dinner #312 - the July Super Moon Edition [through July 17, 2014]

Prawn Laksa tonight. Adding boiled eggs and only have udon noodles but should turn out ok.

Jul 13, 2014
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Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

South London and Kent:

Pie and mash and liqour.
Romney Marsh Lamb.
Chapel Down beers.

Jul 13, 2014
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Beer myths, part 1

Outside of porters, stouts lagers, mild and IPAs then in terms of style it's all just ales really for myself and a lot of pubs.

When you go to the bar to order the clips on the front of the pumps will usually give you a good indication. A porter, stout, lager IPA, and mild (sometimes best bitter) will often be specifically indicated. Outside these styles there are other less obvious indicators on the clips, ABV , name of the beer and even the style of the clip itself can give an idea of the skind of the beer. Often if I'm not sure I'll ask but often I'll just take a punt to see if I'm right about the beer just from the clip. Sometimes I might get a dark ale when I'm expecting something lighter but more often than not the beer is as expected even if it's not particularly good.

Jul 10, 2014
Paprikaboy in Beer

Railway Dininig. Ever experience it ?

Ah so you're the reason they always seem to run out of champers when I'm on the Eurostar!
Actually my missus used to work for Eurostar and if she knew the crew on a train we'd get bumped and never seemed to have an issue getting more wine and champagne.

Jul 10, 2014
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Beer myths, part 1

Can't speak for Belgium/Netherlands/Holland/Germany but in the UK a lot of pubs will offer you 3 1/3 of a pint for the price of a pint. You often get a rack to put the glasses in. It's not really a flight as such as you get to pick the beers. I usually ask how light, hoppy, dark, sweet etc a beer is before choosing.. Most good places will offer a sip before you buy anyway.

Jul 10, 2014
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What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

The tarragon was a first time thing. Saw the mussels in the market and they looked really good. I was certain about the dill as one of the herbs but couldn't remember the other one. Plumped for tarragon in Sainsburys as I didn't have the recipe to hand. What with the Pernod and tarragon the aniseed flavour was a bit too dominant and it needed the freshness of the parsley that was in the original recipe. Will go back to parsley in future.

Jul 05, 2014
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What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

I don't usually cook recipes from cookbooks and apart from a few favourites don't often repeat dishes so it's got to be a good un for me to be repeating a recipe from a book.
Making mussel rice from Tessa Kiros' Food from many Greek Kitchens. First cooking the mussels with some white wine, garlic and tarragon (recipe states parsley) Fry off some grated tomatoes and onion add a splash of Pernod (a sub for Ouzo). Then add the cooking liquor from the mussels and top up with water and use this to cook the rice. Add in the mussel meat and some fresh dill to serve.
Plum frangipane tart bought from the market with custard for dessert.

Jul 05, 2014
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Memorable Quotes about booze

They have this quote from Sinatra in my local:

I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.

Jul 04, 2014
Paprikaboy in Food Media & News

Cask Ales in the US

In the last five years or so US craft beer has had a huge impact in the UK and on brewing. From the amount of US beers available , even in a big chain pubs, to the fact that most new breweries are producing US style hoppy IPA'a at 6% abv or over.
Now I like the style and it's been in general a good thing as it's awakened an interest in good beers. It has though made me have more interest in traditional British cask ales , especially when i'm "hopped out". Obviously the we only get a small selection of US beers and it is all of a similar style as it's what perceived as fashionable.Also it's mainly in bottles or kegged (for obvious reasons) So I'm wondering how available is cask ale is in the US?
Also what other US beer styles should I look for? I know the IPA's we get in the UK can't be the only style of beer produced in the US.

Jun 27, 2014
Paprikaboy in Beer

Railway Dininig. Ever experience it ?

I loved the bento boxes you got at Japanese railway stations. Great restaurants at stations as well, remember an ox tongue restaurant at Tokyo station (you don't get that in London stations).
My favourite food onboard a train was the hawker food in Sri Lanka. Especially loved the vadas with roasted chillis thrown in. Less than 10p each as well, whats not to love.

Jun 27, 2014
Paprikaboy in General Topics

What's for Dinner #309 - the Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Edition [through June 30, 2014]

Crab linguine with chilli and roasted tomatoes. It's an old favourite but rather than using the usual tinned crab I've got fresh brown and white meat. Also someone bought me some smoked sea salt so I'm going to give that a try as well.

Jun 27, 2014
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Making Dijon mustard

I fry off mustard seeds when at the beginning of making daal and they can be used this way in several Indian dishes. Here's my recipe if you're interested.Sorry not really one for measurements and this is an adaptation of one I learnt in Sri Lanka and the teacher wasn't one for measurements either.

Red lentils
Onions
Coconut Milk
Frozen Spinach
Curry powder
Mustard seeds
Half cinnamon stick
Fresh curry leaves.
Garam masala
Salt and sugar to taste.

Fry off the mustard seeds and curry leaves for a minute or so on a very high heat. Turn to meduim heat. Add sliced onion and fry until translucent. Put in the curry powder and fry off add a little water to prevent the powder burning. Cook out for a couple of mins and add the lentils (after rinsing a couple of times) stir and add a tin of coconut milk and some water. Add some salt and sugar and the cinnamon stick. After about 10 mins take out the cinnamon (otherwise I find it a bit overpowering) and add some discs of frozen spinach-usually about 5 or 6 (this is for enough daal for 4 people).
After another 10 mins the daal should be cooked. Check for seasoning and add garam masala at the last minute and stir in.

Jun 26, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

Tennis player or cheese?

It should be easy to tell what is a cheese and what is a tennis player?
Not as easy as I thought. Only managed 62% on this quiz. Discovered some new cheeses though (and tennis players I'd never heard of)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tenn...

Jun 26, 2014
Paprikaboy in Cheese
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What sides should I make for my annual crab boil?

Usually I just slice it as thinly as possible and toss in a vinaigrette and shave on some parmesan and maybe a few torn basil leaves.Sometimes add thin slices of chargrilled courgettes. Obviously may want to adapt it a little to go with the crab.

Jun 25, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

What sides should I make for my annual crab boil?

Seeing as you're having crab and pork I'd like a nice fennel salad.

Jun 25, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #308 - A Midsummer's Night's Dream Dinner Edition! [through June 25, 2014]

Fennel, asparagus and pea risotto tonight. Will dice most of the fennel and asparagus to cook in the risotto but cook the asparagus tips and some fennel slices on the griddle pan to get a nice char and a different texture. Think I'll use creme fraiche rather than butter and cheese to keep it light, also add some lemon thyme from the garden.

Jun 25, 2014
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