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What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition

You should be able to get them H. They were McCains believe it or not. Called gorgeous chips and they were alright. Not the best tasting beef dripping chip I've had but nice and fluffy inside and crisped up quite well. Certainly a lot better than most frozen chips.

about 15 hours ago
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

Adding whole tomatoes to Indian-style rice? Am I crazy?

I add tomatoes to rice when I make a Greek mussel and rice dish. I grate the tomatoes to avoid getting the skins in the rice. This may not be practical if your tomatoes are very small.

Aug 27, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #322 - the pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition

Early flight to Toulouse tomorrow, so something quick and simple. Mushroom omelette and chips. Picked up some mushroom ketchup on a whim the other day so will add some when I'm frying the mushrooms. The chips are frozen oven chips but they have been cooked in beef dripping so should be better than the bog standard ones.

No Regrets: Glad I bought it!

We have it out in our kitchen. We even bought a trivet specially to put it on.

Aug 26, 2014
Paprikaboy in Cookware

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

Made too much mashed potato and cabbage last night so making bubble and squeak. Some people may say I made too much on purpose, I say bubble and squeak is crispy and delicious , so I'll let other people be the judge on that one. With that I'm having black pudding from the Bury Black Pudding co. Bury has a reputation for very good black pudding , even in southern England. It's definitely made in Bury (rather than just using the name to push product) so should be half decent. Will pan fry and serve with fired eggs. Debating which of the four US IPA's I bought on today's real ale /craft beer crawl to have with.

No Regrets: Glad I bought it!

Yes it's enamel inside the pot. It's a Finnish design and my Finnish friend had one. As soon as I saw it I had to get one.

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

Tipping down with rain today so I need something a little hearty. So lambs liver light dusted with seasoned flour and cooked until just pink. Served with sweetheart cabbage and mashed potato. Have some red wine leftover from last night so will make a red wine and port
sauce to go with it.

No Regrets: Glad I bought it!

I must admit that I got this Sarpaneva pot mainly due to the fact that it's a beautiful piece of design. It does however retain heat very well and the handle is very practical getting the lid off when it's hot. It's also a great size for two people.

Aug 24, 2014
Paprikaboy in Cookware
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What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

I was alone but not naked.I only cook naked on a Thursday and even then I try to avoid frying eggs or making caramel!

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

I've recently started making my own pickled cucumbers and chillis. I love pickled herring. Do you have a recipe you'd care to share?

Aug 24, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

I've bought herring in a cream mustard sauce in jars from Ikea and from my local Polish deli. Both had a really off putting chemical after taste. I'm sure there are good ones out there but I'll stick with rollmops from now on.

Aug 24, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

There's a large pot of Bolognese bubbling away. Added some fish sauce and dried porcinis for a bit of extra oomph. Will have some with spaghetti tonight and freeze the rest. The missus might be a bit upset when she gets back as I got a bit distracted and managed to set fire to the apron she bought me for my birthday. Luckily it only burnt a bit of one off the ties as I managed to put it out before it did too much damage.

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

The missus is speeding towards the big 40. As we went for lunch yesterday she rather mournfully said that this is the last Saturday lunch locally whilst she's in her 30's( she flew to France this morning to meet her sister & I'm joining her later for her actual bday). I rather unhelpfully pointed out that last night's dinner was the last I'll ever cook for her in her 30's. So I had to make her favourite, linguine with crab, roasted tomatoes, chili and parsley. I even used tinned crab (use fresh white and dark meat now) as this is how I first cooked it for her. Took a punt on a bottle Greco di Tufo to go with the crab. Quite good on it's own but turned out to be one of those lucky great pairings that don't often happen,
For dessert I bough some salted caramel chocolate pots. A bit too rich for me but glad I also bought some stem ginger shortbread biscuits too add a nice crunchy texture.

London restaurants for next month please

+1 for LAB in Soho. I also had some really good cocktails in the bar at the Soho Hotel recently. I also like the bar upstairs at Rules.

What do you eat when you don't know what you want?

Cheese and pickle sandwich.

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

Quite right Sunshine. I had a slice of apple pie for dessert in a pub only on Sunday, not apple tart but a slice of an actual pie. Also being from London where pie and mash is an institution I can vouch for the fact the pie is alive and well in the UK.

To answer the original question I'd like some good , dry Memphis barbecue ribs rather then the stuff we get in the UK that's slathered in too much sickly sauce.

Aug 20, 2014
Paprikaboy in General Topics

WFD's equivalent on eGullet is great!

I view the WFD thread as the equivalent of a quick catch up over the fence with a neighbour. Not only is it interesting to find out what people are having for dinner I like it that people add some context and give a little bit of insight about themselves. Obviously not everyone want's to chat to their neighbours and that's fine but I do like it.

newcastle advice please

I'm bumping this thread as the missus is staying overnight in Newcastle tomorrow for work and needs somewhere for dinner. Initially thought of Pan Haggarty but apparently it's closed down. So have suggested Cafe 21 as it's not to far from the Royal Station Hotel where she's staying. That is unless it's gone down hill (seeing as this thread is quite old) or there any other French/Italian/Spanish recs near her hotel in a similar price range to Cafe 21.
Ta.

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

London dining help sought, please.

I happen to like St John and compared to a lot of places I don't think it's that expensive (most starters under a tenner and mains in the mid teens). Especially compared to somewhere like Little Social. Whether it's deserves a star or not may be debatable but you could say that about other places in London. It has a particular approach that I appreciate that might not be everyone's cup of tea but wonder why you found it overrated?

It's true that the majority of Indian restaurants are run by people originally from Bangladesh. It doesn't follow that there aren't any good Indian places in London though. As for Italian, I usually go to my local Sardinian place but I enjoyed the food at Locanda Locatelli and Zucca, though I haven't been to either for quite some time.

Aug 18, 2014
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

What's for Dinner #319 -- Hot Town, Summer in the City Edition! [through August 18, 2014]

Last couple of nights have been cheese, fruit and nuts for dinner. Tonight It's still simple. Scrambled eggs with kale and spring onions on multi grain pitta breads. All topped off with my homemade Malaysian sambal.

Kimchi in London

It depends whereabouts in SE London you are? I also live in SE London and don't know anywhere that local. If it's easy to get to Clapham Junction I'd get a train from there to New Malden (about 15 min journey time) and go to one of the Korean places there. I like Yami.

Aug 11, 2014
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

London dining help sought, please.

Of your fish and chip choices I've been to Masters,Golden Hind and Poppies. Out of these I'd go for Maters but I also like the North Sea near Euston station.
I'm not sure London does Thai food all that well. I recently went to Thai 101 and the crab rice dish was pretty bland but the laab with chicken gizzards was very good. I think it depends on ordering the right dishes. I actually prefer Kaosarn in Brixton. As your in Pimlico it's only a 10 min ride on the Victoria line and also many other food options in the market, plenty of posts on this.

For tapas I would definitely point you to Salt Yard and a Basque place Donostia.

I've only been to Dishoom for breakfast but loved it and need to go back. All my other places for Indian food are cheaper places well outside central London.

One cuisine I think London does do well is Malaysian and there are quite a few in Central London. I like Tukdin, Bonda and have recently been going to Roti King a lot.

Aug 11, 2014
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Is Legal Sea Foods a chain?

I went to one in Boston over 10 years ago (I'm from the UK) and I thought it was a chain then. If visitor from across the Atlantic is under the impression you're a chain, then you're probably a chain

Aug 07, 2014
Paprikaboy in Chains

Fennel Pollen vs. Fennel Seed

This very question was discussed some months ago:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9301...

Aug 07, 2014
Paprikaboy in General Topics

What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

I don't know much about Greek wine but I know enough not to buy Retsina. It's 100% Savatiano from the Peloponnese

Aug 06, 2014
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

I have recently moved offices so went on a bit of a food reccy at lunch time. Found a great Middle Eastern deli, so just ready made but it looks like stuff they make themselves. Dolmades, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush and spinach flat breads. Took a punt in a Greek bottle of wine. Never had Greek wine before but it seemed appropriate.

What are your favorite uses for fennel pollen?

I make a fennel pollen salt to dust pork chops or I take a good pork sausage out of it's casing and mix in a little pollen and make a sausage ragu.

The view from the kitchen window

We have 3 windows in our kitchen. From the photo's it doesn't take a genius to realise we live in a ground floor flat in London. Luckily one of them looks out onto the garden.

Central London winery denied vintages and grape names on labels

I know you're joking but there is a wine made from grapes grown in peoples gardens in Tooting, South London that is labelled as Chateau Tooting and there is also a vintage.

Aug 05, 2014
Paprikaboy in Wine

Pork Ramen, what's the broth 'supposed' to taste like

I can only really speak for London regarding ramen I've had outside Japan but IME the better places will specify the broth and a few places specalise in only one type of broth. The menu on the link looks very generic and going from that I'd say you had a poor rendition. Not sure where you're based but given the love (bordering obsession) for ramen on CH I'm sure you'll find some good pointers on your local board.

Aug 04, 2014
Paprikaboy in General Topics