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What's for Dinner #371 - School's Out for Summer Edition [through June 28, 2015]

Last night was a sausage ragu with red wine, fennel pollen and tomatoes served with millerighe pasta.
For tonight stir fry. I picked up a couple of pork loin chops. I sliced them and then made a dry rub of fennel seeds, Sichuan peppercorns and powdered ginger. Various veggies.Made a use up stuff in the cupboard sauce of : honey, fish sauce, kecap manis, Shaoxing wine, black vinegar a little chilli ketchup and mushroom ketchup. Will serve with flat rice noodles.

German food

Sounds like curry wurst to me.

Jun 12, 2015
Paprikaboy in Europe

What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

A pint of bitter with corned beef hash is sage advice. In fact that's exactly what I had (Harvey's best bitter) the last time I had corned beef while walking in West Sussex. A very good match.

Jun 12, 2015
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking
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What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Last night was a veg stir fry with mussels. They were cheaper then chicken and already cooked so a great time saver.Despite 25 yrs of seasoning my wok every time I uses it and no washing up liquid to clean the stir fry noodles still stuck. Must remember not to buy them again.

Tonight is pan fried scallops with a cockle butter. Asparagus, baby carrots broad beans and peas to go with. Also bought a bottle of Chapel Down Flint Dry white wine. It's a little bit shameful that after all these years it's the first bottle of English wine I've bought. Though in my defence it's the first time I've seen it for under a tenner a bottle.

Chez Emile- Toulouse

We were downstairs outside. It was a lovely spot as well as a lovely meal.

Jun 11, 2015
Paprikaboy in France

Ten amazing British cheeses to try before you die

It's British cheese week this week. I've only tried 2 on this list but they all look good and I'll be seeking them out.

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Crab and fennel on discs of potato.

Jun 10, 2015
Paprikaboy in Food Media & News

Chez Emile- Toulouse

I spent a couple of days in Toulouse as part of a longer trip. Unfortunately my lap top’s on the blink but I saved this on my work computer, so may as well post this now.

I must thank Mr Talbott for this rec on another thread. This is the point at which the missus forgave me for spending too much time on Chowhound.

Good Kir Royals , bread and olives set the scene for what was a superb meal. I started with ravioli of foie gras with cep sauce. Some of the lightest pasta I’ve ever eaten encasing rich foie gras. The accompanying sauce was light yet earthy with ceps. The missus chose crab and fennel on discs of potatoes, a really light and cleansing dish. For my main, brochette of pigeon , lightly spiced (mainly cumin I think. These were perfectly pink and came with a confit of the legs and polenta chips. I would have been more than happy to have had the dish across the table. Perfectly cooked turbot on a very well executed chorizo and lemon risotto with bok choi. Can’t recall the sauce exactly but it was a light creamy sauce which was very enjoyable.

Dessert for her was chocolate fondant with blood orange ice cream. This was declared delicious (and she cooks a mean fondant ,so this is praise indeed) and the tart ice cream was a good foil. I chose the raspberry macaron , filled with lemon panna cotta and raspberry coulis. The orange and hibiscus ice cream that accompanied it was soft and delicately fragrant. My only tiny gripe (and I am being very picky here) is that given the size of the macaron I could have done with more ice cream. A serviceable bottle of Chardonnay and a wonderful glass of Bordeaux for my main course (neglected to note the name) for drinks with the meal. Service was crisp and all in all the best meal of the trip by a country mile.

Chez Emile
Place Saint-Georges, 31000 Toulouse, France

Jun 10, 2015
Paprikaboy in France

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Chez Emile in Toulouse for the missus' birthday.

Jun 10, 2015
Paprikaboy in Food Media & News

What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Some pork and veg chili is defrosting. i thought we were out but there were still two packs left. it. I bought an aubergine the other day that needs using up and there's a little macaroni left in the packet that needs using up. So will cook the macaroni nearly all the way and add to the chili. Then slice the aubergine and griddle, then layer on top of the chili and macaroni mix, add grated Parmesan on top and bake.

I was working from home today so went to the local bakery for lunch and nabbed some of their fig and almond tart for afters, probably make some custard to go with.

Family Cook-Off Indgredient Ideas Please

Lamb sweetbreads
Haggis
Skate

Jun 09, 2015
Paprikaboy in General Topics

What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Any weather is the right weather for beef shank if you ask me.Anyway you made it summery with the gremolata. It looks really tasty.

What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Tonight was a night for using up stuff that we'd bought for the weekend breakfasts. So halved 3 tomatoes and roasted with oregano, olive oil balsamic and a little salt. While that was cooking cooked off some mushrooms in olive oli and garlic. Toasted 2 thick slices of walnut bread and put extra virgin olive oil on top. Built a layer of thr mushrooms then grated parmesan, then the tomatoes , then more parmesan and flashed under the grill.
For afters my favourite yoghurt , Greek yoghurt with pear. Shop bought but very nice.

Favorite cheeses

Is this Chicago specific?
If not I'd check out this discussion on the cheese board.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1014109

Jun 09, 2015
Paprikaboy in Cheese

Summer of Shandy?

Quick update. I tried a really good new beer at my local yesterday. It was an amber IPA. Quite fragrant and not overly hoppy. It was from Otley brewery called Hop Angeles. Not sure if it's available all over London as it's a Welsh brewery (I'd assumed Yorkshire as there's an Otley near Leeds).Definitely worth a try if you see it.

http://www.perfectpint.co.uk/real-ale...

Jun 08, 2015
Paprikaboy in Beer

What do I make with these ingredients?

Pork chops with roasted asparagus and wilted spinach.
Asparagus and kale tortilla with the lettuce and radishes as a side salad.
You could use the spelt flour to make a crumble topping for a rhubarb and strawberry crumble. This will freeze well so you could make more the you need. Could also make custard with some of the eggs to go with.

Jun 08, 2015
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #368 - The "I Have No Title for This Thread" Edition [Old--through 6/9/15]

I'm not a big ice cream eater but I do like a damson ice cream.Also partial to marmalade ice cream occasionally.

Jun 06, 2015
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #368 - The "I Have No Title for This Thread" Edition [Old--through 6/9/15]

Watching the Champions League final tonight. I don't support either team but Andre Pirlo's a great player so it it would be nice to see him win it. Also Juve are the underdogs.
Can only be one thing for watching football. Pizza and beer it is then.

National Doughnut Day!

I'm in the UK but in the spirit of international cooperation and to say thanks for getting rid of Sepp Blatter, I'll be picking up a couple of these bad boys from the local market tomorrow.

http://www.brettandbailey.co.uk/news/...

Jun 05, 2015
Paprikaboy in General Topics

What's for Dinner #368 - The "I Have No Title for This Thread" Edition [Old--through 6/9/15]

Last night pulled pork and veg chilli from the freezer. Decided against rice so went with using it as a sauce for macaroni. Worked surprisingly well loads of Parmesan helped
The suns out and I have the day off work so something Spanish. Chickpea, chorizo and prawn stew with roasted peppers and courgette. As it's prawns will used salted anchovies for the seasoning. Won't tell the missus as she hates them.

Things you can't get in the UK

Sounds like rock from the seaside. Usually named after the place, Brighton rock for instance.

Jun 04, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Summer of Shandy?

I had a really good pint of 3 Weiss Monkeys from Londom Fields brewery in Camden Head (Camden passage). It's a IPA/ Hefeweizen cross.

I mentioned Beavertown and their new session IPA Neck Oil is good, but my favourite of theirs is their rye IPA but according to my local beer place a bit thin on the ground at the mo.

Also Kernal is another of my favourite breweries. Not new maybe but worth checking out. You can visit the breweries on Saturdays.

http://www.thekernelbrewery.com/satur...

Also not too far from The Rake, which I'm not mistaken you've been to?

If you want a fine example of a traditional English best bitter then head over to the White Horse in Parsons Green. Their Harvey's is excellent also lots of other good beers. Their scotch eggs are really good as well.

Jun 04, 2015
Paprikaboy in Beer

Summer of Shandy?

It can be done. I had a blood orange IPA from one of my favourite London breweries Beavertown, at the weekend. Not my favourite brew of theirs but it used real fruit juice.

http://www.beermerchants.com/beaverto...

Jun 03, 2015
Paprikaboy in Beer
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Lunch recs: Tower of London/20 Fenchurch Street vicinity

Yes. Also Foxeyblue's comment about the chips being a bit soft is right. Even at places like Poppies that do what would be considered standard fish and chips aren't quite right. The batter on the fish is too thin and the chips too crisp. Nothing wrong with that but the're not the fish and chips I grew up with. The chips were always a bit soggy as they'd steamed in the paper in my dad's car on the journey back from the chippy.

Jun 03, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland
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Things you can't get in the UK

I'm not sure about the availability in Canada anxiety will freely admit it's only through watching too much Simpson's and Big Bang Theory. If it was me if would be ding dongs and Clark bars.

Jun 03, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Things you can't get in the UK

I don't like ketchup flavour crisps unless they're Snaps, I love those. Bit weird maybe but I quite picky about which flavours are acceptable for which crisp type.

Jun 03, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Cauliflower

I also like it in a curry or roasted with ground cumin, coriander, fennel seeds and salt. I think it takes spices very well.
Still love the old school cauliflower cheese. This is pretty much the version I make.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/cau...

Jun 03, 2015
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

I am in your town. I have 100 USD and an afternoon off. Food crawl. Where do I go??

Here's the map.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/L...

and here's more about the market.

http://www.crystalpalacefoodmarket.co...

This is not to be confused with a restaurant near by called The Crystal Palace Market which is pretty mediocre and received a less than stellar rating from FSA

http://ratings.food.gov.uk/business/e...

Jun 02, 2015
Paprikaboy in General Topics

What's for Dinner #367 - June's Summer Song Begins [through June 3, 2015]

Beer+ribs+friends sounds like a tradition worth persevering with. Those rolls sound great.I could eat one right now even though I've just eaten.May have to pull a beer out of the fridge to compensate.

What's for Dinner #367 - June's Summer Song Begins [through June 3, 2015]

There’s still a fair bit of meat left on the guinea fowl ,I scoffed when it said feeds 3-4 but not far off as it happens. I also still have rainbow chard left. Normally this would scream chicken noodle soup with the chard (leaves added at the end). However the missus is still laid up in bed with her back & I’m under strict instructions ; no soup. So I’m thinking ,pick up some peppers, spring onions and chillis and doing a stir fry ,most likely with udon noodles.