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What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

I have been painting the lounge ceiling all day. It's at these times I'm glad I always make a huge batch of Bolognese sauce for freezing. Have defrosted some and will serve with spaghetti.
Plum and damson yoghurt with toasted flaked almonds for afters.

looking for artisanal menu parody link

Feb 22, 2015
Paprikaboy in Not About Food

What's For Dinner #350: The Robins are Back So it Must be Spring Right? Edition [through Feb. 25, 2015]

Still feeling pretty winter in London at the mo. We're putting the flat on the marketweekend's so DIY again this weekend.
There's feta cheese and kale needs using up. Planning feta and kale pesto ( no pine nuts so using almonds) also add a bit of parmesan. Will serve with linguine and crumble some feta and chorizo on top.

Durian Season in Johore, Malaysia

This is excellent news K. I wasn't sure if it would be durian season when I was in Singapore and Malaysia. Never had one before. I assume they'll be fairly east to find in Singapore?

What's for Dinner #349 - the Sub-Zero-For-Some Edition [Old]

Out for my younger brother's fortieth. How did it get to the point where my younger brother's forty? Starting to feel old.

We're going to Hawksmoor in Spitalfields East london , so it will be oysters, giant steaks, bone marrow and triple cooked chips. Need to leave room for the trifle though.

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

I'm surprised I have the strength to write this post given that I subsist on diet that is mainly gruel.
As for the 80% comment- England is part of Europe and are you saying you're not including Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish cuisine or are you using England and the UK interchangeably?
I don't think anyone is romanticizing British cuisine and the picture you paint is not one I recognize given the access I have locally to excellent produce.Some people are happy to fetishize the peasant cuisine of France, Italy and Spain but their attitudes to British food seems to be stuck in the 1950's rather than the way it is now.

Happy Pancake day!

I'm with H. Sugar and lemon. I have dabbled with other toppings on the day but the final pancake is always sugar and lemon.

Feb 17, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Cornwall - St. Ives and Padstow

By old fashioned glass I mean the dimpled jug type with a handle. I'm not sure they have other types. The bar is run by a local brewery. It's a great place with loads of little rooms with armchairs and real fires, good beer at reasonable prices, great staff and only 2 mins walk from my flat.

Feb 15, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

Woke up with a stinking cold. Not great timing as were having our hall floor sanded and varnished this week. Some of the boards are new so we've had to pull up the carpet in the spare bedroom and lever up some original floor boards and then cut to length and swap them wither ones in the hall.
Feeling shattered so dinner will be phoning up for a curry delivery. Proceeded with a packet Frazzles for myself, Wotsits for her. Dessert will be a Lion Bar and Cadbury's caramel.

Cornwall - St. Ives and Padstow

There was a phase of places serving six really fat chips , usually triple cooked in duck fat in a Jenga stack of two chips per level at right angles. One of my favourite bars serves chips by the pint or half pint in a old fashioned beer glass. Would normally annoy me but they're really good, as are their burgers and beer.

Feb 14, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

Like many people I form a certain image of posters in my head. This whole Sherlock Holmes/50 Shades mash up thing is forcing me to re-evaluate.

What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

I make rigatoni with sausage ragu quite a lot. The perfect pasta shape for the sauce IMO. Never had a pomegranate martini but they sound good. Not sure what street meat is but do love a black lentil daal. Nice looking dogs BTW.

Feb 14, 2015
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

The UK board has been a lot quieter without you. I'd assumed you'd been on your annual sojourn to Spain. Either that or you'd been modded for the over use of arsewipe:-). Hope you had a good trip.

What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

Tonight it's duck breasts seared in a pan and finished in the oven. Will then rest the duck, pour off excess fat and deglaze with water and pomegranate molasses. Serving with boulangère potatoes, kale and bok choi. Dessert is a NY cheesecake.
This is not a Valentines meal, it just so happens I have a nice bottle of red (Xmas present) I want to open and it's a weekend.

What's your favorite cake?

It may be a bit old fashioned and simple but I really love a Victoria sponge. With whipped cream and good raspberry jam. It's quite hard to get it right and I've had a few very dry examples recently.

Lent Starts One Week From Today

I'm giving up Mexican food for Lent*. A few years ago I went vegetarian for Lent. Not having roast beef during a friends birthday lunch was a struggle but breaking Lent with a steak and kidney pudding was glorious. I'm not religious but thought it would improve my cooking repertoire.

*I live in London and the Mexican food isn't all that. Also off to Malaysia for 3 weeks in a couple of weeks.

Feb 12, 2015
Paprikaboy in General Topics

Calf's foot jelly and other foods you've read about but never had - some of which you'd like to

This recipe is from the book Anne of Green Gables Treasury.

Now if only someone could find me Dr. Nut from A Confederacy of Dunces. I believe production was stopped in the 40's and there was an attempted revival in the 60's

http://pinkpiccadillypastries.blogspo...

Feb 11, 2015
Paprikaboy in General Topics

Top 10 underrated red varieties

The only one I've tried is the Saperavi. The only reason is that I'd been listening to a podcast on Georgian wines the day before. Too many tannins for my palate.
Will often pick unfamiliar wines. Had an orange wine the other day. Seemed to have very little complexity and reminded me of a Basque cider more than wine. Quite enjoyable none the less and as long as it's by the glass I carry on trying unfamiliar wines, after all who knows I could unearth a new favourite.

Feb 09, 2015
Paprikaboy in Wine

What's for Dinner? #347 - the Post-Groundhog & Pre-Valentine's Day Edition [Old: through February 9. 2015]

I love partridge but not as much as pigeon. Especially like Moroccan flavours with pigeon, it works so well. Still remember the pigeon pastilla I had in Marrakech.

Feb 08, 2015
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

Nyonya & Cristang food Malacca-help needed.

Thanks MG.See reply to Klyeoh re any Chinatown confusion.

Nyonya & Cristang food Malacca-help needed.

Thanks K. Sorry if the post was a bit ambiguous. I was referring to Malacca only. According to Lonely Planet there is Chinatown in Malacca. Anyhow have decided to solve 2 problems in one by staying within walking distance of Nancy's.
I'll be in KL on 2nd and 3rd March I think. I will email you nearer the time. It would be good to meet up.

What's for Dinner? #347 - the Post-Groundhog & Pre-Valentine's Day Edition [Old: through February 9. 2015]

Have been decorating the hallway all day. Even after all these years can't reconcile the fact that 2 hours of painting requires twice that in prep.
So have settled down with a real ale and ordered in from a newish and really good Burmese place. Kat cyay kite, Burmese prawn curry and coconut rice ordered.

Scrambled eggs add-ins

An old thread but very timely as I had scrambled eggs this morning. I added soaked porcini mushrooms and a little of the soaking liquor to the eggs before cooking. At the very end I stirred in fried pieces of prosciutto.Even the missus who makes amazing scrambled eggs liked them.

Feb 08, 2015
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

want meat substitution, but no beans or lentils please

Isn't this the same as the thread you started but with want instead of need?
Are you a Rolling Stones fan by any chance?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1003678

Feb 07, 2015
Paprikaboy in General Topics

Nyonya & Cristang food Malacca-help needed.

I'm off to Singapore and Malaysia in a few weeks. Mainly a food centric trip and will spend a couple of days I Malacca. Was planning on Nancy's for Nyonya food but get the sense that give it's popularity and my time constraints, I may need a back up close by. Also may be somewhere better rated on here?
I'm interested in trying Cristang food but have not found much so far so any advice appreciated.Probably stay in Chinatown or close by if that helps with recs.

Ta very much.

What's for Dinner? #347 - the Post-Groundhog & Pre-Valentine's Day Edition [Old: through February 9. 2015]

Picked up some nice looking 15% fat beef mince. So making a Bolognese. Fairly standard, pancetta, mirepix, wine etc. However am adding 200g of sausage meat to the 500g of beef. Also adding dried porcini and the soaking liquor, fish sauce and port.

Which high-end London restaurant to go to? Ledbury, Pollen Street Social, Medlar, or Orrery

I've been to the Little Social not the main one. Pretty underwhelming for the money also the service was a bit odd.

+1 On Medlar. The set menu is very good value. The food was excellent, with unobtrusive but efficient service and good suggestions by the glass from the sommelier.

Been to the Orrery bar which is lovely but not the restaurant nor any of the others. The Ledbury get's a lot of love on here and it's on my list.

Jan 29, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

[London] Simpson's-in-the-Strand to close after 187 years?!

I went to Criterion back in 2002 or 2003. The starter and mains were OK but the lemon tart was very good indeed. It's a wonderful room but I remember the loos being pretty ropey. Don't think I've ever seen a greater disparity between the dining room and the loos.

Jan 28, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

One night in London - Dinner recommendations?

Coya is a Peruvian place in Mayfair. Here's the link on London Eating. Reviews and you can book from there

http://www.london-eating.co.uk/42875.htm

Also good review from Zoe Williams last year.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddri...

Jan 28, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

How many different types of fish have you tried?

Looking at other people's lists it's definitely over 50. That's before you factor in a month spent in Japan and eating several unidentified species in Sri Lanka and Burma.

Jan 28, 2015
Paprikaboy in General Topics