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No kids allowed?

Since I don't have any kids and I don't know anyone with kids, it's irrelevant to me... kids are fine when they're behaving themselves, and sometimes they're downright adorable, but screaming rugrats never added anything to the ambience.

about 20 hours ago
Kajikit in Not About Food

Ever tip the bagger who helps you out to your car?

If the grocery store has baggers who take stuff out to your car, they're getting paid by the store to do it... Publix has a sign up saying exactly that and no need to tip...' I don't think any stores have baggers who work for tips only any more (if there are, I want to know so I can not go to them - it's exploitation of your workers if you expect them to work for nothing...)

about 20 hours ago
Kajikit in Not About Food

Have you ever lost . . . .

Putting anything on the bottom layer of the grocery cart is a surefire recipe for 'losing' it, ie. leaving it in the carpark with the trolley and driving away without it! I've also 'lost' kitty litter right in the store when using the ride-on scooters... there's not much room in the basket so the kitty litter goes by my feet, and one time it fell off somewhere along the line. Very annoying, since I didn't realise until I was checking out. And in the not-food vein, I loaded up my shopping cart in a home goods store and somewhere in the course of juggling four pillows and a new quilt, one of the pillows managed to fall out and get lost in the store...

about 20 hours ago
Kajikit in Not About Food

Best chain fried chicken restaurant?

There aren't many Hardee's in Florida, but we went to one in Melbourne and I had the fried chicken... The peach cobbler I had for a side was pretty appalling, but the chicken tasted good. Usually we go to Popeyes (not a lot of choice around here except KFC which is loaded in MSG)...

about 21 hours ago
Kajikit in Chains

The B&B breakfast from hell

Most likely, the person doing the cooking jumped onto the low-fat-is-good-for-you, sugars-are-bad bandwagon years ago and they never jumped off... they think they're giving their guests food that's 'good for them'.

about 21 hours ago
Kajikit in General Topics

"fear of frying"

A solid metal wok ring is not flammable... you don't need to worry about it's starting a fire unless you drop paper towel onto the red hot metal. Just make sure you don't touch it with bare hands, or with anything that might catch fire...

Aug 28, 2015
Kajikit in Home Cooking

browning chicken in advance

I would think that would defeat the purpose of the browning... you'd have to put the chicken into the fridge to keep it, and it doesn't take long for the skin to get flabby. Browning preheats the chicken, and refrigerating it cools it off again so it'll take longer to cook in the oven.

Aug 28, 2015
Kajikit in Home Cooking

How do you buy corn?

Yep. I mostly buy either canned or frozen corn... the frozen ones are good because you can use as many or as few kernels at a time as you need without wasting anything...

How do you buy corn?

Personally I've always gone for a nice heavy head because it will have kernels all the way round - immature cobs often are only half there, and older dried-out cobs are lighter because the moisture has evaporated... and I make sure it doesn't look like it's pest-ridden, but I don't bother to peel the cob.

Healthy snacks for Disney?

Assuming your room has a fridge, you don't need much more than fruit and yoghurt for your room, and the snack bars and nuts you've already mentioned for the park. Some ready-to-eat salad might be nice for supper, if you like such things. I've always found buying too much stuff to be a waste because you can't take it home with you - restaurant meals are almost always too much food as it is. What you really want is some non-perishable stuff you can take to the park with you to save spending an absolute fortune on 'park food' for lunch...

Aug 28, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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Is sushi supposed to smell at all?

If you hold a piece up to your nose and sniff hard enough, you'll smell fish - that's what it is, after all... but it shouldn't be unpleasant.

Aug 28, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Green color in spinach rinse water???

It's not colouring sweety, it's spinach juice/chlorophyll. Don't worry about it. (but there's no need to soak spinach, just give it a quick rinse under the tap.

Aug 28, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Aldi Vs. Costco

Aldis sells retail items at discount prices, but only in store brands (which some people don't like, but I haven't found anything there objectionable except the cereal bars...) Costco is a BULK retailer and sells things in huge quantities. I wouldn't say they were an either-or proposition. If you have room to store bulk stuff, then you'll go to Costco. If you want to buy your week's basic groceries for about half price, you'll go to Aldis...

Aug 10, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

High Fat but Low Calories

Brian, you don't want to lose any more weight - you want to gain MUSCLE! 1200 calories is the basic requirement for a 5ft sedentary female, not an active male who's nearly 6 feet tall... you aren't eating nearly enough. Look into good quality nutrition.

Aug 10, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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This chicken is still good, right?

Three days is as long as I like to leave raw chicken in the fridge, but I'm sure it's still fine, I'm just a little over-cautious about raw meat.

Aug 10, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Tim Tams in America

I used to get them at Target but I haven't seen them in a few years... but then we don't have a Super Target just a regular one and they don't have all the same stuff... I"ll have to try to get to a Super Target to look. I loved the caramel ones!

Aug 03, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Tim Tams in America

For a few years you could get Timtams made by Pepperidge Farm. I got really excited when they introduced them because the only Timtams I'd had in years were some my mother sent me, and postage from Australia was ludicrous. They tasted pretty authentic to me, but I haven't seen them in a long time. :(

Jul 31, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Almond milk is even more of a scam than we thought

People drink it because they can't use regular milk, and soy milk is DISGUSTING! If you're allergic to almonds or don't like them, I noticed they also had cashew 'milk'... all of these milks are water with white stuff in it that vaguelly approximates the consistency of milk without killing you. (I'm not allergic to dairy, just lactose-intolerant, so I do just fine on lactaid milk... though it's a bit scary that it can sit in the fridge open for two months and still be good!)

Jul 27, 2015
Kajikit in Food Media & News

How common is a warm or room temp rice pudding vs one from the fridge?

Rice pudding is delicious right off the stove... but it's also delicious once it's sat in the fridge overnight and thickened further. I'll eat it any way.

Jul 27, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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Does parking make a difference for you ?

Of course it does... if we can't get within about a hundred feet of the front door, we'll go elsewhere. Fortunately there usually isn't any trouble getting a disabled parking space where we live - if there isn't one available my husband will drop me off at the door and wait for somebody parked close enough to leave... and please don't tell me I'm 'not disabled enough' - I went to Aldis this morning for groceries and got quite ill halfway round the store because I pushed myself too far and they don't have scooters... if I can't get a straight shot at the door, I won't even be able to get there, let alone walk long enough IN the store to get what I need.

PS. Much as I love the 'downtown vibe', we never ever EVER attempt to go to any of the touristy areas of Florida... there's so many people there parking is totally impossible to find. We avoid malls for the same reason. Lots of parking spaces aren't much good to us if they're half a mile from the closest entrance!

Jul 25, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Eggs Go AWOL, And Bakers Scramble For High-Tech Substitutes

Egg prices skyrocketed to over $3/dozen from the 'shortage' but they've already started to come down again... they were $2.20 in Aldis and under three bucks at Publix this weekend.

Jul 25, 2015
Kajikit in Food Media & News

What's the flavor difference between lemonade and pink lemonade?

Depends on whether the pink comes from food colouring, or from some kind of berry syrup... the BEST strawberry lemonade is made with real strawberries...

Jul 25, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Trying to be healthy but cannot find grass fed beef that I can bear

The thing is, if you strongly dislike the texture/taste/smell/whatever of grassfed beef it doesn't matter if you paid five dollar a pound for it or fifty, you're still not going to like it... I hate the taste of salmon and it doesn't matter how 'ethically' it's caught or farmed, or what you do to it in the kitchen, I'm still not going to want to eat it, so I don't waste my money

Jul 25, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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Is it okay to ask guests at a suprise party to pay to attend?

They want you to pay to attend a party being held at somebody's house? That doesn't sound appropriate to me (and it would be reason enough for me to say nope, sorry, can't make it after all...) I've been to birthday parties where you have to pay but they're usually held at a restaurant. If you can't afford to pay the caterer to come to your home, do the food yourself, or make it a party that you can afford...

Jul 12, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Do you bake your own cakes or cookies ?

I make lower-carb cookies in a similar way - use an oatmeal cookie recipe but instead of using the usual 2 cups flour/2 cups rolled oats I use ONE cup of oats for texture and substitute one cup each of dessicated (unsweetened) coconut, ground flaxseed, and ground almonds or cashews. I go to town on the add-ins and use truvia for baking instead of sugar. You can also cut down on the butter because ground nuts and coconut are much higher in fat than flour/oats.

Jul 12, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Do you bake your own cakes or cookies ?

cookies are super easy to make for yourself... I don't bake any more because my husband is diabetic and we eat the goodies way too fast, but anybody can mix up a basic batch of oatmeal or chocolate chip cookies and bake them up.

Jul 12, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

When do you just toss it?

Problem is, if you really didn't like it now, you're not going to like it any better after it's been frozen... tossing things in the freezer because you didn't want to eat them just leads to wasted freezer room - in six months time you'll be tossing out a freezer-burnt mess because you were never desperate enough to take it out and thaw it. (or else you WILL take it out and you'll wonder why on earth you wasted the freezer space on it because it's still nasty.) Unless you can think of an easy way to transform it into something edible, or you're so broke that it's the only meat you're going to see this week, best to just toss it out now.

Jul 02, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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Why does my butter cake has brown spots on it.

It's a completely normal result for a vanilla cake... the sugar grains caramelise and they're not entirely evenly spread through the mix.

Jun 28, 2015
Kajikit in Home Cooking

making chocolate mousse with out gelatine or egg yolks

You can make mousse without egg at all, but it's going to come out heavier and richer. Just melt chocolate and add whipped cream. It's delicious!

Jun 28, 2015
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Terrible frosting. (greasy, bubbly bad looking)

It's bubbly because the blender put way too much air in it, and it's gritty and horrible because you need to use POWDERED sugar to get it to dissolve... Use a food processor or hand-mixer. And add some vanilla or other flavouring to the frosting or it's just going to taste like fat and sugar.

Jun 28, 2015
Kajikit in Home Cooking