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Canning Newbie: Help me decide if my cans are safe?

Thanks for all the help - yes I am using books, I have two - a Bernadin book and Put me Up. The Blue ball book has been hard to find, but it is on my list, thanks for the suggestions.

In the jam, I simply missed a step (the de-bubbling) but I was otherwise following instructions.

In the apricots I was just concerned that they were floating above the level of the jar, and yes raw packed. Otherwise I did follow the instructions.

(Both are water bath canned)

Canning Newbie: Help me decide if my cans are safe?

So I have canned two things so far, but in both cases have made some minor mistakes and am wondering if they are safe for consumption, and if so for how long?

1. Some "quick" raspberry jam, which I forgot to de-bubble. Bubbles I can visibly see are tiny, but there may be more I can't see.

2. Apricots canned in syrup using the raw-pack method. The apricots are now floating and are above the syrup at the top. They did start out below the syrup and I de bubbled the jars using a chopstick...

Can you help?

5 days in Bonn, Germany

Thank you both so much! This was very helpful, as you have both recommended not only dishes but also places to try them! (The Bonnsch menu sounds good!)

What about some vegetable dishes, I understand the cuisine actually has some good veggie dishes (whether sides or mains), and would love to make sure I try them. Plus, my digestive system + a meat only diet + travelling for business = a bad idea!

On a side note. That one semester of German I took in college is not helping my ability to read menus. Thank goodness for google translate, and curse those menus in PDF format!

Jan 03, 2013
daily_unadventures in Europe

5 days in Bonn, Germany


Any suggestions of restaurants or particular dishes which are must-try in Bonn or Cologne would be be very much appreciated! There doesn't seem to be much said on the boards about Bonn, which is where I will be staying. I may get a chance to take an afternoon stroll around Cologne. We shall see.

I love eating, and am a reasonably adventurous travel eater so am up for any kind of suggestion although I am particular to German food as it is my first time in Germany.

I will be there for a day on my own plus several days with colleagues.

Thanks in advance!

Jan 02, 2013
daily_unadventures in Europe

First Night in Rome - Help me decide where to eat!

The pasta was on the specials board and we were told all of the pastas were for two.. Though we were only considering the specials.

I knew because the tables had the names on them and as we walked in he checked a table by the door and that had my name on it, then he led us further in.

Total was 85 euros.

May 05, 2012
daily_unadventures in Italy

First Night in Rome - Help me decide where to eat!

Just thought I would give a report of what I decided!

I booked le mani in pasta because it was close and had excellent pasta.

We started with the sea bass carpaccio with truffles, followed by fresh fettuccine with porcini, saltimbocca and asparagus.s topped off with the gorgonzola semifreddo and a bottl of adequate Pinot Nero.

The husband was impressed, the pasta was excellent and simple, which was what I wanted in his first experience, but it was the carpaccio that blew me away. So good!

Unlike other posters I didnt feel like the wait staff was rude but we were told we had to order the same kind of pasta, they also switched which table they sat us at when they saw us.

May 04, 2012
daily_unadventures in Italy

First Night in Rome - Help me decide where to eat!

I am making reservations at La Gensola on Saturday (or trying to anyways, I emailed them). My husbands request was small, local pasta which fits quite well with something in the Jewish Ghetto that does carbonaras and amatricianas...

Plus, after a day of being a tourist and walking and getting all sweaty and grubby it is nice to be able to go back to your hotel, have a glass of wine and a shower and get into some nice clothes and some shoes which are inappropriate for walking. That is why I am hoping to get from La Gensola on Saturday, even if it isn't Fishy Friday.

Apr 30, 2012
daily_unadventures in Italy

First Night in Rome - Help me decide where to eat!

Thanks again for your help! (Elizabeth I just bought your app!)

We are on via della Gensola in Trastevere so very close to the river. I have been trying to make a reservation at Gigetto but haven't been very successful (I tried here: and just tried phoning but it just rang.

I am guessing this is because it is Monday now, but Is there a right time to call?

(Of course, online would be preferable, though I have been practicing my pronunciation of "prenatazione"


Is it worth just going early? (say 7:55pm) Without a reservation on Friday or Saturday will we get in?

Apr 30, 2012
daily_unadventures in Italy

First Night in Rome - Help me decide where to eat!

Wow thanks for all the great ideas and feedback! Now we are down to Gigetto, La Gensola, Osteria Mortavedre and Fernando

We are actually arriving next Friday (4th) at around 2pm. Coming from Vancouver we will have been flying for awhile (via Frankfurt) and so I figure we will have time for a nice long walk, an 8ish dinner and then we will be ready for bed. Not sure if it will be warm enough at night to dine al fresco?

ohhh, what a hard choice, and yet what a good problem to have!

Apr 26, 2012
daily_unadventures in Italy

First Night in Rome - Help me decide where to eat!

First night in Rome - what do you think?

So I have finally convinced my husband to start traveling with me, and since our first night will be in Rome I really want to choose a restaurant that he will love. I consider myself reasonably well travelled but my husband has never been somewhere non-english speaking and I really want him to catch the travel bug.

We are both very into food, and are happy eating just about anything but I think for our first night I would prefer something in the medium price range which has good pastas and is walkable (45 mins tops) from where we are staying in Trastevere.

From reading the boards there are so many restaurants under discussion (which is great!) and so I was mulling through the following shortlist, what do you think?

La Gensola - wondering if this is a bit too fancy\pricy? But it will be a Friday(fish day!) when we arrive.
Le mani in pasta - Sounds good, close but some of the reviews are mixed?
Monti - also mixed reviews, and full of tourists? May not make the best impression.
Antico Arco - also wondering if it is too fancy\pricy?
Cecchino - love the sound of gricia, pajama and vaccinera but can you order dishes a la carte?
Da Danilo - this seems to fit the bill well, but doesn't exactly have excited feedback on the boards

Other suggestions are welcome. Appreciate your feedback! (Did I mention this was our delayed honeymoon?)

I am assuming I should call and make a reservation when we decide?

Apr 25, 2012
daily_unadventures in Italy

Wine delivery/wine clubs in Vancouver

Shoot me an email and I can tell you about Hemispheres, I am a member and I love it. (dailyunadventures at gmail dot com)

to brown or not to brown?

+1 You also get some of that lovely caramelization on the pot and therefore in your sauce.

Where can I find farro in Surrey/Vancouver?

I bet the choices Market in Burnaby\New West would also have it.

How does one properly stuff a cupcake?

I was wondering about this. When I ended up stuffing itI thinned the icing out with a bit more butter.

I do like that there is an actual hole, but the filling is so rich anyways, maybe just pipping it in old be enough.

How does one properly stuff a cupcake?

Okay, so this weekend I had a craving to create a Cadbury Creme Cupcake. I adapted a recipe for the filling (mostly corn syrup and icing sugar), rolled it into balls and pushed them into the center of a chocolate cupcake before baking. Then I thinned the filling into a more icing like consistency and pipped the remainder into the open holes when it was finished baking.

Now the recipe turned out delicious, but technically speaking there must be a better way to create a hollow cupcake? In these a bunch of the felling melted and left a caramelized film of sugar on the bottom. Luckily it made the cupcakes extra gooey, but happy accidents aside, how would you do this properly?

(The recipe I made is http://www.dailyunadventuresincooking... if you are interested.)

roasted veggies, what do you do with the leftovers.

I third the soup idea. I have done that before with a bit of curry powder and it is fabulous because of the sweetness of the roast veg.

14 Days of Asparagus

Roasted is my favorite. Try adding parmesan for the last minute of cooking.

I also love it grilled, or blanched and then served cold tossed with a lemon & Dijon vinaigrette with lots of green onion.

Favorite vegetable side dishes?

I like veggies roasted in olive oil and salt and pepper at high (400F +) temperatures.

Favorites are brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus. Great with lemon juice, zest, parmesan & chilis or some combination there of.

I also have a great recipe for a gratin with spaghetti squash but I think the season for such things is just about over.

Anyone have a great mjadra recipe?

Just finished eating some mjadra from a local Vancouver cafe (nuba) which was fantastic!

Now since it is extremely healthy and basically contains lentils, onions, spices and oil I would really like to make a batch myself.

The thing is, I suspect that a bad recipe could be extremely dull. Anyone have a good mjadra authentic recipe?

Vietnamese Sub Recomendations for Vancouver?

I am a die hard au petit cafe fan myself.

Chia Seed Recipes

I was interested as well also I made some chia gel then used it to make muffins awhile back. Substitute some of the butter for the chia gel. Turned out quite well.


ISO new ideas/recipes for lunch

Seconding the calzone Idea. I lave making these on Sundays and they are fun easily packed lunches all week.

Is the Bread Bible the best bread cookbook?

I have the RLB Bread Bible and Love it. I have also borrowed Bread from my friend and it is also excellent.

My take on the two? Th Bread Bible is a simpler book, but you will learn more from Bread. You will make fabulous bread with both.

Time for some new ideas about broccoli....

It's nice to if you toss with a bit of lemon zest before you roast it then finish it with lemon juice.

What is your favorite non-citrus flavor companion to cranberries?

Definitely ginger! I have never used the crystallized.

vegetarian French soup?

I was totally going to suggest potato and leek too. I have made it with bacon before but I actually prefer it without!

Lamb Shanks in the Slow Cooker?

Glad I helped! The tip was from experience, trust me!

Quick tomato soup?

We don't have Panera in Canada, but I totally do make soup this way! I make what my Mum used to make and it is my I-think-I-am-getting-sick cure.

Sweat some diced onions and garlic in olive oil with some dried basil, thyme and oregano. If you have it add a diced carrot and a diced stalk of celery too. Then add one big can of whole tomatoes (and their juice) then the same amount of stock. Lots of salt and pepper. Use a potato masher to break down the tomatoes a bit. Simmer. Delicious!

Lamb Shanks in the Slow Cooker?

I love lamb shanks and have done them in my slow cooker a few times. They are better if you can spoon the fat off the sauce so what I do is make them over night, separate the meat from the sauce and refrigerate. Then yuo can server them that night, spoon fast off the sauce combine the meat and the sauce again and reheat. Yum!!

Spaghetti Squash-my new fave!

My new favorite spaghetti squash recipe is a casserole as follows. Once the spaghetti squash is cooked, combine with a ton of chopped fresh chives, salt and pepper, a small container of sour cream and some parmesan or romano. Pour into a casserole dish and sprinkle with more cheese then bake until brown and bubbly. Sooo good! I have a seen a couple of cool interpretations of my recipe too, like adding swiss chard or indian flavours.

Pictures and feedback here: http://www.dailyunadventuresincooking...