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Re: Food! (was Charcutiers of the worlds unite)

Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:41 am

I'm making a batch of cookie dough again tonight:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/reci.....kies_72335

Just cook 2 cookies per person and serve them warm with ice cream in the middle.

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Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:06 am

If you are ever in an Asian supermarket and come across pickled catfish you might think, as I did, "hmm, sounds interesting, I give that a go". Don't.

I'll eat virtually anything, but I've met my match here. Pickled catfish looks and tastes like some one has blown up a decomposing shark and stuffed slimy gobbets of it into a jar containing equal quantities of salt and sand.

Admittedly I did try some before reading on the Web that it was raw and should be thoroughly cooked, but a few minutes in the microwave (double vac-packed to prevent the necrostench from seeping into the very fabric of the house) made no difference in texture or taste. And against all laws of physics, the smell managed to pseudo-osmose through the plastic and is now giving me a headache. You have been warned :D

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Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:34 am

scep said:


If you are ever in an Asian supermarket and come across pickled catfish you might think, as I did, "hmm, sounds interesting, I give that a go". Don't.


While in a supermarket in Hong Kong I noticed pouches of jellyfish (soft, sliced) with a sauce sachet included for about 50p each. I really wanted to try it but the wife wouldn't let me

The only thing that really puts me off is balut. Even if it is delicious I doubt I'd ever try it. Just wrong.

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Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:50 pm

My brother went to the Philippines in December and I was egging(!) him on to try balut, but he didn't. (And he's eaten my vomit as a party trick before now so that's saying something )

N.B. Just went to pick my wife up and as she got in the car she said, "This car smells of fish".

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Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:54 pm

scep said:


And he's eaten my vomit as a party trick before now so that's saying something


Remind me to never come to one of your parties

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Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:09 pm

It's not compulsory - I don't serve it as an amuse bouche or nuffin

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Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:06 pm

Celebratory roast beef with cauliflower cheese, some bone marrow and very dripping-y potatoes tonight. I *love* bone marrow. I've just found a company that does it preserved in jars to go on toast with a sprinkle of salt.
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Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:34 pm

Nice. I did 6 hour roast pork shoulder tonight, and I"m doing a Japanese banquet for friends tomorrow. I do seem to host more than I get invited

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Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:56 pm

Bone marrow is fantastic and totally underrated - never seen it in jars though...

Japanese sounds superb - but always a stupid amount of work, so good luck!

I bagged a bain marie from a skip this week and have ordered a PID, solid state relay and Pt100 sensor to build a serious sous vide set up. Should be fun

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Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:09 am

Likewise I bought an atc-800+ (£15.99) which I"m going to use on a slow cooker for some sous vide. I got sick of keeping an eye on my stock pot on the hob.

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Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:33 am

Oh speaking of the cookies and ice cream, if you have an ice cream maker then try this vanilla ice cream recipe I picked up:

120ml double cream
120ml milk
50g sugar
1tsp vanilla extract

Mix the milk sugar & vanilla extract until dissolved. Whip the cream until just starting to thicken and then blend in the milk mixture. Churn in your ice cream machine. Easy and awesome!

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Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:10 am

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I bagged a bain marie from a skip this week and have ordered a PID, solid state relay and Pt100 sensor to build a serious sous vide set up. Should be fun


God - well done! Best thing I ever got out of a skip was a nice bookcase with doors back when I lived in London. My boyfriend at the time used it to keep porn in. He was a lousy boyfriend. I would rather have found a bain marie.
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Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:38 am

I've just inherited an lumpen old iron frying pan, with about 50 years worth of pre-seasoning. It's the best frying pan I've ever used. Completely even heat and nothing sticks.

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:56 am

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I've just inherited an lumpen old iron frying pan, with about 50 years worth of pre-seasoning. It's the best frying pan I've ever used. Completely even heat and nothing sticks.


Nice. My non-stick metal safe induction friendly wok sadly hasn't stood the test of time. Must really find a way of "refreshing it" that doesn't involve buying a new one.

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:00 am

BTW I wired up my sous vide controller:



The wiring, after I realised the terminal block I'd initially used was too small:



We're having a chined lamb rack tonight so I'm gonna buy a cheap slow cooker from the Argos up the road to give it a test run. Not bad though, a full sous vide setup (without circulator, mind you) for under £50. I might buy a cheap low output powerhead from fleaBay to use as a circulator if needs be.

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:08 am

For most domestic SV cooking you don't need a circulator.

58C for 12 to 24 hours for lamb. Tescos have cheap legs of lamb at the moment ready sealed in plastic

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:26 am

jacklang said:


For most domestic SV cooking you don't need a circulator.

58C for 12 to 24 hours for lamb. Tescos have cheap legs of lamb at the moment ready sealed in plastic


Yeah I was going to see how I got on without one first. I suspect it won't make a difference.

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:03 pm

Crundy said:


BTW I wired up my sous vide controller:



The wiring, after I realised the terminal block I'd initially used was too small:



We're having a chined lamb rack tonight so I'm gonna buy a cheap slow cooker from the Argos up the road to give it a test run. Not bad though, a full sous vide setup (without circulator, mind you) for under £50. I might buy a cheap low output powerhead from fleaBay to use as a circulator if needs be.


Looking forward to seeing that

What coating does your wok have? I've pretty much given up on non-stick, as I've never found one that actually lasts.

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:20 pm

Well it isn't a non-stick coating. The wok is solid and as it's magnetic I suspect it's some kind of brushed cast iron. It was great when I first got it, and I could pop it on the induction cooker and get it insanely hot to cook a stir fry in a few minutes, but now things stick to it, even though I season it properly every time I use it.

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:22 pm

Oh, and I just picked up a 3.5L slow cooker for £9.99 from The Range, so total sous vide setup cost is less than £35. Bonus! I'll let you know how the lamb comes out tonight.

I guess I should invest in a vacuum sealer now. At the moment I just use ziplock bags and suck the air out with a straw.

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:44 pm

Just dismantled my bain marie &  replaced the thermostat circuit with the relay, just wating on the PID now to hook it all up. In the meantime I'm off to hunt down some of those legs of lamb... thanks Jack.

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 2:16 pm

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Oh, and I just picked up a 3.5L slow cooker for £9.99 from The Range, so total sous vide setup cost is less than £35. Bonus! I'll let you know how the lamb comes out tonight.

I guess I should invest in a vacuum sealer now. At the moment I just use ziplock bags and suck the air out with a straw.



The cheap vac sealers e.g. c. £12 from Lidl etc are fine for SV as a decent vacuum isn't critical. (Though a good one probably will pay for itself in a year or two in the food you save...)

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 2:19 pm

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Crundy said:


Oh, and I just picked up a 3.5L slow cooker for £9.99 from The Range, so total sous vide setup cost is less than £35. Bonus! I'll let you know how the lamb comes out tonight.

I guess I should invest in a vacuum sealer now. At the moment I just use ziplock bags and suck the air out with a straw.


The cheap vac sealers e.g. c. £12 from Lidl etc are fine for SV as a decent vacuum isn't critical. (Though a good one probably will pay for itself in a year or two in the food you save...)


I haven't seen any that cheap. They seem to be upwards of £35. I'll have to trawl eBay etc or try and make a trip to Lidl. Ta for the tip.

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:44 pm

Lidl / Aldi seem to do them once or twice a year, just sign up for their weekly offers!

Actually, I've got a Lidl one spare here - you can have it for postage if you want, PM me.

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:46 pm

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Lidl / Aldi seem to do them once or twice a year, just sign up for their weekly offers!

Actually, I've got a Lidl one spare here - you can have it for postage if you want, PM me.


Awesome, that would be great. Thank you. I'll throw you some extra for the hassle.

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