What are you eating today? Cooking inspiration!

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Frita wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:27 pm
Thanks, I will try this with tomato purée instead of the paste and water. Or maybe the pressure cooked version as I really like that thing.
the paste is really good! provides a rich umami with the parmesan and anchovy. and it’s thicker so it won’t soak into the dough. i know it reads like it won’t work, but it does.

give it a try... for science!

if it sucks you can throw it at my face :lol:

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☝️fresh tomatoes are so good! i only have covid tomatoes (from a can)

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since i had a starchy lunch, plus afternoon snacks, dinner was just 2 dishes:

first was a bowl of steamed broccoli seasoned with olive oil, soy sauce, and brewer’s yeast.

then the protein came in the form of dessert: a huge scoop of strained yogurt (“greek”) with blueberries, honey, and ceylon cinnamon. it was a thick gooey blue glorious mess. almost as tasty as ice cream but infinitely more satisfying.

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gonna start the morning with a +rye variant of scott jenson’s pancakes

a bit concerned about the expected soft texture but it can’t be as soft as buckwheat...



eta: rye was amazing! (1/3 bread flour, 1/3 white whole wheat, 1/3 rye)
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pizza, homemade, large

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yesterday we made rye flatbreads and they were so soft and tasty we ate most of them and there was nearly 500g flour in that recipe :lol:

1/3 bread flour + 1/3 rye flour + 1/3 whole wheat flour

yeast, water, sugar, salt, oil, knead, rise, punch.... but instead of baking in an oven you cut up and roll and fry on a griddle.

we’re trying to get rid of our winter flour right now and this is a delicious way,

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for dinner there was a boxed mac & cheese with the last of the tomato sauce and we added parmesan and olive oil it was good and weird. my wife said “smells like pizza hut” :lol:

didn’t have vegetables (lest you count the tomato)

splash of boxed wine to wash it down
dessert was fresh made yogurt with chia and honey and frozen raspberries.

pretty good for quarantine.

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for dinner cooked some jasmin rice in sour whey (from strained yogurt), then added a bunch of cooked spinach, nice sprinkle of parmesan, it was delicious! also rich in protein, plus calcium to bind the oxalates in spinach.

dessert was the custardy strained yogurt, so thick and creamy, packed with frozen raspberries and mixed with a heavy dollop of honey. spectacular! and full of protein and vitamin c.

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Cooking seems to be an "It-topic" these days, so here are my "baked veggies" - basically you cut up what your garden produces, coat it liberally in oil, spices and herbs and put it in the oven for 45 - 60 minutes. I like to do the potatoes on an extra baking tray since they take longer than most other veggies. We eat this twice a week in summer. Apart from the aubergine all veggies are straight out of our garden.

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I'm going to put any leftover baked veggies into my blender for a vegan spread, to eat on toast and bread. I've not tried this so far, but I guess it might be tasty!

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wow, that looks spectacular and superabundant. what are those apparently giant red beans?

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It is the best :)
The beans are called fire beans or "beetle beans" (no kidding!). The botanical name is Phaseolus coccineus. My MIL makes a mean bean salad out of them, with finely chopped onions and pumpkin oil.

I have to take a photo tomorrow, they grow spectacularly - we have a steel rope hanging between our roofs and I threw a rope up to let the beans grow 6m high. It's like the bean stalk in the fairy tale :)

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wow. do you cook them in the oven with no water? do they toast up like fava beans?

see: https://www.nutstop.com/product/salted- ... ava-beans/

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This was actually the first time I tried that with simply chucking them in the oven fresh from the stalk. They tasted great! So far I have always cooked them like other beans.

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we made shortbreads and had some with tea

cheap and delicious

https://www.kingarthurbaking.com/recipe ... ead-recipe

didn't have 9" cake pans so we used a rectangular 9x13" instead and added about 8 min to the bake (eyeballed it)

we now have a box of them for the week! SO EASY

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I made some turmeric rice in the hopes of capturing a rice dish that I have eaten a bunch at the local Greek place.

This is the recipe I followed except I only had plain white rice instead of jasmine rice and I didn't use a bay leaf: https://www.foxandbriar.com/turmeric-rice-recipe/.

The result was disappointing. I'm not sure if the different type of rice made the biggest difference or if the bay leaf is really important, but it didn't come out tasty (nor like the restaurant food I was trying to capture). I'm going to try again another day with a bay leaf and maybe also get some basmatic or jasmine rice.

Tips or guesses on what went wrong/what to try are welcome. :)

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bay leaf has a sneaky underground piney that sort of brings the dish together like the dude's rug in that apartment.

but if you want to add restaurant goodness... add msg ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

lol seriously i'm not joking. also tbh butter is nice but i'm not sure that dish needs butter? seems out of place.

also i would not add garlic at same time as onion. garlic burns before onion even begins to sweat. but also, i wouldn't use onion? i don't like "oniony rice". i love onion though. just not like this. just fry some garlic in olive oil till it's golden but absolutely no longer. if using onion then darken the onion first then add the garlic to avoid burning it. a little toasted goes a long way.

also don't know what the deal is with "low sodium chicken broth". did you use boxed? did you make your own chicken stock? if none at hand i recommend better than bouillon. also, for a restaurant taste, don't skimp of salt.

turmeric in and of itself gives nice color but not great flavor. seems to me you need more flavor there but i don't know what you're going for. me i'd add cilantro maybe but that would take it to a certain other place (plus, some people hate cilantro: it's genetic). double up on the bay leaf if necessary? i'm at a bit of a loss for seasoning here. turmeric is particular. like, i'd like to say "add some oregano" but i don't know that it would match. hmmm... turmeric.... idk.

jasmine rice is a beautiful thing however, but not sure how "greek" it is? i don't know what rice is traditional o'er there. hmmm...

basmati is nice for indian dishes but the perfume of jasmine is extraordinary and i prefer it for that reason in most things.

maybe ask the restaurant what seasoning they use?

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eta: i just googled "greek rice" and a lot of returns say "with lemon". that might be nice... bit of acid (i use citric acid crystals in a pinch because i'm a barbarian)

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Oh, I forgot. I also used water instead of chicken broth. Would that make a big difference?

Thank you for all the suggestions. I'll make a list below.

Things to Try
  • With a bit of lemon
  • With jasmine rice
  • With bay leaf
  • No butter necessary
  • No onions, instead fry only garlic in olive oil until golden
  • Try additional herbs and spices (suggested by alphaville: cilantro, oregano - also internet suggestions: cinnamon, black pepper and ginger)
  • ETA: Use chicken broth rather than water.
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mathiverse wrote:
Sat Sep 26, 2020 7:38 pm
Oh, I forgot. I also used water instead of chicken broth. Would that make a big difference?
MASSIVE. umami is the core of rich protein flavor. often, it’s used to fake protein (eg doritos)

i wouldn’t try cilantro by itself: i was just thinking maybe it pairs with turmeric (it pairs with lemon). sounds more indian than greek, that way.

the recipes i spotted use lemon and parsley and dill for example. i can see that in the mediterranean. but added at the end, not cooked.

*never burn the garlic* is #1 (but inaccidentally made “garlic chips” once: not bad.

garlic just a light gold not a dark one, must add liquid immediately after.

cinnamon and ginger....hm, why not. but in that case it’s maybe not greek? and i’d add a small dash of worcestershire (tamarind +anchovy in it... oh yeah anchovy is umami and umami is everywhere).

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Thanks a bunch! I'll try your suggestions.

Also I'd never heard of umami before now, so thanks for mentioning that too!

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anytime! you’ll have to experiment a bit and see wht you like.

btw enough cilantro will make your rice green (which is great), but add it with the liquid, don’t fry the cilantro (heavy digestion that way).

also hm i was thinking garlic and lemon and a bit of oregano could be nice.

lemon and basil also go great together, but if using fresh basil a light steam is best, too much heat kills it. dry basil can take a boil but it’s a different kind of flavor, more of a deep note.

paprika will tint your rice a nice red and give you a really nice flavor btw.

ok. best wishes!

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lazy pie

in a small coffee cup or whatever place 1/2 cup berries*, a few crushed toasted pecans**, 1tsp tubinado sugar.

microwave somewhat. eat warm.

the berries and sugar make the “filling” and the pecans act as “crust.”

*i buy exclusively frozen berries because they’re cheap and i can’t forage. so, i defrost them slightly before i add the pecans, in a medium microwave power.

** i get pecans from costco and toast a whole bag at a time in a small convection oven (“air fryer” as they’re also called). so they’re always ready for whatever.

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