Today I Made:

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby ameretrifle » Sat Jan 17, 2015 6:21 am UTC

Today (yesterday) I (we) made a roast cauliflower head. Looked at a few recipes, drizzled some olive oil, herbs, and parmesan mix on, grated some cheddar on top, put it in the oven for 45 minutes or so. It was pretty much as easy as all the recipes made it sound, and quite delicious, if the bottom got a bit salty and strong. In fact, we split half at lunch and the rest for dinner. A++, will make again.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:19 pm UTC

Lats night: Xinjiang cumin lamb stir fry. Good, but this morning I found a bunch of cilantro in my salad spinner, which I'd apparently forgotten to add to the lamb.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:51 pm UTC

Today I'm making sesame dango balls filled with anko, and veggie lasagna (bechamel+tomato sauce) with homemade pasta.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:11 pm UTC

Tiger-skin peppers, as a side dish for a burger. Very simple; just Anaheim peppers pan-fried until blistered, seasoned with salt and Chinkiang vinegar. Served with a mayo-based dipping sauce, I think it's my new go-to side for homemade burgers.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:00 am UTC

Zohar wrote:Today I'm making sesame dango balls filled with anko, and veggie lasagna (bechamel+tomato sauce) with homemade pasta.

At first I read that as dingo balls, then I watched the video....
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Mon Jan 26, 2015 7:10 am UTC

Realized it's Burns Night, so made some Scotch Eggs and potatoes. Also picked up a Scotch Ale to go with it, since I don't have any Scotch scotch at the moment.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:17 pm UTC

Finally got to the leek and mushroom tart I've been thinking of since the holidays. And a batch of sesame-peanut noodles that worked out really well.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Sandry » Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:47 pm UTC

Made meatless Cincy chili last night. A huge batch so that when we're all stuck in the house during the blizzard, we have something that actually tastes good as leftovers. Also made more soup, but already ate all of it. Nom.

I suppose one of these times we get blizzarded in, I should actually make French toast. *shrug*
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby freezeblade » Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:57 pm UTC

Leftover stuff quiche with my standard crust recipe.

Eggs (clearly), creme franche, a bunch of kinds of cheese, spinich, onion, corn, some leftover black beans, bacon and garlic.

Had some for breakfast, turned out pretty good for a bunch of leftover veg I needed to use.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PictureSarah » Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:04 pm UTC

Last night I made chicken and dumplings using homemade stock that Alex had made the night before. It turned out pretty great.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby jainnipun » Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:51 am UTC

My favorites....

Brownies
Nanaimo Bars
Cinnamon Bars

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:08 am UTC

I got some schmaltzoh ball soup on for another 13 minutes or so. First point in favor, easier to shape them without my hands getting all sticky, compared to using vegetable oil.

Didn't skim and reserve the fat from this batch of stock. I probably should have. Then I could do more schmaltz-perimenting. This soup is gonna be rich as all get out.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:37 pm UTC

Husband is doing some surgery (nothing too major) so he needed a low fiber diet. Got a bunch of stuff for him and made some simple mac and cheese.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:08 pm UTC

Murgh aur mirchi ke saalan -- chicken and chile curry, in a sesame-peanut sauce. Threw in a couple of hard-boiled eggs as well. Those Mughals knew how to eat.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:39 pm UTC

I made some majadra (rice with lentils and fried onions) yesterday. Was pretty delicious.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby freezeblade » Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:29 pm UTC

breakfast!

Bacon, scrambled eggs (made in the bacon drippings), sourdough toast.
Tonight shall be someone with the roasted salsa roja I made with dry chilie puyas and tomatoes, maybe carne asada
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Quercus » Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:46 pm UTC

Pad Thai, which didn't turn out badly at all. A bit too much lime juice maybe - I'll cut it back next time.

I made a discovery afterwards though - I was having some ice cream, and the residual spiciness from the pad Thai, combined with the cold from the ice cream was wonderful. I think a chilli-containing ice cream has to go on my "to make" list - either dark chocolate and chilli, or I've seen a recipe for chilli, lime and lemongrass, which looks rather good.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Sat Feb 07, 2015 3:31 am UTC

Loaf of sourdough and pot of clam chowder. I find it tough to time my sourdough during the week when I'm away at work all day. I made the dough last night, gave it a first rise overnight, punched it down around 7 AM and by the time I got back at 5 PM it seemed to have gone a bit too far. But it's not like it's particularly warm here. Shaped it and didn't quite get it to come all the way back afterward. This is also a bit wetter of a dough than my last attempt but I think the yeast just pooped out while I was at work and I missed my window for shaping.

Should still be great with the chowder though.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby freezeblade » Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:01 pm UTC

Bakemaster wrote:Loaf of sourdough and pot of clam chowder. I find it tough to time my sourdough during the week when I'm away at work all day. I made the dough last night, gave it a first rise overnight, punched it down around 7 AM and by the time I got back at 5 PM it seemed to have gone a bit too far. But it's not like it's particularly warm here. Shaped it and didn't quite get it to come all the way back afterward. This is also a bit wetter of a dough than my last attempt but I think the yeast just pooped out while I was at work and I missed my window for shaping.

Should still be great with the chowder though.


For some of these long times, I would put the dough in the fridge (in a bowl with tight plastic wrap or a lid), then remove it when you get home. Another option is to shape the loaf then put the whole sha-bang in a bag in the fridge. Retarding the proof is always ok.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Quercus » Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:21 pm UTC

freezeblade wrote:Retarding the proof is always ok.


And, in my experience, usually improves the flavour.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Sun Feb 08, 2015 4:03 am UTC

Made some cinnamon bun pancakes (basically pancakes with some cinnamon-y swirls going on) with cream cheese glaze for breakfast. Made some oatmeal cookies at the insistence of my recovering husband for after-dinner.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Wed Feb 11, 2015 3:35 pm UTC

Pork chops in my favorite marinade of soy-orange-sesame-maple. With a dash of chili-garlic paste. Alas, they dried out in the oven. I hate regular american fat-free pork!
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Thesh » Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:35 pm UTC

PAstrychef wrote:Alas, they dried out in the oven. I hate regular american fat-free pork!


If they are dry, it's because you overcooked them, not because they didn't have enough fat. I don't marinade, and I've never had dry pork chops. Sear them in the pan, add a little salt and pepper, 15 minutes in the oven, always delicious, never dry.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Whitekiboko » Thu Feb 12, 2015 2:50 am UTC

With loin or chops, past 145 pre-rest is toast.

My mom used to make a braised cheddar/artichoke pork chop that was tasty but a bit chewy. Of course she had been thoroughly indoctrinated to the idea of 'not a speck of pink in pork.'

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Thu Feb 12, 2015 4:31 am UTC

Made some of Smitten Kitchen's mushroom bourguingon. It was delicious!
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:20 pm UTC

Double post since I guess no one made anything today? Today I made honey-sriracha-roasted almonds, and some florentine cookies with chocolate. It's basically my Valentine's day gift.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby freezeblade » Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:32 pm UTC

I've made things, just haven't posted (lazy or uninteresting):

Tuesday: Cracked wheat sourdough sandwich bread. Made preferment for sf-style sourdough.
Wendsday: spanish chorizo/onion/squash sauteed with a red sauce, over angel hair pasta. Mixed sf-style sourdough.
Thursday (today): Dinner...something with fish? (my girlfriend is picking up the animal protein). Shape sf-style sourdough. maybe bake, depends on if I'm going to retard it again post-shape.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Fri Feb 13, 2015 3:19 am UTC

I've also been cooking. I made some chicken in the slow cooker that turned out pretty good considering it was just breasts, barleywine, cheap green salsa and cumin seed. I made a loaf of sourdough in a different shape than usual, using 1 cup whole wheat and 2 cups bread flour, that looks really nice but has a much softer crust than my previous attempts.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Whitekiboko » Fri Feb 13, 2015 6:39 am UTC

Bakemaster wrote:I've also been cooking. I made some chicken in the slow cooker that turned out pretty good considering it was just breasts, barleywine, cheap green salsa and cumin seed. I made a loaf of sourdough in a different shape than usual, using 1 cup whole wheat and 2 cups bread flour, that looks really nice but has a much softer crust than my previous attempts.


Not a big cumin fan, but what barleywine?

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:24 pm UTC

Pasta dish loosely based on this recipe: penne with charred zucchini, poblano, and garlic, sausage, tomato sauce, and mint.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:46 pm UTC

Tried to make monkey bread today but the dough wouldn't rise, not sure why. Maybe the liquid I put the yeast in was too hot and killed the yeast. When I tested the yeast later they were definitely active. I dunno, the dough felt incredibly firm as I was kneading it and I was sure what was wrong, I just kept adding more liquids. Can't win them all I guess.

So I made some penne pasta with simple tomato sauce with red wine and cream for lunch, and now I'm making couscous with very veggie-ful sauce since we felt like having something a bit more fibery.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Sat Feb 14, 2015 2:13 am UTC

Salmon fillet with a crust of spices. I put mustard seeds, fennel seed, salt, peppercorns, cumin and one thing I can't remember in the big mortar, crushed them ,then patted them on the fish, which I made sure was nice and dry. Sautéed in a film of olive oli. Got the skin nice and crispy, too. I suspect this woukd work really well with a boneless chicken thigh, pounded flat with the skin on.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Sat Feb 14, 2015 4:35 am UTC

Whitekiboko wrote:Not a big cumin fan, but what barleywine?

Victory Old Horizontal. Smells great, tastes like a butthole stuffed with hops and left to sweat in the desert sun for a week. Worked great for the recipe though, you need presence when you're cooking with beer for the flavor (as opposed to, e.g., "beer battered" things).
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:31 pm UTC

Chili con carne, roughly Texas-style. Espresso stout, various kinds of chile, some spices and aromatics. No beans or tomato. Garnished with onion, cheddar, serrano, and kale chips. Good.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Quercus » Sat Feb 14, 2015 3:04 pm UTC

Bakemaster wrote:
Whitekiboko wrote:Not a big cumin fan, but what barleywine?

Victory Old Horizontal. Smells great, tastes like a butthole stuffed with hops and left to sweat in the desert sun for a week. Worked great for the recipe though, you need presence when you're cooking with beer for the flavor (as opposed to, e.g., "beer battered" things).


Talking of beer for flavour a local brewers near to where I used to spend a lot of summer holidays (Adnams) do an ice-cream flavoured with their bitter. It is delicious.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:20 am UTC

American barleywines are very, very different from your barleywines across the pond.

Ours should really be called "hopwines" to be accurate.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Whitekiboko » Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:50 am UTC

Bakemaster wrote:
Whitekiboko wrote:Not a big cumin fan, but what barleywine?

Victory Old Horizontal. Smells great, tastes like a butthole stuffed with hops and left to sweat in the desert sun for a week. Worked great for the recipe though, you need presence when you're cooking with beer for the flavor (as opposed to, e.g., "beer battered" things).


I think Old Horizonal is relatively civil. Certainly more food friendly than say Bigfoot.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Moo » Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:50 pm UTC

Last night I made mushroom and sundried tomato risotto and parmesan baby marrow (zuchinni) "fries". Last night I learned, I am the only person in my house that likes risotto. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Sandry » Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:46 pm UTC

Sunday I decided I wanted to make a savoury baked good, and went for leek bread pudding. Turned out reasonably well, though I wish I'd had different cheese options. We basically had parmesan and some robusto that was getting hard, but I would've loved to have gone with a softer cheese than that. (Though I didn't wish it enough to try to flipping leave the house in the middle of yet another stupid blizzard.) Oh well.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:27 am UTC

Chicken-linguica jambalaya and a proto-Sazerac.


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