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  1.  (1707.1)
    Saw something pop up on the March Food Thread so i thouight i'd start a more timely thread along the same vein.

    Worked on revising a new baked potato recipe i pulled from a Jamie Oliver book.

    -preheat oven to 400 degrees

    -core a large baking potato. (Russet are good) keep the core.

    -take a slice of bacon and layer with garlic, fresh rosemary, and fresh sage.

    -fold and twist bacon with layers and stuff into hollow portion of potato. trim off the ends of the kept core and plug the ends of the potato.

    -punch with fork a few times

    -rub outside of potato with olive oil and salt

    -place on foil lined baking sheet and bake for about an hour depending on the size of the potato. turn potato over a few times during baking to get an even cooking and to prevent burning.

    Pitch the stuffing contents after cooking as it's mostly just a rubbery undercooked mess. add a little bit of butter and salt and you have a wonderfully tasty potato.
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2008
    This is really very basic but it's great for summer [it's sort of summer in California already, but it isn't my fault so don't yell at me] eating if you're like me and hate chewing in the morning and hate anything hot in the afternoon. Add bacon as needed.

    Breakfast = A fruit smoothie. Today's was bananas, strawberries, enhanced soy milk and honey. Not shown: coffee.

    Lunch = Carrots to be eaten separately, almonds to be mixed into the cale+purple cabbage+honey+peanut dressing salad.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2008
    Not shown: coffee.

    Does that mean you didn't have coffee with it, or just wasn't shown?

    Burgers with fried egg between the top bun and the meat are grossly underrated, I find. Especially over-easy, so the yolk spills out and gets into the meat, making it taste...well, meatier, actually.
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2008

    Chili over macaroni (which they tell me is "Cincinatti style"), cheddar, country biscuits.
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2008
    oh god, i need biscuits.

    made chocolate cake a few days ago. cake itself was boring boxed mix, but i made dark chocolate frosting from a recipe out of cook's illustrated.
    • CommentAuthorMDickey
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2008
    @Howyadoin: Damn you... I'm thinking my left kidney would be a fair trade for that plate right there...
  2.  (1707.7)
    Your April Sushi Recommendations - Special Mackrel Edition

    Shime Saba - Saba meaning mackrel, this one is lightly pickled in vinegar and is pleasantly tart.

    Aburi Saba - This one's lightly cooked mackrel with minced radish and green onions on top. Both of these have quite a different feel to most other sushi. I think that actual raw mackrel ain't all that great, or doesn't stay fresh for long enough, so pickling or cooking is generally a good way to go.
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2008
    Had a dinner party a few days ago, made a really nice onion tart with greens:

    Enough dough for two pie-sized rounds (Me, I cheated and bought pie crust)
    4 medium onions, sliced thin
    two or three cloves garlic
    tbsp or two of balsamic vinegar

    Slice your onions thin, and cook ( med. high heat) with a little olive oil for about fifteen minutes. Don't let them burn.
    Slice up your garlic cloves and toss in with the onions. cook em for about a minute.
    Season with salt, pepper, thyme. Add balsamic and let that cook down a little. Let the onions cool.
    When the onions are cool, spread them in the center of the dough rounds. fold the edges in to make a nice border. Brush the crust with beaten egg.

    Bake for about 30 minutes in a 400 degree oven.

    Serve with nice baby greens tossed with goat cheese and simple vinaigrette (1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp. olive oil, salt, pepper).

    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008 edited
    @ howyadoin

    That is indeed CinciNNati style... but, the chili recipe must include cinnamon. We also serve it with spaghetti, cheese, and onions.

    Delicious and all, but, it is a bit telling that our chili restaraunts have their lunch hour rush around 2:30 am. *wink*

    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
    Homemade popcorn last night. The kind you pop in a pot yourself from kernels with corn oil and salt. Anybody else make damn good popcorn?
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
    Grilled salmon in ponzu sauce, cold soba with wasabi. Barley tea.
  3.  (1707.12)
    Oh man, homemade popcorn....that is good stuff. I make mine with one of those hot air poppers, but the thing is old. As in older than i am. As in as old as my parent's 30 some yr marriage as i believe it was a wedding present.

    Talk about seasoned.

    so it might as well be a pot with oil and kernals.

    crap, now i'm going to have to go make myself some popcorn when i leave the cubicle life today.
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
    On Sunday I went to make spaghetti bolognese for 4, but found there was no actual spaghetti. Rather than leave the house to find any, I decided to proceed with the bolognese. However, once it was pretty much complete, I put in some small diced potato cubes (about 1cm each side), a load of sweetcorn and some spinach leaves, and about a pint of water, and instead made bolognese soup.

    It was really good, surprisingly.
  4.  (1707.14)

    My favorite drunk munchies, and yeah there is also two slices of ham underneath the waffle
  5.  (1707.15)
    Did I talk about this last time?

    Pastrami sandwich, yogurt, prosciutto.
    Gringo Paella!

    Gringo paella: leftover shishkabob makings, juice from tomatoes (all the slimy guts as opposed to tomato juice) and steak marinade from a bbq stirred up with olive oil, soy sauce, chicken and hot dog. Egg added in the late stages with a little extra soy. Then: long-grain rice.

    Gringo Paella!
    Gringo Paella!
    Gringo Paella!
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
    That is indeed CinciNNati style... but, the chili recipe must include cinnamon.

    Funny you should mention that...
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008

    Oh god. That looks artery-cloggingly amazingly beautifully good. What's the sausage on the left?
    • CommentAuthorParity
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008

    My wife makes some awesome popcorn - I'd never had homemade popcorn before I met her. Melted butter, salt and then grated parmesan - really moreish.
  6.  (1707.19)

    Oh lord, I would punch a baby in the kidneys for some of that mac chili and biscuits.
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
    I've been in Shanghai for the last three weeks subsisting on the Chinese food groups of noodles, rice, soup and vegetable oil. Ended up eating a lot of the time at the food stalls on the street, and loved it - sit under a canopy on a bench, guy tosses noodles in a wok right in front of you, a lovely full meal for about 50p. I loved nearly everything I ate out there but by the end of the trip I really craved some Western food. Emirates flight back and the first thing they served was an afternoon tea - tea, scones, strawberry jam and Cornish cream. Airplane food has never, ever been as good.