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Jan
22
comment Does ginger have to be peeled? If so how?
I often strip ginger, julienne, rather than mince it - then the peel would be unpleasant.
Jan
21
comment What is chickpea flour used for?
All good foods - those would translate to Shirini-E / Nan-E Nokhodchi (chickpea cookies), Cutlets, Kofteh (like many of the Kofteh Tabrizi balls (though I usually see these done with soya protein).
Dec
12
comment how do I cook sausages without poking holes through them?
@TheodoreMurdock: I was thinking more of British sausages, which are a fairly different affair and my understanding of the word.
Nov
30
comment How do you make golden syrup?
@zanlok Excellent link, good information.
Oct
29
comment Any secondary uses for taffy?
@rumtscho: Granted, whilst taffy does exist in places in the UK, we never really use the concept. However, toffee does come in many variations and much toffee that is sold is more similar to taffy in physical properties.
Jan
17
comment Substitute for lemon grass in curry dish
@Laura: If you can not obtain an ingredient that provides a significant taste factor, then the end result will not taste as expected. Lemongrass is not often star of the show, occasionally perhaps, but not usually. I would say just add some lemon or lime juice or zest, not too much, and see what it tasted like - or just leave it out altogether. In that congee recipe, I would probably use a squirt of lime juice instead. It wouldn't be the same, but would be alright with the other ingredients.
Nov
25
comment Does golden syrup 'go off'?
@Chris Cudmore: Aye, quite true. I am allergic to mould myself, so am the special case. But even I occasionally do such things if very careful.
May
15
comment Meatballs in tomato sauce using a rice cooker
@daniel: They are not anywhere near the same, but I imagine you could have a very spicy meatballs in salsa as a relatively similar alternative.
May
13
comment Tricks to preserve chips (french fries)?
You say chips and french fries, but the UK chips, if done properly, like you might get from a chippie, are very different to french fries.
May
13
comment Where can I buy fresh water prawns?
@James Barrie: Living not far from the North Sea, I am aware of the fishing boats with onboard freezers. But the OP was asking about Fresh Water Prawns.
May
12
comment Why rinse basmati rice?
Well, I've always been taught by many Indians to rinse it in a sieve till the water runs clear, ie. the loose starch is gone. That usually takes a good minute.
May
12
comment Why rinse basmati rice?
Related: Why do you have to rinse rice?
May
10
comment Why is butter usually labeled “Sweet Cream”?
Is this country-specific, as I've never known butter to say anything about cream on it (UK)?
May
9
comment Which spice gives brown colour to Indian curry?
@TFD: That statement is true for most major foreign cuisines in most countries. There is usually a localised variant on the cuisine.
May
8
comment No broiler - is there a way to fake it?
Not sure I could manage without one, it's the only piece of cooking equipment I use every day. Doubt there is an effective substitute, some things might be able to be baked, but flames overhead isn't an easy effect to replicate.
May
6
comment Why is there cow cheese but no pig cheese?
Human milk is considered suitable for vegans, providing it was given freely by the producer. The ethical element departs when informed consent can be granted.
May
6
comment Where can I buy fresh water prawns?
Given the nature of the item, which has a very short lifespan if not frozen, and that you state your location. It would have to be relatively close to you. You could find a US shipper who will use a frozen cooler pack on overnight air (very expensive), but still you could not ship such a thing internationally; which localises the question to a single country at best, and more likely only Texas and surrounding states would be sensible. There are supposed to be hatcheries in Texas, so you should be able to find something.
May
5
comment Where can I buy fresh water prawns?
Probably too localised to be an allowed question here.
May
3
comment Can I re-cook a ham that was left out overnight?
Could well be absolutely fine for that sort of short time, many people take ham sandwiches to work that end up in a more ideal growth environment for just as long with no major issues. If he is recooking it too, then that will kill off any bacteria that could be on it if done properly.
May
3
comment Can I re-cook a ham that was left out overnight?
Lots have things have bacteria in them that we eat, often deliberately, yoghurt for instance, it is not a blanket "issue".