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Film and TV VIP. Seeker of the peace. Part-time chandelier cleaner. A legend in his own time. Oppressor of champions. Soldier of fortune. World traveler. Bon vivant. All around good guy. International lover. Casual hero. Defender of Reason. Philosopher. Wars fought, bears wrestled, equations solved, revolutions quelled, tigers castrated, governments run, test-rockets flown.


Jan
30
comment Crispy Lembas Bread Recipe
That sounds more like a reminiscence of childhood games of cowboys and Indians than being a 'student'. I would have thought his Catholicism would be a far greater influence: the life giving wafer and all that. Another name for the Eucharistic wafer is_viaticum_ meaning 'for the way'. Lembas is also referred to as way bread. Etc etc.
Jan
30
comment Crispy Lembas Bread Recipe
Do you have a source for the Native American assertion? I've never heard of such a thing...
Jan
27
comment Bread with no salt
Certain Italian breads have no salt. The flavour comes from a long slow prove and really, really good olive oil for dipping :)
Jan
26
comment Help with thinly slicing garlic
Shaking hands and anything sharp don't mix
Jan
25
comment Help with thinly slicing garlic
Use a standard-issue razorblade, Goodfellas style. Single sided preferably, to prevent you cutting yourself.
Jan
25
comment What to do with too-dry sun dried tomatoes?
I wouldn't preserve them in oil at all. While tomatoes are less susceptible to carrying botulinum toxin than garlic (botulinum is found in soil), IMO it's just not worth the risk. Botulinum needs an anoxic environment to grow in, and oil is perfect for it. If you want to use them, I would soak them in water, then drizzle them in fresh oil just before serving them (you can also put them in oil, in the fridge, for a couple of days tops.)
Jan
24
comment What causes a cake to sink in the center?
Did you open the oven during baking?
Jan
24
comment Ideas for a banana dessert crust, gluten free
In my experience, no amount of crust will prevent mushing if mushing is what the youngin' wants to do...
Jan
22
comment Why didn't my mustard sauce emulsify?
You might try whisking it over a pan of simmering water.
Jan
14
comment Convert chocolate chip cookie recipe to chocolate chocolate chip cookie
No, I would think 1.5 cups of sugar is plenty.
Jan
13
comment heat chicken breast in a pan with no oil - ok for the pan?
+1 for the obscure reference to thermal paste :)
Jan
10
comment Multitasking with oven ( roast and potatoes)
@rumtscho skin on is a different matter, as the potatoes don't dry out as easily. But it's pretty rare to have a roast with skin-on roast potatoes!
Jan
10
comment Multitasking with oven ( roast and potatoes)
If you boil them fully, they are cooked through anyway - the purpose of roasting is then just developing a good crust (and improving flavour by absorbing tasty tasty fat and juices). Potatoes roasted from raw are, in my opinion, terrible.
Jan
9
comment How did inventor Robert C. Baker bind breading to chicken?
I just Googled 'Robert C. Baker'...
Jan
7
comment how do i store blanched garlic?
And in fact, putting it in oil is positively dangerous, as it provides a nice anoxic environment for botulinum to grow in.
Jan
6
comment Making sticky rice without rice cooker
Well, splatter guards are very cheap.
Jan
6
comment Making sticky rice without rice cooker
Do you have a splatter guard, by any chance? Or can you easily acquire one?
Jan
3
comment Why does Tomato Sauce (ketchup) require refrigeration but Barbecue sauce (like Worcestershire sauce) does not?
There's a case to be made that ketchup doesn't need refrigerating, given that it's full of sugar and vinegar, and that the directive to refrigerate is a marketing ploy to make sure that the bottle is always 'in your face', generally at eye level in the fridge, which you probably open a lot more than your cupboards. Personally I keep my ketchup in a common or garden cupboard and neither I or the ketchup suffer any ill effects, but I like to live dangerously like that.
Dec
26
comment Name of the sauce/salad eaten with roast dinners up north UK
Coleslaw isn't eaten with roast dinners anywhere in the UK, unfortunately (or rather, fortunately, because it would be gross).
Dec
23
comment Something wrong with pizza dough - 3rd time in a row
1tbsp salt seems like an awful lot for 4g of yeast...