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Sep
26
comment How to recook a roast?
I'd imagine that's the American version. Hereabouts it's a sauteed dish: fry the onions until soft, add mushrooms and soften, add fillet steak (coated in paprika), add brandy and flambe, add mustard, add sour cream.
Sep
26
comment Non-alcoholic substitute for brandy?
Skip it - your only option might be to boil off some of the alcohol from the brandy, but if you don't have any you're going to struggle finding anything that will taste remotely like it.
Sep
26
comment How to recook a roast?
A stroganoff (in the European sense of the word) is not a stew, it's usually made with fillet steak fried very quickly.
Sep
25
comment Sugar in Indian curries?
I always add a little sugar to my tinned-tomato-based curries.
Sep
25
comment Substitution for beef (veal) in a stew
Welcome, glad you enjoyed it. Thighs are also very nice marinaded and roasted in the oven or barbecue.
Sep
23
comment Should I buy a mechanical chopper?
@mary Maybe not, but it will do it for long after any number of plastic gimmicks have been consigned to the trash.
Sep
22
comment Should I buy a mechanical chopper?
What I want to know is how you get the veg small enough to put in the Slap Chop? It's almost like you need a knife. Oh, wait... /sarcasm. Invest the money in a good knife like a Global or Wusthof and forget the gadgets.
Sep
18
comment Can I substitute teriyaki glaze and baste for teriyaki sauce?
I'd have actually used water rather than soy for fear of making it too salty.
Sep
13
comment Why do people smash garlic?
I try not to smash it totally as it makes it harder to get a nice even chop. Cut the root end off, a bit of a smack to loosen the skin, and away we go.
Sep
13
comment Where can I buy corn kernel for making popcorn?
Popping corn is different to 'sweet' corn. It would be easier to suggest a location to buy it if you told us roughly where you were, i.e. your country.
Sep
4
comment Is it safe to prepare Chicken Tartare?
I can't think of anything I'd like to eat less. Apart from safety concerns (salmonella, campylobacter etc), the texture and probably the taste (if the smell is anything to go by) of raw chicken is off-putting to say the least. Just my 2 cents.
Aug
3
comment Small portable grill for a studio flat?
What about the George Foreman grill?
Jul
26
comment Why is buying meat online so expensive
Indubitably. Crazy = flavour.
Jul
26
comment Why is buying meat online so expensive
Generally the quality of meat here in the UK (lol @ 'the London' :) ) is very good, especially in comparison to other European countries (the meat in French supermarkets is pretty awful IMO), and organic, grass fed meat is widely available.
Jul
19
comment Flavor notes or profile of truffles?
Truffle oil is also relatively cheap and conveys some of the deep umami flavour of the truffle itself. Beautiful drizzled in homemade mushroom soup.
Jul
12
comment Why are drippings from restaraunt ground beef colored orange?
Had you previously cooked something in the same pan that might have imparted the colour? Non-stick pans can be quite absorbent.
Jul
12
comment How to tell if frozen mussels are good?
If they're fresh and open then it implies that they have been dead a while and thus have been rotting. While frozen ones are definitely dead, they are also A) frozen and B) closed, reducing the amount of bacteria involved considerably.
Jul
12
comment What are purple small Brinjals called in English?
I used to live near an Indian restaurant specialising in Kashmiri cuisine. Not sure how authentic it was but it was different from the usual Indian food you find here, which I believe is more Bangladeshi/Pakistani influenced.
Jul
12
comment What are purple small Brinjals called in English?
Could be! I do like Kashmiri curries. Every eggplant I've ever had has been slimy and bitter, however.
Jul
12
comment What are purple small Brinjals called in English?
In bigger cities Asian supermarkets are common, so the smaller varieties are fairly easy to get hold of. Personally I hate all varieties, so I've never really looked! Eggplants in general are not particularly popular here in the UK; they are more popular in the Eastern Mediterranean I believe.