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bio website lacasadelholandes.es
location Madrigal de la Vera, Spain
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My name is Hans Polak, I'm the owner, cook, dishwasher, maintenance guy and web designer at 'La Casa del Holandés' in Spain. My wife is the general manager, maître d', kitchen hand, cleaning woman and community manager.

I have a master degree in Cognitive Artificial Intelligence and specialized in Human Computer Interaction. That's the reason I choose GUI Junkie as my on-line personality (GUI stands for Graphical User Interface).

My wife is a psychologist.

Thanks to cooking.stackexchange I'm becoming a better cook, and, to give something back, I've posted a number of improvement suggestions at MSO, resulting in four (!) question bans in one year (these have all been lifted).


Jun
23
comment How is apple syrup made?
Yes, I'm looking for stroop :)
Jun
23
comment How is apple syrup made?
I've never tried. I've noticed a similarity with 'stroop' as @Joe mentioned. Stroop is very thick and very dark.
Jun
23
revised How is apple syrup made?
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Jun
23
comment How is apple syrup made?
Sounds good, but does it turn dark brown or black?
Jun
23
asked How is apple syrup made?
Jun
23
comment What is this French cuisine technique called, where “a piece of pheasant meat is cooked between two slices of veal, which are then discarded?”
I saw that technique once on TV. I think Lord Byron used it. However, I can't find it anywhere (in 5').
Jun
21
comment What makes store brand mayo white?
You are right, not quite as pale but approx. The olive oil is a must for taste.
Jun
20
comment What makes store brand mayo white?
My last batch had one whole egg, 100ml sunflower and under 150 olive oil. It gets thick. I also added 1/2 garlic clove. A tablespoon of sherry vinegar and salt.
Jun
20
comment What makes store brand mayo white?
My home made mayo is made with whole eggs and an ordinary 600W kitchen blender. No problem. I usually use part sunflower part olive oil. The olive oil adds a lot of flavor and color. Less olive oil, whiter mayo. Nearly store mayonnaise.
Jun
19
answered Can bean-to-cup machine make quality espresso/cappuccino?
Jun
19
revised What flour and technique do I need for hand pulled noodles?
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Jun
18
awarded  Nice Question
Jun
16
comment Amount of salt in bread
At 2% this bread is really nice. Thanks for the answer.
Jun
16
comment Amount of salt in bread
+1 You're ever so right in all aspects. We're talking about the Spanish health authorities. Apparently the bakers are using less salt now than a couple of years ago. The current bread is pretty tasteless. 'Decent' according to my taste of course... My bad.
Jun
16
accepted Amount of salt in bread
Jun
16
asked Amount of salt in bread
Jun
16
answered How do you properly cook cow tongue?
Jun
14
comment How to clean grease efficiently?
I bought a professional degreaser and it works! Thumbs up!
Jun
13
comment How to cook cod?
Very good answer. I'll give these methods a try. Any comments on my other questions cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/7375/… and cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/7812/…
Jun
13
accepted How to cook cod?