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bio website lacasadelholandes.es
location Madrigal de la Vera, Spain
age 45
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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).


Sep
13
comment Food Safety Question - Refrigerator Temperature
Check if your insurance company covers your losses.
Sep
13
comment Food Safety Question - Refrigerator Temperature
Most things you have in the fridge need to be refrigerated. 12ºC is a nice temperature for bacteria to flourish. After a couple of hours (2h, I believe), your food should be considered unsafe.
Sep
1
comment Where did hot dogs get their name?
hot-dog.org/culture/hot-dog-history
Aug
5
comment Does cooking with solar cookers preserve the nutrients in food?
+1 Welcome to the site :-)
Aug
5
comment Does cooking with solar cookers preserve the nutrients in food?
No cooking can add nutrients to food. However, cooking does make nutrients more readily available... independent of method. See the answer below.
Aug
5
comment Does cooking with solar cookers preserve the nutrients in food?
+1 Welcome to the site!
Aug
4
comment Recommendations: Food with Minimal Stovetop Time, No Oven Available
What minimal time? Is 20 Minutes for boiling potatoes too much?
Jul
30
comment What is the origin of fish sauce in asia?
The Romans had Garum, apparently Asian fish-sauce came later
Jul
30
comment Is there a table showing the shelf life of basic food at room temperature?
Green bread doesn't cause disease? Good to know!
Jul
29
comment What is the difference between custard pie and custard tart?
Maybe add this answer to the original question and close this one?
Jul
28
comment Why does my caramel sauce fail?
No, but you could quote the recipe. That's clearer and prevents the broken link problem.
Jul
28
comment Why does my caramel sauce fail?
Welcome to the site, Adrian. Enjoy!
Jul
26
comment Why to remove skin and seeds of tomatoes when we puree them?
Great story! Welcome to the site, Ben.
Jul
16
comment Avoid butter in puff pastry dough from melting while baking in the oven
I'd chill the cookies as long as possible.
Jul
14
comment Frying - Oil foams
Maybe try a higher temperature?
Jul
13
comment Options for non-stick frying pans - not using teflon
Yes, @NimChimpsky, he also demonstrates water on a hot plate.
Jul
13
comment Options for non-stick frying pans - not using teflon
iflscience.com/physics/… This is how hot the steel plate has to be for non-stick stainless steel (and iron?)
Jul
13
comment Options for non-stick frying pans - not using teflon
Why, o why, do people install smoke detectors in kitchens?
Jul
13
comment Options for non-stick frying pans - not using teflon
I hadn't used my plate iron pan in a while (maybe six months) and it's doing great. Non-stick eggs.
May
28
comment What are the functions of vinegar in cooking?
Vinegar does nothing for the emulsion, that's the yolk. Vinegar in hollandaise or mayonnaise is there for flavour only. The vinaigrette is not a true emulsion.