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bio website nicolaromano.net
location Edinburgh, United Kingdom
age 34
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I'm a researcher in neurosciences, cooking is one of my hobbies.

I'm Italian and been living in New Zealand, South of France, and now Scotland.

I'm pretty good at Mediterranean cuisine (or so they say) and I love Asian food, especially Thai and Indian.


Nov
2
comment best way to preserve ricotta?
@gcb: yeah, but fresh cheese turning yellow to me sounds like rancidification (e.g. by oxydation), not necessarily bacteria. Anyway I would not eat it either, was just curious if you knew for sure that it was toxic.
Nov
1
comment What is the best substitute for Provolone?
Definitely not mozzarella. Provolone, especially aged one is a very tasty cheese and the texture is completely different from mozzarella. That said, mozzarella would also be very good in the dish, it just won't give the same type of result.
Nov
1
comment What is the best substitute for Provolone?
Aged provolone is very sharp and dry, I would use a quite mature and dry cheddar.
Nov
1
comment best way to preserve ricotta?
Why don't you just buy smaller amounts of ricotta? Also, do you really have evidence whatsoever that the "yellow stuff is toxic"?
Oct
22
comment Is there a way to lessen the unpleasant smell of steamed broccoli?
@Blessed Geek: broccoli naturally releases H2S not only when they're "broken" (whatever that means). Cooking just speeds up the process as H2S is volatile.
Oct
19
comment Is there a way to lessen the unpleasant smell of steamed broccoli?
@Blessed Geek: you're the first person I hear saying that he likes the smell of hydrogen sulfide...
Oct
19
comment Is there a way to lessen the unpleasant smell of steamed broccoli?
@Jay: I mean turn on the kitchen hood while cooking, so you will avoid having your house stink for the next week :)
Oct
18
comment Is there a way to lessen the unpleasant smell of steamed broccoli?
You can always use a hood! :)
Oct
15
comment What is the best and fastest way to liquify Nutella chocolate spread?
@DMz: if it became solid you probably heated it too much!
Oct
11
comment How to prevent my marshmallows from melting in my hot cocoa?
OT: try using boiling milk instead of water. That is the only way to get a proper thick hot chocolate (maybe add a teaspoon of cornstarch to the mix). A tad longer but absolutely worth the wait.
Oct
11
comment How to prevent my marshmallows from melting in my hot cocoa?
Non native English speaker here: What is a cuppa?
Oct
8
comment Is eating road kill a health-hazard?
well, then they were not butchering the animals themselves...
Oct
7
comment Is eating road kill a health-hazard?
Even if you went hunting in the forest you would not be allowed to butcher animals in your restaurant.
Oct
7
comment Is eating road kill a health-hazard?
I seriously doubt that charities would be allowed to take and butcher the animals. What they probably do is to take them to an abattoir, have them examined and butchered.
Oct
7
comment Why put cinnamon in chili?
@Blessed Geek: how do you define a taste as "wrong"? Do you mean you do not like it?
Oct
6
comment Why put cinnamon in chili?
In many cultures (think Indian, for instance) cinnamon is used for salty dishes rather than sweets. I cannot comment on the dishes you had, but definitely I would not say cinnamon equals dessert
Oct
6
comment What to do with leftover egg whites?
@citizen: crumble them and use them to cover cakes! :)
Oct
1
comment What is chickpea flour used for?
Or, similar to that, but fried, are the panelle, which are typical from Palermo and delicious.
Sep
30
comment Unnecessary kitchen gadgets: a reference
It is pretty much impossible to break the cork with one of those (while it is possible with the others)
Sep
30
comment Unnecessary kitchen gadgets: a reference
I have one, but mostly use it for kneading only, if I can't be bothered to do it manually. I would then cook the bread in the oven for the reasons you mention.