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Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: June 20 2007,19:15   

I'm beginning to think you might wanna rename this thread:

fire and brimstone

:D

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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: June 20 2007,19:21   

Quote (Ichthyic @ June 20 2007,20:15)
I'm beginning to think you might wanna rename this thread:

fire and brimstone

:D

Brimstone? Maybe if we start cooking some eggs.

:p

   
Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: June 20 2007,19:23   

too late; that's a very common usage of hot sauces in my house.

Machaca con huevos with lots of spicy salsa.

mmmm.

in fact, you've got me thinking about twist I'd like to call jerked machaca con huevos.

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(Permalink) Posted: June 21 2007,19:41   

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Back from tennis. So I put the whole bottle in the blender with 2 habaneros. The resulting product has some bounce to the ounce. It's going on some jerk chicken and then into the oven. We'll know the results in an hour.

Well.........?

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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: June 21 2007,19:54   

Oh. Eh. It was okay. The chicken, unmarinated and baked, was too dry. Nice and spicy, though. The habaneros blended into the Texas Pete certainly improved it.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: June 23 2007,07:56   

As far as ESB's go, I prefer Fuller's over Red Hook.

I did get to try a nice beer at the Bonnaroo Music festival last week. It's a Vermont brew called Magic Hat. My daughter, who goes to school in Vermont, had been telling me about it, but it's not distributed here in Missouri. So I grabbed the chance at the beer table at the festival. Very, very, nice and refreshing.

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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: June 23 2007,09:54   

I had Magic Hat No. 9 for the first time a few weeks ago. Good stuff.

   
stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,19:15   

Tonight's dish: Cashew Chicken, basically following this recipe.
Minus the peanut oil. (allergic) And plus about a tablespoon of cayenne pepper.

And to drink, Foster's Lager.

   
IanBrown_101



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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,19:22   

Quote (stevestory @ June 26 2007,19:15)
Tonight's dish: Cashew Chicken, basically following this recipe.
Minus the peanut oil. (allergic) And plus about a tablespoon of cayenne pepper.

And to drink, Foster's Lager.

Sounds pretty damn good.

I'm rather a whizz in the kitchen, if I do say so myself, and I love making my own curries. Get yourself a recipie book, look at what ingredients go with what, then add what you like.

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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,19:52   

Last weekend I had pretty good luck with a chicken tikka masala recipe on this product. The other ingredients aside from the paste were a quarter cup of yogurt, crushed tomatoes, and an onion. I followed the recipe VERY closely and I quite liked how it came out. My wife said it tasted just like how a restaurant would make it. Not particularly hot, though -- what Patak's calls 'medium', I'd call 'mild'.

Anyway, for reasons that I can't really explain, I am going to attempt the following recipe with six chicken thighs tonight:

 
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Mutton Dish (Phaal)

Ingredients

1. Mutton pieces or Chicken 1/2 kg.
2. Bunch of Coriander/Cilantro. More than a handful. Well chopped.
3. 4-5 Red Chillies
4. 1 tbsp Pepper Powder.
5. Ginger-Garlic paste- 1 tbsp
6. 2 Onions
7. 1 Tomato
8. 3-4 Potatoes
9. Oil - 2 tbsp
10. Salt to taste

Method


Fry the onions for a while. Then add ginger-garlic paste and fry a little longer.
Make a paste out of Coriander, red chillies, pepper powder, tomato and fried onions (from step 1 ).
Take a wok and put in the paste and heat well. Keep stirring until paste thickens and the raw smell disappears.
Add some water, mutton or chicken pieces along with potatoes and cook for 20 minutes.
If it is mutton you will have to pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. Stir once in a while and add water if you require a little extra gravy.
Happy cooking.


I don't have any red chilis, so I'm either going to use two habaneros, or some Kohinoor brand red chili paste I got from my favorite Indian grocery.

I'm making a separate meal (hamburgers) for my wife and daughter so they don't have to suffer as I have chosen to suffer.

I've seen conflicting reports as to whether phaal is 'authentic'. Some say Indian restauranteurs in England invented it to punish boorish drunken white guys who show up at 11pm and ask for 'the hottest thing you've got'. Others say it's a genuine recipe for fish curry cooked in Bangladesh.

I'll report back if I live. If I die, you can blame Louis.

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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,19:55   

Ah, Pataks are rather good (I also like Sharwoods).

I believe Phaal is about as Indian as Chicken Tikka Masala (invented in Glasgow no matter WHAT the people from Birmingham say), since I've seen a variety of things mentione as being "traditional" although the name might be real, the sheer pointlessness of the sauce is probably not.

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Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,19:58   

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I'll report back if I live. If I die, you can blame Louis.


Can't I just blame Louis in either case?

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Arden Chatfield



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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,20:06   

Quote (IanBrown_101 @ June 26 2007,19:55)
Ah, Pataks are rather good (I also like Sharwoods).

I believe Phaal is about as Indian as Chicken Tikka Masala (invented in Glasgow no matter WHAT the people from Birmingham say), since I've seen a variety of things mentione as being "traditional" although the name might be real, the sheer pointlessness of the sauce is probably not.

I think it's pretty much indisputable that Tikka Masala is the Chop Suey of Indian food. Invented by Asians, yes, but far far away from Asia.

As for Patak's I quite like this one. I'd like to try their Jalfrezi paste, but I haven't been able to find it yet.

Larich makes some interestingly bizarre Sri Lankan pastes, tho they don't seem to have their own website.

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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,20:07   

Quote (Ichthyic @ June 26 2007,19:58)
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I'll report back if I live. If I die, you can blame Louis.


Can't I just blame Louis in either case?

Good point. Whatever happens, blame Louis.  :angry:

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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,20:07   

For what it is worth, I tried this recipe for Tinga over the weekend.  It had a great flavor with just the right amount of heat (for me).  Fire-eaters could probably spice it up even with a few more chipotles or some cayenne.

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IanBrown_101



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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,20:08   

Never really tried their curry paste, but I'd be willing to chuck it in any curry I do.

I've never heard of Larich...I don't think I've seen their stuff on sale over here.

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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,20:13   

Quote (IanBrown_101 @ June 26 2007,20:08)
Never really tried their curry paste, but I'd be willing to chuck it in any curry I do.

I've never heard of Larich...I don't think I've seen their stuff on sale over here.

I mentioned their stuff on this thread a week or two ago. It's imported from Sri Lanka. Sinhalese curries seem to be VERY different from Indian ones. Their 'Red Hot Curry Paste' is fun. I discussed my experiment with it here.

Better get cooking, it's after 6pm here.

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IanBrown_101



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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,20:15   

I've never actually tried Sri Lankan cuisine.

I'll tell you what is good though, Nepalese. It's simply the greatest food I've ever had. Hot and spicy, yet full of flavour, and with milder dishes to help tone the really hot ones down.

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I'm not the fastest or the baddest or the fatest.

You NEVER seem to address the fact that the grand majority of people supporting Darwinism in these on line forums and blogs are atheists. That doesn't seem to bother you guys in the least. - FtK

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Arden Chatfield



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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,20:19   

I dont think there are ANY Sri Lankan restaurants in the Bay Area, tho there are a handful of Nepalese ones. They're often run by Tibetan refugees from Nepal, so they often combine Tibetan and Nepalese food. But I haven't had it often enough to make generalizations about it.

Korean is maybe my favorite cuisine, tho Pakistani is close behind. Try Burmese, if you can find one.

I'm all hungry now! Gotta stop procrastinating and get started!

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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,20:21   

Well, there's a few "asian" restaurants/takeaways in Aberystwyth, which is handy, and theres a Nepalese restaurant/takeaway in Nuneaton. In fact, I'm getting food from there to celebrate my birthday on Friday. Christ.

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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,20:22   

I used too much water, I think. The sauce was a little too loose and globby. It tasted good, though. The oyster sauce, which I'd never known of until tonight, was the perfect flavor. Next time I'm going to crank the heat up, though. Probably by adding a habanero, though all this talk of indian food and red chilies, has me thinking I should go with those. But is red chili the name for them, or is there a more specific name I should look for in the grocery store?

   
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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,20:24   

Quote (stevestory @ June 26 2007,20:22)
I used too much water, I think. The sauce was a little too loose and globby. It tasted good, though. The oyster sauce, which I'd never known of until tonight, was the perfect flavor. Next time I'm going to crank the heat up, though. Probably by adding a habanero, though all this talk of indian food and red chilies, has me thinking I should go with those. But is red chili the name for them, or is there a more specific name I should look for in the grocery store?

Depends on the store. If it's a fairly comercial place (I know they all are, but you know what I mean) red will probably be enough, but if you want a specific heat, or are going to a proper asian/indian store, then you may have to look up names. I know of a few, depends on how hot you want them to be.

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You NEVER seem to address the fact that the grand majority of people supporting Darwinism in these on line forums and blogs are atheists. That doesn't seem to bother you guys in the least. - FtK

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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,21:09   

I go through periods of being either upper middle class or borderline-homeless poor, depending on what job I have at the moment. Right now I'm pretty far on the poor end. So I often weigh my food purchases by the price-per-pound at Food Lion. In terms of premade, heat-and-eat vittles, it's hard to beat the Food Lion brand pizzas. They're the most mediocre pizzas you'll ever eat, but at ~$1.30/lb they're pretty damn cheap. Anybody have any suggestions for very cheap, yet edible, meals?

   
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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,21:42   

Quote (stevestory @ June 26 2007,21:09)
I go through periods of being either upper middle class or borderline-homeless poor, depending on what job I have at the moment. Right now I'm pretty far on the poor end. So I often weigh my food purchases by the price-per-pound at Food Lion. In terms of premade, heat-and-eat vittles, it's hard to beat the Food Lion brand pizzas. They're the most mediocre pizzas you'll ever eat, but at ~$1.30/lb they're pretty damn cheap. Anybody have any suggestions for very cheap, yet edible, meals?

Well, when I was a grad student I made too little money to even file income taxes, and we frankly ate a lot of rice and beans. It's not that expensive to add a little chicken to that. Mexican food in general is a really good bet on a poverty budget.

If you have a bit more time, fried rice is easy and yummy, and you can make a massive batch of it in 30~40 minutes.  

It's not hard to eat decently on meager amounts of money, if you know what you're doing. People who think that being poor means you have to eat kraft mac & cheese all the time lack any imagination.

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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,21:50   

yeah, I could probably make some black bean and chorizo burritos for around a buck a pound.

   
Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,22:38   

*sigh*

ramen noodles with frozen peas/corn/soybeans and ground beef/chicken/turkey added.  Pepper oil for extra kick.

cost about .25 per meal if you get one of those 10/1 ramen deals.

I lived on that stuff as an undergrad, and the cost hasn't significantly increased in 20 years.

if you live near the coast and have a commercial fishing fleet nearby, you can often get great deals on fish if you buy straight from the docks at the END of the day, just before they give up to go home.

used to commonly get fresh king salmon (whole) for a buck a pound. Flounder and Rockfish even cheaper.

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Arden Chatfield



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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,23:21   

Okay, I'm going to have to redo that phaal recipe. Consider that a test run. I'll try again in a week or two.

It was nice 'n hot and had a good flavor, but (a) it should have been hotter and (b) I put WAY too much tomato in it. I put in a third of a big can of crushed tomatoes in it (seemed like a good idea at the time), and I only put in one habanero 'cuz I was too timid. Dammit.

Next time: 3 tablespoons of the red chili paste, 2 habaneros, and VERY little tomato.

:angry:

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Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: June 26 2007,23:30   

if the idea is to get tomato flavor without the "mush", maybe try adding sundried tomato strips instead?

I use those in a lot of sauces where i don't want the added crap that comes with fresh or canned tomatoes.

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(Permalink) Posted: June 27 2007,00:14   

Made this the other night.

Man, that was good.  Cooked it on one of these.  One of the best gifts my wife ever gave me.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: June 27 2007,01:21   

Quote (Ichthyic @ June 26 2007,23:30)
if the idea is to get tomato flavor without the "mush", maybe try adding sundried tomato strips instead?

I use those in a lot of sauces where i don't want the added crap that comes with fresh or canned tomatoes.

Actually, the problem is that the tomato taste overpowered everything else in it, including all the spices. It tasted too tomatoey.

I like sundried tomatoes a lot, too, like in pasta sauce & pizza. But I dunno if they'd quite work in a quasi-curry.

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