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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby René » 1 October 2020, 09:48

Brenden wrote:Our boyfriend and I have found some quite nice recipes among those blog-style ones.

But he also has a bunch of cookbooks in which we've found a lot of recipes to do, too.

Can confirm. The dishes we pick together from both sources tend to turn out delicious. Though I'm sure this also reflects the skill of my two cooks. :D They spoil me. :3 :heart:
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby Cowie1 » 1 October 2020, 12:25

I've just finished eating an 8" love stick with salty eggs
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 1 October 2020, 14:46

Derek wrote:It's a weird thing, but I honestly believe cook books are still the best place to find recipes. There are lots of bad ones obviously, but chefs seem to be much more consistent in print than they are in blogs, and finding a chef you like lets you find their more distinctive and idiosyncratic stuff. But if I just want to cook, like, boeuf bourguignon, I'll break out a classic like Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and I have a few enormous books on bread I refer to regularly.

Maybe I've just had bad experiences, but online seems to come in two types. Either it's a woman named Ashleigh or Tennifer who wants to tell you about the several emotional revelations she had this morning concerning the journey that is motherhood before listing a recipe that's just, like, pancakes with kale for some fucking reason, or it's a site like allrecipes that gives stripped down versions of recipes you'd find on the side of a box, including the way-too-long cooking time and an egregious amount of salt.

When I do look online, though, I tend to forgo the blogs and look at, like, Epicurious or Bon Appetit (I think it's the same company?). I used to have a subscription to one of the magazines but I don't remember which one. It's a decent mix of classics and trendy shit, but typically workshopped past the point of being very interesting.

They’re definitely more hit than miss but sometimes you do find nice little gems. The one I was ranting about wasn’t really clear in her directions and had annoying misspellings. I was left wondering, “Is she asking me to discard these veggies? Is she trying to make a mirepoix in a latin soup recipe? I’m so confused and annoyed.” She spends more time on nonsense than the actual thing people come for. The only thing about Epicurious and Bon Appetit is that it’s more focused to Western European and American cuisine, so foods that are more “exotic” (to white, suburban moms) like Korean or Mexican have recipes that are kinda gross.
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby Derek » 1 October 2020, 18:17

I've only had terrible experiences making Thai and Chinese food from recipes I found online. I do, however, have some excellent books that have yielded better results. For me the biggest problem with the zines is that they tend to follow strict rules, like nothing that requires more than ten ingredients, or nothing that takes more than half an hour of prep, or whatever focus-grouped thing they decided is necessary to push units. That also probably precludes them from publishing decent foreign recipes that use ingredients most of their audience isn't familiar with.
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 1 October 2020, 18:35

I guess we just need to give it time. I have a ditzy coworker who said when she first discovered avocados she didn’t even want to try them because she said they looked like crocodile eggs to her. Let’s revisit this in 2040.
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby Derek » 1 October 2020, 19:11

Who wouldn't want to eat a crocodile egg?? What an idiot.
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby PopTart » 1 October 2020, 20:09

Urgh, avocados.

They are one of the most water intensive cash crops, that are responsible for damaging farming communities and the ecology, all over Central and South America, so that middle class hipsters can smear the green stuff on their toast and boast about how great avocados are and by extension, those that eat them.

It's not that I don't understand and appreciate that avocados are yummy and nutritious, its the fact that those that laud them are the same people who criticise wasteful or ecologically harmful practices in other aspects of life, yet turn a blind eye for this fad fruit.
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 1 October 2020, 21:21

Derek wrote:Who wouldn't want to eat a crocodile egg?? What an idiot.

Fun fact: the Spanish word for them derived from the Aztec (Nahuatl) word for testicle. I guess that explains why I immediately put them in my mouth when I first saw them.

PopTart wrote:Urgh, avocados.

They are one of the most water intensive cash crops, that are responsible for damaging farming communities and the ecology, all over Central and South America, so that middle class hipsters can smear the green stuff on their toast and boast about how great avocados are and by extension, those that eat them.

It's not that I don't understand and appreciate that avocados are yummy and nutritious, its the fact that those that laud them are the same people who criticise wasteful or ecologically harmful practices in other aspects of life, yet turn a blind eye for this fad fruit.

Have you seen those Netflix shows about how cartels have gotten into the avocado industry?
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby Brenden » 1 October 2020, 21:53

A lot of Europe’s avocados are grown in Israel.
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 1 October 2020, 23:48

So they’re literal blood diamonds no matter where you go.
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby PopTart » 2 October 2020, 04:57

poolerboy0077 wrote:Have you seen those Netflix shows about how cartels have gotten into the avocado industry?

I haven't actually, I did hear about it though, via a YouTube documentary, that also spoke about cartel involvement and how they threaten climate activists and intimidate local food farmers into either selling their land or switching to avocado production. :runaway:

Cocaine, zombie powder, avocados... wait.. what? :squint: :crazy:
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby Derek » 2 October 2020, 05:01

Don't blame my beautiful boy the avocado. Blame capitalism and Mexicans.
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby PopTart » 2 October 2020, 05:07

...and double standards, ignorance and hypocrisy. Lets throw in white priviledge, because, why not? :D
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby Derek » 2 October 2020, 05:16

"White priviledge" is a malapropism but it's perfect for describing edgy gamer teens who indulge in casual bigotry for comedic effect.
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 2 October 2020, 05:22

Derek wrote:"White priviledge" is a malapropism but it's perfect for describing edgy gamer teens who indulge in casual bigotry for comedic effect.

In other words the you from 20 minutes ago.
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby Derek » 2 October 2020, 05:24

I'm gay so it's okay.
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 22 October 2020, 22:53

How many of you wash your rice? I always do. I suspect most of you don’t but I’m curious.



I learned something new. I’ll try not to wash my rice next time I make paella and see if I prefer the texture and flavor.
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby René » 22 October 2020, 23:22

poolerboy0077 wrote:How many of you wash your rice? I always do. I suspect most of you don’t but I’m curious.



I learned something new. I’ll try not to wash my rice next time I make paella and see if I prefer the texture and flavor.

I'm not the cook here, but washing rice seems pretty important for reducing the amount of arsenic in the meal. (Brenden and I don't often have rice at all due to the arsenic concerns even with washing.)
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby René » 23 October 2020, 12:23

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I'm really impressed by this low-sugar Birthday Cake-flavour protein bar I got for free. :drool:
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Re: What are you eating?

Unread postby Brenden » 23 October 2020, 12:53

poolerboy0077 wrote:How many of you wash your rice? I always do. I suspect most of you don’t but I’m curious.

I learned something new. I’ll try not to wash my rice next time I make paella and see if I prefer the texture and flavor.

You were washing paella rice? Were you also washing risotto rice‽
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