Serendipity in the kitchen - a random thread

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Re: Serendipity in the kitchen - a random thread

Post by soft revolution » Fri Jun 20, 2008 13:42

humblebee wrote:
soft revolution wrote:Does anyone else occasionally get the urge to have beans and a sausage in a mug?
I think the whole of Anorak has gone stark staring bonkers this morning.
It's like a savory 99.



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Post by Sootyzilla » Sun Jun 22, 2008 19:07

Is it disgusting to save old bacon grease for later use?
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Re: Serendipity in the kitchen - a random thread

Post by nanski » Mon Sep 01, 2008 16:08

Sootyzilla wrote:Is it disgusting to save old bacon grease for later use?
a bit late, but all kitchens in the South have a pot of bacon grease sat on the stove for adding to lovely vegetables that probably shouldn't have bacon grease added to them.

anyway, i came to say that i fried up some okra tonight for dinner (i don't really like okra, but it's about all the roadside stand had left by the time i got there on saturday) and i put too much hot pepper in. the lady said 'amari karai' i thought. either i misheard or she's a liar. i always trusted okinawans when they say things aren't very hot because they make things really mild here. i'll never trust them again!

anyway... i had to throw a bit of it away cos i couldn't take it anymore. i was sweating and everything.
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Re: Serendipity in the kitchen - a random thread

Post by Miss 9 » Wed Sep 03, 2008 21:16

Ah, my grandma had the loveliest pot of grease in her kitchen - it was an old tin coffee can. It's true. All Southerners over the age of 60 have one.

You know what I just did? Canned tomatoes. I burned my hands like 4 times, but I managed to get exactly three good quarts. I hope the seals pop soon, because I don't want to hear any bitching about wasting food. We have dozens and dozens of canned tomatoes in the basement, I don't think it would be a HUGE loss if these 3 were to fuck up.
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Post by crystalball » Wed Sep 03, 2008 23:13

Miss 9 wrote:You know what I just did? Canned tomatoes. I burned my hands like 4 times, but I managed to get exactly three good quarts. I hope the seals pop soon, because I don't want to hear any bitching about wasting food. We have dozens and dozens of canned tomatoes in the basement, I don't think it would be a HUGE loss if these 3 were to fuck up.
I don't understand. What did you do to the canned tomatoes? I can't get my head round it!

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Re: Serendipity in the kitchen - a random thread

Post by squirrelboutique » Wed Sep 03, 2008 23:18

She put them in cans! (jars really)

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Post by annie » Wed Sep 03, 2008 23:20

i'm guessing she canned the tomatoes, as opposed to doing something with canned tomatoes? do they end up like the canned/tinned ones you buy in shops but lots better?

speaking of tomatoes, i really want to slow roast some tomatoes soon. that blog is ace by the way. smitten kitchen! i want to move in with her so she can feed me peach pie, grilled aubergines and chocolate peanut butter cake. not necessarily in that order.

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Re: Serendipity in the kitchen - a random thread

Post by Sootyzilla » Wed Sep 03, 2008 23:22

what happens to tomatoes when you slow roast them?
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Post by crystalball » Wed Sep 03, 2008 23:26

Er, yes, I get it now. I've just spent 5 hours installing software on my computer. I don't understand English anymore.

American English is simply incomprehensible, isn't it? I wish you guys would type slowly so we could understand what you're sayin'.

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Post by annie » Wed Sep 03, 2008 23:28

what happens to tomatoes when you slow roast them?
erm, i imagine they taste like a concentrated version of a tomato in a shrunken and non-gloopy form. which is all good in my book. i've not often found tomatoes around here that taste good enough to eat as they are, so figured slow roasting them might make them taste of something as opposed to just water. also, they look pretty, and i'm shallow.

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Post by Miss 9 » Thu Sep 04, 2008 00:58

Ah yes, canning tomatoes actually has nothing to do with cans.

You take some fresh tomatoes and either blanch or grind them, either way is fine as long as the skin is gone. Then you cook 'em until they're boiling. Ladle the boiling hot tomatoes into glass jars that have also been boiled clean and seal. THIS SHIT TAKES HOURS.

But they keep for years and you can make soups and salsas and sauces and my favorite, macaroni and tomatoes.
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Post by crystalball » Thu Sep 04, 2008 08:31

Thanks for the explanation! That sounds bloody wonderful. I wish tomatoes were cheaper here, then I could probably massively copy you but as it is it'd cost about a thousand pounds to make three jars or something.

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Post by Sootyzilla » Thu Sep 04, 2008 08:45

go to a greengrocer and they'll probably sell you a massive box of slightly bashed tomatoes for a few quid. tomatoes for cooking don't need to be salad-perfect.
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Post by Miss 9 » Thu Sep 04, 2008 08:49

I'll mail you some. We canned 70 some odd quarts this summer and every last fucking one of them came from the back garden. That's like 1000 tomatoes.
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Post by Sootyzilla » Thu Sep 04, 2008 08:52

don't people have freezers in the south? ;)
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Post by Miss 9 » Thu Sep 04, 2008 09:06

Don't need a freezer when you can can it.

AND I'M NOT EVEN COUNTING THE HUNDREDS WE GAVE AWAY.

Don't get me started on the okra. Or peppers. And this was during a drought
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Post by mae » Thu Sep 04, 2008 09:43

i had some tomatoes from my school's vegetable garden today and they were so good. they were little plum tomatoes, maybe, they were little anyway. mmm, now i'm really looking forward to the corn on the cob they gave me. the area around the school is known for growing vegetables, there's a long road called the nippon alps salad road where they grow tonnes of lettuce and stuff. it means we quite often get free veg!

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Re: Serendipity in the kitchen - a random thread

Post by nanski » Thu Sep 11, 2008 03:54

Miss 9 wrote:Ah yes, canning tomatoes actually has nothing to do with cans.

You take some fresh tomatoes and either blanch or grind them, either way is fine as long as the skin is gone. Then you cook 'em until they're boiling. Ladle the boiling hot tomatoes into glass jars that have also been boiled clean and seal. THIS SHIT TAKES HOURS.

But they keep for years and you can make soups and salsas and sauces and my favorite, macaroni and tomatoes.
do you also make jam? i miss making jam with my grandma in the summer.

mmmm homemade blueberry jam.
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Re: Serendipity in the kitchen - a random thread

Post by Miss 9 » Fri Sep 12, 2008 16:44

I haven't since I was a little girl, also with my grandma. Jam on biscuits for breakfast! To die.
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Re: Serendipity in the kitchen - a random thread

Post by soft revolution » Fri Nov 14, 2008 22:34

This always amazes me - someone once thought to add something that comes out of a chicken, with something that comes out of another part of a cow, with something that comes out of a field (ground up). Then they put it in a kiln of some kind to invent baking cakes. It seems so random.
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