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"Politically incorrect" practices in your very own kitchen!

 
 
msolga
 
Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 04:08 am
I well remember, a few years ago, a squad of Italian "cuisine" experts descended on Melbourne, Oz, with the sole purpose of identifying the genuine Italian restaurants from the pretenders. Apparently to be "authentic" Italian, certain culinary practices needed to be rigidly adhered to. Food had to be prepared in very specific ways, particular ingredients (no substitutes allowed!) had to be incorporated in particular dishes!
They were very scary & intimidating! Would we make the grade? Oh, the anxiety!

Reading some cookbooks, this insistence on the correct way of doing things can be just as intimidating.:

Rice & pasta must be el dente, or it's wrong & you're a plebeian if you like it a wee bit softer!

Instant lasagna sheets <gasp> are a complete aberration!

You get what I mean! :wink:

OK, this is the place to confess to those politically incorrect culinary things we do in our own kitchens. The short cuts we take. The things we do that we know are not quite acceptable, but hell, that's how we like it! Bugger the "experts"!

(Oh & it doesn't have to be just about Italian food. Anything you cook or prepare the "wrong" way is fine! )

Go on, tell! Razz
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 04:31 am
OK!

Me first.

I confess to making polenta in my microwave! Instead of standing over a pot on the stove, stirring, stirring, stirring .... for ages.


Will you still speak to me now?
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Francis
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 04:52 am
Hardly...
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 04:53 am
So you're the perfect chef, are you, Francis?
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 04:54 am
I'll bet you take a few shortcuts with those snails when no one's around to see!
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Francis
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 04:55 am
It's not about me, it's about you...
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 04:57 am
No, it's about us, Francis!

Why, all oh why do you have to make these things personal? Confused
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 04:59 am
I suppose you make perfect choux pastry, too & don't buy it from the supermarket!
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Francis
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 05:01 am
Well, I got weird reactions when I don't add the smiley...

But doing polenta on the microwave, what a shame! Twisted Evil
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Francis
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 05:03 am
msolga wrote:
I suppose you make perfect choux pastry, too & don't buy it from the supermarket!


I don't make it but I don't buy it from the supermarket either. I have the perfect supplier...
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 05:05 am
I use prepared green curry paste!!!


(It is a very good one, though...and I have received many comments on how one can tell it was made fresh)
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 05:17 am
Francis wrote:
Well, I got weird reactions when I don't add the smiley...

But doing polenta on the microwave, what a shame! Twisted Evil


Actually, I got the recipe from the esteemed & prolific food writer, Barbara Kafka!

So what do you say to that, hmmmm?





(Crikey! I just had a power black-out here! Surprised )
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 05:18 am
Francis wrote:
msolga wrote:
I suppose you make perfect choux pastry, too & don't buy it from the supermarket!


I don't make it but I don't buy it from the supermarket either. I have the perfect supplier...


Of course!
And the supplier uses the perfect recipe, I suppose? :wink:
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 05:21 am
dlowan wrote:
I use prepared green curry paste!!!


(It is a very good one, though...and I have received many comments on how one can tell it was made fresh)


So do I! Laughing

(AND the red curry paste, too!)

What a coincidence!

Do you suppose anyone actually makes their own, Deb?
I mean pounding & stirring & all that?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 05:23 am
msolga wrote:
dlowan wrote:
I use prepared green curry paste!!!


(It is a very good one, though...and I have received many comments on how one can tell it was made fresh)


So do I! Laughing

(AND the red curry paste, too!)

What a coincidence!

Do you suppose anyone actually makes their own, Deb?
I mean pounding & stirring & all that?



Well, I HAVE done it.
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 05:23 am
I'm hoping for some really, really shameful confessions here!
Come on folks. We won't tell!
You can trust us!
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 05:33 am
dlowan wrote:
msolga wrote:
dlowan wrote:
I use prepared green curry paste!!!


(It is a very good one, though...and I have received many comments on how one can tell it was made fresh)


So do I! Laughing

(AND the red curry paste, too!)

What a coincidence!

Do you suppose anyone actually makes their own, Deb?
I mean pounding & stirring & all that?



Well, I HAVE done it.


Skite!

Show off!

Laughing
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Eva
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 05:34 am
I have a great microwave recipe for Bananas Foster. Embarrassed
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Francis
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 05:34 am
msolga wrote:
Actually, I got the recipe from the esteemed & prolific food writer, Barbara Kafka!

So what do you say to that, hmmmm?


It's kafkaian...
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 8 Oct, 2006 05:37 am
Francis wrote:
msolga wrote:
Actually, I got the recipe from the esteemed & prolific food writer, Barbara Kafka!

So what do you say to that, hmmmm?


It's kafkaian...


It is NOT!

Existential cuisine?

You obviously know nothing about food writers, Francis!
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