The Kitchen: all things delicious and disastrous:

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2051 Madrugada6th Oct 2012 08:54:53 PM , Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
Yeah, I can see that. So dark and milk eating chocolate.
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2052 Yuanchosaan6th Oct 2012 09:27:07 PM from Australia , Relationship Status:
antic disposition
It says to melt the chocolate, though. Hm...

I'll take it down to my grandaunt. Thanks for your help!

edited 6th Oct '12 9:27:17 PM by Yuanchosaan

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2053 DemonSharkKisame7th Oct 2012 11:52:34 AM from Garner, North Carolina , Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Not to toot my own horn, but I tried my hand at making sloppy joes today... and they had to be the best damn ones I've ever eaten. Leaving the hamburger in small chunks rather than completely separating it into almost a paste of sorts adds so much flavor, it's unbelievable. I'd go eat more, but I have to save some for the rest of the family... tongue
"It's got all the powers of a breakfast!"
2054 Madrugada9th Oct 2012 01:04:01 PM , Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
Two things: I dumped the leftover nacho meat into the leftover pseudo-goulash soup I had and it worked really well.

Also, I have four big baking potatoes in the oven right now. When they're done, I'll scoop out the innards and mash them up to use in cheddar-dill potato bread tomorrow. I just wish I'd been able to get super-aged cheddar. I got the sharpest I could find and it's still pretty wimpy.

edited 9th Oct '12 1:11:28 PM by Madrugada

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2055 Euodiachloris9th Oct 2012 01:07:28 PM from England (Oop North) , Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Euo will do!
Ah... bog standard mouse-trap fodder. tongue I'm also one for something with a bit of life under its belt, me. [lol]
"When all else failed, she tried being reasonable." ~ Pratchett, Johnny and the Bomb
2056 Madrugada9th Oct 2012 01:08:46 PM , Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
Also: I lovelovelove my old-old-old, long, sharp, steel potato skewers. I hatehatehate the cheap, short, fat, blunt aluminum ones Mr Maddy tried to replace them with. Which is probably why the aluminum ones languish in the stuff-drawer, and the steel ones get used, then lovingly washed and oiled.

edited 9th Oct '12 1:10:53 PM by Madrugada

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2057 Euodiachloris9th Oct 2012 01:12:52 PM from England (Oop North) , Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Euo will do!
[up]Oh, hell, yes. Mine disappeared during a move. The new ones don't conduct nearly as well for even cooking. sad

edited 9th Oct '12 1:13:10 PM by Euodiachloris

"When all else failed, she tried being reasonable." ~ Pratchett, Johnny and the Bomb
2058 Madrugada9th Oct 2012 01:29:12 PM , Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
I inherited mine from my mother, who was given them when she moved out on her own as a young woman, by her mother. That puts them at somewhere around 75 years old... I've never found any to compare, even in the highest-end cookware shops and catalogs.

Mr Maddy's on top (about 4 inches long); mine on the bottom (a bit over 6 inches long):

edited 9th Oct '12 1:47:16 PM by Madrugada

...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
2059 shimaspawn9th Oct 2012 01:36:18 PM from Here and Now , Relationship Status: In your bunk
The cheap blunt ones are really good for fruit kabobs for small children. Otherwise, worthless.
Reality is that, which when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

-Philip K. Dick
2060 Madrugada9th Oct 2012 01:46:44 PM , Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
I don't have children, nor do I usually do fruit kabobs. But I'll keep that in mind if either of those situations ever do arise.smile
...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
2061 Yuanchosaan9th Oct 2012 04:06:31 PM from Australia , Relationship Status:
antic disposition
The short one just looks like Mr Maddy accidentally gave you a nail.
"Doctor Who means never having to say you're kidding." - Bocaj
2062 Madrugada9th Oct 2012 04:30:24 PM , Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
They really do. But they're actually sold as potato nails — despite being so soft that I can bend them with just my fingers. It was a set of six. Two have bent and one got lost.

edited 9th Oct '12 4:31:31 PM by Madrugada

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2063 Madrugada10th Oct 2012 05:17:53 AM , Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
Nota bene: the only thing better than kneading bread dough when you're stressed is kneading bread dough when you aren't stressed.
...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
2064 Madrugada10th Oct 2012 05:18:56 AM , Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
Well, crap. I forgot to add the dill to the dough.

Oh, well, I can put it in with the cheese chunks on the second knead, I guess.
...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
2065 Euodiachloris10th Oct 2012 05:26:32 AM from England (Oop North) , Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Euo will do!
[up]Go with that: better yet, shove the cheese with the dill to allow both to get to know each other a bit, as you won't have the diffusion in the same way with the dough. smile

That, or you could slow the second rise a bit to give the dill time. <shrugs>
"When all else failed, she tried being reasonable." ~ Pratchett, Johnny and the Bomb
2066 Madrugada10th Oct 2012 07:17:16 AM , Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
I re-chopped it, much finer, and mixed it with the flour I used to flour the board for the second knead. That mixed in it about as evenly as is possible to accomplish at this stage. And now my hands smell faintly of dill. I'm also going to give it a slower second rise — ordinarily, I'd be preheating the oven now, and the loaf would be sitting on the stove top where the oven vent dumps heat. But I've left it on the work surface instead, on the other side of the kitchen.

Incidentally, those lightweight fleece "travel blankets" they sell for a few dollars at the drugstore? They make wonderful covers for rising bread.

edited 10th Oct '12 7:20:14 AM by Madrugada

...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
2067 shimaspawn10th Oct 2012 07:40:47 AM from Here and Now , Relationship Status: In your bunk
Is your house too cold? Bread rises slower if it's too cold.
Reality is that, which when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

-Philip K. Dick
2068 Madrugada10th Oct 2012 07:51:03 AM , Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
The thermostat is programmed to let the house temp drop to 62 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. I've bumped it up this morning, but I'm deliberately keeping it a little cooler than I usually set it to when I'm home to slow the rise. The blanket is for draft-evasion, as much as warmth.

edited 10th Oct '12 7:57:14 AM by Madrugada

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2069 Madrugada10th Oct 2012 09:44:05 AM , Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
Before baking and after.

It smells really good. Someday I'm going to figure out how to snaffle a sample before I take it down to the shop.

D'ya think anyone would notice if I dug a piece out of the bottom?

edited 10th Oct '12 9:44:31 AM by Madrugada

...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
2070 shimaspawn10th Oct 2012 09:53:55 AM from Here and Now , Relationship Status: In your bunk
What my gram and I tend to do when we're trying a new cake or something is take enough batter for a cupcake and bake that. With bread enough for a small roll. You keep an eye on it because it will bake faster, but it lets you know how the new recipe has turned out without compromising the big thing you're going to give away.
Reality is that, which when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

-Philip K. Dick
2071 Madrugada10th Oct 2012 11:00:55 AM , Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
I should start doing that.
...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
2072 shimaspawn10th Oct 2012 11:22:13 AM from Here and Now , Relationship Status: In your bunk
It's a fairly small thing that makes you a lot less nervous about the end result and nobody you serve it to will ever notice.
Reality is that, which when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

-Philip K. Dick
2073 Madrugada10th Oct 2012 11:28:26 AM , Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
I just need to remember to do it.tongue
...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
2074 Euodiachloris10th Oct 2012 11:32:09 AM from England (Oop North) , Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Euo will do!
Magnate message on fridge/ oven. wink That's my little trick. [lol]
"When all else failed, she tried being reasonable." ~ Pratchett, Johnny and the Bomb
2075 MobileLeprechaun11th Oct 2012 10:40:28 AM from La ciudad se llama Duke, Nuevo México el estado , Relationship Status: Married to the job
Hikarikagayaku sekai o
Thread-hop. Hi chefs/cooking people. smile

Possibly dumb question, but what's the secret to making really good hot cocoa from scratch? Winter's coming up, and I'd like to fix a good batch of cocoa for myself and the family, but I lack cocoa experience. tongue
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