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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby The Modernist » 07 Dec 2017, 14:38

The Unfragrant Ox wrote:Mince a decent cut of beef yourself - it's worth investing in a mincer. As GB knows :)


Easier to get the butcher to do it for you surely. They're bloody huge machines so not really practical unless you've got a very large kitchen.

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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby Goat Boy » 07 Dec 2017, 14:39

Please note: I don't have a mincer
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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby !!VAPRANT!! » 07 Dec 2017, 14:44

The Modernist wrote:
The Unfragrant Ox wrote:Mince a decent cut of beef yourself - it's worth investing in a mincer. As GB knows :)


Easier to get the butcher to do it for you surely. They're bloody huge machines so not really practical unless you've got a very large kitchen.


They're not necessarily huge. I used something like this for years:

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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby Toby » 07 Dec 2017, 14:53

The question is - why would you mince a perfectly good cut of meat?

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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby Darkness_Fish » 07 Dec 2017, 14:57

Toby wrote:
Have you had Texan chili before?

Not as far as I'm aware, though I've had variations on the theme. Incidentally, if mince is minging to you, I think a perfectly acceptable alternative is good chunks of beef. I quite often do a chili as a way of using up left-over Sunday roast.
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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

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What's your attitude towards food, very generally speaking? Great pleasure? Necessity? Depends on the day/place/meal?
I don't claim to be a great connoisseur, but -- great pleasure.

What did you use to eat that you don't any more? and vice versa?
I gave up meat 30 years ago. Go back and forth on some of the related items. Recently gave up cheese without incident, whereas two years ago, I was thinking how much I $^% loved cheese. These things really have to do with emotions more than nutritional needs. As for vice versa, I never much liked beets, but I like them a lot now!

If you could only eat food from one nation for the rest of your life....?
I've thought about this before and have to say Italy.

What did you last eat?
What do you eat most often?
20 BCBers land on your doorstep RIGHT NOW - what do you make for them?

Spaghetti!

What food item(s) make you go BLEURRRGH?
Meat, crustaceans, etc. Also, not fond of gelatinous things like very slimy insides of young coconut.

What's the best meal you've ever had? and the worst?
Can't say as to the former. Like sex I suppose, anything above a certain level is just fine and wonderful by me and it's impossible to decide. As to the latter, I don't think I've ever gotten sick from food, but the most wrong-tasting meal I ate and finished was in 1996 at a Mexican restaurant on the east side of Leicester Square. Looks like there's a place called Chiquito there now. Could it be the same place!!
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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby !!VAPRANT!! » 07 Dec 2017, 14:59

Toby wrote:The question is - why would you mince a perfectly good cut of meat?


Well you wouldn’t mince steak. But a piece of topside, maybe. Pork, too. You can make excellent sausages at home.
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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby The Modernist » 07 Dec 2017, 15:09

How are you getting on with the peaches experiment btw John?

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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby !!VAPRANT!! » 07 Dec 2017, 15:13

:lol:

What peaches experiment?
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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby The Modernist » 07 Dec 2017, 15:15

I remember you discovering peaches about two years ago? :)

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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby Rayge » 07 Dec 2017, 15:20

The Modernist wrote:
The Unfragrant Ox wrote:Mince a decent cut of beef yourself - it's worth investing in a mincer. As GB knows :)


Easier to get the butcher to do it for you surely. They're bloody huge machines so not really practical unless you've got a very large kitchen.

Nonsense. table-top mincers like the one illustrated above were everywhere in the fifties. Mince for cottage pies and the like came from leftovers from the Sunday roast, passed through the mincer with onion, bread, even the odd carrot. Even I as a puny 7 year-old enjoyed ramming things in the top, churning away and having this flavoursome goo come out the other end. Butchers didn't necessarily display mince.
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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby !!VAPRANT!! » 07 Dec 2017, 15:43

The Modernist wrote:I remember you discovering peaches about two years ago? :)


That's true!

I haven't had one in a couple of years..
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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby Darkness_Fish » 07 Dec 2017, 17:07

Rayge wrote: Butchers didn't necessarily display mince.

This feels like it should mean something very rude, or at least make sense in polari.
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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby sloopjohnc » 07 Dec 2017, 17:14

The Modernist wrote:
Darkness_Fish wrote:
20 BCBers land on your doorstep RIGHT NOW - what do you make for them?
A big vat of chili con carne. It's my standard bunch of people coming round meal.
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You'd be landing yourself in BCB controversy then! I remember we had a long thread where people got very touchy about the use of beans in chili, you shouldn't do it under any circumstance apparently! Me, I still happily use kidney beans when doing a chilli con carne.


It's those Texas folks. They're outliers anyway.

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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby Still Baron » 07 Dec 2017, 18:57

What's your attitude towards food, very generally speaking? Great pleasure? Necessity? Depends on the day/place/meal?

Food is one of the great pleasures in life. With that said, I'm perfectly happy eating very basic things every day. I could eat the same thing for a certain meal most days of the week, and wouldn't get too agitated about it. Also, though I say I love it and it's very important to me, I've never really felt I had the time or disposable income to eat out at a lot of different places. Our town is chock full of interesting restaurants, but I don't ever really think about going to any of them. And I'm a good enough recipe cook, but I've never really tried to do really ambitious cooking projects.

What did you use to eat that you don't any more? and vice versa?

The main thing I used to eat that I don't is sort of Texas/Southern comfort food: Tex Mex, BBQ, chicken fried steak, fried chicken. I don't not eat it, but really it only happens when British people are in town who want to try the indigenous food. Of those things, I eat more chili than anything else, but only because the Texas Chili Parlor is about half a block from where I work. Though I was always happy to eat Indian food, I would say I now eat far more of that than I ever did in the past.

If you could only eat food from one nation for the rest of your life....?

I don't know what this means. Food produced by one nation or one nation's cuisine? I'm pretty happy with America because we have great food and a wide variety of it. I'd probably be happiest for decades eating in Italy, though I've never actually been there.

What did you last eat?

I just ate a salad at my desk prepared by my wife. I suspect it was rather similar to the salad she described eating yesterday.

What do you eat most often?

As far as types of food, I suppose it would be curry of one sort or another. Or, I might say beans of different varieties.

20 BCBers land on your doorstep RIGHT NOW - what do you make for them?

Tarka daal, I suppose, though we might need a few more pounds of lentils. With notice, I might make chili. I haven't made it in awhile, and I've never made this recipe, but it seems pretty strong.

http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/2009/11/ ... red-chili/

What food item(s) make you go BLEURRRGH?

None I can think of. I might hesitate at a large eyeball or brain or something.

What's the best meal you've ever had? and the worst?

It's funny, nothing really sticks out in my mind. I had some pretty good pizza in Brooklyn and some pretty sketchy pizza in an Austrian train station. I'm not too fussy.
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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby Snarfyguy » 07 Dec 2017, 19:12

The Unfragrant Ox wrote:What food item(s) make you go BLEURRRGH?

Any orange vegetable.
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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby Belle Lettre » 07 Dec 2017, 23:59

What's your attitude towards food, very generally speaking? Great pleasure? Necessity? Depends on the day/place/meal?
It is both a pleasure and a comfort. Unfortunately. Greedy cow.

What did you use to eat that you don't any more? and vice versa?
Cornish pasties and Big Macs, my student staples. I eat kale now ffs

If you could only eat food from one nation for the rest of your life....?
Lebanese! Healthy (if you don't overdo the bread) and delicious.
What did you last eat?
Foul medames and salad

What do you eat most often?
Cheese.

20 BCBers land on your doorstep RIGHT NOW - what do you make for them?
Lentil soup.

What food item(s) make you go BLEURRRGH?
Raw liver, blancmange
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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby sloopjohnc » 08 Dec 2017, 00:28

As one of his Xmas presents, my son asked for "exotic meats."

I bought him canned rattlesnake, octupus, alligator and ostrich jerky.
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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby Harvey K-Tel » 08 Dec 2017, 04:56

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Re: some questions about FOOD goddammit

Postby Belle Lettre » 08 Dec 2017, 08:48

It's GOOD SOUP
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