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Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:35 am

So going back to the weird food thingy, I got two copies of the Fat Duck cookbook for xmas (yeah, my parents and brother seem to know me well) so I've been doing a few things from that. So far I've done the coconut baccy which is really nice, and I made the sorbet for the flaming sorbet last night which is sitting in the freezer waiting to be cooked. Interesting stuff. I tested it last night by putting a bit on a spoon and then blasting it with my blowtorch. Didn't melt! Good old Gellan F.

I'm doing a meal for the lovely wife on valentines day which will include the flaming sorbet, whiskey gums, red cabbage gaspacho with mustard ice cream, hot & iced tea, and then finished off with some of the coconut baccy and an apple pie caramel to nibble on. Also going to do sous vide ostrich steak, as she had ostrich in the Taste of Oz restaurant and loved it.

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Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:17 am

Well, I did my valentines meal last night as the wife is working tonight.



Red cabbage gazpacho with mustard ice cream (with kitteh stealing my seat). Nice, but a little too much vinegar in the soup. Will cut back next time.



Whisky gums. All nice except the Talisker. Probably not the best Scotch to use for this.



Flaming sorbet. You can't really see the dry ice in the photo. I naffed this up a bit because the dry ice cooled the dish before I poured the whiskey in and so it didn't catch fire :- was nice otherwise though.

The hot & iced tea tastes great, and I couldn't get ostrich (or even venison) on the day so I did sous vide duck again. Always a winner!

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Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:41 am

I am really craving for a lot of Asian Noodles as of late and true enough, I have been mixing up recipes in search for the tastiest one out there.

My last sauce as created from a mixture of Char Siu, Chili Garlic and Hoisin sauce.  Those are the main ingredients backed up with a few tablespoons of oyster sauce and water.

Then you can pretty much add crab sticks or even chicken cubes right in the mix.

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Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:45 am

Crundy said:


Well, I did my valentines meal last night as the wife is working tonight.




Your wife looks remarkably like a cat!

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Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:12 pm

Hehe. He's a little bugger. Couldn't turn down that photo opportunity

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Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:23 pm

@crundy - looks fantastic, true dedication to the art Where did you get the dry ice? Most places only want to sell me about 50Kg of it.

As for tonight at Chez scep, I've just taken a pigeon from the garden. (That'll learn him to eat my grass.) Unfortunately there's only an hour before dark to get another, but I've got the starter at least

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Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:32 pm

Crundy - that looks amazing. Lucky Mrs C!
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Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:52 am

I found a place nearby that sells frozen food by mail and so they pack in dry ice. I asked if I could pick up some dry ice and they agreed to sell me a 10kg block for £12+VAT. TBH though I'd probably leave it out next time. Too expensive and has the ability to ruin the dish. I might consider it if I ever make the egg & bacon ice cream.

Good idea with the pigeon. Sadly the wife won't eat pigeon. Or rabbit. Something about eating cute animals or something.

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Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:27 am

Crundy said:

Good idea with the pigeon. Sadly the wife won't eat pigeon. Or rabbit. Something about eating cute animals or something.
I went to a Mongolian restaurant in Germany last year. Interesting range of meats available there. I tried Ostrich, Yak, Kangaroo, Camel and Zebra. (not all of these, I suspect , exactly native to Mongolia, but hey, when in Rome...) My daughters wouldn't speak to me for ages after - I think it was the Zebra that did it!

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Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:59 am

looking at the first site i can find that sells dry ice 12kg for €64 incl delivery €5,33p/kg 250kg for 501,60 so that's €2 per kg

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Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:41 pm

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looking at the first site i can find that sells dry ice 12kg for €64 incl delivery €5,33p/kg 250kg for 501,60 so that's €2 per kg


It did take me a long time to find this place, coupled with the fact that it's a frozen food specialist, not a dry ice supplier.

Where do you live?

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Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:43 pm

By the way, if anyone did fancy trying the flaming sorbet without buying the book, the recipe is here (half way down the page):

http://www.caterersearch.com/A.....okbook.htm

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Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:10 pm

I have a buddy at the Cavendish Laboratories in Cambridge who has been persuaded to smuggle thermos flasks of liquid nitrogen out for me.

From the sublime to the ridiculous. My (hopelessly adored) Grandma was a totally useless cook, but she did teach me how to make a small number of things for myself when I was a kid. One of her favourites was an utterly revolting omelette, made with three eggs, a fistful of parsley and a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. It is not a delicious thing, but about once every few years, at times of extreme stress, I find myself making one because thinking about her and me making a mess together in the kitchen makes me feel better.

I just had one for lunch. It made me cry (partly because it was awful, but also because I am reminded how much I miss her). I can't wait until this damned computer has launched. I don't feel quite in my right mind at the moment.
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Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:16 pm

You're lucky with the liquid nitrogen. I couldn't even convince someone at the University here to pinch me a bit of dry ice!

Give the egg & bacon ice cream a go (using the liquid nitro):

http://www.channel4.com/4food/.....eam-recipe

Re the grandma recipe, my gran and I didn't really get on, but the only times we did were when we were cooking together. She taught me how to make english pancakes when I was about 10 or so. She said she was going to leave me her pancake pan in her will, but it never showed up. I think one of my cousins ended up taking all the stuff he wanted from the kitchen and probably threw it out. Sad because it was really the only connection I had with her (aside from her "copper stick", which she always used to threaten to beat me with).

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Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:40 pm

Crundy that does indeed look amazing!

There must be something with Grans/Nans and fried egg recipes. The one thing I can remember her teaching me to cook was egg sandwich (omelette sandwich).

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Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:08 pm

no no no

An egg sandwich must be egg fried soft in butter, white bread and tomato ketchup, maybe bacon.

Unless of course its cold hardboiled and chopped into mayonaisse or better salasd cream

(onion/spring onion/chives optional)

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Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:08 pm

Nice to see someone else who appreciates salad cream as a top condiment in its own right, as opposed to a poor copy of mayonnaise

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looking at the first site i can find that sells dry ice 12kg for €64 incl delivery €5,33p/kg 250kg for 501,60 so that's €2 per kg



I only want to make half a litre of ice cream, not freeze my son's dead gerbil for 500 years in the hope that they will be able to bring it back to life one day.

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Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:42 pm

I thought gerbils lived forever. They just tend to change colour and sometimes sex from time to time.

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Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:00 pm

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This calls for a recipe:

http://www.gastronomydomine.com/?p=345


Ha! I love it when a thread comes together

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Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:52 pm

In an attempt to blow off some steam, I've just made a couple of hundred grams of very buttery pine nut salt caramels. Unfortunately, Eben's not back until about 10pm tonight, and I am going to have to somehow prevent myself from eating them before he comes home...
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Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:31 pm

liz said:


In an attempt to blow off some steam, I've just made a couple of hundred grams of very buttery pine nut salt caramels. Unfortunately, Eben's not back until about 10pm tonight, and I am going to have to somehow prevent myself from eating them before he comes home...


i'm in a same situation. just made some cheese straws, cheese scones, cheese on toast (seeing the common theme here?) and cheese and potato soup as otherwise I was going to put my fist through the wall (don't ask as having your head bitten off often offends) and no one is due home to help me eat all that until about 10ish (wife has night court tonight and kid has a late lecture) maybe George and Gizmo will help me as they both like cheese

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Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:32 pm

Oo - I do like a nice cheese straw.
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Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:37 pm

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Oo – I do like a nice cheese straw.


Mrs Gibson my home ec teacher (and form and house mistress) at high school would be proud of me. Not only did I clean up as I went along I also followed the recipe rather than doing my normal "oh that looks about right" method.

oh and unfortunatly you mentioned you liked them just as George & Gizmo shared the last one. Have to make some more I guess

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