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Things that are making you happy*******food and drink edition******

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by robbie, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. mgm9128

    mgm9128 Senior member

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    Duck ragout flavored with red wine, black cardamom, chocolate and porcini.
     
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  2. The Ernesto

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    Looks and sounds amazing.
     
  3. mgm9128

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    Thanks. First time making something like this. Pretty happy with how it turned out.
     
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    I pulled this up on my Surface as I was sitting in a board room prepping for a meeting I really did not want to have. It reminded me how much my life sucks compared to the lives of others.
     
  5. mgm9128

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    Well, if it makes you feel any better, I'm not going to be eating any of it.
     
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    I think the key was letting the duck legs sit for a day in the braising juices before deboning the meat. Kept it super moist, and allowed the flavors to develop. The cardamom added a very nice spice to the juice. I think I will finish with basil for the touch of sweetness.
     
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  8. Piobaire

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    Nope. You were still making tasty food and I was still stuck being middle aged.
     
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    What's the event for and how big? Do you cook to order or is it mostly prepped beforehand?
     
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    Wine dinner for members of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Most everything is prepped beforehand, of course all pasta/proteins cooked at service.
     
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    Do you have cooks that work with you? Or is this like a one man thing with a bunch of servers?

    I like the menu choices a lot.
     
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  12. The Ernesto

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    Whoa. Feel full just looking at this!

    Would never have thought of cardamon, but what a good choice.
     
  13. mgm9128

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    I cook. I have girls that serve.
     
  14. gomestar

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    meh on the wine. hope they're old (the people)
     
  15. mgm9128

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    Drop by with your tasting cup and offer advice.
     
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    i may cough as much as the old people, but i also have a fever.
     
  17. mgm9128

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    then you'll fit right in
     
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    Really happy with it. Took me a long time to actually get one. "Western" (220 V) models are quite rare and hardly available in Europe. I actually had to order mine from Japan. Ordered it from a shop that only sells them "over the counter", but ordering was possible and they shipped it. Low shipment costs, relatively low price. Cost me 150 € + 35 € duties/taxes. Same thing ordered from amazon.de marketplace would've been 240 € + 55 € duties/taxes. It's the high voltage version of the NS-LAC05XA (which runs for 130 USD on amazon.com .. lucky you!).
    I've only been cooking Japanese short/mid grain rice. Ultra premium Akitakomachi rice, grown in Japan, and brown Nishiki rice grown in Cali. The former still takes some getting used to when consumed with non-traditional Japanese dishes. Quite soft, very sweet. The latter is fantastic. Nutty and not quite as soft. I'll receive a shipment of more rice (and algaes, and katsuobushi flakes, and other stuff like shiro/genmai/hatcho miso and umeboshi) tomorrow, including some more Nishiki brown rice, 5 kg of Tama Nishiki white rice and 2 kg of Kagayaki Genmai brown rice. I'll also get some steel-cut oats tomorrow and try porridge with the Zojirushi, which, apparently, makes fantastic porridge. I've been making a rice-"porridge" with the regular brown rice setting (not the "rice porridge" setting) and Nishiki brown rice, some grated apple and sesame seeds. Really good.
    Oh yeah, I love the timer.
     
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  20. erictheobscure

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    ^ My mom started using one of those a while back and she refuses to make rice in anything else. I'm guessing it must be a pretty good appliance since Koreans are fairly serious about rice.
     

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