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    Cooking

    I really liked the old cooking thread so thought why not bring it back. Right now my favourite recipe is this one fokr Chicken Noodle Soup from scratch. It is perfect now winter is here and seriously tastes amazing all three times I've made up a big batch:


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    It's winter over there? We just started summer lol.


    Busting out the grill for the first time this weekend, in fact.


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    Yeah, technically still late Autum but cold enough that there is a flu going around.

    Nice, I would love to have a proper smoker to do smoked meats, would love to try brisket or smoking ribs. I have a pretty decent gas BBQ that does an awesome steak, chicken, sausages or burgers but it doesn't really do low and slow.

    What are you cooking?

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    I cooked a pot noodle today. Feel proud of my achievement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirSam View Post
    Yeah, technically still late Autum but cold enough that there is a flu going around.

    Nice, I would love to have a proper smoker to do smoked meats, would love to try brisket or smoking ribs. I have a pretty decent gas BBQ that does an awesome steak, chicken, sausages or burgers but it doesn't really do low and slow.

    What are you cooking?
    Try just turning on one side of the burners and doing an indirect cook. Basically, get the burners going, and then put your meats on the other side where there is no heat and closing the lid. This should allow you to approximate the low and slow method. It's what I've done with charcoal grills in the past, and it works pretty well.

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    I need to get back into cooking a bit more. Been busier lately and it's resulted in more takeaway food and all the negative stuff that goes along with that.

    Any interesting recipes out there, I'm in the mood to try some new stuff so post 'em up.

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    I'd suggest try roasting something, some chicken, a piece of beef or lamb. Amazingly tasty, not to hard and good sese of acomplishment.

    If you would like something more technical I'd suggest going to the Bingeing with Babish youtube chanel. It is easily my favourite cooking chanel and he is pretty easy to follow along to as well.

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    The Mrs doesn't eat meat so I don't tend to cook any more than just small bits for myself. A shame because I used to do a mean chicken.

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    Speaking of which she's away right now so I'm making a hot chicken stew kinda deal. Bunch of chicken thighs, some cayenne and two different types of chilli pepper, tomatoes, mushroom, onion and lentils for the nutrition, throw it all in a pot with some stock and let it cook until the thighs start to fall apart. Going to taste good.

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    I don't really know where else to put this so I'll stick it in here.

    There's a pub near me that has gone all-Vegan. And y'know, some of it is actually pretty good - good enough that as a meat eater I'm still happy to eat it. I tell you what, this stuff has come on leaps and bounds in the last ten years, because I remember as a kid anything that was calling itself 'Vegetarian' was borderline inedible.

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    I lump vegan food with foods that contain mayo and/or sour cream... as long as you don’t tell me those disgusting ingredients aren’t in what I eat, then we’re all good. If I know the ingredients, I’m out. Surprise me with something that’s delicious (while not bragging what’s in it... or not in it) and I’ll devour it.

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    I actually had some vegan chocolate not too long ago courtesy of a colleague. It tasted pretty good! No way I would ever even turn vegetarian though, let alone vegan. Can't beat a good medium-rare steak, or roast lamb dinner!

    Got a really great 5-ingredient cook book recently. It solves all my problems - quick, easy, (relatively) cheap and turns out tasty fresh food! I hate cooking, so it's actually really useful on cutting down the time I have to spend feeding myself.

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    Weather has turned cold again so it's borscht time again...

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    This time of year food is more relevant... Anyone got anything that they always do or have around Christmas, or any techniques that people might be interested in hearing about?

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    Apparently not.

    I cooked Christmas Dinner for the first time this year and it turned out OK, so regardless, I feel like a boss for this afternoon.

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    Here, we don't have really true food traditions for Christmas! We've realised it actually this year, it's kind of weird I think! We usually have a little lunch, on Christmas Eve, since I was a kid. Most years, Mom cooks, while we kids watch movies. One year, at the cottage, we sent her to bed and *tried* organizing everything. Turns out bacon fat dripping in the oven is flamable.. LOL. We didn't burn the cottage down, so all is good. We laughed a lot, so did she when the fire alarm woke her up.
    Since a few years, I'm pretty much alone on Christmas Eve with Mom, but we still do eat a bit in the evening, this year was bacon wrapped sausages and bacon wrapped scallops, and cold shrimps with cocktail sauce. It's really REALLY basic, but it's our thing! Mom usually drinks a glass of wine and I get a Bloody Ceasar (we don't drink much at all!).

    We have another celebration planned with friends and family on Friday. We'll be like 30 this year, somehow everyone was available! So we cook food for 2 weeks before the event! We prepare cocktail food, some coconut-panko shrimps, many canapés with salmon or prosciutto, a family recipe of sweet sausages, again bacon-wrapped sausages, and many more! We also make a variety of cookies, fudge, donuts, cupcakes. I usually search for inspiration on Pinterest. I found most of my favorite recipes on there. You can litteraly search for anything on there, we built so many menus on that!

    I hope your dinner was well appreciated. Cooking for people I like is always a great feeling !

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    Quite like the sound of the cocktail food. I quite like picking at small bits and eating with my fingers so it's right up my alley.

    Yes, food went down well. The one advantage of a small gathering if that you can tailor it to who is there, so you just have to not ruin it and it seems to do the trick.

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    This is my first time making Broccoli Cheddar Soup from scratch. It came out freaking awesome, better than Panera imo. Here is how I did it...




    Okay if you want to try making this yourself, keep in mind you gotta stir almost constantly until it looks like this and you lower the temp to simmer. Lots of cheese, will burn and stick to the bottom if you don't!

    Recipe: 1 cup carrot sticks (finely cut/shredded)
    1 entire stock of celery (about 5 pieces make up a stock) cut very small.
    2-3 cups broccoli florets (depending on how much Broccoli you want.)
    1/4 Cup Flour (Or Corn Starch)
    4-6 tablespoons of butter
    1 full can of Chicken Broth
    1/2 an Onion
    1 pkg shredded Cheddar
    1 1/2- 2 cups of milk, or cream.

    (Can add in any other cheese you like as well, and season as you want. I added a couple spoonfuls of cream cheese, Black Pepper, Garlic, & Salt.)

    - Melt butter and add it and Flour/Corn Starch to pot. Whisk until blended on med low heat (like 2-3 mins).

    -Add Onions, Carrots, Celery, and seasonings. Stir in, then add cheese. After blended add in Broccoli Florets. Stir for another 5 or so mins.

    - Add in Milk/Cream slowly as you stir to thin it a bit. As you do this lower the temp to low/simmer, so you dont curdle/overheat the milk/cream.

    Once you've added in all the milk/cream and it is well blended, cook on simmer and cover for maybe 10 mins.

    Stir it a couple more times, letting vegetables get tender.

    Total cook time maybe 30 mins (prep time is longer, shredding the carrot is a pain in the ass!)


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    Had my first go at making homemade hot sauce today. Just letting it cool down before tasting it and finding out how badly I've misjudged it....

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    I didn't misjudge the hot sauce and making it has become kind of a hobby of mine now.

    Also made a new dish today - baked eggs with spinach and tomatoes. Worked out very well.

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    What did you do with the hot sauce Prime? Chicken wings? I bought raw wings the other day and dowsed them with sauce pre-oven. Trying to replicate that restaurant wing feel but no dice. Need to mess around a bit more with the prepping. What I did do however was make a decent blue cheese sauce.

    And leading on from that had a crack at mac and cheese. Some simple enough recipes online for the cheese sauce, basically just milk, flour and butter. Key is to maybe spend a few quid on one of those fancy cheeses because that what dictates the flavour. Turned out pretty well, I love mac and cheese and its difficult to find a decent one this side of the atlantic. Well worth making your own.

    Inspired from binge watching a load of Gordon Ramsey on Youtube. Abusiveness aside, he has some really good videos/books out there for cooking ideas.

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    I actually just bottled it up as sauce, so I've used it on a bunch of different things including shish kebabs and the like. But making homemade wings sounds like a good idea. Keep at it, if you're nailing the blue cheese sauce it sounds like you're on the right lines to me. Making me hungry at any rate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shee View Post
    What did you do with the hot sauce Prime? Chicken wings? I bought raw wings the other day and dowsed them with sauce pre-oven. Trying to replicate that restaurant wing feel but no dice. Need to mess around a bit more with the prepping. What I did do however was make a decent blue cheese sauce.
    Restaurants aren’t gonna put sauce on pre-cook; the sauce goes on at the last second before serving. You’re just tossing the cooked wings in a bowl, throwing some sauce in it and then swishing it all around to lightly coat the chicken. The trick is in how you cook the chicken. You could do a low and slow cook in the oven to keep them nice and tender and juicy, and then pull them out once they’re done. To get that crispness on the outside, though, turn your broiler up and blast the chicken for a couple a minutes. Pull them out and flip and repeat. Alternatively, there’s a deep frying method which supposedly works well. Basically, you fry them at a low oil temp for a bit and then pull them out. Turn the oil temp and then dump them back in to get the crispy skin. I suck at controlling oil temp, though, so I haven’t actually tried this method. Eventually I’ll break down and buy a deep fryer with a temp control knob built in so I can try it. Homemade French fries done with this double fry method supposedly come out really well, too.

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    I can confirm that the above methods for deep frying wings work quite well.

    You can also get crispy skin in the oven by tossing in a mixture of salt and a bit of baking powder or bicarb soda which will help dry out the outside but doesn't change the flavour too much.

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