I've just started cooking for my boyfriend's 1 year old and am a bit overwhelmed at the prospect. So far I've made him pureed root veg (lukewarm response) banana pancakes (super excited response) and a little flatbread (pretty excited). I was thinking sweet potato fries next - but do you seasoned SE cooks have ideas for me? I'm trying to keep it as natural, sugar and meat-free as possible. Help!
My beautiful, fresh (so I thought) green cardamom pods that I smuggled back home from Malaysia are infested with little creepy crawlies! I really don't want to chuck 'em so I just threw it in the freezer while I plan my next move. What do you guys reckon, chuck or keep? And if I keep them, how do I de-bug them??
They are otherwise pretty ok looking and the infestation is of the bug variety. I appreciate any help!
I was rinsing spaghetti under cold water last night and thought, how come it took me almost 10 years of doing it wrong before I figured out that rinsing it after cooking makes the strands nice and 'unsticky'...
What about you guys, what are the most 'duh, so obvious!!' cooking tips that you've figured out only later in life? Maybe through trial and error, or a tip from someone or a cooking show?
I'm cooking for friends that are good cooks, and from varied backgrounds - so I'm a bit nervous about the quality of the food and also what I'm serving! Scandinavian - Jamaican - Brazillian food somehow has no middle ground so I'm winging it and sweating buckets..
So tell me - What was your most intimidating dinner party, what did you serve and was it a success?
So I'm throwing a friend's bridal shower in a couple of weeks and I've decided to wrangle a cookbook for her. She loves to cook and bake but is a serious novice, especially in the baking department. She loves spicy flavors so I was hoping you SE geniuses have some favorite recipes you could throw my way?
And is the way to a man's heart really through his stomach?
I'm dying to make macaroons. But I'm scared. I suck at baking and macaroons are.. well, fiddly. What's your 'white whale' in the culinary sense, and why? Or have you overcome your fear, made it and found it a piece of cake?
Or macaroon in this case..
I'm a bit of a klutz, to put it mildly but in the kitchen surrounded by shiny pointy German steel knives and choppers and graters galore, its a losing battle. I've sliced off my fingernail twice, burned my forearms countless times, cooked my fingertips so often that they're asbestos hands now. In fact, no one comes running anymore when I yell in the kitchen, its that bad..
What about your kitchen accidents? What's your worst?
So I'm trying to eat a healthy protein friendly diet and after maxing out on fish, chicken breast and more fish I thought I would ask you, Great Serious Eaters: What autumnal eats have you been whipping up mid week? I just had a pretty tasty chanterelle and onion egg white omelette with salad, but ideas would be great!
So what are your favorite healthy autumn eats?
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