Wow, I had to make this IMMEDIATELY. It's now cooling on the counter, and my only observation is that maybe grease and flour/cocoa powder the pan. The cake stuck a bit to my old (non-non-stick) loaf pan simply greased. But that gave me a layer of crumbs to scrape off, and the flavor is fantastic. Looking forward to dessert!
It would have to be mac and cheese
Cellophane noodles in an Asian-ish salad
Classic English baked goods - crumpets, scones, tea cakes...
I agree with @dashofginger. Why didn't the restaurant manager/chef/somebody step up and deal with the problem?
People who've paid dearly for a dinner out shouldn't be expected to also police the dining room and enforce normal standards of behavior for other diners. That's part of what you're paying the restaurant for - the atmosphere.
Is there some fear on the part of restaurateurs that they'll face legal sanctions if they have to ask someone to leave?
Anything with a weird yield - 14 muffins, 12 cookies (after I eat some dough, it's only going to be 9 or so, and who wants to waste time with that?)
Anything that involves baking at 475F or higher. It always burns, no matter how short the time.
And ditto on the snippets of herbs. If I had a garden in Provence I'd love to go out and clip a sprig of thyme and some marjoram. But buying those little supermarket packets just means I end up with forgetting them until they're little blackened blobs in the back of the fridge.
One of the best books of the year. I've never liked LA but Choi writes about it such an affectionate, intelligent way that I want to go back. And of course try his food.
Just put this in the oven and it smells GREAT! Took me more like 40 minutes of prep what with cleaning and chopping leeks etc, but I did add some mushrooms too. Peas would be good too. Also I added a little Worcestershire sauce cause I like that little zip. So just waiting now....
My favorite from this year was "LA Son: Roy Choi." Great recipes, great stories stylishly told.
Flourless chocolate cake with a ganache glaze
Pies of all kinds
Thank you, what a great look at the Finger Lakes and their wines. Made me homesick.
Thanks @Cybele, a useful discussion. I think I'm gonna go for it, definitely pricey but an early Christmas present for me.
What a great guide. I love the cooked oatmeal trick, will try it tomorrow.
On blenders - how about stick blenders? Powerful enough?
This sounds great, but can it be done without a grill? Broiling maybe? Or searing in a hot cast iron pan on the stovetop?
a buttery croissant
wine with dinner
pain au chocolat
I appreciate that you're trying, but kale and cabbage? Baked? Together? Blech.
Seconding the Huntington Garden tea - and it's all you can eat!!!
Re London, does Fortnum and Mason still do tea? I have happy memories of that one.
I know what you mean, and I used to read that careless toss as contempt for me and what I was buying. Now I don't take it personally, just see underpaid people in a rush. But I do look for cashiers who are reliably pleasant and professional, and try to avoid the sullen ones who could care less.
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