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yewchapel

student, glutton, lover of spicy food and Nasty Bits

  • Location: UK
  • Favorite foods: Indian, pizza, Nepalese, Chinese, Thai, Greek, Turkish/Levantine, Ethiopian, fish of all kinds, chocolate + hazelnut combos, coffee ice cream, pork belly, a good juicy burger, pork rinds, bombay mix sandwiches
  • Last bite on earth: A warming veggie curry, including but not limited to mustard and turnip greens, spinach, potatoes, paneer, cauliflower, fresh peas and aubergine/eggplant. Soothing yet feisty with mustard seeds, cumin and chilli. Scooped up with a peshwari naan bread.

How to Make Traditional Cassoulet (And Why You Should Put Chicken in It!)

@fluffy maybe something lamb-based would give you the fattiness it needs? Halal butchers/grocery stores should carry lamb bacon for instance.

How Bad Wine Led Me to Great Shrimp Scampi

@ellebi SE isn't a religious site, why expect it to agree with your own religious sensibilities? I'm Catholic but can also understand when something's a joke and not intended to be taken seriously. I also don't expect SE to cater for individual religious perspectives, cos it's a food site.

Every Diner Should Serve a Gyro Omelet

Can someone send one of these across the Atlantic Ocean and into my mouth, please?

How to Make Rich and Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo That Won't Weigh You Down

Nutmeg is essential to any cream sauce to serve with pasta IMO. Most savoury cream sauces generally, to be honest.

Alfredo seems so Italian-American to me - it's not seen that often in Italian restaurants in the UK.

Bratwurst-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls With Smoky Bacon-Tomato Sauce

@Doug Mewhort I'm in the UK and here we call tomato paste 'tomato puree', hence my slight confusion! I don't think we get a kind of pureed tomato with the seeds left in here, actually.

Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding From 'The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook'

@V_for_Vendetta I'm assuming it's supposed to read as '1 1/2 teaspoons' and someone missed the space out.

Bratwurst-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls With Smoky Bacon-Tomato Sauce

It lists tomato puree - is that passata or tomato paste?

Stuffed Chicken Adventures: Chicken Breasts With Andouille, Rice, and Creole Shrimp Sauce

I am in the UK - what would be a good substitute for the andouille? I am guessing that New Orleans style andouille is different to French andouille, which smells really bad!

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

The skin on that roast suckling pig looks incredibly, shatteringly crisp. Sooo jealous...

Curried Jamaican Beef Patties

In the UK's large Jamaican community, the fat from cold leftover curry beef or mutton is often used in the pastry - this gives it the yellow colour instead of using curry powder.

What's the Difference Between Dutch Process and Natural Cocoa Powder?

Does anyone know what UK cocoa powder is? We don't have different types here.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

I would love more reviews - both of more commercial/packaged stuff (eg 'we try all the flavours of ___ ice cream brand'), and restaurants/other food spots. When SE announced that there would be less NYC/Chicago content and more general content, I hoped that there would be a more even spread of reviews from different cities (and I particularly hoped for more non-US reviews) but the same volume - I am a disappointed in the reduction of reviews. I love experiencing the food culture of different places through reviews, especially 'the best things we ate in A City' type posts. I love cookbook reviews and more general food content, and can see why they would bring more traffic than a post on a restaurant not that many people will go to, but I do feel that reviewing is a strength of SE and it would be a shame for SE to not use that strength.

12 Beer-Producing Countries to Watch Right Now

The Food Lab Turbo: Forget the Flank, Skirt Steak is the King of Stir Fries!

Skirt steak is actually a cut available in Britain - it's the traditional cut to use in Cornish pasties, and is often sold in Cornwall as 'pasty meat'. It's harder to find elsewhere in the country, but I use an online free-range meat shop called Farmer's Choice (it's advertised as a braising cut, and you can get it diced or whole). Bavette is actually flank steak (which eluded me for ages!). Onglet or hanger steak is the same as flap meat I think?

5 Delicious Cheeses You Should Throw on the Grill

Probably heretical to Canadians, but could grilled or sautéed chunks of halloumi replace cheese curds in poutine? The squeakiness makes me wonder. FWIW I'm in the UK and halloumi is easily available, but cheese curds are not.

The Food Lab Turbo: How to Make The Best Egg Salad

@AndroidUser I'm from the UK, and here pickle is like a chutney - it's not the same as a gherkin here like it is in the US. Also I find that cornichons have a different texture to gherkins and are a bit crunchier. It's genuinely not me being pretentious, I would purposely use cornichons and not gherkins here. They are different imo.

The Food Lab Turbo: How to Make The Best Egg Salad

I like to add:

Finely chopped cornichons
Finely chopped capers
Chopped fresh tarragon
Snipped chives
A pinch of English mustard powder or a tsp of Dijon mustard
Squeeze of lemon

Mustard Manual: Your Guide to Mustard Varieties

Thanks for including English mustard! It's so tasty. A pinch of English mustard powder, by the way, is a great addition to cheese or bechamel sauces. A tasty English mustard variant is Tewkesbury mustard, which is English mustard mixed with horseradish. It's sinus-clearing stuff as you can imagine, but very tasty on a roast beef sandwich. Flavoured mustards (beer, fruit, honey, hard cider etc) are common in UK gift shops.

The Food Lab: The Hard Truth About Boiled Eggs

@Marco - I am in the UK and never refrigerate eggs at home. Most people I know don't either, but some do. My mum keeps eggs in a chicken-shaped wire basket.

Unusual Pizza Toppings

Sucuk (a spicy Turkish beef sausage, similar to pepperoni) is a good pepperoni substitute for those who do not eat pork.

What's Up in Pizza: Kit-Kat Pies, Edible Boxes, and More!

@CoastieGirl the edible box is a)fake and b)from Dominos UK, nothing to do with the way America eats.

Greek-Style Rice Pilaf With Chicken Thighs

Ahh chicken thighs - best part of a chicken aside from the offal.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken at Claire's Korner in Evanston

Caribbean food is wonderful and I am all for Americans getting more familiar with it! Fortunately here in the UK it's easy to get hold of. And now I want some curry mutton!

Pork shanks

I am unfamiliar with that recipe, but pork shanks are taken from the leg which is a lean cut - so you want to keep all the fat you can!

What's your favorite way to prepare cauliflower?

Cauliflower cheese should be with cauli broken into florets, not a whole one - otherwise you don't get enough sauce.

However, cauliflower is so good in more adventurous dishes too - I love it roasted with cumin seeds and garlic, or in a curry. It is absolutely wonderful in Indian dishes, aloo gobi (potato and cauliflower curry) is delish.

American-style casserole recipes

Hi there

I am from and live in England and here a casserole means a stew cooked in the oven. It seems like the American version is quite different and we would probably call it a gratin. Can SEers provide me with their favourite recipes for American-style casseroles? I am interested in trying some that will keep out the cold weather.

Dietary/cooking requirements:

*no beans including lentils (I have IBS and beans are not friends with my digestive system - peas are OK in moderation)
*can't access many authentic Mexican items, we don't do Mexican food that much here and to be honest I'm not much of a fan myself
*slow cooker casseroles would be much appreciated, and/or easy recipes

Thank you!

Easy vegan recipe for students - not curry or beans?

Hi, in a couple of weeks it will be my turn to cook for a fortnightly informal discussion group in my university's chaplaincy. We have a farmer's market on campus on the day of the group, happily enough, so I'd like to use some nice fall produce, but can't think what to do. It needs to be vegan (well, vegetarian and dairy-free, so basically vegan), go with bread rather than rice (we have bread and wine with the meal, also I fail at cooking rice anyway), something that will keep warm happily if people are late, and not have beans (I have IBS and can't handle beans). Can I get away with serving curry without rice? It would have to be mild though. Any ideas? Ratatouille or a basic veggie stew seems a bit boring. The meal would be serving about 6-8 people.

Authentic beginner-friendly eats in London's Chinatown?

As much as I love authentic Chinese food, I must admit to being intimidated by the more abrupt waitstaff in Chinatown. I would love to expand my palate and try more unusual Chinese dishes, where are the best (and friendliest if possible) places in Chinatown to do this? I love offal, the only things I won't eat are balut or eyeballs and I don't expect either in authentic Chinese food! So 'nasty bits' are OK with me :) I like Hong Kong food so far, but would like to try different regional dishes - OK, I might go back to HK Diner for some bubble tea later though ;) Also, how can I convince the staff that I am genuinely interested in the food and not just a tourist? I mean, I am a tourist but I'm a food tourist most of all!

Easy 30-Minute Pressure Cooker Chicken and Chickpea Masala

What I know about you: You like fast. You love easy. You lurve chicken. You're pretty wild about recipes that taste awesome. You like gadgets. This recipe for a pseudo-Indian chicken channa masala hits every one of those points. It takes about half an hour, it's easy enough that a very large and particularly precocious child could make it, it features chicken, it tastes incredibly awesome with a creamy and tangy spiced tomato sauce (think: chicken tikka masala), and it's made in a pressure cooker to boot, delivering long-simmered flavor and tender chicken in a fraction of the time. More