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.

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.

Boiling Bacon With Parsley Sauce From 'My Irish Table'

Parsley sauce is traditional with bacon and gammon in the UK and Ireland. It's very tasty! And boiled bacon is lovely - so juicy. Remember that it's only relatively recently that homes had ovens, so boiled bacon could be cooked at home instead of taking to the baker's to cook in their oven.

Secret Tools and Tricks of the Ice Cream Pros: How to Make Creamy Ice Cream

Seems like ebay/amazon UK is the best option - even specialist baking supply websites only seem to do the small bottles! Thanks Max. Is honey also an option? A supermarket here used to do a wonderful orange blossom honey and fig ice cream and I'd love to recreate it.

Anyone serve punch anymore? Recipes?

Blue sangria (sangria is basically a punch right?) - white wine, blue curacao, Sprite or similar, white grapes and pineapple segments.

Secret Tools and Tricks of the Ice Cream Pros: How to Make Creamy Ice Cream

I can get hold of glucose syrup (if it's the same as liquid glucose?) but only in small bottles in the baking department (maybe in bigger bottles in bulk?). Would sugar syrup (the kind used in cocktails) work? Like this

And @JAPinDC, thanks for the recipe! Will try it with golden syrup.

Secret Tools and Tricks of the Ice Cream Pros: How to Make Creamy Ice Cream

JAPinDC, do you know what would be a good replacement for corn syrup? I'm in the UK and can't get it. Maybe golden syrup or honey, or does corn syrup have a lighter taste than that?

The Brunch Dish: Brunch Ahoy at Fish Bar

Omelette Arnold Bennett seems like an ideal brunch dish, as does kedgeree and fishcakes. Not sure about the assertion that fish doesn't go with brunch!

Serious Entertaining: Ramps Ramps Ramps Ramps Ramps

Aharps, I am also in the UK. I think they are a cross between spring onions and wild garlic - the taste is definitely garlicky.

Kenji, could you use wild garlic instead of ramps? Easy to find growing wild in UK woodland.

A Beginner's Guide to British Beer Styles

British pub culture really makes a difference here - it's such a key part of traditional working-class life in the UK. Also, can recommend Youngs Double Chocolate Stout - yum.

Hollendaise Sauce

Pedantry - it's hollandaise. Not hollendaise. Not hollaindaise. It's named after the country Holland aka the alternative name for the Netherlands (because it produces great butter and has a dairy-heavy national cuisine). It's easier to spell correctly if you remember that it's named after the country! Also outside of the US it's pronounced HOLL-an-daise rather than holl-AN-daise as it seems to be in the US, probably where the confusion comes from.

The Vegan Experience: Triple Garlic Pasta With Oven-Dried Tomatoes, Olives, and Bread Crumbs

Capers would be fine, I should think. Re garlic and religion, Jainism (an Indian religion) forbids the eating of garlic and onion.

The Waverly Inn's Chef Ashley Merriman's Got No Ghosts

@Beavis are they not just big plates? Maybe it's just me not being American and being surprised at what Americans consider a reasonable portion size, but those portions look fine to me. There are clearly going to be sides too.

Amsterdam Eats

Oliebollen (not sure if the spelling is right) - delicious Dutch donuts.

We Try the Diner Double Beef, a '50s-Themed Burger From McDonald's Japan

@Lorenzo - here in the UK (where gentrified American fast food like fried chicken and burgers is very fashionable right now, thanks to US-based food blogs getting exposure from Pinterest etc) I would say that 50s diner type food/restaurants is seen as being distinctly retro, even if not quite authentically 50s. We don't think modern US diners are like something out of Grease!

Grapefruit-Lavender Pavlova is Dominique Ansel's Anti-Cronut

That meringue is just the prettiest colour.

Leftovers: Uni Scavenger Hunt, Voodoo Doughnut's Dirty Laundry, and More

Not quite food poisoning, but if someone who has recently eaten Brazil nuts has sex with someone with a Brazil nut allergy, they can trigger the allergy through sex.

Lunch at Google HQ is as Insanely Awesome as You Thought

Suziecups - actually quite a lot of Indian food has no onion or garlic, since they are not eaten by Jains, a religious group in India.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters: Winter Break Edition

PS black pudding is DIVINE, as is some nice kedgeree for breakfast (Anglo-Indian dish of rice with smoked haddock, curry powder, boiled eggs and lots of butter).

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters: Winter Break Edition

Bread sauce is not the same as stuffing (which at Christmas is usually a sausage based stuffing, not breadcrumbs), but it is delicious! It's just a creamy white sauce with some spices and thickened with breadcrumbs. Also we call the bacon wrapped sausages 'pigs in blankets'. What you call pigs in blankets, we call sausage rolls!

British Bites: A Guide to Quintessential London Eats

You can get truly great curry in Britain, the best outside of India IMO. Best is in Bradford. Yorkshire is home to a lot of great British food to be honest - Yorkshire pudding, my favourite fish and chips (Lizzie's in Skipton), curd tart, and of course Bradford's curries.

No mention of Lincolnshire or Cumberland sausages?

British Bites: A Guide to Quintessential London Eats

The best fish & chips and best steak and kidney pudding (and other savoury pies) are found in the North of England, not London.

Chicken Tikka Masala is far more British than salt beef and beigels.

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