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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 11:48 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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I picked my holiday place based entirely on its proximity to oyster beds and the availability of fruits de mer on which I would be quite happy to live.


Wellfleet is calling... I'll be riding through the oyster capitol of the northeast U.S. today...
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Have fun in Blondfleet Wink In the not too distant future we'll definitely be summering on the Cape - all that lobster, all those clams - mmmmmmmmm
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All that matters is the quality of food. You can cook on shit without the right tools but with good quality food you can't go wrong. You can have the best equipment out there but if the quality of the food is shit then then end product will be shit.
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I partly agree - after all, Ralph could have had the best eggs, butter, organic flour etc and would still have burned the cakes Very Happy

But good quality food needs very little doing to it - it's just unfortunate that 'good' food in all that that means (quality, accessibility) is ever more the preserve of the rich. In France and across Europe you can eat well cheaply - until we have good food at accesible prices in the UK then all the Michelin stars in the sky won't make us a country with a decent relationship with food as France & Italy & Spain do at all economic levels.
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Well the problem is that quantity more often than not usurps quality. People would rather eat a ton of shit, full of shit that makes you obese, than eat a little well produced and cooked food.

BTW BG -did you see the story about the slave labour used on British farms?
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Lenny Henry (Chef)

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=cfOCak7wh1U

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=D8hrFQKAL-Y&feature=related
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Star of Siam in keswick makes very very nice Thai food indeed. (don't take yer bike, the casualty figures around there are terrifying)
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The Star of Siam in keswick makes very very nice Thai food indeed. (don't take yer bike, the casualty figures around there are terrifying)


I love Thai food, also Indonesian food.  We had a real eye-opener when we went to the Netherlands and tried an Indonesian restaurant in Rotterdam. We sampled several more afterwards Very Happy
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A good rijsttafel is fantastic, isn't it? A place I loved in Amsterdam is the Supper Club - food OK but the whole lounging on beds thing was gorgeous Very Happy
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A good rijsttafel is fantastic, isn't it? A place I loved in Amsterdam is the Supper Club - food OK but the whole lounging on beds thing was gorgeous Very Happy


Rijsttafel - is that the selection of all sorts of bits and bobs that they have for starters?

We never got to Amsterdam.    Our local radio station (Radio Humberside) used to organise a long weekend every year, usually in February (BRRR!) by coach .  OUr couriers were the (usually) drunken presenters of the radio station. We went over on North Sea Ferries from Hull to Rotterdam or Zeebrugge.  We had some great trips.  Stayed in bigger places like Rotterdam and The Hague.  One year we went to the Keukenhof gardens, and also to the Space Centre and the model village at Madurodam.  Also a visit to the Rotterdam flower market and a boat trip around the harbour ( or part of it at least)

After that we went on a few independent trips, I can remember staying somewhere near Maastricht once.
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Have fun in Blondfleet Wink In the not too distant future we'll definitely be summering on the Cape - all that lobster, all those clams - mmmmmmmmm


I hope to meet you and yours then.  We have a great little beach, and a tidal pool perfect for children.  Will you spend a good deal of time here... like the entire summer?
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We had our "The Night Before the Giro" party tonight. What a feast!
We drove to the local IGA (Most people believe that IGA = Independent
Grocer's Association, but we local hicks from the sticks here in Northern
Michigan really know that IGA = I Gyp Anyone.

We walked into the store and found the aisle marked "Gourmet Cheese
and Crackers," and all we found was: Velveeta and Saltines.

Then, we grabbed a slab of Beef Jerky. A brand called: "Fuk Yu Bubba,"
direct from China. Hey! All our other shit is imported from China! Why
not beef jerky.

Finally, it was off to Wal-Mart for a purchase of a suitable grape "juice."
And, we were really lucky. We purchased a brand new Wal-Mart
product named: "End the Madness Merlot."

As the label said: "End the Madness Merlot. Choice grapes plucked from
the dumpsters back of the Impudent Oyster and The Chatham Squire
in Chatham, Cape Cod, and squished by the wheels of a Trek-kie in the
parking lot of First Encounter beach in Eastham, Cape Cod, this Merlot
is best described as: A nutty, yet strongly opinionated whine. The magic
of End the Madness is: The boo-kay and the after taste left on your
pallet is one of: SPAM!!!"


(With apologies to:  Wink )
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bill, a very amusing way to start the day Very Happy

kathy, Rijsttafel (or rice table) is where you have rice and a huge number of other dishes, a major Indonesian banquet - beautiful flavours. I went to Rotterdam when I was little and was completely entranced by Madurodam - will take Tom one day. Find myself recreating the family holidays we had when I was a child - France, Holland, Sweden, Italy. Once had a fab week in Amsterdam with a friend, a guy who was dancing in a TV show called 'The Wedding Quiz' which was utterly bizarre. I went to the taping of the season finale and git v v drunk at the free bar then muscled my way into make up and had a rambling, incoherent conversation with the Hof (he was sober). Ah, the heady days of youth Wink In between times we lived on great chocolate and chips with satay sauce.

Doc, how I would love to actually summer on the Cape - when I win the lottery Wink or the husb's battle games design sideline takes off. But we're hoping to take 3 weeks to a month and visit friends in Beantown, NYC, Florida and New Mexico at least, with a sidetrip to good old Northampton and Amherst, Mass to show Tom where I was a student.
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kathy, Rijsttafel (or rice table) is where you have rice and a huge number of other dishes, a major Indonesian banquet - beautiful flavours. .


That's sort of what I remember, oneof those revolving trays with a big dish of rice in the middle and small dishes of all sorts of things surrounding it.  But I'm sure we had it as a starter -  Perhaps we were greedy Rolling Eyes

Bill, I love the name of the brand of Beef Jerky - I think the Chinese must make up these names deliberately now,  there are too manyof them about to be a coincidence.
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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kathy, Rijsttafel (or rice table) is where you have rice and a huge number of other dishes, a major Indonesian banquet - beautiful flavours. .


That's sort of what I remember, oneof those revolving trays with a big dish of rice in the middle and small dishes of all sorts of things surrounding it.  But I'm sure we had it as a starter -  Perhaps we were greedy Rolling Eyes



30 odd years ago in Paris on business we asked our agent for an "Indian" and finished up in an Indonesian with floor cushions and the Rice Table you describe on here.
Some of it was not our taste, but on the whole we had a good enjoyable meal, just like you say.
Being, mainly a solo traveller now. I always feel a single person dosn't fit in there.
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indian - MMM drool, mr shif! I'm wishing we were having tikka bhuna for tea instead of pizza now!
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Yum yum!   I love indian food.... when I lived with my Indian girlfriend years ago, I was in a state of permanent bliss foodwise.....
Mind you, lovely as good food is, I never forget that it wasn't always so easy for ordinary folks - and that many in the world still don't have enough to eat.  So for me I don't get too interested in all the food elitism shite - you know, middle class arses on BBC2 with recipes that you can only make if you live in Highgate or Provence or whatever.  

When my mother was a child, they ate meat once in a blue moon - but when you did, you personally knew the poor beast that gave up his life so that you could stave off hunger.  AND you said grace!

Not really an old misery....... but people's expectations of life are getting a bit out of hand now, and we do take plentiful food for granted. Obese greedy lumps drive 4WDS into vast supermarkets with mile-long aisles of slaughtered meat - much of which will probably be wasted beause it isn't quite the right colour!
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I lived in Bangalore for a couple of months when I was little but the tastes and smells and sights have never left me - it was an extraordinary experience - the leper sweetcorn seller who had no fingers, the burnt out shell of a tank we used to play in, the time my brother's nursery was evacuated due to a cobra, the bean I still have that contains 50 tiny ivory elephants, the statue of Gandhi that stands directly opposite one of Queen Victoria and the chess set with the faintest whiff of sandalwood. The other day I was sorting through boxes and I came across a box of sandalwood products from Mysore - nearly 40 years old and yet the smell hit me like a punch to the belly and the memory of being given that box my Dad was so fresh and strong I almost couldn't breath for a few moments. But the tastes are strongest - the sago and coconut milk that was my favourite pudding, the potato dosas, the fresh, clean, light, hotness. Beautiful food and entirely different to any 'Indian' I've tasted since.
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Bg - Have you ever seen Jean Renoir's "The River"?  

It's Renoir's film of Rumer Godden's childhood in India - although the acting has dated badly, it's a unique work of great beauty and humanity.
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Tonight, mrs G needed something quick and hearty, so there was only one thing for it....

Bean Surprise.

1 onion med or large.
1 tin chopped tomatoes.
1 tin of kidney beans.
1 piece of garlic.
2/3rds of a vegetable stock cube.
several massive glugs of tabasco.
2 teaspoons of dried mixed herbs.
enough fusilli pasta for two people.


#Rinse the kidney beans in a colander/seive, then leave to drain.
#Add your fusilli to a pan of boiling water.
#Chop your onion.
#Start to fry the chopped onion on a medium heat.
#Whilst the onion is frying, very finely chop your garlic, then finely chop it more. Chop in the 2/3rds of a stock cube and dried herbs with your garlic to start it cooking on the chopping board.
#When the onion is nearly clear, give the kidney beans a shake then chuck em in the frying pan with the onions.
#Once the kidney beans start to split, throw in your stock/garlic/herb mix, glug your tabasco over the top then add your tin of chopped tomatoes and  stir in.
(now's a good time to rinse clean your chopping board and knife - cut down on the washing up)
#When your pasta's almost done to your liking, add it to the frying pan and stir it in. (if you find your pasta was cooked too soon, just drain it then keep it in a seive above a pan of simmering water until you're ready to add it to the frying pan. If your sauce in the frying pan is getting too dry before your pasta is cooked, just add a little water to keep it going)

Serve with parmesan or coriander or just on it's own. Should have taken less than half an hour!


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