WEIRDLAND: Cooking Tips

Monday, April 12, 2010

Cooking Tips

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Cooking Tips?

California Temaki Sushi
Here’s sushi that is fun to make at home as it doesn’t need to look perfect. Hand-rolled cones of nori (Japanese seaweed) are folded around fillings – like wrapping a bunch of flowers – and eaten with bowls of wasabi, soy sauce, and pickled ginger. Serve as an appetizer or increase the quantities and arrange the ingredients on dishes, for guests to assemble their own DIY party starter.

1 tbsp sushi vinegar pinch of salt
1 tsp caster sugar 5 1/2 oz (150 g) short-grain sushi rice, pre-washed
10 fl oz (300 ml) water 4 nori sheets, cut in half
1/4 tsp wasabi paste 8 tsp appropriate version of Mayonnaise
4 lettuce leaves, torn into 1 in (2.5 cm) pieces 8 large king prawns, cooked and peeled
8 tsp flying fish or salmon roe 2 in (5 cm) piece of cucumber, deseeded and cut into matchsticks
1/4 avocado, cut into 8 slices and tossed in lemon juice to prevent browning

Five-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa 1 egg
3 tablespoons milk 3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) 2-3 drops vanilla extract
1 coffee mug

Perfect Roast Beef
3 1/4 pounds beef top round 2 medium onions
2 carrots 2 celery stalks
1 bulb garlic a small bunch fresh thyme, rosemary, bay, or sage, or a mixture
olive oil sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


"In my third or fourth year of life I ate my first restaurant meal, at the Steak 'n Shake on Green Street near the University of Illinois campus. I dined on a Steakburger, french fries, and a Coke. I felt extremely important. The eyes of the world were on this capable little man, sitting on a stool at the counter, grasping a Steakburger in his hands and opening up to take the first bite. If I were to take President Obama and his family to dinner and the choice were up to me, it would be Steak 'n Shake--and they would be delighted. If the Pope were to ask where he could get a good plate of spaghetti in America, I would reply, "Your Holiness, have you tried the Chili Mac or the Chili 3-Ways?"

A downstate Illinois boy loves the Steak 'n Shake as a Puerto Rican loves rice and beans, an Egyptian loves falafel, a Brit loves banger and mash, an Indian loves tikki ki chaat, a Swede loves herring, a Finn loves reindeer jerky, and a Canadian loves bran muffins. These matters do not involve taste. They involve a deep-seated conviction that a food is absolutely right, and always has been, and always will be. These convictions are fixed at an early age. I do not expect to convert you.
My father said it was not for the likes of me. He liked a dash on his Chili 3-Ways. I would watch in awe as he sprinkled it on, and took his first taste. There were none of the masochistic cries of pain associated with hot sauce daredevils. He would simply glance at me sideways and elevate his eyebrows a fraction. You see why as a film critic I am so alert to the subtle nuances of acting. Source: blogs.suntimes.com

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