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Reply #1715 on: March 25, 2017, 06:09:40 AM

I've got 2 coffee grinders, one for spices and one for coffee. I've used a french press before, but most times just the regular drip type, I have a 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker from Mr Coffee, it's nice if you grind, then get it all ready, then you can program it to brew a cup when you are waking up. The french press is usually better.

If I did want to try and make some tea like you guys did, what would you recommend? I usually go the easy route with Bigelow English Teatime Teabags, since I'm using my kettle then letting it steep. With allergy season on hand, I've been doing tea with lemon and honey to sooth the throat and sinuses.

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Reply #1716 on: March 25, 2017, 09:49:03 AM

If I did want to try and make some tea like you guys did, what would you recommend?

Getting hold of tea or teabags from the UK. I use teabags because I drink like 6 cups a day and a teapot and loose leaves are a huge PITA. Twinings make good tea, you might be able to get their bags on the internet? I drink these. I doubt they'll be available outside of the UK.  awesome, for real

Edit: Just had a look on Amazon.com and they sell both Twinings and Taylor's English Breakfast teabags. If they're the same as the stuff they sell here then they're both nice black teas.
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Reply #1717 on: March 25, 2017, 05:58:46 PM

Twinings are available in stores in the US (or at least around me), so unless there are different versions sold in the US and UK, should be the same thing.  I love Twinings, personally, but I'm also a heathen who uses a single cup Keurig machine to make my tea at work.  I use one of those "fill your own" cups, pop the teabag into there, and brew as normal.  I'm lazy like that.

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Reply #1718 on: March 26, 2017, 04:02:04 PM

Change of direction briefly. I have strong, strong cravings for savoury flavours these days. A lot. A regular snack of mine is anchovies on toast. Just, like, 2 or 3 whole anchovies in oil, on sourdough toast. Sometimes with some sliced raw green chilli and/or black olives.

I'm pretty certain I'm not pregnant given that I lack all of the organs required for that. Anyone got some good snack type foods that are big on umami flavours? Bonus if they're not horribly unhealthy or expensive.

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Reply #1719 on: March 27, 2017, 09:02:44 AM

Change of direction briefly. I have strong, strong cravings for savoury flavours these days. A lot. A regular snack of mine is anchovies on toast. Just, like, 2 or 3 whole anchovies in oil, on sourdough toast. Sometimes with some sliced raw green chilli and/or black olives.

I'm pretty certain I'm not pregnant given that I lack all of the organs required for that. Anyone got some good snack type foods that are big on umami flavours? Bonus if they're not horribly unhealthy or expensive.

Fresh pork rinds from the Mexican market and guacamole?
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Reply #1720 on: March 27, 2017, 10:05:20 AM

Sounds nice, but no bonus points for you on the healthiness front.  awesome, for real Also, unfortunately, pork scratchings (as they're called in the UK) are a no-no for my teeth. I have a few teeth that are more filling than tooth and anything that hard is just too risky :(

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Reply #1721 on: March 27, 2017, 10:39:51 AM

I'm pretty certain I'm not pregnant given that I lack all of the organs required for that. Anyone got some good snack type foods that are big on umami flavours? Bonus if they're not horribly unhealthy or expensive.

Dried seaweed snacks.  Much tastier than they sound.   awesome, for real

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Reply #1722 on: March 27, 2017, 11:20:43 AM

I'll second the dried seaweed snacks. Delicious.
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Reply #1723 on: March 27, 2017, 01:53:25 PM

Harissa and feta on sliced toasted baguette.

Soy-sauce soaked hardboiled eggs. Easy to make.

Home pickles, use something a bit sweet. Pickled watermelon is great.

Fry some mushrooms with roasted garlic in olive oil, puree with a teeny bit of blue or goat cheese, spread on toast. Keeps for a couple of days.

Prosciutto and melon.

Radishes, salt and butter (got to be good sweet butter). Simplest thing in the world but it's great.

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Reply #1724 on: March 27, 2017, 04:53:47 PM

Godfuckingdammit why did I decide to check this thread just after I'd got into bed? All of those sound great. I love harissa to pieces, one of my 'fuck it, cba to cook' meals is harissa and pasta. Almost anything else you have in the fridge will go with it too - broad beans are great if they're in season.

Pickled watermelon is a fascinating idea, what do you pickle it in, just the usual vinegar & spices?

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Reply #1725 on: March 27, 2017, 08:58:27 PM

I can't help with the snacks, sorry!

But for tea, Twinnings is pretty good but I actually prefer Tetley English Teatime, and the Kroger generic English Breakfast which I think is the same stuff, down to the exact same round stringless paper tea bags.  For calibration, after several trials at three different Starbucks I've come to the conclusion that I hate Starbucks English Breakfast tea. I don't know what is in it, but I'm pretty sure they've added something nottea to it to make it special and it is VERY special!  ACK!

For coffee, whole bean grind-your-own and French press is the way to go if you care about taste. Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Kenya, and Hawaii all produce some really fine beans, and a whole lot of adulterated/less-than-premium crap that costs just as much, so it's really hit-or-miss.  If you like it paint stripper strong but still with good flavor, then the Swedish Gevalia used to be good, but I haven't tried it in ages. I'm stuck with decaff now, and it just aint worth bothering with. Which is why I switched to tea.


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Reply #1726 on: March 28, 2017, 06:47:04 AM

You just recommended Tetley and Kroger teas.  I think you killed our Englishmen..

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Reply #1727 on: March 28, 2017, 02:52:49 PM

Maybe for the more discerning ones, but Tetley is huge in the UK.  It's the largest tea producer there.

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Reply #1728 on: March 28, 2017, 04:26:16 PM

Yeah, pickle the watermelon in vinegar, salt, sugar. I toss in a few cloves of garlic, couple of peppercorns, usually 2-3 jalapenos. I would use other whole spices with things like carrots, asparagus, etc., but pickled melon is best with the minimum vinegar pickle set-up.

Quick salt pickles are also great with tons of different vegetables.
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Reply #1729 on: March 28, 2017, 08:02:19 PM

You just recommended Tetley and Kroger teas.  I think you killed our Englishmen..

nononono, not regular Tetley, Tetley British Blend. There's a huge difference!  Besides, think of all the Americans I might have saved from Lipton!  awesome, for real


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Reply #1730 on: March 29, 2017, 12:53:03 AM

Lipton is the Budweiser of tea. Neither of them are the thing they claim to be.

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Reply #1731 on: March 29, 2017, 08:57:41 AM

Godfuckingdammit why did I decide to check this thread just after I'd got into bed? All of those sound great. I love harissa to pieces, one of my 'fuck it, cba to cook' meals is harissa and pasta. Almost anything else you have in the fridge will go with it too - broad beans are great if they're in season.

Pickled watermelon is a fascinating idea, what do you pickle it in, just the usual vinegar & spices?

Rice and egg. As in, cook long grain rice and when it'd done crack an egg into it then stir. Add soy sauce or other condiments as desired. The heat of the rice just cooks the egg and the whole thing comes out deliciously gooey and savoury. Like some kind of ghetto risotto.

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Reply #1732 on: March 29, 2017, 09:11:01 AM

That sounds a lot like a bibimbap, which is one of my favorite lunch dishes.  Throw in some diced mushrooms, carrots, bean sprouts and some diced meat.  Easy and delicious with tons of umami if you use the right ingredients.  Even better if you have a little kimchi.
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Reply #1733 on: March 29, 2017, 10:06:18 AM

Yeah bibimbap is great, one of those dishes you can chuck whatever's lying around into, long as you don't overdo it.

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Reply #1734 on: March 30, 2017, 09:28:06 AM

I'm reminded that I want to order some Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.

Wife never started feeling good on the keto and dropped it yesterday.  After a slice of Mellow Mushroom and a bowl of Cheerios, she felt 100% better.

Personally, I like having an excuse to eat meat, cheese, and fat all the time.

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Reply #1735 on: March 30, 2017, 04:27:04 PM

I'm reminded that I want to order some Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.

Wife never started feeling good on the keto and dropped it yesterday.  After a slice of Mellow Mushroom and a bowl of Cheerios, she felt 100% better.

Personally, I like having an excuse to eat meat, cheese, and fat all the time.

I just googled that coffee and it's quite expensive. Is it worth it?

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Reply #1736 on: March 30, 2017, 06:33:16 PM

It sure as fuck is, but I do have an above-average income.  Far and away the smoothest & best-tasting cup I've ever had.

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Reply #1737 on: March 31, 2017, 02:42:09 AM

Something for me to put on a wishlist then and wait for a birthday or xmas.  awesome, for real

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Reply #1738 on: March 31, 2017, 03:18:33 PM

I'm reminded that I want to order some Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.

I am intrigued. I see a few hits on Google, but where do you get yours from?

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Reply #1739 on: April 02, 2017, 02:59:26 PM

So the mother-in-law has been trying out Blue Apron for a bit now and gifted us with a free order.  Ingredients came on Friday and the husband is going to make the chicken with lentils tonight.  We also have a mushroom burger of some sort (I forgot) and cod stew.  All-in-all everything looks really quality but the husband thinks the ground beef for the burgers isn't enough for two patties. I said it was, but we're not used to normal sized portions of stuff, hence why we're a pair of fatties.

Doubt we'll be ordering regularly, since it's a bit pricey, but it might be nice to do occasionally.  The MiL likes it because she can order three meals that are supposed to be for two people and get six meals for herself out of it.

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Reply #1740 on: April 02, 2017, 11:13:43 PM

I'm reminded that I want to order some Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.

I am intrigued. I see a few hits on Google, but where do you get yours from?

I have no idea yet.  I'll just have to guess and try one.

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Reply #1741 on: April 03, 2017, 09:05:28 PM

On a whim, I picked up a fairly enormous six-tray food dehydrator.  Been fucking around fine-tuning a beef jerky recipe for the last week or so and the neighbors are loving it.  They weren't huge fans of the batch I spiced with Carolina Reaper peppers (though I loved it), but that was the only dud.
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Reply #1742 on: April 13, 2017, 04:01:56 AM

On a whim, I picked up a fairly enormous six-tray food dehydrator.  Been fucking around fine-tuning a beef jerky recipe for the last week or so and the neighbors are loving it.  They weren't huge fans of the batch I spiced with Carolina Reaper peppers (though I loved it), but that was the only dud.
That sound's incredible! Did you grow the peppers?

I found a good tea over here in the states :) Charleston Tea Plantation makes a good tea, it doesn't taste stale and has a good flavor to it. Haven't made a London Fog with it yet, but I usually only drink those once a month as they are so sweet and creamy amazon link-- American Classic Tea I bought that one, and the breakfast tea too.

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Reply #1743 on: April 13, 2017, 05:33:58 AM

Nice one Jimbo :)  You saying it doesn't taste stale makes me wonder if a lot of the tea you buy there is just old due to low sale rates? Tea, like coffee, doesn't last forever. In fact it doesn't even last very long. In the UK we generally get through teabags fast enough that it doesn't matter, but fresher loose leaf tea is noticeably, well, fresher tasting. I keep it in the fridge, same as coffee, and throw it out if it's been open longer than a month.

The other things that I thought are milk and water. both of which can make a huge difference to how a cuppa tastes. I've got a British relative who lives in Oklahoma now and he says that the milk there is very different from our milk, not sure why. I've not heard much about American tap water, other than, y'know, Flint.  awesome, for real  Our tap water is amazing, but I still use a Brita filter for tea & coffee water, more to reduce kettle scaling than anything else since it's quite hard water here, and we can easily tell the difference between a cup made with that and unfiltered water.

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Reply #1744 on: April 15, 2017, 06:34:24 PM

On a whim, I picked up a fairly enormous six-tray food dehydrator.  Been fucking around fine-tuning a beef jerky recipe for the last week or so and the neighbors are loving it.  They weren't huge fans of the batch I spiced with Carolina Reaper peppers (though I loved it), but that was the only dud.
That sound's incredible! Did you grow the peppers?

Nah.  Used some 'Reaper Squeezins' I got from a little boutique shop last time I was in Charlotte - even for my Korean palate, a little goes a long way, but I love the flavor on top of the heat.  I've got my recipe mostly honed now - been picking up round roasts and London broil cuts when they're heavily discounted, so I've got a steady supply piled up and going through the dehydrator now - it's big enough to handle about 3# at a time.  Also sent a vac-sealed bag to my brother today.  :)
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Reply #1745 on: April 16, 2017, 09:56:55 PM

Tap water varies widely from municipality to municipality, much less state to state, and can range from ambrosia-of-the-gods to ditch-water-filtered-through-a-well-used-athletic-sock. Milk? Milk is for cereal. putting it in tea or coffee is an abomination!  why so serious?  (I'm just not a fan of milk in general, even milk chocolate, so yeah, it's just me, oh well)

But yeah, the spendier tea (bags) here come in individual sealed packets but they still sit around who knows how long in warehouses and store shelves. I don't think I've even seen unbagged cut tea this century, though that might be for not looking.

I was quite amused while in Australia (and slightly annoyed as a coffee drinker at the time) at being served very nice tea from cut leaves using those little metal strainers, no bags, everywhere, but also almost everywhere, even nice restaurants, getting crap Sanka powdered "coffee". wtf?  Is it the same there now or in Great Britain?  After the second (both unfinished) cup I switched to tea the entire year there.  I've had better coffee from a vending machine in a factory canteen!  I think maybe Lipton is the American way of getting back at foreign tea-drinkers for their abominable coffee. Or maybe it's the foreigners serving Sanka in retaliation for America's Lipton?

I'm still amazed at how bad Starbucks' "english breakfast" tea tastes. Has anyone else tried it? Is it just me? I wonder if it might be the plastic mesh they use instead of a paper bag.  I hate the taste of plastic in my food/drink anyway, but dunking plastic in boiling hot water you then drink just seems like a bad idea all around! Plus it's in a wax-coated (or probably plastic these days) cup. I disliked the taste before I'd even fished the bag out and realized it was plastic, and I like their coffee and had matching hopes for their tea, so I'm pretty sure it isn't simply a case of talking myself into not liking it.

Meanwhile, I've already had my first garden harvest this year, and it wasn't asparagus this time (coming soon though). It was Oregano which has grown back in a carpet over 6 inches high already. We ran out of last year's batch last week, so the next day I harvested about 3" off the top of each sprout and ran the leaves (only, the stems were quite woody) through the dehydrator for 24 hours, and crushed and bottled them. Only got a couple tablespoons, but that should last the two of us a couple/few weeks anyway. The difference (both taste and smell) between homegrown herbs, even dried, and the stuff in the jars from the grocery store is just so amazing!

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Reply #1746 on: May 20, 2017, 06:16:45 PM

So I bought a couple of jars of fermented Carolina Reaper mash (basically hot sauce minus the vinegar), mostly for chili and jerky.

That shits fun to play with.

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Reply #1747 on: May 20, 2017, 09:33:23 PM

Why is hot the only flavor your butthole can taste?

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Reply #1748 on: May 22, 2017, 06:24:27 PM

Why is hot the only flavor your butthole can taste?

I admit that there's a penance your balloon knot exacts for enjoying hot food, but I'm still willing to deal with it.

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Reply #1749 on: May 22, 2017, 10:06:30 PM

Even hotel food in Austin is good.  I think this is because everything except bread is pickled.

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