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WIND! and a recipe thingy

Our green recycling sack blew away! Oh noes! I can't find it *anywhere*!

In the meantime I've been hit twice By the rockin' recipe exchange (clearly news of my culinary expertise is spreading) -- do any of you want to join it? It's a chain email about, hmmm, sending recipes to each other.

Poll #904700 Do you want to join the rockin' recipe exchange?

Yes! I want to share my recipe expertise with the assembled messes! Here is my email address.

EDIT:Also, if you're already in it, it might be worth dropping a comment below to make sure you don't get an unwanted email ...

And now it's sunny! I'm so confused.


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11th Jan, 2007 12:10 (UTC)
I'm already hit by the rockin' recipe exchange.

And yes, wind!
11th Jan, 2007 12:26 (UTC)
Me too, and it prompted a crisis in which I realised that I don't actually know how to cook anything. I mean, not in a way I can easily explain to someone else without them being there in the kitchen and watching what I'm doing. Most of my recipes would be extremely vague and unhelpful: "Use A ingredient, or possibly B ingredient, or C ingredient if you fancy it, in A amount, or maybe B amount, or C amount if you're really hungry. Cook using technique A if you're lazy, or B if you're less lazy, for A, B, or C length of time depending on how crunchy you want it to be, and eat when it smells right."
11th Jan, 2007 13:19 (UTC)
Ah, that's a very traditional way to write recipes. Mine come out a bit like that, too.
11th Jan, 2007 13:21 (UTC)
Well, this was my recipe, sent to Ellen. Note the very general info ahoy...

Brazilian bean stew (feijoada lite)

* Kidney beans (you can also use black beans) - not the tinned kind,
soak 'em overnight before you aim to cook them. I normally use a 500
g packet so that there's plenty to freeze for later.
* if you want a veg version of this, use a tin of tomatoes and
whatever veg you want to put in - I often put in sliced courgette and
maybe some leek
* if you want a meaty version, use bacon and a sausage that is like
chorizo - something dried and a bit spicy/salty. You can also use
dried pork, as per the traditional Brazilian version, but I mostly don't
* And definitely some onion, pepper, salt.

1. Soak the beans, preferably overnight. If you can't be bothered to
do this then you can cook 'em for several hours instead, or fewer
hours but in a pressure cooker. Anyway, the aim is to cook 'em until
they are vaguely soft but not mushy.
2. Once they are cooked, keep 'em simmering. Prepare a separate
frying pan with olive oil, salt, pepper - and saute your onions and
whatever veg you want to put in (apart from the tin of tomatoes).
2a. If you are making a meaty version, fry the bacon as well. If
you're putting in chorizo, no need to fry this.
3. Once the veg are sauted, tip them all into the big pan with the
simmering beans. Put in the tomatoes too.
4. Cook for a long time, preferably at least a couple of hours.
5. Once the beans are really nice and soft it's also good to scoop
out a couple of ladlesful of the beans themselves, and to press them
into a pulp with the back of a spoon. Add it back into the stew so
that it helps to thicken it.
6. Basically, the longer it cooks the nicer it will be. Particularly
nice when reheated the next day or after it's been frozen & reheated.

Serving suggestion
With white rice, possibly with a nice bit of fried steak. Traditional
Brazilian way would be to serve with toasted manioc flour and some
sweet slices of orange, which is rather nice actually (particularly
if made with the very salty kind of dried pork).
11th Jan, 2007 13:30 (UTC)
Well in that case I should start working on a vague recipe of my own then. :) (And bean stew, mmm, might have to give that a try myself.)
11th Jan, 2007 12:41 (UTC)
I have been hit by the rockin' recipe exchange, but don't mind getting dipping into the collective recipe subconscious one more time.
11th Jan, 2007 13:21 (UTC)
Nice new journal layout!
11th Jan, 2007 18:31 (UTC)
My garden fence has blown down. Arse.
11th Jan, 2007 20:43 (UTC)
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