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What is the secret to cooking eggplant well? Anyone have some advice?
Strongly disagreed on peeling skin.
Works well for indian recipes, curry, dal,
Here's something simple I tried, and did alright on it,
Slice them thin, add salt and Turmeric powder [leave skin on],
You can let the flavor soak in, an hour is good,
Deep fry until golden brown, serve.
Note: just like fries, it is best not left out too long!
This one is dead easy, college boy dorm room easy, and it's not bad.
Put a chicken breast or a few chicken tenders in a bowl. Add some soy sauce, oil, and a squirt of sriracha sauce or something equivalent. Microwave until cooked thoroughly. Let cool and shred with two forks.
Prepare two packages of dry ramen noodles.
Add chicken after the ramen gets to boiling well.
Just when done crack an egg into the pan and stir.
Add the powder mix if you wish, or work out your own mix with soy, chili powder, garlic powder, and so forth, as per your taste.
The amount of liquid you prefer is something you'll have to work out for yourself. Not too hard.
If you're feeling ritzy you can get fresh ramen noodles at a local asian store. Much better of course but less instant grub style.
I haven't added veggies to this one but I bet that'd work fine.
'Mmm!' - Chess Pie for me, thanks! ...
And that's the way 'I' see it! ...
I made this for dinner tonight.
It came out really well. The only change I made was to reduce the amount of pasta.
Baaa ha ha baaaaaa!
Sushi would be a good vegetarian or semi-vegetarian dish, given so many variations are out there. You don't HAVE to put fish in to make a good seaweed and sticky rice variety, but if you don't mind a little meat (hence the semi-vegetarian part) I prefer a little crab meat in the center, then sticky rice, then avocado, followed by salmon flavored cream cheese, and finally wrap it all in seaweed. Top it with a good Wasabi and you're in business!
A nice thread from corri
Here's something that isn't quick to make but once made--and it's an issue-free process--you can put it in the fridge for a long time and pull some out whenever you need it for a side dish or a quick meal.
It's refied beans without the frying. Refritos.
I make a large batch, so I start with 4 cups of dry pinto beans, sort them carefully to make sure there are no rocks in the mix, and put in an 8-quart pot. Add cold water nice and high and then cover and let sit for a day or so.
After they are done soaking, rinse a few times, refill the water level withing a couple of inches of the top, and place on high heat, adding a bay leaf or two. When it's boiling well, reduce the heat to about medium-high and place the cover so tha it nearly but not quite seals the pot. If you have a good level of water you won't have issues with boil-over.
Since the beans are thoroughly soaked, it will only take an hour. maybe even less, to cook them to a mushy softness. You probably won't even have to worry about refilling the pot with water to avoid burning the beans.
At this point, add a couple soup spoons of tomato paste (or tomatoes, or tomato sauce--as you wish), maybe a teaspoon or two of garlic powder (or some real garlic), salt to taste, 1/2 cup to 1 cup of vegetable oil (usually canola for me but it's not so important), and some spice. I am a chili head so I add habaneros or, just recently, a ghost pepper ot two. Just mince them up well and be sure to rub your eyes right away.
You can also go quick and splash in as much hot sauce as suits you.
After the pot is off to a good boil, reduce the heat to medium or so, just enough to keep it bubbling but not much more. You want a slow cook on this puppy.
Be sure the top is off the pot and after it is well stirred you can walk away for awhile. Maybe check on the water level every hour until you get a good handle on how fast it's cooking. You may want to refill the water level at some point. This fine. The longer it cooks the better it is, probably. Just make sure it doesn't cook down so far that beans are sticking to the bottom of the pot.
The only even slightly tricky part is knowing when the right amount of liquid has been cooked off.
For me, this second part of the cook is 3-4 hours. Stir it up whenever you pass by.
Once you compete the next step, you'll have a good idea if you need more cooking or a bit more water.
Take a flat ended potato masher and mash the contents of the pot. You could puree it all but I think it's better to have some beans in the texture, not just a uniform paste.
If it seems too thick just add water. Too thin? Just cook it some more and watch it closely for the right time to take it off the heat.
At some point you'd want to remove the bay leaves.
Just let the whole pot cool now and then place in containers for the fridge/freezer. This stuff will keep awhile. When it's well-cooled you can then move the containers to the cold.
Just great taste, for those who like refried beans. Not as good as authentic refritos, as the final step for them is to fry in lard in a very hot skillet.
I don't need more such fats in my diet, plus it's an extra step of complexity, and simplicity is really what I want from this dish; just take some out of the fridge and microwave up, and done!
I sometimes also make my own corn torillas but that's a hassle, though again the flavor of one's own fresh tortillas is much better than store-bought.
Homemade beans and tortillas? A little bit of heaven.
Boil some water..throw in a bunch of cheap azzed pintos.. After mincing a ton of habeneros, chili heads ftw, I hope you got a nad itch while cooking naked. LoL no well written Long version. I still look for stones though No one has actually found one in a bag of beans since 1958. Moms love to noid out kids. Some still see botchulism everywhere.
I'm there. I'll nosh a few bean rito's while waiting for NK to get back with the crab and lobster stuffed sticky rice sushies and ehhrolls. Hold that raw fish jive. ヅ
I'm soooo glad you resurrected this wonderful thread, corrijean! It's one of my favourites
Mine, too. :)
My hubby would really like this. He is a big proponent of using "real" (not canned) beans.
By the way, I finally did find a company which makes vegetarian fish which is very good. I recommend "Gardein Fishless Filets":)
If I can find it in our local grocery store, I'll try it.
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