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Armchair Dining on DP

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by jrbiz, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. jrbiz

    jrbiz Illustrious Member

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    #381
    So, I have previously posted about a very traditional Saturday night meal in New England: franks and beans. However, I neglected to mention another New England food that is served with the dish, canned brown bread:

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    You can buy it in most grocery stores and below is the brand I would expect to see most often:

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    SEMrush
    It tends to be a bit on the dry side which makes it a great accompaniment to the baked beans and sweet and tangy sauce. It is really the perfect complement to franks and beans and worth a try if you come across it.
     
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    Okay, this is neither a food nor are its origins in New England. However, when we get the DP Foodie World Tour Bus rolling, it will likely start here in Rhode Island and you will be offered my favorite (and only) morning drink. It starts with my favorite tea bags:

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    They are uniquely shaped as a pyramid, ostensibly for better water saturation of the tea leaves:

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    But, for me, part of the secret to this great tasting tea is the device that we brew the tea in. You no longer can purchase this appliance (they have not been manufactured for probably 20 years or more) but there is no comparison with any other tea-making method (and, believe me, I have tried many other devices.)

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    It is a Mrs. Tea which, for a brief time, was manufactured by the same company that was famous for its Mr. Coffee machine. I cannot tell you how superior tea is that is brewed in this device. Combined with the great flavor of PG Tips, it is the best tea that I have ever had. Of course, we drink it with cream (or milk) and sweetener:

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    So, be ready to have a great tasting start to the first morning of the World Tour!
     
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    #383
    @jrbiz this is one of my favourite dish veg handi biryani ...


    Handi-Biryani.jpg
     
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    jrbiz Illustrious Member

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    Wow, that looks delicious! Can you provide a brief list of the key ingredients? It looks like there are different types of rice in it and I love a dish that uses more than one type. The picture has made me hungry and it is a long time until dinner!
     
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    #385
    Ok I haven't share here for a while :D

    A coworker brought something that looks something like this:

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    The picture above is called "Tamale", I do believe Mexicans have their own version, Claudia Sandoval prepared one on Master Chef :D

    The one that my coworker brought is a bit different. It only has ground pork saute'd till crispy for its toppings and then we deep it sweet and spicy soy sauce. I forgot what it's called but that is the closest one I can find. Hehe.
     
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    If it is wrapped with corn flour dough, it is near the top of my list for this type of food! I love corn flour based foods!!! This one looks great and the sweet and spicy sauce sounds really good, too. I am still hours from dinner, unfortunately, because I am now super hungry. :)
     
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    You know, your post got me really thinking about Mexican food tonight and I wanted to mention that my wife made Mexican Spoon Bread over the weekend. Our first introduction to it was many years ago at our favorite Mexican restaurant and it is fantastic:

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    With just about all corn breads or muffins, I love the taste but find them to be a bit dry and in need of a healthy dollop of butter. With the Spoon Bread, however, it is so moist and sweet that I eat it, as is. The bad news is that I did not get a taste of the Spoon Bread that the wife made a few days ago. I am low-carb-ing it, unfortunately.
     
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    It's a traditional Ukrainian dish called potato dumplings. It's usually eaten with a sour cream. The favourite dish from the childhood. [​IMG]
     
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    My wife buys frozen potato dumplings all of the time and they are okay; but your version above looks so much better! I assume that they are so yellow due to eggs and butter? The ones that my wife buys are off-white in color. I am sure that yours are much tastier. I need to add sour cream on the side next time we have them. Had not thought of that; we mostly just eat them swimming in melted butter.

    When I was a kid, I had a Ukrainian friend and I recall some great sweets and some sort of traditional beef dish that was also really good. Thanks for your post and keep them coming!
     
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    #390
    Growing up I used to eat home-made dumplings (meat, potato). The dumplings I bought a couple times at the local grocery stores tasted like one of those flu vomits that lingers in your mouth for hours afterwards. If you didn't try home-made dumplings @jrbiz you didn't try dumplings at all.
     
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    LOL, it is hard for me to do anything but agree with you. :) However, in my defense I will point out that just about anything, even flu vomit, can be enjoyed if it is swimming in enough butter. ;)
     
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    Thank you!
    Yes, we also have frozen version of potato dumplings but these are totally different things when you cook it together with all your family from home natural products and when you buy it in some shop. And sour cream is inseparable part of this dish so you should definitely try it!
     
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    I am looking forward to adding sour cream to the dish. I know that @qwikad.com is dismayed that I am eating the frozen variety, but it is the only option I have right now.
     
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    Well, it is Valentine's Day and the kids are getting older, the wife is sick of flowers, candy, balloons, etc. So, I decided that, while I would still get them a little candy (the sweet Valentine Hearts candy with different Valentine messages on each one,) I would also get them some fresh baked donuts this morning. I realized that our favorite donut place is also a New England-founded and headquartered business (though it has expanded around the country and even internationally, I am told) that is totally on topic for this thread:

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    You can find a Dunkin Donuts in just about every town in New England. The bigger the town, the more Dunkin Donuts you will find there. In bigger cities, you can find one every few blocks. They dominate Starbucks and other such enteprises around here. They offer many breakfast foods and drinks, and even some lunch items, but they are known for their large selection of fresh baked donuts. Because it is Valentine's Day, I will probably pick up some of these heart-shaped Boston Cream style donuts:
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    However, were I not on a miserable diet, I would likely also pick up a Glazed Stick:

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    Or a chocolate glazed donut:

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    Boy, this post is really making me hungry! But I have to ask: what is the donut situation in your locale? Would love to hear about your favorites, uniques, etc. :)
     
    jrbiz, Feb 14, 2016 IP
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    #395
    They haven't done too well here but I had a work trip to Boston when my daughter was 3. We all went and my husband looked after the kids while I worked. There was a DD at our T station on Comm Ave and I think it got a bit of business from us. We returned home and about 4 years later the first DD was about to open up. My daughter stood in front of where the shop was being fitted out but already had signage and was transfixed as her brain tried to work out why it looked familiar. They haven't done terribly well down here in NZ though. Not enough brand domination and lots of competitors. Small, owner run bakeries that aren't part of a franchise are still very successful and a cultural norm.
     
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    I believe that I have been to the DD you are mentioning at the T station on Comm. Ave. Green Line, I think. :)

    There is no question that better donuts can be had elsewhere. We have another chain that is much smaller and covers only a limited geography called Honey Dew Donuts. I actually prefer their donuts but DD is the "gold standard" with the rest of the family. And, I have never had a "bad" donut, anyway. :)
     
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    Not sure how I missed adding these delights to this thread, but will make up for it now. These sweet treats have their origins in NY, but can be found in most New England grocery stores. In NYC, they are called "Black and Whites" and the cookie part is vanilla. In the upstate NY version, the cookie is chocolate and, my wife assures me, is much better than the vanilla version. My wife is originally from a town near the Utica area where Hemstrought's Bakery says it started the "Half-Moon" cookie, which is its counterpart for NYC's offering. In addition to the flavor of the cookie underneath, the NYC version uses fondant as its topping while the Utica version uses buttercream frosting. Here is a picture of the Half-Moon:

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    Really chocolatey and the half vanilla frosting adds a nice twist to the chocolate experience. Note that the "cookie" is made with a batter that is "half cookie and half cake" so the texture is softer than what you would expect but still firm enough to be a cookie. Will bring a few dozen on the World Tour bus. :)
     
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    #398
    My favourite Bulgarian dish is called Moussaka. The main ingredients are potatoes, minced meat and egg topping.
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    My second favourite dish is called Sarmi (stuffed with minced meat once again cabbage).
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    And last but not least, the traditional bulgarian Banitsa. It's made of filo pastry, white cheese and egg topping. [​IMG]
     
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    Wow, @Rado_ these dishes look fine. And, they look like a complete meal. Meat and Potatoes, a cabbage dish, and then a sweet for dessert. A complete dinner menu! I have not had Moussaka but it looks and sounds great. How can you go wrong with meat, potatoes and egg? :)

    The cabbage dish looks an awful lot like the Polish golombki that my wife and I love. But, I have to say that if I could only taste one of the above foods, it would be the Banitsa. Of course, I had dinner a little while ago, so something sweet would be perfect right now. ;)

    Thanks for the great post. I need to find out if we have a Bulgarian-themed market around here...
     
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    I can agree on 100% with you that they look very ugly but believe me they are delicious! I can't explain you what they taste like cause they don't have nothing in common with the dishes around the world.

    Here are some traditional bulgarian desserts:
    Tikvenik. It's made of sweet pumpkin, filo pastry, mashed peanuts and powdery sugar. Dried fruits are optional.
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    Second dish is Mlqko s oriz (milk with rice). People usually sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon on top. It's one very sweet and tasty dessert.
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    The list goes on and on and I can write more but I don't have time now. Bulgarian's cuisine is very rich. I will post more further in time.
     
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