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Old 03-04-2012, 04:43 AM   #736
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True, but my mate swears by them. Apparently they're really soft and tasty. And I guess we could say something similar about any kind of meat - how can char grilled lamb be so nice when it's just muscles and veins and hormones?
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:42 PM   #737
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I can't get past the idea of the toenails and scales being on them, though.
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Old 03-05-2012, 02:27 AM   #738
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I've eaten them in China and the Philippines. The claws will *usually* have been removed before serving. The Chinese variety are typically braised in marinade (in the Philippines they grill them), so the texture of the skin--and basically it's all skin you'll be eating--is nicely slippery-soft, and it carries the flavor of a good marinade well. You work off the skin with your mouth, then spit the bones out. The nicest part is the pad, but the whole thing tastes good IMO.
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:33 PM   #739
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I work for a kosher caterer that runs her kitchen out of a synagogue. The preschool parents have been asking for us to to provide bday treats for each kid on their birthday since it's easier to order in house than to find a kosher bakery to go to. My boss finally agreed so today I did a tasting....



The inside of the cake is rainbow swirled



There's over 100 kids in the school so this will keep me busy throughout the year on top of my other work. Somedays I still can't believe I get paid to do this stuff
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:05 AM   #740
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I work for a kosher caterer that runs her kitchen out of a synagogue. The preschool parents have been asking for us to to provide bday treats for each kid on their birthday since it's easier to order in house than to find a kosher bakery to go to. My boss finally agreed so today I did a tasting....



The inside of the cake is rainbow swirled



There's over 100 kids in the school so this will keep me busy throughout the year on top of my other work.
those look fab!! the chef at my kids' school is a trained pastry chef and whenever it's someone's birthday he makes them a choux pastry swan filled with creme patissiere to have as a special dessert with their school dinner - he's so nice and the kids love him/his food lol! it's not a very big school though, only just over 100 kids, so it's not too difficult i guess... it's a really nice thought though...

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you are sooooo lucky! i would love to bake for a living (but i seriously don't think anyone would pay to eat my cakes LOL!!)
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:42 PM   #741
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those look fab!! the chef at my kids' school is a trained pastry chef and whenever it's someone's birthday he makes them a choux pastry swan filled with creme patissiere to have as a special dessert with their school dinner - he's so nice and the kids love him/his food lol! it's not a very big school though, only just over 100 kids, so it's not too difficult i guess... it's a really nice thought though...



you are sooooo lucky! i would love to bake for a living (but i seriously don't think anyone would pay to eat my cakes LOL!!)

I think the kids at this school would turn their nose up to a pastry swan since they're only 2-5 years old! But I would LOVE to make those....I have a big dessert buffet next week so I might make some eclairs
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I think the kids at this school would turn their nose up to a pastry swan since they're only 2-5 years old! But I would LOVE to make those....I have a big dessert buffet next week so I might make some eclairs
our school is secondary school (age 11-15) so the kids love them! i love making eclairs! my daughter bought me a lovely cookbook just on eclairs - i tried the recipe for the chocolate ganache topping and it was sooooo good! i was hesitant at first as it had butter and honey in it, but it was seriously amazing! it's the only recipe i use now after years of just using a simple chocolate/cream ganache... i love profiteroles too lol!!!
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Those look great, arw!


Speaking of getting paid to do food stuff, I just applied for an incredible job. There's a city in my area that's doing this fantastic tourism promotion. They're going to pay someone to spend a year in the city, go to restaurants every day, write about it on their website and interact with others on social media about their experiences. You get a fabulous salary, a daily stipend for food, a year long gym membership and living/moving costs can be negotiated. That sounds SO amazing!! I've applied, but so have hundreds of other people. The competition is pretty steep, so we'll see what happens. You have to have a food website and be present on social media, which I do/am, but I love the fact that you don't have to be hugely popular in order to be selected. So even though I'm small in my community, you never know! The only frustrating thing is that applications are being accepted for the entire month of March, so it will be a while before a decision is made. We'll see!
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Those look great, arw!


Speaking of getting paid to do food stuff, I just applied for an incredible job. There's a city in my area that's doing this fantastic tourism promotion. They're going to pay someone to spend a year in the city, go to restaurants every day, write about it on their website and interact with others on social media about their experiences. You get a fabulous salary, a daily stipend for food, a year long gym membership and living/moving costs can be negotiated. That sounds SO amazing!! I've applied, but so have hundreds of other people. The competition is pretty steep, so we'll see what happens. You have to have a food website and be present on social media, which I do/am, but I love the fact that you don't have to be hugely popular in order to be selected. So even though I'm small in my community, you never know! The only frustrating thing is that applications are being accepted for the entire month of March, so it will be a while before a decision is made. We'll see!
that sounds like an awesome job! Good luck!
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Those look great, arw!


Speaking of getting paid to do food stuff, I just applied for an incredible job. There's a city in my area that's doing this fantastic tourism promotion. They're going to pay someone to spend a year in the city, go to restaurants every day, write about it on their website and interact with others on social media about their experiences. You get a fabulous salary, a daily stipend for food, a year long gym membership and living/moving costs can be negotiated. That sounds SO amazing!! I've applied, but so have hundreds of other people. The competition is pretty steep, so we'll see what happens. You have to have a food website and be present on social media, which I do/am, but I love the fact that you don't have to be hugely popular in order to be selected. So even though I'm small in my community, you never know! The only frustrating thing is that applications are being accepted for the entire month of March, so it will be a while before a decision is made. We'll see!
wow that does sound like a dream job! good luck with your application!
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:21 PM   #746
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i made chocolate eclairs on Saturday night but didn't manage to get photos!

they turned out really well! i tried this new handy tip i only recently read about, and wedged the oven door open with a wooden spoon for the last 5 minutes of baking - apparently it helps get all the residual moisture out and stops them collapsing when you take them out of the oven - and it really really worked! they were so light and airy but firm it was unreal (as opposed to my usual soggy attempts LOL! i whisked up some mascarpone with some light pouring cream (we can't get good double cream here and the Chantilly cream just collapses), and it was the perfect consistency for the filling, and then topped them with a milk chocolate, honey, butter and cream ganache - am going to make some again this weekend and will try to get photos this time!
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:46 PM   #747
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I know it's bad for me, but I really like Vanilla Coke. And Cherry Pepsi is good, too.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:20 AM   #748
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Soda=gerd. And it's too sweet.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:54 PM   #749
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Soda=gerd. And it's too sweet.
I had to look up "gerd." So it gives you heartburn? I can see that, since colas are really acidic. I almost never drink it anymore because of the high fructose corn syrup, so if I do have some, it's usually Throwback Pepsi. That stuff is really sweet.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:02 AM   #750
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I wasnt too sure if it's the soda, but since I've never had any digestive issues (on the contrary, I eat a lot of things that would kill many a weaker stomach) and I only started drinking a significant amount of soda (which had mostly been colas) within the last six months, it was the only major difference I could really attribute to acidy reflux unpleasantness that has been gone since I decided to test this theory last week and avoid the stuff. But I'm going to go with yeah, it's fine once in a while but I can't drink soda every day. Hell, I didn't even like soda til I was about 20.
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