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#1404824 chinese food in london

Posted by mongo_jones on Yesterday, 09:55 PM

if i wanted to see weird, deformed things i'd do a tour of buckingham palace. thank you! thank you very much!

#1404592 Micromanage my Life - London Edition

Posted by mongo_jones on 26 March 2017 - 10:11 PM

i don't know if we'll go on this trip but based on last august i'd say hedone is a must.

#1404459 cheese in london

Posted by mongo_jones on 23 March 2017 - 10:44 PM




shropshire blue at 2 o'clock and clockwise from there: wigmore, stilton, windrush and old winchester.


i had the old winchester and the stilton at the top, followed closely by the shropshire blue. the wigmore was a bit underwhelming after everything i'd read about it. the windrush was mild as goat cheeses go and was very good with the onion chutney. the old winchester was very good by itself (especially after being out for a couple of hours) and also (separately) with pears and sips of the glenfarclas 15 (a sherry cask matured malt). this picture was taken before everything came to temperature. the shropshire blue was more aggressive than the stilton on arrival, whereas the stilton seemed to get more pungent on the "finish".


a good start to my cheese eating adventure. the remains should take me through the end of the week. another five next week.


(also: it's not possible to use a veg peeler on cheese. our furnished flat's kitchen is not optimally furnished.)

#1403922 Lucky Peach magazine

Posted by mongo_jones on 16 March 2017 - 09:12 PM

they obviously could not survive my takedown.

#1403268 rare whiskey in astoria

Posted by mongo_jones on 06 March 2017 - 06:49 AM

can you give it to me as a gift so i can sell it?

#1402373 Cuisinart (blade) recall (12/13/2016)

Posted by mongo_jones on 18 February 2017 - 03:20 AM

now i feel better about not having called/contacted them yet.

#1401779 The Rancho Gordo Thread

Posted by mongo_jones on 09 February 2017 - 05:17 PM

a simple curry of vaquero beans with potatoes.



#1401417 indian cooking lessons

Posted by mongo_jones on 03 February 2017 - 03:50 PM

cumin-laced roast leg of lamb and a mini-ode to cumin.





well, this isn't an indian recipe per se--sort of an attempt to evoke the flavours of a number of regions that cook with cumin. i leave it to you to draw the political allegory.

#1400817 Coffee bean grinders

Posted by mongo_jones on 25 January 2017 - 09:00 PM

what are you suggesting?

#1400776 Annoyances

Posted by mongo_jones on 25 January 2017 - 06:03 PM

Okay, I'm being imprecise here. I'm confused why it's so difficult to get the print edition of this publication sent to me on a regular basis.

Plenty of other similar publications are run by nonprofits, and they all offer normal subscriptions for their print editions, plus allow people to donate.

Or, to put it a different way, it's confusing to me that I can buy their print edition from bookstores, but not from them.



you know, it is very important to the rest of us that you keep us up to date on the status and nature of your confusion about this crucial issue. please don't let us down.

#1400513 Annoyances

Posted by mongo_jones on 23 January 2017 - 04:56 AM

Since football isn't a sport, this should be no problem. There's no reason to watch or support a spectacle where the purpose is to injure the participants.




yes, it's no fun if the injured participants aren't shot dead.

#1399897 Coffee bean grinders

Posted by mongo_jones on 16 January 2017 - 05:22 AM

which button do you people have to press on your grinders to have them give you a wedgie?

#1399082 Recipe "Disaster!"

Posted by mongo_jones on 07 January 2017 - 01:33 AM

there's nothing wrong with it at all. as i said, it just adds up to a very different approach to cooking than i profess. i prefer the sort of home cooking that has vagueness built into it, with general guidelines rather than rules, based on variability rather than scienticism. sure, particular insights are useful, or at least interesting, but the larger ethos does not appeal to me and seems like a wrong-headed way to think about home-cooking: mastery, replicability etc. i'm sure kenji is a sweet and empathetic person himself; but i'm not surprised to hear that his fan base seems to include a significant fraction of bros.

#1398783 Recipe "Disaster!"

Posted by mongo_jones on 04 January 2017 - 02:44 AM

and just the fact that this page here is lousy with sous vide recipes sort of makes my point.

#1398777 Recipe "Disaster!"

Posted by mongo_jones on 04 January 2017 - 02:10 AM

But that's a total exaggeration about the potatoes.  It's just parboiling them before roasting.


And I think that's why some people are turned off to even experimenting with some of the stuff Alt or others are writing about. The tedious part is reading...the recipes themselves are quite easy.



oh, i just picked that recipe at random from the website--the larger point still stands. but, as it happens, on an average weeknight i'm not parboiling and then roasting potatoes, while simultaneously preparing 2-3 other things that also have multiple parts and components because that way they'd each be the "best ever" whatever. that sort of cooking is for people who see everything they do as an event. 


even that isn't my larger point, which is about a philosophy of home cooking, one that is based around improvization and variability and not this kind of wankery. i don't even like to cook that way for dinner parties.