Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Derek W, Mar 24, 2019.
One of those things I have seen in the Asian supermarket but never bought or indeed ever used.
One of my least favourite jobs when I was working in flavour production was cooking up gum asafoetida in groundnut oil to go into a steak flavour. Vile stuff.
Until I googled it earlier, I didn't even know what it was like. Fetid garlic was a description I read. Didn't really sell it to me!
I'd never even heard of it. -25 hipster points.
Yep, fetid garlic is pretty close. Add to that a consistency like putty and it really is vile.
I first came across it in the occult nonsense of Dennis Wheatley as something to ward off demonic powers.
If there is enough asafoetida to tell what it is, then there is too much. Used in tiny quantity it just gives a bit of 'edge' to cumin and fenugreek. It is usually supplied as a 10% mixture in rice flour and turmeric.
I can well believe that
Prawn salad followed by an individual trifle out of a cold cabinet somewhere jolly nice twas
Baked a baguette, put half a large rump steak in it that was fried with mushrooms and onions and added BBQ sauce, very nice if a bit messy
I had a quick google - came across some stuff which would put anyone off: "One myth claims that asafoetida developed from the semen of a god of fertility when it soaked into the earth"
So not just fetid garlic but old fetid earthy spunk too. Nice
Reminds me of why Marks & Spencer went down in my estimation. Sometime early this century they introduced the excellent No Mayo range of sandwiches. This seems to have been abandoned. Not long before the pandemic I was in one of their food only shops and one of the staff must have spotted I was getting annoyed looking for something I couldn't find. I explained I simply wanted a sandwich without mayonnaise.
"What's wrong with mayonnaise?" he asked. As I replied, mostly the fact that it's the devil's jizz.
Delicious Co-op best ciabatta baton, with cream cheese, redcurrent jelly, smoked salmon, sliced boiled egg and baby spinach.
It was really nice and recommended! All drizzled with a capful of olive oil and washed down with a glass of Chenin blanc.
Here we are both exhausted and lazy so it was pizza for me and burger and chips for she tonight. From the chippy. Lubricated with Argentinian Syrah.
Since I couldn't eat a whole one, tomorrow's dinner will be the other half of that baton!
Floured haddodk fried in a mix of olive oil and butter with new potato/peas/cucumber/cherry tomato/olive salad with a mix of light mayonaisse and lemon juice (from a bottle).
I sprinkled some salt on the flour before dousing and got some grief for that (quite rightly we do not usually use the stuff and my sprinkling was a bit lumpy) apart from that it got 5 stars. The friday morning fish van is definately worth Maggy getting up in time for.
My new favourite mug says:
I don't like morning people,
Steak and trimmings but no chips. That's boring.
Instead of chips I did a sort of bubble and squeak that didn't squeak. This was a mixed buttery mash of Maris Piper spuds and celeriac. To that I added coarsely chopped onions and finely cut jalapeno which I'd fried in oil. Fried and folded and fried and folded a few times. It was successful. The lack of squeak was probably caused by the lack of drying soggy greens. I did add a small amount of salt and white pepper but they were very much a matter of taste.
You could take it in turns to get up early for the Friday fish van.
Burn him he is a heretic!
Cheese and ham toastie with a salted caramel cheesecake and raspberries to follow- too hot for a big meal got the rest of the raspberries if I get peckish later
Dinner last night was gurnard, dipped in egg and breadcrumbs and fried, with boiled agria potatoes, and beans - washed down with a very pleasant Selaks Pinot Gris.
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