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I'm a terrible cook, but this looks really easy. I'll try to make it soon and let you know how I do with it.

I finished off the chili I made last night. When I really apply myself I can make some pretty good chili, but this time I just used a seasoning packet and no onions or actual peppers. I live on a tiny food budget and fresh produce is often beyond that budget so I usually have to resort to canned tomatoes, but I'd rather use fresh.


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Ya know, I really like this thread. It's fun, laid back, mostly about one of my favorite things (food) and generally really friendly. I wish more threads were like this. And I'm getting to know some of the posters on the board better this way than in rules or advice threads. I can dig it.


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I'm at the 24 hour grocery store. Getting stuff for Pea Bear's play's cast party tomorrow. :-)


I can't believe that we have already reached 12 pages!
We really like food! XD

I'm having an early breakfast and I'm eating just bread... I love to cook but sometimes I wake up so hungry that I don't want to do anything but grab the first thing I find and fill the growling howl in my belly.

Today is one of that days xD


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Trying to work out what to cook tonight.

H'mm h'mm h'mm.

Probably curry.


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I came up with this recipe a few days ago. It came out very good:

Curtin's chicken scramble :

1 chicken breast
4 cans whole kernel corn
1 can green beans
2 green peppers
1 hot pepper
1 onion
5 cloves garlic
2 TBSP hoisin sauce
Hot sauce to taste (optional)
Olive oil for cooking
White wine for cooking.

Chop up chicken into small slices. Cook with olive oil until slightly brown. Remove and put aside. Use dash of white wine to deglaze pan. Chop green peppers, onions, garlic and hot pepper and cook in pan until softened. Add drained corn and green beans and readd chicken. Add hoisin sauce. Add hot sauce (optional). Turn heat down and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes 6-8 servings.


Sounds delicious!
If it has peppers (and hot peppers!) it cannot be wrong.
I never use canned beans but dried ones. You have to leave them on water the day before, but I like them better.


DungeonmasterCal wrote:

I'm a terrible cook, but this looks really easy. I'll try to make it soon and let you know how I do with it.

I finished off the chili I made last night. When I really apply myself I can make some pretty good chili, but this time I just used a seasoning packet and no onions or actual peppers. I live on a tiny food budget and fresh produce is often beyond that budget so I usually have to resort to canned tomatoes, but I'd rather use fresh.

What kind of chili? Growing up, I realized that what I called chili was not what everyone around me called chili. In the northwestern US, chili is chili soup, whereas for my family, chili was browned beef with chili powder and onion, served on rice, or in a burrito or somesuch... just curious.


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I'm making Lemon Angel Delight for the weekend. :-)

And probably Pan's casserole.

"Ya know, Betsy put a Soufle on the table the other night. A perfectly good casserole, and she lights it on fire, with a kitchen match!" - Lou Solverson, season two of Fargo.

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I know i'm just a Yank so take this with a grain of salt, but this is my favorite chili recipe.


Lemon Angel Delight? Sounds delicious! What is it? Does it have anything to do with Angel Food Cake?


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Yup!

One Angel food cake, tore up.
1 big (or two small) package of cook n serve lemon pudding.
One 12 oz thing of Cool Whip (or make your own whipping cream)

Mix it all together and throw it in a mold and let it set for a couple hours.


I'd rather make my own whipping cream. I'm a purist in that kind of things. I'll probably make my own lemon pudding too. Now I'm at work but then I want to share a recipe of a sponge that I love.


Totally!

But with two kids and 70+ degrees this weekend, I'll take the time saved. :-)


The Game Hamster wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:

I'm a terrible cook, but this looks really easy. I'll try to make it soon and let you know how I do with it.

I finished off the chili I made last night. When I really apply myself I can make some pretty good chili, but this time I just used a seasoning packet and no onions or actual peppers. I live on a tiny food budget and fresh produce is often beyond that budget so I usually have to resort to canned tomatoes, but I'd rather use fresh.

What kind of chili? Growing up, I realized that what I called chili was not what everyone around me called chili. In the northwestern US, chili is chili soup, whereas for my family, chili was browned beef with chili powder and onion, served on rice, or in a burrito or somesuch... just curious.

Because I was in a hurry, I just used a Williams Chili Seasoning packet, some canned diced tomatoes with jalapenos, and some canned beans. It did come out pretty tasty, though it needed salt after it finished.

When I do make actual chili, I dice my own onions, tomatoes, and peppers (beans are optional), two pounds of ground chuck, and garlic salt. It's really thick and hearty. I like to eat it with chili flavored Fritos and sour cream on top.


I'm sure I left out some things; it's been so long since I actually made chili from scratch.

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chili-cheese Fritos are divine!


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Corn chips give me headaches.


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Here is the recipe I wanted to share. It's very easy to bake and it has almost no ingredients. You need:

Same quantity of:
Cream for whipping (w/o sugar)
Egg white
Wheat flour
Double quantity of sugar (I usually don't put so much sugar. About x1.5 sugar is usually enough)

Whip the cream.
Beat the egg white with the sugar until it's so stiff that you put the bowl upside down and the mixture doesn't move.
Mix the two slowly with a rubber ended spatula or a similar tool so the mixture doesn't lose air.
Then sieve the flour and add it slowly to the mixture with a rubber ended spatula.

Drop the mixture in a greased mold.
Pour a layer of sugar over the mixture.
Bake it like a normal sponge cake. 180°C until it's done.

I just love this recipe. It's one of my favorites!


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I'm taking a backpacking and wilderness class for my exercise requirement for my degree. Yesterday we took the class outside and made muffins in a a jello-mold with a sterno stove.

Back country cooking is my biggest weakness for outdoors skills, so it's actually the thing I want most out of the class.

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Sounds like a great class. My buddy and I used to do a week in the BWCA but he had a kid and im getting hitched so things have been too complicated.


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I used to go up there with my older brothers. :-)

They still go, but now I'm the one with kids. :-)


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There are not a lot of places to really go to the wilderness here. There are a lot of green spaces but all of them have a lot of houses near. Aside from camping sites you haven't a lot of options.
Stupid cluttered Europe xD


Arkansas still has a lot of green spaces left, with a few national parks and the like. Though I don't camp (and loathe it, though as a kid I kinda liked it) there are many great places to hike and camp here.


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I wrote:
What kind of chili? Growing up, I realized that what I called chili was not what everyone around me called chili. In the northwestern US, chili is chili soup, whereas for my family, chili was browned beef with chili powder and onion, served on rice, or in a burrito or somesuch... just curious.

Wow, I just realized I said, northwestern... I grew up in the northeastern US... What a weird mistake...


Wishful thinking maybe?


Perhaps.


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Pan wrote:
Sounds like a great class. My buddy and I used to do a week in the BWCA but he had a kid and im getting hitched so things have been too complicated.

It's okay. It's not very challenging, but then I've been doing solo trips to the Boundary Waters for 8 years now. We had to write a paper on everything you'd need to know about purchasing one specific item, we were supposed to get information from an employee at REI, look up other sources, etc. I wrote a 5 page paper on sleeping bags from memory about 3 hours before the deadline, and she commented on how good the detail was.

On the flip side, I was looking for easy credits to round out my schedule.

I've really gotten used to not cooking on my trips. I use the dehydrated boil-in-bag meals. They're a little expensive, but they weigh next to nothing and let me focus on spending my energy traveling. Plus I don't have to bring a cook set, which is a huge weight advantage while solo. I want to start taking other people with me though, so I need to learn some good techniques for camp cooking.

Kileanna wrote:

There are not a lot of places to really go to the wilderness here. There are a lot of green spaces but all of them have a lot of houses near. Aside from camping sites you haven't a lot of options.

Stupid cluttered Europe xD

Come to Minnesota. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is one of the gem wilderness areas in the world, IMO. To geek out on it for a sec, it's one of the southernmost reaches of the largest land biome in the world. There's a forest that stretches from Norway, through Sweden, Finland, the US (Alaska), and all the way to the eastern shores of Canada. You have slight variations in the trees, but they're all quite similar (and some are present throughout). Basically the same animals as well (minor species variation). What's particularly cool here though, is that this section of the forest has good road access, is about 3 hours from an international airport (Duluth) and has a network of rivers, creeks, lakes and trails that make canoe travel through the wilderness quite easy.

There are other wildernesses in the world that are more spectacular (though the BWCA is still really pretty), but none that are more accessible. The terrain is basically the same for hundreds of miles north, into Canada, but it's all much harder to get to and more difficult to travel through. You could also find similar places in Russia, but they're extremely remote. You don't need to own any equipment either, as there are dozens of businesses to rent equipment from.

Moose encounter I had a few years ago. The weird creaking/groaning sound is my old dog (RIP) who stupidly wanted to chase them. Thankfully he was too scared of water to jump out of the canoe.


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Wow! I want to be there! What a beautiful place!
Even though I couldn't see the moose with my small cell phone.
I saw wild dolphins once when I was on a ship going to one of my favorite places in the World.
We have really beautiful places too but you'll always find some small houses, ruins or something similar. Very few places that you can really call wild.


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Ruins would fascinate me.


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Overgrown ruins fascinate me too. There are places here that make me think of fairy/witch tales.


Exactly!


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Must be a gamer thing then, 'cause I also like overgrown ruins...


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Where I grew up, we used to play on Roman ruins. And in high school (different continent) my friends and I found an old Mughal fort where we would go after dinner and talk philosophy and fantasy and watch the bats darting in front of the few weak stars that seeped through the general streetlamp haze.

It gave me a peculiar perspective on the longness of time and how nothing stays.


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I was lucky, in that the area where I grew up was pretty well supplied with old Iron Age hill-forts, castles that (normally) got blowed up in the English Civil War, cliffs with dinosaur fossils in and the odd (not very impressive) stone circle or (mildly more impressive) group of barrows.

In other news, today, instead of curry, I fried garlic, halloumi, black olives and baby sweetcorn and added spinach and toasted sunflower seeds to it. Quite nice.


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We had a barn that was half collapsed from a tornado.

Then it was hit by lightning and burned down entirely.


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Then it fell into a swamp.


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Then a cow shunted it over a thin patch of ice and it got submerged in a lake, where it was eaten by giant Frost Frogs.


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that escalated quickly.


Life happens pretty fast.


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The tundra is a harsh and unforgiving place.


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that escalated quickly.

The barn's escalator was also cursed. And contained potassium benzoate.


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No. This can't be. EXPERIMENT FAWTL SIX HAS ESCAPED AND IS MULTIPLYING! I REPEAT, EXPERIMENT FAWTL SIX HAS ESCAPED AND IS MULTIPLYING!

May whatever higher powers be up there have mercy on our souls.


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Publix had pints of Gelato Fiasco on sale for buy-one-get-one-free, so today I picked up a pint of Strawberry and a pint of Madagascar Vanilla Bean (the store only had one other flavor on the shelf). Cracked open the strawberry tonight... and I'm not impressed. Sure, it's good like any premium ice cream should be, but I think pain ol' strawberry Häagen-Dazs is markedly better. Maybe I'll have better luck with the vanilla gelato.


No.


Indulged in Chinese food for dinner. Not the best for you, but there's a place nearby that creates the most delicious dinner combinations


Hibachi is definitely were the best Asian food is at.


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Where I grew up, we used to play on Roman ruins. And in high school (different continent) my friends and I found an old Mughal fort where we would go after dinner and talk philosophy and fantasy and watch the bats darting in front of the few weak stars that seeped through the general streetlamp haze.

It gave me a peculiar perspective on the longness of time and how nothing stays.

I often go walking or running to the Roman Wall. They are not exactly ruins, as they remain functional, but I grew with it as the most normal thing in the world. Anyway, I remember playing as a kid as it was a personal fortress.

I went to the remaining arches and faked to guard them with an imaginary bow.

Where did you grow up, if I can ask?


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Hibachi is definitely were the best Asian food is at.

I can agree with that. Pricey though. Also, Dim sum is a great Asian dining experience

Fun fact: 'Chinese' fortune cookies are an American invention. In China they're called American fortune cookies.

I got two good fortunes tonight:

The future comes one day at a time

And

Success is usually the fruit of patience

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