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Title: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: Nilla on September 07, 2015, 04:59:45 AM
I just read the entry from @A Nonny Moose with the description of his lunch. Nice!

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[Dagwood sandwich on egg bread with butter, Swiss cheese, mayo, sliced ham, sliced turkey and shredded lettuce (romaine)].

That entry inspired me to this thread.

I'm very interested in food. I like very much to cook. This is an international forum and it would be very interesting for me to learn what you guys in different part of the world eat.

Totally off topic, yes! But maybe some of you are interested in food too.

What did I have for dinner yesterday?

Chicken. I fried a whole chicken three days ago. First day we ate the legs with risotto. The left overs are used for two more meals. Yesterday I made the chest parts. Stuffed with spinach and goat cheese, than wrapped in bacon and fried. I made roasted potatoes with onions and parsley and a salad of tomatoes, corn and arugula, too. To lunch today we will have a chicken salad with the rest of the meat, not much left, but it's enough for a salad.

Tonight there will be leftovers again. Two days ago I made the favorite meal of my husband: German "Rindsrouladen". That's thin slices of beef, filled with onions and bacon (in the original version of my late mother in law, there's also cucumbers, but I don't like it that much), spiced with mustard and pepper and wrapped into rolls. It's a bit of work, so I use to make a double portion.



Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: assobanana76 on September 07, 2015, 05:20:12 AM
Unfortunately, today is a day messed up!
I leave work at 15:00 and I have to bring the kids to the park because the greatest is learning to ride a bike and we must exploit every last sunny days!
I only "bagels" for lunch at work!
and then tonight, after the football, I expect legumes, salad and potatoes!
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 07, 2015, 08:18:15 AM
Well, last night I cubed up a potato and boiled it with a little salt.  When it was edible, I drained it and reserved it for a few minutes while I chopped up a couple of scallions (green onion stalks) and got them into a skillet with some butter and EVOO (extra virgin olive oil).  When the onions were transparent, I added the potatoes and browned them. 

While the potatoes browned a little, I beat three eggs to smoothness, then when the potatoes were cooked, I added the eggs.  This became a potato-egg scramble and when it had dried enough I added about a quarter of a cup of sliced salad olives, mixed well and served for supper.

Cooking for one can be interesting and fun.  In this case, I am nearly out of fresh food as my shopping day is tomorrow.  I am something of a shut-in, and go shopping with a group over to the next town (Exeter, ON).

Alas, tonight's supper will probably be something from my frozen reserve of quick entrees.  I still have some sliced deli meats, which will go towards lunch, but I am out of Swiss cheese, so it will be simple.

Breakfast this morning was Cinnamon-Raisin bread with Nutella and milk on the side.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: assobanana76 on September 08, 2015, 01:01:42 AM
felt lucky to have time to cook!
I too would like to try to make some recipes but with two children is already so if I can prepare their meals while one is attached to the leg and the other screams house passing game play!
luckily often I grandparents of the children who bring us lunch ready !!
saints grandparents !!  ;D
Breakfast at 2.30' this morning at the bar with coffee and vegan croissants!
only God knows what will have invented the cooks, cafeteria work, for lunch!  :'(

edit: to me it went well!  ;D
the chefs have baked barley soup, steamed carrots, baked potatoes, tomatoes cold, a sandwich and grapes!
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 08, 2015, 10:30:13 AM
Last night I was at the end of my supplies so I nuked some General Tao's spicy Chicken and Rice.  A bowl of spoon sized shredded wheat later on with too much sugar put my morning blood check through the roof.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: Nilla on September 09, 2015, 03:46:43 AM
Yesterday we had our vegetarian day. Inspired by my daughter who is an (almost) vegetarian (not vegan) and an excellent vegetarian cook. We cooked a lot together this summer as she was here and I learned a few things from her.

For lunch we had sourdough rolls with 3 different kind of cheese (love all kind of old cheese), salad, tomatoes and avocado. For dinner I made a vegetarian lasagna: With fine cut vegetables and red lentils instead of minced meat. Very tasty, I like lasagna very much and this vegetarian one is often tastier than the normal one with minced meat. With different kind of vegetables, it could be different each time. It could be very "exotic". I once used turnips! Have you ever heard of a turnip-lasagna? But yesterday it was more "traditional" with tomatoes, onions, carrots, garlic, pepper and spinach and a lot of old cheese.

But today we're back to normal. Lunch: there are a couple of these tasty rolls left, so it will be some kind of sandwich, probably ham, cheese and a lot of vegetables. Tonight it will be sausages, probably with mashed turnips, unless my husband catches a fish.


the chefs have baked barley soup, steamed carrots, baked potatoes, tomatoes cold, a sandwich and grapes!

I have a question for you @assobanana76; (or rather two).

Are your children vegans too?

My daughter who is not vegan but vegetarian is very considerate about eating enough proteins in every meal. She loves cheese like me, but still always mix some high protein, lentils, beans, nuts....... into her meals. Without the milk products, it must be much harder to get enough protein and the some of the vitamins ( D, B...?). The meal you told us about sounds delicious but not very rich on proteins. How do you manage?
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 09, 2015, 09:16:20 AM
Well, H. Sap. is an omnivore and without supplements you can't really live as a vegetarian let alone a vegan for very long without coming down with some trace element or vitamin deficiency problem.  I do mostly avoid red meats, I simply can't afford them, but yesterday on my shopping excursion I picked up a rack of pork ribs and some shaved prosciutto, along with some very nice large olives packed in what appears to be olive oil, as well as some ears of sweet corn, some white potatoes and a bag of mandarins among other things.

The weather here is a little hot for running the oven in my tiny apartment, so the ribs may wind up in the freezer, but last night for supper I nuked a Chinese entree which wasn't enough, of course.  So later on I made myself a little tapas plate of some of the prosciutto with some of the olives, then being still hungry, I nuked a hot dog smeared generously with Dijon mustard.

Breakfast today consisted of two slices of cinnamon/raisin bread with butter, and a cup of milk.  I also attended the tenants' association daily get together for coffee and health check.  This is a seniors building and we have a buddy system to check on each other daily.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: assobanana76 on September 10, 2015, 01:20:49 AM
I have a question for you @assobanana76; (or rather two).

Are your children vegans too?

My daughter who is not vegan but vegetarian is very considerate about eating enough proteins in every meal. She loves cheese like me, but still always mix some high protein, lentils, beans, nuts....... into her meals. Without the milk products, it must be much harder to get enough protein and the some of the vitamins ( D, B...?). The meal you told us about sounds delicious but not very rich on proteins. How do you manage?

This is the classic typical first question that gets to a vegan with children!  ;D
but I am always happy to answer!
first of all I must say that my children and my wife are vegetarians (although she occasionally runs a steak or some sliced)
and first of all, do not take me as an example .. I am a vegan last hour (5 years) and for ethical choice.
I did it also as a matter of health.
I wasn't omnivorous but purely carnivore!
I basically ate meat at every meal (little fish and legumes and hardly any vegetables!!)
I remember that I did deliver 3/4 kebab at a time and freeze them for emergencies!  ;D :-\
unfortunately I often lunch at the table of work in which the chefs hardly know the word "vegan" .. from 5 years ask me if I want cheese on pasta and offer me the fish!  :-X
women who distribute the meals offer me ham saying "but why not? This is ham" (as if it were made of who knows what, but no meat!)
My family is followed by a vegan dietician. 3 different diets (adults, 4 years old and 1 year old).
the diet is weekly so I can integrate at dinner, Saturday and Sunday.
basically every lunch we eat pasta with legumes and vegetables while dinner tends vegetables.
fruit (fresh and dried) to snack.
B12 we integrate all year and vitamin D in winter.
I hope I was helpful but you quietly ask any more questions and I will be happy to answer!
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: assobanana76 on September 10, 2015, 02:05:21 AM
Well, H. Sap. is an omnivore and without supplements you can't really live as a vegetarian let alone a vegan for very long without coming down with some trace element or vitamin deficiency problem.  I do mostly avoid red meats, I simply can't afford them, but yesterday on my shopping excursion I picked up a rack of pork ribs and some shaved prosciutto, along with some very nice large olives packed in what appears to be olive oil, as well as some ears of sweet corn, some white potatoes and a bag of mandarins among other things.

I can say that my blood tests (including vitamin D and B12) after 5 years have been altered.... for the better .. !!!
before they were all unpacked and now all values are perfectly in range (and practically rarely I take B12 and D almost never simply because I forget it)
I know .. it looks amazing and even I can not explain it!
vitamins B12 and D are not very present in the flesh as everyone says (because farm animals rarely eat in the meadows swallowing partly a bit of ground.)
if a person does not wash chemically vegetables eating traces of soil and microorganisms would be sufficient to supplement B12 as a display of at least one hour a day in the sun would be enough for vitamin D.
But here it would open endless debate in which I say my ideas vegan (taking exams, testing and research in my favor) and carnivores would do the same .. usually ends in a fruitless debate in which all remain on their positions.
if we succeed we'll avoid all the better!
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 10, 2015, 08:44:23 AM
Quite interesting and good luck to you all.

I get my D vitamin from consuming fortified cow's milk, which is not on the vegan menu I believe.

B12 seems to come from green leafy veggies, but I also take a supplement occasionally because I get a neuralgia in my jaw this seems to fix.

I am a type 2 diabetic and insulin dependent.  My dietary advisor would not recommend going off meat proteins altogether, but I find myself eating much more fresh produce now that we are in the summer season.

On topic:  Last night I had two ears of sweet corn (buttered and peppered) with a zero calorie drink.  I had a cut up orange (navel) for dessert.  Later on I had a bowl of cereal (Special K Red-berry) which has freeze dried strawberries with rice flakes in about a half-cup of 2% milk.  Unfortunately this cereal apparently contains considerable sugar because my blood glucose this morning was 7.9 mmol/ml (high, but in the normal range of 5 to 8 for fasting bloods).

Because I have to eat about five times a day, I keep some snack foods around.  I have some small pepperoni sticks, but I also have a bag of Mandarin oranges.  And being a chocoholic, I have some small bon-bons which I try to resist, but fail.  Since they are mostly biscuit they don't affect my sugar levels very much but do provide some needed carbohydrates.

The heat wave has broken, and tonight I will probably cook the rack of pork ribs I bought on Tuesday with the new BBQ sauce I am trying.  I have some artisan romaine that will make a nice salad with this.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: Nilla on September 10, 2015, 03:21:01 PM
I'm glad @assobanana76, that you and your family are healthy. You seem to be very aware of what you are doing and that's good. Believe me; I didn't want to argue or criticize; I'm just interested.

And don't be too upset or annoyed if people don't really know, what a vegan eat (or rather not eat). People use so many different "diets" for so many different reason, that it might be confusing for someone who isn't very interested in such things. But OK ham a vegetable; maybe that's passed the acceptable!!  ;D

Personally I try to avoid industrial food, including food from "industrial" farming. I know it's not possible completely, but I have the privilege to live in the country with small family farms in the neighborhood, where we can buy a lot of food. I also like the seasonal food. In summer we gormandized on fresh berries; just picked, sun warm strawberries, blueberries or raspberries with yogurt (or better Swedish filmj÷lk; something similar) that is the best lunch you can get. Now we eat much fresh vegetables, in winter we have much root crops and so on.

Talking about seasonal food; yesterday there were some change of plans. I wanted to make sausages with turnips for dinner but I was in the forest, picking some lingonberries. ( I don't know: google says it's lingonberries but the spellcheck doesn't like it and I have no idea what the English name for this red sour berry is). In any case, I also found some mushrooms and I think turnips and mushrooms, might not be very good together, so I roasted potatoes instead.

For lunch today we had a yellow melon with air dried ham (no local production :( but tasty), cheese, tomatoes and ray bread. As dinner again left overs; vegetarian lasagna and a big salad.

I know a lot about diabetes, too. My husband also need insulin and regular food. So we just finished our night snack; fruit (plum and grape) and also some fluid grapes; a glass of Italian Chianti.

 



Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 11, 2015, 09:37:41 AM
Lingonberries (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_vitis-idaea) is correct, I don't care what the spell checker says.

So, last night it was cool enough, so I cooked the pork ribs with the new sauce I picked up at the market.  I think I am going to throw the rest of that sauce in the garbage.  It was supposed to be a garlic sauce, but you couldn't prove it by me.

So today I have some nice vine ripe tomatoes, and I am going to have a ham and tomato sandwich with lettuce (artisan romaine) on egg bread for lunch, which is sometime in the next quarter hour.
The ham is the meat protein, the tomato is fruit, the bread is needed carbs, and the lettuce has a few B vitamins, fibre and a lot of water.

I made a pig of myself last night and ate the whole rack of ribs then just ate an orange for dessert.  No salad.

Dinner tonight will probably be nuked ears of sweet corn.  Two.  Plus whatever else strikes my fancy, perhaps preceded by a tapas plate as I have some rather nice olives and a selection of deli meats.  Like @Nilla I gorge on fresh produce when it is available.  I suspect our growing season is a little longer here as we are just around latitude 45N in mid-continent (Lake Huron is just a bit further west).  My bag of Mandarin oranges will provide my before bed snack.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: assobanana76 on September 14, 2015, 03:08:43 AM
Personally I try to avoid industrial food, including food from "industrial" farming. I know it's not possible completely, but I have the privilege to live in the country with small family farms in the neighborhood, where we can buy a lot of food. I also like the seasonal food. In summer we gormandized on fresh berries; just picked, sun warm strawberries, blueberries or raspberries with yogurt (or better Swedish filmj÷lk; something similar) that is the best lunch you can get. Now we eat much fresh vegetables, in winter we have much root crops and so on.

to our dismay we live in the city, far away from the country and 1,5 km from an incinerator (which makes impossible any cultivation in balcony).
we devote our salary to the (super) organic market ..
unfortunately no one wants our home and is fading dream to move to a less urbanized...
to our dismay we live in the city, far away from the country and 1,5 km from an incinerator (which makes impossible any cultivation in balcony).
we devote our salary to the (super) organic market ..
unfortunately no one wants our home and is fading dream to move to a less urbanized.
we hope that sooner or later some fool decides to move in our city ..  ;D
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 14, 2015, 07:17:29 AM
@assobanana76: Somehow you managed to duplicate your text in the last post.

Dinner last night consisted of a baked potato, and ear of sweet corn, and two mandarin oranges with some chocolate bon-bons later.  I am a bad boy, my fasting glucose this morning was 8.0 mmol/ml.  Should be a little lower than that.

There are some distinct advantages of living in a rural village.  The produce is very fresh, and even the eggs are from the chicken ranch less than a kilometre away.  About two towns over there is a turkey farm which has a retail store where you can get everything from a fresh-killed bird to whatever parts you might want. 

The market I use (every Tuesday is seniors discount day) has a large section at this time of year for local stuff.  They also have a rather ordinary, but good, delicatessen.  If I am lazy this week, I might just get a whole BBQ chicken (hot) from them.  It will keep me in food for a couple of days.  And that reminds me that I haven't used all the fresh stuff I purchased last week, so I'll have to see if any of it is still usable (probably).  When cooking for one, one tends to over/under purchase stuff.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: assobanana76 on September 14, 2015, 07:24:11 AM
Today the lady who distributes meals, and had put cream cheese on all the vegetables on the side!
I asked if they had at least a can of beans or green beans ..
and she began by saying "yes, but come on! for you NOT EAT ANYTHING I see what I find!"
and magically they appeared beans, galleys and intended to whomever green beans!
I have not eaten anything! ??  >:( >:(  ;D ;D
I live eating air!!
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: assobanana76 on September 14, 2015, 07:26:10 AM
@assobanana76: Somehow you managed to duplicate your text in the last post.

ops!  :-\
I don't know how...  ;D
too many copy/paste from GTranslate!  ;D
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: kee on September 14, 2015, 07:55:27 AM
Made creamed cauliflower soup with bacon for dinner today. Mmmnomnom.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 14, 2015, 01:56:41 PM
I have always wondered whether people on a strict vegan diet may dry up and blow away.  I most certainly could not survive without dairy products.  Where do you get your calcium and D vitamin?

Today for lunch I had a sweet potato and tomatillo soup and a couple of slices of buttered bread.  Unsweetened cranberry juice for beverage.

I tend to eat dinner in stages, and I am thinking of a tapas plate again tonight for openers.  I am partial to green olives that have been brined then preserved in EVOO.  I have some deli meats to go with them as well as some small rounds of brie.  I might add a slug of Irish whiskey to my cranberry drink as well.  After that, I'll raid the refrigerator, but will probably wind up with eggs in some form.  For dessert, if it can be called that, I can have a nice big navel orange or a couple of Mandarins.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: assobanana76 on September 15, 2015, 01:45:15 AM
I have always wondered whether people on a strict vegan diet may dry up and blow away.  I most certainly could not survive without dairy products.  Where do you get your calcium and D vitamin?

the calcium content is, to a far greater than cow's milk, in sesame, sage, thyme and all the green veggies ..
the animal acid protein contain in cow's milk, for the expulsion through urine, require... calcium .. !!
and where to take it? from your bones!
.. these are scientific studies that show that in the countries who drink cow's milk, the incidence of osteoporosis is monstrous compared to countries where consumption is limited ..
for more, and certainly more precise, information recommend reading "The China Study" ..
Vegans tend not dry ..  ;D ;D
simply eliminate all animal fats in excess!  ;)
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: Nilla on September 15, 2015, 07:27:05 AM
Now i will tell you about the hazards of cooking, especially for a slight disabled, clumsy person like me, using sharp knifes.

This weekend friends were here for dinner. I wanted to make a kind of meatballs from fish. My husband catches a lot of pike. They have very ugly bones, so I use to run it through the meat grinder. You can make a lot of nice different stuff with the minced fish meat. This time in a French way with a lot of eggs (quenelle de brochet) baked with a nice white wine sauce.

I was chopping parsley and managed to chop off a piece of my finger. Not only a cut, but a part of the finger tip, with nail!   :( :'(  :-[

So, no fish balls with only one available hand. I thought the paste is much like a souffle, so I put everything in a cake pan and baked it like that. It didn't went quite as big as a real souffle, but it tasted alright.

Yesterday we had schnitzel for dinner (a request from my husband) not a real Wiener schnitzel, but from pork. With cauliflower in a white sauce. There are some pork left, that I will cook tonight. I don't know yet what it will be. Probably some kind of "Geschetzeltes"; cut in small pieces with vegetables.

Like you @A Nonny Moose I am a big chocolate fan. Normally we have one ore sometimes two pieces after dinner.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 15, 2015, 09:22:05 AM
Today was grocery day.  I picked up my usual staples, so dinner will probably be something with a salad of artisan romaine, sliced ham and a baked potato with butter or blue cheese dressing.

Sorry to hear that @Nilla damaged her hand.  I hope it will be OK.  Chef knives can be a real danger if you get distracted by something.  I try to keep mine sharp as razors.  They are less likely to slip that way.  Glad your pseudo-souffle was good.

Generally speaking @assobanana76, I don't eat fresh herbs in the quantities needed to get Calcium, nor am I a huge fan of dark greens.  Many of the people living in my building are widows waiting for the next step.  All of them seem to be dairy users, and there are no reported cases of osteoporosis.  I consume something upwards of four litres of cow's milk a week, and always have.  No problems with my bones, but my circulation system is a mess.

Anyway, I will turn 78 on Sunday, so my sister will be in town Saturday for a birthday dinner.  The restaurant we chose is closed on Sunday.  She lives in Manitoba, about 100 Km north of Winnipeg in a small company town.  The company has closed its site, but many retirees and other hold the town and find it good.  Her kids and grand kids live in Winnipeg or Brandon, so she sweeps through the Ontario golden horseshoe once in a while renewing old acquaintances.  Here she will be staying in a local B&B recommended by my colleagues in the tenant's association.  You see, in this town, I am still a "straniero" because I've only been here for five years.  I think small towns are the same the world over, and a seniors apartment building is no different.  The people here are friendly, but I often have no idea who or what they are discussing in the morning meetings.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: rkelly17 on September 15, 2015, 12:50:27 PM
I was chopping parsley and managed to chop off a piece of my finger. Not only a cut, but a part of the finger tip, with nail!   :( :'(  :-[

O dear, that hurts! I hope that this will not slow you down for too long.

Today was grocery day.

Tuesday is grocery day for me too, but I shop from a list prepared by our daughter (Our household is me, my wife, one daughter and two grandchildren 13 and 11). Fortunately we have two local farmers' markets and a farm store that sells a large collection of local produce and some of the best sweet corn available. And, this being Kitchener-Waterloo, the largest collection point for German immigration in Canada, very fine sausages which I had for lunch after marketing. The sausage selection has gotten even better over the years with Portuguese and South American varieties added to the German. Mmmmm.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: Gordon Dry on September 15, 2015, 01:30:14 PM
Yesterday we had schnitzel for dinner (a request from my husband) not a real Wiener schnitzel, but from pork.

Oh, when I prepare them, I crumb them double, so I need one egg per schnitzel. I mingle the salt and pepper into the egg before.
I beat them only a little, so two of them fit into the pan at once.
Totally I do four of them for two persons.
And I fry them in a steel pan with clarified butter, not too less.
Only for two minutes max. each side, then they move on a glass plate into the oven (150┬░C), I do the next two (fresh clarified butter) and then also into the oven, then for about 5 minutes.
They're smooth like butter then with a crust, but not too crunchy, also not soaked.

Cauliflower is okay, but we prefer Sp├Ątzle with a mushroom-cream-onion sauce.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 15, 2015, 04:10:51 PM
@rkelly17: Some people are just lucky to live in the right place.  When I was working at U of W I lived in Kitchener.  There is no question that the St. Jacobs market is about the best in the country.  I miss it even after something like 35 years.

Well, it is 7 p.m. and I have to take my insulin now, and get going on supper.  Lunch was very catch as catch can, but I am going to try for something more balanced for dinner.  Shredded artisan romaine with a blue cheese dressing, a couple of thin slices of Black Forest ham from the deli, a baked potato with a snipped scallion and a couple of chocolate chip cookies for dessert.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: assobanana76 on September 16, 2015, 12:39:29 AM
you know that I envy all of you.  :-\
all happen to live in beautiful places, in small towns, almost all surrounded by greenery and with the neighboring countryside ..
It would be the dream of a lifetime ..
nothing to do with Sesto San Giovanni!  :'(
I do the weekly shopping at the supermarket (normal and biological) or at fruit-vendor (from which it is impossible to know the real origin of goods sold - usually the sign reads "Italian origin" that means everything and nothing given the different levels of pollution present in my country!)

anyway ..

@Nilla I'm sorry for your finger Nilla.. maybe the souls of the fish you were chopping it will be made a little laugh, in their own way!  ;) ;D
I hope it will heal soon ..

@A Nonny Moose  about the calcium, of course, I was talking about the studies carried out on a large scale throughout the world .. anyway, I'm happy that your neighbors do not have these problems!  ;)

oh! I almost forgot !!
this morning I had a pleasant surprise!
the bar next to my work began to serve for breakfast even vegan croissants!!  ;D

Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: Nilla on September 16, 2015, 03:21:02 AM
@assobanana76; it wasn't the soul of the fish that had his revenge, it was the soul of the parsley I was chopping!  ;) I just saw on TV that trees in a forest have a social life; they communicate, support each other with food, nurse their offspring, warn each other, if there is danger and so on, why not parsley! ;)

Isn't there a farmers market in Milan? Where the farmers in the area (generally ecological) sell their products? I've seen it in other cities.

Yes @Gordon Dry your schnitzel sounds good. I make it pretty much the same. First difference, I don't need to fry twice. We are only two and don't eat so much meat. I know German meat portions are huge, but i have trained my German husband many years. ;) Second you cannot get Butterschmalz (clarified butter) here in Sweden and it's too tedious to make yourself, so I use a mix of butter and oil. That works too.

And what did I do yesterday with the pork that I didn't use for a second schnitzel for each? I chopped it (no fear for sharp knives), marinated it in some spices and herbs and fried it with onions, broccoli and chili pepper. My husband found it a bit too hot, but to me it was just perfect.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: assobanana76 on September 16, 2015, 03:27:07 AM
@assobanana76; it wasn't the soul of the fish that had his revenge, it was the soul of the parsley I was chopping!  ;) I just saw on TV that trees in a forest have a social life; they communicate, support each other with food, nurse their offspring, warn each other, if there is danger and so on, why not parsley! ;)

;D I say just to see this movie "The Happening" of M. Night Shyamalan  ;D

I am now running but otherwise I answer tomorrow!
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: rkelly17 on September 16, 2015, 06:20:59 AM
@rkelly17: Some people are just lucky to live in the right place.  When I was working at U of W I lived in Kitchener.  There is no question that the St. Jacobs market is about the best in the country.  I miss it even after something like 35 years.

I don't know whether you read about it, but the St. Jacob's FM had a fire about a year ago and the whole barn-like building burnt down. They set up in one of those inflatable arenas like golf driving ranges use in Winter. The new building just opened and it is much better than the old one (and has a complete sprinkler system!). We were out early to lay in produce for freezing and canning and sat for awhile sipping coffee and admiring all that beautiful wood.

I think that a part of what keeps the FM culture going here is the Old Order (Mennonite and Amish) presence. It is funny to see buggies rattling past all the high tech companies and lining up in the McD's drive-thru, but that's part of what makes Waterloo what it is.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: Gordon Dry on September 16, 2015, 06:54:36 AM
My husband found it a bit too hot, but to me it was just perfect.

 ;D I like it hot, to add hotness to wok dishes I mostly add 2 drops of a very hot US chili sauce on my portion, but there is already a basic of fresh thai chillies inside, my girlfriend is used to a soft hotness now, I trained her, too...  ::)

There are 3 types of humans regarding their enteric flora, so I guess 1 of these 3 types doesn't like it hot.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 16, 2015, 08:32:18 AM
@Gordon Dry : If you like it hot have you tried Harissa?  From north Africa and I have heard it described as the devil's toothpaste.  I used to like vindaloo curries, but as I got older my taste cooled down.  Now I even have trouble with Sharwood's Hot mixture.  I have all the materials to make my own curries now, usually quite mild.

@rkelly17 : Yes, I knew the market was rebuilt.  If I can, I'd like to get over there, but I am pretty much a shut in now.  I get out once a week to shop and that's about it.

Yes, the plain people are the ones who keep that area going.  Have you noticed that clothing stores all have a plain department?

@assobanana76 : Buona fortuna!  What goes into a vegan croissant?  Oil for shortening?
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: assobanana76 on September 17, 2015, 01:09:03 AM
@assobanana76 : Buona fortuna!  What goes into a vegan croissant?  Oil for shortening?

They were not shown the ingredients.
I should have trusted.
usually vegan desserts are made with margarine and cream of tartar
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: assobanana76 on September 17, 2015, 02:01:48 AM
Isn't there a farmers market in Milan? Where the farmers in the area (generally ecological) sell their products? I've seen it in other cities.

@Nilla
we can talk about two kinds of problems regarding the small local producers.
1. 90% of them sell the products in large quantities to GAS (solidal purchasing groups). participate in these groups usually requires a big commitment because you "force" also attend meetings, reunions etc. on ethical choices, choice of farmers etc .. beautiful thing but unfortunately I have no time for that with two children ..
2. local products are surrounded by incinerators! only in my region of Lombardy are 13! not to mention pollution from smog and chemical factories. so it would be nice to the km 0 but poor product quality.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 17, 2015, 08:42:46 AM
Dinner last night consisted of:

1. local tomato slices with blue cheese dressing
2. baked potato with unsalted butter
3. thin slices of prosciutto
4. the green olives that I purchased, brined then preserved in olive oil.

@assobanana76 : Incinerators are irrelevant if your veggies are any good.  They generally remove pollutants and don't move them into their fruit.  My grandmother always said you have to eat a peck of dirt before you die.  (A peck is about 9 litres.  One quarter of an imperial bushel).
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 18, 2015, 10:24:31 AM
Next day.

Lunch is a deconstructed tomato sandwich.  That is, two slices of buttered bread and a dish of diced tomatoes.

Watch out for the chef types, they say the darnedest things.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: Nilla on September 18, 2015, 12:25:27 PM

Watch out for the chef types, they say the darnedest things.

That you must explain to a poor non English speaking person. Google Translate doesn't say anything about the world darnedest and I'm not familiar with that world either. Swedish is a small language. Others than German or French, no films (maybe except films for really small children) are synchronized. They are always shown in original language with subtitles. That's the reason I know, and understand a lot of English words. (I can admit that I have big problems to put the words together in a proper manner :(  :-[  ) But on that word , I never stumbled.

I just had a very good dinner!

Yesterday my husband was shopping. As he went, he asked me what to buy for dinner. I said; "Buy what you like to eat, I'll cook anything you bring". He brought a big piece of fillet of beef. I haven't asked what it costed, but it was really excellent, and big. We had it yesterday for dinner. Just a thick slice, medium rare, with a big salad. Very good! There was a piece left for today, not very much but enough for a small steak with r÷sti ( fried, grated potatoes) and a sauce with mushrooms, fresh from the forest, onions and cream.

I see that you also eat a lot of tomatoes @A Nonny Moose . We do that as well. They are excellent this time of the year. We have plenty of them in our garden (small but delicious) but we also buy some at the market. They are almost as good as our own. Today we had a tomato salad for lunch; a mixture of our own and bought tomatoes with herbs from our garden and fresh sheep cheese from Greece (feta) and a vinaigrette sauce. Excellent seasonal food! It couldn't be better!
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: Pangaea on September 18, 2015, 01:14:18 PM
In this context it just means "weird" or something like that I think.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 18, 2015, 03:43:35 PM

Watch out for the chef types, they say the darnedest things.

That you must explain to a poor non English speaking person. Google Translate doesn't say anything about the world darnedest and I'm not familiar with that world either. Swedish is a small language. Others than German or French, no films (maybe except films for really small children) are synchronized. They are always shown in original language with subtitles. That's the reason I know, and understand a lot of English words. (I can admit that I have big problems to put the words together in a proper manner :(  :-[  ) But on that word , I never stumbled.

<snip>

I suppose I should be a little cautious with euphemisms and the vernacular but in English there are several substitutions for words considered unacceptable in some circles.

In this context, darn is a euphemism for damn.  I hope this gets you over this little hurdle.

I was referring to the adjective deconstructed, which I've only ever encountered in chef-speak.  Like all professions, they have their private jargon.

For example: how often do you chiffonade your fresh basil?
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 19, 2015, 06:04:09 PM
My sister is in town from Winnipeg and dropped in to take me to dinner (tomorrow is my 78th birthday), so I let her take me to Eddington's in Exeter.  I haven't eaten that well in years since we were in Halifax.

I had a beef barley soup (cup) that was about as gourmet as I've ever had for opener then a braised lamb shank in the chef's French cuisine style with barely steamed veggies (mmmm) and mashed potatoes underneath.  The last lamb shank I had was in a small Greek restaurant in darkest Scarborough, or maybe it was North York, but it was in the Greek style with pilaf rice and boiled potatoes with veggies.  Frankly, there is no comparing the two styles.  Both were delicious, and to top the dinner off tonight I had the chef's interpretation of pecan pie.  WOW!

Since I am still just a 'straniero' here, I asked the ladies I have morning coffee with and they recommended this place as the best in Exeter for casual dining.  They were 100% correct and the prices were not outrageous.

Now mind you, this is the first restaurant meal I have had in over three years.  I still remember good food though, and I do my best in my tiny kitchen, but I can't do things like this without performing several nip-ups followed by a dozen or so handsprings.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: Nilla on September 20, 2015, 08:28:03 AM
Congratulation on your birthday @A Nonny Moose. I wish you all the best.

The dinner at the restaurant sounds great.

Cooking at your place sounds to be a healthy thing; good exercise!  ;D  I'm happy to have a large country kitchen, so I cannot blame it on the space or bad equipment, if the food is no god.

Tonight we will also eat lamb, minced meat. I don't know yet, what I will make out of it, but there might be some Balkan inspired hamburgers, with a lot of onions and garlic, maybe filled with feta cheese.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: Pangaea on September 20, 2015, 01:00:02 PM
Congratulations and salutations on your birthday @A Nonny Moose :)

:cake:
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 20, 2015, 01:09:03 PM
Thank you.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: kee on September 20, 2015, 01:28:09 PM
Congrats on your birthday, unnamed elk.
For sunday dinner today I made a stock soup from salted pigs cnucle and lots of fresh root veggies. Served with some bayer beer. Turned out very nice indeed.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 21, 2015, 12:38:58 PM
Thanks.  Moose is a different species from Elk.  The meat is less gamy, and has better flavour.

Dinner last night was a BBQ chicken from the local market enjoyed by my sister and I with chips and dip.  She is visiting me from her place about 100 Km north of Winnipeg and will leave tomorrow to visit friends in Burlington, ON.

We are going to McDonald's for tonight's meal.  I haven't had a McDonald's meal of any kind in about seven years so it will be an interesting experience.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: kee on September 21, 2015, 11:21:09 PM
Only in 'merica. Here in europe we're talking about Alces alces when we say elk.
I have a few independent burger joints nearby who, in my not so humble opinion, walk all over mcD. tastewise but things might be different on your part of the globe. There is something almost... nostalgic... about a visit to that ol' grease shop though.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: assobanana76 on September 22, 2015, 12:29:53 AM
@assobanana76 : Incinerators are irrelevant if your veggies are any good.  They generally remove pollutants and don't move them into their fruit.  My grandmother always said you have to eat a peck of dirt before you die.  (A peck is about 9 litres.  One quarter of an imperial bushel).

this speech seems to have been already addressed in another post and there were opposing positions .. some argued that there was no trace of pollution in the fruits others said even that the earth would become so saturated that it is impossible not to finish in the fruits. .
in doubt, it might be best to avoid eating local produce ..
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: assobanana76 on September 22, 2015, 01:01:38 AM

Watch out for the chef types, they say the darnedest things.

That you must explain to a poor non English speaking person. Google Translate doesn't say anything about the world darnedest and I'm not familiar with that world either. Swedish is a small language. Others than German or French, no films (maybe except films for really small children) are synchronized. They are always shown in original language with subtitles. That's the reason I know, and understand a lot of English words. (I can admit that I have big problems to put the words together in a proper manner :(  :-[  ) But on that word , I never stumbled.

lol apparently I'm not the only one to get angry with Google Translate!  ;D
in Italy all movies are translate and for this reason English is not widely known in Italy (except for the young people who study it seriously)
I am forced to travel on a mule ;D to find movies / series in the original language with subtitles.
and I must admit that this helped me a lot!
I just spent a long w.e. hosted in the country by a friend who, thanks to couchsurfing.com, hosts at home a lot of people from around the world!
and I was able to amaze me how much my English has improved!
I understood and I did understand from a Danish guy, a Croatian girl, a Hungarian girl and a Korean girl!
really amazing!!
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 22, 2015, 10:55:35 AM
Only in 'merica. Here in europe we're talking about Alces alces when we say elk.
I have a few independent burger joints nearby who, in my not so humble opinion, walk all over mcD. tastewise but things might be different on your part of the globe. There is something almost... nostalgic... about a visit to that ol' grease shop though.
The McD experience was highly disappointing. 

Anyway the French for moose is orignaux.  This is the European species alces alces commonly called Elk there.  Moose (plural) is endemic in the boreal forests and when imported to places where they have no predators have turned out to be a real nuisance.  Some were imported to the island of Newfoundland and they've regretted it for about a hundred years now.  In New Brunswick and eastern Quebec you have to be careful not to hit one on the highways.  Hitting 1000 Kg of meat on the hoof may kill the animal but will most certainly wreck your vehicle unless you are driving a tank.

In North America, Elk generally refers to the wapiti (Cervus canadensis) which is another big herbivore.  Both of these species are hunted with permits and are sometimes culled, but the flesh is good to eat (with additions of fat in cooking) but is very lean.

For supper tonight I have cold BBQ chicken restes left from Sunday evening when we also enjoyed it cold.  I expect to eat it with a tapas plate preceding of olives, prosciutto, and ham with, perhaps, some woven wheat biscuits (Triscuits).  There isn't much chicken as we did the job on it on Sunday.  If I don't find enough to eat in all this, I have some fresh veggies I bought at the market today that may serve as cruditÚs with some caramelized onion sauce I have.  Being my shopping day, I sometimes take the opportunity to gormandize.  Not a good thing for a diabetic to do, but life is short anyway.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: kee on September 22, 2015, 11:26:00 AM
Death by deer is quite common here in Norway as well. The hunting season for elg, Alces alces begins in a few weeks so you'd better watch out ;)
Being a farmer and forest owner I have a part in a hunting wald of noteable size with a quota of 8 european elks, so I'm quite familiar with the taste. (I don't hunt myself anymore but are entitled to a share of the meat as one of the owners).
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: Pangaea on September 22, 2015, 12:53:23 PM
The McD experience was highly disappointing.

Not the least bit surprised ;) It tastes like cardboard. Haven't had it for years either, and if we go out for burgers somewhere, we'll go to 'proper' places instead of McDonald's. Costs much more of course (especially in Scandinavia), but the taste is also much improved.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: Nilla on September 23, 2015, 09:35:50 AM

The McD experience was highly disappointing. 


I understand that, too. I think the taste is very similar all over the world. I wasn't there for a long time either, but we used to go there as the kids were young. They liked it. We often traveled between south Germany and Sweden, as they were small and McD was a safe way to keep them satisfied. They fought a lot, if they were bored and such a long journey was boring and if they were hungry; it was worse.  ;)

We also eat elk or moose or whatever this animal ought to be called. We don't hunt ourselves, but I'm originally a farm girl and most of my family members hunt. So we always get some meat. Sometimes we buy it the Banished way; my brothers get some fish instead, when my husband catch a lot.

And yes @kee, as the hunting season starts, I prefer not to go into the woods to pick mushrooms or berries, at least not until late in the afternoon. I suppose it's similar in Norway: In some parts of the country the year is divided in before and after the elk hunt. I happened to have my first job in such an area, as i was a young engineer. I even think i got the job, because I don't hunt: I could work that elk hunting week, as everyone else wanted to have vacations.  ;) 

What's today's dinner? Sausage with mashed turnips and a tomato salad. The tomatoes matured late this year, but now we have plenty.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 23, 2015, 10:56:30 AM
When I worked on maintenance at a McD's the food was much better than it is now.  I understand the uniformity of their system, so one is exactly like another.  One of the things they've stopped is salting the fries, and they've changed the formula for the cooking oil too to what seems to be plain canola when they used to include a bit of beef flavour.  Making some squeaky wheels happy has made me a non-customer.  Funny what happens in 10 years or so.

Supper tonight is problematic.  Yesterday was shopping day, but I cleaned up the cold chicken restes from Sunday, so I have a full stock of stuff.  I am craving a baked potato with goodies so that's probably what I will have.  Now that my sister has left, I can go back to my almost no-meat regimen.  I purchased a fresh cauliflower yesterday and expect to get at least two meals out of it.  I like it raw in a salad as well as steamed as a side veggie.  I also picked up some rather nice beefsteak tomatoes which are getting riper on the window ledge.  It is nearly 2 p.m. and I haven't had lunch.  I guess I'll have to have something quick, because diabetics are not supposed to skip meals.

Bon appetit Ó tous.
Title: Re: What did you have for dinner/lunch?
Post by: A Nonny Moose on September 24, 2015, 09:49:16 AM
Lunch time.  Yesterday was catch as catch can, but today I had Butternut Squash Soup with buttered (no salt) grain bread as mop, and a glass of Coke Zero.

Dinner is currently a matter of conjecture.