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Post by nanski » Tue Sep 01, 2009 03:36

I have a question:

This Saturday I am the cook for this cooking club i belong to. I can cook whatever I want, as long as it's vegetarian. I was thinking of making peanut curry soup (from one of the Moosewood cookbooks--it's really yummy, has a similar taste to satay sauce, and has fried green bananas as a topping). I can never figure out what goes well with it, though. It's quite heavy and filling, even just a small amount, so it needs to be something reasonably light, though i have made thai green curry to go with it in the past. I was thinking maybe a glass noodle salad, but i don't have a good recipe. does anyone have one? or a suggestion/recipe for something else?

i live in Okinawa, so it can be difficult to source ingredients (forget about things like lentils, for example).
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Re: ask anorak about food

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Tue Sep 01, 2009 09:23

I made a salad once using beansprouts, cucumber, ginger, fried tofu, carrots and seaweed (i forget which kind).

that's super simple, and light and tasty. i sliced the carrots and cucumber really thin, grated the ginger and the tofu was in little cubes dipped in soya sauce before frying them.

might go with yr curry, maybe?
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Re: ask anorak about food

Post by soft revolution » Tue Sep 01, 2009 09:32

roundbitsofplastic wrote:I made a salad once using beansprouts, cucumber, ginger, fried tofu, carrots and seaweed i forget which kind).

that's super simple, and light and tasty. i sliced the carrots and cucumber really thin, grated the ginger and the tofu was in little cubes dipped in soya sauce before frying them.

might go with yr curry, maybe?
What were those tofu things you made this weekend Ray. They were like southern fried tofu?
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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:06

soft revolution wrote:
What were those tofu things you made this weekend Ray. They were like southern fried tofu?
I made that up on the spot.

i think it was tofu in soya sauce rolled in flour, pepper, yeast flakes, paprika and um, that might have been it. oh they were baked, not fried so maybe there was some oil in there somewhere :-/
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Post by soft revolution » Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:40

roundbitsofplastic wrote:
soft revolution wrote:
What were those tofu things you made this weekend Ray. They were like southern fried tofu?
I made that up on the spot.

i think it was tofu in soya sauce rolled in flour, pepper, yest flakes, paprika and um, that might have been it. oh they were baked, not fried so maybe there was some oil in there somewhere :-/
That's the one! They were fantastic, they'd go great with a peanutty dish I think, though maybe not a really sloppy one.
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Re: ask anorak about food

Post by nanski » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:53

both those sound really good. tofu might be the way to go.

what is a yeast flake, btw?
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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Tue Sep 01, 2009 13:06

Yeast flakes are super-tasty. I've no idea if you'd be able to find them in Osaka, but there's gotta be a hippie shop somewhere that'd stock em.

They've got a weird slightly cheesy/nutty flavour and go with lots of stuff.

The most famous brand in the UK is Marigold but there are different ones around the world.

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Re: ask anorak about food

Post by nanski » Tue Sep 01, 2009 13:32

could i just use regular bread yeast? or is the deactivation important?

p.s. i'm in Okinawa, not Osaka; i.e., i'm even less likely to find it here!
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Re: ask anorak about food

Post by Gordon » Tue Sep 01, 2009 13:56

Just to check, nobody has allergies, right?
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Re: ask anorak about food

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Tue Sep 01, 2009 20:36

nanski wrote:could i just use regular bread yeast? or is the deactivation important?

p.s. i'm in Okinawa, not Osaka; i.e., i'm even less likely to find it here!

I suck at paying attention.

you can NOT use regular yeast cos it'll taste DISGUSTING. You *may* be able to use brewer's yeast though, I'm not really sure. Mind, you could just mix some flour in instead of the yeast, the flavour will be different, but it should still be tasty goodness.
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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Tue Sep 01, 2009 20:37

Gordon wrote:Just to check, nobody has allergies, right?
A doctor once suggested that I might be allergic to grass, seeing as you asked. I don't think I am though.
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Post by Jangloid Mark » Tue Sep 01, 2009 21:24

roundbitsofplastic wrote:A doctor once suggested that I might be allergic to grass, seeing as you asked. I don't think I am though.
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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Tue Sep 01, 2009 21:59

Jangloid Mark wrote:
roundbitsofplastic wrote:A doctor once suggested that I might be allergic to grass, seeing as you asked. I don't think I am though.
I hope nobody ever suggest that to me...[/flippant]
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Re: ask anorak about food

Post by nanski » Wed Sep 02, 2009 01:39

Gordon wrote:Just to check, nobody has allergies, right?
nobody has allergies. other than needing to be vegetarian, the only restriction is no pasta--or at least not as a central theme.
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Re: ask anorak about food

Post by Gordon » Wed Sep 02, 2009 17:30

Yeah, sorry, I just mean to peanuts. I've suddenly become mr peanut-nervousness when I am out at pubs and get my nuts... er, I mean my packet... of nuts... out. Sorry, slightly sleep deprived.
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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Wed Sep 02, 2009 18:09

My sister can't be in the same room as a peanut. well, she can, but her day'll go downhill from there.
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Re: ask anorak about food

Post by nanski » Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:32

Gordon wrote:Yeah, sorry, I just mean to peanuts. I've suddenly become mr peanut-nervousness when I am out at pubs and get my nuts... er, I mean my packet... of nuts... out. Sorry, slightly sleep deprived.
oh. darn. i thought you had some amazing recipe up your sleeve that involved a common allergy or something.

i'm thinking maybe a tofu dish, as described above, and possibly an eggplant/yogurt salad.
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Re: ask anorak about food

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Thu Sep 03, 2009 17:52

nanski wrote: i'm thinking maybe a tofu dish, as described above, and possibly an eggplant/yogurt salad.
could I have some please (sans yoghurt)? i really can't be arsed with cooking this weekend. that and i don't have any money til buy food til tuesday.
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Re: ask anorak about food

Post by nanski » Sun Sep 06, 2009 06:40

well. in the end, i made the eggplant yogurt salad (which was totemo oishii!) and a rice noodle/mango salad (also yummy). I had the tofu ready to go, but people found the soup too filling. i'll have to make it later this week.
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Re: ask anorak about food

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:36

nanski wrote:well. in the end, i made the eggplant yogurt salad (which was totemo oishii!) and a rice noodle/mango salad (also yummy). I had the tofu ready to go, but people found the soup too filling. i'll have to make it later this week.
I haven't had a mango since I left asia. booooo. I want rice noodle/mang salad
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