(mis)Adventures in Cooking

So it has been a very long time, probably over a decade, since I last drunk an Irish coffee.
This one has a twist since it's me and I'm incapable of following a recipe so I used scotch :D

Basically, pre-heat the cup with hot water and while it heats up, beat some cream (taken from the fridge at 5ºC). I used an electric little gadget that I bough just for this and found out that 20s is enough for the cream to be soft and grow without being airy. It has to run out of the, previously chilled for 1-2m in the freezer) glass cup I used without being liquid. Think honey consistency.

Then take an expresso of your choice and make it an americano (basically add hot water). Or better yet do some filter coffee which is perfect for this but we work with what we have :D.

I also previously slighty heated the scotch to remove a tiny bit of alcohol and of course, do not chill the coffee.

Pour the scotch on the coffee, mix it a bit, then gently pour the cream on top. I like it more of less a good centimeter of that whipped cream.

Toppings used, cinnammon and dark chocolate (Toblerone was at hand so why not :D )

It was a lot better than the pictures but there you have it. It's an awesome drink for cold nights but it can be done frozen as well which I actually never tried to do but since chilled coffee is VERY refreshing, I will try do it myself soon enough.

Regarding the scotch added, I think 30ml is enough but you can make this stronger. Also depends on how strong is the flavour of the scotch. You don't want coffe and scotch to compete, but blend. Also remember you need coffee for and Irish COFFEE so don't make it THAT strong :D


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I noticed recently that they had spring roll wrappers at the 'super,' so I decided to give 'em a shot.

Instead of deep-frying, I tried sauteing them, because you know me.
Okay, the insides were fine, but the critical player, the wrapping?
Oily... underdone... flaccid... a total disappointment.

Eh, oh well, I figured I'd try them in the good'ol AF.
(I was totally ready to bail at that point, but what the hey?)

Mateys...
Mateys?
Mateys-- It worked!! :D

Similar to AF fries, just brush on some oil, cook at default blast (370F here) for 4-5min, turn as needed, re-brush as needed, re-blast as needed, and...

Nicely crispy, but then soft and savory inside?
Now THAT is a spring roll, mofo. ^^

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Note1: my folding & composition spring-roll skills do completely suck

Note2: I used red cabbage instead of green for the filling. That's down to the weird purple look.

Note3: Don't worry-- Ted Nugent won't be having a massive heart attack despite all this outrageous vegetarian provocation. :s
 
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I noticed recently that they had spring roll wrappers at the 'super,' so I decided to give 'em a shot.

Sounds like a plan, think it will be wedges, spring rolls and fish tonight, thinking I might grab a bottle of sweet chilli sauce as a compliment condiment. 😋

I'll be going with the convenience premade spring roll variety...

 
Shopping done dinner in a box or two...
 

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I noticed recently that they had spring roll wrappers at the 'super,' so I decided to give 'em a shot.

Instead of deep-frying, I tried sauteing them, because you know me.
Okay, the insides were fine, but the critical player, the wrapping?
Oily... underdone... flaccid... a total disappointment.

Eh, oh well, I figured I'd try them in the good'ol AF.
(I was totally ready to bail at that point, but what the hey?)

Mateys...
Mateys?
Mateys-- It worked!! :D

Similar to AF fries, just brush on some oil, cook at default blast (370F here) for 4-5min, turn as needed, re-brush as needed, re-blast as needed, and...

Nicely crispy, but then soft and savory inside?
Now THAT is a spring roll, mofo. ^^


Note1: my folding & composition spring-roll skills do completely suck

Note2: I used red cabbage instead of green for the filling. That's down to the weird purple look.

Note3: Don't worry-- Ted Nugent won't be having a massive heart attack despite all this outrageous vegetarian provocation. :s

Loved the Nugent reference!

Shopping done dinner in a box or two...

I have only tried Spring Rolls once...... only once. (Forget which movie this reference comes from, dammit! lol)
Never cared for them, because I am not a huge cabbage eater.
My brother put cabbage in everything, as he loved cabbage.
Funny thing is I never liked onions either when I was a kid, but I love onion rings. lol
I am a strange one!
 
It's not the spring in your roll, it's the roll in your spring, going to go the half-time oil spray and shake with the Parmesan, maybe some paprika also...:scratchchin:
 
Never cared for them, because I am not a huge cabbage eater.

You do know this is why they invented condiments, sweet chilli or soy or sour cream or all three for the win!

 
Shaken 'n' air fried...had some frozen battered whiting chunks in the freezer, 8 chunks, 2 potatoes (16 wedges), and 10 mini spring rolls result! 😋
 

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Shaken 'n' air fried...had some frozen battered whiting chunks in the freezer, 8 chunks, 2 potatoes (16 wedges), and 10 mini spring rolls result! 😋
Damn that looks good!
I always get hungry when i read this thread. :fruitdance:
 
I have only tried Spring Rolls once...... only once. (Forget which movie this reference comes from, dammit! lol)
Never cared for them, because I am not a huge cabbage eater.
My brother put cabbage in everything, as he loved cabbage.
Funny thing is I never liked onions either when I was a kid, but I love onion rings. lol
I am a strange one!
I'm with your brother on the cabbage! Just like steel-cut oats, I put it in almost everything I cook, altho TBF I slice it thinly so that it cooks thoroughly. As a huge salad-eater, I find that cabbage can actually be super-annoying to chomp through. :s

Btw, the nice thing about spring rolls is that you can fill 'em with whatever you want! Now you probably want some fibre in there to help hold things together, like sliced raw carrot and maybe some sprouts or fine-chopped red onions (but only red). Apart from that I don't see a reason in the world why you can't load 'em up with your favorite meat.

Lately I've been experimenting with grilled cajun'-style chicken strips added to my salads. They're cheap in bulk from the super, and I've no doubt they'd do nicely as part of some spring-roll filling. In the end I guess they'd sorta be like mini-chimichangas without the unhealthy deep-frying aspect.
 
Frown upon cabbage?
We eat snails around here. Yes, they can be found in green leafs too... like cabbage leafs. I'd pay to see your face trying to eat one :D
 
Frown upon cabbage?
We eat snails around here. Yes, they can be found in green leafs too... like cabbage leafs. I'd pay to see your face trying to eat one :D
That didn't work out very well for Sam Ballard:

Same kind of reason why it's important to clean garden veggies with a light chlorine wash, or to simply cook them instead of eating them raw...

Some of the parasites in animals that crawl over the veggies (like gastropods) or who might poop in and around the veggies are transmissible to humans. :/
 
A few points:
- Slugs are not snails. Snails have a home to take a shower :D

You don't eat snails raw (unless you're an idiot) and obviously, we'd have a lot of deaths every year for hundreds of years now if it was that bad. I'm more afraid of eating balloon fish sushi (I'd like to try before I die though... maybe right before I die? :D )

As sympathetic as I can be, doing stupid things on a dare is... stupid.

No snails were harmed writing this post... It's not in the season yet :D
PS: you don't want to eat the whole snail as much as you don't eat whole shrimp a.k.a. ocean roaches (and I still eat those too :D )

and now I want to hear Dire Straits... on to the next thread :D
 
Though there is only the Australian species of humanoid that can actually survive and even thrive on the substance known as 'vegemite'...


 
Though there is only the Australian species of humanoid that can actually survive and even thrive on the substance known as 'vegemite'...

Oh man I love vegemite / marmalite / etc spread upon a buttered, toasted baguette.

But then I remembered why I've so far made in to my late 50's, and didn't die upon yon heart-attack back in my early 40's.
 
Though there is only the Australian species of humanoid that can actually survive and even thrive on the substance known as 'vegemite'...


Yes but have you ever had Nuclear Radiated veggies? lol
It is called Radiation Pasteurization.
They shoot Gamma rays at it, (Just don't piss off the fruit, as you wouldn't like them when they are mad!)
And they wonder why everyone is getting cancer?
 
But then I remembered why I've so far made in to my late 50's, and didn't die upon yon heart-attack back in my early 40's.

A strange but true story...

Several years ago whilst at my parents house I discovered a long forgotten jar of Vegemite in the back of the pantry and thought to myself, mmm, been awhile since I had tried any...so

So toast on, knife, butter and Vegemite at the ready...bite, chew, ah....this Vegemite seems a bit bland???

Checks jar, no use by date, eh always thought this stuff would be good for a lifetime or more... best before date was 5 years ago!

This requires further scientific examination, digs knife into jar, there is something solid! Digs out a perfectly formed cubic salt crystal about 1cm square!

Ah, this is why they never made a salt reduced Vegemite...
 
Yeah, let's be real-- food 'expiration dates' are generally completely artificial, directly based on corporations trying to do the boogeyman dance upon consumers.

Such a typical bag of shameless assholes, they.
 
Well there is some science to it and it would seem that Vegemite must have something other than just salt to enable the formation of such a large perfect crystal. :geekdance:


The search for the mysterious substance "V", perhaps with the power to turn the oceans into fresh water...Mad Scientist mode engage! :twisted:
 
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And vegemite and australian reminded me of:

Fun fact: the 1st sentence for us portuguese sounds like this: "Cavalinho na feira a comer" and it translates to "little horse eating at the fair"...
 
Meal destroyed!
 

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