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#711 Sun 27 Jan 13 4:28pm

wine~o

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Re: Ask me a cooking question

hippytea wrote:

Yes, basil is sexy in a flashy, flimsy way, but give me rosemary over that floozy any day. It's got experience. It's seen the world. And it's got stamina - stick it in a casserole and it's still going strong eight hours later, after all your flimsy, leafy numbers are long gone.

What the hell am I talking about?.

I don't know what you are talking about..But that is the  funniest description of Basil I've ever come across.. thumbsup

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#712 Sun 27 Jan 13 4:37pm

MsPablo

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lol   Curry leaf is the sexiest herb!  Good-looking, exotic, satisfying, complex, it has it all!

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#713 Sun 27 Jan 13 6:23pm

petia.ivanova.3781

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Re: Ask me a cooking question

i am looking for a lemon meringue pie recipe that uses ingredients i can produce on a smallholding.
that means no condensed milk, no cornstarch.

i remember mother making this with only eggs butter flour lemons and sugar (ok sugar has to be the exception, i know honey wont peak a meringue)

whats your recommended way to proceed?

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#714 Sun 27 Jan 13 6:31pm

petia.ivanova.3781

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Re: Ask me a cooking question

how can i make a lemon meringue pie using butter flour eggs sugar and lemons? i dont want corn/any starch to thicken, just egg yolk. and no tinned milk please. mum used to make it without those but its 20 years too late to ask her

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#715 Sun 27 Jan 13 6:36pm

mummza

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Welcome to the forum petia.ivanova. smile

All the recipes that I have found so far contain corn flour/corn starch but I will look in a few more books to see what I can find.

I presume that the cornflour stabilises the lemon mix so that it can be beked in the oven with the meringue on top of it .

edit ... I have just found this onn the internet , is this the sort of thing you are looking for ?
http://www.joyofbaking.com/LemonMeringueTart.html

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#716 Sun 27 Jan 13 9:15pm

hippytea

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petia, I don't have a recipe, but I'm sure this is possible - one of my old cookbooks has a recipe for apple meringue pie which just uses apples, sugar and separated eggs, plus pastry for the base.

Try looking at recipes for lemon tart or tarte au citron - they're usually based on a lemon-flavoured egg custard and are very like the base of a lemon meringue pie.

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#717 Tue 29 Jan 13 4:57pm

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Re: Ask me a cooking question

petia.ivanova.3781 wrote:

i am looking for a lemon meringue pie recipe that uses ingredients i can produce on a smallholding.
that means no condensed milk, no cornstarch.

i remember mother making this with only eggs butter flour lemons and sugar (ok sugar has to be the exception, i know honey wont peak a meringue)

whats your recommended way to proceed?

The best filling for a lemon meringue pie is a lemon curd - using eggs, butter, lemons and sugar. You definitely don’t need condensed milk - however the addition of cornflour thickens the mix, stabilizing it. If you make your curd thicker by adding more egg yolks you shouldn't need the cornflour.  The meringue in a lemon meringue pie does usually have cornflour to make it more malleable and soft - however it isn’t a necessity and you can omit the cornflour altogether  - just make sure you really whip the meringue until it is stiff. Or you can make an Italian meringue – which is a little more complex but well worth it as the flavour and texture of the meringue is like nothing else.

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#718 Tue 29 Jan 13 4:58pm

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Re: Ask me a cooking question

ann.moss.75 wrote:

I am a lorry driver and I need some healthy alternatives for lunch  I dont have access to a cooker so just cold food ideas.  Quick and easy too coz Im usually to knackered to do much after 10 hours in a lorry  Thanx for any ideas. Ann

I can imagine how tired you must feel after 10 hours of driving! I would be too. The best thing for you would not just be lunch but snacks too. When you’re driving it is really important to keep your energy up throughout the day, so make yourself a little ‘snack box’ and fill it with plenty of nuts (unsalted), toasted seeds and dried fruit (you can get ready mixed packets in most supermarkets and service staions), fruit such as bananas, apples and grapes and plenty of water. Nuts are really high in energy and full of good fats which keep you going through the day – as well as fruits and of course water.

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#719 Tue 29 Jan 13 6:46pm

hippytea

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Are nuts and dried fruit a good plan if you're driving all day? I love nuts - once I pop I can't usually stop - and it's amazing how the calories mount up. I'm not generally a calorie counter but it shocked me when I found out how many are in a bag of nuts! Dried fruit is very sugary, too, and sugar rushes/crashes while you're driving are not great.

I would have gone with fresh fruit for snacking while driving, rather than dried and nuts. Not so energy-dense and keeps you hydrated. Obviously harder to keep a stock in the cab if the weather's warm, and you'd need to take time every now and then to peel and cut some up and stick it in a box or pot so you don't need to peel oranges while you're driving.

My best driving snack is oatcakes. Not the most exciting, but I find they keep the blood sugar steady, which helps my concentration. I used to drive hundreds of miles in a day for work and a pack of oatcakes was a lifesaver.

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#720 Wed 30 Jan 13 12:34am

Maree

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Re: Ask me a cooking question

bignige wrote:

Hi please can you check out my blog on food in state boarding schools I'd really appreciate some feed back. http://theschoolkitchen.blogspot.co.uk  thanks

Bignige, you were asked (nicely) not to constantly reference your blog on another thread here just a short time ago hmm. Why don't you share some of the findings with us? Is it relevant to this thread, though? Has it been covered in the past? If so, how are your findings different to previous findings/comments?


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