The Cooking Thread


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    @pleegwat said in The Cooking Thread:

    @polygeekery I'm pretty sure it's a traditional French dish. And if you're using more snails than garlic by weight you're doing it wrong.

    I have had escargot. I do not know enough about eating snails to know if that is what is shown. I also have no idea how to prepare them myself.



  • @polygeekery I can't find an English recipe (closest thing), but basically you just cover them with the sauce and put them on top of a fire for a while.

    @masonwheeler said in The Cooking Thread:

    @polygeekery Depending on where you live, they can be easy enough to find in the backyard... :trolleybus:

    No need for :trolleybus:... backyard snails do get eaten.



  • @anonymous234 said in The Cooking Thread:

    No need for :trolleybus:... backyard snails do get eaten.

    I never prepared snails (only bought them already prepared or in restaurants), but I think that while you can indeed eat your garden snails, it is slightly more complicated than just picking one in the garden and popping it on the grill. IIRC, you need to first make sure they did not eat anything in the previous days but stuff that will make them tasty (or at least not nasty), then starve them for a couple of days so that they run out of mucus, and only then prepare them. The usual (French) recipe is indeed to cook them in a mix of butter, garlic and herbs (traditionally, they are cooked and even served in their shells, like on the picture).

    They do taste kind of like any shellfish that would be cooked in the same way: a bit chewy, and a strong taste of the seasoning, not so much of the animal itself.


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    I have a bit of a phobia of slugs and snails. Just the thought of eating them makes me slightly nauseous.


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    @jaloopa the key is to make sure you chew them well so that they don't slither back up your throat and out your nose while you sleep. Also, dry wine helps. Its astringency helps clear the slime from your palette.


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    @polygeekery said in The Cooking Thread:

    the key is to make sure you chew them well so that they don't slither back up your throat and out your nose while you sleep.

    You're not helping!


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    @jbert yes I am. The slime trails are hard to wash out of bed linens!


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    @polygeekery You monster. Excuse me while I go and throw up



  • @jaloopa said in The Cooking Thread:

    I have a bit of a phobia of slugs and snails. Just the thought of eating them makes me slightly nauseous.

    Are you OK with oysters?

    I'd much rather eat a thoroughly cooked snail than slurp a living oyster after watching it squirm under the acidity of the lemon juice.


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    @remi said in The Cooking Thread:

    @jaloopa said in The Cooking Thread:

    I have a bit of a phobia of slugs and snails. Just the thought of eating them makes me slightly nauseous.

    Are you OK with oysters?

    I'd much rather eat a thoroughly cooked snail than slurp a living oyster after watching it squirm under the acidity of the lemon juice.

    What about eating a live snail after watching it squirm under the acidity of the lemon juice?


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    @remi said in The Cooking Thread:

    Are you OK with oysters?

    Never eaten one. I don't have the same squeamish reaction to seeing an oyster as I do a slug though



  • @polygeekery said in The Cooking Thread:

    I'd much rather eat a thoroughly cooked snail than slurp a living oyster after watching it squirm under the acidity of the lemon juice.

    What about eating a live snail after watching it squirm under the acidity of the lemon juice?

    I think a snail clings better to its shell than an oyster (especially after its pseudopode has been cut, which is what you do when opening it), so you'd have to suck really strongly.

    So the question is, how hard do you suck?


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    We are on vacation this week. When we go on vacation we almost always rent a house or condo so that we have plenty of room to spread out. When you have kids more space is always more betterer. We also like having a full kitchen to prepare our breakfast and dinner.

    Of all the places we have rented over the years the kitchens have varied from "perfectly serviceable" to "scaled-down commercial gourmet kitchen". The gourmet kitchen was on Sanibel Island in a condo that had its own pool and private beach area on the ocean. It was really nice.

    This time we are staying in the Smoky Mountains and you can tell that the family we are renting from does not enjoy cooking at all. The cookware was purchased by going to WalMart and looking for the absolute cheapest set available, half of the cooking utensils are either falling apart or massively melted. There are no measuring spoons. Half the measuring cups are gone.

    They have a glass cutting board. Seriously, do not ever buy or use a glass cutting board. They ruin the edge on knives instantly. When we got here I told my wife not to use it. She forgot. We always bring knives with us because with the exception of the property on Sanibel the knives in rental properties are always completely dull. She ruined the edge on all three knives we brought the first day we were here. She did so while cutting up fruit for sangria. :angry:

    On the bright side I asked my wife to remember this the next time I am going to buy something for the kitchen. She promised I will never again hear, "Honey, don't go overboard. No need to spend a lot of money on X". :)

    Last night for dinner the wife made roasted veggie mac and cheese. Super tasty and filling. Will make again.



  • Did 6.25 lbs of pulled pork in the crock pot today:

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    I'd have a hard time remembering what I put in, but it tastes good...



  • @remi said in The Cooking Thread:

    I never prepared snails (only bought them already prepared or in restaurants), but I think that while you can indeed eat your garden snails, it is slightly more complicated than just picking one in the garden and popping it on the grill. IIRC, you need to first make sure they did not eat anything in the previous days but stuff that will make them tasty (or at least not nasty), then starve them for a couple of days so that they run out of mucus, and only then prepare them.

    My flatmate and I once planned to do this - she claimed at the outset to be utterly familiar with the process and had watched her mother prepare snails many times.

    We were a bit over-enthusiastic about gathering, ending up with a very large pan full of squirming slime (probably ~5 kg). We'd been lead (mislead) to believe that the best way to purge them was to feed them pasta for several days. This was a mistake - just adding to the overall impression of sliminess. After more than a week of indecision the snails began to putrefy. A bit of a waste. Sometime I will try again, more sensibly.


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    8 hours in the kitchen today. For Thanksgiving I always do as much cooking as possible on the day before. Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, dressing, cranberry sauce, green beans veggie dip and cheese ball are all made ahead of time. Hot dishes are in 13x9 dishes and ready to go in the oven tomorrow for heating through.

    Turkey is in the brine. In the morning it gets rinsed and dried and oiled and will go in the pellet grill around 8am (keeps the heat out of the house). Tomorrow instead of cooking all day I mostly just put stuff in the oven on a schedule to be done at 1pm. The rest of the time I get to spend time with family. The only thing I have to make tomorrow is gravy after the turkey is done.

    As a consequence everyone always says, "You make it all look so easy!" Yeah, piss off, you should have been here yesterday. :)



  • @polygeekery said in The Cooking Thread:

    The rest of the time I get to spend time with family

    Jack Daniel is part of your family ? :trollface:


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    @timebandit he might as well be my brother.


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    @timebandit said in The Cooking Thread:

    Jack Daniel is part of your family ?

    Funny that:

    So I have two Rtic tumblers (like Yeti tumblers, but half the price). In the morning I fill one with coffee, in the evening I drink booze out of the other. Today when I was cooking I had the coffee one on the kitchen island and then switched to water, so it was just sitting there.

    Tonight I made myself a drink and my wife asked me to make sangria for Thanksgiving tomorrow. I am slicing up fruit and grab an Rtic tumbler expecting Jack and Coke and got cold coffee instead.

    :vomit:

    That was not expected, nor wanted.


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