[blindza] Re: Minor food preparation/serving issues/irritations

Hi J,

Best way I found to check if boerewors is cooked but still moist inside, is
to bend the wors at a angle of 90 degrees, if it bursts open it is good. I
have however found that the synthetic sleeves (calling it a sleeve as
intestine sounds no good) does not always adhere to this rule, so I make
sure I get the original thing always.

As for roasting in the weber, one sets the temperature with the top airflow
module and I would check it once a hour with one of the forks which shows
temperature. Going slowly to ensure soft and juicy meat, 80 degrees next to
the bone is wonderfully juicy  but not brown. I have to however ask a
sighted person what the temperature is since the temperature fork is not a
speaking one.

I do not do butter or margerine, so spreading and frying in butter is no
problem for me. Vegies are normally steamed, which goes a long way in
solving many issues, and it is a lot faster. Same applies to weber, where
all is placed in the weber. Things like pumkin, sweet patato and mushrooms
are GS.


Thanks,

Carel Ewald

-----Original Message-----
From: Jacob Kruger [mailto:jacobk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Friday, January 08, 2010 7:40 AM
To: BlindZA
Cc: NAPSA Blind
Subject: [blindza] Re: Minor food preparation/serving issues/irritations

I'be got an electric frying pan, but it's a bit big to generally fit on the 
counter, so do most of my stuff in combinations of the microwave and either 
baking in oven itsself, or in a normal frying pan, and I have different 
sizes thereof for different things.

I will also be honest, and I call myself a cheese junkie, so I don't worry 
too much about it lasting long enough - just make sure I have enough of it 
to last...

Other thing is that for cooking, I definitely prefer mature cheddar, or 
decent feta cheeses, along with parmesan etc. since any bland cheese will 
just lose it's flavour when cooked therewith.

In terms of actual spices, sort of my top 3 are still paprika, which goes in

and on almost everything, garlic and origanum, but it really comes down to 
preparation processes, and I have a few dishes I still call my specialities,

like chicken curry, and my mince that I made this week that can be used on 
pasta, mashed potatoes, in mexican wraps etc. etc., and in that one the 
flavour just varies depending on what I plan it for, and it really comes 
down to me taking quite a while to really cook these things since although I

do also start them off on high to get things like onions started off frying 
first in butter and garlic, and to brown/seal meat, I generally end up 
cooking these things quite slowly to merge flavours to a certain extent, and

then generally use the various textures to see when they're actually cooked,

so in chicken curry, when meat falls off the bones, it's ready, and when the

mince really seperates apart, then it's basically ready, but I do also use 
this as an excuse to sample my food during the cooking process to make sure 
it's cooked properly.

Along the lines of that one, for things like boerewors, I just try bending 
it and when it seems to have firmed up all the way through, it's then 
definitely ready.

Another slightly funny one was went looking for a recipe to cook 
mieliepap/maize meal porridge in a microwave, and it seems to almost 
quadruple in size when you cook it this way, but comes out nice enough, and 
you just have to make sure you prepare the right sauce/sous for it.

Stay well

Jacob Kruger
Blind Biker
Skype: BlindZA
'...fate had broken his body, but not his spirit...'

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Carl de Campos" <carldc@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindza@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, January 08, 2010 12:36 AM
Subject: [blindza] Re: Minor food preparation/serving issues/irritations


> Hi Jacob, very interesting observations.
>
> I've never been any serious cook, but I find I get to know more or less 
> how long various cuts of meats are ment to cook at what temperatures.
>
> What I find very tasty and blind friendly, is I have an old slow cooker. 
> I also don't have problems cutting veges and thing into various sizes, and

> with the slow cooker you literally quickly on high "brown" the meat and 
> onions, etc. +-3 min on high, and then bash it on slow and later moer in 
> the veges and wait until fairly soft.  I experiment with spices etc.
>
> Spreading bread becomes an issue if the spread is hard and the bread soft.
>
> I use a cheese grater to make cheese last longer, I don't know if I'm 
> imagining it, but I find using greated cheese instead of slicing it can go

> further, that's mentally.
> Thanks / Regards
> Carl de Campos
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> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Jacob Kruger" <jacobk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: "BlindZA" <blindza@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: "NAPSA Blind" <blind@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Thursday, January 07, 2010 4:06 AM
> Subject: [blindza] Minor food preparation/serving issues/irritations
>
>
>> Just had these thoughts in my head and was just wondering if anyone 
>> shares these, has workarounds for them, or if you have other minor things

>> that bother/irritate you.
>>
>> Firstly, while it's not really an issue, I get irritated when spreading 
>> butter and other spreads on bread.  Basically I will use the spreading 
>> knife to put whatever in the middle of the slice, and then turn it around

>> at right angles, basically spreading outwards towards the outer edges of 
>> the bread, using my right hand, and I suppose sort of feeling with my 
>> left hand that's holding the slice in place if get close enough to edge 
>> etc.
>>
>> Apart from this one, while when baking things like lamb and pork chops 
>> will sort of time their sessions in oven at around 15 minutes each time, 
>> and then while turning them over, just check their pliability etc. to see

>> when I know they're cooked through etc., but the one thing I sort of 
>> refuse to try cooking is an actual roast since I'm one of those who 
>> always prefers to roast meat a bit slower at lower temperatures, and also

>> refuse to time it as such near the end since in the old days I would 
>> literally cut relatively deep slits into the meat and knew it was 
>> properly cooked when no more blood collected therein as such, and I know 
>> that in places like america, there's a form of internal thermometer that 
>> you can place inside the meat and when that reaches a certain temperature

>> they reckon the meat is cooked through, but suppose would have to test 
>> something like this before even considering getting hold of something 
>> wouldn't use all that often.
>>
>> Apart from all of the above, I now got hold of one of those twister 
>> slicing things that you can easily use to very quickly and effectively 
>> slice up/dice vegetables, and it is quite impressive, and only minor 
>> thing is you have to make sure you get all the prepared contents out once

>> you have used it and I suppose you need to be careful when fiddling with 
>> blades etc., and while will definitely be making use of it, I've never 
>> really had any issues with chopping up things like vegetables myself - 
>> but suppose that could also be to do with the fact that was always a bit 
>> of a knife collector in old days, so made sure knives were sharp, decent 
>> quality/balance, and was never really a problem making sure to be careful

>> even though can't 'see' what am doing with them now.
>>
>> Also, sometimes prefer to cut vegetables etc. into varying shapes 
>> depending on cooking method, combined ingredients, end result desired 
>> etc, and this is something would definitely do with the right knife etc.
>>
>> Another one sort of related to this is don't know if would want to make 
>> use of a traditional cheese grater for various reasons including I reckon

>> you'd literally have to check each and every hold in it to make sure 
>> you'd gotten hold of all the cheese out of it, and to be honest, I prefer

>> to do a form of cheese shaving if I just want a coating, or cut larger 
>> blocks if I want to them to maintain a form of flavour nucleus, or if 
>> related to end result texture etc.
>>
>> Suppose could also get around to listening to all the cooking in the dark

>> podcasts already have here to see how they handle some of these things, 
>> but don't really get around to all content have collected here, and 
>> already get enough emails daily to sort of put me off joining their 
>> cooking in the dark mailing list as of yet.
>>
>> Stay well
>>
>> Jacob Kruger
>> Blind Biker
>> Skype: BlindZA
>> '...fate had broken his body, but not his spirit...'
>>
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