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Oct 26, 2007 01:27 PM

What did you cook today, and was it good?

What did you make today - where did the recipe come from, and was it good to eat?

Today I made a barley bake with small onions and sweet chestnuts. (I am in the UK, so ingredients may have different names and availability). The recipe was made up as I went along.

I took about a kilo of pickling onions (size - a mouthful each) and 500g sweet chestnuts. I covered them in water, bought them to the boil then turned off the heat. After about 10 minutes I peeled both the onions and the chestnuts, cutting the chestnuts in half.
I shredded 3 leeks and cooked them in a little oil with the peeled onions in a large pan till the leeks were 'melted' and sticking to the pan. I added 2 cloves chopped garlic, the chestnuts, some thyme, a 100g jar of anchovy fillets in olive oil (including the oil), and about 200g pearl barley. After stirring till the anchovies 'dissolved' I added a large glass of Sauvignon Blanc, and water to cover the pan contents. I bought the pan to the boil, reduced the heat and cooked for 45 minutes and rested for 10.

The results - YUM. Serves - maybe 6 people with a side salad.
What I'd do different next time - fry the onions on their own till brown before adding the leeks. Add more garlic.
What I wish I could do - add button mushrooms (but they cause me stomach pain), top with Gruyere cheese and bake in the oven (but I'm on cheese-free diet).

So - what did YOU make today?

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  1. This would be a fun recurring thread. Have a new one every day, you know? Mine's simple...

    Hominy with green chiles seasoned with goyz tomato and cilantro seasoning and just a dab of mayonaise. i love the maize flavor and the texture of hominy is completely unique.

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    1. re: kindofabigdeal

      It would be a fun reoccurring thread except that I would always think "Holey cow - everyone eats way better than I do!"

      I'm making a vegetable beef soup. No recipe, made it up myself but damn does it smell good! It'll be perfect on this rainy cold evening!

      1. re: Cookiefiend

        Making up soup recipe's is a favorite of mine also. I'm doing a chowder, bacon, corn and potatoe. Very filling, makes you feel warm and fuzzy. I always try to serve with hot biscuits or fresh cornbread.

          1. re: kindofabigdeal

            Hah! Got it...been a few years, though.

            1. re: kindofabigdeal

              Hey, he's not very busy these days, I think it's nice that he's cooking for his family ;)

              Inspired by the meatloaf thread, made my favorite meatloaf. The recipe is from a church cookbook, and I actually measured some of the ingredients--only time I do for a main dish is when raw meat is involved, preventing me from tasting as I go. It was wonderful, great comfort food ...

            2. re: othervoice

              I served ours with grilled cheese sandwiches :-)

          2. re: kindofabigdeal

            Was this room temp? What is "goyz tomato and cilantro seasoning"? I love hominy so am curious.

            1. re: torty

              i get the feeling that was a typo, and most likely should have been "GOYA tomato & cilantro seasoning."

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                yes, typo. It was warm. The seasoning isn't anything special. Goya makes a number of seasonings that make it easy to add a latin flavor to foods.

          3. made a basic beef and wine stew, no vegetables to be served over fat homemade egg noodles tomorrow for my sicky other...

            butternut squash is roasting in the oven right now to make a nice soup with a hit of apple cider and cream...

            no clue what the rest of the weekend will bring, but I am open for options since I will be home with the patient all weekend! (hernia surgery is a pain for ALL of us!)

            1. Chicken cutlets, marinated in buttermilk and honey, dipped in a highly seasoned flour, pansuateed until crisp. Served with a dipping suace of mayo, losts of lemon juice, and velery seeds (tastes much better than it sounds, trust me.)

              Served with slow simmered green beans and rice pilaf. Chocolate cream pie to come.

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              1. re: redbird

                i just made duk mandoo guk- korean rice cake soup made with brisket and beef dumplings,'s not new years yet but there's nothing like a big bowl on a cold rainy night!...yum

                1. re: redbird

                  do you have a recipe or measurements for this? I have all the ingredients and would love to get a marinade going.


                2. I baked today. I made Apple Cheesecake Bars with Maple Cream Sauce. I found the recipe on I don't know how they turned out as I made them for a party I am going to tomorrow night. We went out for dinner so I didn't have to cook!

                  1. Last night around 12:30 am I made scrambled eggs and onions with shredded jack cheese & salsa on top after we picked up my partner's mom at the airport. I cooked the eggs slowly, and they were perfect. Plus we were starving!

                    We made purple cabbage soup with chicken for dinner tonight.