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KEN-JENNINGS
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They have never ending fries that are decent.
SuperJail Warden
Gone Forever
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So it is okay to eat a bucket of fries at a restaurant but if I microwave some mozzarella sticks at home I am a monster?
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unnamednewbie13
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You eat TV dinners every night though. Red Robin cum fries nightly isn't very healthy either, which is not what I think ken was advocating for.
unnamednewbie13
Moderator
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Try and learn stir fry. Very fast meal to make, great odor, easy presentation, not very picky about steps beyond common sense (put your denser vegetables in for longer). You don't even have to bother to boil stuff like broccoli to preserve color, since you already eat microwave fare on the daily.

Might even get used to seeing raw chicken.
_j5689_
Dreads & Bergers
+361|6211|Riva, MD
McDonald's has brought back Szechuan sauce until April 4th while supplies last, so I felt like that was a good excuse to get some nuggets today.  The sauce wasn't as good as I remember from 2018 though, but then again it hits a little differently when you're sharing it with a hot coworker who's interested in you.
lil_droo
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SuperJail Warden wrote:

So it is okay to eat a bucket of fries at a restaurant but if I microwave some mozzarella sticks at home I am a monster?
what do u think about the dino nuggets?

https://yummydinobuddies.com/app/uploads/2021/09/yummy-dino-buddies-DINOSAUR-SHAPED_CHICKEN-BREAST-NUGGETS-610x558.jpg

read the box. looks healthy too
gang shit
unnamednewbie13
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Mac could ween himself off the TV dinners by using the microwave to cook fresh food, and then ween himself off the microwave itself. He takes perverse pride in his TV dinner fixation though, like a toddler who refuses to eat anything but chicken nuggets.

You can do a microwave bowl of broccoli pretty quickly, but then in my experience you have to salt it back to taste. Lots of microwave dinners are high in sodium. Just chop the stems off, fry in a pan, add florets when stems soften, way more delicious, better cooking experience. Rich smells.

Last edited by unnamednewbie13 (2022-04-03 21:01:11)

uziq
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can't understand why anyone would microwave anything that wasn't from-frozen. microwaving fresh food .. why? it destroys the texture.

fresh vegetables taste best when steamed. it takes no longer than a microwave. boil a kettle/heat a hob and throw the vegetables in a steamer for a few minutes.

depending on the recipe a stir fry or oven baked vegetable can be godly, too. fried in butter or olive oil/sesame oil, depending on the recipe and taste in question. oven baked in olive oil or with a little bit of honey or a seasoning/spices mix. oven baked broccoli or cauliflower is great, cheap and healthy. you can even drizzle kale in olive oil and get a sort of crisp with a delicious, deep umami flavour.

wouldn't put any of the above in a microwave in a thousand years, unless it was served in a frozen bag of mixed vegetables.
unnamednewbie13
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I also don't like microwaving fresh food. The results are subpar, and you have to compensate with more spices than would normally be needed.

But this is for Mac, who is in an unhealthy relationship with his microwave and his very processed foodstuffs. Microwave steamed vegetables don't taste the best, but it's a step in freeing himself of that itch to scratch. Rid of the endless boxes of TV dinners, someone might turn towards better kitchen appliances for their meals. A smaller step he could make is buy the TV dinners with an oven option recommended over the microwave, and practice using his oven instead.

Typically, cold turkey on stuff is prone to relapse.

With the frozen vegetables too, I would prefer to boil.

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uziq
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this reliance on the microwave is surely a bit. steaming is exactly as minimum effort and just as quick. i'm sure a grown man who can manage a classroom of unruly teenagers can handle steaming some greens.
unnamednewbie13
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Hopefully it is just a bit. Surely a person with the patience to assemble a plastic gundam down to its fingers could whip up a mean, low effort, quick stir fry following an internet recipe on his phone. Someone who looks at violence porn should be able to handle a raw chicken.
DesertFox-
The very model of a modern major general
+791|6179|United States of America
Baby steps. We can at the very least get Mac to use the toaster oven for tendies.
SuperJail Warden
Gone Forever
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I bought a pot and pan set. I only bought it because I have a new apartment and not because of the insistent harassment intimidation and bullying perpetrated against me by Newbie and his co-chair of the gay council Uzique.
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unnamednewbie13
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That's a good step, but you have to actually use them. Doesn't make sense if they spend the next 10 years existing as cupboard queens.
uziq
Member
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there’s your steaming tray. enjoy a world of delicious fresh vegetables.
unnamednewbie13
Moderator
+2,016|6266|USA

Mac still needs a wok, right?

I made a delicious stir fry today.

Sesame oil, two cloves of garlic, crushed, less that amount in ginger shavings, double fistful of baby carrots. Three napa cabbage leaves, 3 bok choy leaves, greens separated from stems, (greens rolled lengthwise, cut into strips; stems cut multiple times down the length, then bisected), 3 eggs, handful of shitake, sea salt, lemon pepper.

Ginger, garlic, carrots in on high until audible sizzle, down to medium, add stems, after a bit add mushrooms and eggs. Once eggs firm up, down to low for the greens with salt, lemon pepper. Serve when greens are hot with side of steamed brown rice.

Mac, you are permitted four small microwaved tendies as a side dish per healthy dinner. Eat them last, and phase them mostly out.
DesertFox-
The very model of a modern major general
+791|6179|United States of America
I don't have a wok, but I'm not big into stir frys either. I am, however, a big slow cooker fan (and I'm told an instant pot is an improvement upon that even). Last thing I made in it was a pork tenderloin, but it's quite an easy beginner tool to set-it-and-forget-it (albeit occasional stirring) soups, pasta sauce, chili, etc.
unnamednewbie13
Moderator
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Mostly I recommend wok because it's fast, forgiving, and was my own gateway. Definitely not the only way though.
RTHKI
mmmf mmmf mmmf
+1,726|6232|Oxferd Ohire
I had the bdubs flamin hot wings last week. Pretty close to the cheetos flavor, gotta say I want them again...
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SuperJail Warden
Gone Forever
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Buffalo Wild Wings is really good but expensive.
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RTHKI
mmmf mmmf mmmf
+1,726|6232|Oxferd Ohire
Only go on but one get one day. So 20 wings for 15 bucks.
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KEN-JENNINGS
I am all that is MOD!
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Bww is disgusting and chicken wings are one of the most overrated foods on this earth.

Way too much effort for little meat.
uziq
Member
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never liked the buffalo style hot sauce. just tasted like a sub-standard tobasco to me. sure i’ve never had the best local/authentic options though, only the big exported supermarket versions.

e: just googled and turns out ‘bww’ has nothing to do with buffalo-style hot sauce. shows how much i know.

fried chicken is a religion out here. so many variations. i always opt for boneless types, though. i don’t mind chicken thighs or some other boned type in a curry or stew, but if i’m eating something with my hands … make it easy.

the hot/spicy versions of fried chicken out here stretch the gamut from a soy-ginger light crunch to nuclear reactor meltdown. there’s some very nice options like a sweet and sour sticky dip with green onion julienne. i like those.

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KEN-JENNINGS
I am all that is MOD!
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Yeah koreans love their fried chicken. I'm with you on the boneless tip.

Chicken thighs for any curry or soup or stew. Boneless for virtually everything else.

I can't remember the last time I had fried chicken. I want some now.
uziq
Member
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'chicken and beer at the han river' (chimaek) is the done thing here. whether with a date or in a big group, it's universally appropriate and always a good time. you order via a delivery app from one of about 1,000 joints nearby and a delivery driver will literally ride a moped right up to where you are on the river embankment/parkland. truly the future of deep-fat-fried artery-busting gastro cuisine.

i will say that it's never greasy/oily or gross out here. london has a profusion of chicken shops too, but the lower-end options can be truly dreadful. i've never had a bad box of fried chicken out here, not so far as the basics of frying/batter and flavour goes, anyway. always served with nice sides of cubed pickled radish or slices of yellow radish. light and refreshing.

portion sizes are much better and super-sized portions of soft drink don't come as standard, which i'm sure helps keep the calorie counts down somewhat.

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