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Tinker's Damn

On 28 Mar 2006 at 11:01, Joe wrote:

> Dear Phaedrus,
> The other day I read the response on "Sam Hill".  This morning I heard
> the phrase "Tinker's Damn", I've this over the years, now I'm curious
> as to this phrase.
> Thanks in advance
> Joe - Leavenworth

Hello Joe,

Well, there are two schools of thought:

1) It was originally "tinker's dam". A tinker mended pots and pans with solder. When soldering a pot, he would make a small "dam" out of dough to keep the liquid solder in place until it cooled and hardened. When done, he'd toss the now worthless "dam" into the trash.

2) It's "tinker's damn," not "dam", and before that it was "tinker's curse". Tinkers were known for their salty language, a fact alluded to in print since 1611.

#2 seems to carry the most weight among etymologists.


Deep Fried Ham

On 28 Mar 2006 at 12:34, Raquel wrote:

> Uncle:
> I am in search of a recipe that gives specifics - frying time, oil
> temperature, what kind of ham to use, what kind of marinade, etc. on
> deep fat-frying a ham.  I know that people do this, just not sure how
> to go about it.  Thanks so much for your time, I am eagerly awaiting
> your answer.  
> Thanks in advance - Raquel  

Hello Raquel,

Try this one:

Deep Fried Ham


Golden Syrup Pudding

On 31 Mar 2006 at 12:28, Anita wrote:

> Whilst working as a Nanny in England years ago, the family instructed
> me to cook their favourite pudding - Golden Syrup Pudding.  Its
> absoloutely delicious, but I havent been able to find it since.  I
> know the syrup sits at the bottom of the pudding bowl whilst baking in
> the oven!?
> Thanks, Anita

Hello Anita,

Below are four recipes.


Golden Syrup Pudding recipe

4 oz (110 g) margarine
1/2 cup (4 oz) 125 g caster sugar (superfine granulated)
2 large eggs
1 cup (4 oz) 110 g self-raising flour, sifted
2 - 3 tbsp golden syrup (substitute light corn syrup)

1. Cream the margarine and sugar in a bowl, until soft and fluffy. 
2. Gradually beat in the eggs and, if necessary, add a little of 
the flour if the mixture starts to curdle. 
3. Fold in the remaining flour and mix well. 
4. Grease a 1 1/2 pint (900 ml) pudding basin and pour the syrup 
over the base. 
5. Pile the pudding mixture on top and cover with greased greaseproof
paper making a pleat cross the top. 
6. Secure the paper around the basin with string. 
7. Place over a saucepan of boiling water and steam for 1 1/2 hours. 
8. Turn out onto a warm dish and heat extra syrup to pour over the top 
to serve. 

serving amount
serves 4 
Golden Syrup Pudding
Ingredients : 
5 oz (150 g) self-raising flour; 
4 oz (125 g) butter or margarine; 
4 oz (125 g) castor sugar; 
2 eggs; 
1/4 teasp vanilla essence; 
3 tbsp golden syrup
Grease a 2 pint pudding bowl. Put the syrup in the bottom of it. 
Mix the flour, butter and sugar together. Add beaten eggs and 
vanilla essence. Pour into bowl . Cover with greaseproof paper 
or foil and tie with string. Steam in a saucepan of boiling water 
for one and a half hours. Turn out and serve piping hot with cream.
Serves 4-6.
Golden Syrup Pudding 


200ml golden syrup, warmed 
125g plain flour 
125g fresh white breadcrumbs 
1 tsp baking powder 
75g cut mixed peel or stem ginger, chopped 
1 tsp ground ginger (optional) 
125g vegetable suet 
1 large egg, beaten 
200ml milk, warmed 
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 


1. Generously butter a 1.2 litre/2 pint pudding basin and choose 
a large saucepan in which it will fit comfortably. Pour about 
two-thirds of the golden syrup into the basin. 
2. Stir the dry ingredients, mixed peel or stem ginger and ground 
ginger, if using, together. Add the vegetable suet and the rest 
of the golden syrup, egg and milk mixed with bicarbonate of soda. 
3. Transfer the mixture to the syrup in the prepared basin then 
cover with a well-buttered piece of foil, making a pleat in the 
top. Put the basin in the pan, pour hot water from the kettle 
around it then place over a medium heat and steam for 2 hrs. 
Leave for 5 minutes before unmoulding.

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours Serves: 4 
Golden Syrup Pudding 

1 cup self-rising flour 
1/2 cup brown sugar 
60 g butter 
1 cup milk 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence 

1 Tablespoon Golden Syrup* 
1 1/2 cups boiling water 
1/4 cup brown sugar 
30 g. butter 

Mix all the ingredients for the pudding. Place into a 6-cup casserole
dish. Pour sauce over. 

Bake in a moderate oven (180 - 200) for 40 minutes. 

Mix all ingredients and pour over the pudding batter. 

(*)Australian Tablespoons are equivalent to 4 teaspoons or 20 mls. 
You will need 1 extra teaspoon for each Tablespoon, to get the 
recipe correct. 

Bonefish Grill Shrimp

On 30 Mar 2006 at 15:01, Chuck wrote:

> Were you able to find the recipe for Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish
> Grill?
> Chuck 

Hello Chuck,

Below is what I've found.


Bang Bang Shrimp - Bonefish Grill

1/2 cup mayonnaise 
1/4 cup Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
a few drops of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce

Mix the above to make the sauce.

1 pound of shelled and deveined shrimp
Dry cornstarch to coat the shrimp in

Deep fat fry the shrimp until lightly brown.

Drain on paper towel, put in a bowl and coat with the sauce. 

Serve in a lettuce lined bowl, top with chopped scallions. 
This is said to be close to Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang Shrimp:

Crunchy Fried Shrimp With Cayenne Aioli 

This starter gets a double dose of cayenne  in the cornmeal coating f
or the shrimp and in the garlicky mayonnaise dip. 

1 1/3 cups regular or low-fat mayonnaise 
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 
2 garlic cloves, pressed 
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 
Peanut oil (for frying) 
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 1/2 pounds uncooked jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined 

Whisk mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne and 
mustard in small bowl to blend. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover 
tightly with plastic wrap; refrigerate.) 

Pour enough oil into heavy large pot to reach depth of 2 inches; 
heat to 375F. Mix cornmeal, salt and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne in medium 
bowl. Add shrimp to cowl; toss to coat. Working in batches, add 
shrimp to hot oil and deep-fry until shrimp are golden and opaque 
in center, about 1 1/2 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer shrimp 
to paper towels to drain. 

Place aioli in center of platter; surround with shrimp and serve. 

6 Appetizer Servings. 

Bhutan Recipes

Jasha Maroo
(Minced Chicken)

1 chicken
2 tbspoon of vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 onion (sliced)
1 tomato (chopped)
3 green chillies (cut into small pieces) or use chilli powder
1 tsp salt

Cut chicken into very small pieces about the size of peas (remove 
or leave bones as desired). Place in a saucepan and add water and 
2 tbspoon oil and bring to a boil. Add garlic, salt and ginger to 
taste. Lower heat slightly and boil for another 5 - 10 mins stirring
occasionally. The dish should have some liquid when you're done. 
Garnish with cilantro.
Serves:3 - 4.
Kewa Phagsha
(Spicy Pork with Potatoes)

350 g of pork (thigh)
2 potatoes peeled.
3 green chillies.
1/2 onion.
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
3 cloves of garlic (crushed)
1 piece of ginger (finely chopped)
1/2 tbspoon canola oil.

Chop pork into chunks (not so small). Add about 400 ml of water 
in a sauce pan. Add pork and a bit of salt and boil for about 
20 mins (Pork should be thoroughly cooked; soft to feel). Cut 
potatoes longitudinally into 6 or 8 pcs each. Cut chillies 
longitudinally into 2 pcs each. Add chilli, potato and onion 
and 1/2 teaspoon of canola oil (Discard for ladies). Cook until 
potato is 75% cooked. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for 
3-4 mins. Stir...pepper or coriander seasoning to taste. 
Serves 3.
(Beef & Mushroom)

A hearty stew served with rice

1 large garlic clove [about 1/6 ounce, 5g], peeled
Fresh ginger, peeled and cut into a 3/4-inch [2cm] cube
1 stick unsalted butter [4 ounces, 110g]
1 pound boneless beef chuck [450g], cut into 1 -inch [2.5cm] cubes
1/2 cup water [120ml]
1 teaspoon salt
2 medium fresh green chili peppers [about 1 ounce total, 30g], seeded 
and cut into julienne strips
11/3 cups fresh oyster mushrooms [about 21/2 ounces, 70g,]stemmed 
Freshly ground black pepper

Chop the onion coarsely with the metal blade of a food processor, 
about 4 pulses. Set aside. Drop the garlic and ginger through the 
feed tube with the motor running and chop finely, about 10 seconds.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the beef, onion, water, 
and salt and simmer over low heat until just tender, about 1 hour 
and 50 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, and remaining ingredients 
and cook until the mushrooms are tender, about 10 minutes.

Makes 5 servings [about 6 ounces each, 170g].


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