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by Magnus Solhjell
August 10th, 2019, 3:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 37
Views: 1169

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat is probably the best cookbook I know. It really has made me better at cooking. Watch the Netflix show and buy the book! And by the way, you're all wrong. The silver spoon rather than Marcella Hazan for Italian food and there are many cookbooks translated from Fr...
by Magnus Solhjell
July 31st, 2019, 4:42 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 13
Views: 427

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

I live in Oslo. I have two small children, so I don't have the overview of the Oslo restaurant scene that I used to have, but I can provide some of my favourites. I'll probably add more as I remember them. We went to A l'Aise for my birthday this year and I loved it. It is fine dining done pretty mu...
by Magnus Solhjell
July 6th, 2019, 6:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Pasta maker
Replies: 9
Views: 660

Re: Pasta maker

I also have the Mercato and it's great. Sturdy built and there are a lot of different shapes available. You can even buy an engine for it.
by Magnus Solhjell
June 24th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Breakfast This Morning: Spanish Tortilla
Replies: 14
Views: 1162

Re: Breakfast This Morning: Spanish Tortilla

It looks great. If you want a faster version, Ferran Adria uses potato chips (!) instead of thinly sliced potatoes. I haven't tried it myself, but I probably will next weekend.

https://www.google.com/amp/amp.timeinc. ... p-tortilla
by Magnus Solhjell
May 23rd, 2019, 11:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Buttermilk roasted chicken.
Replies: 9
Views: 1545

Re: Buttermilk roasted chicken.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat has an amazing buttermilk roasted chicken (but I prefer to spatchcock the chicken rather than roasting it whole).
https://www.saltfatacidheat.com/butterm ... st-chicken

Both the Netflix show and the book are great, I can't recommend them highly enough.
by Magnus Solhjell
April 23rd, 2019, 1:02 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bergen and Oslo recs
Replies: 24
Views: 1669

Re: Bergen and Oslo recs

Kolonialen is a fine choice.
by Magnus Solhjell
April 2nd, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine as a Veblen Good?
Replies: 75
Views: 2536

Re: Wine as a Veblen Good?

I am an economist and I wrote my thesis about the market structure for wine in Norway. While the concept of Veblen goods is pretty easy to grasp, it's desperately tricky to quantify. I haven't tasted Armand de Brignac, but I suspect it has an element of Veblen. I agree with Al about First Growth Bor...
by Magnus Solhjell
March 27th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New Underwater Restaurant in Norway
Replies: 4
Views: 362

Re: New Underwater Restaurant in Norway

If anyone's interested, there's a reservation for sale ( at cost) for two on May 10th..

https://www.finn.no/bap/forsale/ad.html ... =143546772

(I am not affiliated with the seller in any way).
by Magnus Solhjell
March 6th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Wine grapes" on sale
Replies: 2
Views: 329

"Wine grapes" on sale

Just a little heads up to those of you who haven't bought "Wine grapes" by Jancis Robinson et al. The Kindle edition is now on sale at 4.99$ at Amazon.
by Magnus Solhjell
December 20th, 2018, 4:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: There's nothing more fun than a scathing restaurant review
Replies: 15
Views: 1019

Re: There's nothing more fun than a scathing restaurant review

This is how you slam a restaurant:
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... jay-rayner

He has a two volume "Worst of"-collection available on Amazon. I haven't read the second yet, but the first is fantastic.
by Magnus Solhjell
December 12th, 2018, 11:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Fancier Pressure Cooker Recipes
Replies: 1
Views: 251

Re: Fancier Pressure Cooker Recipes

Modernist Cuisine at home is the obvious choice. If you want it a little more than slightly complex, go for the Modernist Cuisine (not at home).
by Magnus Solhjell
September 19th, 2018, 8:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Salt Cod...worth it?
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: Salt Cod...worth it?

Why eat bacon and prosciutto when you have access to fresh pork? Because it's delicious, of course! The same applies to salt cod. The salting process generates a different product. Sometimes you want fresh and sometimes you want salted.
by Magnus Solhjell
September 19th, 2018, 8:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Poll: Pourover Coffee
Replies: 15
Views: 811

Re: Poll: Pourover Coffee

Why not french press? Because of cholesterol. Coffee contains cafestol and kahweol, which are two of the most cholesterol raising substances known. Paper filters remove them, but french presses don't. There was a large study in northern Norway where men were encouraged to switch from steep to filte...
by Magnus Solhjell
August 9th, 2018, 7:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Wanted - World's Greatest French Fry Recipe
Replies: 23
Views: 1375

Wanted - World's Greatest French Fry Recipe

I will try the triple cooked method recommended when I have the extra time, but I think those need much thicker fries to avoid them falling apart. You're right. Heston Blumenthal recommends 2x2x6 cm. Personally, I think that's a bit too large, I prefer 1.5x1.5x whatever the length of the potato. Bu...
by Magnus Solhjell
August 4th, 2018, 3:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Wanted - World's Greatest French Fry Recipe
Replies: 23
Views: 1375

Wanted - World's Greatest French Fry Recipe

Heston Blumenthal's triple cooked chips.
by Magnus Solhjell
July 28th, 2018, 2:20 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: After Venice ... Ideas please
Replies: 19
Views: 1129

After Venice ... Ideas please

Try to get one night in Kobarid, Slovenia. It's about a two hour drive. Watch the Chef's table episode about Ana Roš and you'll see why..
by Magnus Solhjell
July 26th, 2018, 11:18 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Scandanavia Trip Report
Replies: 6
Views: 668

Scandanavia Trip Report

I'm glad you enjoyed it. The next time you're in the fjord region, make sure to make a pit stop at Park Hotell Vossevangen, their wine cellar is INSANE! http://parkvoss.no/en/fasiliteter/vinkjeller/ Since you mention the Drie Founteinen, I hope for your sake you visited Akkurat in Stockholm. If you ...
by Magnus Solhjell
June 24th, 2018, 12:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: recs for a hot and cold coffee brewer??
Replies: 4
Views: 262

recs for a hot and cold coffee brewer??

A Bonavita kettle, a decent grinder, a V60 and some ice cubes.. ;)
by Magnus Solhjell
June 20th, 2018, 12:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 229
Views: 9503

Why sous vide?

I've had a sous vide machine for a few years now, and I agree, for steaks for a few people it doesn't really make sense. Tougher cuts of meat, on the other hand, is where sous vide really shines. I've done beef tongue, beef cheeks and other cuts with great results. And vegetables! Carrots, potatoes,...
by Magnus Solhjell
June 19th, 2018, 5:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Low Cost Kindle Versions of Cookbooks
Replies: 55
Views: 3660

Low Cost Kindle Versions of Cookbooks

The emperor of wine, a Robert Parker biography is on sale for 2.49$. Not exactly a cookbook, but I would think it fits in here anyway..
by Magnus Solhjell
June 18th, 2018, 8:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: A few days in Vienna - Wachau?
Replies: 25
Views: 1412

A few days in Vienna - Wachau?

Just take a train to Krems and then bus or taxi.
by Magnus Solhjell
May 8th, 2018, 1:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Salt & Pepper - What do you use?
Replies: 64
Views: 2780

Salt & Pepper - What do you use?

I can't recommend Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat highly enough, and its chapter on correct salting in particular. I have way to many cookbooks, but that book has completely changed the way I cook.
by Magnus Solhjell
April 29th, 2018, 2:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Asili
Replies: 24
Views: 1534

TN: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Asili

I've bought about a case of PdB Riserva '13, and I hope they're still alive when my son born in '13 is old enough to enjoy them.

Thanks for the note.
by Magnus Solhjell
April 27th, 2018, 12:01 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Canary Islands Ever been? - Specifically Tenerife.
Replies: 19
Views: 1101

Canary Islands Ever been? - Specifically Tenerife.

I agree. I go there in lack of better options, and from the US you have plenty of better options.
by Magnus Solhjell
April 27th, 2018, 11:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Canary Islands Ever been? - Specifically Tenerife.
Replies: 19
Views: 1101

Canary Islands Ever been? - Specifically Tenerife.

The Norwegian schools have a winter holiday in the last week of February, so expect a lot of Norwegians.. We prefer to stay in Puerto de Mogan, it is somewhat calmer than most of the tourist areas. Que Tal is an excellent restaurant there. Another option is La Gomera, one of the smaller islands and ...
by Magnus Solhjell
April 2nd, 2018, 8:45 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: A few days in Vienna - Wachau?
Replies: 25
Views: 1412

A few days in Vienna - Wachau?

We spent a few days in Wachau a few years ago. You don't need a car, take a train from Vienna to Krems, it takes a little more than an hour. From Krems you can explore both Wachau and Kremstal.
I found Domäne Wachau somewhat impersonal.
by Magnus Solhjell
March 28th, 2018, 2:21 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sweden & Scandinavia Recs
Replies: 15
Views: 844

Sweden & Scandinavia Recs

Stockholm is a really beautiful city especially in the summer. The archipelago outside of Stockholm is also really lovely and easily accessible by ferry, I would spend a day or two there. With a three year old and a five year old, I would recommend Legoland in Billund. We were there when my son was ...
by Magnus Solhjell
March 12th, 2018, 8:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stockholm
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Stockholm

I don't know if you've seen it, but there's a thread about Stockholm and Copenhagen in the travel forum.
by Magnus Solhjell
March 2nd, 2018, 1:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How long is too long to marinate?
Replies: 17
Views: 651

How long is too long to marinate?

Just to emphasise the mushiness, you mean? Sous vide for too long can cause mushiness in itself, so proceed with caution.
by Magnus Solhjell
February 25th, 2018, 10:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Kitchen Knife Sharpener?
Replies: 32
Views: 1646

Kitchen Knife Sharpener?

I have an EdgePro and am really happy with it. I use it for my Japanese knives with great results. I don't have any single bevel knives, though, but I don't see why that should be a problem.

www.edgeproinc.com
by Magnus Solhjell
February 8th, 2018, 6:18 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Maui wine & dine picks?
Replies: 65
Views: 3952

Maui wine & dine picks?

Sorry for the OT, but every time i glance through this sub forum, I read the topic as "Maui wine & di** pics".. [oops.gif]

I guess I am a dirty minded dyslexic..
by Magnus Solhjell
January 21st, 2018, 1:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Immersion Blender rec needed
Replies: 25
Views: 964

Immersion Blender rec needed

Serious Eats tested pretty thoroughly: http://www.seriouseats.com/2017/11/best ... nders.html
by Magnus Solhjell
January 20th, 2018, 10:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Immersion Blender rec needed
Replies: 25
Views: 964

Immersion Blender rec needed

I have a Bamix and I love it, but it depends on what you are going to use it for. Bamix is a bit of an acquired taste and many people dislike it, but I killed two cheap ones before I got it and it has survived about ten years..
by Magnus Solhjell
December 22nd, 2017, 12:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Weighing Coffee - Simple Scale
Replies: 5
Views: 329

Weighing Coffee - Simple Scale

You can get a digital scale accurate to 0.1g at EBay for about 5$. Use the one you bought to measure the water.
by Magnus Solhjell
December 17th, 2017, 12:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Interesting flavors to add to brownies?
Replies: 23
Views: 727

Interesting flavors to add to brownies?

I made one batch with (a better, less sweet version of) Nutella and one with licorice syrup and sea salt, both were very good.
by Magnus Solhjell
December 12th, 2017, 3:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Ribbe - source?
Replies: 24
Views: 870

Ribbe - source?

Good luck! This is the way Norway's most famous chef does it. Not entirely traditional, but very, very good: http://oppskrift.klikk.no/hellstrøms-pe ... ibbe/3868/

Please let me know if Google Translate is completely useless and I'll translate.
by Magnus Solhjell
December 11th, 2017, 9:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 189
Views: 10087

Coffee maker recommendations?

Coffee contains cafestol and kahweol which raises cholesterol, but paper filters remove them. There was a quite large study in northern Norway where men were encouraged to switch from steep to filter coffee and it lowered their blood cholesterol considerably: https://en.uit.no/prosjekter/prosjekt?p_...
by Magnus Solhjell
December 11th, 2017, 2:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 189
Views: 10087

Coffee maker recommendations?

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:We aren't sure. May just go back to French press.
Stay with (paper) filter if you care about your cholesterol levels.
by Magnus Solhjell
December 10th, 2017, 5:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Ribbe - source?
Replies: 24
Views: 870

Ribbe - source?

If you can get a whole pork cheek, it's even better. Again, an Italian butcher would be your best bet.
by Magnus Solhjell
December 10th, 2017, 5:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Ribbe - source?
Replies: 24
Views: 870

Ribbe - source?

mseeber wrote:maybe it’s just bone-in pork belly.
It is bone-in pork belly. An Italian or south east Asian butcher should be able to help you.
by Magnus Solhjell
November 21st, 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 189
Views: 10087

Coffee maker recommendations?

Ah. Interesting, thanks for the comment. My current grinder is Cuisinart burr grinder. Does that meet your "decent" criterion? I had not thought to replace it. I would say that any burr grinder is (at least) decent. I upgraded my grinder last year, and I was leaning towards the Baratza Virtuoso, bu...
by Magnus Solhjell
November 21st, 2017, 2:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 189
Views: 10087

Coffee maker recommendations?

So here's the first question. Is Moccamaster worth the money? I would say maybe. I had a Moccamaster for years until I went for pour over, but I still enjoy coffee from a properly cleaned Moccamaster. But I think a good grinder is more important than a good coffee maker, the difference between a de...
by Magnus Solhjell
November 13th, 2017, 9:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 189
Views: 10087

Coffee maker recommendations?

Anyone into Pour Over's? I have been using a V60 for about 2 years now with great success, recently started playing with a Kalita Wave. I have a Kalita at home and a V60 at work. I find the Kalita to be more consistent and easy to get a good result, but that the V60 gets a better result when everyt...
by Magnus Solhjell
November 5th, 2017, 8:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Sous vide scallop recipe?
Replies: 44
Views: 1504

Sous vide scallop recipe?

I can cook scallops without sv with great results, but the best scallop dish I've eaten was cooked sous vide. Sadly I don't know the time and temperature..
by Magnus Solhjell
August 28th, 2017, 11:01 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Beer brewed (or refermented) with wine grapes
Replies: 13
Views: 695

Beer brewed (or refermented) with wine grapes

Wild Beer Squashed Grape.
by Magnus Solhjell
July 17th, 2017, 4:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Anyone know a good large-bore injector?
Replies: 12
Views: 609

Anyone know a good large-bore injector?

Use a cookie press?
by Magnus Solhjell
July 16th, 2017, 10:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Low Cost Kindle Versions of Cookbooks
Replies: 55
Views: 3660

Low Cost Kindle Versions of Cookbooks

Relæ:

Edit: The automagic link generator doesn't seem to be working properly..
by Magnus Solhjell
April 3rd, 2017, 1:19 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Picking a destination for a very special occasion
Replies: 34
Views: 2227

Picking a destination for a very special occasion

Have a great trip!
D@vid Bu3ker wrote: I often intentionally go dry.
Make an exception at Huset, http://www.huset.com
by Magnus Solhjell
February 24th, 2017, 1:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bergen and Oslo recs
Replies: 24
Views: 1669

Bergen and Oslo recs

Mares looks like the closest, but is still 25 mins away with no traffic. Would you revisit your recommendations based on location, or just suck up the taxi fare and deal with the "dinner was worth the $100 taxi ride (each way)" conversation that I will inevitably have? My recommendation would be pu...
by Magnus Solhjell
February 24th, 2017, 1:25 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Copenhagen
Replies: 40
Views: 2181

Stockholm and Copenhagen

Consider Geranium. I also recommend http://thestandardcph.dk/en, particularly their modern take on the classic danish "smørrebrød" (open sandwiches). And it's a really cool building.

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