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Post by Guest on 16th September 2010, 1:53 am

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Elen Sentier wrote:I agree, completely. When I visit I try to abide by whatever goes there ... if I don't like it, I don't visit again.
How do you know?
Do you ask for the rulebook when you arrive?


Yes, I do in a way. If I'm at all unsure. I'm very observant and try to feel what goes on. If you've read Dune you'll understand what mean about reading signs.

Do you ask?

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 16th September 2010, 7:58 am

Elen Sentier wrote: If you've read Dune you'll understand what mean about reading signs.


So eating raw cow is okay chez Sentier?

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Post by Guest on 16th September 2010, 8:55 am

Wilhelm Von Rhomboid wrote:
Elen Sentier wrote: If you've read Dune you'll understand what mean about reading signs.


So eating raw cow is okay chez Sentier?


I think the synapses aren't firing too well this morning so I'm missing your point, but basically yes, I eat steak tartare. Provided it stays still on the plate I will likely eat it. And, most important of all, if I know it had a good life, and my contract with it includes it agreeing to nourish me as food.

But I'm sure I've missed your point ... can still feel pointy stick poking me ...

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Post by Guest on 16th September 2010, 9:03 am

Dandelion wrote:... do like my own space - I remarked recently that our kitchen is a one-person room because it's hard to work in without bumping in to people. My oldest daughter said that any kitchen I had would be a one-person room!! I just like to have space to think and be quiet (or listen to radio 4!)


I think kitchens are one person spaces in general, although I have a couple of girlfriends I can do the Kitchen Dance with very well. Cooking is like a journey meditation for me, I love it. But I need to be wholly in tune with anyone I work there with.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 16th September 2010, 9:39 am

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But I'm sure I've missed your point ... can still feel pointy stick poking me ...

It was a Dune reference.

I am very fond of steak tartare too, and venison tartare is utterly divine. IIRC in Dune it was live raw cow though, which is pushing it a little even for me.

I'm not sure about kitchens. We have never had a large kitchen so with space at a premium, anyone extraneous to the cooking process is usually in the way. I would love to have a huge kitchen which would be the heart of all activity though. I love having people around when I cook. Just as long as they're not in my way.

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Post by Guest on 16th September 2010, 10:02 am

It has to be dead for me too! I don't recall the scene and I thought I knew Dune off by heart :-), which book? I only know the first one well, the original, after that it was publisher fodder IMO. And I won't even look at Herbert's son's stuff !!!

We have some Exmoor venison to eat on workshop so may try it tartare. Do you have a good recipe?

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 16th September 2010, 11:09 am

Indeed I do:

Seasoning:
2 French shallots, finely chopped
1/2 tsp capers, minced
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp veg oil
clove garlic, minced
cayenne pepper
paprika
S & P

Mix all ingredients together and leave for at least 12 hrs for flavours to combine

Meat:
800g venison (shoulder is best for this)
2 egg yolks
Dijon mustard
flat parsley, chopped

finely chop or whizz the meat. DO not overprocess - you want some chunkier bits to ensure a good texture. Mushy tartare is ghastly.

Put the meat in a very cold bowl, mix in the egg yolks, a dash of mustard approx 2 tbsp of seasoning and salt and pepper. Adjust to taste.

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Post by Compostwoman on 16th September 2010, 1:57 pm

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But I'm sure I've missed your point ... can still feel pointy stick poking me ...

It was a Dune reference.

I am very fond of steak tartare too, and venison tartare is utterly divine. IIRC in Dune it was live raw cow though, which is pushing it a little even for me.

I'm not sure about kitchens. We have never had a large kitchen so with space at a premium, anyone extraneous to the cooking process is usually in the way. I would love to have a huge kitchen which would be the heart of all activity though. I love having people around when I cook. Just as long as they're not in my way.

I am scratching my head trying to think of an "eating a live cow" ep in Dune?

i can, however think of one in "the Resturant at the End of the Universe" part 2 of the HHGTTG series.....?

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Post by polgara on 16th September 2010, 5:44 pm

That is the only one I can think off too.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 16th September 2010, 6:45 pm

Can't remember where it is in Dune. Dreadful book TBH. Can vividly picture the scene in the film though - Sir Stingo in his winged pants tearing an ear of an upside down cow and munching on it.

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Post by Compostwoman on 16th September 2010, 6:51 pm

Ah. So you remember it from the film version? Yes that was dreadful and not all the scenes were from the book!

I really can't remember a live cow eating scene in the book...

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Post by Guest on 16th September 2010, 7:57 pm

Goodness !!! I'm in quite the wrong neighbourhood. I think Dune is one of the best spiritual books ever written. We obviously live in very different universes!

But if you don't see it, you don't. Enough said.

BTW, there is no such scene in the book, although the Harkonens exhibit much cruelty as part of who they are.

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Post by Compostwoman on 16th September 2010, 8:35 pm

? I didn't say anything bad about the book?

FWIW, I love Dune. I think it is a wonderful book. Dune Messiah was OK, Childen of Dune got...silly...

the rest are garbage IMO

But Billy is right, the film WAS dreadful...( as was the mini series...!)


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Post by Compostwoman on 16th September 2010, 8:42 pm

But perhaps we are a bit

if who ever mods this thread (Badger?) wants to split off the Dune etc comments?

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Post by Guest on 16th September 2010, 9:16 pm

Twas Billy who doesn't like it and said "Dreadful book TBH. " ... But off topic, now dropped. but glad you like it CW ... *chuckle*

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 16th September 2010, 9:34 pm

Sorry, should have said 'Dreadful book IMO'. I love Mary Gentle; lots of people can't stand her. Didn't mean any disrespect to anyone who likes Herbert.

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Post by Guest on 16th September 2010, 9:44 pm

S'OK Billy Smile , I realised it was your opinion and everyone is entitled not to like a book. No disresepsect felt at all. I like Mary Gentle's "Golden Witchbreed" but the rest are garbage IMO. Takes all sorts bath

BTW, do you like Terri Windling's "Wood Wife"? It's one of the books I would rescue - right after the cats :-) - if the house caught fire.

And ... we really must have this discussion elsewhere as it's right

And have saved your recipe to take down to Exmoor ... will let you know how it goes, if we have it. Have to check the others like raw meat too, as we're none of us Harkonnens lol!

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Post by polgara on 16th September 2010, 10:29 pm

Would be good in the Library section!!

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Post by Chilli-head on 17th September 2010, 10:37 am

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FWIW, I love Dune. I think it is a wonderful book. Dune Messiah was OK, Childen of Dune got...silly...
the rest are garbage IMO

I read all six (?) of them, and roughly agree with you, except that I rather liked Dune Messiah. The rest were not worth the time.

Now, sort of returning to topic, I once saw on TV something about Michel Roux (Snr) and his home kitchen. It was a kind of open plan thing, that essentially placed the chef pretty much on a stage in the living area of the house, the idea being not to seperate the chef from his guests (and perhaps just a little to indulge his ego ...). He was asked "but doesn't that make the whole house smell of cooking" to which he replied that the smells of cooking are the smells of food, and if you don't like food, you should not come to my house ...
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