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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#121  Postby Spearthrower » Feb 14, 2020 10:03 am

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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#122  Postby Spinozasgalt » Feb 14, 2020 11:30 am

People, please. I would accept green peppers in minute quantities - I've eaten supreme pizza before. But those look suspiciously like pickles. And that's not even getting into the mess of mushy peas. If something is mushy, it had better be mashed potato. None of this peas business.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#123  Postby Rachel Bronwyn » Feb 14, 2020 11:47 am

Pasta sauces are so easy to make that going out for it is silly for me. Actually, my alfredo sucks. I've tried a million recipes for it and I'm never satisfied with the result. It's the only pasta dish I've come up against that I can't make to my satisfaction though.

I make a hotass vegetarian lasagna with smoked chipotles that I freeze in aluminium foil tray pans and give as gifts to my culinarily challenged friends and family. They just toss it in the over for an hour. Dee-lish.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#124  Postby Fallible » Feb 14, 2020 2:25 pm

It’s not pickles, it’s green peppers, or as our North American cousins say, bell peppers. Also, I hate mushy peas, and fundamentally do not understand anyone who does like them.

Also also, the only peas I like are the one that Brits call petit pois. The baby ones. And then I disappear down a hole wondering what the French call them - petit petit pois?

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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#125  Postby Hermit » Feb 14, 2020 3:01 pm

Fallible wrote:It’s not pickles, it’s green peppers, or as our North American cousins say, bell peppers.

Down here they're known as capsicum. According to the sidebar in the Wikipedia's article about that particular pepper that is its proper scientific name. Not that I give a stuff. I enjoy eating capsicums no matter what they are called. Speaking of stuff, they are also nice hollowed out, then filled with mince, onion, some black pepper, crushed garlic and herbs added to taste. The stuff that has been carved out of the capsicums can be mixed in with rice. Put the lot in a lidded Pyrex bowl, then stick it in the oven till done. Easy peasy and delish.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#126  Postby Fallible » Feb 14, 2020 5:07 pm

Yep, we were just talking about stuffed peppers a bit earlier in the thread. We just call them peppers here, putting the colour in front. So green peppers, red peppers, yellow peppers. Chilli peppers are usually referred to as just chillis, green or red.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#127  Postby SafeAsMilk » Feb 14, 2020 8:15 pm

Don't think I've ever said no to a red bell pepper. Why would you?
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#128  Postby Fallible » Feb 14, 2020 8:23 pm

Wrongness in the brain.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#129  Postby The_Piper » Feb 14, 2020 8:37 pm

I've always called them green peppers, but I've heard the term bell pepper also.
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Stomach sensitivity. :whine: I used to love green peppers in stuff, or stuff in green peppers. I can only comfortably have a little at a time every now and then.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#130  Postby SafeAsMilk » Feb 14, 2020 8:56 pm

I didn't know bell peppers were hard on the stomach. I guess they are peppers after all.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#131  Postby The_Piper » Feb 14, 2020 9:44 pm

They're not as bad as orange juice, for instance, but peppers as I ate them are usually coupled with tomato sauce and other spices in a dish, which are also bad. I'll have to try using them in a recipe without that other stuff sometime. A touch of green pepper in cheesy sauce on pasta immediately comes to mind. :)
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#132  Postby Fallible » Feb 14, 2020 10:08 pm

Or a stir fry?
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#133  Postby The_Piper » Feb 14, 2020 10:25 pm

Fallible wrote:Or a stir fry?

Maybe, I don't even know what that means, aside from it being the name of a style of food that other humans eat. :dopey:
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#134  Postby SafeAsMilk » Feb 14, 2020 11:50 pm

Stir fry = bunch of food with some oil cooked fast at high heat in a pan, preferably a wok. Vegetables, rice, meat, whatever you got, it goes in. Great way to clear out the fridge. Stuff's usually cut into smaller pieces so it cooks more quickly, so no big hunks.

Peppers are also good raw. The red ones are very sweet, they makes a nice snack when cut into strips!
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#135  Postby Fallible » Feb 14, 2020 11:59 pm

Yes, good for dipping in hummus, guacamole, etc.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#136  Postby Spinozasgalt » Feb 15, 2020 2:15 am

Fallible wrote:It’s not pickles, it’s green peppers, or as our North American cousins say, bell peppers. Also, I hate mushy peas, and fundamentally do not understand anyone who does like them.

Also also, the only peas I like are the one that Brits call petit pois. The baby ones. And then I disappear down a hole wondering what the French call them - petit petit pois?

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Like, I don't even enjoy regular peas. But if I'm eating them, I want that little burst. Just mushy green sludge is not for consumption. Is wrong. Is dangerous and wrong.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#137  Postby felltoearth » Feb 15, 2020 2:24 am

This turned into a good thread despite itself


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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#138  Postby Spinozasgalt » Feb 15, 2020 2:28 am

Any thread where I badmouth peas is a good thread.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#139  Postby jamest » Feb 15, 2020 4:28 am

I've never understood why I've never come across an explicitly named 'English/British' restaurant (even overseas), specialising in roast dinners; fish & chips; bacon and eggs; pies(!): etc.. I know that we don't have the greatest reputation in the world for our cooking, but there are many tasty dishes from around these parts (regional and national) which I love.

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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#140  Postby Spearthrower » Feb 15, 2020 5:08 am

They're called 'pubs' and you find them all round the world. Plenty of buffet roast dinner pubs in Bangkok, for example. All the local British/Irish pubs have pies, fry ups, sausage & mash and the like.
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