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deBeauxOs

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Lunch at desk
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2010, 12:52:20 AM »
When used appropriately for thawing broth, warming milk, heating leftovers or popping corn kernels for example, microwave ovens do not turn food into "gloppy substances".
 
And they do consume less electricity than ovens, stoves and toasters.
 
It is a valid choice.

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Re: Lunch at desk
« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2010, 01:00:46 AM »
Even if I cook something on the stove, if I make it in bulk a microwave is very handy for warming it up when I eat it later.  Pasta and sauce works very well in a microwave, does not turn gloppy, as do curries, etc.  It does turn bread gloppy though, so I don't microwave bread!  It's faster than heating up on a stove with nearly no risk of burning.

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Re: Lunch at desk
« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2010, 05:22:12 AM »
If you are concerned about energy use microwaves are better than ovens or stoves.

The gastronomic effects are different, it's up to you to make the call.

Seems to me that that logic only works if you're choosing between two appliances.

If a microwave is all you've got, then you'd be using less energy. But if microwaves are add-ons, as they are in most households, then there is vast waste going on in their production, distribution, disposal, etc.

We used to have guests who'd cook things in the one microwave we had, and I never saw much time-saving at all. I remember lots of "Ok: give it three minutes more ...," which seemed to go on repeatedly indefinitely. Very few things take that long to cook.

ETA: I don't know how people are doing their popcorn in the microwave, but the prepackaged microwavable stuff is dangerous, both to the workers who produce it and possibly to you at home.

I can pop a lot of corn in under ten minutes on the stovetop in a steel-lined copper pot, and it's the real thing, just fluffy popcorn, up to me whether or not to add butter or salt.

ETA2: Snopes.

Note that "low risk," as with the rape-a-scan machines at airports, is a statistical term rather than a commonsense term -- its meaning depends on population size. If you have a huge population going through those machines, inevitably you will make many of them sick and you will kill some. Some similar cautions may apply to microwaves and microwavable food.
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Re: Lunch at desk
« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2011, 01:36:31 PM »
I just used a tin of Wolfgang Puck's curried butternut squash soup as a sauce for noodles, and I must say it was delish, even if I'm now feeling a bit over-sugared. Quiets tummy right down, but also makes sleepy. Am now going to make more COFFEE.

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Re: Lunch at desk
« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2011, 04:13:02 PM »
I am beginning to think you need to make a coffee sauce for your noodles.
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Re: Lunch at desk
« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2011, 04:58:56 PM »
That is called red-eye gravy. Nasty stuff.

A siesta would be preferable.
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Re: Lunch at desk
« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2011, 05:56:13 PM »
I do not think that coffee on noodles would appeal, although I had to drink coffee afterwards for tech session, which is always fun but requires me to be at least minimally aware.

I'm definitely into a noodle thing right now. So many things seem great to me over noodles, but probably not coffee.

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Re: Lunch at desk
« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2011, 06:21:32 PM »
I have no noodles on hand in the sense of egg noodles, flat noodles etc. Only (Italian) pasta, mostly spelt or wholewheat, soba (buckwheat noodles) or rice noodles.

I guess I'll do a bit of soba, with leftover chicken thighs, onion, garlic and Indonesian sambal paste from the Netherlands (like Indian foods from the UK)...
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Re: Lunch at desk
« Reply #23 on: March 06, 2011, 08:09:11 PM »
Well, I tend to go in phases. The egg noodle phase just started recently; it may soon shift into a rice noodle phase, which makes me happier with chicken or sausage than does straight Italian pasta, which I've sort of gone off.  My sausage and pepper and parsley recipe, eg, was meant for spaghettini, but it's so much better over rice noodles.

Running out of ideas for vegetables I haven't eaten lately.

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Re: Lunch at desk
« Reply #24 on: March 06, 2011, 08:56:36 PM »
When I was in Ohio, I ate at a chain called the Cracker Barrel (next door to my motel) and while their biscuits were good (it's a southern thing) their white gravy was undigestible.

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Re: Lunch at desk
« Reply #25 on: April 15, 2011, 01:58:39 PM »
Do I make a great egg salad san or what? They're open-face b/c I've got these whole-grain  mini-baguettes that would be hard on the roof of the mouth eaten closed up.

Minerva is eating the discarded ends of the green onions. I tried explaining to her that she wouldn't like onions, but will she listen to me? Noooo. Odd. Oyster used to love lettuce and spinach. #someofmycatsarestrange

 

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