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1. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

Is your Wok big enough ??

Okat now I've grabbed your attention, for the nosey miss inside, are you a good cook ????

I know Phil/ Pardus is (he cooked for Arjan,me and himself last night), though he did insist my wok was too small such a fussy cook but as a non tp member said ''Damn that was good''

2. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

It is too small, or rather, not high enough on the sides... Stuff kept falling out, you saw the mess that I created... It's your own fault...

It was actually a quite lucky experiment, a good old Asian style "Throw in anything you find and fry it until it's lightly brown". And add the secrete sauce to it... Hehehehe...

3. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

;) IT was not too small !! you just wanted to add everything you could find into it (ok ok it worked !!)

''I didn't do it !''

so far you're the only cook !

4. Posted by suenorris (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

I am in the process of setting up a very basic kitchen in my medical drop-in clinic.

You would not believe the number of people who come in with ailments that stem from a poor diet.

One of the problems I'm facing is that most of the companies that I approach want publicity in return for their donation of money and/or kitchen items. I have purchased utensils and small bits and pieces out of my own pocket, but I don't have enough money to put in for a good commercial oven, fridge, etc.

I refuse to work the hours that I do, both paid and (mostly) unpaid, to turn my clinic into an advertising medium for other entities and people.

Once the kitchen is set up, I'm happy to do some of the cooking. But I seriously doubt whether any of our clients will be happy to eat my creations! I'm a shocking cook!

To be brutally honest, I'm not very good at anything apart from being a young doctor. But that's okay I guess!

5. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Sue,

Have you tried everything and failed at it all or how do you know you're not good at anything else than being a young doctor? I am sure there are loads of things you're good at, but maybe you put the bars too high.

I admire your committment to your patients by setting up the kitchen and not wanting becoming an advertising vehicle. I think it's a sign of our times that you don't get anything for free, everybody wants something in return.
But on the other hand, wouldn't you consider some small advertisment in return to be able to help your patients more?

6. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 11y

Quoting Raven

Is your Wok big enough ??

Okat now I've grabbed your attention, for the nosey miss inside, are you a good cook ????

I know Phil/ Pardus is (he cooked for Arjan,me and himself last night), though he did insist my wok was too small such a fussy cook but as a non tp member said ''Damn that was good''

You know, small woks are made so that you can make "enough for one". Then, there are the commercial woks for "enough for twenty". I hate to make it sound sooooo obvious, but next time, use a bigger wok, or make smaller individual portions . Sorry, I cook, and I have had the problem of using a small utensil (Phil, get your mind out of the gutter). Alright, now that that thought is implanted......

The first recipe I ever made (at 15) was, and still is, a ladykiller, or mankiller, depending on who's cooking.

Poach either whitefish fillets or boneless chicken breasts in white wine until nearly done...not too long and not too strong a simmer, or they become rubbery.
Remove the meat from the wine and place in an oven proof 9 x 13 pan. Skim the foam from the wine, and strain any chunks as well. Let the wine cool slightly, then carefully mix in sour cream to make a white sauce (well, to your taste).
Pour the wine sauce over the meat, sprinkle with dill, then grate a nice melty cheese of your choice (I like gruyere) over the meat.
Place under broiler until cheese melts and browns slightly.
Serve with steamed vegetables, using the extra white sauce for them, or just salt and pepper.

For that extra touch of romance, wear only your birthday suit while cooking.

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

I have found - your wok can never be too big! Okay, unless it's the industrial size for 20 - but I like big woks because you can slosh everything around without having half of it on the top of the stove. I cook for 2 and had a 12" wok. It was sufficient, but it was also a coated one. Bad idea!!! If the coaton the underside of the wok is scratched or marred in some way - the food will burn to the bottom and the inside coating will start to peel quickly. I just got a new steel one that is 14" and the perfect size. Easy to clean, no messy stove top and I LOVE IT!!! It has a long handle on one side and a bar handle on the other - very useful design.

I convinced a friend that a 10" wok would be just fine for him since he's only cooking for himself. BIG MISTAKE!!!! It's 6 months later and I haven't heard the end of it yet! "It's too small!" "Everything flies out when I stir it!" "Why did I ever listen to you?" Get the picture???!!! In wok-talk, BIGGER IS BETTER.

Sue, if you made it through chemistry - you can make it through cooking. I learned by looking at the recipes as an experiment. As with some of my experiments - things failed miserably. But, there were those successes too. Having to eat my mistakes forced me to keep practicing. (I couldn't afford to go out instead.) I would also practice my scalpal skills by de-boning a chicken for a stew or Chicken Divan. (I didn't sew it back up to practice suturing though.)

I agree with Pardus - good for you and your clinic. I hope you are able to work it out.

8. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

Sue - Good luck with the clinic, I admire your determination and strenght to stick to your guns,

the Wok used last night was a 12'' it was actually the biggest one i could find at the time and normally i make it work but i'm less creative when compared with the culinary skill of phil

9. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hey everyone?

What's a wok?

10. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Why, it's something you throw at a wabbit!

Sorry, I couldn't resist!