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Dava’s Kitchen Questions during the Not So Macho Gazpacho and Nachos.

Dava’s concerns, questions, and mistakes:

What is shiso?

Basily Minty Japanese Green herb.

Shiso Minty
Shiso Minty

I’m worried about making gazpacho because it’s raw and when stuff’s cooked you can get away with it.

You mean like sake, hot sake is crap because the heat is supposed to mask the bad flavor?

Ya.

Well don’t worry, it’s super easy. You just chop shit up and throw it in a blender.

Well at least I can’t burn it then.

See?

notsomachomelon

For those of us who don’t have an herb garden, you can just go to the market and get some?

Ya, go to the market and get fresh herbs, and then you don’t have to deflower it yourself.

notsomachobasil

If you had to sub a fresh herb for a dry herb in a shaker, which..

I would rather die.

Ok, but which can you get away with?

I don’t think you can get away with anything dried in a shaker if there’s a fresh option, only dry options ie paprika, cumin, all ok.

But I think a major key to the kingdom in the kitchen is fresh herbs.

Herb Garden
Herb Garden

Any trick to reducing crying from the onion chopping?

Wear sunglasses.

Cool.

Sunglasses and Onions
Sunglasses and Onions

How do you know when the oil is ready for the onions?

I usually heat the oil and add one small piece of onion. When that little guy starts to bubble around the edges I throw in the rest of his friends.

That’s so smart.

Wooden spoons are your friend on the stove. I only use wooden spoons. I like the wood.

Really? Why?

It doesn’t scratch the non-stick finish and it’s a happy material.

Happy time, got it.

Is that a regular strainer

Yes

It’s nothing fancy?

Right.

It’s not like it’s a special watermelon strainer?

No.

OK, so we’re using a regular old strainer. Nothing fancy.

Disappointed?

notsomachostrainer

These onions are beginning to brown but Jord says they’re not caramelized. What does caramelized look like?

Browner.

Why was that wrong how I cut that lime?

You want to cut the lime across the equator so that it cuts through every section and can release the most juice. A bartender has a different goal.

lime-cut

So watermelon and cucumber I don’t have to chop as finely because they’re mostly water?

Ya, they’ll blend right up.

notsomachocubes

Can you peel all roasted peppers like that or just the hatch?

All, even bell. Nobody’s special in the pepper family.

notsomachopepper

What’s a roux, besides a Winnie the Pooh character?

It’s a fat and a starch, usually butter and flour, for thickening and smoothing and sticking its little head out of a pouch. It’ll velveeta up a mac and cheese.

notsomachoroux

By the way, I got a muddler and it changed my life. This little thing.

No questions on that one.

notsomachomuddler

Oh, you’re putting vodka in to muddle?

Just to get it wet a little. It doesn’t muddle together well dry.

Interesting.

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