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You are making us home cooks look ridiculous, you are either a chef or a clever recipe thief, but they all look brilliant, thanks.

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22 hours ago, Kath said:

You are making us home cooks look ridiculous, you are either a chef or a clever recipe thief, but they all look brilliant, thanks.

Obviously, I didn't make up the recipes but other people did.
The only rule I follow when deciding whether or not to upload a recipe to the forum is as follows. I only upload recipes for foods that I have eaten and found to be to my taste.
Unfortunately, I don't like any kind of food made with fresh fish (the only fish I eat is canned tuna) so I will not post recipes with fish dishes.
I am fortunate enough to have as friends and neighbors the owners of a restaurant.  Before offering a new dish on their menu, they cook the food and often invite me to a taste test.

When I like a food I ask them to give me the recipe and then I upload it to the forum.
I am not a chef but simply a friend of two very good Swiss chefs.

                                                                  Gregorius

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1 hour ago, Gregorius said:

Obviously, I didn't make up the recipes but other people did.
The only rule I follow when deciding whether or not to upload a recipe to the forum is as follows. I only upload recipes for foods that I have eaten and found to be to my taste.
Unfortunately, I don't like any kind of food made with fresh fish (the only fish I eat is canned tuna) so I will not post recipes with fish dishes.
I am fortunate enough to have as friends and neighbors the owners of a restaurant.  Before offering a new dish on their menu, they cook the food and often invite me to a taste test.

When I like a food I ask them to give me the recipe and then I upload it to the forum.
I am not a chef but simply a friend of two very good Swiss chefs.

                                                                  Gregorius

My goodness you are lucky.  I didn't mean to be abrasive in my comment, sorry.  I only have a couple of recipes I totally made myself.  So I shouldn't complain.  I love fish though and eat it at least 3 times a week in different ways.  Last night it was home made fish pie, another time it could be battered fish, chips and peas, then there's salad with mackerel, tomorrow it could be just plaice, then another night it might be white fish with parsley sauce, it's endless.

But I do have a very good fish supplier who can bring me fish, shellfish of every kind and good meat too, so I'm very lucky.

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12 hours ago, Kath said:

My goodness you are lucky.  I didn't mean to be abrasive in my comment, sorry.  I only have a couple of recipes I totally made myself.  So I shouldn't complain.  I love fish though and eat it at least 3 times a week in different ways.  Last night it was home made fish pie, another time it could be battered fish, chips and peas, then there's salad with mackerel, tomorrow it could be just plaice, then another night it might be white fish with parsley sauce, it's endless.

But I do have a very good fish supplier who can bring me fish, shellfish of every kind and good meat too, so I'm very lucky.

Hi Kath, 

you have nothing to apologize for, your comment was not abrasive. It is me who should apologize to you if you felt that my response was a bit resentful.  Unfortunately my bad English sometimes causes a misunderstanding of my thought by giving it an overly abrasive tone.
I believe that the real lucky person is you, because you know how to create new and original recipes, while the recipes I upload on the forum are the result of other people's culinary inventiveness.

I am aware that fish is a healthy food because it provides the diet with omega 3 and other beneficial substances.
Switzerland is not washed by the sea, but we have plenty of lakes with many varieties of freshwater fish. (There is no Swiss citizen who lives more than 10 Km (6 miles) away from a lake. I live in Lugano and my house is less than 300 feet from the lake of the same name). Therefore, we have so many recipes based on this type of fish. Everyone tells me they are very tasty foods, but I have never tasted any of them.
Strictly speaking, I shouldn't say that I don't like fish, but I should say that I am terrified of fish bones.
I used to eat fish as a child, but one day, when I was 5 or 6 years old, a fishbone got stuck in my throat while I was having lunch at my grandparents' house. 
 My grandfather lifted me up by my feet and gave me a few pats on my back until I spit out the morsel of fish that was blocking my throat. Since that day, fish has not been part of my menu.

I made an exception to the rule one time to win a bet. I had just finished high school and with my cousin and a friend of his we had gone on vacation to Italy to Portofino on the Ligurian Sea. My cousin made a bet with his friend that I would never eat fish there either, where all the restaurants almost exclusively serve fish food to tourists.
 I didn't get along very well with my cousin and so in order to make him lose the bet (he would pay the dinner bill for all three diners) I ordered a plate of breaded fillet of sole with a side of fries.
I knew that sole is always de-boned before being cooked so I wasn't too terrified about eating it. I don't remember what the dish tasted like but that dinner cost my cousin a lot of money because I then ordered a double portion of the most expensive foods on the restaurant's menu.
 That was the last time I ever ate fish. I know very well how childish this way of behaving of mine is, but there are many other tasty foods and, at least in this life, I can do without eating fish  (with the exception of canned tuna that I like very much and that I eat once a week).

However, I might change my mind if someone was willing to bet a large sum of money in Swiss Francs!  

                                                           Gregorius

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Great story Gregorious, a wonderful read.  I remember my first Dover sole, it was cooked for me by my mother, (who wasn't a great cook).  I got a bone stuck in my throat and it took copious amounts for bread to get rid of it.  But the taste was fabulous, but it's too expensive for me these days, maybe one day I will have a bone free fillet to enjoy.  I looked up the price just now and M&S have fillets on for £7.

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22 hours ago, Kath said:

Great story Gregorious, a wonderful read.  I remember my first Dover sole, it was cooked for me by my mother, (who wasn't a great cook).  I got a bone stuck in my throat and it took copious amounts for bread to get rid of it.  But the taste was fabulous, but it's too expensive for me these days, maybe one day I will have a bone free fillet to enjoy.  I looked up the price just now and M&S have fillets on for £7.

Hi Kath,

I'm sure your eyes will widen when you read the price of sole in Switzerland. In Lugano, in the fish corner of the supermarket where I do my shopping, a fresh sole fillet weighing 180 gr = 6.35 oz costs 22.5 CHF (Swiss francs) which at today's exchange rate is equivalent to 17.5 £ or 24.5 US $. The cost is about half if you buy a frozen fillet of sole.

Since the city of Lugano is only 18 miles from the Italian border, I often prefer to shop in Italy where prices are lower. (1 fresh fillet of sole costs about 8 CHF = 6.24£ = 9.52 US $). The problem is that when I return to Switzerland at the border I have to pay a customs tax of 17.5 CHF (13.6 £ = 19 US $) for each kg (2.2 lb) of fish that I purchased. You do not pay this tax only if you buy only one kilo of fish.

So if a Swiss citizen wants to eat fish at a reasonable price, he has to go to Italy and cook it there.

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I found these recipes on a Russian site.
The only difficulty is that the doses are given in grams (g) and the temperatures in degrees centigrade (°C).

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Bird’s milk cake

I found the recipe on a Russian site.The only difficulty is that the doses are given in grams (g) and the temperatures in degrees centigrade (°C).

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For work reasons I often go to Northern Italy, especially to Lombardy and the capital city of this region: Milan.
There, almost always, I eat the typical foods of these places. Lombardy dishes are very tasty and easy and quick to prepare.
Contrary to what many people think, no Lombard recipe is based on pasta, pizza or tomatoes. (i.e. the most popular Italian foods in the world). These are typical foods of Southern Italy and until the 1960's were unknown in Northern Italy.  In Lombardy, first courses and soups have rice as their main ingredient.
Paradoxically the inhabitants of Northern Italy were the last beings in the world to eat pasta and pizza.
Italians from Southern Italy, before World War II, emigrated to the Americas. Emigration to Northern Italy began only in the 1950s, where they worked to rebuild the factories and cities destroyed during the war.
Therefore, pasta or pizza arrived much earlier on the tables of Americans than on those of Northern Italians.
These are some recipes of typical foods from Milan and Lombardy

 Veal Milanese Recipe - Cotoletta alla Milanese

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