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 Post subject: Re: Substitutions of hard to get foreign items!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:47 am 
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They look the same. I've seen it in Brighton so I bet you could find some in London...

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 Post subject: Re: Substitutions of hard to get foreign items!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:11 am 
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Has anyone found or seen Israeli couscous anywhere?

I use mograbiah instead, since I can find that easily.


I always thought they were the same thing just with different name's?


They look the same, but are made differently. You can read more here:
"Note that Mograbia is not the same as Israeli Couscous, despite the confusion you may see elsewhere, though the two can be used similarly. Mograbia is coated; Israeli Couscous is an extruded paste. Note as well that the word "Maftoul" is sometimes incorrectly used in America to refer to Israeli Couscous."


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 Post subject: Re: Substitutions of hard to get foreign items!
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There's an arepa stall on Camden Lock which sells arepa masa, for the win!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Substitutions of hard to get foreign items!
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I'd love to find strawberry essence, all the ones on ebay have gross carmine in them. any ideas?


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 Post subject: Re: Substitutions of hard to get foreign items!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:52 pm 
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fruitbat wrote:
jojo wrote:
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I use mograbiah instead, since I can find that easily.


I always thought they were the same thing just with different name's?


They look the same, but are made differently. You can read more here:
"Note that Mograbia is not the same as Israeli Couscous, despite the confusion you may see elsewhere, though the two can be used similarly. Mograbia is coated; Israeli Couscous is an extruded paste. Note as well that the word "Maftoul" is sometimes incorrectly used in America to refer to Israeli Couscous."


Oooh interesting, thank you! I love reading about food!

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 Post subject: Re: Substitutions of hard to get foreign items!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:33 am 
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Is israeli couscous the larger grains? My waitrose and sainsburys both have it, but I can't for the life of me think of the brand name. It's in a blue box.


It's Merchant Gourmet. That's the one I buy too.


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 Post subject: Re: Substitutions of hard to get foreign items!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:04 pm 
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fruitbat wrote:
jojo wrote:
fruitbat wrote:
I use mograbiah instead, since I can find that easily.


I always thought they were the same thing just with different name's?


They look the same, but are made differently. You can read more here:
"Note that Mograbia is not the same as Israeli Couscous, despite the confusion you may see elsewhere, though the two can be used similarly. Mograbia is coated; Israeli Couscous is an extruded paste. Note as well that the word "Maftoul" is sometimes incorrectly used in America to refer to Israeli Couscous."



The one in Infinity is labelled Maftoul.

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 Post subject: Re: Substitutions of hard to get foreign items!
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What do people use instead of rotelle tomatoes with chilli? Obviously tomatoes and some type of chilli, but how hot are they?

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 Post subject: Re: Substitutions of hard to get foreign items!
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Rotelle has jalapeños in it, so probably a tin of chopped tomatoes and a few diced jalapeños would work.

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 Post subject: Re: Substitutions of hard to get foreign items!
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when i make ctate's queso, i just substitute a 50/50 mix of tinned chopped tomatoes and sliced jalapenos for the Rotel. works fine, i think!

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 Post subject: Re: Substitutions of hard to get foreign items!
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Thanks both. I used some jalapeño and it worked out well.

Not really a foreign item, but has anyone seen frozen artichokes anywhere? They crop up in a couple of my recipe books and I'm interested to see how they are compared to tinned, which I hate, and jarred, which I adore.

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 Post subject: Re: Substitutions of hard to get foreign items!
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I have been looking for frozen artichokes for years here and have yet to find any!

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