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Syrian Potato Salad

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mary 
  Sent: Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:27 PM
  Subject: i need a recipe for cerian potato salad
  i need a recipe for cerian potato salad


Hi Mary,

The correct spelling is S-y-r-i-a-n. I almost gave up before I realized what you meant. The recipe is below.


  Syrian Potato Salad

    	1 lb		potatoes - boiled, peeled and cubed
	4 tbsp		olive oil    
	1			lemon - juice of  
	1			onion - finely chopped 
	1/4 tsp	    black pepper 
	1 tbsp		dried mint   
	1 tbsp		parsley - chopped 
	8              black olives - rinsed and drained  
	2              tomatoes - sliced 

Toss the warm potatoes with the olive
oil. Add the lemon juice, chopped onion, pepper and
mint.  When cool garnish with the parsley, olives and tomatoes.   

Toffee Ice Cream

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lorie
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Tuesday, August 13, 2002 8:02 AM
  Subject: recipe

  We have friends from England visiting us, they wanted Toffee ice-cream. 
  We searched everywhere for it, we finally found it at Brewsters. The 
  only problem was it's simply vanilla ice-cream with chocolate toffee bar 
  crumbled in it, our friends said that isn't real toffee ice-cream.  I 
  have searched for a recipe for real toffee ice-cream, can you help me??  
  I'd like to make it for them when they come back next year, or maybe 
  before they leave next week!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Thank you!!!!  

Hi Lorie,

Sorry for the delay in replying, but I've been on vacation for two weeks. Lorie, I can't locate any toffee ice cream recipe other than the one below, which you say isn't correct. Perhaps you can ask your English friends to send you a recipe for it and if you send it to me, we'll introduce it to America...


  English Toffee Ice Cream


  4 1.4-oz bars chocolate-covered English Toffee (Heath Bars)
  2 cups whipping cream 
  1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk 
  1/2 cup strong coffee, cooled 
  1 1/2 tsp vanilla 

  1. Crush the toffee bars by placing them between 2 pieces of 
  waxed paper and crushing with rolling pin; set aside. Combine 
  the whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, coffee and vanilla. 
  Refrigerate until completely chilled. 

  2. Beat chilled mixture with a rotary beater or an electric mixer 
  on low speed until it's of custardlike consistency. Fold in toffee. 
  Spoon into a 2-quart square baking dish or a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. 
  Cover; freeze several hours or until firm. 
  Makes 6 cups (twelve 1/2 cup servings.

Tous le Mous

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: SADIE 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Monday, August 19, 2002 10:10 AM
  Subject: A question..

  you are so good at answering my questions here is another one for you, 
  what ingredient is tous-les-mois please for an english teacake recipe.
  thank you..Sadie

Hello Sadie,

"Tous le mous" is the same thing as arrowroot. It's used as a thickener. You can buy it at health food stores and some groceries under the name arrowroot. Ask for the kind used in cooking.


Apples, Apples

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Roseanne 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2002 5:56 PM
  Subject: unripe apples

  Hi, I have a golden delicious apple tree so overloaded with small 
  apples the branches are breaking.  This happens only about every 
  5-6 years in central Arizona at 5000 feet elevation.  Are there 
  any recipes for these many, many little apples that I'm collecting, 
  other than drying and making kitchen dolls out of them?  
  Thanks Roseanne 

Hello Roseanne,

Golden delicious apples are great for pies, baking, and applesauce. Check this page for a plethora of apple recipes, many more than I could e-mail you:

Washington State Apples


Vinegar Candy

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: John & Mary 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Sunday, August 18, 2002 9:48 AM
  Subject: Vinegar candy

  Could you help me find a recipe for old fashioned Vinegar Candy?  
  My grandmother always made this for us to enjoy, but we do not 
  have a recipe!  Thanks for your anticipated help.

Hi John or Mary,

No problem. Below are three recipes, one that you pull and two that you don't..


  Vinegar  Candy  (Old  Recipe)

   Ingredients : 
   2 c. sugar
   1/2 c. vinegar
   3 tbsp. butter

   Preparation : 
      Put butter in kettle and melt.  Add vinegar and sugar.  Stir
   until sugar is dissolved - afterwards stir occasionally. Boil until
   brittle when dropped into cold water.  Turnout on buttered platter
   to cool enough to handle.  It will be yellow in color.  Butter hands
   well and pull until it becomes very light in color and is too stiff
   to pull any longer.  Enjoy!! 
   Vinegar  Candy

   Ingredients : 
   2 c. sugar
   1/2 c. vinegar
   Butter, size of an egg

   Preparation : 
      Boil 20 minutes or until hardens in water.  Then pour into
   greased plate to cool, but do not pull. 
   Mama's  Vinegar  Candy

   Ingredients : 
   2 c. sugar
   1/2 c. vinegar
   2 tbsp. butter

   Preparation : 
     Mix all ingredients in saucepan.  Stir over heat until sugar is
   dissolved and occasionally afterwards.  Boil until brittle when
   dropped in cold water.  Pour onto buttered platter to cool.  Mark
   into squares while still warm.  


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