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I Gave the Boy a Bellyache

I got kinda crazy last night and cooked artichokes. The crazy part was the garlic mayonnaise I made, which had a bit too much garlic. (Though Anthropapa claims that’s almost an oxymoron. Never too much, he says.) The kids really enjoyed the novelty of the artichokes–they watched me trim and prepare them, and loved that they were eating a big thistle flower. But I think SillyBilly’s tummy didn’t do too well with the amount of garlic he ate.

Then today I redeemed myself in SillyBilly’s eyes by allowing him to concoct a snack of mushed up banana, a dab of coconut oil, some raisins, and a drop of molasses. He called it “baby food” and ate it all up.

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Gratuitous Food Post

I’ve been meaning to work on several draft posts on structure and Symbols: The Three, but the kids and I are all sick with terrible coughs, and my inlaws are in town for the weekend.

So instead of using my underfed brain cells for that, I bring you this meme. I found it on the charmingly titled Editorial Ass blog (and it originated on the Very Good Taste blog).

The Omnivore’s Hundred

Below is a list of 100 things that every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food – but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you don’t recognize everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/uncategorised/the-omnivores-hundred/ linking to your results.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

How did you do? I only got 46, and I thought I was pretty adventurous. Some things, like SPAM, I’ve just never had cause to eat (nor would I especially seek it out!) and others, like Kobe beef, are just beyond my price range at this point. Most of the alcohol would just never cross my path either. And honestly, I think I should get a few extra points for only crossing out three food items (and I could be convinced to try whole insects once, if it were the only food available). Fugu is just not dying for–I like my food without potent neurotoxins, thanks. Why raw Scotch Bonnet pepper would be considered food, I just don’t know. I crossed out the cigar because smoking might just kill me, too. And others, like sea urchin, I would never voluntarily eat again!

I could substitute some things as well: I’ve never had horse, but I have eaten chicken feet. I’ve never had Pocky, but I have had ice cream with silver foil on top. I’ve never had roadkill, but I have had bison. I’ve never had non-grape wine, but I have had homemade honey mead. I haven’t had rose harissa, but I have had Sriracha sauce.

A funny little FAQ about the list can be found here on the VGT blog, in case you’re wondering about the American junk food, or the kaolin.

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This is so me…

How embarrassing is it: my kids will gladly inform you that “Mama is the Bacon Queen! She also loves butter!”

Need….more…vegetables…..gasp!

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Food Meme

Gypsy at DomesticallyBlissed tagged me for the Food Porn Meme. I guess I’m more of an uptight suburban mom than I thought, because typing that word into my blog was very, very troublesome. Or maybe I’m just imagining the weirdo Google hits. Or that my mom reads this.

1. What food do you consider the best “date” food? In other words, what meal or food item do you think is sexiest to eat in the company of someone you would like to look sexy around?

Well, my first date with Anthropapa was Chinese food, which isn’t particularly sexy really. Too much slurping of noodles and dripping of sauce and fumbling with chopsticks. I think the sexiest thing to eat is something that you really, really like. Then you are enjoying yourself and relaxed and happy.

2. What well-known person would you like to share a meal with—with or without clothing. (saying whether or not clothes are involved is optional).

Hmmm…I think I’ll plead the fifth on the clothing part. My first instinct is to yell out “Colin Firth!!” (and if you’re a fan, do check out the photo in that link) but then he’s married, and he’s not really Mr. Darcy. Or Jamie Bennett. But I’m sure he would be interesting to, erm, talk to about acting and world travel and stuff. If she weren’t dead, I’d love to talk food with Julia Child over a good meal.

3. What does your perfect breakfast-in-bed look like? (Food AND the details, please. Candles? Music? Flowers? Hot tub? Dancing girls?

First of all, the food would not be made by me, nor cleaned up by me! My favorite breakfast is a lightly toasted sesame bagel with a bit too much cream cheese and smoked salmon, and good coffee with sugar and cream. Perhaps a token strawberry or two to represent the food groups I would be missing. This would all be served to me on a commodious and untippy tray with a cloth napkin, possibly some nice fresh flowers somewhere that I could gaze upon them, nothing too exotic — some sunset-colored tulips sound about right. There would be mounds of perfectly clean, cool white sheets and pillows, lots of sunshine (but not too bright), the whole day free before me. Anthropapa would be there, of course, lolling in the cool white bed and only arising to get the door for room service to deliver the bagels and coffee. The children would be firmly ensconced at Nana’s house for the duration.

Hookay, back from dreamland now.

4. What do you consider the best application of whipped cream to be?

On top of something chocolate, of course. Or possibly simply in a large bowl, with a spoon. No need for anything complex here!

5. Oh-God-No, Biff, the yacht is sinking! You are sent to the galley to retrieve the food. What luxury food items do you snatch first? The champagne? The caviar? Smoked Salmon? Truffles? Chocolate? Or something else?

Again, the smoked salmon would be calling my name. Probably the high-end chocolate as well. But then there’s all that fresh sushi the galley chef just finished making for us…decisions, decisions.

Well, I hate tagging people. Do it if you like!

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American Food

Recently DomesticallyBlissed mentioned in her comment on one of my posts that “its funny how I imagine these funny American foods to taste.”

I realized that today was an all-American food day, at least part of each meal, so…for the edification of my international readers:

Breakfast: Fried eggs and toast with scrapple. Scrapple is an American breakfast food from the mid-Atlantic region. My father-in-law introduced me to it (though he’s a New Englander), and we all love it. It sounds kind of terrible, as most sausages, liverwursts, and other things made with scraps do, but it’s quite tasty. The only thing a bit odd is the texture: it’s essentially a fried cornmeal-with-minced-pork mush, so the outside gets crispy when fried, but the inside is still mush.

Lunch: Arugula salads and hot dogs, with ice cream for dessert. What could be the more quintessential American food than the hot dog? (Not the arugula salad, of course, but we were feeling the need for some veggies by that point!) Anthropapa likes his with mayonnaise, while I like ketchup. Can you have American food without one of those condiments? Possibly not. And while residents of other countries eat their fair share of ice cream, they probably didn’t have New York Jets Sundae Blitz!

Dinner: I can’t believe I made a tuna casserole. (Please note this delightful sentence from the link: “Tuna casserole is remarkable in that it can be prepared using no fresh ingredients whatsoever.” Lovely.) I used the Betty Crocker recipe, substituting whole wheat pasta and added frozen vegetables and curry powder, and without pimentos. Tuna casserole is a very common, old-fashioned American recipe, one of many known as a “hotdish” in the Midwest. Sometimes people put bread crumbs, or crushed potato chips, or even Chex® on top, for God’s sake. I just put Parmesan cheese. (A very close relative of this recipe is the ubiquitous green bean casserole, made from green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and canned fried onions on top. It’s like Americans like to take a nutritious green vegetable and render it nutrition-free through thorough soaking in questionable sauce. I guess that’s what you get when the Campbell’s Soup Company creates recipes.)

Apologies to my vegetarian and raw-foods-eating readers. It was a processed meat kind of day here.

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Homemade Yummy Update

A few days ago I shared the delightful discovery of a recipe for homemade Magic Shell®. I have good news to report.

This stuff rocks!

I used about 8 DOVE® Dark Chocolate Miniatures, the chocolate I had on hand. That worked out to be about 1/3 cup, or two rather large adult servings. (I noticed the ice cream container’s nutritional information was based on a 1/2 cup serving. Who are they kidding?) I used approximately a half of a 1/3 cup measure of Nutiva extra-virgin coconut oil.

I melted them together in a double boiler with a pinch of salt, then poured the result on top of some tin roof sundae ice cream. It hardened right away, even being still warm from the pan. We ate it all up.

It was definitely a bit coconut flavored. So if you don’t like that, you might want to use refined coconut oil. Also it was significantly thinner than the store version. Not sure what I’d use to thicken it. Maybe arrowroot or kuzu? (Darn…when Anthropapa did special effects for film, we had several jars of alginate laying around…that might have worked!

So, do try it, and stay away from the funky ingredients in the store version. (Do you really want to eat mono and diglycerides, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, or micro-crystalline stearine? Me neither.)

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Healthy, Homemade Junk Food?

I know, sounds like a complete oxymoron. Or moron something-or-other.

But I just found this through my daily Craft blog feed: homemade Magic Shell! (Not sure if this product is sold outside the US. For those unfamiliar with this miracle of modern food science: it’s a fairly odd chocolate liquid that hardens on contact with ice cream.)

Now, Anthropapa and I have indulged in the storebought version many times. It tries very hard to taste like chocolate, and it’s full of hydrogenated this and emulsifier that. Not exactly in line with our dietary aspirations.

But this recipe has a grand total of three ingredients: chocolate, coconut oil, and salt.

I can so very much get behind this recipe. We always have coconut oil in our pantry, as it’s a very healthy oil (especially for children).

Pardon me, I must go out and get some chocolate and a squeeze bottle.

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