Author Topic: A random thread for food things that don't really warrant a thread of their own  (Read 224718 times)

ElyDave

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Gingerbread toasted until the outside caramelizes is excellent with vanilla ice-cream.

So is maltloaf, buttered, then fried until the outside is crispy and the inside gooey
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T42

  • Old fool in a hurry
>>Gingerbread <<


Pain d'epices, Shirley?


Yup but translated for transmanches.  The stuff we get has marzipan bits on top. ADCMS.
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I have a French stick and a packet of Roquefort for lunch.  Never have it for tea unless you like REALLY weird dreams.
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T42

  • Old fool in a hurry
So almond milk is killing billions of bees, who'da thought it? NDM guzzlers of the world, have mercy.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/07/honeybees-deaths-almonds-hives-aoe
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Regulator

  • That's Councillor Regulator to you...
Arse!   I was making tonight's 'cottage pie' (a meet free version) and managed to drop half the turmeric and pepper spice mill contents into it.  I've not found out how much turmeric is too much turmeric...

I've tried counteracting it but it's no good.  I'll have to bin it.  Looks like it'll be bean burgers instead.
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T42

  • Old fool in a hurry
According to an article on France Info, the genotypes of most chickens in the world were developed by just a handful of companies, with a view to increasing weight. As a result, the meat is showing various defects including white striping, wooden breast (tougher in parts), Oregon Disease (greenish in parts) and spaghetti-ing, whereby upon being cut open, breast meat disintegrates into fibres.  The meat isn't dangerous but contains less protein, more collagen and more fat. And probably less flavour. "Organic" and Label Rouge birds are apparently unaffected.

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/economie/emploi/metiers/agriculture/video-viande-spaghetti-faut-il-s-inquieter-des-filets-de-poulet-qui-s-effilochent-sous-vos-yeux_3714833.html  (in French).
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

I buy all my meat nowadays from a proper butcher one Steve Betts in Oxfordshire it is mostly locally bred and slaughtered locally and is no more expensive than a supermarket, I started this after making a (rarely used Beef) curry and found the meat from the butcher cooked in less time and the quality/taste far superior to the supermarket
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T42

  • Old fool in a hurry
Supermarket meat is probably a good stepping-stone to turning vegetarian.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

With supermarket meat it can (evidently) be labelled as UK/British meat if it is packaged in the UK
The problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so sure of themselves, and wiser men so full of doubt.

ian

  • feat. Undead Jess & Finestre, Queen of Hell
Even the organic free-range chicken from Waitrose is often only edible if cooked in the pot or minced (or otherwise mechanically pounded into submission). Otherwise, it's often chewy, flavourless stuff intent on wedging itself between your teeth. I guess that's what most people expect.

Supermarkets are frankly a horrible invention and a good part of the reason we're in the dietary pickle we're in. They don't want to sell fresh stuff, and when they do, it's at a high mark-up, and they're more interested in shelf-life than anything else. Suppliers, of course, are squeezed. They'd much rather sell processed stuff that can sit on the shelves until it sells. Endless aisles of it, all branded variants of the same things, because that's choice. I remember once in my cavernous local 'grocery store' in the US contemplating an entire aisle solely dedicated to bagels. Identikit chewy dough made out of same additive-ridden crap in the same machines, the occasional minor variation thrown in. It's not much different here.

But having killed off most of the local food shops, they have us. And they're so profitable that multiple supermarkets can open within spitting distance of one another and spend most of the time half-empty, in part, because the taxpayer is paying a chunk of the wage bill.
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T42

  • Old fool in a hurry
That ^^^.  In my present post-ride/postprandial daze I seem to discern a parallel between the hold supermarkets have and the hold smartphones have on us, both intent on turning us into easily-manipulated zombies stumbling round in a bemused trance, grasping at the pretty baubles with only half an expectation they'll be anything real.

I am rather proud to say that I only just noticed this morning that someone had sent me an SMS on Friday.
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bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Supermarket meat is probably a good stepping-stone to turning vegetarian.
This is god's own truth. My family have recently moved to a vegetable box service, which brings in good quality produce at a fair price which I can really commend to YACF. Supermarkets are now for emergencies and dry basics for me; fruit and veg from elsewhere is reliably superior.
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Ban cars.

Cudzoziemiec

  • Eating all the pies and drinking all the tea.
Apart from bananas and a couple of other items where quality (because source) is identical and mass markets still mean cheaper. Otherwise, yeah, supermarkets are worse quality for more money.
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ian

  • feat. Undead Jess & Finestre, Queen of Hell
They've killed the greengrocers here but I get stuff at the market stalls in Londontown – better and at a fraction of the cost (typically around one third, even the posh stalls in Borough Market are cheaper than a supermarket).

There's one butcher left, but it's up in the hill in the other part of town and unfortunately not very convenient for us.

There's a package-less store just opened in town which is good, you just fill up with dry goods etc. Of course, it's only a matter of time before the supermarkets do us all favour and offer this.

Anyway, we'll be having a third supermarket soon, to 'compete' with the existing two, all within two minutes walk of each other, not that anyone walks to them. Shoppers will have 'more choice.' They won't. It's another place selling much the same things at much the same price. And, as a boon, the additional influx of cars will probably put the stake in the moribund highstreet.
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Cudzoziemiec

  • Eating all the pies and drinking all the tea.
Yeah, we are lucky here to still have a functioning high street. Three greengrocers, a butcher's, a fishmonger, a couple of 'package-less' type shops (including the famous hippy egg shop), a sweet shop, a decent baker's, a Korean food shop, and a few more specialist things like art supplies. All within a mile, mostly half of that.
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I saw this news article today

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51094773

And it reminded me of the place I ate in last in Tokyo, a small bar a couple of miles from Haneda airport.  I mention it only because Japan is generally considered a First World country....

Haneda by Richard Fletcher, on Flickr

The food was, well, a bit on the rough side. The chicken gizzards were a bit too chewy and crunchy (I was thinking more salad de gesiers) and the raw prawns in the sashimi still had the (visibly dirty) gut in.  But we suffered no ill effects.
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ian

  • feat. Undead Jess & Finestre, Queen of Hell
Reminds me of the story of our pal at university, first-generation Chinese whose parents ran a Chinese takeaway somewhere near Stockport. They must be good cooks, someone suggested. No, they're not, he deadpanned, they're so bad only the British will eat it.

Btw, I've seen lots of places like that in Japan. What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger, apparently. That's what Godzilla told me.
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The only time I've had an upset stomach in Japan (my experience spans 50 years) was after being persuaded to eat whale meat.

I survived the fugu, obviously  ;D

T42

  • Old fool in a hurry
Heard on the radio that hypermarkets here are losing money hand over fist: "a pain to get there and a pain to be in" is how they described them. Nice thing is that they're losing out to small shops, the kind they spent years crushing.  Reporter also mentioned that their economic model relies on continued growth, and now it's not there any more dot dot dot.

There's hope yet, of a kind, but supermarkets are still viable, alas.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Cudzoziemiec

  • Eating all the pies and drinking all the tea.
I thought French hypermarkets were the pinnacle of grocery retailing, selling everything from baguette to bicycles under one roof way back when in the UK we only had Key Markets and Kwik Save with piles of cans.
Days become simply the spaces between dreams, spaces between the shifting floors of time...

Cudzoziemiec

  • Eating all the pies and drinking all the tea.
Days become simply the spaces between dreams, spaces between the shifting floors of time...

Cudzoziemiec

  • Eating all the pies and drinking all the tea.
I'm making a recipe that involves peeling a squatternut bush. This has released an aroma similar to a watermelon. I suppose they are part of the same family.
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ElyDave

  • Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society member 263583
liquid cheese, known as Rollright, my local Waitrose are selling it in deli tubs as they can't take one slice out and keep the rest contained.

So gooey, you could eat it with a spoon
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The Gorgonzola they sell at Gloucester Services is like that. Seriously good cheese, but rather difficult to eat tidily.
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Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
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liquid cheese, known as Rollright, my local Waitrose are selling it in deli tubs as they can't take one slice out and keep the rest contained.

So gooey, you could eat it with a spoon

Has anyone told Kim? Not that, so far as I know, she's really into cheese, but she does organise rides to the Rollright stones.
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.