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The Zen Practice of Cooking for One

lifestyleoftheunemployed:

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Written by the health food consigliore Mariel Polifroni. Check out her blog at Pure Taste and her previous article for the Lifestyle of the Unemployed called 4 Cures for Gentlemen’s Ailments.

It wasn’t until recently that I found myself eating dinner…

zaiguu:

babyboozebag:

treespeech:

gooseberry

this is some willy wonka shit

but those are not gooseberries…right???

Since someone asked, no those are not gooseberries although they are both part of the Ribes genus. They are actually ( photo-shopped) white currants which, at least in the UK, are only grown commercially on one berry farm up in the Tay Valley and as such are considered a heritage variety as well as in danger of dying off. Wiki describes them as being much more mellow and far sweeter in flavour than red currants which tend to be favoured in savoury dishes and sauces; both are prize for ornamental aesthetics.
Gooseberries on the other hand are ugly, hairy and so sour it’d take your bum a week to unpucker should you ever have the misfortune of eating one raw or unsweetened. They grow on thorny bushes as well so it’s far from a joy to harvest them. I, personally, am not a fan of the Gooseberry even though I enjoy tart flavours. Actually I’m down-right hostile to them as my tasting experience was less than ideal.

zaiguu:

babyboozebag:

treespeech:

gooseberry

this is some willy wonka shit

but those are not gooseberries…right???

Since someone asked, no those are not gooseberries although they are both part of the Ribes genus. They are actually ( photo-shopped) white currants which, at least in the UK, are only grown commercially on one berry farm up in the Tay Valley and as such are considered a heritage variety as well as in danger of dying off. Wiki describes them as being much more mellow and far sweeter in flavour than red currants which tend to be favoured in savoury dishes and sauces; both are prize for ornamental aesthetics.

Gooseberries on the other hand are ugly, hairy and so sour it’d take your bum a week to unpucker should you ever have the misfortune of eating one raw or unsweetened. They grow on thorny bushes as well so it’s far from a joy to harvest them. I, personally, am not a fan of the Gooseberry even though I enjoy tart flavours. Actually I’m down-right hostile to them as my tasting experience was less than ideal.

Why I won’t be watching James Martin’s ‘Home Comforts’ series

Most of my followers are aware that I’m an unrepentant foodie and I watch a lot of cooking shows for inspiration, education and entertainment. So today I fixed my lunch, loaded up BBC I-player and was pleased to see a new series available to view. That pleasure lasted less than five minutes.

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Sometimes enchiladas happen.

Sometimes enchiladas happen.

chronic-mastication:

Hot coffee appreciation : 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

I’m not a coffee drinker. I don’t really like it unless it is heavily altered to the point of just about no longer being coffee. However, it has a captivating scent and a kind of warmth—both of which I crave on warm days even if I can’t actually drink the stuff.

chronic-mastication:

New England clam chowder appreciation : 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

chronic-mastication:

Fried cheese appreciation : 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

Seeing as it’s apparently a food discussion time

I was once trawling through a food tag here and came across an utter travesty. Someone had made lobster tacos, that’s right soft tacos stuffed with lobster. I nearly cried. 

duskenpath:

thesecretlifeofpyris:

duskenpath:

Might be a vitamin deficiency or mineral imbalance?

Lmao weirdly I just replied that to somebody

Well it’s getting fixed now I am not kidding I am eating the whole bag

I also get cravings for meat substitutes like seitan when I’m low on protein levels (fuck yes freezer full of meat subs)

I can totally respect that. I have been left a carnivore for medical reasons; I’m basically protein dependant but super sensitive to soy products like tofu and such. I do love my fruits and veggies though. I also have type 2 diabetes so I have to pay attention to EVERYTHING I eat 24/7; it kinda takes over your whole life. Good thing I was a foodie to start with!

Yo let me tell you about soy allergies

I was okay at first, when I first switched to soy milk and stuff, then around a year+ later, suddenly I realized drinking soy milk made my mouth/gums swell, and sometimes lips burn. So I was like okay fuck I developed a soy allergy to soy milk wonderful. (But apparently I can eat tofu?? idf) So anyway I switched to almond milk which is better anyway vitamin-wise and fixed the issue. But I really don’t eat tofu anymore because I have seitan now.

Fun fact, seitan is a meat sub formulated without soy, so it’s totally possible for soy sensitive people to have it, which is rad. It’s also 1000 % better than tofu, in my humble opinion. It can be treated/fried up/baked/slowcooked just like chicken and sort of has a chicken texture too. Highly recommend.

I will definitely look in to this product because heart health is a concern too and even lean meats can cause issues, thank youuuu!

duskenpath:

Might be a vitamin deficiency or mineral imbalance?

Lmao weirdly I just replied that to somebody

Well it’s getting fixed now I am not kidding I am eating the whole bag

I also get cravings for meat substitutes like seitan when I’m low on protein levels (fuck yes freezer full of meat subs)

I can totally respect that. I have been left a carnivore for medical reasons; I’m basically protein dependant but super sensitive to soy products like tofu and such. I do love my fruits and veggies though. I also have type 2 diabetes so I have to pay attention to EVERYTHING I eat 24/7; it kinda takes over your whole life. Good thing I was a foodie to start with!