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Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 2:30 pm UTC
by Zohar
Because every forum needs a fleeting thoughts thread.

I'm on vacation in Placencia, Belize, and it's going pretty great! The only frustrating part is the food. There's some delicious-looking stuff here, but it's very challenging to find vegetarian food. I've basically eaten red vegetable currie with coconut rice for three days now. Tasty, but repetitive. It's a good thing we're cooking in our rented place from time to time. Also going to eat at a place advertised as veggie friendly so I hope they'll have something different.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:39 pm UTC
by kalira
My boyfriend started making us smoothies, which means I was eating approximately 1.5-2 bananas a day, where prior I ate basically none. Additionally, since he's vegetarian, the easiest sources of protein for him (and thus us when we make meals together) have been tofu, tempeh, and a variety of beans of all sorts. I just got a metabolic panel done, and apparently my potassium is high. So my doc told me to lay off things high in potassium for a few weeks and retest. Sooooooo, no bananas, no beans of any kind (including soy), no to several other fruits, no potatoes (sorry, there's just no way that's going to happen -- I can lower intake of potatoes, but impossible to eliminate entirely). That's kinda darn frustrating.

I am fairly certain the high reading is because of the increased consumption as described above, but I really don't feel like it's been THAT much. Sigh.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:45 pm UTC
by AngrySquirrel
I haven't been able to find ginger root lately so my soups are tasting definitely lacking. The problems of living too far north I guess.

Got to make a chocolate cake for a confirmation dinner in May and I don't think there's room in my fridge for one. Bit unsure of how to solve the logistics on that. Hopefully it'll just stay cold enough that I can keep using the basement as temporary cold storage.

Oh yea, I've been trying to reintroduce bread into my diet as I haven't eaten it in ages (I don't really like bread, but it's useful for small meals), but it's giving me severe acid re-flux so I might just give it up. It's weird though, cause I don't really react like that to other similar products, just bread.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:22 pm UTC
by doogly
kalira wrote: I just got a metabolic panel done, and apparently my potassium is high.

Generally it's just a concern if potassium/sodium is high relative to sodium/potassium, there's not much notion of high in an absolute sense. Sounds like it might be easier for your diet to increase the sodium than to cut the potassium. Maybe try that? Of course if you are seeing an actual health professional about this you should discuss with them, but it may be an option to bring up?

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:41 pm UTC
by PAstrychef
AngrySquirrel wrote:I haven't been able to find ginger root lately so my soups are tasting definitely lacking. The problems of living too far north I guess.

Got to make a chocolate cake for a confirmation dinner in May and I don't think there's room in my fridge for one. Bit unsure of how to solve the logistics on that. Hopefully it'll just stay cold enough that I can keep using the basement as temporary cold storage.

Oh yea, I've been trying to reintroduce bread into my diet as I haven't eaten it in ages (I don't really like bread, but it's useful for small meals), but it's giving me severe acid re-flux so I might just give it up. It's weird though, cause I don't really react like that to other similar products, just bread.

Might be heretical to suggest, but I get jars of ginger paste and keep them in the fridge. Otherwise I end up with moldering bits of ginger root at the bottom of the drawer. If there are stores that specialize in foods from India you should be able to find it there.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:04 pm UTC
by AngrySquirrel
PAstrychef wrote:
AngrySquirrel wrote:I haven't been able to find ginger root lately so my soups are tasting definitely lacking. The problems of living too far north I guess.

Got to make a chocolate cake for a confirmation dinner in May and I don't think there's room in my fridge for one. Bit unsure of how to solve the logistics on that. Hopefully it'll just stay cold enough that I can keep using the basement as temporary cold storage.

Oh yea, I've been trying to reintroduce bread into my diet as I haven't eaten it in ages (I don't really like bread, but it's useful for small meals), but it's giving me severe acid re-flux so I might just give it up. It's weird though, cause I don't really react like that to other similar products, just bread.

Might be heretical to suggest, but I get jars of ginger paste and keep them in the fridge. Otherwise I end up with moldering bits of ginger root at the bottom of the drawer. If there are stores that specialize in foods from India you should be able to find it there.

I usually use an entire root for my soup batches. I tend to make enough that I can freeze it down in cubes and eat it for weeks after. I feel the paste doesn't taste quite right? Dunno, I might just be being picky.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:45 pm UTC
by PAstrychef
You're right that it isn't quite the same, and if you use it up, there's no reason not to get the fresh if you can. I usually use the paste in things like stir-fries and curries.
You can make a nice broth with one head of garlic per quart of water, simmered 15 minutes.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Fri May 05, 2017 11:03 pm UTC
by sardia
My trusty keychain bottle opener (drink and drive ho!) is wearing out. Any links for a replacement? It should be small enough to fit on my key chain. My friend has a really cool version that opens bottles despite being flat as a card.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Fri May 05, 2017 11:50 pm UTC
by Zohar
Ugh, just use your eye socket like everyone else...

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Mon May 08, 2017 8:25 pm UTC
by PAstrychef
As always, we had leftover charoset from Passover. I added it to some rice pudding and it made a pretty good dessert. Then I thought "this should work well as a pie!" And I was all excited to try making one for work. Then I googled charoset pie and I am not the first person to have this idea. :( But I will still try making one for work, because it will be delicious.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Mon May 08, 2017 8:26 pm UTC
by Zohar
What other recipes have you found yourself being the first to try them?

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Mon May 08, 2017 10:49 pm UTC
by PAstrychef
There really aren't many new dishes to be made. I did think of baking a savory custard in a squash as something I hadn't seen done, but that's about it. (Crime brûlée baked in a mini pumpkin is not uncommon) Just about anything you can do to food has been done one way or another in the past.
I don't worry too much about being perfectly original, or if others take up a dish I put on a menu. Heck, when I'm doing something for work I don't even worry if it's the version I would sell. It's my bosses shop, and we sell what she likes best.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 7:19 am UTC
by Bane Harper
What about fruits, you can find amazingly fresh fruits in Belize.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 12:20 pm UTC
by AngrySquirrel
I have discovered there exists such a thing as too much sweet potato.

Sigh, this recipe used to be delicious but now it's just nauseating. Can't remember what I'm doing different.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:40 pm UTC
by Sandry
I need more reliable healthy, vegetarian recipes that I can put into the rotation. It feels like I'm very frequently making a kind of chili, a kind of curry, a kind of (crustless) quiche, or a kind of stir fry. Occasionally a kind of soup.

I wonder if there's a way of finding recipes by characteristic? Like, vegetarian is easy, 'cause often people label the titles as such. But "uses beans or lentils as a protein" (rather than tofu or seitan or whatever) is harder to do, and "contains a high vegetable content with at least three differing vegetables" is basically not possible through any means I can think of.

What I really want is a list of things that has low processed carb or protein content, high vegetable content, and doesn't take like five pots/pans/etc to make.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:16 pm UTC
by Zohar
Hmm, we often make stuff like you described. Dal is pretty easy to make in one pot and just requires some rice to put on. Japanese curry is different from Indian curry and has a bunch of veggies in it. Ethiopian food is also great for veggie stuff (there's this recipe we often do which is basically cabbage, potatoes, carrots, olive oil, and hot peppers and it's ridiculous how flavorful it gets).

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:11 pm UTC
by Sandry
Zohar wrote:Ethiopian food is also great for veggie stuff (there's this recipe we often do which is basically cabbage, potatoes, carrots, olive oil, and hot peppers and it's ridiculous how flavorful it gets).

Oooh, tell me more about this one? I love Ethiopian food, but haven't already found recipes to do on my own, and generally don't remember many of the names to go searching for them.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:28 pm UTC
by Zohar
I don't remember the name of the recipe unfortunately. It's from a book called Teff Love and everything we made from it turned out great (other than injera bread - we don't have the right pan). I can try to look up the recipe in more detail when I get home.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:04 pm UTC
by Liri
Making Southeast Asian curries, sambals, etc has been good to expand my repertoire. They're pretty fatty though.

When looking to add veggies, start by making a leafy green salad a daily thing. At every meal, we have our main course, and then a salad to finish. A simple dressing like onion, lemon juice, salt, and olive oil is fine.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:49 pm UTC
by Sandry
Zohar wrote:I don't remember the name of the recipe unfortunately. It's from a book called Teff Love and everything we made from it turned out great (other than injera bread - we don't have the right pan). I can try to look up the recipe in more detail when I get home.

Cool, thanks so much for sharing. I might just get the book - I don't have too many cookbooks right now. One vegetarian Thai one, one south Indian one, one general vegetarian one that has faaaar too many pasta dishes.... I could definitely use some more that slant toward cuisines that'll align with my goals.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:30 pm UTC
by Zohar
We haven't made a ton of recipes from it, really - maybe four or five? But they were all delicious. Hmm, we should make more from it...

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:01 am UTC
by dubsola
My go to vegetarian inspiration is Ottolenghi's Plenty, although it does require some interesting ingredients, if you can't find them you can always work around.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:25 pm UTC
by Zohar
Ottolenghi has pretty great recipes and unusual flavor combinations, recommended as well.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:27 pm UTC
by Sandry
Oooh, neat - thank you for the recommendation! :D

Best reward for a fleeting thought ever. :)

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:04 pm UTC
by Zohar
And you can easily find Ottolenghi recipes online too, I think he has a regular column? So no need to buy his book just yet.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:44 am UTC
by dubsola
There are loads of recipes online. Not just Ottolenghi's. I quite like BBC Food.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:36 pm UTC
by Zohar
I mean, yes, there's no real need to buy a cookbook ever as long as you have access to the internet, unless you have a specific interest in having cookbooks (which is understandable). I meant that if you are on the hunt for one, you can try Ottolenghi's style a few times before purchasing it.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:10 pm UTC
by AngrySquirrel
I have this policy of not eating meat unless the meal is to be shared with other people or if I'm outside and the selection is limited.

So occasionally I'll be going a few weeks vegetarian here and there. I am getting the nutrients I need and all that, but every know and then I get this intense craving for just something massively meaty like a burger or steak or something. And it bothers me cause meat is far too expensive to buy just for myself, but I feel like my teeth are itching.

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:21 pm UTC
by poxic
I got that for a few years after going officially vegan/vegetarian (medical reasons). It was probably five years of occasionally freaking out and inhaling a steak before I lost the taste for meat.

Now I jones for fried tofu or a hunk o' peanut butter. Same dealio.