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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.