Food glorious food! (Introduction)

by: plf515

Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 06:41:07 AM EST



Yesterday, in Aji's diary on indigenous food traditions, I suggested a diary series on food from all over our country and  the world.

I think the diary series could be called Food, glorious food!  

My own cultural background is Ashkenazi and the food associated with that tradition is what is often (and mistakenly) known as "Jewish food" in the USA, partly because the vast majority of Jews in America are Ashkenazi rather than Sephardi (for more on these two groups see  this article I wrote on Yahoo Voices. When I lived in Israel I had an Iraqi Jewish girlfriend - I was going to write a book to be called gefilte fish and couscous.

But even what the Jews ate in Poland and Russia and Germany isn't exactly what they eat here (although bagels and bialys were definitely known over there).

But I like food from many regions of the world.

I am not much of a cook, but I can certainly find recipes online.

Is there interest in this series?

Take the poll and let us know!

plf515 :: Food glorious food! (Introduction)
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Is this a good idea for a series?
Yes and I will write about my own food tradtions
Yes but I won't write a diary (but might comment)
Yes but I'll just lurk
Food? Feh! It keeps you alive.

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I love the idea. (2.00 / 16)
My background is English, Irish, and Scottish, regions of the world not known for their cuisine, unless you are really into haggis and mushy peas.  

Fish and chips! (2.00 / 11)
Roast beef. Yorkshire pudding. Some very good cheeses - so probably some cheese dishes. Is Welsh rarebit really Welsh? (OK, you didn't mention Wales, but ....).

I actually liked haggis, but overcooked veggies aren't for me.

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter


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and there are great puddings, stews, and (1.50 / 2)
meat pies,  

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Breaking Bread (2.00 / 14)
I have a series that I write rather sporadically now called Breaking Bread where I post my recipes. I'm writing a cookbook and have over 300 recipes. If people would like I am certainly willing to bring that series over here.

"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

Sure! (2.00 / 7)
Either as part of this series (if it becomes a series) or separately.  

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter

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I'm in. (2.00 / 11)
I'll do my series launched yesterday under its name, but I have two other ethnic groups in my ancestry. :-)  Plus, we're foodies, so I draw from a bunch of traditions when I cook.

BTW, it looks like we have a clear winner in yesterday's poll.  So next up in the Indigenous Food Traditions series will be chile.  No promises as to what day it posts, though, :-D

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I look forward to chile (2.00 / 8)
My general policy on chili, chile, Texas chili, New Mexican, Mexican or whatever else is that I let other people argue about it because it gives me more time to eat it!

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter

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not exactly gefilte fish and couscous, (2.00 / 7)
but Claudia Roden's New Book of Middle Eastern Food is on my read-and-maybe-buy list.

http://www.amazon.com/New-Book...

Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas. -- Anonymous


We have some interesting food conventions (2.00 / 7)
in our family.  My brother's wife is Greek-American.  My wife was born in Mexico.  So, imagine a meal where homemade Spanikopita is served and then dressed with Salsa Verde (don't laugh -- it works!).

I am for the individual over government, government over big business and the environment over all. -- William O. Douglas

Super idea. Now, could someone remind me what haggis (2.00 / 7)
are?  

I'm Irish and all about corned beef and cabbage.  ::drool::

"Pin your money to your girdle and don't talk to strangers."  My Grandmom's advice when I went away to school.  I don't wear a girdle and have never met a stranger.  Sorry Grandmom!


Haggis is a mixture of ostmeal, spices, (2.00 / 7)
onions and sheep's innards all cooked in a sheep's stomach.

Mmmmm.  Doesn't that sound appetizing?  BTW, if you have ever watch the Food Network show "Chopped", there was one where the ingredient basket included canned haggis.  Imagine:  something that is to haggis what Spam is to ham.
:::shudders::

I am for the individual over government, government over big business and the environment over all. -- William O. Douglas


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Thanks, now I know why I forgot what they were. (2.00 / 5)


"Pin your money to your girdle and don't talk to strangers."  My Grandmom's advice when I went away to school.  I don't wear a girdle and have never met a stranger.  Sorry Grandmom!

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No less appetizing than any sausage (2.00 / 5)
and I love sausage.

But canned haggis? no. No canned meats please

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter


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I have eaten Haggis whilst on a UK visit. It wasn't as awful as (2.00 / 4)
I thought it would be but on the other hand, it isn't something I wake up desperate to eat.

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

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food? (2.00 / 6)
my wife made this for dinner last night:

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flank steak, bacon, spinach, and parmesan.  garlic/parm mashed potatos, steamed greenbeans with evo and lemon zest on the side.

i married up.  obviously.

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


I hope you tell her you love her on a regular basis :-). n/t (2.00 / 5)


"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter

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constantly, yes. (2.00 / 7)
it's easy, 'cause she's so dreamy.  the cooking is bonus.

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Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


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adapting to undesirable circumstances: a Kafka-sque story (2.00 / 8)
Probably most useful of my experiences is being a semi-serious foodie and having an oven so unreliable that everything had to be done in the microwave.

a Kafka-sque story = foodie inside baseball joke.
the solution was a very selective use of a cookbook by Barbara Kafka

Will that please the mousse eaters?  


This sounds like a fun series. And if I may add a (2.00 / 5)
suggestion, once a month include a diary from someone on their kitchen disasters. I could help with that one!

Only in the darkness can you see the stars - Martin Luther King, Jr

I have a red velvet cake story that'll curl your hair. :) (2.00 / 2)


"Pin your money to your girdle and don't talk to strangers."  My Grandmom's advice when I went away to school.  I don't wear a girdle and have never met a stranger.  Sorry Grandmom!

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If my hair was any curlier (2.00 / 1)
it would be inside my head.

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter

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Only if you haven't heard about the first time I fried chicken ;-) (2.00 / 1)


Only in the darkness can you see the stars - Martin Luther King, Jr

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