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Friday, August 29, 2008

This little list has been idling around the food blogger world for a few weeks. I decided to take a look and I am sad to say that I have eaten 90 of these and know for a fact that I will never hit 100 since I have no intention of eating fugu and I'd probably skip the kaolin too - although I may have eaten it and never known since it IS an additive. For the record I have not eaten crocodile, vodka jell-o shots, phaal, fugu, poutine, kaolin, durian, pocky, three-star tasting menu and maybe epoisses (that one is a maybe since I would assume I have eaten some but I might not have). I have eaten the rest - yes, even roadkill, insects and a big mac meal.

I have to say that if I were to make a list like this it would be very different. It might be time to resurrect the much more interesting list of 50 things every foodie should do at least once.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses (this is a very famous amazingly stinky cheese)
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O shot
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal (apparantly the hottest kind of curry made in india - noticably hotter than vindaloo)
44. Goat's milk
45. Single malt whisky
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi (japanese pickled plum)
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald's Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine (Canadian dish - basically french fries topped with cheese curds and smothered in brown gravy)
60. Carob chips
61. S'mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin (basically food grade clay)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs' legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu (distilled sorghum drink - chinese)
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky (some kind of japanese crackery snack stick)
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
100. Snake
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Foodproof Launches 
Some friends of mine have launched a new food community site called Foodproof. What does that mean? This is a real social community with membership and blogs, forums, videos, recipes, cross connections and a lot more - and everyone gets access to everything in clever ways so you can make the site what you want it to be. I like the forums, the videos and just the general ambience.

Note this is a site for everyone - it is specifically NOT just for foodies - so expect that not everyone will be so sophisticated as to know how to rustle up their own buckwheat blinis with passionfruit and durian cream.

Anyway - do me and yourself a favor and go take a look.
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Monday, August 11, 2008

Zippy Gets Jazzed! 
It is with great pleasure that we have a guest post here at Tomatilla! My lovely spouse, Doc Gurley, has a wonderful medical blog (it helps to be a doctor - just imagine if I had a medical blog...OK, don't, let's just say it would be bad) and she has been doing her bit this past week to support research and healthcare for pediatric brain tumors. How? well read on - and then go visit her blog and Zippy's. And yes, there is something food related at the end...

Zippy got down with the beat at the famous Lafayette Summer Music Jazz Workshop for kids. Hundreds of kids came to the workshop from around the country, including New Orleans.
It made Zippy's heart swing with the rhythm of happiness to see all these kids, learning, growing, and joyfully playing together. Here is Zippy on-stage, getting ready to count off the next combo set. There were 24 small groups of young musicians, showing off all they had learned in the five days of the workshop.
Zippy got a bit of cold feet when he met just a few the famous jazz musicians from across the country who were teaching in the workshop and as dedicated to kids as Zippy is - Wayne Wallace (whose latest CD just hit #1), Dan Pratt, Kristen Korb, and, of course, the heart, soul and leader of the whole jazz extravaganza, a person so phenomenal that Zippy just had to give him a hug...

Zippy decided that if he makes it back to next year's Lafayette Jazz Workshop, he's going to snap his feelers in time to the kids' amazing improv. Bob believes Zippy can do it, and Zippy has a year to learn how - do you think Zippy can?

Zippy's got a thing for coffee - it makes him even more perky about spreading the word to stamp out pediatric brain tumors. At the Doc Gurley home, Zippy got a special treat - a chance to roast his own coffee. Doc Gurley's husband is an avid roast-your-own man, and he and Zippy spent a morning bonding over the grill. Zippy was surprised how pale and soft the green coffee beans looked -kind of like a lobster after it's molted its shell.

Wow, look at those beans - roasted in a simple modified Jiffy-Pop popper! Zippy was stunned at how much smoke and chaff comes floating off the beans as they roast. Now he understands why Doc Gurley hides in the house during the roasting.

Zippy smelled like coffee the rest of the day - he kind of liked that. Zippy and the Mister Doc had a bit of a discussion about whose beans these were - both wanted to give them to each other. Then Zippy remembered the best thing to do is share - it doubles the fun. They both headed inside to grind a cup and taste it. It was yummy - and Zippy got jazzed all over again!
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Monday, April 28, 2008

Recipe Search Now Working! 
I am so excited! My sharper-eyed readers will have noticed a little web form thingy over on the right hand sidebar that has three little entry windows that say 'first ingredient,' 'second ingredient,' and 'third ingredient,' with a button below that says 'Get Recipes.' Anyone who tried it found out that it did nothing.

Not anymore!

Now it searches a conglomeration of web sites that let people search recipes and delivers a page of results from those sites - all based on the three ingredients you put in. Go ahead and give it a try!

Note that you do have to clear out the fields if you want to put in fewer ingredients - otherwise it will use the 'first ingredient' text in the box already and that won't work out so well.

So how does this all work? I am using a Yahoo programming tool for RSS feeds called Yahoo Pipes and then taking the inputs and querying about six recipe sites and then trying to clean up the results to make them unique. Then puting the output out on a simple web page. Let me know what you think....
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Goodbye To Adsense (but not All That) 
I've used Adsense for adverts on this blog for a couple of years as a way to pay for hosting - it never quite has done that and it has also never really delivered ads that made much sense. And recently it stopped even doing that. Basically if this is what Google is relying on for all that money it supposedly makes then I would sell all my Google stock now (if I had any). Plus Google search is pretty crummy - time to find something better for the search box on the right.

So - no more Google ads. Which means no ads (except on the search page where I can't figure out how to stop them happening) at all. If I find an ad thingy I like I might take them back - and I would certainly consider real ads from real companies I like.

Hope you like the less cluttered (slightly) page.

And the title - from the Robert Graves autobiography...
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Easy Lemon Curd 

VERY easy. So easy. Ridiculously easy. Almost as easy as opening a jar and MUCH easier than driving to the store...

There are two ways to make lemon curd. One involves double boilers and careful stirring and sieving and many things that I don't care about. The other involves a secret piece of equipment to be revealed in a moment.

Easy Lemon Curd


2 Lemons
1 cup sugar
3/4 stick butter (3 oz.)
3 eggs

You will need a ceramic or other non-reactive microwave safe bowl and a whisk.
You will need a microwave - there's that mystery piece of equipment.

Melt butter in bowl in microwave. Keep a plate on top to eliminate nasty splatters and this should take between one and two minutes. Zest the lemons and juice them. Remove seeds. Add juice and zest to butter. Add cup of sugar to bowl . Crack in the three eggs. Whisk it all together VERY thoroughly. Then repeat the following until the curd is the right consistency: Microwave for 30 seconds and whisk thoroughly. Then again, and again until done. It takes me between 3 and 4 minutes for me. Might take a little longer for others.

At this point you have lots of lemon curd. You can still sieve it if you really want it smooth. I don't bother.

I should point out that this is NOT something you can stick in a jar and expect it to keep for months. This method is for using. Still. I am sure that if you brought a jar as a hostess gift and told them to keep it in the fridge it would be more than welcome!

Now, here's the best part. This is the best lemon curd you ever ate. Period. Bar none.

I make it with Meyer lemons for added subtlety.
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Monday, January 28, 2008

Ilva's Bringing Paper Chef Back! 
OK, stop whatever else you are doing and rush right over to Lucullian Delights, Ilva's totally lovely food blog where she is relaunching Paper Chef. I am so happy that she has taken this on and while I will always think of it as my baby I have had to acknowledge that I can't run it anymore, so I am so very grateful that she has taken it on. We are in the ingredient nomination phase right now - go forth and nominate!
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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Gluten Free Pizza, Free Association and Help 
Just for kicks - I am going to see if I can get some help. As you may know, I am close to building my wood-burning oven - but it now looks like I may have to come up with a GOOD gluten-free pizza recipe. In this case, good means NOT a batter you spread on a tray as in almost all the recipes I have seen so far.

So here is a 'tag cloud of associations' and maybe someone will see it and get creative and give me a good idea....

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