Thursday Doors – August 16, 2018

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Thursday Doors – August 9, 2018

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Thursday Doors – July 19, 2018

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Thursday Doors – July 12, 2018

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22 Random Questions About Food

I’ve seen this fun food questionnaire pop up on a number of blogs lately.

As best I can tell Patience of Willow seems to be the original source, so thank you Willow for putting this list together. If you don’t mind I’m going to play along too:

1. Do you enjoy food from countries that are not your own?

Considering Canada is a country of immigrants, aside from boiled tree juice – aka Maple Syrup

Warm maple syrup taffy on snow

and Poutine – aka heart attack in a bowl

Poutine = fries with cheese curds and brown gravy. Common sense says it’s disgusting. Taste buds say “delicious”!

There’s not much we can  claim as ‘Canadian food’ – so yeah, I enjoy food from all over.

2. When you prepare salad for yourself, do you rip your greens (lettuce, spinach, etc…), or do you cut them?

Isn’t there some old rule that greens ‘bleed’, losing flavour and crispness if you cut them? I always tear.

3. There’s a saying that goes: “Life is short, eat dessert first.”  What do you think of that advice?

I don’t eat dessert that often to begin with but yes dessert can and should be eaten whenever you choose to.

4. Have you ever thrown spaghetti against the wall to test for doneness? — If it sticks, it’s done (so they say) — What other such kitchen habits might you have?

I have never thrown spaghetti anywhere nor at anyone or anything. Didn’t mom tell us NOT to throw food? 😉

5. How often do you eat fish?

Not often enough but we try to at least once or twice a week.

6. When purchasing food for yourself, do you check the nutritional label? If so, what are you checking for?

As a heart failure patient checking labels is critical. Salt/sodium is my enemy because it causes the body to retain fluids, which increases blood volume, which makes the heart work harder…and if it can’t keep up, then the body retains even more fluids. There’s a fine balance that if not maintained can start an ugly downward spiral that leads to days of inactivity and diuretics until things get back to normal.

One of the meds I take also causes an increase in potassium levels, so I have to keep an eye on that as well.

7. How often do you eat salad as a meal?

In the summer at least three to four times a week.

Our garden made this salad 😀

8. Do you have any food quirks? For example: do you arrange a particular food in a certain way before eating? Or eat certain foods in a particular way every time? (i.e.: bite the heads off of gummy bears)

Aside from always taking salad dressing on the side when I eat out, I don’t have any rituals or routines when it comes to meals.

Oh wait, here’s one: I prefer to taste my meal before seasoning. Seriously, how could you possibly know if something on your plate needs more salt or pepper until you actually taste it?

9. When boiling water for pasta or whatnot, what are your “tricks” for keeping the water from boiling over?

I’ve never tried the wooden spoon trick. I do put a bit of salt but mostly I try to not overfill the pot. No more than half full seems to be the sweet spot. If you need more water then use a bigger pot.

10. Are there any recipes that have been passed down through the generations in your family? Have you passed them to anyone outside of your family? or are they a closely guarded secret?

I come from a family of subsistence eaters not culinary aficionados 😀

There were no traditional family recipes passed down to me. I have developed a few of my own that I consider my specialties. My double chocolate chip cookies is one.

My spinach lasagna would be another.

Most of what I learned came from making my own mistakes, doing research, asking questions of those with more experience, and consulting one of the most practical gifts I was ever given many years ago when I was a young bachelor:

This is my second copy. The original was so tattered, torn, and stained I just had to replace it.

Today with the internet it’s even easier. Frankly in 2018 anyone who can’t cook at least a few decent meals is just not trying or simply has no interest in cooking.

11. In general, how do you feel about “diet” foods? Meaning: foods with artificial sweeteners or alternative fats in them. For example: Diet soda or low fat muffins.

I’m always a bit skeptical of labeling that draws in consumers by calling attention to one specific “virtue” of a product.

“Green” this, “Organic” that, “Diet” whatever. The first question I always ask is, Okay so what is it about this product that you don’t want me to notice?

Bottom line: read labels and ask questions. If you’re not happy with the answers don’t be afraid to put it back on the shelf. Especially when it comes to processed and packaged products, or what I call “edible food-like substances.”

12. Have you purchased food online? What do you think about that idea?

I have never bought food online. I have no objections to the idea it’s just that I prefer to see, touch, and smell things for myself before I put them in my mouth.

Yes, I know that sounded naughty. Yes, it was deliberate 😉

13. When cooking for you and yours, what kinds of experiments have you tried?

Nothing specific comes to mind. We love to try new and different things. It seems to go in phases though, using certain ingredients based on what’s in season or readily available.

14. Do you now, or have you ever, grown or raised any of the food you eat?

Yes. In fact this is one of the greatest pleasures in my life and I feel so fortunate to be able to do this.

15. Are you a vegetarian? If not, has the idea of becoming one ever crossed your mind?

I like to joke that I could never be a vegetarian because…Bacon!

Having said that, we’re not huge carnivores either. We eat pork and beef in moderation, with a good mix of protein from other sources plus lots and lots of fresh veggies.

16. When arranging the food on your plate, does everything have to be separated, or is it okay for your food to touch?

I have no geographic rules for the food on my plate.

17. When eating out, what foods on the menu might push you out of your comfort zone? (for example: pineapple on pizza makes some people twitch)

I’m old enough to have tried most things once so there’s nothing I consider outside my comfort zone.

I’m not a picky eater but there are some foods I just don’t enjoy and simply won’t eat, especially in a restaurant where I’m paying a premium.

Organs such as liver, kidney, heart… uh uh – no thanks.

Olives and anchovies – can’t stand the texture.

Brussel sprouts and cauliflower – I don’t like the taste.

Other than that, I’m open.

18. Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, what kinds of foods generally satisfy the craving?

Not so much but I do have a soft spot for both ice-cream and chocolate.

19. What foods (if any) do you like to mix that other people might find strange?

I can’t think of anything, but I also don’t pay much attention to what others think of what I put in my own mouth.

20. When eating out, at what kind of restaurant do you prefer to dine?

We like to try fine dining and new creative cuisine. I prefer saving my money by skipping the fast food and major chain restaurants in favor of going out less often, but to unique places where the whole meal becomes an experience.

21. In general, how do you feel about organic food?

I think the basic concept and ideals behind the organic food movement are wonderful. I also think that some of it is a bit misguided and some of the more passionate practitioners come across as self righteous ass-hats.

Look, it’s more expensive and most families simply can’t afford this.

At the same time, I do agree that we should all be more conscious of what goes into our bodies and the potential long-term effects some of it may have on us.

For example, chemical fertilizers don’t scare me. Essentially we’re talking about the same elements found in compost and natural fertilizers, just produced on a much larger scale.

However, chemical pesticides, growth hormones and antibiotics in livestock, and genetically modified crops? That stuff scares the living shit out of me.

22. What foods (if any) do you eat when you are happy or unhappy?

I’m not sure if it’s a mood thing, a seasonal thing, or a combination of a few factors but when I’m feeling more upbeat I find I eat more fruits and vegetables, and when I’m feeling down or sluggish my body seems to crave more carbs.

If you found this list fun why not give it a try and share your food preferences with everyone too?

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

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Thursday Doors – July 5, 2018

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Happy Canada Day!

To all my Canadian friends from St. John’s to Victoria and everywhere in between:

Bonne Fête du Canada – Happy Canada Day!

Have fun and play safe.

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