sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Sunday, July 9th, 2017 10:57 am
So one problem with having lots of chronic illnesses and food intolerances is constantly crossing paths with health quackery. Sometimes by sheer chance they can actually offer some helpful recipes. Paleo blogs are a good souce of recipes with meat but not dairy, for example, even if their reasons for eating that way are ridiculous. But often I just get pissed off when I think of how sick I would be if I actually listened to these charlatans, and how much harm they do to the genuinely sick people who are taken in.

A relatively minor irritation from today I just feel like ranting about:
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sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Saturday, February 27th, 2010 04:16 pm
(This has been sitting in my drafts folder for a like a year, I decided it's never getting any better and has merit so might as well post it)

I've always felt a bit cut off from the usual female obsession with thinness and dieting. This post isn't meant to criticise those who work against that obsession, it doesn't really have a point at all, I'm just poking at my different experience.
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sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 08:46 am
'Racist ' biscuit backdown

But Mr Cooper today disputed the racist claims and said the name Creole Creams referred to the "well-known Creole cuisine style that originated in the US.''

I don't know a lot about American cooking, but I'm pretty sure Oreo-type cookies are not remotely related to Creole cuisine. According to Wikipedia they were aimed at the British market and developed in New York.
sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Friday, March 27th, 2009 12:31 pm
Unfortunately I didn't finish this book, not because it's bad but because I'd reached my quite low mental limit for nonfiction books(*) (Why yes, this did help make my Phd unbearable) "Luckily" I accidentally arrived at the library 45 minutes before it opened, so spent the time reading the last chapter (having read the first 2 or 3 already) and deciding on bits to quote.

So: this is a very good book, exploring the problems with the global food industry, how it's bad for everyone from farmers to consumers, and how everyone can fix it.

There's a website, which has one of the most important things to take away from it, what to do.

Here's a the full annotated list but in short:

  • Transform our tastes.
  • Eat locally and seasonally.
  • Eat agroecologically.
  • Support locally owned business.
  • Insist that the workers who grow our food have the right to dignity.
  • Advocate profound and comprehensive rural change.
  • Demand living wages for all.
  • Support a sustainable architecture of food.
  • Snap the food system’s bottleneck.
  • Own and provide restitution for the injustices of the past and present.

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(*)This being entirely [livejournal.com profile] sanguinity's fault.
sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 07:28 pm
So I was looking up recipes for hokey-pokey icecream today and was overcome by an almost inconceivable suspicion: it's not eaten in America! Or in fact anywhere beyond the Pacific region!

Is this true? Because you guys are missing out. On the plus side afaict it's just made by mixing vanilla icecream with honeycomb (or "sponge toffee", which sounds terrible), though I plan to make it with butterscotch flavoured icecream(*).

What are the foods/recipes from a country you've lived in which you can't believe people overseas don't eat?

Personally I have trouble understanding how people can not like vegemite, but intellectually I can see how it might be something you need to have grown up with :)

(*)When I can find somewhere that sells oat/almond milk and honeycomb, Coles having neither this evening. Bah!
sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Friday, January 16th, 2009 06:39 pm
So I just cut myself some of the bread I made earlier today and it's undercooked :( Mostly done, but a few mushy dough bits in the middle. Thanks to a mistake with temperatures it's a little overcooked on the outside so I don't want to bake it again (also it's cut now!)

Any clever suggestions on what to do with it? It's very nice bread otherwise, pumpkin spice with treacle.

Microwaving worked adequately, I guess, but it went a bit mushy. Toasting wasn't very effective. I guess I could make some sort of oven baked..thing (I don't think garlic bread would work with this bread!) Maybe bread and butter pudding.

Also googling "undercooked bread" found me a few other pumpkin/carrot breads(*), is this always going to be an issue? I did screw up the temperature (fan forced instead of regular), but not that much. Maybe I should make a smaller loaf next time.

EDIT: OOps, meant to post this to [livejournal.com profile] cooking. Well, if you guys have any ideas.... :D

(*)The only success story was cutting off the cooked bits then steaming the rest in the oven which I might try.
sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 08:14 am
So, by request, for [livejournal.com profile] distantcam's birthday today I made him choc-orange icecream. None of the recipes I could find online were quite right so I made one up. It was apprently very tasty :)(*)

Choc-orange Icecream
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sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Monday, January 12th, 2009 06:57 am
I've been asked to buy someone japanese incense for their birthday. Anyone know where I could find such stuff?

Also: thankyou all for your advice on icecream makers! We bought a Sunbeam Snowy ($50 from Retravision) and made some tasty, tasty banana ice cream.
sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Friday, January 9th, 2009 07:36 am
So lazyweb, as they say, anyone got advice on good brands and places to by an icecream maker? The only local place I can find that sells them at all (based on online catalogues) is Retravision, and they have off-putting names like "Crazy Scoops!".

I vaguely recall reading [livejournal.com profile] lizbyrd talking about getting one, but have forgotten the details.
sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 09:25 am
I keep meaning to post about cultural appropriation since I think it's a really important and interesting issue, but since I'm still figuring it out my ideas never quite coalesce. But in the meantime White American culture is General Tso’s Chicken and Chop Suey.

The video (by Jennifer 8. Lee) is definitely worth watching, about the way that "chinese american" food is as american as beer and pizza and the history of it's invention and misrepresentation.
It's interesting as someone from a different non-chinese country, with it's own different "chinese" food. It took me years to figure out what "egg rolls" and "pot stickers" were :)

The article (by Restructure) is more interested in why this is bad.

Something Restructure brings up in the comments which really pinged for me is that people go on about "authenticity" and it gets this social cache (ie "authentically exotic" food/clothes/music etc as a sign of being cosmopolitan) when what we should worry about is if something is representative.
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sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 09:07 pm
So I have tracked down some dairy-and-soy free "icecream"(*). But afaict it only comes in licorice flavour. It's actually really nice, but the licoriceness gets a bit intense after a while. Normally I eat icecream with fruit or cake or whatever, but it's licorice flavoured. Anyone have suggestions for stuff to eat it with? Preferably soy/dairy etc free stuff :) I might try it with watermelon, that goes with star anise which is kind of licoricey...Maybe I should add some ginger. Hmm.

The company that makes it, "Gigi's Icecream" don't seem to have a webpage, they're a small QLD family business. I'm going to email and ask if they have any other (a) flavours and (b) WA stockists.

(*)Made with oats milk and eggs, bought from Maylands IGA
sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Saturday, December 20th, 2008 01:30 pm
I thought about doing a poll (and may later) but people are so complicated decided it was easier just to ask. Partly out of curiousity, partly because having such extreme restrictions myself has made me want to be aware of other people's issues and cater to them where possible.

So: what can't you eat? I'm including moral choices and extreme taste preferences (ie you can't stand chili), but not anything where you'd rather not eat it but can put up with it if you have to, the operative word is can't.

So, mine:
I've gone back onto gluten (THANK GOD) but am otherwise being quite picky. So this is just where I'm at for now.

dairy eg milk, cheese, butter
soy protein or tofu, soy sauce and miso are ok
chili, paprika, red capsicum
cocoa or cocoa butter, tea/coffee
artificial sweetners
too much acid (egfruits like plums and citrus, most fruit juices, salad dressing, preserved veggies and pickles, soft drink, vinegar)
spring onions/leek/watercress/chives
too much fat (ie deepfried stuff)
kidney beans
raw apple/pear
most raw or undercooked vegetables except cucumber or lettuce
pine nuts
xanthum gum or guar gum

Also some artificial chemicals disagree with me but apart from artificial sweetners I haven't been able to pin down which exactly, so I just avoid overly processed foods. Gluten free flour mixes are definitely all bad, I think it may be the xanthum gum.

The usual disclaimers apply.
sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Monday, November 24th, 2008 03:47 pm
Via [livejournal.com profile] trashy_eats, An annual competition for food made using a turkey shaped jelly mould.

It's making me hungry, luckily I'm having chicken for dinner :)
sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 05:16 pm
So, just now, I came across the book design blog (which is ok, I guess), and there between the book covers was...pancake puffs. Which are actually repackaged Æbleskiver. Which, to my mind, are just pan-cooked yorkshire puddings.

Life is trying to tell me something. And what it is saying is cook more yorkshire puddings.
sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008 06:08 pm
[Poll #1164560]

Inspired by someone at work talking about how much she hated them, followed by me and another workmate trying to convince her of their awesomeness and me realising I hadn't had any since I left home. So I made some (with chicken and peas and gravy) and they were tasty. And Cam had never seen them before outside of "Ramsey's kitchen nightmares"! He thought they were a kind of dessert!

I am having to stop myself cooking Cam "Toad in the Hole", since while I'm pretty sure he would really enjoy it it's like the ultimate anti-diet-food (sausages cooked in (crunchy tasty) fatty batter, served with tomato sauce)

Mmm... now I'm hungry again :)