Here’s a quote from the very, very funny writer Erma Bombeck, who made so many of us laugh everday back in the 1970’s (the olden days!). She was brilliant.
“It is ludicrous to read the microwave direction on the boxes of food
you buy, as each one will have a disclaimer: “THIS WILL VARY WITH
YOUR MICROWAVE.” Loosely translated, this means, “You’re on your own,
Bernice.” – Erma Bombeck
I learned something new today! I was watching the Food Network (my addiction) this morning, and a guest chef on Bobby Flay’s show brought some Grains of paradise spice for his jerk marinade. I had never heard if it before, and here is what I found out.
Grains of paradise is a small reddish-brown, round seed, found on the west coast of Africa. It is a member of the ginger and cardamom family, sometimes called Melegueta pepper, Guinea pepper, or alligator pepper. It packs some heat but also tastes of ginger, cardamom, coriander, citrus and nutmeg.
This spice was popular in Europe in the 13th and 14th centuries, but faded away after that with the availability of less expensive spices such as black pepper, cloves and nutmeg. But today it can be found in some beers, and gins. It can be purchased in some specialty food stores and online.
If you have used it before, let me know!
I am always interested in what other people think or like about food. So, I asked my good friend, Aubrey, one of the coolest dudes I know, a few questions. Here are his answers.
What’s your favorite food? Pizza
What’s your favorite special treat? Brownies
I know you are a martial artist, so what do you eat to make you
Have you ever grown any of your own food? If yes, what? Squash,
tomatoes, green peppers, lettuce, corn, and lemons.
What’s your favorite desert? Ice cream
Do you cook? If yes, what? If no, why not? I make quesadillas,
nachos, pizza, cookies, scones, and cake.
What’s your favorite restaurant? What do you order to eat there?
Versailles. #2 Plate, fried chunk of pork with rice, black beans, and
plantains. Flan for desert.
Have you ever had a food fight? Yes.
Do you ever feed your cat under the table? (I won’t tell anybody if you do!) No.
Al dente is an Italian term which describes the consistency of pasta cooked to a tender firmness. It literally means “to the tooth.”
Pasta al dente is considered to be pasta cooked “just right,” when it is slightly resistant as you bite into it, but not soft or overdone. Hence, “just right.”
For those spice mixes that you know you will only use once in a great while, try making your own with spices you probably already have in your pantry.
For example: Chinese Style Five Spice
Mix equal parts (powdered): fennel, anise, ginger, cinnamon, cloves.
Now you have incorporated the five basic flavors of Chinese cooking; sweet, sour, bitter, savory and salty.
Look at you now! You’re a chemist. Put it on you resume.