Sunday, July 22, 2018

28 Days: The Food, Glorious Food meme

Oh, it's hard to believe that in four weeks I will be in Bali - and having a birthday.

I don't want to think about the latter.

Just as doing this week's questions, I am going to answer this as if I am not on the food wanker plan and still eating dairy, gluten, sugar, caffeine and alcohol.

Questions, as always, from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1.  Do you like pie?

Pie isn't really a thing in Australia. We have meat pies, which I've never eaten (ever - I've never had a footy pie and I'm not going to start now), or things like my Mum's blackberry pie, but as they've got rid of all the blackberries, we don't get that any more. So yeah, pie is not really a thing in my life.

2.  Italian or Mexican?

I love Mexican, though rustic Italian is good.  As I'm gluten free, pizza and pasta are off the menu now - they have been for a long time.

3.  Can you bake? If so, what are your favorite things to bake?

I love baking and make great birthday cakes.

4.  Do you use cook books or do you try to find recipes online?

A bit of both. Currently making honey mustard chicken while writing this.

5.  Do you own a kitchen aid mixer?

No. The best I can do is my grandmother's 70-year-old egg beater.

6.  Ever cooked a meal for more than 15 people at one time?

No. I think my best effort is ten. Though I have helped out cooking at Christmas for a group of 26.

7.  Do you like hospital food?

Not really, but the last time I was in hospital overnight the food was amazingly palatable.

8.  Favorite fast food restaurant?

It's a toss up between Schnitz and Nandos. You probably don't have those in America. Nandos is awesome. Grilled chicken.

9.  Any picky eaters in your family?

At the moment, that would be me. Other than normally not eating lasagne and bananas, I'm pretty okay normally. At the moment, I feed myself before going out. Being gluten, dairy, sugar, alochol and caffeine free is hard at other people's places at times.

10.  Soda or Tea?


11.  Hot chocolate?

I prefer coffee. Not really a chocolate person.

12.  Favorite holiday dish?

Ah, you're probably taking American dishes. Being Australian, I love it when I get a big feed of seafood for Christmas - with Christmas pudding and hard sauce. I equate Christmas with prawns and lobster.

13.  What is the most tasteful strangest looking thing you have ever tasted?

That probably goes to pickled herring. My Swedish flatmates had to tie me down to taste it, but I love it now.

14.  Fries or tater tots?

What's a tater tot? I will go for the chips - sweet potato ones preferably.

15.  Do you like cheese? If so what kind?

I love cheese  - but cheese doesn't like me. I'm especially partial to the bries, camemberts and anything blue. Unfortunately, anything more than a taste of it and I'm up all night and it sets off my gall bladder.

16.  Home made or can soup?

Home made, though nothing can go past a tin of Campbell's Tomato soup. Why do you think Andy Warhol immortalised it like he did?

17.  Do you like to eat out?

Yes. And often.

18.  What kind of food is popular where you are? (Like in Alaska it is seafood)

I'm in Australia - we just like food. Melbourne is the food capital of Australia, closely followed by Adelaide. Melbourne is great for all sorts of food - food trucks, awesome restaurants and the like.

I miss the regional food found in Adelaide - and there is a lot of it. Fru Chocs, Farmer's Union Iced Coffee, pasties, beinenstich, yoyo biscuits, pie floaters - just to name a few things. Adelaide has all this strange stuff that you only know about if you come from Adelaide.

19.  Do you like cotton candy?

I don't mind fairy floss - I love Persian Fairy Floss. Yeah, we call cotton candy fairy floss.

20.  Turkey or Chicken?

Chicken. turkey is too dry.

21.  Hamburger or tuna helper?

What the hell is hamburger helper? If you're making your own hamburgers, don't you just get mince, chop up an onion, add some herbs and breadcrumbs and Bob's your uncle? As an Australian, I don't get the American love of packet foods.

22.  Raw or cooked veggies?

Raw veggies rock. If vegetables are cooked, they have to be crisp - not steamed.

23.  Do you like salad? If so, what is your favorite kind of salad?

I live on salad. If ordering out, I will always go for the one with ancient grains and unusual vegetables. I have something called a "Love your Guts" salad regularly - chick peas, sauerckraut, beans, edamame, roasted cauliflower and dukkah. Yum.

24.  Favorite pizza topping?

When I ate pizza, a Mexican Hot went down a treat. Barbeque Chicken pizza is also good too.

25.  Do you like meat loaf?

Another American thing. The nearest I've got to meatloaf (other than hating the singer) is rissoles - and every Australian knows how they are made.

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Stacy said...

Though I do love our American holiday meals of turkey or ham, I would like your seafood as well since that's my favorite food in general. I almost always have at least 5 pounds of shrimp on hand to go along with the regular holiday fare. The Thanksgiving meal we probably liked the most was when we were invited to join friends who are from the Philippines and they had turkey (no one touched it) lobsters and I brought a mountain of shrimp.Yum!

Zippi Kit said...

I always love to hear what an outspoken and intelligent Australian gal has to say about these various cultural things..
To be honest, America is run by TV and the pushers there who run the kiddies, who watch WAY too many commercials on it. Mother's come home from work, tired as the devil, and it's just easy to throw something together out of a package and/or a can.

That's what drives the whole economic engine in America.
So, thus, the great success of Hamburger Helpers, high in salt, sugar, etc etc, and processed fats in many forms. Them's the facts.
Have a great time away celebrating your birthday. Yay!
Any birthday above ground is a good one, Mate.

Bev Sykes said...

Your "love your gut" has everything I woud hate!

As for meat pies, I remember driving all over the place to find the right meat pie for the footy championship game we were going to watch (my Australian friend told me it was a rule that you had to have meat pies. They were delicious)