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Beautiful December

Now, when the garden awaits the return of spring
Now, when the silence is deep and blue
Now, when the winter has cast her spell again
Beautiful December, Beautiful December

Here, where the snow is as soft as a woolly lamb
Here, where the nightfall is deep and blue,
Here, where the stars are so bright, you reach for them
Beautiful December, Beautiful December

Child, may you sleep in gentle peace tonight
Dream of songs that rise on silken wings!
When you wake, enchanted by the snowspun light
Sing the songs that came to you in dreams,
Your beautiful December dreams
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Food for foodies

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  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    I coated some duck breast fillets with a five spice mix before quickly frying them to put in a salad. The five spice made them taste very nice and it worked very well with taboule and salad.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    An article for you @ech0pandit . It's about how convincing people to eat plant-rich diets, avoid junk food and care about nutrition is seen as critical to global human health and tackling climate change, which itself threatens droughts and extreme weather that disrupt food supplies.

    For poor diet has now overtaken smoking as the world's biggest killer, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease study, causing 20 percent of deaths globally in 2017.

    I'm preaching to the converted with @Paulette and @bfluentmanish but you might find this an interesting article too.

    http://news.trust.org/item/20190502004506-lth65/

    Also 'Death by Diet' is interesting.

    http://news.trust.org/package/death-by-diet/


  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 6
    Tonight I had great fun cooking with locals. We were shown how to make risotto and tiramisu, two favourite dishes from just across the border (Italy). The rice was perhaps the tastiest I have tasted and I might just start eating rice again. Spending so much time in Nepal where everyone eats rice twice a day/7 days a week has somewhat put me off rice, but after tonight's risotto, I have been converted.




  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    I think it is scary sometimes just how much an unhealthy diet can have a negative impact on our lives. I am trying to change mine, but it isn't always as easy as it should be!
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    I think it gets easier as you go along as your taste changes. I find now I really do not crave those foods I used to like that are not so healthy @GemmaRowlands.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    mheredge said:

    I think it gets easier as you go along as your taste changes. I find now I really do not crave those foods I used to like that are not so healthy @GemmaRowlands.

    Hopefully I'll be like that soon enough, as my whole family need to have a healthy change, and I plan to make that happen very very soon.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    I have been rather naughty today and bought a bar of 85% dark chocolate! I am testing my self-control and rationing how much I eat each day.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    mheredge said:

    I have been rather naughty today and bought a bar of 85% dark chocolate! I am testing my self-control and rationing how much I eat each day.

    At least it's dark chocolate, which has health benefits, in comparison to milk chocolate, which is what I always snack on.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    I was good and didn't have any yesterday and won't today. I did have a biscuit though, which was naughty. Today I have been good though.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    I'm really enjoying the fish soups and stews that are typical of where I am right now. Tonight I had an excellent sturgeon fish soup. This was farmed fish and not wild as wild sturgeon is a protected species here.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    mheredge said:

    I'm really enjoying the fish soups and stews that are typical of where I am right now. Tonight I had an excellent sturgeon fish soup. This was farmed fish and not wild as wild sturgeon is a protected species here.

    I like fish soup. I had a beautiful fish soup in a cafe a few months ago, and I'm not sure what kind of fish it was, but it tasted fantastic.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    I had grilled turbot and salad for lunch. Romania might not be a particularly foodie place but simple dishes like this are always good.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    mheredge said:

    I had grilled turbot and salad for lunch. Romania might not be a particularly foodie place but simple dishes like this are always good.

    Sometimes simple is best. I think people can try to be too clever with food sometimes, and make things too complicated.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    I'm about to go to dinner at one of the top restaurants in Odessa that cooks predominantly French style, but with some local dishes. It's supposed to be no 2 in Odessa yet is still cheaper than a cheap restaurant in Nice. I will probably push the boat out and go to town tonight.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    I not only went to town but probably overdid it with the strawberry and white chocolate millefeuille dessert.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    I had the most delicious tripe soup tonight. I found this recipe and I want to make it when I get home, it was so good.

    Ingredients
    1 lb tripe (calf belly)
    1 cup (sunflower) oil
    2 cups fresh milk
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1 tablespoon ground black pepper
    1 tablespoon salt
    2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly diced
    1/3 cup red wine vinegar
    dried hot chili pepper mix

    https://www.findbgfood.com/recipe-shkembe
  • HermineHermine Posts: 8,077 ✭✭✭✭
    Stop, stop showing all those delicous food on photos.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    Well the food tour was very good @Hermine. I won't tease you with photos!
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    Today in Geno I bought some trofiette, a Genovese typical type of pasta, and some pesto sauce made with a local recipe. I'm looking forward to dinner when I get home tonight.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    mheredge said:

    Today in Geno I bought some trofiette, a Genovese typical type of pasta, and some pesto sauce made with a local recipe. I'm looking forward to dinner when I get home tonight.

    That sounds very nice indeed. I love Pesto, and I really like it with pasta - I always add spinach and pine nuts as well!
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    I'm not sure I've had pesto and pasta with spinach. I will have look into this as it sounds really nice.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    mheredge said:

    I'm not sure I've had pesto and pasta with spinach. I will have look into this as it sounds really nice.

    It is really nice! I would always cook the spinach and eat it hot though, and would sprinkle parmesan cheese on top, too.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    I found some rabbit liver yesterday. I lightly fried it with some rosemary and added it to a tossed salad with some lettuce, cucumber, and tomatoes.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    mheredge said:

    I found some rabbit liver yesterday. I lightly fried it with some rosemary and added it to a tossed salad with some lettuce, cucumber, and tomatoes.

    I've never eaten liver, I wouldn't even know how to cook it. The salad part of the meal does sound very nice though, and I would happily eat that bit.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    Liver is so easy. You just stir fry it for three or four minutes in butter and that's all there is to it.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    The humble fish cake gets a pitch from The Guardian today. I love fish and used to like fish fingers as a kid. I'm still not sure I'm convinced about fish cakes though.

    https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/jul/11/how-to-eat-fishcakes?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0d1YXJkaWFuVG9kYXlVS19XZWVrZGF5cy0xOTA3MTI=&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUK&CMP=GTUK_email


  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    mheredge said:

    The humble fish cake gets a pitch from The Guardian today. I love fish and used to like fish fingers as a kid. I'm still not sure I'm convinced about fish cakes though.

    https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/jul/11/how-to-eat-fishcakes?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0d1YXJkaWFuVG9kYXlVS19XZWVrZGF5cy0xOTA3MTI=&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUK&CMP=GTUK_email


    I like fish cakes with rice and vegetables. I only had them for the first time a few years ago when my mum cooked them for me, and I have had lots since then!
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    I wouldn't eat them with rice as often they have potato added, so starch on starch is a bit much for me. With green beans or salad, these ones in particular look very tempting.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    mheredge said:

    I wouldn't eat them with rice as often they have potato added, so starch on starch is a bit much for me. With green beans or salad, these ones in particular look very tempting.

    I only have them with rice because that's what my mum used to cook them with, and I've never really thought about changing it!
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 40,941 ✭✭✭✭
    I'm biting my tongue. Yesterday I was chatting with some French ladies and they were all in agreement about the British cuisine!
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