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Food Friday: Food Love with a Capital T 
29th-Aug-2008 04:03 pm
The lovely noishe gave me the letter 'T' to prompt a list 10 things that I love.

I will give you ten food related things therefore knocking out both Food Friday and the list.1

So, the ten things:

1. Tatties.
Yes, this is a bit of a cheat. But, I'm going to go with it since I hear 'tatties' rather than 'potatoes' at least three times more often these days. We get tatties with our farm share every week. It's been interesting to see how many varieties they grow up there. This week we've got some that look like they'll be great for frying, but I think I may make au gratin potatoes instead.
My favorite currently: mashed potatoes with pesto
Pesto recipe
-1 cup packed basil leaves
-1 cup grated hard cheese (parm or romano)
-6 large cloves of garlic diced finely
-1/2 cup pine nuts
-1/4 cup virgin olive oil

Blend all in the food processor. No, don't put any parsley in. No, no.

2. Tomatoes
I can't seem to be able to grow tomatoes here in Aberdeen, even though I kept the plants in a lovely warm kitchen in the winter time. They produced about 3 tomatoes and then died, slowly. Sad.
My favorite: eating cherry tomatoes off the vine during a really hot summer day

3. Tofu
I don't eat as much of this as I used to, I've been told that too much soy is bad for hypothyroidism. But, it's what makes a stirfry for me. Especially if it's been marinated in something beforehand.
My favorite: Five-hour tofu. I have no idea how to make it, but it was one of Peter's signature dishes.

4. Tortillas
These are so versatile. I had egg mayonaisse in a tortilla the other day and surprisingly, it was fantastic. I thought it would just end up a big mess.
My favorite: Fake turkey, fried egg, and swiss cheese in a tortilla. Too bad I can't stand Quorn's version of turkey slices.

5. Turnips
I think I probably like these better raw than cooked, or at least until I moved here. However, I must say that putting sugar on them is an abomination before me. Eww.
My favorite: as part of mashed potatoes. For every 6 medium potatoes, mash one small turnip. It gives the potatoes a definite kick.

6. Tangerines
I love citrus. It's in my favorite shampoo, perfume, and lotion. It's what I spray on my sheets to give them a fresh smell when they come out of the airing cupboard. Green and orange are my two favorite colours. However, I really dislike eating oranges as they tend to have a lot of pulpy bits. Tangerines don't seem to have that same texture.
My favorite: Christmas tangerines with A&C's kids2

7. Tapioca
My mother makes an incredibly good tapioca pudding. I have no idea how she does it, but it's the kind that makes you want to lick the bowl. I've been told that bubble tea is made often with tapioca pearls. I'd love to give it a try at some point.
My favorite: tapioca and blueberry pie

8. Tea
I know, I know.
And I think most of us would agree that a nice cuppa is always welcome. But, tea also makes a great additive to other things.
My favorite: blackberry and earl grey jam

9. Treacle
You can actually keep your maple syrup, this is what I prefer to put on my pancakes. I've discovered that I actually like treacle even better than I like molasses.
My favorite: as part of gingerbread

10. Tahini
Probably unsurprising that a paste made of sesame seeds would be one of my favorite things. I love sesame. We usually had some sitting around when I was little to add to various things. As good as it is in other dishes, it's just not great by itself. Too strong.
My favorite: in hummus, of course!

1- If you'd like to make your own list, food related or not, just ask and I will give you a letter. I'll even give you a letter in a different alphabet, if you prefer.
2- They are always impressed if one can peel the entire thing in one long strip. :)
29th-Aug-2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
I love food! I'll play!
29th-Aug-2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
Doesn't have to be just food, I just was lazy with Food Friday so I went for all food.

But, tada! Your letter is M!
29th-Aug-2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
ooooo...pick a letter for me
29th-Aug-2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
R, for Reccie! :)
29th-Aug-2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
1 and 5 -- I love neeps and tatties as well; however, I am married to the Odd Scotsman who likes neither, nay, strongly dislikes both. *sigh*

Blackberry Earl Grey jam -- oh, yum. Next time you make this, please send some to London! =)

And go on, I'll take a letter!
29th-Aug-2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
We'll probably be making some jam again very soon!
I don't think I have your address, but I will definitely send some if you email it to me. :)

And, a letter...F for frog. :)
30th-Aug-2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
Really and truly? You're too wonderful! Let me know if there's anything I can send in return. Will email details.

Will do F post soon.
29th-Aug-2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Letter, please!

(btw, when I make pesto, I dry toast the pine nuts first--adds even more depth)
29th-Aug-2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
That's a really good idea. I'll try that next time. :)

Your letter is H!
29th-Aug-2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
I didn't encounter turnips much until I started trying to cook characteristically Scottish food, but I've come to quite like them. Mashed by themselves or mixed with taters (precious!) I quite like them, and I've done some interesting things with them steamed or sauteed. But mixed mashed turnips and parsnips was a little too much kick; one or the other in future, but not both.
29th-Aug-2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
I like the idea for doing it for food so give me a letter, please. :)
29th-Aug-2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
And the letter is...D!
30th-Aug-2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Ooh, I made chocolate fudge with tahini one time, very good as i remember. will have to try the turnip in potato thing. i keep thinking i should eat turnips, but can't imagine how i would cook them, or what i would do with the leftovers.
30th-Aug-2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
I was like "What, no Tom?!!?" and then I read it's all food related. I'm a dork :)
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