Your favourite foods / foods you cannot live without

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Frustrated Mess Frustrated Mess's picture

Breakfast: Pancakes with real maple syrup and fresh picked berries.

Lunch: Coffee.

Dinner: Anything grilled, fresh from the garden salad, steamed veggies.

Evening snack: Cheerios.

Food I can't live without: ice cream (unfortunately, it is a killer so moderation is very important ...)

al-Qa'bong

I don't like ice cream.  It's cold and it hurts my teeth.

 

Sunflower seeds and Mac apples - those are my indispensable foods.

cruisin_turtle

Pistachios of course are the tastiest food ever

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cruisin_turtle wrote:

Pistachios of course are the tastiest food ever

Pistachio ice cream is my favourite flavour by a country mile. My partner accuses me of liking "old man flavours" when it comes to ice cream, among other things. Nothing but vanilla, choclate and pistachio for me, thanks.

Also: pistachios are a guanteed mood lifter at a bar. It's its own activity: peel, shell, eat, repeat. Gets theblood flowing. Having a drink with a friend? Conversation dragging? Order a bowl of pistachios and watch the magic happen.

I have granola and fresh yogurt every day for breakfast (cf. old man above) with fresh berries whenever I am able.

I have to echo Boom Boom with BLTs for lunch. Yum.

Others? Salmon, asparagus, potatoes, corn on the cob, peaches, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries (etc.), olives, pickles, and cheese. I could go on.

Add coffee. And, er...beer, wine, whisky and gin. And tonic.

ETA: Oh no! The dreaded quote function bug has caught up with me too! Where did my quote box go?

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i haven't had any formatting bar for a couple of days now, i just ignore all the glitches now.....

Island Farms Vanilla Ice Cream....

Sushi

skdadl

Aha. In every comment preceding, you can see the ole nuts 'n' berries tendency peeping through -- millennia of burnt-flesh brainwashing have not been able to erase prelapsarian memories of gamboling happily through the bushes, gathering nuts in May and berries in August, and ... well, enough of that stuff. Still, this is obviously a group still in touch with their prehistoric selves, eh?

Like Boom Boom, me mum swore by peanut butter on toast for breakfast and she lived to 91, so I'm with me mum and Boom Boom. (In a pinch, peanut butter has other practical uses.) Even tastier than peanut butter although much messier because it drips a lot is tahini, a basic ingredient in hummus but lovely on its own, if, as I say, drippy.

This is a hard qweschun for me though because I just love food so much, like almost all food, omnivorously -- you name it, I can't live without it. What Ben Franklin said of beer, I would say of fish: Fish is a sign that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Bread: don't get me started. What an invention.

I have my burnt-flesh addictions too, but I could live on Middle Eastern vegetarian dishes indefinitely. We are blessed by mustard and cumin and coriander and turmeric and cinnamon and cloves, etc, truly blessed. I think that food matters as much to our noses as to our mouths and tummies, at least the sense of goodness does, and the cultures that learned how to use the herbs and spices teach us new lessons about the most basic stuffs we have, like meat or beans or grains.

al-Qa'bong

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Like Boom Boom, me mum swore by peanut butter on toast for breakfast and she lived to 91

 

My Granny, who will turn 96 (? she was born in 1912 - math...help!) in September, lectures us on the virtues of peanut butter -the health food store ground nut stuff, not the store-bought stuff - every time we visit.

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98, Al Q!  Wow!

I make sweet and sour ribs with garlic, ginger and soy that make you want to melt in your chair.  My favourite!  Good quality beef, grilled medium rare.  Scallops and mussels.  Ratatouille.  Roast chicken with gravy and mashed potatoes.  Roast beef and yorkshire pudding - and more gravy!  Spinach salad with grated egg on top.  Carrots fresh out of the dirt.

Can't live without coffee, dark chocolate, a wide variety of spices, rye bread, butter, cream, bacon, tomatoes, cherries, raspberries.  There are too many more to list.  But it's not so much about the specific things as the quality of them.  Good chocolate is a world away from bad chocolate, same goes for coffee and bread.  And especially meat.

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I used to make my own peanut butter, and I once made peanut butter ice cream. I love the stuff! My favourite candy is peanut butter brittle, which makes my dentist shudder. I occasionally put peanut butter on celery as a nutritious snack.

PS: our power is off, so I guess this is my last post of the night.

al-Qa'bong

Timebandit wrote:

98, Al Q!  Wow!

 

Pfft.  Her old man, my Grandpa, was born on July 3, 1905, and ate whatever Granny fed him.  He's eating institutional oldfolkshome food now, though.

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Breakfast: toasted peanut butter sandwich; occasionally a bacon, lettuce, and tomato toasted sandwich with mayo

Lunch: salmon salad sandwich; grilled cheese sandwich

Supper: beef stew; tacos; chicken pot pie; veggie stir fry with peanut sauce;  fish 'n chips (halibut the best)

Evening snacks: one or two slices of a small ham and pineapple pizza, and the rest for breakfast - but no more than once every two weeks;  toasted peanut butter sandwich (usually two in one night)

Food I can't live without: peanut butter; hot chocolate; coffee; Diet Pepsi

ETA:

Personal: My tastes have really changed over the years. I like simple foods, can't eat anything very spicy any longer.

Growing up as a teenager I indulged in a lot of processed foods such as smoked meat, pastrami, salami, and pepperoni - I never had bologna until I was 43 - but I never touch any of that stuff any longer. The closest to processed meats for me is the occasional ham and bacon, but not very often.

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

d'uh. Barley in a liquid form, obviously.

al-Qa'bong

Skál !

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Something I used to love but can't get anywhere so I make my own: chipped beef on toast.

ETA: I often have gravy on toast with green peas on the side.

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

OMG, Boom Boom, you eat like my dad did!

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Timebandit wrote:
OMG, Boom Boom, you eat like my dad did!

My dad, too. Smile

6079_Smith_W

There is an amazing hot chili oil sauce with peanut you can get in most Chinese groceries. It;s a standard in our house.

Ditto gravalax, rice rolls filled up fresh from the garden, greek salad, pizza putanesca with the crust done hard as a cracker, couscous and falafel.

Don't get me started,

 

Fidel

I loved stew all through infancy and still do today. Irish stew!  I tried Gnocchi a number of years ago, and I think it's wonderful. With a meatball or maybe two and homemade tomato sauce simmered for an hour or two, a few olives on the side, and it's heaven on a plate. Italianized stew with potatoes, tomato sauce, garlic, hot sausage, carrots and peas is really good, too. Drool-drool. I'd walk a mile for it.

Lard Tunderin Jeezus Lard Tunderin Jeezus's picture

Cheese and fruit are my perfect snack. Fine old cheddar and apples. Any blue goes with pears. Edam and other milder flavors with grapes. 

Lard Tunderin Jeezus Lard Tunderin Jeezus's picture

Boom Boom wrote:

Something I used to love but can't get anywhere so I make my own: chipped beef on toast.

ETA: I often have gravy on toast with green peas on the side.

My blessed nanny (Brit grandmother) used to make me creamed peas on toast for lunch. It's comfort food to me now.

Michelle

Catchfire wrote:

I have granola and fresh yogurt every day for breakfast (cf. old man above) with fresh berries whenever I am able.

That's not old man food, that's girliefood!  ;)  Haven't you ever seen Sarah Haskin's video about yogurt being "the official food of women"?  :)

I'm kidding, of course, about "girliefood".  (You're supposed to say that in a Hans and Frans "pump you up" accent, which, of course, I'm allowed to mimic because I'm half-German.)

But seriously, it's interesting that you note an "age" thing about certain types of food.  I notice much more how certain foods are gendered in our society, and it goes both ways. 

Yogurt and granola? Chick thing.  Steak and potatoes? Macho guy thing. 

Order at a restaurant sometime in mixed company.  You can be sure that, even though it's suppertime, you'll get at least one or two women saying daintily, "I'll have the salad, please, with the dressing on the side..." and there is some subtle pressure there for other women to follow suit and order similarly.  Meanwhile the guys will feel perfectly free to order the big meat dish with fries on the side, etc.

Anyhow, I digress.  That's not what this thread is about! :)

Food I can't live without?  Sultan of Samosas spinach and cheese samosas.  Mmmmmmm!

edmundoconnor

Cadbury's Dairy Milk (the UK version). Tastes like heaven.

al-Qa'bong

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Yogurt and granola? Chick thing.  Steak and potatoes? Macho guy thing. 

As the proverbial Martian landing on Earth and observing human behaviour (or as someone immersed in North American pop culture)  I can grok this, but as someone from this planet, such a claim makes no sense to me.  What's girlie about yogurt?  Genghis Khan lived on the stuff, as do most Middle Eastern people.  Granola is nothing more than a sensible combination of nuts and grains.  Is sensible somehow effeminate? 

Hang on, I think I just answered my own question.

al-Qa'bong

al-Qa'bong wrote:

I don't like ice cream.  It's cold and it hurts my teeth.

 

Sunflower seeds and Mac apples - those are my indispensable foods.

I haven't had sunflower seeds since last June (I'm trying to watch my girlish figure) so I guess seeds aren't as indispensible as I had thought.

 

I'm eating a lot of rhubarb and green onions these days.  Those, plus wormwood, tarragon, chives, mint and marjoram, are about the only things growing in the garden right now.

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I worked all day in the garden yesterday - in the cold - and worked up a sweat, and came inside and ate just about everything in the house. Then I got ill. The only thing that could make the illness go away was a big bowl of vanilla ice cream. Strange, but a bowl of really good vanilla ice cream seems to cure anything that's bothering me.

And, lately, I've been adding a big dollop of liquid honey to my peanut butter sandwiches at night - wow, it's good!

abnormal
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I thought the era of cavemen was over.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

well, it's hard to find good brontesaurus steaks these days-and harder still to buy a grill big enough to cook 'em.

6079_Smith_W

Kohlrabi, kuchella. knaeckebrot and kaffir lime leaves. 

THis episode is brought to you by the letter K.

 

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Now and then...a good veggie tamale(or even a cheese one).  Get it steamed just right...sauced properly...Utopia.

Homemade stir-fry a couple of times a week.

Pistachios(and, for the record, the word "pistachio" itself).  Hummus with home-made pita(never the store-bought shit).

and Ruffles potato chips now and again.

 

 

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

On the udder hand, the Food Network has a couple of shows about disgusting food, they call them 'Outrageous Foods' and 'BBQ Challenge' or something. Maybe 'Smoke Masters'.

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Since moving out of TO I miss some of my favourites. Japanese dumplings from fiesta farms. Fresh banana bread from there to.

In life, love chocolate, strawberries (and chocolate with strawberries!). Chocolate banana too. Raspberries, blueberries. Peanut butter and banana sandwich.

Yum.

abnormal

Boom Boom wrote:

I thought the era of cavemen was over.

Fortunately not.

 

Basement Dweller

Summer food:

BBQ chicken with sides of spinach salad and four bean salad. And a fresh bun if I'll allow for more carbs.

I love ice cream but it don't love me anymore Frown

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Reading over this thread and what I wrote earlier, I guess the essential foods for me to carry on living are a mix of veggies, fruit, peanut butter, and vanilla ice cream. Too bad I can't combine them all on one plate. Smile

Uncle John

I can't let a jar of peanut butter just sit there. So I don't buy it. Shame, really...

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

I've been eating peanut butter as my main comfort food for almost 60 years. Don't know  if I could live without it.

Uncle John

One thing I am doing is giving up all processed meats. I didn't realize until recently how bad that stuff is for cancer.

Dodger718

Abnormal, you've got my mouth watering with that pic!

Now that it's nice out, I can't wait to get BBQing. For Friday, I'm cooking a giant brisket in my smoker. Some dry rub of chili powder, parpika, brown sugar and garlic powder, cooked over low heat for 10 hours over apple wood and hickory smoke. Can't wait.

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Nuts.  I'll nibble at candy, I'll nibble at chocolate, but with most nuts I have no control.  Metro used to sell a 1kg package of mixed nuts around holiday time, and I can eat one in a weekend.  Fortunately, nuts are low in calories and fat.  :0

That spread of real barbecue looks pretty handsome though, I must say.  Look at the smoke ring on that brisket.

abnormal

Dodger718 wrote:

Abnormal, you've got my mouth watering with that pic!

Now that it's nice out, I can't wait to get BBQing. For Friday, I'm cooking a giant brisket in my smoker. Some dry rub of chili powder, parpika, brown sugar and garlic powder, cooked over low heat for 10 hours over apple wood and hickory smoke. Can't wait.

I'll bring the wine and beer!  (Just be sure your rub is extra spicy.)

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Uncle John wrote:

I can't let a jar of peanut butter just sit there. So I don't buy it. Shame, really...

At least they haven't CAUGHT you shoplifting yet.

...OH, did you mean something ELSE?

MegB

There are no foods I actually can't do without, but there are a few that, if society as we know it collapsed, I'd sorely miss.

Pesto sauce

Almonds

Pistachios

Homemade Mac & Cheese

Avocados

 

 

janfromthebruce

Peanut butter on toast with a glass of skim milk is a staple food in my diet - daily in fact - omg I'm so predictable!

 

Boom Boom wrote:

I've been eating peanut butter as my main comfort food for almost 60 years. Don't know  if I could live without it.

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Rebecca West wrote:

There are no foods I actually can't do without, but there are a few that, if society as we know it collapsed, I'd sorely miss.

Pesto sauce

Almonds

Pistachios

Homemade Mac & Cheese

Avocados

 

 

That sounds great...provided you don't put it all in the same recipe...

hobyirwin

Boom Boom wrote
 
"Something I used to love but can't get anywhere so I make my own: chipped beef on toast."
Were you in the army?
My dad brought a taste for that and Kemchee back from Korea. At least he didn't like powered scrambled eggs!
He preferred them raw, punched out the ends and sucked the guts out.
My favorite food is enchiladas, piles of them with bean, onion, sweet peppers, jalapenos and cheese piled on top.
On the last trip to Vancouver I also brought back some pickeled catus, very good addition to the pile.
Favorite comfort food, poo. Refried beans, onions, cheese and jalapenos.
With a couple of beers, it cures constipation too!
No, I don't suffer from gas like many people. A fact my co-workers realy appreciate.

lagatta

My food likes are very similar to skdadl's, except I don't care for peanut butter as a spread - not the flavour but the texture - I hate the way it sticks to my palate (and I don't eat sugar except as a minor ingredient of certain oriental sauces, so jam is out with it). I love peanut butter as a basis for Southeast Asian and African sauces though.

While I also try to eschew processed meats and too much red meat, I do still like food spicier than Boom Boom does - not mouth-burning hot, but I need some spice, especially the aromatic spices of Middle Eastern and Maghrebi cuisines.

I love fish. Skdadl, we had halibut last night! And lovely vegetables.

And the most divine Alsatian white wines.

Am I being too much of an upper/downer addict if I say coffee and wine would be hard to live without? I'm not referring to abuse, just to the little lift they give to live if used wisely.

I confess I love salty foods, and know that this can be a problem in excess. Even good frites and good potato chips, though of course I don't indulge in either daily. I don't care for sweets, except for fresh local BERRIES, one of the most divine things in existence.

On a healthier note, I also love bitter green vegetables such as chard and rapini, sauteed with olive oil and garlic.

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My garden gives an idea of the veggies I like: chard, carrots, rutabaga, beets, onions,  lettuce, and radishes.

al-Qa'bong
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My father was in the army, and I guess from him I got my taste for chipped beef on toast. Haven't made it this year, though.

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