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25th-Aug-2013 12:41 pm
My friends list has been having a bit of a resurgence lately and it's been so beautiful. <3_<3

As for me, I am still having an enjoyable time with exercise and trying new foods. I've discovered I like fennel (which I didn't expect, because I hate licorice) and kale a lot. I need to try tofu in a few other ways before I can decide whether I like it or not.

Anyone else tried any foods/meals they hadn't eaten before recently?
25th-Aug-2013 05:04 am (UTC)
How have you tried tofu? I know how it's cooked makes a huge difference. I quite like it fried, or mashed with spicy stuff and sauteed, or pressed and dry-fried. (Dry-frying is where you cut the tofu into thin strips and let them cook in a dry pan. It makes something very firm and chewy.)
25th-Aug-2013 06:22 am (UTC)
I had firm tofu cut into steak-like things, fried, covered in sesame seeds. I suffer from the problem of not liking spicy things, but finding that technique exceptionally bland.
25th-Aug-2013 08:44 am (UTC)
Tricky. I love spicy things, so that's my main approach with tofu. I haven't put seeds all over it. That seems like it'd be weird.

A marinade might make a difference? Especially a savory one, with soy sauce or something? I have a tofu press, so I can press and marinade at the same time.

I tried one of those croissant-donut things today. It was kind of overrated (at least the Vietnamese knockoff version - I've never been to that one spot in New York), but fairly nice.
25th-Aug-2013 09:06 am (UTC)
Yes, that was my next plan :D

I don't think I've heard of croissant-donut things. o_O
25th-Aug-2013 09:19 am (UTC)
Good luck! Let me know how it turns out!

They're some new food trend that's ultra-popular in New York city, and one bakery in Vietnam started selling them. They're nice, but not great.
25th-Aug-2013 07:13 am (UTC)
I'm going to try pancetta for lunch today! And sweet potato soup tomorrow - I know I really like them but I've never had them in a soup. :) Never tried fennel or tofu or kale, but I also hate liquorice!
25th-Aug-2013 09:05 am (UTC)
Pancetta is *lovely*. Also, ooh, that sounds like a nice soup. I never used to really like soups before this year, but now I found some recipes for rich, thick soups, I am a fan.

I am glad I'm not the only licorice hater. :D
25th-Aug-2013 08:47 am (UTC)
gooseberries and fish, not at the same time
25th-Aug-2013 09:03 am (UTC)
Was it a particular fish/fish dish or were their dietary reasons for you not having fish before?

Also, I used to love gooseberries as a child.
25th-Aug-2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
I had kippers as a child and HATED them. Never ate fish again until my mid-thirties when Matt persuaded me to try some at a restaurant. Delicious! I felt a fool.

Also really hated gooseberries as a child but last year I decided to grow up and just learn to like them, which I now do.

Still hate pears though!
25th-Aug-2013 04:25 pm (UTC)

It's fun to wake up to quite a few posts to read.

I like fennel and kale. Actually, I love the entire dark leafy green family. The South introduced me to collards and I love them too.

As to tofu, I'm not keen on the texture, so tend to only eat it in soups and the barbecued version.

I'm a very adventurous eater and cook and I'm trying hard but I can't think of the last new food I ate.
27th-Aug-2013 12:20 pm (UTC)
I haven't had collards. Can't say I've seen them. I was lucky to get kale!
27th-Aug-2013 12:37 pm (UTC)

I've never seen collards outside of the American South so that doesn't surprise me. *g*
25th-Aug-2013 05:54 pm (UTC)
I love kale. Up until recently, I thought of it as purely ornamental vegetation, but it is my favorite edible leafy green thing now.

I guess the newest thing for me is kohlrabi. I don't know if I have completely accepted it on my edible list.
27th-Aug-2013 12:20 pm (UTC)
Kale is surprisingly awesome :D

What does kohlrabi taste like?
27th-Aug-2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
Maybe the closest comparison is a broccoli stem. Now that I've typed that, I am thinking that broccoli stems don't always make my edible list.
26th-Aug-2013 12:25 am (UTC)
Not a new food, but a new preparation! I had fish which had been baked in a salt crust dome, which was as fun to break out of its crust as it was to eat, and with it some spinach that had been dried and then flash-fried - the technique is called frizzling, but I can't call it that without imagining a microscopic Magic School Bus sitting on my plate.

I find that tofu has very little flavor of its own - or at least, such a light flavor as to be undetected if the tofu's in a sauce or soup - so the bigger concern tends to be what you think of the texture (which varies from one prep method to another, so if one doesn't appeal there's always a chance another will!). My favorite prep is fried and tossed in General Tso's sauce - the tofu just melted away in my mouth, and the sauce was balanced just perfectly between sweet and spicy.
27th-Aug-2013 12:21 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, that sounds nice. And yesss, I did the magic school bus thing too, hah.

I tried the tofu with kecap manis (which is a sweet soy sauce), but wasn't enamoured mostly because of the texture, I think.
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