De gustibus est disputandum... ;)

Callaina

Feles Curiosissima
Since we come from so many different parts of the world, I thought it might be fun to compare (if not quite debate ;) ) some of the foods we eat and enjoy that may be exotic/unknown to others.

For example, on this VERY hot day in Eastern Canada, I am sitting down to a green smoothie.

You heard that right. A green smoothie. Here's what's left of it (as you can see I drank most of it immediately) sitting in my Vitamix blender:

green smoothie.jpg


Ingredients: frozen mango, frozen pineapple, lemon juice, and fresh garden spinach.

No, this isn't a Canadian custom, though it does seem to be a North American trend in recent years. Does anyone else ever make these?

Okay, next! :)
 

Aurifex

Aedilis
Staff member
I can't usually be bothered making these sorts of things, but fortunately someone else in the family likes making them. I don't like vegetables in cold drinks, but blended fruit drinks are fine, and especially so if there's some yogurt or ice-cream in the mix.
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
Never tasted that.

Today I've been eating bulgur with tomato sauce and grated cheese. Not that it is typically Belgian — or typically anything as far as I know — or that I especially love it, but that's just about all I have at hand. Well, except some bread and jam, which I ate some of too.

I like a lot of things, but I don't know... nothing very special it seems to me. Chocolate, pizzas, cakes, fries, candies, and many other banal things.
 

Tomer

Active Member
Smoothies are quite fashionable in Israel. Every street in Tel Aviv bears a few of these juicy taverns. Considering the temperatures around here, no need to wonder why.

Be it summer or winter (our winters are fairly short and miserable, taking out occasional rarities by mother earth) Israelis eat Falafel and Hummus all year round. It's practically a religion. Ask the pilgrims. Other than that, the usual imperial junk, flaunting extra mediterranean seasoning.

EDIT: I despise Hummus. Falafel goes every now and then, as long as it's cheap.
 

Callaina

Feles Curiosissima
Smoothies are quite fashionable in Israel. Every street in Tel Aviv bears a few of these juicy taverns. Considering the temperatures around here, no need to wonder why.

Be it summer or winter (our winters are fairly short and miserable, taking out occasional rarities by mother earth) Israelis eat Falafel and Hummus all year round. It's practically a religion. Ask the pilgrims. Other than that, the usual imperial junk, flaunting extra mediterranean seasoning.

EDIT: I despise Hummus. Falafel goes every now and then, as long as it's cheap.
I love hummus! The more garlicky the better. The perfect summer food, and it goes with everything, pretty much...

More or less indifferent to falafel, though.

Today I've been eating bulgur with tomato sauce and grated cheese.
I think I've had bulgur in a few salads, but never as a pasta substitute. I'll have to try it sometime.

I like a lot of things, but I don't know... nothing very special it seems to me. Chocolate, pizzas, cakes, fries, candies, and many other banal things.
Me too... ;)
 

Bestiola

Speculatrix
Staff member
Since we come from so many different parts of the world, I thought it might be fun to compare (if not quite debate ;) ) some of the foods we eat and enjoy that may be exotic/unknown to others.

For example, on this VERY hot day in Eastern Canada, I am sitting down to a green smoothie.

You heard that right. A green smoothie. Here's what's left of it (as you can see I drank most of it immediately) sitting in my Vitamix blender:

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Ingredients: frozen mango, frozen pineapple, lemon juice, and fresh garden spinach.

No, this isn't a Canadian custom, though it does seem to be a North American trend in recent years. Does anyone else ever make these?

Okay, next! :)
WOW, i do! at least twice per day. In the morning - orange/grapefruit with some lettuce for breakfast, and then in the afternoon usually mix of banana, lettuce, parsley, cucumbers, peaches and water :)
 

Bestiola

Speculatrix
Staff member
i'm sorry for the lousy formatting, it's because of the proxy.
 

malleolus

Civis Illustris
I'm totally into Chinese herbal teas ATM which made my cravings for sweets stop almost overnight.
 

Etaoin Shrdlu

Civis Illustris
I've always wondered why people drink herbal tea. That's the first actual reason anyone's given.

I eat lots of different things, because I get bored easily, and it spreads the health risks. In theory I'll try anything, although this hasn't so far extended to liquidised vegetables. Or tripe or insects, for that matter. Falafel is only as good as the vegetables it's with, which means it's brilliant in Israel, but not so good the further north you go, into the lands of cabbage falafels and kebabs.

Question for Pacis Puella, or anyone else who might happen to know: how does Joris salted liquorice compare to Dutch salmiak, or the German/Scandinavian kinds I've never tried? Also, is it readily available in ordinary supermarkets, or more of a niche thing?
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
Question for Pacis Puella, or anyone else who might happen to know: how does Joris salted liquorice compare to Dutch salmiak, or the German/Scandinavian kinds I've never tried? Also, is it readily available in ordinary supermarkets, or more of a niche thing?
I have no idea, sorry.

I'll try anything, although this hasn't so far extended to liquidised vegetables.
So you've never eaten vegetable soup in your life? :p
 

malleolus

Civis Illustris
off topic:

I've ventured into the realm of Chinese soups(those that consist of chestnuts, mung beans, rice, Chinese dates,etc.) lately and in combining them with two cups of that Chinese tea a day I've managed to lose about 3 stone 5 within 6 months.
 

Callaina

Feles Curiosissima
off topic:

I've ventured into the realm of Chinese soups(those that consist of chestnuts, mung beans, rice, Chinese dates,etc.) lately and in combining them with two cups of that Chinese tea a day I've managed to lose about 3 stone 5 within 6 months.
Impressive!! :)
 

malleolus

Civis Illustris
Thank you for your kind comment.The fun thing about it all is that I don't feel as if I'm starving myself.

For example, on this VERY hot day in Eastern Canada, I am sitting down to a green smoothie. Ingredients: frozen mango, frozen pineapple, lemon juice, and fresh garden spinach.
Trust me to get the finer points of this recipe only on second reading. Sounds quite interesting - as I have to go grocery shopping tomorrow I will get all the ingredients.Does the spinach have to be fresh? Or can I just get one box of frozen spinach leaves?
 

Callaina

Feles Curiosissima
Trust me to get the finer points of this recipe only on second reading. Sounds quite interesting - as I have to go grocery shopping tomorrow I will get all the ingredients.Does the spinach have to be fresh? Or can I just get one box of frozen spinach leaves?
I've never tried with frozen spinach - not sure it would work. You also need to add some water/juice/soymilk to get it to a smoothie texture.
 

Bestiola

Speculatrix
Staff member
Trust me to get the finer points of this recipe only on second reading. Sounds quite interesting - as I have to go grocery shopping tomorrow I will get all the ingredients.Does the spinach have to be fresh? Or can I just get one box of frozen spinach leaves?
i think the point of green smoothies is to take fresh vegetables, as i don't think frozen would do so greatly....but congrats on the weight loss :) some recipes here if everyone is interested: http://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes
 

Etaoin Shrdlu

Civis Illustris
I vaguely remember reading somewhere that frozen vegetables are often richer in nutrients than fresh ones, as there's no guarantee of the content of produce, either from shops or a market. But really, why do this to spinach? It has a bad enough reputation from school dinners, boiled to revolting pointlessness. Cooked with things like eggs or cheese, it's sublime. In a smoothie, it weeps for the vanity of its existence.
 

Callaina

Feles Curiosissima
Vanitas vanitatum, et omnia vanitas.

Even spinach. :D
 

Tomer

Active Member
Had "hummus" been spelled with one "m", I'd pun: Iudaeae humum edimus.

Since we actually consume our ground over here, as well as whatever is ground, e.g. chickpeas.

-I just noticed that humus is a feminine noun of the 2nd declension.(mother earth, I suppose, is the logic thereof).
 

malleolus

Civis Illustris
Thank you all for your comments.It will have to be fresh spinach then.
 

Bestiola

Speculatrix
Staff member
you can also play with different kind of lettuce :) lamb lettuce is especially great, parsley leaves, celery leaves, even carrot leaves can be used...or fresh basil, cilantro, herbs ...
 
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