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Favorite Foods

Postby Roving Punster » Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:21 pm

Today's food topic: Apples ... what are your favorite varieties, and why ?

For me, the primary qualities of a good eating apple are first and foremost being CRISP (not soft/mealy), sweet but not cloying, refreshingly tart, aromatic, and with a skin that's not too bitter.

My favorites, in descending order, are therefore: Honeycrisp, Jazz (new), Jonah Gold, Fuji, Gala. Out of all of those, Gala & Fuji seem to be the most consistently available in my region. My other top favorite, which I rarely get to enjoy, are the wonderfully crisp and aromatic mccoun ... but they have two annoying quirks that make them extremely problematic. First is that they lose their precious crispness very quicky, after being picked, and turn mealy. The other is that they closely resemble macintosh in size and appearance, and as a result a lot of less scrupulous produce managers and farmstands will substitute macs for them, and charge a premium price.

p.s. My favorite apples for cidermaking are completely different than the above list, because different qualities are needed for cider instead of eating apples. That's fodder for a separate post however.
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Re: Favorite Foods

Postby Cardinal Fang » Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:33 am

I'm a bit spoilt because there's a place near us with an orchard that grows rare and heritage varieties of apples, which they sell at the local farmers' market, so I get to try a lot on unusual ones.

I like Red Devils when they're in season, and likewise Russett Egremonts.

There's also an apple tree outside my block of flats that's grown wild. No idea what variety it is, but it produced really good cooking apples, so I always grab a load, make apple pies and things (and also stew and freeze some for later). They're in season from about September until into the New Year normally.

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Postby Roving Punster » Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:25 am

Never had the pleasure of trying either variety. I'm envious. :-)

What are they like ?
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Postby MourningStar » Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:44 am

Honey Crisps... For sure. REAL ones though... not the imported hybrid crap with no flavor that some stores have. We use to have a Coop in Portland that had them when they came in season and lost them when they went out. Now THOSE were some delicious damn apples. LEAST favorite.... Red Delicious, which are Red... sure, but are so watered down and genetically modified to be "perfect" they lack anything resembling flavor.

My favorite thing to do with baking apples, red or green, is make them into a compote with some cinnamon and bake them in tarts or puff pastry. So delicious out of the oven. Like mini apple pies.
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Postby MourningStar » Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:46 am

Hahahaha, Bluetatoes. A most pleasant surprise! Closest we have to that is a Limon tree. Lemon tree on the left, Lime tree on the right, and in the middle its Yellow skinned limes, and Green skinned lemons. It's a crap shoot which you get until you cut 'em open.
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Re: Favorite Foods

Postby ChowMein » Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:06 am

I like all the sweet apples mostly , granny smiths are okay but I dont like the sourness much. My least favorite apple for munching is the macintosh , but i like them in pies . :zen:

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Postby Roving Punster » Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:15 pm

I'm a self confessed egg slut ... I love eggs every which way, and I'm always tinkering with new ways to enjoy them.

Today's version: the "crispy over easy jalapeno egg"

Directions:
> Halve, core, and thinly slice crosswise 1 ripe hot freshly picked jalapeno (green or red).
> Heat an 8" nonstick pan and melt a small knob of sweet butter in it.
> Add the jalapenos, stirfry on med for 1-2 mins until the butter begins to brown.
> Add 1/4 cup tap water, raise heat to high, and simmer until pan runs dry and the peppers have begun to color (this also tenderizes them).
> Tilt pan slightly so all the butter and peppers slide to one side, and flatten the pan again.
> Spread the peppers into an oval and crack an egg over them (careful to keep the yolk intact), fully covering them, and sprinkle with salt.
> Cook sunny side up until the white is nearly done and the edges are browned and crispy, then spray the yolk lightly with oil and gently flip it over with a flick of the pan.
> Cook 10-15 seconds more on the yolk side, then flip the egg back right sideup and serve immediately.

Fast and easy.
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Postby Cardinal Fang » Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:19 pm

To my mind, the best way to eat eggs is as eggy in the basket

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Postby Roving Punster » Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:23 pm

Cardinal Fang wrote:To my mind, the best way to eat eggs is as eggy in the basket

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Aka "Toad in the Hole" :lol:

Good good ... anyone else ?
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Postby Cardinal Fang » Fri Nov 27, 2015 4:26 pm

Roving Punster wrote:
Cardinal Fang wrote:To my mind, the best way to eat eggs is as eggy in the basket

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Aka "Toad in the Hole" :lol:

Good good ... anyone else ?


Eggy in the basket is NOT toad in the hole

Eggy in the basket is an egg cooked into a slice of fried bread

Toad in the hole is sausages baked into a lovely crisp yorkshire pudding batter.

Both are yum, but they're nothing like each other

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Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Sat Nov 28, 2015 12:47 am

I likes me eggs fried (yolk punctured early) and served on a garlic bagel with a slice of cheddar and many slices of un-cored jalapeno pepper. (Cored hot peppers? Really??) If the wife is away, I'll switch out the cheddar for some lovely gorgonzola.

Somewhere in these threads I posted the recipe for my dreaded Burritos of Doom. I'll be back with the link if I can find it.

Here we are. The recipe is here. I've also posted various enhancements.
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Postby Roving Punster » Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:31 am

Cardinal Fang wrote:Eggy in the basket is NOT toad in the hole

Eggy in the basket is an egg cooked into a slice of fried bread

Toad in the hole is sausages baked into a lovely crisp yorkshire pudding batter.

Both are yum, but they're nothing like each other

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I double checked and you are 100% correct ... I'd apparently learned the wrong term at some point. Humble thanks for correcting me.

As you've probably surmised, I rarely make either variation.
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Postby Roving Punster » Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:49 am

ET, the Extra Terrestrial wrote:(Cored hot peppers? Really??)

This is perhaps TMI, but although I havent had an acute incident yet (thank his noodly goodness), diverticulitis runs in my family, so I generally try to soften my temptations of fate by grinding my whole seed spices, and removing small seeds during prep wherever it's convenient to do so. I'll have to be more meticulous about it if/when I ever get an attack, but so far I've been fortunate.

Bottom line ... it's a preventative measure, not to reduce heat (I'm actually a hot pepper aficianado).
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Postby Nef Yoo BlackBeard » Sat Nov 28, 2015 6:38 am

i lykes foowd ,

my favritt iss peetser wiff pepparowni .
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Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Sat Nov 28, 2015 3:08 pm

Roving Punster wrote:
ET, the Extra Terrestrial wrote:(Cored hot peppers? Really??)

This is perhaps TMI, but although I havent had an acute incident yet (thank his noodly goodness), diverticulitis runs in my family, so I generally try to soften my temptations of fate by grinding my whole seed spices, and removing small seeds during prep wherever it's convenient to do so. I'll have to be more meticulous about it if/when I ever get an attack, but so far I've been fortunate.

Bottom line ... it's a preventative measure, not to reduce heat (I'm actually a hot pepper aficianado).

I accept your medical deferment. Complications from diverticulitis took a friend of mine several years ago, wouldn't want that to happen to you (or anyone else, for that matter). Make sure to have your regularly scheduled colonoscopies as recommended by your physician. Yes, that's me.

This year's pepper crop included jalapenos, serranos, cayennes, and yatsafusas. I'm drying batches of them separated by species, so I'll have (including the habaneros from last year) five different batches of flakes to torture myself and my friends with. Crushing the dried peppers is an amazing experience. No matter how much protection I wear, I sneeze for hours afterwards. Might have to break out the diving helmet one of these days.
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