Controversial opinions about food

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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby Zohar » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:05 pm UTC

I agree with Belial. I'm having pasta with pesto for lunch tomorrow. Nom.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby Puppyclaws » Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:10 pm UTC

OK, in many ways not as much about food as it is about language, but... I hate the word "nom." I just...ergh. What is this supposed to mean? It seems to mean something like "I would enjoy eating that," but reduces it to an animalistic component. I dunno. Just, ugh.

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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby bigglesworth » Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:18 pm UTC

Also, a word to do with eating should involve your teeth when pronouncing it. Otherwise it sounds like you're not chewing or biting. And that's even weirder, like you're eating blancmange or something.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby poxic » Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:53 pm UTC

According to this interview with Cookie Monster, he was the origin of "nom nom nom".
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby bigglesworth » Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:00 am UTC

Well, I guess that he doesn't have any teeth, so that's fair enough.

Most of the rest of us have useable teeth.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby Puppyclaws » Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:42 am UTC

If every person who used it paid royalties to PBS and the Jim Henson Company each time, I think I would find it considerably less grating.

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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby EchoRomulus » Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:02 am UTC

I can't stand any kind of stew.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby zombie_monkey » Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:14 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Hmmm, ok, this is probably unpopular and controversial:

[list][*]I love my pink Himalayan sea salt
[..]].]

Isn't it rock salt from Pakistan?

BTW, it's interesting how in countries where traditionally sea salt is used rock salt is a fad, and vice versa.

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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby Wednesday » Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:58 pm UTC

zombie_monkey wrote:
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Hmmm, ok, this is probably unpopular and controversial:

[list][*]I love my pink Himalayan sea salt
[..]].]

Isn't it rock salt from Pakistan?

BTW, it's interesting how in countries where traditionally sea salt is used rock salt is a fad, and vice versa.

The stuff that's actually being referred to when we talk about pink salt for most culinary purposes is from Pakistan, which is pink because of the iron oxide in it. Unfortunately a lot of things are (accurately) called pink salt, including alaea (Hawaiian rock salt that's had red volcanic clay thrown in) which isn't really even for cooking with except in rituals. And then there's curing salts, mostly Prague power #1 or #2 which are just rock salt dyed pink so we don't accidentally throw a bunch of sodium nitrate on our pasta. Prague powder is, of course, not to be confused with *pickling* salt, as they serve distinctly different purposes.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby bigglesworth » Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:36 am UTC

Vegetarian parmesan-style cheese is better than the real thing for the purposes of cooking in pasta. I think it's the melting point.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby Nath » Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:20 pm UTC

Vegetarian how? Just in the use of non-animal-based rennet? Or vegan, as in not anything like cheese?

Also, how do you use it? As a finisher? In the sauce?

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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby bigglesworth » Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:43 pm UTC

Non-animal based rennet. Also made in England. And yeah, just butter, spaghetti and cheese in a hot pan.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby poxic » Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:45 pm UTC

That's pretty much a pasta version of cheese toast. Which, itself, is good snacking.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby Zohar » Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:32 pm UTC

I dunno if it's controversial, but relevant to the current topic - beer yeasts are a pretty nice vegan replacement for parmesan cheese, if anyone's looking for something without lactose or not animal based (well, yeast, but, you know).
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby SurgicalSteel » Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:23 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:I dunno if it's controversial, but relevant to the current topic - beer yeasts are a pretty nice vegan replacement for parmesan cheese, if anyone's looking for something without lactose or not animal based (well, yeast, but, you know).
Wait, what? You must use parmesan differently that I do. Do you sprinkle it over the cooked pasta? And if so, isn't that really, really expensive?
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby Zohar » Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:45 am UTC

Grated parmesan over pasta = deliciousness. It's not super-expensive here, definitely depends on the quality of cheese you get. It wouldn't surprise me that prices are different. I don't usually buy it for pasta, but according to a random online shopping place here it costs about 3.5$ per 100 grams, which would suffice for, I dunno, a pound of cooked pasta or something? Something you'd have with about three or four other friends?
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby AvatarIII » Sat Jul 06, 2013 12:00 pm UTC

Nath wrote:
  • Eggs do not instantly become gross when they get browned.

What does this even mean? I tried googling, and all I could find was pictures of brown eggs :|

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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby Carlington » Sat Jul 06, 2013 12:01 pm UTC

Some people don't like eggs with brown bits on them, they feel like that's overcooking them.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby AvatarIII » Sat Jul 06, 2013 12:39 pm UTC

Carlington wrote:Some people don't like eggs with brown bits on them, they feel like that's overcooking them.


I had never heard of people not liking that, needless to say, it doesn't bother me in the slightest, in fact I quite enjoy the crispy bits.

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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby SurgicalSteel » Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:49 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Grated parmesan over pasta = deliciousness.
Oh I know. I love parmesan over pasta. I was asking if you sprinkled beer yeast over your pasta, and isn't that expensive. I paid $6 for a packet of beer yeast about the size of two splenda packets the other day.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby Zohar » Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:35 pm UTC

Ah, then I'm probably mistranslating. What I'm talking about comes in great big jars, pretty much.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby poxic » Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:38 pm UTC

"Brewer's yeast", I think, so close enough. You can buy bags of it at natural health food stores. I don't remember how cheap or expensive it is.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby SurgicalSteel » Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:47 pm UTC

Ok, I get it now. Apparently there's brewer's yeast and "brewer's yeast". Makes much more sense now.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby bigglesworth » Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:52 pm UTC

Yeast for brewers and yeast by brewers? Lol.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby Thesh » Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:55 pm UTC

From what I can find in Google, it appears that "Brewer's Yeast" is basically spent yeast that has been recovered after brewing beer; so it's dead yeast and wort.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby poxic » Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:36 pm UTC

Ah, that makes more sense now. I had not-quite-consciously wondered why the hell people thought it would be healthy to eat large amounts of yeast, not realising that this stuff is basically dead and therefore unlikely to leaven one's innards.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby SurgicalSteel » Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:03 pm UTC

I thought it was a little weird too. Living critters on your dinner, chowing down on the sugars in the tomato sauce, carbonating your pasta.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby bigglesworth » Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:33 pm UTC

Yeast can't survive in the innards I don't think. They most probably already live on your outers though.

And ah, this is what nations that don't manufacture marmite or vegemite do with the stuff.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby Belial » Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:04 am UTC

bigglesworth wrote:Yeast can't survive in the innards I don't think. They most probably already live on your outers though.

And ah, this is what nations that don't manufacture marmite or vegemite do with the stuff.


Sometimes we make pizza crust out of it, too. This is especially true in brewpubs.

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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby gmalivuk » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:22 am UTC

Belial wrote:Beer is such a wide variety of only-loosely-related beverages...
So is coffee, come to that.

If you don't like the bitterness of roasted beans, try Arabic coffee, which is only lightly roasted or not at all. With the proper amounts of other ingredients, it ends up tasting a whole lot more like Indian chai than like any other coffee I've ever had.

AngrySquirrel wrote:May the gods save me from the atrocity that is pesto.
Agreed.

And by "agreed", I mean that I also have a problem with pesto.

And by "problem", I mean that almost every time I make it, I end up eating so much by the spoonful that I lose my appetite for whatever pasta product I originally intended to put it on.

Because pesto is fucking delicious.

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Re: Controversial opinions about food

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Mmm....All The Things....
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby poxic » Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:35 am UTC

Except I'm allergic to too many things. I have to eat stuff instead.
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Postby gmalivuk » Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:48 am UTC

Stuff with cream cheese isn't exactly bad by any means, but it sure isn't things.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:10 am UTC

What about stuff with cottage cheese? Currently eating my low-fat cottage cheese with curry-habanero paste, and OH MAN I could eat this every day.

I think I will.

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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby poxic » Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:26 am UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:low-fat cottage cheese with curry-habanero paste

That sounds either revolting or delicious. Possibly both. I wish I were still able to eat pepper things so I could try it and find out.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:31 am UTC

I expected a lower level of revolting, but it's GEE WILLIKERS AWESOME
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby PAstrychef » Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:22 pm UTC

Low fat cottage cheese is revolting. The curry-habanero paste must be truly awesome.
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Re: Controversial opinions about food

Postby philsov » Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:32 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Sushi with cream cheese is AWESOME


Sooooo not a fan of the texture. This also carries over to sushi with (spicy) mayo, avocado, or even sushi that's been fried.

Disgusting, the whole lot. Moreso when this reduces the menu of a nearby sushi restaurant to less than 50%.

What about stuff with cottage cheese?


I prefer sweet and tart, like pineapple, with my cottage cheese. I've heard good things about spice and/or a tomato/onion mix (salsa, chutney, etc) to be combined with cottage cheese as well.

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