What I ate and drank for the first time in 2016 )

What did you eat in 2016 that you’d never eaten before? What did you drink in 2016 that you’d never drunk before? (No animals please!)

Also, where in London might there be fruit that I've never tried before?

Some pictures )

Previous years: 2015, 2014 and 2013.


Oct. 21st, 2016 09:28 pm
I went to the KitKat Chocolatory shop with [livejournal.com profile] deathboy and bought three kinds of KitKat! Raspberry, rose and hibiscus; butterscotch, pretzel and pecan; and rich cherry bakewell tart.

This is the raspberry, rose and hibiscus one:
Raspberry, rose and hibiscus KitKat
What did you eat in 2015 that you’d never eaten before? What did you drink in 2015 that you’d never drunk before?

My list )
What did you eat in 2014 that you’d never eaten before? What did you drink in 2014 that you’d never drunk before?

My list )


Dec. 4th, 2014 10:14 pm
A few years ago, [livejournal.com profile] strawberryfrog challenged me to open a pickle factory. I have still not managed to do that, but it did inspire me to make pickles!

I enjoy eating Japanese pickles, so decided those were the kind I wanted to make. I read recipes about using beds of rice bran, but in the end found some really easy to use pickle powder. You simply chop up some vegetables, put them in a plastic bag, and sprinkle the powder over them. Then you leave it in the fridge for a few hours, and then the pickles are ready! I tried it with aubergine, carrots, and cabbage, but am keen to try with other vegetables.

Wikipedia has this to say about tsukemono though: "According to EU and USA trade code definitions, tsukemono are classified as 'preserved vegetables' rather than 'pickles' because they are not primarily preserved in acetic acid or distilled vinegar. They have a different tax rate than western pickles."
What did you eat in 2013 that you’d never eaten before? What did you drink in 2013 that you’d never drunk before?

Elfe potatoes
Purple carrots

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Things I remember from the Experimental Food Society Spectacular Exhibition:

1. A meadow of flowers made from sugar, by Rosalind Miller Cakes.

2. The breathable tea. I had the “brain” variety and sucked the tea steam through a straw. This was from Camellia's Tea House.

3. I ate a cabbage, green tea and Lancashire cheese pastry, from the Black Isle Bakery.

4. Edible Stories. A tent where you tried two different drinks and apparently the experience changed depending which drink you have first. (ie, if you have the more bitter drink last, you end up feeling more negative about the experience.)

5. Lick me, I'm delicious liquid nitrogen ice-cream:
Dark port ice-cream with a stilton ripple served on a charcoal cracker
Salted caramel ice-cream churned with 12 year single malt served in a dark chocolate shot.

6. Oak smoked blackberry and ginger liqueur, by Alchemist Dreams.

7. Edible camera. A camera made entirely from edible materials and it actually takes photos.

8. Marmite on toast portraits.

9. Historical Bitters created by the Robin Collective, which were bitters infused with moisture extracted from:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's office
Winston Churchill's war rooms

10. The Queen in cake form.

11. The Rialto Bridge, in Venice, made from pasta and biscuits.

I went to a talk on experimental ice-cream making and Charlie Harry Francis, founder of Lick Me I’m Delicious talked about the glow in the dark ice-cream, which is made from synthesised jellyfish proteins and glows when you lick it, and costs about £140 a scoop.

He also demonstrated making:
Gin and tonic sorbet (glows under UV due to the quinine- made with ice and salt in plastic bags, shaken by passing around the audience.)

Fire extinguisher ice-cream, made using CO2 from a fire extinguisher.

Nitro ice-cream pottery on a gramophone. Some liquid nitrogen ice-cream was placed onto the gramophone and spun as if it were a potter's wheel, and then a pot made of ice-cream was created!
I made sweet potato crêpes with tamarind & coriander sauce yesterday, from Vegan with a Vengeance, and they were tasty.

I have also made the gingerbread apple pie, the scrambled tofu, and some chocolate chip cookies from the book. May have to return it to the (children's) library soon. Anyone made anything from it that was particularly awesome that I should try?


Jun. 29th, 2010 10:39 pm
Broadband is being activated tomorrow at my flat.

In the meantime, I have been borrowing books from the tiny local library. Currently flicking through the Terre à Terre: The Vegetarian Cookbook. Aubergine jelly eels!


Feb. 24th, 2010 11:22 am
Recipes I have cooked so far this year from Leah Leneman's Vegan Cooking for One book: 26.

Ingredients I had never used before: semolina and millet.

Family members worried that I would start chirping after eating millet: 1.


May. 13th, 2009 12:02 am
Buddha's Hand
Polly waffles and cherry ripes are not really an option for me to eat, as a vegetarian, but I still look for weird food to try. Recently, I've nibbled Buddha's Hand (see picture), sipped basil seed drink, and eaten feijoa.

I wanted to try white chocolate wasabi ice-cream or perhaps even hot cross bun flavour, but alas, the strangest flavours that Fritz Gelato had when I visited were caramelised fig and roasted almond, and cinnamon doughnut.

The Buddha's Day and Multicultural festival happening this weekend at Fed Square is apparently well known for its strange food - vegan deep fried oysters! vegan pork floss! radish cake! I also noticed that one of the vegan blogs that has photos of deep fried oysters also describes a vegan kangaroo BBQ. Definitely weird Australian food.


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