Archive for the ‘food’ Category
Wow, I’ve been gone awhile. I’ve been busy doing who knows what. I also went to Freeport, Maine, for a weekend and subsequently got a cold and hacking cough. The food alone was worth it, though.
The shopping was good too. There’s a British goods store in Freeport. Mary watched in awe as I gasped and squealed at every other item I laid eyes on. I bought a can of Shandy Bass. I had never heard of it…apparently it’s a soft drink with a wee bit of Bass ale. I haven’t tried it yet but will let you know when I do.
I seem to have forgotten that I have something called A BIRTHDAY LIST…I will have to make up for lost time. I may attempt to squeeze in four items this weekend. Stay tuned.
I never thought I would see the day that I would eat fish eggs. But strange things happen when you have a birthday list to complete.
Over the weekend, a local seafood restaurant was offering a special Icelandic menu during an annual Iceland festival. My friend asked me to go, and when I saw that the first course had fish eggs in it, I was sold.
To be precise, I ate arctic char roe. I can’t say they tasted like much. They were gelatinous little bubbles. I did bite into one that burst and that was a little shocking.
The first course was OK…a lot of raw salmon, which I am not used to. A bunch of onion and other crunchy veggies were smothered in a dill sauce and wrapped in the salmon.
The second course was very good: Icelandic cod and mussels in some type of awesome sauce. Dessert was Icelandic tiramisu, which tasted kind of like gingerbread cake. It was a fun and adventurous meal.
As I reflected on the fish eggs later, a tune floated into my head. I thought to myself, is there a song about fish eggs? Oh no, it’s fish heads.
Yes: “Fish heads, fish heads, roly poly fish heads. Fish heads, fish heads. Eat them up, yum.” I loved that song when I was a kid. I think there was a corresponding hand gesture involved as well, but I can’t be sure.
I had to learn more. Where did this song come from? Was it from an ’80s cartoon? The Muppet Show? How could it be…it’s such a strange song. And all I could recall was the chorus.
Well, I just searched for the song on Google and up came a link to the music video. I have never seen this video, as I know I would have remembered it. It’s in turn fascinating, cringe-inducing, and just plain bizarre. Which means I love it.
Does anyone else remember this song from 1979?? There’s no music until about 2:10 in…
I had never been to a Chinese bakery in Chinatown, so my coworker took me to two last week. I was seeking a pineapple bun, but neither bakery had one that particular day. So I settled for a hot dog bun and a scallion bun. They were quite delicious. I rarely eat hot dogs, but this hot dog bun looked like a huge pig-in-a-blanket and I couldn’t resist. I also bought a green tea cake. It looked so cute, and I like tea.
Not a fan of the cute tea cake. It had the consistency of a block of powdered sugar and I was not feeling it.
But I’ll be going back for the hot dog bun!
I also attended my first genealogy workshop. It was an all-day workshop. There were four separate lectures and a a Q and A session. The presenters were engaging and I learned a lot. And I got sucked in to joining the local genealogical society, New England Historic Genealogical Society. I hope to check out its 8-floor library this weekend.
I haven’t had time to do much genealogical research lately. But I am raring to go with all of my new tips.
So for those keeping track, I have completed 12 items. So that means I have 2.5 months to finish 26 things. Hmmm….
I tried to make hard candy the other day so I could put it on the birthday list. I ended up with a pool of badly burnt sugar.
It was going fine at first. I heated up sugar, water, and corn syrup. The mix had to get to 310 degrees, and it took FOREVER to get to around 260. I literally tried a second thermometer because I thought the first one might be broken. So I thought I had all the time in the world between 260 and 310 degrees. I was wrong. Dead wrong.
When I went back in the kitchen, the concoction looked very dark. Too dark. I took the temp and yelped as it climbed past 320 degrees. All of a sudden I noticed that the air was hazy. I was smoking the place out. I frantically opened windows and turned on the ceiling fan. I didn’t know what to do with the burnt liquid, so poured it on aluminum foil like I was supposed to, and then threw it out after it cooled.
Lesson of the day: If you are making hard candy, watch it like a hawk!
Boston has come to a standstill due to the impending snowstorm…many businesses were closed today or closed by 2:00. The subway is stopping service at 3:00 today. The governor has told people to stay off the roads after 4:00. We better get two feet of snow after all of this!
Mary and I went to a local diner for brunch this morning and made it just in time to grab a bite before it closed. I’ve passed by the Busy Bee Restaurant twice a day for the past 3+ years and have never been. So I was looking forward to checking it out. As we walked inside, we were greeted by a faded poster of a young Elvis Presley. It had me at Elvis.
It’s a small place. The food was good and cheap, and the atmosphere is quintessential diner. It’s run by a Greek family, so I enjoyed hearing random Greek being yelled from the kitchen. There seemed to be some regulars. The waitstaff was no nonsense, but friendly. Everything one wants in a diner.
This excursion was #7 on the birthday list. I’m feeling a little behind at this point!