Okay. So the bloggie friends around me have been doing Throwback Thursdays, or Topic-Changing Thursdays, or Woman Crush Wednesdays so today a light bulb went on in my head (said like Mr. Gru) and I thought to myself, “Self? Maybe you should do something like that. Sometimes dangerous food takes lots of time which means you’re not blogging as often as you could be.”
So welcome to Freeform Fridays! I was going to make it “Foodie Fact Fridays,” because most of you are foodies, but then I wanted to take pictures, and I thought to myself, “Self? Maybe you could take pictures of stuff other than food! Like, outside!” So all posts will now include photos. Freeform Fotos (That horribly spelled alliteration is my rebellion against the OCD nature of the copyediting course I’m taking).
So. Here is the first freeform topic I’ll be discussing. It’s a foodie book review. Except that I haven’t finished the book yet. This freeform thing gets better and better.
My dad got me this book just because he saw it and thought I might like it. And he was right! Nice work, Dad. The book combines a bunch of great foodie things through dispelling food myths — weird facts, cooking tips, humour, and recipes.
Here are three sample myths and my thoughts:
1. Myth: Mouldy cheese should be thrown out
The book says that basically, the softer the cheese the less foreign mould you should put up with (pitch it), and to scrape that mess off of the harder cheeses which are still ok. Good to know. My rule before went something like, “if I paid more than $5 for it, let’s just call it penicillin.”
2. Myth: Rice should be rinsed until the water runs clear
Apparently rice used to be packed in talc for transport, which placed high importance on rinsing, but unless you buy mingin’ bargain basement rice, you should be all good without rinsing.
Good to know. Because I’m lazy. If there’s a kitchen corner to be cut, I’m going to slice it with a big dull knife (dull because I’m too lazy to sharpen things).
3. Myth: Never wash mushrooms
Where did the whole, “Don’t wash mushrooms,” thing come from? You can see the dirt, people! The book reiterates what we all know deep in our hearts — mushrooms grow in fecal matter. So if you don’t want a literal sh*t sandwich…
And this ends our preview of the book Lobsters Scream when You Boil Them. It’s a fun book.
And now, on to some pictures I took today in our gardens.
Our lilacs are really peaking right now. Two weeks ago my husband decided we didn’t need a lilac bush so he was going to wield a murderous lilac axe, but my daughter and I literally tree hugged so he moved it to a different corner, and it still bloomed. Charly and I are therefore quite proud of these rescued flowers.
My treatment of this next one in iPhoto makes me laugh. After I did it I thought, Perfect, that will one day be my funeral postcard. Lilacs in memory of Ann – she came, she saw, she cooked weird crap.
This next one is a shot of our tranny garden gnome. My kids named “her,” Grace Ella after my cousin’s kids. I’m nearly as proud of her as I am of our lilac.
And … a tulip. Tulips are my favourite flowers. The axe wielder got rid of a bunch of those this year too, but he has promised me “tulip alley,” which will make for some great pics next year.
And a purple puffball. Just ’cause. Freeform Friday. “Just ’cause,” is the new M.O.
Question: Are you into Freeform Friday? Can you think of a kitchen myth you’re not sure is true?