Food Diary (December 28, 2011)
Dinner: Sweet corn soup, bread
Baking/sweets: Toscatårta (Swedish Almond Cake), chocolates
Sweet corn brought back a food memory, a positive one. I spent a year in board school. Boarding schools are not known for their food and this one was no exception. There were very few highlights. One of them was sweet corn. We were served corn on the cob which we used to make sandwiches – white bread, corn, lots of butter and salt. This was magical. And yes I count this as one of the highlights. I can count all the highlights using my fingers and still have many spare fingers.
The ‘lowlight’ by far with a unanimous (or even consensus) vote was beef olives. I think even the chefs hated it. Now that I think of it, even stray dogs kept their distance when beef olives were served, they must have a sixth sense, or a good sense of smell. Beef olives may sound great but thats where it ends. It looked like dehydrated rocky mountain oysters, and maybe also smelt and tasted like it. I haven’t tried rocky mountain oysters yet, not the real thing anyway. I think many of us boarders are forever traumatized by beef olives. One day I will make it.
I don’t know how the chefs succeeded in screwing up food so well. I am sure they had good intentions. The most logical explanation I can come up with is that this was a strategy to motivate us to study hard so we would not have to hang around for longer than necessary. This strategy worked, we studied hard, because we saw light at the end of the tunnel, and there surely were no beef olives dangling at the end of our tunnel. Jokes aside, the chefs were really kind ladies.
Moving on to a totally different issue. I am grateful to whoever invented the refrigerator and freezer. This Toscatårta was sitting in the freezer, all I had to do was to take it out and eat it frozen. Now its all gone.
Today's Favourite Photo
Source: Smoky Wok
Fragrant Soy-Caramelized Prawns
Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: Huffington Post and various other sources
An interesting round-up of “The Craziest Fast Food Crimes Of 2011”.
Drunk Driving at Taco Bell: A customer was so drunk that he passed out after receiving the tacos but before he was able to eat them. The cops arrived, woke him up and requested his I.D. Instead of reaching out for his wallet to get his license he pulled out a taco and started eating. I guess he was still drunk.
Selling Fake iPads at McDonald's: At McDonalds a lady was approached by two guys who offered to sell her an Apple iPad for $300. She only had $180 which they accepted. The iPad turned out to be a block of wood, in a Fed-Ex box.
Shooting Out the Window at Taco Bell: Taco Bell again. A guy was so mad that his crunchy beef taco went up in price, he shot at the drive-thru window with his gun. It didn’t end there. He waved a pistol and an assault rifle in the parking lot, and then went to a motel room, where he barricaded himself, sparking a 3-hour standoff that lasted until police lobbed tear gas inside and the man surrendered. No one was hurt. I wonder if he regrets not accepting the 50 cent price increase instead of going through all the drama
Selling Babies at Taco Bell: Taco Bell yet again. A mom tried to sell her 3-day old baby boy for $500. Now we know the offer price for a 3 day old boy. No sale was concluded so we don’t know what the market price is. I am guessing some parent(s) would offer to pay money to someone to take their children way, especially when they are misbehaving.
Beating at McDonald's: Two teenage girls violently attacked a transgender woman in McDonald's allegedly for using the women's bathroom. All this was caught on camera by a McDonald's employee who was laughing during the attack. He didn’t laugh for too much longer, he got fired. Eventually a customer stepped in to stop the attack.
I remember being in a club once, queuing to use the bathroom. In front of the queue were two girls. It didn’t seem to bother anyone that girls were going to use the male bathroom. Male bathrooms, especially in clubs in the early hours of the morning, is probably dirtier. I felt sorry for their bad judgment but I suppose they were drunk, really drunk if they could not distinguish between a male and female bathroom.