Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pears

Panna cotta
Food Diary (January 29, 2012)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with kiwifruit, sunflower seeds and flax seeds  
Lunch: Pasta with lentil spinach sauce
Dinner: Sandwiches
Baking/sweets:  Panna cotta

I got tagged by With a Glass  where I need to answer 10 questions about me:

1. Describe yourself in seven words
I find it hard to describe myself (that’s 7 words!)

2. What keeps you up at night?
Depends on the night, could be work, blogs, parties, movies or just plain insomnia

3. Who would you like to be?
A better improved version of me

4. What are you wearing right now?
Pervert:) This is a food blog, ask what I just ate. But if you really want to know what I am wearing, what would you like me to wear:)

5. What scares you?
A few things work related (too boring to mention!), certain situation which brings back memories of accidents I narrowly avoided

6. What are the best and worst things about blogging?
Having fun with what I do, meeting lots of interesting people, learning about food, trying interesting recipes etc
One of the downsides is seeing so many nice recipes and not being able to try it

7.What was the last website you visited?
With a Glass to get a copy of the questions

8. What is the one thing you would like to change about yourself?
I will leave this blank, too complicated to pick one, or should I say I am unwilling to disclose one publicly:)

9. Slankets – yes or no?
What the heck is slankets.

10. Tell us something about the person who tagged you.
Her name is Sissi and she has have been living in the French-speaking part of Switzerland for several years. She loves cooking, good wines, inventive drinks and filling up her pantry with jams, pickles, sauces, liquors…. She is an avowed fan of Burgundy wines, German dry rieslings and cannot live without shochu. Like most home cooks, she tries to keep her recipes on paper. However she finds that putting them online is a great way to share her culinary passion with me and you. It will hopefully push her to become more disciplined and organized, and to improve her cooking skills (not to mention learning to properly use her camera!). 


I disagree with her opinion on the last sentence, her cooking and photos are great. Don’t believe everything she says. 


Today's Favourite Photo
Sandwich cookie with nougat filling


Today’s Favourite Blog
Source:Care2
Care2 has an interesting article on pears. Homer, author of the Odyessy, called pears “gift of the gods.” Here are some interesting facts about pears:
-        Pears are members of the rose family.
-     Pears were cultivated in 5000 B.C. in China by Feng Li, a Chinese diplomat as a commercial venture.
-       The Chinese believed that the pear was a symbol of immortality. (Pear trees live for a long time.)
-        Pear trees can produce fruit for up to 100 years.
-        In Greek and Roman mythology, pears are sacred to three goddesses.
-        There are more than 5,000 varieties of pears!
-        Pears have more nutrients per calorie than calories per nutrient
-       For diabetics; pears have a low glycemic index (GI) of just 38. Also, pears are one of the fruits that can improve blood glucose levels, help a person lose weight, and improve concentration.
-        Pears ripen best off the tree; they do not ripen well on the tree. Pears ripen at room temperature; leave them on your kitchen counter. Putting apples and bananas in the same bowl will speed up the ripening, or you can put them in a paper bag.
-        They have a long storage life so pears can be stored for months at O C (32F). Bartlett pears can only be stored for a few months; Anjou pears can be stored for 5-7 months.
-        If you want to slow down the ripening of the pears simply put them back in the refrigerator in the coldest part
-        Pears ripen from the inside out; the best way to check for ripeness is to gently press on the neck of the pear near the stem with your thumb.
-        Do not freeze fresh pears; the juice and fibers separate when they thaw. You can freeze cooked pears (such as pear sauce, pear crumble or pear cake)

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19 comments:

  1. This was fun to read:) I especially appreciate your answer to #4.

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  2. Hahaha! Those are great answers! I love the #1 answer and as to #4, I'd have answered it the same! :D I did think that question was rather weird.
    The pear article is very useful indeed. Will definitely keep all that in mind ... if I can remember them all.

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    1. Yes question #4 was a bit special. I wonder who wrote the questions, and what the intention was:)

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  3. Is that a panna cotta you've made? Looks delicious, coffee or something?

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    1. Yes its home made, has some chocolate, not much

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  4. That panna cotta of yours looks so tasty!

    And seriously? What are you wearing? That is an odd question for a food blog questionnaire.

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  5. Mr. Three-Cookies, I'm laughing out loud!!! I love your sense of humour and don't regret having tortured you with this questions game. You have provided me excellent humour for the whole week!
    The answer number one is the best I can imagine and I totally agree that number 4 is pervert (I haven't invented the questions!). As for the last one... (this is where I started to laugh out loud) I see you have been visiting my About page recently ;-)
    Thank you for the kind words! And thank you for playing the game.
    The panna cotta looks very unusual! I wonder what is inside...

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    1. Glad you enjoyed reading them. It wasn't torture at all.
      Maybe I shouldn't have copied everything from your 'about page' and instead put some effort into writing something myself. Well, too late now, I took a shortcut:)
      The panna cotta has chocolate

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  6. I just got through cooking with pears! I love them! The panna cotta looks amazing

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  7. Yummy panna cotta!

    And giggling at your answers :) You have a nice sense of humor~

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    1. Glad you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it:)

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  8. Great questions to read about you. And wow on the Panna cotta. Oh nothing beats biting into a ripe pear, juices trikling down your chin. It is a fab fruit1

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    1. I haven't had a pear for a while, now I want juices trikling down my chin:)

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  9. I enjoy reading your blog so much. I always stumble onto something new that I've never heard before. Pears are part of the rose family?! I wouldn't have guessed that at all.

    Your answers totally cracked me up too. Have a great night!

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