Archive for May, 2013

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TND – Sensory Experiences

May 30, 2013

unroasted sweet potatoes

I was half watching an episode of Chopped the other night (one of the many many many cooking competition shows the Food Network has embraced in place of shows that are actually about cooking – rant for a different day) while I ate my dinner and checked my email. I glanced up, however, when one of the contestants was revealed to be deaf. It caught my attention because in one of his ‘to camera’ interviews he said that people didn’t expect a deaf person to be able to cook, but that after all you don’t need to hear to cook. Read the rest of this entry ?

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TND – Watching Eurovision So You Don’t Have To (also, winning at Dinner)

May 22, 2013

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This is the now annual ‘I watched Eurovision so you don’t have to’ post. Normally, I would ask why you aren’t watching Eurovision, because normally it’s awesome. But this year was possibly the most boring edition of Eurovision I think I’ve ever sat (skimmed) through – it’s not a good sign when the host has the most interesting costume of the evening. If you’re a glutton for punishment you can watch the whole show streaming online. Mostly, however, I’d recommend just watching the performances from Romania, Finland, and Ireland. Denmark won (why?), but Romania was robbed.

That said, brace yourselves, here we go. Read the rest of this entry ?

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TND – Emperor’s New Clothes

May 16, 2013

carrot curls

A couple of weeks ago I said I was feeling excessively negative and wanted to get happy, but that I’d do a grousing post some time soon.  This is that time.

Firstly, the term ‘flavor forward’ needs to be taken out to the woodshed and put out of its misery.  What does that even mean?

More seriously, can we talk about the most recent spate of idiotic diets that are being touted. Read the rest of this entry ?

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TND – Messy, but Tasty

May 9, 2013

groaning board

I drove myself a little bit crazy last week in a quest for authenticity. I did research, crowd sourced my father and uncles, dithered, and fussed in search of an ‘authentic’ elegant Dutch meal to celebrate the Abdication/Enthronement of Queen Beatrix/King Willem-Alexander*. Then I went ahead and did things like roasting my Brussels sprouts with balsamic, and adding garlic and rosemary and orange zest to my Hazenpeper. I also threw in a splash of buttermilk to my Hete Bliksem for a touch of creaminess. I did this mostly because I couldn’t help myself, and because I thought they would enhance the dishes, even if the additions were inauthentic. This, however, begs the question of what we mean when we say ‘authentic’. Read the rest of this entry ?

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TND – Habemus Regem

May 1, 2013

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On Tuesday, April 30, 2013 an era ended. After 33 years on the throne, her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands stepped down in favor of her son, Crown Prince Willem Alexander. It was the end of her reign, and it also marked the end of 123 years of women at the helm of the Netherlands. Read the rest of this entry ?