Trendy Foods I Hate

I tried Sushi once, never again.  It is possible that I haven’t had good sushi or that I just haven’t found the right type, but I can’t see why others find this appealing, as it makes me want to barf.

I don’t like Coconut Water, because it doesn’t taste like water.  It is supposed to be healthy, but I only want to eat or drink stuff that tastes good and this stuff is far from being a refreshing beverage.  Maybe it is an acquired taste.

Who needs Keto friendly food?  I am tired of people telling me what is good for me and what I should eat.  There are too many so-called food experts out there, all with different opinions about what is good for you.  Everyone has to die from something and as long as the food I eat tastes good, I am sticking with it and I wish this Keto diet would just go away.

I am not sure if I am supposed to say Cauliflower rice, or riced Cauliflower, but I am not having any of this.  I like rice, but not when it is made out of Cauliflower and I don’t see the point of eating anything just because somebody says that it is good for you.  Maybe I am the only person that doesn’t like this, but why ruin a good thing.  It is time to stop lying, as Cauliflower is not rice and it never will be.

I don’t understand how Sriracha sauce ever became so popular and why are people raving about it.  I don’t actually hate it, but it tastes like hot, oily ketchup, yuck who needs this stuff.

Written for Dr. Tanya of Salted Caramel 5 Things challenge.

Sarcastic Answers

I decided to have some fun today with Dr. Tanya’s 5 Things today about stuff that I miss about my daily drive when I used to commute to work, because there is not one thing that I miss about it.

The first thing is spilling coffee in my lap, as it is hard to get that sensation of the scalding liquid seeping into my clothes any place else.  You might think that I am strange for relishing when the lid pops off of my Styrofoam cup, but nothing wakes you up faster than having a cup of hot coffee dropped in your lap.

I also miss the tailgaters, those people who use to get right behind me and try to make me move faster as I enjoyed fucking with them to try and make them even more angry.  I usually start by flipping them the bird and if that doesn’t work. I yell out the window at them, “Ride on my bumper for all you’re worth you big pussy.  I’ll show you what a real maniac looks like!”

I miss those people who would honk their horns at me when the light turned green and I took about 3 seconds to step on my gas.  Ever since Henry Ford slapped a bulb-and-trumpet horn on the very first Model T people have been enamored with honking, and studies show that honking is the number one cause of noise pollution.  I would turn around to see when I heard a voice calling, calling, calling after me, telling me that I had to move, I really had to move.

I miss the constant traffic jams that I would always get stuck in, because that is when I would enjoy my audio books.  Not having to move made it much easier for me to concentrate on the stories.

Who doesn’t enjoy paying tolls, especially when the roads have been paid for seven times over since they were built, and you know that they were once free to drive on, but since the government is raking in so much money, they will never be that way again?

Written for Dr. Tanya of Salted Caramel 5 Things challenge.

Don’t Call It Jelly

There are no pieces of fruit in jelly, jam is made with mashed fruit, and preserves have whole fruit or large pieces of fruit in it.  My grandmother had a fruit cellar down in her basement where she used to can her own fruits.  This was before the rise of mass-market production that put jams and jellies in every supermarket which took the home-made flavor out of these jars.

I enjoy Polaner All Fruit Spreadable Fruit which is made from the finest fruits and sweetened only with fruit juice.  I try to get the Cherry flavor because these delicious ripe cherries pack a punch and they let your mouth fall in love with the rich taste.  This makes great peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but please don’t call it jelly.

Marmalade is a fruit preserve made from the juice and peel of citrus fruits boiled with sugar and water and orange is the way to go with this.  Orange marmalade stuffed French Toast is to die for and all you do is make a jam sandwich with white bread, then soak the sandwich in eggs and milk and finally, pan-fry it in lots of butter.  I buy Bonne Maman Mini Preserves because I like the graceful, charming picnic table colored jar lids.

Fruit preserves are preparations of fruits whose main preserving agent is sugar and sometimes acid, and they are often stored in glass jars to be used as a condiment or spread.  Whole Foods sells Rare Bird preserves which are manufactured in Illinois and you have to try a jar of their Cranberry Clementine Preserves. which comes with a bag of their Vanilla Cream Scone mix.

My favorite jam is Briermere Farms Seedless Raspberry Jam which you have to purchase online and this goes great on toast.  I had diverticulitis once and I try to avoid all seeds since then.

I also have diabetes, so I usually try to avoid eating jelly, but if I go out to a restaurant for breakfast and they have Smucker’s Sugar-Free jelly, I would be tempted to spread some on my toast.

Written for Dr. Tanya of Salted Caramel 5 Things challenge.

5 Things — Favorite Kinds of Cheese

I lived in Wisconsin, so I am a cheese head.  I like Swiss cheese and extra sharp cheddar cheese, but nothing says cheese to me like the Italian cheeses.  Since I can only cover 5 cheeses in this post, I want to give an honorable mention to Parmesan cheese.  People like cheese so much that they write songs about it like that one by the Police, “Walked out to the market, don’t believe what I saw, a hundred million bottles, filled with mozzarella and more.”  My favorite one is Stella Bleu Cheese by the Grateful Dead with the lyrics, “All the cheese combines, it melts into a cream, a delicious spreading falls from a jar”.

Asiago is a pungent, semi-firm to hard cheese that comes in different varieties dependent on how long it is aged.  Mezzano (4-6 months), Vecchio (10 months and over) and Stravecchio (15 months and over).  It is produced on the Asiago plateau, which is in Northern Italy.

Pecorino Romano is a hard, salty Italian cheese, that is crumbly in texture, so it is often used for grating, and it is made with sheep’s milk.  Pecorino is a term used to define Italian cheeses made from 100% sheep’s milk.  Pecorino Romano delivers pungent flavors of soft spices and seared butter that burst with charm.   

Ricotta is an Italian whey cheese made from sheep, cow, goat, or Italian water buffalo milk whey left over from the production of other cheeses.  When you make cheese, you separate milk into two distinct things.  You have the solids, called curds, which will be separated out and pressed to form cheese.  And you have the liquid that is left behind, called whey.  Today, at least in the States, we tend to make ricotta from whole milk instead of whey.  Ricotta cheese isn’t aged at all, it’s light and moist and tasting it is like biting into glorious, fluffy clouds of cheese and without it, you couldn’t make lasagna.

Mozzarella cheese is a sliceable curd cheese originating in Italy.  Legend has it that mozzarella was first made when cheese curds accidently fell into a pail of hot water in a cheese factory near Naples, and soon thereafter the first pizza was made!  The cheese should taste fresh and be reminiscent of milk and yet be mild and delicate.  Some say it is bland, yet there is flavor and a hint of sourness.

Piave Vecchio is a cheese to die for and seriously if you have never tried this cheese, then you must put it on your bucket list. Piave Vecchio is aged for at least 6 months to generate a wonderfully strong, fruity flavor without sharpness.  The cheese is produced primarily from indigenous Italian cattle breeds, cows that roam the Italian Alps pastures in the warmer months, grazing on the natural grassy meadows.

Written for Dr. Tanya of Salted Caramel 5 Things challenge.

Do You Want Fries with That?

I never had to say that phrase, because I never worked in a fast food joint.  I don’t make a lot of sandwiches, but when I do, it is something easy, like a peanut butter with Polaner All Fruit cherry and don’t you call it jelly, or a Star Kist Tuna Creations Deli Style packet, or a grilled cheese sandwich which I have a special recipe for making them, but although these will do in a pinch, they are not my favorite sandwiches.  Dr. Tanya asks what are our five favorite sandwiches today and I will list them for you.

I will start off with breakfast and my favorite is the McDonald’s Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddle, because it is like a pancake where you get the maple flavor and you get your sausage, egg & cheese also with that.  You can skip the hash browns as they are usually too greasy, but only Dunkin Donuts makes coffee as good as McDonald’s, so order a cup of that.

I like the Reuben sandwich at Arby’s, which is made with marbled rye bread filled with freshly sliced corned beef, melty Swiss Cheese, tangy sauerkraut and creamy Thousand Island dressing.  It is a good idea to order the curly fries to go with this sandwich.

I also like the Steak and Shake Frisco Melt, which is a double burger situated between two pieces of sourdough bread, with two different cheeses and a tangy sauce.  Yum and I usually order a strawberry shake with this!

Jersey Mike’s Subs makes a great cheesesteak and I like mine with peppers, & American cheese, but without onions.

I like the Dave’s double cheeseburger at Wendy’s which is a half-pound of hot n’ juicy beef, cheese, crisp lettuce, tomato, pickle, ketchup, mayo, on a toasted bun, but I always make sure to order mine without the onion.  The baked potato is also really good, as well is the chili.

Written for Dr. Tanya of Salted Caramel 5 Things challenge.

5 Things That I Simply Adore About Blogging

  1. I enjoy the sense of belonging to a community. I see the same people here every day and some of them I have developed a rapport with, even though I doubt that I will ever meet any of them in person, or at least while everyone is social distancing because of the pandemic.
  2. I enjoy learning new things and while I am blogging, and as I read many other posts written by the various writers here, I always seem to learn something.
  3. I follow several music bloggers and they make posts that I enjoy reading.
  4. There are always prompts here on WordPress that I can respond to and I enjoy a good challenge.
  5. I host two different challenges and this keeps me busy and it is also fun for me.

Written for Dr. Tanya of Salted Caramel 5 Things challenge.