The Daily Blend

Writing to make connections

Vietnamese Beef Pho and Asian Food at Home

Vietnamese beef pho made at homeNow that the chilly winds have started to blow I’m thinking more and more about making hot and hearty soup. Soup, for me, is the original comfort food. Put a steaming bowl and a spoon in front of me, and suddenly the world is a brighter place. You, of course, have your own comfort food. You may get that warm homey feeling when you dig into a creamy mac and cheese or aromatic lamb stew, a deep-dish apple pie or luscious tiramisu. For me, it’s soup.

Delightful surprise

So when my daughter introduced me to Vietnamese beef pho

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Suet Cakes for Winter Birds

Finished suet cakes

Now that the cold weather is coming, it’s time to put up bird feeders and wait for the daily entertainment. Yes, for me watching the little guys come and go is fascinating and fun. It’s easy and cheap to attract birds to your yard, which makes it even better. Feeders and poles to put them on can be built or bought and seed isn’t awfully expensive. All that’s left is finding the time to sit and watch. Much preferable to daytime TV!

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Pear Tarte Tatin

When I worked on the margins of the food industry, we

Home made pear Tarte Tatin

found that there were two kinds of home cook. One was interested in savoury foods, the other in sweets; our customers were “the cooks” and “the bakers”.

Since then, I’ve taken note of the preferences of my friends and acquaintances and found that there are very few people who are in the middle of that spectrum. A notable example is my friend Cathy, who loves to serve a meal of at least three courses, complete with a luscious cake for dessert.

Though I, myself, am near the savoury end of the spectrum

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Gluten Free Breakfast and Crisp Corn Pancakes

Amid the hype about (and IMHO over reaction to)
Gluten free breakfast pancakes are wheatless corn flapjacks.gluten in our diets let’s not forget that there are people who truly cannot and should never eat foods that contain gluten.

In my experience, there’s a range of tolerance to gluten just as there’s a range of tolerance to dairy products, “nightshade” vegetables and others. In the last few years I’ve made two friends who are in the gluten intolerant range. It’s not a choice for them; they get sick if they eat gluten.

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Kitchen Blender Fun & Facts

You may have seen a video or two of the viral marketing series Will It Blend?. If you haven’t, you’ve missed some entertaining and educational trivia. A host gives us upbeat patter while dropping unlikely objects into a kitchen blender. The host then turns on the blender to show us what will happen when the objects are blended.

Hunous made in the kitchen blender

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I love watching this show. It’s fascinating to see stuff get crunched up and smoothed out.

Interestingly, a really good kitchen blender works so well not because of the blades but because of science. Something called cavitation. Basically, the blades spin so fast that they tear holes in the liquid you’re blending. It’s the resulting bubbles of air that actually do the work of smoothing the stuff into a liquid.

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