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  1. via Twitter "According to this advent calendar I'm eating, Christmas was 5 minutes ago."
  2. You need to change your grocer. Baby carrots are a thing and it's easy to tell the difference between them and carved old tough ones. Whether they are worth eating is a whole other question. I have no problem with them.
  3. Yes, I've had the Cambodian Rice. It's not so different from the Thai Hom Mali - but slightly cheaper! I doubt I could tell them apart in a blind tasting. I see where you are coming from with the alkaline rice, but I doubt very much that's how it is used. Your average supermarket shopper is not going to be grinding rice to make noodles, when they can buy the noodles for a fraction of what it would cost in terms of cash and effort.
  4. I went to the larger supermarket today. They have all the same rices that I mentioned yesterday, plus some. Here are a handful of the more unusual. Tibetan Red Rice "Forbidden" Black Rice Not all Jasine Rice is Thai. This is Cambodian and I've also seen it from Laos... ... but most is Thai. Alkaline Rice? No idea what that's about.
  5. liuzhou

    Lunch 2020

    Yes, if you believe such things. I'm not a fan of sweet soups, but know that mung beans often feature.
  6. I was in my local supermarket earier and, with this topic in mind, had a look at the varieties on offer. In total, they had 21 different rices. 16 of those were white rice, both short and longer grain, plus glutinous rices. All were Chinese grown rice except one - my regular Thai jasmine rice. Chinese rice is not the best in the world! The others were brown rice, black and red rice, the latter two coming in both regular and glutinous varieties. It isn't the biggest supermarket and I know the larger ones have even more. One exception to my general dislike of Chinese ri
  7. Here are some of the earliest usages as recorded by the OED.
  8. A visiting friend brought me this 300 gram bag of 花菇 (huā gū) or "flower mushtrooms" - prized dried shiitake from 田林县 (tián lín xiàn) - Tianlin County of 百色 (bǎi sè), a prefecture in Guangxi near the borders with Yunnan and Guizhou provinces. It also borders Vietnam. Tiamnlin is a forested, mountainous area inhabited by the Yao and Miao ethnic minorities and well known for its wild mushrooms.
  9. liuzhou

    Dinner 2020

    Meatballs (75% pork, 25% beef) with a fresh tomato sauce and tagliatelle. Balcony basil.
  10. liuzhou

    Lunch 2020

    This was inspired by @Dejahand her Scotch Broth up-page, although it's nothing like Scotch Broth. I wanted to do Scotch broth but there is no lamb in the markets at the moment. Nor could I find the essential barley. The nearest I could get was Job's Tears, which are often substituted for barley, but are no relattion. Instead my eyes fell on some green mungbeans. That'll do. So this is mungbean soup in a duck stock with leek, carrot, mushroms and further sinified with some "small bowl" black wood ear fungus. Made for a warming lunch on a cold day - the temperature has dropped from 2
  11. liuzhou

    Dinner 2020

    Spicy clam and mustard green soup. Lemony, steamed sea bass with orzo, tomato, and spicy, pickled garlic.
  12. “Thanksgiving” is an American festival in which various observances, accessories and fripperies are used to disguise the fact that the center of attention is, in fact, just a big, tasteless white bird.
  13. Happy Thanksgiving, American Friends!
  14. Feed it to the ducks. When they are nice and fat, roast them!
  15. I can't open the video for some reason, but I know the question of which was the first has been disputed since the first was opened. Who cares?
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