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Pocky Sticks?

So who has heard of em? Pocky Sticks…a biscuit covered in chocolate. They are good and another part of my food challenge!  Back in the day, the first Pocky Stick was sold in 1966. Sold big in japan to teenagers. They come in a variety of flavors. However, the chocolate was the first. Pocky Sticks got their name from the sound they make when you bite into them. My favorite are the chocolate almond. They’re really not that sweet. In fact I think they are perfect for a treat.

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Power of Honey

My favorite condiment,  ingredient, or sweetener is honey. I love it, I put it in everything. Tea, chicken, macaroni salad, I even suck it out of straws. Honey can be used as a cough suppressant, in facial scrubs, and also used for a quick boost of energy. Honey is actually the nectar the bees collect from flowers then regurgitated. For those who don’t know what that big word means…the bee vomits and that is the honey. A single hive consists of a single female queen bee, a number of male drone bees to fertilize the new queen bee, and 20,000 to 40,000 female worker bees. In the hive, the bees regurgitate and store the vomit in the honeycomb cells. The nectar in the honeycomb cells have a high water content. Therefore the bees inside the hive fan their wings, creating a strong draft across the honeycomb, making much of the water to evaporate from the nectar. The honey then becomes ripe and ready to eat.

A Few Fun Facts About Honey…

FACT 1: The hunt for honey began over 10,000 years ago

FACT 2: Honey is used in part of religious rituals

FACT 3: Honey is a miracle food; it never goes bad

FACT 4: Varies on taste depending on location, time and bees

FACT 5: When eaten daily, Pure Honey will reduce your body’s susceptibility to, and cure, infections.

The Best fact of all…

FACT 6: Pure Honey is FAT FREE, SODIUM FREE and has NO CHOLESTEROL!

Various Honey Colors...Photo Credit http://www.honey.com

Honey can also be purple. Although hard to find and expensive to buy, purple honey is rich in taste and can’t compare to standard honey. I’m going to have to find some and taste it. I have done some research and read through some opinion that purple honey tastes like cotton candy, grape soda, huckleberries, I’m sure the list goes on. You tell me. An incredible site to research honey is http://www.benefits-of-honey.com there is a large amount of information on that site that could cover so much more then me.

For the food challenge I tasted a piece of honeycomb. And to conclude my post today I can honestly say that pure honey from the honey comb is so much more richer and flavorful then honey from the plastic bear containers. I believe it is worth the extra buck to purchase pure honey then what you get in traditional stores. I have seen on the front of those jars…”pure honey” and maybe it is. But after tasting it personally I don’t believe it is. But like I said earlier…the taste of honey depends on the atmosphere. In Ohio, at Jungle Jim’s, they have an entire isle dedicated to honey from around the world. If your ever out that way check it out. Its worth the look. The piece of honeycomb that I tried was so sweet I couldn’t keep it in my mouth. But that also could have been because the texture of the comb was so waxy. It broke up in my mouth. I had to spit it out. But I think you would only need just a drop of honey to sweeten any tea.

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Indian Lassi

Another adventure with the Food Challenge. Today I have discovered the bitter taste of a traditional Indian Lassi. One of my taste testers had said that it tastes like fresh buttermilk, yet another made a sour face look and was half tempted to spit it out. In a tradition dating back to the beginning of Indian civilization, the Lassi was formed to be the world’s first smoothie. The combination of water and yogurt leaves a silky froth upon your tongue. The most popular Lassi in India just so happens to be the Mango Lassi. The smooth and creamy texture doesn’t compare to that of a Traditional Lassi.

1 3/4 Cups Plain Yogurt
6 Cubes Ice, Crushed
1 1/2 Cups Ice Water
2 tsp. White Sugar
1 Pinch Salt

In a blender, blend the yogurt, ice, water, sugar and salt until mixture becomes frothy. Pour mixture over ice cubes in tall glasses.

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Spaetzle

My first experience with the food challenge is Spaetzle. Spaetzle is a soft textured type of egg noodle found in the cuisine of Germany. The consistency of the noodles reminded me of dumplings. And the smell resembled eggs cooking.  I made this batch using a very generic recipe, flour, eggs, and milk. Other recipes I’ve seen online said to use water not milk. I got this recipe from The Balthazar Cookbook.

2 Cups All Purpose Flour
7 Large Eggs
1/4 Cup Milk

Combine the flour, eggs, and milk in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour, or overnight. Every recipe I have seen after making this one calls for 2 large eggs. But this one is good too.

Prepare an ice bath. Bring a large pot of well salted water to boil. I used a grater to drop my spaetzle. However you can buy a special tool to drop the batter. Traditionally you use a cutting board and knife. You can also use a colander with holes ranging from 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide over the pot. Scoop some of the batter onto the grater and press it through the holes using a flexible spatula. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes then use a wok skimmer to scoop the spaetzle and drop it into the ice bath. Continue until the batch is gone. Make sure you drop small portions at a time. Otherwise the batter sticks to each other and creates a glob of spaetzle instead of tiny twisty ones.

Once finished drain and toss it with a small amount of olive oil to keep it from sticking. Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Heat 1 tablespoon butter. When fully melted and beginning to turn golden brown add a couple cups of drained, cooled spaetzle and allow it to heat for a minute in the pan before saute it. Season with salt and ground pepper and continue to cook it until each piece has a couple brown edges. Add 1 tablespoon minced shallot and cook for one more minute. Adjust seasonings to taste. Turn off heat, toss with 1 tablespoon of minced herbs. I used Chives and parsley.

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Food Challenge

I recently saw a list on “Sincerely, Jane Deau” of which she saw on Facebook. Well I thought, heck I could try that. Here is the list. Let’s see what we make of it.

1. Abalone
2. Absinthe
3. Alligator
4. Baba Ghanoush
5. Bagel and Lox
6. Baklava
7. Barbecue Ribs
8. Bellini
9. Bird’s Nest Soup
10. Biscuits and Gravy
11. Black Pudding
12. Black Truffle
13. Borscht
14. Calamari
15. Carp
16. Caviar
17. Cheese Fondue
18. Chicken and Waffles
19. Chicken Tikka Masala
20. Chile Relleno
21. Chitlins
22. Churros
23. Clam Chowder
24. Cognac
25. Crab Cakes
26. Crickets
27. Curry-wurst
28. Dandelion Wine
29. Dulce De Leche
30. Durian
31. Eel
32. Eggs Benedict
33. Fish Tacos
34. Foie Gras
35. Fresh Spring Rolls
36. Fried Catfish
37. Fried Green Tomatoes
38. Fried Plantain
39. Frito Pie
40. Frogs’ Legs
41. Fugu
42. Funnel Cake
43. Gazpacho
44. Goat
45. Goat’s Milk
46. Goulash
47. Gumbo
48. Haggis
49. Head Cheese
50. Heirloom Tomatoes
51. Honeycomb

52. Hostess Fruit Pie

53. Huevos Rancheros
54. Jerk Chicken
55. Kangaroo
56. Key Lime Pie
57. Kobe Beef
58. Lassi
59. Lobster
60. Mimosa
61. MoonPie

62. Morel Mushrooms
63. Nettle Tea
64. Octopus
65. Oxtail Soup
66. Paella
67. Paneer
68. Pastrami on Rye
69. Pavlova
70. Phaal
71. Philly Cheese Steak
72. Pho
73. Pineapple and Cottage Cheese
74. Pistachio Ice Cream
75. Po’ Boy
76. Pocky
77. Polenta
78. Prickly Pear
79. Rabbit Stew
80. Raw Oysters
81. Root Beer Float
82. S’mores
83. Sauerkraut
84. Sea Urchin
85. Shark
86. Snail
87. Snake
88. Soft Shell Crab
89. Som Tam
90. Spaetzle
91. Spam
92. Squirrel – Nope
93. Steak Tartare
94. Sweet Potato Fries
95. Sweetbreads
96. Tom Yum
97. Umeboshi
98. Venison
99. Wasabi Peas
100. Zucchini Flowers

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