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#NaBloPoMo Day 20: Five Foods

(Prompt) Name five things inside your refrigerator right now and how you feel about them.

  1. Three heads of cabbage. Two green and one purple. They are one, two, and three months old. Do not get me wrong, I like cabbage, but for some reason, this year during our CSA I just could not seem to use up all of the cabbage. I think I need to make some slaw and kraut.
  2. Hemp seed butter. It is old too. I used to add it to homemade salad dressings, but I have not even looked at the tub in probably a year. The Man loves the shit and says he would just eat it like butter on toast. I honestly can not stand the taste of it.
  3. Spicy peanut vinaigrette from Trader Joe’s. That stuff is the best. I love adding it to stir-frys, salads, and steamed veggies. It makes for a great dipping sauce for gyoza when mixed in about a 1/3 ration with tamari.
  4. Chèvre. I am not much of a dairy person. Dairy kind of hates my body or maybe it is that my body hates dairy. For the most part, I just steer clear of dairy. I do like to occasionally eat cheese, but for my body’s sake it needs to be super super aged sharp cheese or super super mouldy blue cheese. Chèvre is the outlier in this equation. It is great on bagels, especially the really herbaceous kind of chèvre we get from a local farm.
  5. Coffee (from almost a week ago). Coffee that I bought The Man; he drank half of it and then asked for the rest to be stuck in the fridge, but he never finished it. Blah. But, I can not be upset for too long about that since there is a fifth of a growler of ice tea and two half finished quarts of tea of mine in the fridge right behind his coffee. Note to self: clean out the fridge and start finishing what you start.

(PromptYou’ve being exiled to a private island, and your captors will only supply you with five foods. What do you pick?

  1. Mushrooms. They are indispensable. I can eat them raw, cooked, or turned into a soup/stew. I love just about every kind of mushroom out there.
  2. Navratan korma. Probably the best Northern Indian dish out there. Creamy cashew sauce and vegetables. Yum!
  3. Pho chay. I can not imagine a better thing to constantly have on hand. Hot delicious vegetarian pho soup.
  4. Yasi tempura. That is batter-fried vegetables for the rest of you.
  5. Organic Nectars Cashewtopia Pistachio Gelato. Dairy, soy, and gluten free ice cream. It is the best, incredibly expensive, and a much needed cold treat on my private exile island.

I have to assume that there are fruit trees in abundance on this island and that there is some kind of plant I can make a tisane from.



Asian Food Taste Test

Apparently, food is a focus around here at the moment. A little over a week ago we were inspired to try out Nugget in a Biscuit and recently we were inspired to go on a spur of the moment Asian snack food run. The closest Asian grocery store to us that is open late is Oriental Market. We were inspired by some Smosh videos where Ian (and some times Anthony and Mari) try weird and random foods from all over the world. Each food gets tried and rated — uniquely rated I might add ;-)

We gathered up various snack foods and decided to have a very, um, scientific taste test of our very own. The following is our results from our experiment (lovingly collected and annotated by William).

Hello Kitty Marukawa Marble Gum (japan)
Elijah:  15,000,000/10     [orange flavor]
William: 8.25/10    [lemon flavor]
Mum:     9/10        [green grape]
notes: super delicious fruit smelling. really sweet. doesn’t stick to teeth makes your tongue numb(!?!)

Top Gum (Pokemon Hanging Model) (japan)
Elijah:  pokemon rules/10 [oshawott]
William: it tastes like my childhood/10 [tepig]
Mum:     4.5/10    [snivy]
notes: Topp baseball card gum. but not entirely dried out and stale. oddly enough still brittle as all hell

Pei Tien Energy 99 Sticks (pumpkin flavor) (taiwan)
Elijah:  not sure/???
William: 4/10
Mum:     7/10
notes: tastes a bit like spoiled oil to me

New York 101 Grain Rolls (taiwan)
Elijah:  9/10
William: 7/10
Mum:     6.5/10
notes: saltier than the Pei Tien, tastes less like oil

Ginbis Dream Animals Butter Flavored Biscuits (japan)
Elijah:  -40/10
William: 10.5/10
Mum:     9/10
notes: cutest most educational box ever. E: “they taste how butter smells!” solid fucking butter. Best. Cracker. Ever.

Khong Guan Assorted Biscuits (singapore)
Elijah:  10/10 (K.G.B. creamy chocolate) 9.5/10 (‘jesus oreo’) 10/10(K.G.B. Delicious biscuit)
William: 9/10 (nice) 8.75/10 (vanilla lunch) 10/10 (puff) 5/10 (K)
Mum:     7/10 (puff) meh./10 (K)
notes: Hallal. super chocolate smell from the box. conveniently each cookie is labeled in the cookie mold. Best tea time cookie assortment ever.

Hello Panda Milk Cream Biscuits (singapore)
Elijah:  1,000,000/10
William: meh./10
Mum:     meh./10
notes: I like that they aren’t very sweet. I won’t get a stomach ache from them. but they don’t have much flavor

Kasugai Fruits Mix Gummy Candy Mix (japan)
Elijah:  10/10 (apple) 10/10 (muscat)
William: 8/10 (muscat) 7/10 (grape)
Mum:     4/10 (grape) 9/10 (muscat)
notes: muscat is very delicious.

YamaMotoYama Teriyaki Nori (japan kinda; USA via Japan)
Elijah:  100/10
William: Best Snack Food Ever Made/Ever
Mum:     10/10
notes: who doesn’t like roasted and spicy nori?

Kuang Chuan Frozen Green Tea (taiwan)
Elijah:  abstained
William: 10/10
Mum:     10/10
notes: not actually frozen. its just cold. fun translation issues there. (Note from M: after watching the ad, I believe frozen is the correct word.)

Vitasoy Mango Juice Drink Box (japan)
Elijah: 9/10
William: abstained
Mum: 8/10
notes: it’s alright for a sugary box drink.

We had fun and got to eat lots of stuff! Huzzah! Have you done something similar? Have you been inspired to go raid your local Asian or ethnic grocery store? Leave me a link to your blog post or YouTube video after you have a food tasting party of your own. If you are reading this and you happen to live in or very near to Oklahoma City, OK, I suggest you visit my favourite ethnic grocery store of all time: Super Cao Nguyen (every time you refresh the link you get new pictures!) and read this blog post about them!


Nugget In A Biscuit

Unschooling is hard to explain to some people. I have several angles that I try to come at it from, but depending on who my audience is, somehow, people (who don’t want to get it) just don’t ‘get it’. So, I think I’m going to stop trying to explain with logical arguments and just start posting about random cool things from our lives, because that’s what our life is — our life is unschooling. We’re learning all the time and having fun while we’re doing it.

I’m sure that most unschoolers are familiar with Let’s Plays found on YouTube. They range from the most foul-mouthed and unhelpful gaming videos to quite informative (complete with history lessons) and fun. Some people use fancy screen-capturing software and other people use cameras and tripods. No matter the style of the YouTube user, you’ll start to find your favourites before too long.

One of E’s (UrielFury) favourites is Toby Turner aka Tobuscus. He does Let’s Plays, sings cooky songs, and a variety of other, at times, annoying performances. One of E’s favourite songs is “Nugget in a Biscuit”, which can only be described by… well, just listen and watch:

The idea came to us, after hearing this song for weeks, that we should actually eat a nugget in a biscuit, dipped in mashed potatoes, and then dipped in barbeque sauce. I mean, why not?

Nugget in a Biscuit plate

And let me tell you, we had one happy boy today! Nugget in a Biscuit, might just be a go-to dinner added to the favourite dinners list (except that E says he just wants the vegan nuggets and bbq sauce, which is fine, because his mother will eat all. the. mashed. potatoes.).

E about to put his NIAB together

So, that was part of today in the life of an unschooling family: making a boy very happy, trying new foods, stretching out of comfort zones, singing, dancing, watching a favourite video, and living life!

And last, I’ll close out this blog post with an adaptation of Toby’s video sign-off: bless your face and if you sneezed while reading this post, bless you!


recipes, pi & vi

So, i’ve been looking for some different things to cook lately… kind of bored with food and i love food. i’ve found a couple new things that are being veganized and added to the shopping list for this week.

Saag – making this for soup sunday (every sunday is soup day here at the parham palace).

Tortilla & Black Bean Pie - making this on friday evening (I don’t have a spring form pan, but i figure i can make do without one).

I’m looking for a couple ideas for next week and also a couple ideas for a tasty, but cheap dish that can feed a small army – please bombard me with recipes.

*don’t worry about whether or not your recipe is vegetarian/vegan, if things need to be altered to suit the taste of those eating it, i am quite capable of substituting things around.


marital bliss


still can’t find the gorram camera battery charger. i’d lose my fracking ass if it wasn’t attached. (wow! that was two sci-fi swear words back to back… i am so much the shazbot)


helped the kid put together a blog post for Pi day, yesterday. yeah, it’s a day late for you, if you haven’t already seen it, but it’s still cool. here it lives.

and on that note, Elijah and I both think you should check out the lovely and talented Vi Hart; her videos are amazing and a beautiful articulation of the shite running around in my head all day long, every day. enjoy.