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Bengali cooking

Postby Pepper Pig » Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:41 pm

Postings about food subjects in the news which have caught your attention.

First of all we have:

Bengali cooking


This lady is making Twitter today. Lovely evocative writing.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... hnaz-ahsan

https://www.1dish4theroad.com/2019/11/s ... dlach.html

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Re: Bengali cooking

Postby herbidacious » Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:37 pm

I read that a while back. Interesting story.

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Postby Gillthepainter » Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:28 pm

Yes I adore figs.
I think it does indeed date back to the fig roll. I couldn't pass a plate of fig rolls if you paid me.
It's rather enchanting the way figs lend themselves to savoury and sweet.

I should plant a fig tree in the garden one of these days.

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Postby Earthmaiden » Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:29 pm

I absolutely adore dried figs but am always disappointed by fresh ones. I sometimes wonder if, like several other fruits, you need to eat them freshly picked whilst sitting in the Mediterranean sun or similar for them to be really enjoyable.

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Re: Foodies In The News

Postby Badger's Mate » Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:58 pm

you need to eat them freshly picked whilst sitting in the Mediterranean sun or similar for them to be really enjoyable.


They can be quite nice freshly picked whilst sitting in the Hertfordshire sun, especially with some Parma or jamon ibérico :yum

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Re: Foodies In The News

Postby Lusciouslush » Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:44 pm

Wot Badger said........or try them thinly sliced with a blue cheese pref. gorgonzola :yum

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Re: Foodies In The News

Postby Earthmaiden » Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:37 pm

Will do, though not freshly picked. I've never seen them ripen on a tree in the UK (although my main experience of them was in a cold garden the Norfolk coast!)

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Re: Foodies In The News

Postby Linnet » Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:57 pm

My daughter in France had a fig tree in the garden at their previous house which was very productive. They were fed up of eating them, and a considerable number fell off; the dog ate them, with predictable results!

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Re: Foodies In The News

Postby Pampy » Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:30 am

Figs and blue cheese - heaven!

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Re: Foodies In The News

Postby Stokey Sue » Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:47 am

When I was small dried figs from Izmir in Turkey were a Christmas treat and I love them

I find I can get good fresh figs in England, the black Spanish or Turkish ones are usually the best but don’t bother before the first weekend in August unless you see some that look particularly good, nothing is more seasonal than a fig

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Re: Foodies In The News

Postby scullion » Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:34 am

i have friends who have a very productive fig tree - the ripe fruit is a magnet for wasps - the friends don't like figs. we also have a relative in dorset whose previous house had a spectacular specimen of a fig tree in the garden - and also didn't eat the (ripe) figs. i used to gorge myself! (thankfully they don't have that much effect on me).
they definitely ripen in the south west.

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Postby herbidacious » Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:02 pm

I have a 19-year-old fig tree in a very large pot and a much smaller one in another pot. I have never had more than about 5 figs per year from the big one, and a couple form the small one, but not had any at all for the last few years, nor will next year. I am considering getting rid of the big one, but it was bought around the time we got married so it has some sentimental value. I may give it one last chance: I am sure it needs its roots pruning, but don't know how to do it, and it certainly needs all the weeds - orange hawkweed, primarily (which I like. I wonder if I could pot some up.) and a tiny oak sapling (!!) I noticed the other day removing.

To be really good, they have to be ripe, straight off the tree. They just aren't the same bought from a shop.
I stayed somewhere in Kent a few years go which had a huge fig tree 'espaliered' against a wall. This was the first time I had figs straight off a tree. It was a revelation.
We bought some off a chap who picked them straight off his tree for us in Perugia the year before last, but they weren't a patch on the ones I have had off my tree or in Kent. Maybe they weren't ready, or just a less tasty variety.

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Re: Foodies In The News

Postby halfateabag » Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:23 am

A fiend had a fig tree, the roots got into the foundations of her house, a bit of a nightmare....

I have fond memories of an old greek lady on Corfu picking and giving us a handful of figs from her tree at the edge of a beach, heaven, it took away the very salty taste of the sea we had been swimming in.

When we went to Corsica some time back, at the end of our stay in the self catering place in Bastia, the owner gave us a complimentary pack of all things Corsican. In it was a jar of fig jam, it went brilliantly with cheese.

Figs also go well with Serrano ham..... :yum

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Re: Foodies In The News

Postby Sakkarin » Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:43 pm

Ha! "Farinata", been there, done that...

http://sakkarin.co.uk/foodforumpix/gram ... ncakes.jpg

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Re: Foodies In The News

Postby Pepper Pig » Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:58 am

BB and other Yorkshire folk. Jay Rayner is back reviewing restaurants today and this looks great if you're anywhere near Shipley.

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/j ... ant-review

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Re: Foodies In The News

Postby Stokey Sue » Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:16 am

Pepper Pig wrote:One for Stokey Sue!

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/j ... ant-review


I read that, good review
Grace Dent is younger than I am and doesn't remember the Clarence pre-Steptoes when it was the last pub in the area to have sawdust on the floor to actually mop up the blood and spit, rather than for reasons of quaintness. . It was a pub of fights

I spent quite a lot of time in the garden of Steptoes in the later 80s, I wonder if Grace was ever there?

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Re: Foodies In The News

Postby Busybee » Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:04 pm

That looks bloomin gorgeous PP.

Strangely, I don’t think I’ve ever been to Shipley, we will have to rectify that. Lunch out there would be lovely.

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