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Going Nuts At Christmas

There has been an ad running of late on Irish radio for a new play. The ad includes an excerpt from the play, which runs something like this:

They eat nut roast… Nut roast? …the only nuts I want roasted at Christmas come covered in chocolate and wrapped in shiny paper…

This says a lot about the bad rap that the classic vegetarian Christmas main course of nut roast gets, and sometimes with just cause. Food for the token vegetarian at the Christmas table very often comes in a distant second to main meat event and, to quote Alice Waters, can be the kind of stridently vegetarian food that leaves us “feeling somehow punished by dishes most memorable for their meatlessness”.

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A Tale Of Two Tassies

Tassie: noun (plural: tassies)

  1. (Scotland) A cup or goblet for drinking wine.
  2. A small tart or miniature pie.

From French tasse, meaning cup, and from Arabic tassah, a bowl or basin for drinking.

Walnut Tassies

Walnut Tassies

My internet travels had lately brought me to a recipe for pecan tassies, taken from Gourmet Magazine’s favourite cookie recipes 1941-2008 by way of the Cooking… by the Seat of My Pants blog. Tassies, in the miniature pie sense of the word, were entirely new to me, but the description piqued both my interest and my tastebuds, in an anticipatory kind of way.

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A Bunch of Flours

lots of flour

Just some of the bunch...

Uh oh. The latest rash of flour purchases has finally pushed (the contents of) the baking cupboard over the edge. Jostling for position on the top shelf now are all of the following:

  • plain white flour
  • self-raising flour
  • strong white bread flour
  • wholewheat flour
  • rye flour
  • buckwheat flour
  • 2 different kinds of maize flour
  • corn starch
  • tapioca starch
  • rice flour
  • manioc flour
  • chickpea flour

…not to mention the cornmeal, oatmeal and 5 different kinds of sugar. Ok, so it’s not quite the equivalent of Imelda Marcos and her shoe fetish but it does tell me that I need to get to work further down the baking production line!

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