Good Eatin’: NaNoWriMo Extras – Part Two

List Item: Try 500 of the 1001 Foods You Must Try Before You Die

For the weeks leading up to and my completion of NaNoWriMo I was still coming across a number of different foods that appeared on the list. This post is the second of two where I will be quickly going over them since they don’t have much else in common.

IMG_1126Food item: Cranberry

During two days of NaNoWriMo I was off work sick with a stomach bug that meant I did a lot of vomiting. I went to Morrison’s up the street to get some fruit to help fight the bug and I came across a punnet of cranberries, something I had never seen in a shop before.

I can now understand why these are sugared so much, since there really are not that sweet when eaten unprocessed. Despite being a berry they were crunchier than I had expected. They were also sour and woody with a taste that could be resinous at times. Like a lot of things I found that they were better the more I consumed them, they went really well when I floated them in Pepsi Max.

Food item: Gooseberry

Gooseberry fool, one of my favourite desserts when I was a lot younger. I haven’t had it in a long time as it essentially fruit mixed with whipped cream, but I missed gooseberry season this year so thought I would resurrect an old love. Plus, this is a use outlined in the book so I figured it would count. Cream and the sweet and sour interplay of gooseberries. Yum.

Food item: Turron De Jijona

When I was making notes for this on my phone to describe the flavour of this I wrote down that it was “amazeballs”. Thanks be to Rachel from work who brought this back from her trip to Barcelona.

I was never too fond of marzipan, and this really is like a mix between marzipan and nougat with the base covered in dark chocolate. There were some almond shards within the turron but it was mostly a thick, sliceable paste. I only regret that I didn’t have more of this.

Food item: Chipotle Chile

The chipotle chile pulled pork from Tesco has become a regular go-to since it is easy to make and it isn’t too bad calorically. Based on when I have cooked with chipotle paste a few years ago I am very aware of the taste, which is basically pure smoke with a hint of heat. I can see that it would go well in pretty much all barbeque sauces.

Food item: Cornish Fudge

Another office offering, this time fudge from Cornwall. Slightly more crumbly than other fudge that I have had. I ended up having two from the pack. The one with a hint of orange was… a little bit odd, but the regular one was sweet, creamy and delicious.

Progress: 277/500


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