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Food and drink summary - 2014

What did you eat in 2014 that you’d never eaten before? What did you drink in 2014 that you’d never drunk before?

I think I had never eaten these things before:

Fruit and vegetables:
Crispy kale
An actually ripe persimmon

Black salt
Pink salt
Salt made from tears of laughter
Vegetarian haggis and cheese toastie
Haggis and black pepper flavoured crisps
Mock abalone
Packing chips

Sweet things:
Rosewater shortbread
Pain d'épices
Traditional Iraqi biscuits
Vegan pumpkin and chocolate chip cupcake
The largest cake sculpture in the world
Sweet potato doughnuts
Harry Potter jellybeans – flavours such as earthworm (or maybe it was dirt), earwax, and booger.

Pineapple and inca berry chocolate
Juniper and pine chocolate
Vanilla cake (cucumber and vanilla flavoured white chocolate)
Dairy Milk Ritz

Royal falooda ice-cream
Chocolate avocado vegan ice-cream (homemade)
Pumpkin pie vegan ice-cream (homemade)
Yuzu ice-cream mochi
Green grass nitro ice cream
Papaya ice-cream

Vietnamese iced coffee
Cold brew coffee
A secret garden
Dancing in the moonlight
A Pandan Mule (Pandan leaf infused Wyborowa vodka, lime juice, lemongrass & ginger syrup, kumquat, ginger beer)
Maple and chamomile tea
Violet lemonade

What did you eat or drink for the first time this year? (No animals, please.)


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I need to work out a good vegetarian alternative to the meat that usually goes into Nigerian stews. Ewedu is often served alongside a tomato stew, and the tomato stew has some sort of substantial lumps of proteiny stuff in it. Tofu would be too soft, I think. Possibly TVP chunks would work.

Oh, and that's reminded me of another thing I ate for the first time this year – packet-mix TVP curry. I think it came from a Sri Lankan shop. The packet has dry TVP chunks and a sachet of spices; you soak and squeeze out the TVP, then fry it with the spices, then add coconut milk and simmer. It was really tasty! I'd been expecting the flavour sachet to have MSG and artificial flavourings and so on, but it was basically just spices. There was no "off" flavour to the TVP and the texture was good too.

Shame I can't remember where it came from, since it had been in the cupboard so long...

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