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Soul Food – Reverb 10, Day 26

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First I wanted to share a blog post from a blog called Mothers in Medicine. It’s just a nice cute story about turning working on Christmas into a not so bad experience.

And now onto my reverb 10 post!

What is Reverb10?

December 26 – Soul Food. What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul? (Author: Elise Marie Collins)

I’ve had a lot of good food this year. Food I’ve made, food friends have made, food made by strangers who are paid to make it.

Most of the food I’ve made is posted about in this blog already, like my Thai inspired Coconut & Lemongrass Fish Soup which was almost perfect except for the tough bits of lemon grass but which I loved nonetheless and can’t wait to make again. Each meal of the leftovers made me just as happy as the last. Or the Olive Oil Orange cake. Or my strawberry jam. Or my mead, which isn’t really a food, but is as it surely packs quite a caloric punch.

And then there are the meals that aren’t quite worth posting about, but which I loved anyway, like the fish I bake and eat with yellow rice with maybe a tiny bit too much butter. Or the mug of chai tea I made the other day with the tea bags my friend Amrita gave me and it was seriously the best chai I’ve made at home. Or making myself a bowl of ramen with just a bit of the packaged  seasoning but really making up my own broth, and cracking two eggs into the pot (my tiny little ikea pot which I happily eat directly out of) and poaching them to the perfect point where the yolk is still a bit runny but not so runny that it completely dissolves into the soup.

Oooh, the little jar of fish one of my friends gave me. I love sardines, but I admit they’re generally without much flavor. These were packed with spices and just… absolutely delicious on their own or with saltines. Runners up in this category would be Trader Joe’s canned smoked herrings. So good with rice as a quick, pre-exam night meal.

I recently discovered truffle salt, via my mother. She made scrambled eggs with it and… wow. Best scrambled eggs I’ve had in a really long time, if not ever. And then I re-discovered fried eggs and toast. And then I discovered fried eggs and toast, with truffle salt! Yeah, I know. Amazing! (And that is a sing-song “Amazing”, with a long a.)

There was a lot of good food over my summer break, in Ghana and in Turkey. I meant to post about it separately but I never got around to it… And right now I’m not about to pull up the pictures, but the two dishes that come to mind first are Seafood Pizza (in Ghana, which I just had again today) and this… ground beef/yogurt/veggie dish in Turkey that I really want to learn how to make.

I don’t eat out at restaurants often any more, but I took Ahmet out to dinner for his birthday and we went to this little restaurant called The Stone House and… wow. I am often unimpressed by restaurant food, but I loved every single thing we had there (well, I liked the truffle mac and cheese) and I didn’t have any “Meh. I could’ve made this just as well at home!” thoughts because I really probably couldn’t, and that, in my mind, makes for a very successful restaurant outing.

Oh! And the shrimp and grits in Charleston! Oh the shrimp and grits in Charleston… That’s definitely up there in my list of top meals this year.

Then there’s the pumpkin bread Hao made (the first time was the best), and the buttermilk cake with raspberries that Amrita made, and the ribs that Ran makes, and hm, I can’t right now think of anything that Joe specifically made that I loved but I’m sure there was something because I’ve had many meals in his and Ran’s apartment and he has to have been responsible for something I really liked.

And now I’m hungry and I need to stop writing this post.

It’s easy to get the impression that I don’t love food, because I don’t eat a lot and I often can’t really be bothered to put anything elaborate together because why on earth do I need to eat so many times a day this is ridiculous I have better things to do! And of course I don’t actually need to eat that often, so, well, I don’t. But good food is good food! How can you not appreciate good food? Even okay food is worth appreciating. And great food, well, great food you remember forever.

There’s a magnet on my mother’s fridge that says “Never trust a skinny cook.” You can’t trust me to whip up a homecooked meal every day, but you can trust that every now and then, I’m going to get inspired and make something really tasty. Without strictly following a recipe*, of course. Pssh.

*(Unless I’m baking or making candy).

Written by Aba

December 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

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  1. “fried eggs and toast, with truffle salt”

    Now that’s food porn! I seriously need to find some of that truffle salt..

    Pamela

    December 26, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    • Amazon! That’s exactly the one I got. It’s not the highest quality truffle salt out there (only 6% truffle), but it’s good enough for a med student budget!

      Aba

      December 26, 2010 at 4:15 pm

  2. Shrimp and Grits? Fried eggs with toast and truffle salt? Strawberry Jam?! Great Jeebus, remind me to have breakfast with you somewhere on the road…..Googling truffle salt right this instant!

    You’ve done something to win back that appetite I never thought I’d have back after yesterday’s feasting! Yumm-O!

    littleyawps

    December 26, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    • haha, I really don’t eat like this often, but when I go all out, I go all out!

      Aba

      December 26, 2010 at 5:17 pm

  3. This is, of course, one of the areas where we’re most alike. Can’t wait for some epic meals in Ghana!

    Edjah

    December 26, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    • And there will definitely be much epic-ness! :D

      Aba

      December 26, 2010 at 6:37 pm

  4. Well damn, Aba. Got me sitting here with my mouth watering!

    Stereo

    December 27, 2010 at 8:44 am

    • Glad to hear my descriptions managed to make an impression even without pictures!

      Aba

      December 27, 2010 at 5:18 pm


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