Bixa, I'm with you on the uncooked egg white. I refer to it as "egg snot" and am very careful when eating out to request it be properly cooked. I have to be careful though. Sometimes my eggs have shown up looking like the egg snot is cooked, only to find an uncooked layer underneath. Yeccch!
Sometimes an over-easy egg doesn't get properly cooked. I've started being a real PITA by getting very specific about how I want my over-easy egg cooked a bit more to the over-medium but with a runny yolk. Some day someone will spit in my food, I'm sure. ;D
I hadn't sucked an egg in years until I was in -- where was it? -- ah, it must have been Charleroi. There was a device for making soft boiled eggs, but clearly it was not working properly. When the proper time had elapsed, I saw that it was not cooked at all. But it was warm and appealing and I still wanted it so -- down the hatch!
ha! macaroons, HW. macaroons. I like these. bixie, traditionally, you can make them with hazelnuts, almonds or coconut. I am sure they use other things in. As for meringue... I make it! the thing is you have to leave it for hours at about 70C for it to be really good. so not for home baking, although my ex's mother makes an excellent pavlova (which has meringue on top) you leave it in a cool oven for a while, don't know how long, and it gets ever so slightly golden on top.
Dans les grandes choses, les hommes se montrent comme il leur convient de se montrer; dans les petites, ils se montrent comme ils sont.
i am scared of sausages. well not really, i just don't like them. bockwurst is worst, but wieners are horrible too. bratwurst sometimes smells good so about once every two years i give it a try and then get sick from it.
That's hard for a German! Actually, I often think that I like sausages more than I really do, because when I start eating them, particularly grilled sausages, I suddenly start thinking "this is disgusting" even though it tastes like a totally normal sausage. I have to shift my brain to another area to keep eating.
well fortunately there are less sausages in germany than one might think, though sometimes it is difficult. like, for a while mr. r. worked in a social kitchen, so he brought home meals from there, and half the time it was some kind of soup with small pieces of sausage in there. so i spent most of the meal sorting them out and giving them to him...
For one thing, there are a lot more vegetarians in Germany than in France. rikita, don't hate me as a Berlinerin, but one dish that absolutely repels me is Currywurst. I was imagining a normal sausage flavoured with curry - at the market here one butcher makes those with lamb and they are actually very good, if one likes sausages - but then I saw the mess of bits of sausages with a strange sauce that seemed a mixture of tomato ketchup and dry curry powder.
I prefer chicken döner kebab in terms of street food, though I know there are health issues with dôner as sometimes the meat is delivered in advance and there are hygiene problems. Here in Québec it goes by its Arabic name, shawarma, as unlike you we don't have a large Turkish community, and do have large communities from the Levant (mostly Lebanon) and the Maghreb. Greeks also make a very similar dish.
I do like some sausages - don't eat them very often as most are fatty and there can be other health issues with such processed meats.
I agree with K2 about having to put your mind elsewhere to eat some things, particularly sausages which can contain who-knows-what and probably do. I recall traveling in Austria as a 13-year old with my grandfather and my family of five when we all (except grandpa) got food poisoning from some ice cream "mit schlag" (=whipped cream) that had gone bad. After a day or so of puking and pooping, my Dad and I were well enough to go with Grandpa to visit some relatives while Mom and my sisters stayed at the gasthaus being sick. As honored guests we were served and expected to eat hideous white sausages and blood sausages, both of which about made me puke to look at. I did not eat them, but I think Dad made a game attempt to be polite. Uggh!
No, you buy the 100 year eggs at the store. One good thing about the box of 6 since they are not the sort of thing that most of us want to eat every day is that the expiration date is at least six months in the future.
So much of our likes and dislikes come from the pictures we have in our minds. I was a stroppy, fussy brat when it came to eating until I realised that I was limiting my abilities and if other people could eat weird food and survive, so could I.
Since I started travelling to unusual food countries I have eaten whatever the locals eat. Dog-meat sausage, dumplings that I think were horsemeat, and all the sweet meats and sweetbreads which I like.
I chose not to share a part of a meal which was the placenta of a cow that had calved that day, gently stewed with herbs, spices and vegetables. I don't make a big deal of eating local...sometimes I get a tummy upset for a day but not often.
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