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    Wow, this thread is really surprising to me. There are very few things I wouldn't be willing to at least try, mostly any sort of weird creature like snake or of course anything we would turn into a pet here LOL

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    If anyone wants some quick and easy curry recipes to make at home (shock!) then let me know. I am the Queen Of Curries LOL I lived in Little Calcutta in west London for a long time.

    If I'd been a fussy eater as a kid I'd have starved. My mother cooked a wide variety of things but we were expected to at least try them. Over the years I don't think there's anything I haven't tried and I've lived to tell the tale. I know I dislike oysters - but only after I tried them, not just the idea of them. Not mad about a few other things either but I'll eat them if that's all there is on offer.
    I would love some of your recipes. Love Indian food
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    No worries. PM me with your favourite things (chicken, tomatoes, etc) and I'll give you some. If curries are popular I might even start a Curry Thread in Recipes!
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    ^^
    Please do A*O. Your earlier posted recipes were fab~
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    Glad you enjoyed them! It's good to know they actually work. I've made them so often I go into curry autopilot so it's always a bit nervewracking when someone else tries it for the first time. I'll post some veggie curries too and of course, dhal (lentil) recipes. A curry isn't a curry without some dhal. Ultra healthy too.
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    I think I may make a big batch of hummus tonight actually. I have a whole big jar full of dried chickpeas that I'd rather not have to move with, lol. I always toss some into chili and some soups but it takes a long time to use them up that way. I guess I would just cook up the chickpeas until a similar tenderness to the canned ones and then go from there? Might need a little extra salt?
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    Yeah - dried chickpeas are more high maintenance and you'll have to pre-soak then overnight and then boil until tender. I make the hummus without salt/pepper and then add right at the end depending on how much it needs.
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    Tried squash, cooked onions (I usually eat around them), cabbage, napa cabbage, and a few different nuts (Brazilnuts and hazelnuts today). My dad always has stuff just sitting around waiting for me to try. Liked everything 'cept for the nuts.

    BTW, Napa cabbage and Peanut butter is like my new fave snack. It's like celery and peanut butter only better.

    I'm trying to make cabbage soup right now too.
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    Tried Eggplant tonight for dinner and have an orange bell pepper in the fridge just waiting to be tested.

    I'm not totally sold on eggplant, does anyone have any tips or amazing recipes?
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    I totally tried shrimp! I bought a Healthy Choice meal. One of the Steamer ones. It had chicken, shrimp, rice and some sauce. They called it cajun style. Shrimp wasn't all bad, I smothered it in sauce and ate each tiny shrimp with a spoonful of rice though.... baby steps, I guess.
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    great progress, witchhazel!!
    what's next?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WitchHazelEyed View Post
    I totally tried shrimp! I bought a Healthy Choice meal. One of the Steamer ones. It had chicken, shrimp, rice and some sauce. They called it cajun style. Shrimp wasn't all bad, I smothered it in sauce and ate each tiny shrimp with a spoonful of rice though.... baby steps, I guess.
    That isn't shrimp. That is some fake shrimp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetie View Post
    That isn't shrimp. That is some fake shrimp.
    Close enough for my comfort. Like I said, baby steps.

    I made a veggie omelet this morning with orange bell pepper, spinach, tomato, onion, jalapeno, and garlic this morning. I would never have eaten all of that like 2 months ago.
    I would have had a spinach omelet.
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    Such an interesting thread! First, a tip for anyone out there who's nervous/squeamish about putting a new food in their mouths: when in doubt, put a forkful to your nose and smell it. Our noses are far more sensitive than our tongues (which can only sense between 6 or 8 different flavours), so most of what we 'taste' is via our sense of smell. A good inhale gives you an awful lot of info! (It's a great trick for picky kids too.)

    As for a super-easy eggplant recipe, just prick it several times (like a jacket potato) and whack it in the microwave for - oh, say 4 minutes - until it's soft and gooey. Squeeze it to test it, and nuke it for longer if it's not soft enough.
    Next, slice it down the middle lengthwise and scoop out the soft pulp. You can chuck it in a food processor and whiz it up with: 1-2 garlic cloves, a glug of olive oil (say, 1-2 tablespoons), generous salt and pepper, and - if you have some - fresh chopped parsley (good for counteracting the smell of the garlic). Personally, I save on washing up by mashing it all together with a fork! Add lemon juice to taste and eat it with toast or hot pitta. *pauses to wipe drool from chin*
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    Quote Originally Posted by penname View Post
    Such an interesting thread! First, a tip for anyone out there who's nervous/squeamish about putting a new food in their mouths: when in doubt, put a forkful to your nose and smell it. Our noses are far more sensitive than our tongues (which can only sense between 6 or 8 different flavours), so most of what we 'taste' is via our sense of smell. A good inhale gives you an awful lot of info! (It's a great trick for picky kids too.)

    As for a super-easy eggplant recipe, just prick it several times (like a jacket potato) and whack it in the microwave for - oh, say 4 minutes - until it's soft and gooey. Squeeze it to test it, and nuke it for longer if it's not soft enough.
    Next, slice it down the middle lengthwise and scoop out the soft pulp. You can chuck it in a food processor and whiz it up with: 1-2 garlic cloves, a glug of olive oil (say, 1-2 tablespoons), generous salt and pepper, and - if you have some - fresh chopped parsley (good for counteracting the smell of the garlic). Personally, I save on washing up by mashing it all together with a fork! Add lemon juice to taste and eat it with toast or hot pitta. *pauses to wipe drool from chin*


    I think you may have just convinced me to give eggplant another go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WitchHazelEyed View Post
    I think you may have just convinced me to give eggplant another go.
    Ooh, let me know how it goes! If that works, I have a VERY different alternative to that which should knock your socks off. It's sweet (in a kind of sweet-n-sour, but very non-Chinese, kine of way.) And if anything, it's even easier!
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