I turn to food when I am happy, sad, relaxed, hormonal, stressed, tired, and so on. Food is good. I do not need to be hungry to eat. It is not the healthiest attitude in the world but it is sure one I believe in.
This love of food I inherited from my mother, who is an incredible homecook with a stomach that knows no floor or ceiling. For better or worse. Following are food that I have been obsessing over lately. Consider this your munchies trigger warning!
Well into the wet season, our mushroom substrates think it is Christmas. Blooms spring from our grow kits on the regular and it is so much fun. In the morning, you see suggestions of protrusions and in a few hours, the baby mushrooms are clear to see. Magic!
Love mushrooms in a quick vegetable stir-fry or creamy pasta but my absolute favorite is frying them up twice battered. The humble mushroom is then transformed into crispy, spicy, moist deliciousness that is like fried chicken but better. Highly recommend growing your own mushrooms, too.
My mornings are incomplete without a fragrant cup of masala chai. This spiced milk tea is exotic and familiar, comforting but with attitude, and is simply the best thing to come out of India, probably. I make mine on a stovetop every day to get the most from the organic tea blend. It feels a treat everytime. In this regard, more is more.
When Markus and I were together in The Philippines for the first time, I made him eat ensaymada with hot chocolate – my favorite local treat.
Perhaps a legacy of colonialism, the Filipino ensaymada is a local variation of the original pastry from Spain. It is sweet, soft, buttery, and possibly the condensed form of everything good in the world.
My youngest sister taught me how to bake ensaymada and I am happy to flex my new skill to anyone interested in dreamy homebaked goods.
This will be my gift to Germany.
Is there anything better than bread baked by your own hand topped with avocado from a generous tree that you know? No, I do not think so.
There is no way I am not eating avocado toast when avocados are in season. That is criminal. I particularly enjoy with egg, sometimes just plain dusted with lemon zest and chili. I do not want to be friends with anyone who can dislike this.
As a beginner homebaker, I would not brag about my bread to others but nothing can stop me from enjoying it to the fullest. It is so satisfying.
Here in The Philippines, bread is sweet, even the everyday bread pan de sal. Learning bread baking from my youngest sister gave me the luxury to enjoy light, crispy, and yeasty bread every day. It is not as great as that in Germany or France but it is definitely the best bread this side of town. I am so keen on practicing and learning more!
What food are you obsessed with lately? I would really love to know. For science!