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Five for Me, Five for You...

August 30, 2006

Logo Ann over at A Chicken in Every Granny Cart tagged me for this meme that's going around - Five Things to Eat Before You Die. This was started by Melissa at The Traveler's Lunchbox, a lovely weblog where you can see the list thus far. The most interesting thing about this little project is how each person's items point to their culture and their personal history. A lot of people share anecdotes about travel, relationships, first cooking experiences - they are all tied into the foods they feel are most essential and meaningful...

Five Things to Eat Before You Die

....and my list is no different. I tried not to overthink it; it's too hard to name just five as it is. I put down the first ones that really popped out in my mind.

Apple An apple picked straight off a tree in Ohio. A Rome Beauty from Lynd Fruit Farm, for instance. (Or fresh apple cider made in a big kettle right there in the orchard.) Tree-picked apples are a world away from what you usually find in the grocery, waxed and mealy. I loved picking apples in the fall sunshine and lugging them in half-peck bags to the car. Rome are my favorite - crisp with a pink tinge to the flesh.

Bread Fresh bread that you have baked yourself, warm, with lots of butter. Just because it's so easy, so basic, and most people have never done it. The rhythms of kneading, slow rise and baking are so old it feels both incredibly earthly and spiritual to enter them.

Gelato Melon gelato from a street corner gelateria in Italy, eaten while walking. Any gelato would do, really, as long it is bought and eaten in Italy; but I chose melon because the cantaloupe gelato I had once perfectly expressed how good gelato can taste more like a thing than the thing itself. Intense and not too sweet.

Dosa South Indian breakfast that includes a masala dosa, plenty of coconut chutney and lime pickle, and a mango lassi. This because lots of Western people, even those who eat Indian food, have never had a dosa. Breakfast heaven.

Krofi Krofi, from my mother's family's recipe. Krofi are Slovenian deep-fried puffed doughnuts. Sometimes they are sweet and rolled in sugar; often they are sugarless and served with meat, like a Slavic answer to Yorkshire pudding. They are airy, yeasty, chewy, and oily. In short, delicious. This is the home cooking of my childhood, from a cuisine not familiar to most.

To continue, I tag these people, and my apologies to anyone if you (a) have been tagged already, or (b) are generally indisposed towards memes. No problem.

1. Grant, over at Well Fed in New York City, because he says if you're going to put something in your mouth, make it good. Absolutely.
2. Manisha of Indian Food Rocks, in Colorado, because Indian food does indeed rock and so does Manisha. She was one of the first food bloggers I read regularly.
3. Anna of Baking for Britain in London, just because I love her writing and her focus on a theme.
4. Becke of Columbus Foodie in Columbus, OH, because she's blogging about my hometown.
5. Lucette of Cooking Vintage just because I like her and she's in Cleveland, Ohio.

Photo credits: All images other than bread found through Google Images - direct links here - Apple, Masala dosa, Melone gelato, and Krofi

Posted by Faith at 30 August 2006

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wow, you just awakened such a dragon in my belly faith! i MUST have a dosa today! there's a dosa guy over near NYU who makes them from a pushcart on the edge of Washington Sq. Park.... i think i need to come up with an excuse to be late for work so i can swing on by!
great list!!

Posted by: ann at August 31, 2006 08:28 AM

Pleased, I'm sure!
This is a great list. I'd never heard of krofi, but they sound a lot like pompushki (sp?) which my Slovak aunt used to make. I actually have a recipe but I've never tried it yet.

Posted by: lucette at August 31, 2006 09:16 AM

Oh to live in a city where they sell dosai out of pushcarts on the streets...

Looking forward to your list, Lucette.

Posted by: faith at August 31, 2006 10:44 AM

Hi Faith! Thanks for the wonderful words and for tagging me! I am not one for memes but I love the idea of this one.

Is there a deadline for this? I'm going to be frightfully busy till Labor Day and will be able to make a post only then. Would that be OK?

My niece is in NYU and my sister visits her very often. I must tell her about this dosa vendor! It will be like old times in Bombay, eating at the 'thela'!

Posted by: Manisha at August 31, 2006 02:30 PM

Great list, I agree with you whole-heartedly that gelato does indeed taste more like the thing than the thing does itself. While I visited Italy my favorite, and daily requirement was Nociolla (Hazelnut). Come on over and see my list of five!

Posted by: Alison at August 31, 2006 11:01 PM

Manisha - of course! Any time. I look forward seeing what you choose - you always put up such great recipes.

Alison - Thanks! I love hazelnut gelato too. I love all gelato, really. I get so disappointed with things here in the States labeled "gelato" - I have never found anything really like it was in Italy.
I like your list! Mmm.... barbacoa.

Posted by: faith at September 1, 2006 09:29 AM

A very nice list. I started thinking about farmers' market apples this morning but now I am longing to pick my own!

Posted by: Tiny Banquet Committee at September 2, 2006 02:44 PM

Thank you Committee!

I talked to my mom the other day and she was all, hey I read your blog and now I'm making krofi. I was like, dang I live a thousand miles away. I need to get the recipe one of these days...

Posted by: faith at September 7, 2006 10:13 PM

Faith, I finally did it! I posted my 5 must-eats. I mulled over it for a very long time. I see a lot of similarities in our choices :-D

Posted by: Manisha at September 24, 2006 01:26 PM

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