I've eaten octopus in Greece and maybe elsewhere near the Mediterranean, and I suppose I've eaten it in the US in sushi and Mexican seafood cocktails, but recently I've noticed a number of people mentioning eating it as a main course or appetizer here in the US, including right here in my very much landlocked non-seafood-centric city. Is octopus a trendy food at the moment? I certainly wouldn't be surprised, as it can be quite tasty if prepared well. And if in the past 20 years or so we Americans have learned to love squid (so long as it's labeled "calamari" on the menu), then it makes sense we would venture on to octopus (and maybe cuttlefish is next).
I raise an eyebrow when I see a seafood that seems to be trendy because I am concerned about sustainability. But it looks to me like Monterey Bay Seafood Watch considers octopus from Hawaii and the Gulf of California sustainable.
A friend of mine believes she read that the human body gets more nutrition from oatmeal made from steel-cut oats than from oatmeal made from rolled oats or, for that matter, rolled oats eaten in other ways. She was specifically referring to the cholesterol benefits. All the information I have been able to find suggests that nutritional differences are negligible. But that information doesn't seem to address any studies that may have been done about how the human body absorbs or uses those nutrients and any specific effects on cholesterol. I know there are a few nutrition hounds on SE. Anyone have information?
In another thread, someone's question of where to buy Thanksgiving supplies in Paris seemed way too easily answered: a store called "Thanksgiving." I remember the days when being an American abroad at Thanksgiving meant hunkering down with fellow Americans and cobbling together a Thanksgiving meal. Does anyone have any good stories? Plans for this year?
Because they looked good and I had never experimented with them, I bought a package of fresh (not dried) rice noodles. Shrimp noodles to be exact. They come in a package stuck together in one near-solid mass. How do I get them to separate? I tried simply putting the whole mass in a pot of boiling water, but they don't separate. And no matter how gently I prodded them to try to coax them into separating, they just broke apart into bits rather than separating.
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