Favourite Foods

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Posted by Abby

Each year there are various articles decrying the lack of variety in the British diet. Last year we were told that most Britons have four staple meals – spaghetti bolognaise, sausage and mash, chicken tikka masala and chilli con carne.

This year there are apparently six staple dishes – roast chicken, spaghetti bolognaise, stir fry, sausage and mash, curry and pork chops.

I find this sort of information fascinating! Obviously the first thing I do is think about how often the dishes that are mentioned appear on my table. Spaghetti bolognaise and roast chicken feature most often. Sausages appear regularly but never with mash. The other dishes might make an occasional appearance, apart from the pork chops that is – a more tasteless cut of meat I’ve yet to find (although glenna's recipe is tempting me...)!

I then start to think about what my personal “top 5” would be and how I can find out what other people eat – partly out of nosiness and partly out of a desire to find new favourites.

Given Daily Tiffin readers come from around the globe I thought it’d be fascinating to see how similar, or different, we are with what our staple meals are. And don’t be shy, whether it’s homemade, out of a packet or a takeaway, we want to know about it!

I’ll get the ball rolling – most months we will eat:
* Homemade pizza
* Sausage, cherry tomato and fennel bake (this is a new obsession)
* Risotto – this is usually vegetarian and changes according to the season, at the moment I’m thinking about green vegetables with lemon, mint and basil flavourings
* Smoked mackerel and spinach pilaf (this is a favourite for packed lunches)
* Crab linguine with salad

What are your top five?

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I'll give it a go!

My vege/pescetarian staple foods:

1. (by a wide margin) Spaghetti all'arrabiata
2. Wholewheat pasta with shrimps or salmon in creamy sauce
3. Risotto (Mushroom or shrimp most prominently)
4. Tortillas filled with woked vegetables or chili
5. Veggie stirfry of some sorts (with rice or noodles)

When I was still studying, place 5 would be ratatouille - you can make a big pot and it gets better with rewarming!

So, got any ideas for me?

April 3, 2008 at 9:50:00 PM GMT+2  

OHHHH .. I want a BIG bowl of that pasta .. so nice to meet you Meg... I do believe I just gained weight looking at that food .. sigh

Daryl said...
April 3, 2008 at 11:22:00 PM GMT+2  

I'll bite too.....

1. spaghetti with meat sauce
2. penne with tomatoes, olive oil and garlic
3. butter chicken with rice and naan
4. shepards pie
5. homemade pizza

I try to add in alot of variety, and things change during the summer months (more bbq burgers, homemade of course, sausages, and kabobs, less heavy, comfort foods.)

Jenny said...
April 4, 2008 at 1:40:00 AM GMT+2  

I'll try:

1. Jambalaya
2. Mushroom risotto
3. Lasagna
4. Spinach salad with blue cheese and nectarines
5. Asparagus frittata

April 4, 2008 at 5:39:00 AM GMT+2  

Nice post Abby...
and that Pasta looks awesome!!

Dharm said...
April 4, 2008 at 12:48:00 PM GMT+2  

Nice post! Ours are:

1) Pasta with chorizo and goat cheese (as well as a half dozen other easy pasta recipes)
2) One of several Mexican standards
3) Fish in some form at least once a week
4) Risotto or farro made with whatever is on hand
5) Lots and lots of salads in the summer time

Anonymous said...
April 4, 2008 at 2:21:00 PM GMT+2  

tis interesting that risotto is a regular for many of us. and ann - i need to try pasta with chorizo and goats chese! i've just found it on your blog...

dharm - what do you eat lots of? i'm really interested in the malaysian perspective!

Anonymous said...
April 4, 2008 at 3:13:00 PM GMT+2  

Born in the US but parents are south indian, so thats what we eat mostly and I love it. But here's my fav 5:

1. Cold Buttermilk poured over steaming hot rice with my mom's homemade mango pickles (south indian - mango thokku). Yum!!! Was a staple when I was in college and medical school, and still love it now. Never get tired of it!
2. Pizza - homemade is best for me
3. Anything with beetroot - soups, dips, salads. Actually salads in general too that have fruits, veggies and nuts or veggies, grains, nuts - a whole meal, love them!
4. Rice, a light cabbage stir-fry (indian style) with sprouted green gram coconut gravy (mugga ghashi)
5. Lentil soup and homemade bread


Anonymous said...
April 4, 2008 at 6:52:00 PM GMT+2  

Oh, I feel so American!

Here's our usual staples:
-Chile con Carne or Tacos
-Spaghetti with Meat sauce or parmesan
-Cheesesteaks or Burgers
-Tossed salad with BBQ or Teriyaki chicken and homemade dressing
-Stir Fry or Korma with Rice

Very interesting to see how many people rely on pasta worldwide.

ames said...
April 4, 2008 at 8:20:00 PM GMT+2  

It's very interesting to read about the food that graces your dining tables!

Our favorites are idli / dosa / uttapa with sambar. We were all South Indian in our previous lives. But since I haven't replaced my heavy duty blender, this bimonthly event has been suspended till I get the courage to spend $300 on a wet grinder.

Otherwise our staples are:
- dal and rice. Dal is usually one of tur, moong, masoor. Or sometimes a mix of 4-5 dals.
- paratha/roti/nan with a veggie dish with sauce. Spinach, cauliflower, beans, okra and eggplant or whatever I can find. Potatoes, too.
- salad greens with broiled fish. Salad will have lots of nuts and fruits and a homemade vinaigrette dressing.
- soya burgers on American Idol night.
- khichadi (rice cooked with tur or moong dal), eaten with yogurt and a sweet & spicy potato dish in tomatoes.

I make yogurt from half a gallon of milk every week, sometimes more frequently. So there is always yogurt at every meal.

Lamb curry or lamb chops once in two months or so. Turkey kheema with pitas once or twice a month. It depends mainly on when I buy the 2 40oz trays! Dinner outside about once a week but it's usually at a healthy organic/local restaurant. I am currently hooked onto the Hot & Sour Soup that the local Sichuan restaurant makes. Ahhhhh! It burns my throat as it goes down and is just perfect for the kind of see-saw spring weather we get in Colorado.

April 4, 2008 at 8:57:00 PM GMT+2  

Fascinating I feel a little like a freak reading this.

As a low-carb eating non-vegetarian whose body doesn't agree with most grains, and only so-so with soy and dairy, my food list looks decidedly different. No pasta on my end ;)

1. My no. 1 staple food is probably any kind of salad with protein, from shaved fennel with salmon or a can of sardines to Thai beef salad, or butter lettuce & grilled chicken - you get the idea. Speaking of which, I could add

2. salmon separately, the frozen salmon fillets are such a life-saver, into the grill pan, add a steamed, braised, raw veggie and dinner is done

3. is of course any kind of stir-fry (including Thai curries), again, protein & veg, shrimp, chicken, fish, beef, any kind of seasonal or frozen veggie that is on sale, looks good...

4. the one and only high-carb item being rice which does agree with my immune system, usually as fried rice with leftovers or sushi, and

5. we try to have a soup day each week, one of our faves is tom kha gai, Thai coconut chicken soup, or lentil soup, but this changes with the season and available foods.

Priya: mugga ghashi sounds wonderful!

April 5, 2008 at 10:11:00 AM GMT+2  

most of us seem to eat rice regularly, in one form or another...

c'mon folks, i know you're reading, share what you're eating!

Anonymous said...
April 8, 2008 at 8:21:00 PM GMT+2  

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