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Ow, and stuff May. 29th, 2005 02:00 pm
I'm sure it shouldn't be possible to bite one's own tongue hard enough to puncture it :/

Fairly quiet bank holiday weekend going on here - went to Borough Market yesterday (oh, and I'll point out that yesterday's weather was my personal ideal - 21°C, a few scattered clouds in the sky to make it photogenic, bright sun and a bit of wind - can we have more of that?) with valkyriekaren, cookwitch and itsjustaname

...(this is the point at which I note, in relation to nothing much, that typing with a split nail on your right index finger is quite tricky)...

anyhow, my job at the market was part guide, part signpost, and part advisor to "not buy everything that looks good straight away because this place is *huge* and it's all great food". I think I had enough of a mitigating effect to allow everyone to actually carry their purchases, although the three committed foodies were enjoying themselves to a quite extraordinary degree (especially when they found a tin of cinnamon sticks ;)

While I appreciate good food to quite a degree, I'm no cook and so tend to enjoy it when it's cooked rather than as ingredients, so I can't really claim to be a foodie - but I do love Borough Market.

Very chilled afternoon after returning home, including Robin of Sherwood (or possibly Robin of Plywood, given the production values - but hell, HTV was never a big-budget company) which had aged a bit but was still fun, although I missed the last few minutes to switch over at the Scariest Possible Moment to the start of Doctor Who (loved that episode by the way - redeemed the series for me singificantly, and made me jump quite a lot).

The evening's food was a bit of an experiment - whole fried baby squid from the day's shopping. Now I love squid in rings, particularly in Paella, but I'm not so good at eating things whole (oh shush) and found these just a bit too chewy and, to be honest, weird. However we had blueberry PIE! for desert, which was fantastic.

Finished off the day by watching real "cult of the dense" TV - "The 20th century quiz" which pit large teams of "Rocket Scientists", Artists, Checkout Girls, Bikers, Paramedics and Driving Examiners against each other in an 80-question general knowledge quiz. Rather gratifyingly, the Bikers, "Boffins" (as Robinson & Schofield insisted on calling them) and Paramedics were evenly matched at the top of the scoreboard...
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From: cookwitch
Date: May 29th, 2005 - 01:59 pm (Link)
Oooh OW! I've done that before and it's horriby painful. Poor you. A salt water rinse helps a bit.

I must admit to fighting the urge to open that tin of cinnamon and have another sniff this morning. I didn't give in! Thank you for leading us about, you were a very good guide and quite patient with my constant ooo! and stopping to ogle things. *grin*

Squid's an odd thing. You either have to cook it for nanoseconds or simmer it for hours! Contrary foodstuff.
From: redcountess
Date: May 29th, 2005 - 02:04 pm (Link)
And baby squid is fantastic in spaghetti marinara, with fresh mussels still in their shell *drool*
From: redcountess
Date: May 29th, 2005 - 02:05 pm (Link)
By fresh I mean freshly cooked IYSWIM.
From: kelemvor
Date: May 29th, 2005 - 02:42 pm (Link)
The only time I've bitten my tongue hard enough to puncture it, Novacaine was involved. I'd been too nervous to eat before the filling, and too hungry afterwards to wait for the anaesthetic to wear off. Also damaged my cheek lining.
*Listens to buzz*
Ah! MinisDisc is cooked!
From: webcowgirl
Date: May 29th, 2005 - 11:07 pm (Link)
Rather than teasing you about eating squid whole, can I question your judgment in putting anything with tentacles in your mouth at all?
From: itsjustaname
Date: May 30th, 2005 - 10:21 am (Link)
You did an excellent job of guiding us round the market. Thank you. :o)

I wouldn't describe myself as a foodie either. I love food but, like you, I don't really cook (baking, though, I love to bake). I did love Borough Market, the smell of the vegetables was amazing and the array of different meats was mouth-watering.

However, most of my enjoyment at the food there was because I enjoy other people's enjoyment, if you see what I mean.