Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Sneezes and Substitutions (and lots of food related links!)

Are you familiar with the trope of a person sneezing over a dose of black pepper? Well, that’s been me my entire life. And now, much as I enjoy spicy food, the first bite can also trigger sneezing. It seems my sinuses get more sensitive day by day.

Today I seared a tuna steak and my sauce caused this phenomena. Just a few minutes ago it was my twice spicy Samyang noodles. My husband won’t even eat them anymore as he considers the heat too painful. Ah, well, more leftover for me.

On a less sweat-worthy note I looked up a recipe for peach cake. It’s something we enjoyed in the 90’s from a boxed mix and can’t find anymore. Doubtless neither of us should eat it. Perhaps this fact gave me the craving after all these years.

Anyhow, I found an old fashioned recipe. Ripe peaches aren’t available but I think it can be converted to accommodate canned. Other folks shared some neat tricks for such things as substituting cake flour and powdered sugar with more common staples. And almond extract, as it turns out, can be omitted in favor of vanilla extract. This cake calls for both, so I won’t spend money on any of these rarely used items.

When I decided to make a chicken pot pie yesterday (a cold weather comfort dish) I found my shortcut ingredient missing. But someone else came to the rescue with this easy way to make your own cream of chicken soup.

Do you like ramen noodles? What is your favorite comfort food?

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17 comments:

  1. When I get congested, not that I have in awhile, but if I do, I get out the red pepper flakes and take a whiff. I start into the sneezing them and soon===no more congestion.

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  2. We enjoy chicken pot pie too but we did just have a turkey pot pie, yum!

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  3. Black pepper is too spicy for me. Yes, my palate is that bland. The old stereotype had to come from somewhere, so I'm sure there were plenty of people who it made sneeze.

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    1. Oh, I cannot imagine not appreciating pepper. :(

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  4. Those noodles look really hot. I love hot though. I do a lot of sneezing, but mine is the temperature. Hot to cooling off or the other way around. I hate sneezing jags.

    Have a fabulous day, Darla. Big hug and scritches to the kitties. ♥

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  5. steak !!!! now yur talkin grate eatz :) ♥♥ we tabbies never get steak.....
    ;(

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  6. I like Ramen noodles, but rarely have them because of the high sodium content and msg. Every time I have msg I get itchy which is almost daily because it is in so many things. XO

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  7. I have more comfort foods then I need to have!! I like Ramen noodles, beef flavor. I learned something interesting the other day about runny noses...haha...my ex cousin in law was telling me that her mom has to stop while eating to blow her nose. In talking to her moms doc, its got something to do with the saliva producing glands and the working of the chewing. Apparently it is more an age thing that goes with that. Crazy huh?

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    1. Wow! I'll have to tell my husband. He's sixty and complains of this phenomenon all the time. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Black pepper makes mom sneeze, too, but not dad since he hates the stuff. This weekend dad's only comfort food is chicken noodle soup as he's been quite sick. He must be starting to feel better, though, because he said that peach cake sounds delicious.

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  9. Talking of spicy food... I sweat if the food is too spicy... I don't know if it happens to anyone else!
    I like ramen noodles..

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