Thursday, November 18, 2010

Food Glorious Food!

Well, folks, the season is upon us!  A week from today is Thanksgiving and a month from that day is Christmas.  And while both holidays mean so much more than filling our bellies, I have to admit that the food that graces us at this time of year is some of my favorite.  Since little is going on in my corner of the world besides waiting and waiting and waiting for Miller, I thought I'd wax poetic on one of my favorite topics, pregnancy and non-pregnancy, holiday and non-holiday, alike, food.

First of all, pregnancy foods.  I don't really have random, crazy pregnancy cravings.  The only weird food thing that has happened to me both times is that I hate coffee from about week 6 to week 12 or 13.  It has happened both times and it's awful.  I hate the taste, smell, even thought of coffee for most of the first trimester.  During my pregnancy with Els, I wanted anything spicy.  B often accused me of sneaking crushed red pepper flakes into anything I could.  (Which was admittedly pretty true.)  Similarly, this pregnancy, I have wanted curry any time I could get my chopsticks on it.  Thai curry, Indian curry, Indonesian curry, you name it, I want it.  There was one week about a month ago that B politely asked me to maybe not make anything curried for a while.  Fortunately for both of us, our little town is inexplicably home to quite possibly the best Thai restaurant I've ever been to and I can talk him into dinner there more often than not.    (We're having it tonight!  Woohoo!)

And, oh, holiday foods.  To me, there are few flavor combinations in the world that can match the near perfection that is the marriage of chocolate and mint.  While showcased year round in the form of peppermint patties, it's this time of year that the chocolate mint love affair is given top billing everywhere from coffee creamers to dipped pretzels.  (Be still, my beating heart!)  Seriously, I can't get enough.  I don't really care a whole lot about turkey and ham, I mean, I eat whatever's there, but, it is the side dishes that get me.  Pumpkin pie, pretty much any kind of vegetable casserole, dressing (which I realize most people call stuffing), and, here comes the southern girl, collard greens - these are why I really look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.  Besides spending time with friends and family of course.

So, there you go.  A 38+ weeks pregnant lady talking for paragraphs about food.  Shocking.

Bon Appetit!


Anonymous said...

Oh how I love mint and chocolate. Tell your mom to get you some peppermint joe joe's from
Trader joe's. They are dark chocolate covered peppermint oreo's. Oh my gosh, they are so good!!

Allison Ashinhurst said...

i think we are kindred spirits, b/c I was shouting "yes" to pretty much this whole post :-) I have a love affair with chocolate and peppermint - and especially this time of year. I say dressing instead of stuffing (southern thing, i believe), and I too LOVE the collard greens and all the sides (way more than the turkey or ham) that come with Thanksgiving and Christmas! Thanks for making my mouth water so early this morning... :-) (can't imagine having an aversion to coffee, though - how awful)!!