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A new friend

  • 10th Oct, 2005 at 1:43 AM

I'm having a Thanksgiving dinner party tonight. You know, where people get together and stuff themselves silly.

So yesterday, I spent most of the day organising food. In the morning, a trip to the Marché Jean-Talon, where I picked up some fresh produce. The weather has definitely decided on autumn: not only have the leaves begun to turn, but the air was thick with mist. You couldn't even call it a drizzle, it was like standing in the display cases in a supermarket produce aisle. People were out selling ornamental squash, which I presume are left on the dining room table until they stop being pretty.

One of the things I brought back was bunches of basil. I did this the last time I went to the market, but I sadly let that batch of basil dry out and rot. I resolved not to let this happen.

One of the things that changed is that I've now got a food processor. I actually bought it a little while ago, but only cracked it open yesterday. Like a little boy opening a present, I read through the user manual, fiddled with all the parts, and washed it. Then I washed the basil and made pesto.

I made pesto last summer, which was this grueling two-day trial. I washed all the basil on the first day, and then churned teeny tiny batches through my blender. After which, the blender decided to commit suicide because it was too difficult. This time, I kept on feeding leaves through the tube at the top and the processor just ate it. A two-day torture became a two-hour trivium.

I have now decided that a food processor is my favourite appliance ever. In fact, I have to admit that I like it more than my computer. And definitely more than I like human beings. I have the urge to use it for everything, but this is obviously silly and impractical.

But food processor! Whee!


Comments

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spider88
10th Oct, 2005 07:17 (UTC)
I have a food processor but I don't use it often enough.

How do you make pesto? I'd love to make that.
sfllaw
11th Oct, 2005 04:29 (UTC)
I shall put up a recipe soon.
spider88
11th Oct, 2005 06:05 (UTC)
Yay!
feygele
10th Oct, 2005 16:59 (UTC)
I had to go a week without my food processor (the new one I bought didn't work) and I couldn't handle it. It's probably the appliance I use the most.

I also didn't realise until I purchased my first food processor that it's called a "food processor". I grew up thinking it was called a "cuisinart" after the brand. No one ever knew which appliance I was talking about. Go me.
sfllaw
10th Oct, 2005 17:39 (UTC)
Well, us people in the know would understand if you said Cuisinart or Magimix.

Much like a KitchenAid is a stand mixer, or an Osterizer is a blender.
feygele
10th Oct, 2005 17:40 (UTC)
Exactly!

These poor fools obviously hadn't spent enough time in a well-equipped kitchen.

Now, pass the Kleenex, I shed a single tear for them.
cloquewerk
10th Oct, 2005 18:19 (UTC)
Making tabouleh is much easier with a food processor too.

And mine came with a miniature version which is actually quite handy for grinding coffee. You can apparently grind spices in it too, although I prefer using my mortar & pestle... the elbow grease makes it taste that much better, I suppose.
sfllaw
12th Oct, 2005 04:52 (UTC)
I have decided that I will just get my coffee ground in small quantities at Santropol. This is because they have a coffee grinder right there, in the store.

As for spices, I prefer a mortar and pestle as well. If only I had a better one.
scjody
10th Oct, 2005 18:28 (UTC)
Yeah, I bought a food processor about a year ago and I love it. It's a bit more difficult to clean than, you know, a knife and chopping board, but it generally makes up for that with the cutting time it saves.

Did you know they can make dough too?
sfllaw
12th Oct, 2005 05:04 (UTC)
Yes. Mine came with a dough hook. But I think I'll still bake bread by hand.
scjody
18th Oct, 2005 20:06 (UTC)
I've never tried bread (I haven't baked any bread in years..) but they're great for pizza dough. I actually bought my first food processor for this purpose while in university, and burnt out the motor the first time I used it. I took it back for a refund, figuring my dough-making escapades would have to wait until I could afford better than a $50 food processor.
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