(Original post by helen-a-ravenclaw)
Had a slight change of opinion here. I just had lunch and took my time eating through my sandwich and counter how many chews I had per mouthful. My normal one wasn't far off 13, which surprised me.
Eating slower and chewing more, I found I did enjoy my lunch more than normal. I got more of the flavours out of the sandwich, and I feel fuller now than what I usually feel like after a meal.
Maybe i'll try to eat slower more often to see if this is a consistent thing...
Of course it could just all be because I had this debate topic in mind when I was eating.
I might try it as well.
I find my biggest downfall to slow eating is pasta. It just goes so quickly!
VERDICT: THOUGH THE STUDY INITIALLY SEEMED ABSURD, AFTER PERSONALLY INVRSTIGATING, MANY REALISED THAT IT WAS NOT SO MAD TO CHEW FOR A MINIMUM OF 13 TIMES PER BITE, AND THAT A CONSCIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR OWN INTAKE AND METHODOLOGY OF EATING IN GENERALWAS IN FACT A BOON TO THEM. WE MAY CHEW AN INSUFFICIENT AMOUNT BUT AT LEAST TSR IS AWARE, NOW!!
TODAY'S DEBATE: August is upon us, and as such, three quarters of the year milestone looms. As the summer has been a poor, patchy one, it proves summer is not synonymous with sun or heat; ice cream may not be the epitomous summer food! Taking into account patchy weather, what would you say is the legitimate DEFINITIVE SUMMER FOOD?
There is a point though of being British in which you go it's summer therefore I will eat ice cream/strawberries/BBQ even though it's not hot/sunny because as we all well know that you only get about 2 weeks of good weather somewhere silly like March.
It's gotta be the good ol' barbecue!! Every one of you reading this must have had at least one bbq each summer. It's the one thing you HAVE to do in the summer... WHY? Because you can't have a bbq in the winter it's just not done...
So, to get your money's worth out of the barbecue, and for the man of the house to show off, summer time = bbq time!
plus, we know, if it's getting to the end of the summer, and a bbq has still not been had, us brits will defy any weather type to get in a BBQ before september. The smell of cooked / slightly burned, hamburgers/ hot dogs, is the epitome of the british summah. You know I'm right
I go to the ice cream van as early as March, so ice cream is only a definitive summer food for me if it's combined with nice long strolls along the prom at the beach (which hasn't happened for a while)-but when the hot dogs and burgers are out you know what time it is!
...Time to rain :P
I'd say bbq is the summer grub, definitely. Because even if it ends up raining that summer afternoon, we Brits crack on, someone stand over Dad with an umbrella, or if his bald, he'll brave it out there brolly-free usually. And it's still hot food, so it can warm us up if it's a colder summer day. Also, Ice Cream isn't really a summer meal, it's a snack you eat usually when you're hot; if it was a hot day in December, you'd probably still grab an ice cream, whereas you wouldn't as easily just have a bbq as it'd take preperation and organisation and you usually don't expect or prepare for hot days in December. I think a fair point to make is; picture the scene. Late December, you see a guy walking along with a magnum. You may think, hm, it's a bit cold. But, you see a man walking along with a pack of coals and a bbq? You'd think, positively insane!
VERDICT: TSR DETERMINES THAT THERE ARE A FEW FOODS THAT "DEFINE SUMMER" - THOUGH SOME LIKE ICE CREAM AND SALAD ARE NOT OUT OF PLACE IN ANOTHER SEASON, IT IS THE BARBECUE HAT DEFINES US IN THE SUMMER AND DISPLAY A UNIQUELY BRITISH DEFIANCE THAT COMPLETELY DISREGARDS OUR LACK OF SUNSHINE. THE FACT THAT WEATHER IS DISREGARDED IN ORDER TO CONSUME BARBECUE FOOD DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, RAIN FALLING AS WE CONTINUE TO WEAR SHADES AND CARGO SHORTS, PROVES THAT BARBECUE IS THE FOOD OF THE BRITISH SUMMER.
We might not get a tan, but at least we get a burger!
TODAY'S DEBATE: I was talking with a friend today about his favourite pudding. He determined that it was Red Velvet Cheesecake, and I flippantly remarked that it was a "Flash-in-the-pan, New-fad Pudding". His response was "Keep up with the times, I bet your favourite is something ancient like Bread and Butter Pudding or something that shouldn't even exist any more".
This then began a talk about the relevance on certain "classic" dishes that may actually have little relevance in today's society, that are actually outdated to the point they entirely miss the point of why they existed in the first place.
For example, "gourmet" versions of rice pudding, a dessert that existed as a way to dispose of leftover main meal material without wasting, when money was so tight even for a relatively-cheap starch such as rice - does it have any place in a society that clings to it solely for nostalgia's sake when more bountiful, plentiful and varied foods now exist?
IN THIS DEBATE, WE DISCUSS WHICH FOOD ITEM WE BELIEVE TO BE THE MOST EXPENDABLE, OUTDATED DISH IN GENERAL, THAT EXISTS DESPITE THE CHANGING OF THE TIMES NO LONGER DEEMING IT RELEVANT OR PRACTICAL.
I'm having difficulty thinking of one... I think that all dishes can be revived and developed so that even if they no longer fulfil their original purpose, they still taste good! I love gourmet rice pudding... I had a delicious one recently with coconut and rose water and stuff, was YUM
If i had to pick something though... perhaps the pasty. I believe it was created for the cornish workmen, a starchy warm and filling meal that is easy to carry around. However, in my opinion it is now overrated and simply too heavy and filling when most people aren't engaging in the kind of activity which justifies eating such food.
Noosh, it's funny you should mention the Cornish Pasty; it was one of the things we had talked about. The "ring" of pastry was intended to be just big enough to be an effective "handle" for the carbon-coated fingers of the miners to grasp without tainting the edible bit, but my sister swears that it is now "the tastiest bit", and "how could they NOT eat that bit?!"
Clearly, the missed the point entirely but it's interesting nonetheless that she would deem the discarded piece the best. In the same vein, my friend said Walnut Whips are now utterly pointless as "you always chuck away the walnut", though I contested that was more his personal taste than cultural change.