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Hollen 08-09-2016 09:21 AM

What food means "love" to you?
This morning, my ten year old sweetly requested that I make chicken noodle soup tomorrow. Now, my soup starts with a chicken, onion, carrots, celery and herbs, and takes all day long. I make bone broth, strain it, shred chicken, sautéed the veggies, etc. Because it is so labor- intensive, it is usually reserved for days when someone is sick (because we believe wholeheartedly in the ancient remedy of chicken soup!). So when I asked if he felt okay, he said he was fine, but that if I only make him soup when he's sick I'm basically forcing him to lick doorknobs, pick his nose, and otherwise engage in disgusting germy behavior in the hopes of getting sick so he can have soup :scare:. Needless to say, a chicken is thawing in our fridge right now.

I think this food represents love for Alex because it is an ordeal to make, and it is used to nurture and heal during times of stress.

What food represents love to you? Is it an old family recipe, or something new that has taken on special meaning? When do you make it (or have it made for you, you lucky bird)? And most importantly... Will you make me some?:lol:

RavensGryf 08-09-2016 12:37 PM


Originally Posted by Hollen (Post 3751265)
So when I asked if he felt okay, he said he was fine, but that if I only make him soup when he's sick I'm basically forcing him to lick doorknobs, pick his nose, and otherwise engage in disgusting germy behavior in the hopes of getting sick so he can have soup :scare:.

Lol :laughing2: I think you better get used to making your delicious sounding chicken soup more often Leslie... Licking doorknobs is not good :laughing:

My mom would buy me Reese's Peanut Butter Cups every year for Christmas. My favorite candy. I don't eat candy often, but it's a nice feeling to know she remembers my favorite :).

Greyjoy 08-09-2016 01:27 PM

For St Patrick's day I make a Guinness stew. It's a recipe that I have been tweaking & perfecting over the years. It takes all day so I really only make it for the holiday but it does double duty as we celebrate my Mom's birthday on St Patrick's day as well.

FaeryBee 08-09-2016 01:50 PM

My goodness, Alex is certainly clever to have come up with that reasoning! :scare:

It sounds as though your Chicken Noodle Soup and mine are made basically the same way

Do you also make homemade egg noodles to go in it?

At this time in my life, the food that most represents "love" to me would be Indiana Persimmon Pudding.
This is a dessert I grew up with in Indiana and it was a very special treat at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
It takes a lot of persimmons to get the pulp needed for a pudding as each little persimmon has several rather large seeds in it.
The persimmons have to be washed, stemmed and then run through a colander using a pestle to squish all the pulp down through the little holes. :

Unfortunately, living in Virginia I went many years with no pudding. :hurt:
I couldn't find any proper persimmon trees here to harvest persimmons which ripen in the fall. :(

Indiana Persimmons

About three years ago, my sister was visiting and I decided to see if I could find anywhere (in Indiana) that sells and ships persimmon pulp.
(I don't know WHY that never occurred to me prior to then! :hammer:)

Success! :jumping: We now are able to order the persimmon pulp needed for making the puddings.

To make up for all the lost years, in addition to Thanksgiving and Christmas, we also have a pudding on my changeling day and my sister's birthday.
Of course I ensure there is some extra in the freezer just in case I can't wait for one of those special events!

Exquisitely delicious Persimmon Pudding!


Hollen 08-09-2016 02:31 PM

Oh drool! The only one of these I've ever even tried are Reese's cups (which are indeed delicious!). Guinness stew sounds divine! I love the warm cozy feeling soups and stews give me:love:

Deb, Alex is allergic to wheat, so I use special spelt noodles. I want to try making pasta, though! I have never tasted a persimmon, much less persimmon pudding! I must know more! It looks kind of like a bread pudding, which I LOVE. Well, you all must send me your addresses so I know where to be on St. Patrick's Day and Thanksgiving:driving:

Greyjoy 08-09-2016 03:27 PM

You all would be more than welcome, Pirate attire is required lol
I'm seriously sitting here eating a hot pocket reading this thread & imagining a talkbudgies potluck.

Hollen 08-09-2016 04:39 PM

Kristina, we usually wear pirate attire, so we'd fit right in :lol:. I want to have a TalkBudgies potluck! I'll bring homemade chicken soup and millet, you bring Guiness stew and greens, Deb will bring persimmon pudding and pellets... Wait, the budgies are invited too, right? Julie, we will need a LOT of Reese's cups:clap:

Who else is in?

FaeryBee 08-09-2016 05:19 PM


Since you're in GA and Kristina is in MA I think I'm about 1/2 way between you both so you'd better plan on the pot-luck taking place here with me in Virginia.

Let's plan it for September 22nd, to celebrate the equinox/first day of Autumn!

Hollen 08-09-2016 06:24 PM

Perfect! We will be there! Instead of a kid's table, we'll need a tiny little bird's table. Also, I think pirate dress should be optional for the birds. Eyepatches will have a very different impact on creatures without binocular vision, you know...

I can't think of a better way to celebrate:cheers:

mexicoandice 08-09-2016 09:44 PM

Ha ha! I was actually imagining something similar just the other day; I was wondering what it would be like if every single currently active member attended a HUGE gathering somewhere! Lol.

Back to the original subject, I think the food that represents love to me is... Hmm... this is hard. Probably warm cinnamon buns. My mom used to make these every Sunday morning before church. We were never aloud to change into our sunday clothes before breakfast for fear of getting icing all over ourselves!:laughing: Yummmm... now I want cinnamon buns.

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