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October 22nd, 2002

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03:12 pm - The science of Goldilocks
Had tomato soup for lunch today. zorac may well chastise me (we had a long-running respectful discussion concerning the use of tomatoes in savoury dishes) but I'm very keen on tomato soup for lunch. Heinz's soup advertises that half a can of the stuff provides two of your five daily portions of fruit and vegetables, so I'm sold on it right away. (There is some soup advertised on TV as being three portions per serving. Mmm!)

You might also recall that I have a thing about thermometers. Downstairs we have an old-fashioned mercury thermometer which I believe was intended to be used for sugars and caramels - but there's no reason why it can't be used for soup, either.

Results of the great soup temperature experiment, day 1:
Papa "too bastard hot, are you trying to scald my tongue?" Bear: 188°F (86°C)
Mama "send it back and bring us a hotter portion, waiter" Bear: 117°F (47°C)
"Certified just right, mmm-hmm" Baby Bear brand: 143°F (62°C)

More results as we get them. Incidentally, the experts suggest that soup should be served at between 155°F and 160°F, which I now believe. (Ambition #176: go to the poshest restaurant in town and order a bowl of not-Gazpacho soup to be served at between 155°F and 160°F - and have it served at that temperature without an annoyed waiter having slashed in it first.)

Incidentally, this mercury thermometer and my posh digital thermometer cannot agree on the temperature inside our fridge. The ol' mercury analogue claims a nice, safe 43°F (a shade over 6°C) whereas the digital suggests a worryingly high, bacteria-friendly 8.5°C. It's like watches; a man with one always knows the time, a man with two is never sure...

(Am I the only one who pronounces the HTML tag for the ° symbol as "And-and-deg"?)
Current Mood: soupy twist

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Date:October 22nd, 2002 08:55 am (UTC)
Just hang on a cotton-pickin' minute. What's this alleged long-running tomato discussion, then? I have no problem with the use of tomatoes in savoury dishes (they're a major ingredient in Bolognese sauce, which I believe I may have server to you once or twice in Arco...) and in fact had some tomato soup myself just a few days ago.

I have been known to point out that tomatoes are in fact a fruit and not a vegetable, but that doesn't stop them being used in savoury dishes...

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Date:October 22nd, 2002 02:30 pm (UTC)
Tomatoes in bolognese sauce = good. Tomatoes in curry = good. Tomatoes in mince served with potatoes = where I respectfully disagree with you. You may recall that I did.

For the record, zorac is a pukka cook. (A good thing.) I am thorough at washing up, but it takes me a long time and a lot of water. (And, inevitably, being a bloke, I don't do it quite as frequently as I probably should do.)

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