Always Learning

They say that you should never stop learning. Never stop taking it all in and growing in knowledge and wisdom.

Most days I’ll learn a thing or two, but not really anything that sticks with me. This week, though, I swear I’ve learned one amazing thing each day. So, to document my status as a lifetime student, I thought I’d start a new column about fun facts and new knowledge about food. Who’s with me?!

Now, don’t judge… you may know some of the things already, but they are definitely new to me.

Did you know…

Amaranth, when fresh, is a flower that can be eaten whole? What you buy in the bulk section is just the seeds off the flower. Blows my mind. The picture above is from a blog I read called Scandi Foodie for a post on an amaranth salad. I always learn so much from her blog because she cooks dishes I don’t normally come across and uses ingredients that I don’t use often enough.

Gnudi is a pasta much like gnocchi but uses ricotta and Parmesan cheeses instead of potatoes. It was so hard not to drop everything, go to the grocery store and get the ingredients to make this. I found the picture above on tumblr and was interested in what it was so I did the clicking through tumblr to pinterest to its original source: Petite Kitchenesse. I can’t wait to scroll through her archives looking at pictures and getting ideas!

Harissa is a hot red pepper paste used in North African cooking. I saw harissa listed in a recipe somewhere and had no idea what it was. So I looked it up. Since then I feel like I have been seeing it everywhere! It’s funny how that happens. This is one of the recipes that I have happened upon from A Cozy Kitchen.

I’m sure I will keep on collecting interesting nuggets of information like these and will continue to share them with you. Got some interesting facts you wanna share with me or new things you’ve learned about food recently? I would love to hear about them.

Happy learning and eating!