Foodie Friday

Foodie Friday – Pasta

The infamous spaghetti tree hoax, from blogger.com

Today, I very much felt like putting together a list of ‘wacky’ names, but I couldn’t quite figure out where to go to cull a suitable list. In the end, it was a simple task, inspired by what’s going on with my life. Remember the building works which interrupted posting back at Easter time? Yes, they’re still soldiering on.

Put this together with the fact that my main love in life is pasta, more specifically tortellini and spaghetti, and a blog post was born. As a direct result of the building works, our oven has been out of order for near on a fortnight now. So, I’ve been eating quite a bit of pasta recently, since all we have to live by is a portable hob.

Pasta is mostly synonymous with the Italian cuisine, although I’ve never actually physically visited the place. That said, the myth of spaghetti trees came from Britain, courtesy of current affairs program Panorama, which broadcast the hoax as an April Fools joke back in 1957. The so-called ‘story’ revolved around the tale of a family in Switzerland who were harvesting spaghetti from trees – and it’s success was partly put down to the fact that spaghetti was nowhere near as widespread a dish as it is to this day, so many were unaware that spaghetti was even a type of pasta. CNN has since called it:

the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled

So, in honour of the famed hoax and my love of pasta, here are some other forms of pasta you may or may not know about, ones which could transfer as names, or at least sound like established names:

Anelli

Barbina

Capellini

Chifferi

Ditalini

Farfalle

Fedelini

Fiorentine

Mafalde

Mafaldine

Marille

Marziani

Mezzelune

Midolline

Pappardelle

Penne

Rotelle

Stelle

Stelline

Tripoline

Zita

Some with more potential than others, that I will give you, but hey ho. I have a Jubilee to go celebrate – fun news, I’m actually in London on Sunday, more so by accident than on purpose.

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Foodie Friday – Potatoes

from blogger.com

I’ve been a little obsessed with mashed potatoes of late, sad as it may sound. I’m not sure exactly why I’ve wanted to include them in every meal I’ve cooked this week, but it gives me a neat little excuse to talk about the names of varieties of potatoes. A true potato enthusiastic (too much?) will know that some varieties of potatoes lend themselves well to roasting, some to boiling and others to mashing.

That is, in effect, my strenuous introduction to my post on names of potato varieties. Quite a few of the names on this list will be familiar to you, whilst others are a bit more out there. Either way, it’s a fun little list of names to kick off the weekend.

Amora

Anna

Annabelle

Anya

Belle

Blue

Bonnie

Brooke

Cara

Catriona

Celine

Charlotte

Claire

Cosmos

Daisy

Desiree

Edward

Elisabeth

Emma

Fianna

Fontane

Gemson

Gervioline

Gwyn

Harmony

Hermes

Karlena

Kestrel

Kikko

Linton

Lulu

Malin

Marfola

Maris

Maxine

Melody

Merlin

Milton

Mira

Mimi

Nadine

Navan

Newton

Nicola

Nieta

Olympia

Orla

Piper

Pixie

Primura

Romano

Rubesse

Rudolph

Saphire

Savanna

Saxon

Sebastian

Shannon

Shona

Sierra

Sofia

Stroma

Sylvana

Tabitha

Trixie

Una

Vales

Vanessa

Verity

Victoria

Virgo

Wilja

Winston

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