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Deep Dish, Twisted Food History! – Episode 11: History of Chicken Tikka Masala!

In this episode of Deep Dish, we head over to India…or…Scotland? and cozy up with some curry, so that we can answer the question of who really invented chicken tikka masala?  Curry has been around for ages, but chicken tikka itself has only been around a few decades! Has the UK finally redeemed itself, culinarily speaking?  You’ll have to listen to find out!

Highlights

  • We revisit some beloved childhood snacks, inspired by our recent purchase of the s’mores lookalike Mallowmars! 
  • We finally cover the rise of a food that DOESN’T correspond to the Industrial Revolution!  
  • PCFG Erik puts on their best British accent to discuss some fine*, traditional British dishes. (*Not fine)
  • The UK loves their curry dishes! So much that they almost laid official legal claim to chicken tikka masala!
  • The introduction of a new segment – Poor Taste!  We take a look at Taco Bell’s newest item, annnd it’s not what you would expect.

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Pleeease spread the word about Deep Dish! Introduce your friends to it! We could all use a good laugh in today’s world, and this show should do the trick! If you can convince one of your friends to start listening, let us know! We might send you a present! Like cookies, or maybe even $5!

Plus, we’re all-ears for constructive criticism! So feel free to write in at poorcouplesfoodguide@gmail.com, or hit us up on Facebook and Instagram to let us know what you want more of and less of, in Deep Dish!

Episode 11: Chicken Tikka Masala! Deep Dish: Twisted Food History!

In this episode of Deep Dish, we head over to India…or…Scotland? and cozy up with some curry.  Which country can lay claim to the origin of Chicken Tikka Masala?  Has the UK finally redeemed itself, culinarily speaking?  You’ll have to listen to find out!HighlightsWe revisit some beloved childhood snacks, inspired by our recent purchase of the s’mores lookalike Mallowmars! We finally cover the rise of a food that DOESN’T correspond to the Industrial Revolution!  PCFG Erik puts on his best British accent to discuss some fine*, traditional British dishes. (*Not fine)There’s like three different curry dishes that are all basically the same thing… It’s so confusing.The introduction of a new dessert topic – Poor Taste!  We take a look at Taco Bell’s newest item, and it’s not what you would expect.
  1. Episode 11: Chicken Tikka Masala!
  2. Episode 10: Off Topic! Weird Anniversary Gift Traditions, The Hamptons, Audio Issues!
  3. Episode 9: Ice Cream Sandwiches!
  4. Episode 8: S’Mores!
  5. Episode 7: Lemonade!

Next week we’re back in the Americas and focus on a popular hand held food. With a literal translation of “little donkey” this dish is the perfect option for almost any meal of the day. Think you know what it is? Guess in the comments here, on Facebook, Youtube, or Instagram, and we’ll feature you on a future episode of Deep Dish! Until then, stay hungry

Deep Dish, Twisted Food History! – Episode 9: Ice Cream Sandwiches!

In this episode of Deep Dish, we explore the history of the ice cream sandwich!  How many different types of ice cream sandwich are there around the world?  What does the Jersey Shore have to do with ice cream sandwiches?  Which member of the Jersey Shore are we related to?  You’ll have to listen to find out!

Highlights

  • We start off with a recap of the exotic fruit party we had last weekend. (Spoilers: The fruits were exotic.)
  • Some people take ice cream sandwich a little too literally.
  • We establish an interesting connection between ice cream innovations and hot dog vendors, for some reason.
  • Chipwiches have a surprisingly convoluted history that almost resulted in them disappearing forever. 
  • Another edition of shitty old recipe that stretches the limits of what constitutes a salad!

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To watch on Youtube, click here!
To listen on Spotify, click here!
RSS Link for your favorite player: https://feed.podbean.com/poorcouplesfoodguide/feed.xml

Pleeease spread the word about Deep Dish! Introduce your friends to it! We could all use a good laugh in today’s world, and this show should do the trick! If you can convince one of your friends to start listening, let us know! We might send you a present! Like cookies, or maybe even $5!

Plus, we’re all-ears for constructive criticism! So feel free to write in at poorcouplesfoodguide@gmail.com, or hit us up on Facebook and Instagram to let us know what you want more of and less of, in Deep Dish!

Episode 11: Chicken Tikka Masala! Deep Dish: Twisted Food History!

In this episode of Deep Dish, we head over to India…or…Scotland? and cozy up with some curry.  Which country can lay claim to the origin of Chicken Tikka Masala?  Has the UK finally redeemed itself, culinarily speaking?  You’ll have to listen to find out!HighlightsWe revisit some beloved childhood snacks, inspired by our recent purchase of the s’mores lookalike Mallowmars! We finally cover the rise of a food that DOESN’T correspond to the Industrial Revolution!  PCFG Erik puts on his best British accent to discuss some fine*, traditional British dishes. (*Not fine)There’s like three different curry dishes that are all basically the same thing… It’s so confusing.The introduction of a new dessert topic – Poor Taste!  We take a look at Taco Bell’s newest item, and it’s not what you would expect.
  1. Episode 11: Chicken Tikka Masala!
  2. Episode 10: Off Topic! Weird Anniversary Gift Traditions, The Hamptons, Audio Issues!
  3. Episode 9: Ice Cream Sandwiches!
  4. Episode 8: S’Mores!
  5. Episode 7: Lemonade!

Next week we’re going off the cuff again and talking about whatever food related things cross our minds.  Have something you want us to discuss? Let us know in the comments here, on Facebook, Youtube, or Instagram, and maybe we’ll talk about it on a future episode of Deep Dish! Until then, stay hungry!

Deep Dish, Twisted Food History! – Episode 8: S’mores!

In this episode of Deep Dish, we hang out around the campfire and roast up some s’mores!  How long have we been roasting marshmallows around fires?  Did the person who wrote down the s’mores recipe have the best Girl Scout leader name?  You’ll have to listen to find out!

Highlights

  • A brief trip down memory lane of school cafeterias/school lunches.
  • The history of s’mores basically stops at the invention of s’mores because they’re so perfect!  What else is there to talk about?
  • Marshmallows used to be medicine!? Well… sort of!
  • An insane deep-dive on one of the biggest fad-diet purveyors of all time, Sylvester Graham!
  • We finally praise England for one of their contributions to the culinary world!
  • A somewhat more recent edition of Shitty Old Recipes that tragically combines s’mores with hamburgers… (It’s as terrible as it sounds.)

To download, click here!
To watch on Youtube, click here!
To listen on Spotify, click here!
RSS Link for your favorite player: https://feed.podbean.com/poorcouplesfoodguide/feed.xml

Pleeease spread the word about Deep Dish! Introduce your friends to it! We could all use a good laugh in today’s world, and this show should do the trick! If you can convince one of your friends to start listening, let us know! We might send you a present! Like cookies, or maybe even $5!

Plus, we’re all-ears for constructive criticism! So feel free to write in at poorcouplesfoodguide@gmail.com, or hit us up on Facebook and Instagram to let us know what you want more of and less of, in Deep Dish!

Episode 11: Chicken Tikka Masala! Deep Dish: Twisted Food History!

In this episode of Deep Dish, we head over to India…or…Scotland? and cozy up with some curry.  Which country can lay claim to the origin of Chicken Tikka Masala?  Has the UK finally redeemed itself, culinarily speaking?  You’ll have to listen to find out!HighlightsWe revisit some beloved childhood snacks, inspired by our recent purchase of the s’mores lookalike Mallowmars! We finally cover the rise of a food that DOESN’T correspond to the Industrial Revolution!  PCFG Erik puts on his best British accent to discuss some fine*, traditional British dishes. (*Not fine)There’s like three different curry dishes that are all basically the same thing… It’s so confusing.The introduction of a new dessert topic – Poor Taste!  We take a look at Taco Bell’s newest item, and it’s not what you would expect.
  1. Episode 11: Chicken Tikka Masala!
  2. Episode 10: Off Topic! Weird Anniversary Gift Traditions, The Hamptons, Audio Issues!
  3. Episode 9: Ice Cream Sandwiches!
  4. Episode 8: S’Mores!
  5. Episode 7: Lemonade!

Next week we focus on a true dessert sandwich, after questioning if s’mores count as a sandwich. This tasty frozen treat was born in New York at the turn of the 20th century, before coming a fixture in freezers around the globe. Think you know what it is? Guess in the comments here, on Facebook, Youtube, or Instagram, and we’ll feature you on a future episode of Deep Dish! Until then, stay hungry

Cheat Code: Reducing Single-Use Plastic in the Home

I got the idea for this post a few weeks ago, and since Earth Day is Monday, April 22nd this seemed like the perfect time to write it up.  The recycling program where we live recently faced some changes and had to revert back to an older, less efficient system.  This has made the topic of recycling come up more than usual lately and it’s really been making me think about our impact on the environment.  As the poor couple, when we first moved in together most of our focus was on getting what we needed at a price we could afford.  As we’ve gotten more established in our home it’s given us a chance to make some changes in what we buy – though price is still almost always first priority!  So let’s take a look at what changes we’ve made over the past couple of years to help reduce our use of plastic in our home and how you can do it too!

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Photo Credit: Gary Chan via Unsplash

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Test the Recipe: Blueberry Muffins

“Test the Recipe” is a recurring column on PCFG where we test vintage (anything published before 1990) recipes and see if they stand the test of time or need updating. In this post we test the recipe as exactly as possible for the most accurate outcomes. Those recipes that need updating will be featured later in a “We Can Do It Better” post.

It’s been a while since my last Test The Recipe post, but I decided I wanted the next edition to be a breakfast one.  After a recent trip to the city, I’ve had blueberry muffins on my mind.  So it was off to the old cookbooks to see if I could find an old blueberry muffin recipe to test.  I found one in the McCall’s Cook Book from 1963.  This book is huge and has pretty much everything in it.  It’s actually kind of two recipes since they first offer a basic recipe and then offer variations, one of which, luckily for me, is blueberry.  I’m a big fan of muffins because they’re easy to make and can then also provide a breakfast option for the rest of the week.

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