Virtue signaling with food

For every Trump misstep or lie, there’s an example of ludicrous posturing on PuffHo.  I sometimes visit the food section, for of course I’m a foodie, and when I visited today I found part of a series on “food of the Trump Ban Countries.” It’s just like PuffHo to co-opt its food section to denigrate The Donald. Have a look at this (click on screenshot to go to article):

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And. . . surprise! The unique way they eat bananas is that they cook them into dishes or put them on the side!  Well, that’s not unique, for there must be at least two dozen countries that have dishes with bananas in them or with bananas served on the side, including Thailand, other African countries, Caribbean countries, South and Central American countries, and India. And I’m not even counting plantains.

33 Comments

  1. Grania Spingies
    Posted February 9, 2017 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Better title: sheltered white girl discovers that people do things differently outside her parents’ neighborhood.

    You go girl! Knowledge is power!

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted February 9, 2017 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

      That’d be in the milliwatt class, I guess. You know, about enough to light one small LED…

      cr

  2. Merilee
    Posted February 9, 2017 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Smarmy…

  3. Todd J Morgan
    Posted February 9, 2017 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    I started eating bananas ‘backward’ a couple years ago. Opening them from the side opposite the stem. It’s better than all other methods, I’m convinced.

    • Simon Hayward
      Posted February 9, 2017 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

      Yup, far superior, and much easier. Of course it would upset Ray Comfort to know that there isn’t really a goddy ring pull, but instead a handle

      • Merilee
        Posted February 9, 2017 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

        And I love splitting them lengthwise into 120 degree “wedges”. Nerdy, I know🙊

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted February 9, 2017 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

        Any time I see Ray’s video about how perfectly the banana fits, it cracks me up. (I don’t dare show it to my wife, Cook Islanders can spot a double entendre – or an opportunity for one – at 100 paces at night in a snowstorm).

        cr

    • Dominic
      Posted February 10, 2017 at 6:51 am | Permalink

      I roll them in my hands to mash them before opening…

      • Dominic
        Posted February 10, 2017 at 6:51 am | Permalink

        …& it saves on washing a fork!

    • Posted February 10, 2017 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

      True, because the end part from the side of the stem is the best one, and eating the banana your way leaves it last.

  4. MP
    Posted February 9, 2017 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Maybe in this specific context, the term “banana” might NOT refer to the fruit belonging to genus Musa (pardon my ignorance with botany)

  5. Ken Kukec
    Posted February 9, 2017 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Here in south Florida, if you eat Cuban, as I regularly do, you get plantains with almost every meal.

    Ate at a Ethiopian-Eritrian place not long ago. Haven’t had the pleasure yet, but if somebody opens a Somalian joint in town, count me in.

    • Claudia Baker
      Posted February 9, 2017 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      “south Florida” – sigh. This morning I dug out from Tuesday’s freezing rain and ice pellet storm. Ice everywhere. Wood ashes everywhere to keep from slipping on said ice. What’s it like to live in Paradise?

      OTOH, I just pulled a homemade apple pie from the oven, so not all bad news here I guess.

  6. Ann German
    Posted February 9, 2017 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    This may be a non-seq., but I was looking at the Amici Motions and Briefs filed in the WA v. pussygrabber file in the Ninth Circuit, and saw that the lead attorney for the “Law Professors” who submitted a motion & brief on “standing” is named Fatma Marouf. She is a law professor at Texas A & M U. . . . bet that’s driving p-grabber nuts.

  7. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted February 9, 2017 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Well, that’s not unique, for there must be at least two dozen countries that have dishes with bananas in them or with bananas served on the side,

    Having worked in (or raher, “alongside”) at least two such … the problem is, what?
    So, the galley has steamed or lengthwise-sliced and shallow-fried bananas as one of the pans of veggies alongside the meat, tatties, rice and sweet-tatties. Is that such a testicle shrivellingly terrifying idea?
    Hell, I’ll even eat the TexMex stuff so beloved of the Louisiana RedNecks on board. As long as I chew round the red and green pain bombs and spit them out. That Jumbleayah stuff is perfectly acceptable fish sludge if you spit out the pain bombs.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted February 9, 2017 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

      That’s “Jambalya,” mate, and it’s Cajun, not Tex-Mex.

      Dem bayou boys ain’t teached you to speak “Yat” yet? 🙂

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted February 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

        Too many peppers, whatever it is.

  8. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted February 9, 2017 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Add Cook Islands (and probably many other Pacific islands) to the list of countries that cook bananas.

    Next week: How West Africans eat peanuts…

    cr

    • ratabago
      Posted February 9, 2017 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

      Add Australia. Banana Fritters and chips goes back a long way, but is probably frowned on as a hearty supper these days.

    • merilee
      Posted February 9, 2017 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

      You mean ground nuts, fyi;-)

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted February 9, 2017 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

        I suspect they’re about the same relation to peanuts as various strains of bananas are to each other

        cr

        • Merilee
          Posted February 9, 2017 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

          Ground nuts=peanuts in (at least West) Africa.

  9. Diana MacPherson
    Posted February 9, 2017 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    I thought that eating foods from other cultures was “cultural appropriation”.

  10. rickflick
    Posted February 9, 2017 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    sheesh!

  11. Posted February 10, 2017 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    Anything you do with a banana beyond just peeling it and eating it is entirely unnecessary.

    • Dominic
      Posted February 10, 2017 at 6:49 am | Permalink

      I have just had two rolls with mashed banana & brandy butter for lunch! 🙂

  12. Dominic
    Posted February 10, 2017 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    I have not made it for years, but used to cut them lengthways, dowse with lemon & orange juice, sprinkle with Demerara sugar & slosh some dark rum on then bake.

  13. jeremy pereira
    Posted February 10, 2017 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    The article says Somalis eat pasta! Who’d have thought it. I hope the Italians aren’t upset about the cultural appropriation.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted February 10, 2017 at 11:49 am | Permalink

      Or the Chinese since the Italians culturally appropriated it first from them.

      • Posted February 10, 2017 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

        I got the impression that it might not have been the Han that were the inventors either, but some other subject people within the empire. (Uighurs?)

      • jeremy pereira
        Posted February 10, 2017 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

        It did occur to me when I wrote my post that the Italians might have nicked pasta from somewhere else. A lot of these stereotypical national symbols turn out to be ancient cultural appropriation.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted February 11, 2017 at 8:34 am | Permalink

          Yeah – even Holland got tulips from Turkey.


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