Something Wholesome for the Weekend: Woodland Chicken Soup – a Forq Original

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It’s the middle of winter. For much of the Northern Hemisphere, it’s cold. Britain is wet. New England is under seige with snow. California is…well. Be quiet California. Life is too easy for you guys.

But this is the joy of winter: to take the cold and dark that is outside, and allow yourself to be turned inside. To focus on food that warms you from within and nurtures your spirit while the weather rages outside.

And so, while it may not be earth shattering, we couldn’t help but feel here at Forq that the time was right for a chicken soup weekend. Wholesome, steaming hot, packed with veggies and nutrients – everything you need for a quiet weekend lunch accompanied, maybe, by a warm fire and something from your reading list…

Let food nurture and feed you! Make chicken soup this weekend. Soup is truly the easiest thing in the world to make: no cans needed, certainly nothing with the word condensed.

Understanding Roux
For those who don’t know the basic thickening technique, this is a great opportunity to learn the basics of a good roux. Understanding roux, which is really very simple, allows you to make anything from sauces to chillies to soup to casseroles, all using the same approach.

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Surprise Pie!! — And I’m not just talking about National Pie Day, that’s the name of a real pie recipe…

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Hey foodies!

Did you know we have an organization in America called the American Pie Council? This is a real thing and I, for one, am wholeheartedly in support of it. Such is their enthusiasm for pie that Saturday was National Pie Day. NATIONAL-PIE-DAY!! I don’t know how I made it through 38 years, 2 kids, and however many jobs and houses without knowing that, without celebrating it, without being nurtured through long, cold winters by it. Having Pie Day at this point in January is genius because the days are still short, often the rain and snow are in a relentless assault (as they are on my home right now), and we need the joy of small miracles like pie to keep the winter warm and bright.

Just to keep things interesting, this could be the most unexpected, delightful — and yes, disturbing — fact I learned on the Pie Council website:
The wealthy English were known for their “Surprise Pies” in which live creatures would pop out when the pie was cut open.

I’m…really not sure what else to say about that. Actually – that’s not true. I was compelled, after reading that, to go find a Surprise Pie recipe, just to see if it’s true. It turns out, we’ve all sung the rhyme at school: Four & Twenty Blackbirds baked in a pie. It’s taken me until *this* moment in my life to ever even question that schoolchild rhyme. But there it is — “four and twenty (or, 24) blackbirds baked in a pie. When the pie was opened, the birds began to sing. Wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before the King.” This is Surprise Pie, and this is how the recipe was written up back in 1598:
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You Ask: What is Quinoa?

Forq explores this wholesome seed by exploring who’s growing it, who’s selling it, and who’s making it into 5 Star Meals

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At Forq, we’re foodies, which really means we are Giant Food Nerds. When we get into a recipe, or even a core ingredient, we like to understand it thoroughly. That’s why we launched our social food sharing app with an actual Test Kitchen section on our website, where we’re working with five basic ingredients and developing original recipes that get to know these core ingredients inside and out. We are all-in on this: we want Forq to be the most useful tool you’ve encountered to learn about new food, enliven your cooking, and share your experiences across your network — and ours!

The universe of food is big. Huge. Like space. What’s the opener to The Hitchhiker’s’ Guide to the Galaxy? “Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.” And so it is with the world of food – we could talk at the level of galaxies or of neutrinos and find the topic inexhaustible. I told you we were nerds.

Lately, I am obsessed with quinoa and more posts on it will be coming. Why? I think it’s because Quinoa, as an ingredient, is fairly new to the global food scene and so it is enjoying that wonderful moment where people’s basic ideas about how their food plates should be structured are being turned upside down. Pasta, potatoes, rice — sure. It’s been done, it’s been done well, and it’s also been done to death. We all are ready to be thinking more broadly and to expand our repertoires. And given quinoa is actually a seed, and not a grain, well — now I’m hooked. I want to know more.

Quinoa can be incredibly humble and utilitarian. Quinoa bowls? Some veg, some quinoa, maybe some shrimp or a bit of shredded chicken. Done. But Orange Quinoa Breakfast Pilaf with Cardamom and Cinnamon? We have much exploring to do…

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Six Christmas Meal Plans from Around the World

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Six Christmas Meal Plans from Around the World

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And that means: FOOD. Oh yes, there will be food and pleeeenty of it. If you’re like us (and we think you are, because, hey, you’re a foodie), you are likely taking a keen interest in what you’ll be eating this holiday season. However you celebrate, whether it’s a big dinner on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, whether it’s just nibbles and cookies, whether it’s a 3 day party or dinner and out-to-the-big-movie, we believe the menu should be planned with care and joy. This is a festival of food and good company, and Forq is ready with meal plans to help ignite your holiday and make your gathering both nostalgic and forward-looking. Not an easy thing to accomplish! But we believe in it. It’s kind of our thing.

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