Friday Fish and Chips is a time-honored tradition in England. At Forq, we approve!! Grab your malt vinegar and get your ‘triple cooked chips’ on!

Happy Friday, Foodies!

We thought we’d cover a classic today, because the classics can’t be beat. It may be less well known as a ‘tradition’ in the States, but in the UK, Friday means Fish and Chips and a trot over to your local chippy for an order of cod or plaice with what you hope will be incredibly good chips. What does it take to get incredibly good chips? The latest thing in Britain is ‘triple cooked’ chips — not for the faint of heart (literally), but on the rare occasion that you indulge in something this saturated in fat, this is the way to do it.


By now you’ve read through some of my own blog posts about food; we have a number of people writing about food here at Forq but I tend to be the most outspoken. I’m an American living in Britain, and so I enjoy that eccentric viewpoint of getting really inside the traditions of a culture that is basically foreign to me, and seeing it with fresh, usually amazed eyes. One of the things I have most enjoyed about my food life here in Britain is how much the public, by and large, share a sense of rhythm about what they eat and when they eat it. Fish and chips on Friday. Roast dinner with the family on Sunday. Leftovers from the roast on Monday. You could argue the public has moved past these traditions, but I see them in practice time and again in homes all over Britain and it’s comforting to have routines that you share with your neighbors — routines that help new people, foreigners, become part of the culture. Read more

Afternoon Chocolatey Date Bars – A healthy afternoon snack with dates, oats, seeds, that tastes of chocolate chips. We want to be healthy, but let’s also be real…


Many of us, after the age of 25 or 30 and for whatever reason, have the same story: at some point we started putting on some weight. Typically, it happens before we realize that we can’t keep eating like we did in college anymore. (If only!) At the same time, there’s been a growing need among industrialized nations to really understand what it is in the food we’re eating–the labels on packaged products and meals have dizzying lists of ingredients, many of which we know very little about or why it’s in our food. When I started having to feed a family, I did finally start reading labels and I kept noticing how much sugar was in everything, even things that were supposed to be ‘healthy’. I needed an afternoon snack that could work for both me and the kids that was high in protein, high in fiber, and still tasted like the treat that 3:00pm with a cup of tea and a couple of cookies has so long been for me. Read more

Can You Resist ‘Eight Treasure Rice Pudding’? Gong Xi Fa Cai (恭喜发财), Foodies!!

I somehow wish I could convey to you how much I love Chinese New Year. Words on a screen can’t do it; they can’t help you understand the warm magic of our new year celebration, reigned in every year by a host of family, games, drink, lights, and most of all – food. It’s the food that takes you there. This is a celebration at the heart of what we as humans hope for ourselves, for our loved ones, and for the world in the year ahead: prosperity, good fortune, laughter, and good good eating.

This is a 16 day festival, but the New Year’s Eve dinner is believed to be one of the most important meals of the year. Big families and friends of many generations sit together around tables, enjoying food and each other’s company. We celebrate wholeness at this meal: it’s really the meal’s theme. We serve traditional foods that symbolize luck, health and good fortune during the whole 16-day festival season, especially New Year’s Eve, and these are believed to bring good luck for the coming year. It’s also important to understand that not only do the dishes themselves matter, but the preparation and the methods of both serving and eating are important parts of the entire festival.

Chinese people believe that a good start to the year will lead to a lucky year. Traditionally, Chinese celebrated the start of a new year of farm work, and wished for a good harvest (when most were farmers). This has evolved to celebrating the start of a new business year and wishing for wealth, health and prosperity. As you plan your Chinese New Year menus, the most common foods at the table include meatballs, dumplings, fish, noodles and glutinous rice cake (niangao). My family also has a few additions, such as a whole duck and Eight Treasure Rice Pudding. Again, wholeness is the theme!

I’m sharing here photos and recipes from my own dinner table to help you get a feel for how this food lives and works in a real, lived Chinese New Year celebration. You’ll have had dumplings – most people have. You’ll have had Chinese noodles. These dishes are almost too familiar – especially their Westernized versions. What I want to share with you is Chinese food from a Chinese home, made for Chinese New Year, because it is the food, and the families that make this food as they have done for thousands of years, that are at the heart of what Chinese New Year is about.

Chinese Dumplings 饺子 Jiǎozi

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With a history of more than 1,800 years, dumplings are a classic Chinese food, and a traditional dish eaten on Chinese New Year’s Eve,
Chinese dumplings can be made to look like Chinese silver ingots (which are not bars, but boat-shaped, oval, and turned up at the two ends). There are some that believe the more dumplings you eat during the New Year celebrations, the wealthier you will be in the New Year. Dumplings are generally made with minced meat and finely-chopped vegetables wrapped in a thin and elastic dough skin. Popular fillings are minced pork, diced shrimp, fish, ground chicken, beef, and vegetables. Normally cooked either by boiling, steaming or frying.

黄金万两 (hwung-jin wan-lyang/): ‘A ton of gold’ — a wish for prosperity.

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Panthers? Broncos? We are guaranteed to be cheering on Superbowl Sunday when jalapeño, garlic, sour cream, and meatballs take their rightful place on the field. I mean, the table.

It’s time to get serious. About food. BECAUSE–the Super Bowl is happening this Sunday!! However you define your relationship to football, or sports in general, we get ridiculously excited at Forq when it’s Super Bowl time. Why? Because the food opportunities are So. Damn. Good.

Of course, downing several pints of beer and ordering in pizza works for most Sunday games, and it *can* work here (maybe serving Uncommon Brewers for the Big Game rather than Budweiser or Corona — you know, dress it up, keep it classy), but we think this most-watched, much-hyped media event calls for some extra effort and creativity in the kitchen. There’s no doubt that Americans are focused on food this week: Americans spend more on groceries (and on calories) during Super Bowl week than any other week of the year, including Thanksgiving. An estimated 1.2 billion chicken wings, 28 million pounds of chips, and 48 million pizzas are eaten. And if you count up the number of calories present in an average American household during the Super Bowl, it comes to 6,000. Daaayum.

I am absolutely not worried about calories for this event. We have certain times of the year where it’s all about the food — balance is for weekdays and January. Thankfully, we just crossed over into February, and the game is on a Sunday. Done. But, in all seriousness, I do think all the food that we’ll eat can be better enjoyed coming from recipes that are thoughtful, appealing, a little outrageous, and somewhat more unexpected than a tub of KFC. Go Big or Go Home: and cook. That’s how I think about it. And so we are celebrating an American institution with abandon. The recipes we’ve gathered from around the web are, in our opinion, jaw dropping. And that just leaves us in a ready position for eating. Which we’ll be doing. Next. When does the game start? Not soon enough. Because this food is amazing!

Try these recipes out, and better yet – upload for your own meal plans to Forq! We’ve got a huge and growing community of foodies you can inspire, and by inspired by, when it comes to gametime food. Broncos or Panthers — Go FOODIES!! Why? Because with amazing food, everyone wins. Enjoy the game, and share your snackshots on Forq!

Bacon-Wrapped Padron Peppers

Yields: 20 Peppers, halved



  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded pepper jack, or Cheddar, or a mixture (We mixed Cheddar & Comte)
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • 10 peppers (Padron, Jalapeño — pick your favorite flavor)
  • 5 slices bacon, halved

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