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Favourite Food 'Sights'

I hope I haven't worded the title TOO weirdly, because I don't know of any other way to express myself!

But recently I cooked a version of Linguine alle Vongole, and I love, love LOVE the sight of the clams opening up in the steam! I know it's nothing new or exciting but as a fellow CH (can I call myself that?) I have a few quirky kitchen habits myself. I just loved seeing the clams open and to paraphrase, "yield their meaty juices" as I'm sure I've heard Nigella say that before.

Any of you have any favourite 'sights' in the kitchen? Other than seeing other people chow down on your food of course =p

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  1. My absolute favorite is a perfect whole steamed fish with bright herbs, before it is all torn into.

    1. Bacon sandwich before the top slice goes on. Slice of pappy white supermarket bread, a very generous portion of bacon (absolutely not crispy!), speckled with dots of ketchup. 'Tis a wondrous foody sight.

      1. Seeing (and hearing them gossip), a group of elderly Mexican ladies making beef tamales during the Christmas season.

        1. I've recently been amazed to see how chapati are made in India...the flat, rolled-out, tortilla-like dough is cooked on a dry pan till it starts to bubble a bit, and then it's put on an open gas flame and puffs up like a balloon. Beautiful!

          1. I make mung bean jelly, and I never get tired of seeing the milk-like starch & water solution turn to a clear gel. It's like making glass from sand, a little miraculous.

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            1. re: small h

              Oooh, I feel the same way when homemade ricotta coagulates magically!