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Top Ten Favorite Foods (If Calories Were No Issue) #TuesdayTen

This week, #TuesdayTen is all about our favorite comfort foods in honor of National Junk Food Day. What would be the top ten foods you could consume forever if calories and nutrients weren’t an issue? This may seem like just a fun question to ponder, but it could give us insight into why we eat what we eat.

I for one don’t have that much of a sweet tooth. I don’t like cake or pie, except for homemade apple pie. I am very critical when it comes to eating cookies. Chocolate would probably be way down my list, if it’s in the top ten at all. Yet with certain sweets, such as winegums, I can consume a whole bag in half an hour. I just did.

Here is my top ten list of foods I could consume endlessly.



  1. Black liquorice, the sweet kind. This has to be at the top of my list because I consume it more than any other confort food. American readers of this blog have told me that, in the U.S., black liquorice is usually what’s left over when the rest is eaten. In the Netherlands, there are basically two kinds of black liquorice: the swet kind and the salty kind. Give me the sweet ones, and especially those with real sugar in them. My husband has a box of sugar-free, sweet black liquorice in the car, but I don’t particularly care for it.

  2. French fries. Oh, how I love fries. More so do I love the snacks that come with them. I actually searched to find out whether there is an English name for “frikandel”, one of my favorite snacks, but there isn’t. The spicey minced meat we call Mexicano however has to be my all-time favorite snack with fries.

  3. Pizza. My husband said he only wants to go to the American-style pizza place about a fifteen minutes’ drive away “once in a while”. When I asked him what this meant, he said it meant once a year. There is an Italian restaurant at a five minutes’ walking distance from our apartment and we buy refrigerated pizzas regularly, but they aren’t as good (or as large and filled!) as the ones there.

  4. Mexican food. I love anything spicey and I love tacos, burritos and what have you. They however are quite hard to eat for me, as I tend to spill my food all over the place.

  5. Pasta. Macaroni specifically, that is. I don’t particularly care for spaghetti even though it’s technically the same substance. Give me some delicious macaroni with lots of peppers, onions and garlic any day though.

  6. Chicken. Any meal can be made more delicious with some chicken added to it. Yesterday, my husband and I bought some vegetarian fake chicken (my husband has gone vegetarian again). My husband commented that it may taste even better than real chicken. Though the fake chicken wasn’t bad, I had to disagree.

  7. Cheese twists. I don’t know whether this snack is well-known in English-speaking countries even though in the Netherlands it has this English name.

  8. Croissants. I buy them almost every week at the bakery stand when it opens near the town store on Friday mornings.

  9. Winegums. Mentioned them before. I get nauseated from eating a whole bag of them, but it doesn’t keep me from repeating the same offense on my body over and over again.

  10. Seasonal candy. Maybe it’s because they’re seasonal, but even now in July I crave cinnamon star cookies. I didn’t find them last year and you bet I’ll be on the hunt for them early this year. In general, I love most St. Nicholas and Christmas candies, though I don’t like almod pastry and don’t really care for chocolate letters.

The Golden Spoons
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List of Things I Love #TuesdayTen

Today on Tuesday Ten and this week on the Spin Cycle, “love” is the theme. Not romantic love, as both hosts felt this was too cliche. The theme is rather simply listing things you love.

I need some positive vibes at this momemnt, because I’m frustrated. My psychologist is on maternity leave and this essentially means no therapy for four months. The psychiatric resident who is now my treatment provider, focuses on distraction. This isn’t great when I’ve been doing it for months (because I got this psychologist only a while ago and she didn’t want to start working on stuff till she’s back from leave). Then again, for now it might just help me to focus on things that make life positive. Therefore, I’m going to parttake in this challenge and list ten things I love.

1. Country music. Particularly, I like German country, such as Tom Astor and Truck Stop. I just had 14 Tage auf dem Brenner by Tom Astor on repeat on YouTube (only a few times or it’d cost me too much data), and am now listening to the rest of his music on my computer. I just happen to like the YouTube version of 14 Tage auf dem Brenner more than the one on my computer.

2. Juvenile fiction. The last book I finished is A Different Me by Deborah Blumenthal (see my review). To my surprise, Blumenthal saw my review without me having notified her, and she appreciated it. I have two more eBooks in the teen fiction category on my reading list, one of which I unfortunately still can’t load (and the Kobo contact form sucks). The other sounds like something I will probably love.

3. My lavender-scented shower gel. I bought it at a discount supermarket so there’s probably not a trace of lavender in it, but I love the smell.

4. Black liquorice. For those Dutch people who know me, I don’t need to say more. I unfortunately have never been able to convey my love for the taste to someone outside of the Netherlands. Like, when I went to Russia in 2000, I brought a bag of liquorice and other typically-Dutch candy for the family I’d be staying with, and I was the one eating it. Worse yet, I don’t even see black liquorice in supermarkets in Germany. It’s a shame! I particularly love the sweet kind. Don’t care for the salty kind that much.

5. Pepperoni pizza. Now that we’re talking food anyway, this has to be my favorite pizza. I love it even more when it’s homemade. My father used to make great pizza when my sister and I were little. Of course, we got to top our pizza slices ourselves.

6. My stuffed animals. I have a stufed whale that I’ve had since I came home from the neonatal unit, and a stuffed cat that I got for my high school graduation. I can’t find the whale right now, but the cat oversees my pillow.

7. The real life, flesh-and-blood cats. My husband has two cats at his apartment, Harry and Barry. Though they can be a bit annoying at times (and that’s a huge understatement), they are still lovely. I actually have thought about doing some cat posts here on the blog, but I don’t have any pictures of the cats and honestly wouldn’t know what to write about them.

8. My AromaStream essential oil diffuser. Probably mentioned this one in another Tuesday Ten post or something, but I truly love it. I am not too big of a believer in aromatherapy, though I believe in it a bit. Then again, even just having a nice scent in the room can be comforting.

9. Coffee. I have been drinking coffee since I was about six. For a special treat, I particularly love cinnamon coffee. Simply add a sniff of ground cinnamon to the ground coffee (one teaspoon for twelve cups of coffee) in the basket of an automatic drip coffeemaker. To make it extra special, you can serve the cinnamon coffee with a cinnamon stick and whipped cream sprinkled lightly with ground cinnamon. If you just serve the cinnamon coffee as is, the cinnamon taste isn’t overpowering.

10. All my craft supplies. I haven’t used them in a while, but still love looking through my stash. Yeah, I’m a bit of a hoarder.

The Golden Spoons