Ted and Aseem love food. Ted and Aseem love talking about food. If You'll Indulge Me is a podcast about food and language, because so much of how we talk about food determines how we experience it. Each episode is a new journey through the strange and endlessly amusing world of menus, branding, and food culture. So listen to Ted and Aseem talk. You'll probably like it.
Food Court: The Danish
Feeling that things were not combative enough, we are launching a new segment: the Food Court. Here, Ted and Aseem debate the fates of certain controversial comestibles in the ultimate court of culinary opinion. First on the chopping block--the Danish. Does the Danish deserve to die? Find out on the first edition of the Food Court, presided over by special guest Ellen Huet.
Food Court: Vodka
Today in the Food Court, Ted and Aseem debate the fate of that most neutral (insipid? invitingly plain?) of grain spirits: vodka. Aseem presses for the death penalty; Ted makes a heartfelt plea for mercy, invoking special witness Carrie Bradshaw. Presided over as always by the infallible Ellen Huet.
Food Court: Crudites
In the world of cocktail party snacking, not all munchies are created equal. Today, Ted and Aseem contemplate perhaps the laziest possible offering: the raw vegetable-and-maybe-dip situation known as crudites. Can Aseem defend the humble vegetable platter from Ted's carnivorous strictures? Find out how omniscient judge Ellen Huet rules in this latest installment of the Food Court.
Food Court: Avocado Toast
Today we take on the titan, the elephant in the dining room, the food of our times: Avocado toast. Can Aseem defend this once-humble fat-and-bread combination from Ted's puritanical onslaught against the world's hippest Insta-food? The fate of this ultimate Millennial dish rests, as always, in the capable hands of inimitable judge Ellen Huet.
Curry is a spice, right? Or is it a soupy gravy-based dish? The fact is, nobody agrees on anything about curry (except maybe that it's the name of a great basketball player). Learn where this delicious and dizzyingly varied dish comes from-- and what it's evolved into-- as Ted and Aseem explore delicacies as varied as baingan bharta, bunny chow, and whatever "buss-up shut" is.
Quiz: Know Your Scottish Food
In some countries, a dish's name is liable to be as bland as its taste. Not so in the wilds of Scotland. Join us for our very first quiz episode, in which Aseem and special guest David strive to guess what the sonorous Scots could possibly mean by such fare as "festycock" and "cullen skink." (Not to be listened to mid-meal, except by those with strong stomachs.)