Admitting it is the first step. Then you have to taste it!
Apr. 9, 2014 12:19 am
Updated: Apr. 15, 2014 1:03 am
It has been said to always remember to stop and smell the roses. This blog entry is actually a survey to help everyone do just that. This was sparked by my eating strawberries with balsamic vinegar the other day. I'd heard about this combo for years
but never had the courage to try it. It was indeed delicious. I then thought of all the wonderful things I'd missed over being basically a food fraidy cat. I'll admit it. I was scared to have something horrifically disgusting in my mouth.
When I was a little girl my grandmother, the best in the world, was eating apples and peanut butter. I made a face and said "yuck!". She replied "don't knock it 'til you try it" and handed me a bite. Yuck turned to YUMMMMM. And so my passionate affair
with fruit and peanut butter began. My sister took it to new heights when she made a peanut butter, banana and honey sandwich. Heaven.
Recently my youngest daughter -Eloise- fittingly named after my grandmother grabbed an apple and was scrounging around the kitchen in search of peanut butter. I laughed at the memory and thought of how these things pass down and also at how I would have
never thought to mix peanut butter and fruit.
Another memory, completely unrelated to this one, was when a friend from Dallas came to visit me in Milan. She had eaten an orange after dinner when she realised she still had some red wine in her glass. To not waste it she reached for it. As soon as
she did my m-i-l told me "that is the worst combination" and before I could translate, Christina had already found out that evidently oranges and red wine don't mix.
There is also a debate over artichokes and wine. My ex m-i-l thinks it is a great combo where I refuse to even take a sip of any wine with artichokes after having tried it a few times and not enjoyed the outcome that left hours of horrible taste in my
So, my survey here is to ask all of you about your best and worst combos in food tasting.
I would like to know one good and one bad (at least) from each of you. Just to help me think of these things. Mixing some flavours just doesn't enter my mind and I can't help but feel I'm missing out on a world of great stuff. Maybe I'm feeling adventurous,
maybe just bored with the usual stuff. I don't know. But let me hear your best and worst and let's share these triumphs and tragedies of tastes.
Thanks to all,