Friday 5: Food, glorious food!
If you were a food, what would you be?
- That's a hard question. Perhaps I'd be a hearty stew: on one hand, simple and straightforward and dependable; but also a blend of a whole lot of different (and sometimes unexpected) things that make up the whole.
- When I was a child, I loathed salmon-- largely due to my grandmother. Please don't misunderstand, Gram was generally an excellent cook. But there were exceptions, and high on that list was a Lenten favorite of hers: salmon loaf. Even thinking about it makes me cringe. And I'm not alone-- to this day, the mention of that dish among my siblings will generate a visceral response. Made with canned salmon and bread crumbs, it looked like meat loaf, except that it was a disturbing shade of pink... and dry... and just plain nasty. *shudder*
I grew up, got married, and moved away-- safely away, I thought, from ever having to be in the presence of that nasty pink fish ever again. Then it happened that we went out to dinner at a lovely restaurant with one of my husband's co-workers, who insisted I try some of the glazed salmon she had ordered. I took one bite, in order to keep the peace.
Turns out that salmon is one of my favorite foods. Who knew?
- For a meal, probably pot roast, covered and baked forever with potatoes, carrots and onions. We called it "stringy meat," because of the way the roast falls apart in the gravy. Mmmm....
- But "comfort" also makes me think of when I had been sick, and my mother would make me toast with apple butter, and my own pot of tea in a little brown teapot. I still like to recover that way.
- I like making desserts-- and homemade pie never fails. Fruit pies are my favorite: apple, or strawberry, or cherry.
- Calamari-- which looks like what it is, rubbery little tentacles all curled up... no, I'm not a fan.
- On the other hand, my father used to put brains in his scrambled eggs... and that was actually pretty tasty.
- A really nice glass of wine. Pinot grigio, or maybe a nice shiraz, depending on what's on the menu.