Friday, May 23, 2008
What do most people like, fancy food or comfort food or comfort fancy food? Of course we want it to look good so then 'fancy' becomes subjective, of course we want it to taste good so then fancy has no purpose, of course we want quality and thats where fancy can share the stage with comfort. I think for most people its all of the above. I hop makes pancakes 'fancy', for example, and it works, they seem to taste better because they look better, put ice cream in anything called a 'terrine' and you feel fancy. I have a kid and he eats everything I offer him, he has friends who do not. His friends do not have the palate that my kid has because of their perceptions of what is 'fancy', you see to them I hop is the bomb but a crepe with honey and a mild chevre topped with fresh vanilla cream is not. Not that my kid is the Frank Bruni of kids because he is not it is more the point of learning to eat. I grew up eating anything that came from the farm and that included some funky cheese and goat parts that should have remained goat parts, plus the summer months of melons and tomatoes and cucumbers and all kinds of veggies galore (finally I get galore in there again) so I have no fear of food. Maybe this is a post about food fear? What about you? For a long while when I was young I did not eat squash (BUT I loved calabaza - google) because of its conjugations with 'squish' it sounded 'mushy' even though I did not know what it was. (turned out to be mushy after all) but I do like it now.
I guess I forgot to mention is that while I no longer live in the country, the country certainly lives in me. I like the exploration and I am thrilled and glad to have you with me.
Squash.... makes sense right? what if I offered you some vegetable called.......'broken'...some foul smelling green... and it actually tasted good, and in another language it was called 'creamy grass' or some word like 'pasto' and then it wasnt 'broken' anymore.... explain.
Posted by Christo Gonzales at 7:55 PM