Yesterday, Celia, at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, wrote a post about Chilean Pevre (here is the link). It struck a cord with me because, as soon as I read her post, I knew I would like it. That got me thinking. Dr Fugawe, from The Lost World of Dr Fugawe, recently did a post on his idiosyncratic likes (here is the link to the Doc’s post). After reading his post, I confessed to the Doc that I like all things free but I do like other things. I thought I would tell you about them.
I like, big time:
- coarsely ground black pepper – I put it on absolutely everything.
- sate sauce – most people confess to putting tomato sauce on the strangest things. Not me, I never touch the stuff but, in my humble opinion, a lot of things taste better with the addition of sate sauce.
- coriander, sage and ginger – I have a saying, “you can never have too much …”
- Greek halva – the addiction started in Athens more than 30 years ago. Maus and I bought a big slab of halva and ate it all before we got back to our lodgings. If you know how sweet halva is, you would know this is a big effort. I am not sure how we knew to seek it out, but I am glad we did.
- sesame oil – just love it; anything remotely Asian gets a decent splash of it.
- good quality icecream – Whenever it is in the house, there is a little man in my head who keeps saying, ‘There is icecream in the freezer, eat it! Eat it all and do it now!’
- avocados – I remember the first time I ate an avocado. I was in Jammu, India. I bought one from a stall, peeled it and ate into it. I was not impressed (no wonder). Things have moved on from there and now they are one of my most favourite things.
- onion – no salad is complete without onion.
- broccoli – strange one I know but it’s my favourite vegetable.
- mangosteens – I would go to Bali just for mangosteens.
- rose water – it transforms desserts from the mundane to the exotic.
- vinegar – I have always been a big fan. As a kid, I would drink the dregs of vinegar after the salad was eaten.
- lemons – one of God’s finest creations.
- cumquats – no-one else seems to love them so it is up to me.
- coffee – I like mine strong. No single shots for me.
- Pernod – I was introduced to Pernod at a very young age by a delightful barman. He indicated that Oozo would be much too coarse for me. I seemed more like a Pernod girl. I have never looked back.
- shiraz – I blame an old university friend for this addiction. We used to go to her place for lunch and, being from a traditional Italian family, they served a good red with the meal. Of course, I partook.
- oh … walnuts, how could I forget walnuts? Maus has been known to say, ‘Can we have something for dinner tonight without walnuts in it?’
I don’t like:
- mashed potato – weird, I know, but I much prefer plain boiled potatoes.
- peas – it’s my mother’s fault, she forced me to eat them as a child. As an adult, I refuse to do so.
- basil – I overdosed on pesto once and haven’t eaten it since. I have been known to triple the amount of coriander that a recipe calls for but I do not put in one skerrick more basil than called for.
- licorice allsorts – it is the only lollie that is safe in our house. They are Maus’ favourites (which is lucky for her). I am happy to pick out the plain licorice pieces and the jelly bits with hundreds and thousands (in fact, I like them) but the ones with that sickly icing in them are horrid. I refuse to eat them except when there is absolutely nothing else.
My favourite meal is T-bone steak, chips and salad (onion, cucumber and tomato). This is a 70’s thing. We all could afford big hunks of meat then. Mothers were told it was good for their kids and it was a simple meal to put on the table … and so my mum did, regularly. I loved it, still do, but I try not to eat hunks of meat too often these days.
My favourite food styles are Lebanese, Turkish, Greek, etc (you got it ….. the Middle Eastern/Mediterranean area).
So, anyway, … when I saw Celia’s recipe that looked delightfully fresh, had lots of onions and coriander in it, I knew it was for me. One of Celia’s readers referred Celia to eatwineblog. I checked out that blogger’s recipe (which was very similar to Celia’s) and decided to give it a go. It is very simple and not much different from a salsa that I regularly make. I usually use lemon juice (as Celia did) and add an avocado but, in this case, I stuck to eatwineblog’s recipe:
- 1 bunch of coriander
- 3 spring onions
- 3 tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped. I use Roma tomatoes as they have less juice than most; otherwise squeeze the juice from the tomatoes.
- 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely choppped
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 tbs (15 mls) red wine vinegar
- 2 tbs (30 mls) olive oil
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- Mix the salsa ingredients together.
- Put the dressing ingredients in a small jar, shake then pour over salsa ingredients.
BTW, the photo is of a piece of barramundi, cooked in butter with lots of coarsely ground black pepper, potato fried in EVOO and eatwineblog’s Pebre. Bloody good it was, too.
So what do you like?
Glenda, thanks for the linky! I’m going to try the pevre/pebre with spring onions as well, I think it will be very nice with the milder flavour. And yours looks delicious! 🙂
No probs, Celia. It was your inspiration.
But the big question is, ‘Do you use sate sauce on French toast?’ Ha.
As I was reading your list, it struck me how much I’m right now (we all go through phases, don’t we?) enjoying a full discovery of sesame oil – I’ve loved it for many years, but only in its classic uses – but recently, I’ve started to add it to all sorts of non-traditional things, like non-Asian sauces, salad dressings, eggs, sprinkled on veggies, etc. Amazing stuff – and much cheaper today than 20 years ago!
Doc, I have had French toast once in my life and that was a very long time ago. As I recall it, I think apple and cinnamon may be a better match:)
I share your love of mangosteens, black pepper and onions, I can’t cook without onion and I hate salads without onion. I love coriander but himself hates it, he calls it “sh*tty green stuff” As for Pernod, I once got very very drunk on it as a teen and I have never touched it again! *shudders*
Oh Sue, I have been drunk on Pernod more than once. Nice way to go, though. From where do you get your mangosteens?
I don’t, they are not available in South Africa, I used to live in Singapore as a child and that’s where I developed a fondness, my last trip there I OD’d on them! We have litchis but they aren’t the same.
Ah that explains it. You are right. Lychees don’t compare.