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?