Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Let Me Check Your Pantry

I know somebody who chose one workplace over another based on the available condiments in the pantry. I'm not sure if she was kidding, but that's something I wouldn't put past this character. Anyway, they may not be so important as to dictate your choice of workplace, but I'll say condiments carry enough weight around here. Then again, you'll remember that territorial disputes have arisen from the greed for spices and think that perhaps you would've given up everything for Moluccas too.
Anyway, in my family, we're big fans of spices. Everything is sprinkled with cinnamon and baked goodies are nutmeg-infested.
Subtlety is lost on us. We want our sweets sweet and everything else spicy. We want great bursts of flavor and we're willing to experiment, so much so that matching food with condiments has turned into both a science and an art. We've even gotten crafty (did you receive the shaker of crushed dried Bird's Eye chilli, the bottle of beyond-picante salsa, the jar of pickled peppers - all homemade?). Contrary to our shunning of fads, condiments go through trends in our house. We always have the staples - salt, pepper, curry, crispy garlic chips, fish sauce, soy sauce, shrimp paste, sweet and sour sauce (BTW, I hate ketchup. I thought it looked like blood when I was a kid and never developed a taste for it.)... - but something would always reign supreme for the time being. For instance, there was a time when I was practically snorting wasabi (I just love how the tang just shoots up my nasal passages). Then, a few weeks ago pickled mustard leaves (In fact, they were consumed so fast they never got the chance to properly pickle at all.) were always present during mealtimes. These were shortly dethroned by roasted eggplant in a vinegar concoction. And then, lately, I've been craving peperoncini again.
With all the "excess baggage" I have now, I just thought it would be much safer to just write about food.;-p

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