Foods that surprise you?
- sweet ginger Aug 11, 2006 08:51 PM
So last night I threw a chicken in the oven to roast. With a young baby, I'm just getting back to cooking again, and I figured, it's not too difficult to season a chicken and pop it in the oven! But I am telling you, no matter how often I have roasted chicken, I am ALWAYS surprised and delighted at how simple and delicious it is! So my question to you all is, What foods are so simple that they surprise YOU at how delicious they are?
Warm from the garden tomatoes sprinkled with salt is another one...
Perfectly cooked white rice
Strawberries and creme
Bag of granola (or GORP)
Ripe avocado with sea salt
Fresh cucumbers from the garden with rice wine vinegar
Thin, crisp brown toast with very good butter
Mussels steamed in white wine with fresh herbs and crusty bread
Plums, halved and roasted on the grill
Some mornings, I'm so rushed that I throw roasted peanuts or even better, mixed nuts and raisins together to eat in the car on the way to work, especially with the raisins thrown into the nut container & you shake it up, the salt adheres to the raisins a bit...SO delicious--it's that sweet and salty thing, I guess, but it usually holds me til lunchtime!
I have to agree that great bread is so simple once you understand the theory and have a little experience. Its amazing that just 5-6 ingredients can make something so beautiful and necessary for a great meal.
I have to add,
Somewhere in Elizabeth David's "English Bread and Yeast Cookery" she says "toast is nothing more than a vehicle for getting more butter into your mouth". My favorite.
re: Non Cognomina
Amen to that! I went to NYC for the first time this summer and stayed around the corner from Essa. I only had a bagel there on the last day and have been missing it ever since! So crisp and salty on the outside, so chewy and great on the inside! You can't find a bagel that good in Toronto (good, but not that good).
Applying the "nothing added" and "works every time" tests:
Peanut butter, right off the spoon
(Current pick: Trader Joe's Organic Crunchy)
Tortilla chips, especially slightly warmed
Raw hamachi or salmon or scallop, deftly sliced by a sushi chef
(Darn it, I'm drooling!)
Unfortunately, there are so many foods that CAN be amazing but too seldom are. Sigh.
roasted and salted TRUE Virginia peanuts
toro (sashimi form)
honey and abbamele
freshly whipped cream
Whole wheat toast with butter and honey. Takes no thought, but it's so utterly satisfying every single time. I make it thinking how satisfying I know I find it, but then it still surprises me.
buttered noodles with freshly grated parm and asiago, cracked black pepper and smoked sea salt
Eating an early MacIntosh apple right off the tree!!!
Did this today at Barton Orchards in Fishkill, NY.
Absolutely nothing better, nothing more simple.
Concur on the roast chicken, particularly those that have been brined like those from Costco. Also, spaghetti with butter and parmesan.
Roasted or steamed cauliflower, grilled vidalia or maui onions when in season, and burnt (yes burnt) asparagus as it takes on a sesame-ish flavor.
Rice cakes with apple butter or apricot jam.
The roasted chicken for me as well. I am also a new mom and have not liked chicken on the bone due to many bad chicken and dumpling episodes with my mom. But now with the baby I love to season a whole chicken and throw it in the oven. So easy and so yummy.
In the good old days when you applied for a job in a kitchen you were asked to prepare three things: an omelet, a vinaigrette and to roast a chicken.
A roasted chicken with mushrooms, pancetta and buttery mashed potatoes is damn close to perfection for me.
Good fresh bread with any or all of the below
Red and White Burgundy, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Dry Creek Zinfandel
Just about anything with mushrooms or truffles
the combination of mayo, fresh tomato, and s&p on toast.
rice dishes: fried rice, curry, risotto, so satisfying.
white marinated boquerones (med. sardines)
a good enchilada.
juicy, salty meat with excellent french fries.
fresh fettucine alla carbonara (w/bacon, egg, salt and pepper).
Caprese salad -- on or off a piece of ciabatta.
Roasted chicken done well (as opposed to well-done).
Black Mission figs with goat cheese and just a dab of honey.
Perfectly cooked jasmine rice.
Spätzle -- the one thing I can think of that tastes worse with white flour than whole wheat flour.
Fish and chips -- cod, with tartar sauce.
a dead-ripe Stanley plum
slow roasted pork shoulder, no rubs or anything, just salt and pepper it, put in a slow oven and cook all day until the skin is crisp and the meat falls apart. Well, maybe with a couple of onions in there too...
As white trash as it is...beer can chicken on the grill is always ridiculously good.
A fresh, real tomato from the garden.
Fresh raspberries right off the vine.
Grilled cheese sandwich with tomato and a nice mustard.
Gnocchi with black truffle oil.
And nice artisan bread toasted with butter. Or a smear of red raspberry jam.
Kay hit a lot that I'd second, as well as many earlier posts. I'll add:
fresh squeezed OJ
cereal and milk (I like JustRight)
fresh shucked oysters and clams
a good simple hamburger
sweet corn on the cob
Concord grapes right off the vine
BLT, made with super tomatoes and smoky bacon on white toast.
Open face grilled cheese with tomato, made with white toast that is buttered, then super thin sliced ripe tomato layered on, a nice sprinkle of a good salt and fresh ground pepper, then layered with extra sharp cheddar and broiled.
Peruvian style aji verde. A paste made from jalapenos, queso blanco or ricotta, and mayo, with just a little olive oil, cilantro, salt, and lime juice. Sometimes add bread crumbs to thicken it. Amazing flavors that go great on bread, raw and cooked veggies, raw and cooked fish, meat, burgers, hot dogs, you name it.
South American style roast corn slathered with mayo, pecorino romano, and cayenne.
Fresh squeezed orange juice and fresh made lemonade or limeade. Also chicha morada, Peruvian spiced purple corn drink, well chilled.
Thai green curry. So simple to make and sooo tasty.
Avocado and bacon sandwich on whole wheat toast with mayo and iceberg lettuce, sea salt and pepper.
Nearly-halved figs stuffed with fresh goat cheese, wrapped in prosciutto and baked just until warmed through.
Grilled rustic bread, topped with goat cheese, diced tomatoes dressed with EVOO, and shredded basil. Summer personified.
Baked bacon wrapped dates.
The goodness of fresh fruit. The goodness of fresh fish, freshly baked bread. Fresh anything really. I love it all. :)
Just the smell of onions cooking in butter (or better yet, duck fat), is enough to, uh...I better not go there.
• garlic pizza
• pizza with portobello mushrooms
• grilled asparagus
• a freshly toasted whole grain bagel with extra virgin olive oil drizzled over it... (this was first discovered a couple of years ago while cramming with a studying group.)
Baked whole sweet potatoes with butter
A BLT on wheat toast with lots of mayo
Home-fried hard shell tacos with anything, tomatoes, lettuce, shredded cheese and salsa
Spaghetti with olive oil, fresh garlic, oregano, ground pepper and parmesan cheese
Bacon (bacon well done) and eggs, good homefries, brown toast
Fresh ontario peaches or strawberries
Fresh butter croissants
A good hamburger with prepared mustard, relish, onions and tomato
Corn on the cob
Plain yogurt with good honey drizzled on it
Oatmeal with honey or maple syrup, raisins, milk and blanched almonds
IN leaner times, like post college, I would boil penne, saute whole garlic cloves in half butter and olive oil, throw in half can of dice tomato with juice, reduce to au sec,throw in pasta and just a dash of balsamic vinegar. Season with S/P and sugar.
I lived on that for almost 2 years. I think I just make myself some pasta today.
Growing up one of my favoritre meals was Fried eggs with rice and tomato salad. I still love this for dinner and in the summer try to make it at least once a week. The tomato salad has to have green onions and parsley and a dressing of red wine vinegar and olive oil.
maple sugar candy, maple syrup!
sweet potatoes (any way they come, mashed steamed, etc),
roasted vegetables (especially asparagus, onions, butternut squash, garlic, etcetc)
the perfect peach, mango or pineapple
pumpernickel bread, or pumpernickel pretzels
all tomatoes, in their prime
homemade jam, pickles
medjool dates! always, my favorite.
bananas! oh! i have eaten one every day for years
tamari almonds in the fridge. they snap when you bite them. mm
wilted greens with garlic
Sabra hummous, sliced summer tomato on FRESH pita.
Sliced REAL white meat chicken, Hellman's mayo, lots of s, & p. on any really good bread.
Any hot home-made soup (mushroom/barley, split pea, sweet/sour cabbage, fish chowder, etc.) on a cold, rainy day.
Sliced summer tomato on any sandwich.
EllenMM, absolutely agree..and will add
Fresh served, frozen yogurt from the health food store
Anything that involves raspberries
ripe, juicy nectarines and heirloom tomatoes
roasted sweet potato slices with butter and caramelized brown sugar
fresh baked crusty bread dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar
buttered white bread with cinnamon and sugar on top
and of course, prosciutto.
- pasta tossed in a wok w/ butter & garlic until it roasts.
- warm flatbread served w/ fresh,cold tzatziki.
- expertly made french toast, steaming hot & cruncy from carmelized sugar. (my husband is the only one who makes it up to par for me)
- well made sweet potato casserole. i could eat WAY too much of this.
- silk vanilla yogurt w / honey, cinnamon & peach puree. Mmm!
Pho -- noodles, broth, meat, herbs! So good.
Fresh garden tomatoes with fresh mozzarella.
Pasta with lemon, butter, parm., salt.
Cucumber salad with rice winegar, salt, and cilantro then tossed with a small touch of sesame oil that is heated up with sichuan pepper corns and chile flakes. I went without sichuan pepper corn for a month this summer and being deprived of this salad hurt.
There are so many more, but Pho and soba in particular needed onto this list.
A good fresh oyster
Well cooked jasmine rice
Thai takeout broccoli and bean sauce wide noodles
A good hunk of summer sausage
Yes, yogurt and good honey
Acme bread with soft Organic Valley butter and a bit of salt
Braised dark greens (kale, chard, dandelion etc.)
Salmon eggs with quail eggs on toast or nigiri
Brown rice O-nigiri with umeboshi(plum paste)
Late season melon