Favorite Food Smells?
- Glam Foodie Jul 5, 2010 04:07 PM
- The scent of a roasting chicken coated in olive oil and slowly sweetening garlic
- Lemon and white wine sauce
- Brown sugar cookies baking in the oven
- Freshly fried onion rings
- Farmer's market tomatoes that have a perfume no ordinary grocery store tomato could provide
What are yours?
So with you on all of these, especially the chicken and tomatoes.
- Grapefruit. I'm crazy for the stuff!
- Vanilla bean anything
- Coq au vin (I converted a poultry hater with the scent of it alone!)
- Homemade marinara sauce as it bubbles away on the stove
- Mongolian beef, the spicier the better
Movie theater popcorn
Red wine deglazing in a pan
Pickles on a burger (I hate pickles but love the way they smell!)
Thanksgiving turkey & fixings, esp. pumpkin pie
Sunday gravy with garlic simmering on the stove
but hands down, #1 is bread baking in the oven! Irrestible!
smoke from bbq
really ripe nectarines
*I'm not really into eating cinnamon-flavored foods, and I don't like coffee - I just like how they smell.
Home made bread - freshly baked especially coming in after a cold day. Freshly sliced cucumbers - especially after coming in after a long hot, sweaty day.
I do a lot of reheating of food in the microwave. I love how fast it is and how much less energy it uses (?) than the stove (electric), but I really miss the aromas that you get when you use the stovetop instead of the microwave.
Tomatoes on the vine, not the tomatoes but the vine
Fresh corn on the cob
Fully ripened peaches and nectarines
Yankee pot roast
Fresh bread. There is a baker at a local farmer's market that makes the most wonderful smelling rosemary focaccia.
Roasted coffee beans (enjoyed the smell long before I developed a taste for it)
Frying onions with fresh ground black pepper.
Hot almond milk (particularly walking through the night market)
The smell right after your put malt vinegar and salt on freshly deep fried french fries. Preferably ones bought from a chip truck in Quebec on a balmy summer night.
The smell of sun warmed fresh fruit, picked at the perfect ripeness.
The smell as you peel a mandarin orange in the dead of winter.
Freshly brewed good coffee.
Onions on the griddle - even better with a cheesesteak cooking next to it.
Fresh baked bread
So many that have already been mentioned upthread: coffee, garlic and onions cooking, meat on a grill, wine or beer hitting a hot pan, roasting chicken, and baked goods in the oven, soups and stews simmering on the stove, and barbequed pork.
Also grated citrus rinds, nutmeg, and freshly chopped herbs. My favorite herb smells are basil, rosemary and parsley (chopped parsley smells so clean, and green, like a just-mown lawn). I also quite like the smell of toast. And some teas (though I hate tea) are very pleasant as they steep (jasmine, earl gray, and red tea).
Last week, the boyfriend came home early from work, and exclaimed, "God, it smells good in here. I'm starving! Is it ready?" He came into the kitchen, and I was standing in front of a cutting board that held chopped carrots, onions and garlic. I explained that I was *planning* on cooking the mixture, but he could help himself as he pleased. He grumbled that it *smelled* like cooking, as if I had tricked him. So, I guess he would say that his favorite smell is . . . dinner.
Garlic and lemon chopped together. Add ginger and it's danged near perfection.
Raw fresh ginger. Sometimes I'll buy a little piece even if I don't need it any time soon, just for the smell.
Absolutely perfect fresh ripe strawberries.
baking yeast bread or homemade cinnamon rolls
fresh brewed coffee
roasting chicken or turkey
baking gingersnap cookies
making candied ginger
sauteed onions and garlic
That "bakery" smell...
Agree on roasting chicken
Garlic or onions sizzling in a pan
Freshly cut lemon
Mushrooms & onions sauteeing in bacon grease-add a little thyme & it's even better
Yeasty bread dough
Spaghetti Sauce simmering on the stove-reminds me of growing up
...Freshly cut up watermelon
...The smell on your fingers after you've finished cutting up tomatoes or strawberries
... Hot, homemade tapioca pudding
...For some reason the smell of Cadbury Mini Eggs makes me almost faint with pleasure; I don't really like the chocolate but I'll sit around huffing one of these packs like a glue fiend
...Microwave popcorn [again, don't really love to eat the stuff, but like the smell]
...Cut up limes
...Of course the aforementioned coffee brewing, bacon and onions frying, & freshly baked bread
summer ripe fresh peaches, nectarines, plums, tomatoes
sauteed or roasted garlic
fresh sweet baguettes
buttery scrambled eggs
tortillas charred over a gas flame
any runny, pungent cheese
lays bbq potato chips
(This sounds like my perfect last meal request!)
yeah almost everything already mentioned, save for anything that's sweet. (i don't like 99% of things sweet and their smells.)
smell of Vietnamese, Thai and Korean restaurants
beers and wines
smoked flaky salt, malt, meats etc. actually, just about everything smoky that's not tabacco.
freshly baked breads
cherry tomato vines
Turkey & Stuffing
Celery & Onions (for the stuffing)
Freshly torn basil.
Garlic fried in olive oil.
Popping mustard seeds.
Bubbling strawberry jam about to go into the jar (have jam on the brain today!)
Fresh curry leaf.
Wood smoke, usually on my clothes from having cooked something over a campfire.
- Basil! Iit's like perfume to me.
- Freshly brewed coffee
- Roasted turkey - unleashes the memories of Thanksgivings past
Veal Pizzaiola ... is tops on this list.
Hot Apple Cider with cinnamon, allspice, and cloves
Curried lamb, goat, beef, chicken, or pork
Herb roasted chicken
The aroma when you walk into a steakhouse that cooks prime dry aged beef is without equal. It merely hints at the pleasures to come. Prime example: Keen's Chophouse in the garment district in NYC
Roasting Chicken with Onion and Fennel
things with bay leaf
baked goods like cookies, gingerbread, most things with vanilla and cinnamon
Sauteed onions and garlic
Fish & seafood in all forms except canned tuna (gag); call me un-American. I love the smell of fish frying, even the smell in the kitchen an hour after; the aroma of steaming clams is heavenly, lobster too; the smell smoking mackerel or scallops on my Brinkman; fresh caught planked salmon or hake on an open fire; steaming moules marinere; and the subtle sweet smell of sashimi.
Just for the halibut,
Fresh mint. Cardamom seeds being crushed in a mortar. Ditto for cloves. Garlic fried in butter. The combination of balsamic vinegar and melted butter (cheater's beurre blanc), the smell of really peppery arugula being washed.
Bread, cookies, cakes, cobblers, etc. baking in the oven. Nothing like it! My second favorite would be turkey baking on Thanksgiving Day.
coffee- especially diner coffee (just the smell, not the taste)
oatmeal cookies baking