Wednesday, September 5, 2012

more Little Red Riding Hood?

"what big teeth lolling tongue you have"

No, that's not exactly how the dialogue went in Little Red Riding Hood, but I couldn't help continuing that train of thought when thinking of how the sense of taste is a blessing.  The tongue is an amazing organ. How else to we enjoy the banquet of food that is ours to create and explore?

Bitter, sweet, sour, salty.  While I'm not a big fan, one of my husband's favorite sayings is, "mmmm, coffee, coffee good!"  But give me a cup of tea, mint, blackberry, yerba mate and I'm happy.  But why stop there, breakfast of a western omelet with peppers, onion, mushrooms and cheese. Toasted whole wheat bread spread with mascarpone.

One of my favorite foods is cheese, I love to find new cheeses to try.  Some of the latest are a sour cherry goat cheese, a Scandinavian baked cheese, and an English sharp cheddar.  Yes, cheese is one of my favorite items because there are so many varieties to explore.

As my husband and I move toward a healthier, vegetarian lifestyle, there are many spices, vegetables to create new taste experiences. I've never had parsnips before.  One of my favorite recipes is Roasted root vegetables. That's where the parsnips was used along with turnips and potatoes and carrots. I've substituted cauliflower for potatoes for mashed potatoes.

I must admit, I love the whole experience of eating.  Experiencing new tastes, the smells, the textures. So yes, taste? It's a blessing not to ignore. Go out today and bless those taste buds today. Not just with something you know you love, find a new favorite.


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