Monday, March 31, 2008

Condiments (II)

I'm not very big with condiments, especially to the depths of Whitney. I usually eat things plain if I make them myself. If someone makes it for me, I believe in what they did, and leave it alone. I'm not a meddler. I don't meddle.

1. Ketchup. Plain and simple. This goes for burgers and dogs. The lone exception was The Dog House late-night escapades in February, in which I added sauerkraut. But I had been drinking for a long time, and I'm pretty sure we got our orders mixed up. Either that, or I just went ahead and stole Whitney's food.

2. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. I just picked this up over the weekend. And I like. I chose it because I am becoming more and more worried that I will waste away as I begin this vegetarian thing. So I cast a big net, buying a lot of groceries, with the idea that some of them will be pleasing to me, and stave off malnourishment. So far, so good. I've only used it with baby carrots. And I'm still alive.

3. Balsamic Vinegar. I really couldn't think of anything else.


One of my favorite desert island questions is about condiments. I think what a person adds to their food says a lot about them. Also, I'm a really big fan of toppings in general and I like to spend time thinking about them. For our purposes we will be defining condiment as anything that is added to food, post-cooking. It does not include what are commonly referred to as ingredients. So, for instance, you could use salt in a cake recipe without choosing it as one of your condiments, but not on top of french fries.

3 Condiments:
1. JalapeƱo Harissa Hot Sauce by pain is good.
Why: a spicy, versatile hot sauce. Flavorful enough for eggs and chunky enough to stand in for a salsa.

negar by Eden
Why: mustards are some of my favorite condiments, I couldn't live on an island without at least one of them. I've tasted better mustards than this, but none as refreshing or versatile as this little diddy. It would always be my first choice for a turkey sandwich, and makes a great pork marinade too.

3. a good balsamic vinaigrette.
Why: it goes on everything.

The Concept...

There's a lot of Desert Island talk being thrown around in this day and age. What books would you bring? What movies could you not live without? Who would you bring to have sex with, and what would you bring to put on your sandwiches? These, truly, are the important issues of our time. The Desert Island Blog will collect, organize, and record for all posterity each item we chose to accompany us on this, our final and most important trip of a lifetime. As our cache of bulleted lists grows, our islands shall evolve from mundane one dimensional isles of exile with a few CDs scattered on the beach, to become exciting multi-faceted societies of our own concoction. Oh, the glorious social insights we shall have!

A few things to keep in mind (a.k.a. The first thing we brought to the island was bureaucracy):

1. Thy posts shall always be taggeth with thy name (or preferred mark) and the category of things of which thou post doth concern. This should make it easy to search both by Island Owner and category.
2. While comments are of course encouraged, any contribution to your island should be made via an independent post. See note #1 in regard to thy posts.
3. If you are reading this you've probably already been invited to be a contributor*. If you have not been, and would like to start creating your Island, e-mail an administrator.

*If I forgot you I'm sorry. It (probably) wasn't intentional.