Some stories just scream to be told; this one does. So, a quote to start it off seems quite the fitting beginning: “A man’s palate can, in time, become accustomed to anything.” Napoleon Bonaparte
This conversation occurred in the Saucy kitchen on Sunday:
There I was, chopping away, garlic and onion adorning my wooden block. Mr. Saucy wandered into the kitchen, as he is wont to do, when I am cooking. Over my shoulder, he says, “Are you making beans?”
Continuing to chop, I say, “No, I’m making spaghetti.” There is a long pause after which Mr. Saucy inquires, “You’re putting beans in the spaghetti?” Being a bit perplexed by this question, I look over my shoulder and see him with a spoon, stirring a pot I have on the stove.
At once, I see what has caused this absurd notion. “Oh no,” I say, “those are boiled peanuts!” (Shelled jumbo redskins simmering in water with a load of kosher salt and Cajun seasoning.)
I’d have loved to have had my camera ready at that second to capture the astonished look upon his face. It only lasted an instant and was immediately replaced by one of shocked revulsion and the exclamation, “You’re putting boiled peanuts in the spaghetti?!?”
Nearly doubling over with laughter, I explained, “No, I made those for us to snack on!”
With immense relief, Mr. Saucy, in his normal manner, muttered while nodding his head, “Ooooooooh.” Then he wandered off, as is also his normal manner.
My nephew, Jonathon, heard this story. After he and my sister finished their gales of laughter, Jonathon wisely stated, “Well you know mom…Lala (my nickname) could have used them though. She DOES make all kinds of things.”
Boiled Peanut Spaghetti is not one of those things…yet. But I’d imagine if I ever did, Mr. Saucy’s palate would soon become accustomed to it. *wink*
ps: Mr. Saucy and I plan to be away for a week at the end of the month. During that trip, we will be away from telephones and internet connections. I have been accumulating food posts to work on writing while we’re away, so don’t despair…I’ve got plenty of recipes to share.
pps: I do a daily food quote on my facebook page…join me there.