“dark indulgences” by sume
I was tagged by Made in Korea, so here’s my list of top ten munchables. I’m still slobbering from everyone else’s lists. There were some familiar favorites and some new foods I’d like to try. Some people say that music makes the world go ’round but let us not forget the power of food! It’s a kind of universal language that we all can relate to and share.
1. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark – It’s basically melted dark chocolate mixed with crushed peppermints or spearmints. Spread it out on wax paper, leave it to harden and what you end up with is a candy bar with a little kick.
2. Dan Dan Noodles – The first time I had this was at a Thai restaurant. Don’t ask me, it was on the menu. I can’t remember the name of the restaurant but I’ve loved this dish ever since and ate it frequently while I lived in Texas. I’ve found other variations but have yet to find one as good as that one.
3. Grilled Salmon – Marinated in a little olive oil, lemon juice and a few spices, grilled over low heat and served with wedges of lemon. Mmmmm. Gotta have it!
4. Tabbouleh (spelling may vary) – For me this is the ULTIMATE salad. It’s finely chopped parsley, tomatoes, green onion, cracked wheat, and mint with a lemon juice and olive oil “dressing”. Forget what you’ve had in Middle Eastern restaurants, it’s nothing compared to the homemade version. It’s served with romaine lettuce leaves which serve as scoops. Lively in color and refreshing in taste, it goes great with lunch.
5. Chile – Growing up in Texas, Tex-Mex was a regular part of eating out. Anything less than 65 degrees F feels cold to me. When the temperature dips down into the 30’s, there’s nothing like a hot, spicy bowl of chili to chase away the winter chills.
6. Tiramisu – This is one of my favorite desserts. I’ve tried to make this at home but it never turns out the same. I’ve resigned myself to enjoying it only when I eat in restaurants that serve it. I tend to enjoy the smoother, lighter custard versions to the ones with mascarpone cheese but hey, I’ll eat both.
7. Homemade Bread – There is just something about the smell of bread baking in the oven that makes a home feel like a home to me. It doesn’t have to be something complicated but can be something as simple (and fun) as soft pretzels. The kids and I do this quite often. Everyone gets to do their own variation whether it’s cinnamon-sugar, parmesan cheese, salt or garlic butter. They don’t have to be twisted into pretzel shapes either but can be made into heart shapes, stars or whatever. We use pastry brushes to brush on the baking soda solution instead of dipping. It makes things much easier.
8. Chicken Gumbo and Rice – Another comfort food and another one I have never been able to pull off at home. My dad is originally from Louisiana and is one heck of a cook. He has Cajun roots from his father’s side and uses a recipe that’s been passed from one generation to the next. It’s always on the menu for family gatherings along with a huge variety of barbecued delights. Luckily, I have sisters and brothers who can carry on the tradition. My love for rice is a result of it being a regular part of Cajun cuisine.
9. Gelati – Hot summer afternoon, after-doctor-appointment comfort food, reward for good behavior, any excuse will do. We have a local shop that makes these in several different flavors. The big kid in me still goes for the watermelon flavor/vanilla ice cream combo. The two different textures and flavors melt perfectly together. We eat these all year long. I don’t always have a good excuse but who cares? I want one.
10. Grilled corn on the cob – I grew up eating it boiled to death and smothered in butter. I won’t touch corn on the cob cooked that way now. I put it on the grill last and off to the side so it doesn’t burn. If cooked just until the “skin” of the corn kernels starts to shrivel, it comes out naturally sweet with a touch of smoke-flavor.
Even now I’m thinking of several more and getting hungry. Time for a snack! I tag Oanh, Fatima, and the first person who comments who hasn’t done this one. Anyone who doesn’t have a blog or doesn’t want to put it on their blogs can put their list in comments.