“Nobody knows the truffles I’ve seen.”

Yesterday while I was out doing errands, I noticed all the trees and bushes in bloom. The bright yellow of the forsythias popped and caught my eyes. I saw white blossoms on a row of trees and trees with purples and pinks. I smiled all the way home. It was just that kind of a ride.

Today is warm and lovely.

I don’t eat beans except for green beans. Refried beans look thoroughly disgusting to me. Baked beans are squishy. Lima beans have a strange, uninviting color. Kidney beans could use a change of name. I have never been a fan of beans, and this distaste for all things bean dates from my childhood. I have tried over the years to eat beans just in case but the outcome has always been the same.

When I was a kid, we only had yellow mustard so I used it on my hot dogs. I don’t eat yellow mustard any more though I am still a mustard fan. My fridge probably has five or six different mustards.

Speaking of hot dogs, ketchup on hot dogs is just wrong. Ketchup is for hamburgers and French fries. Piccalilli or relish goes perfectly with the mustard. Onions add a dimension to the dog but no onions with ketchup. It is the same for sauerkraut, cheese or any other topping. Ketchup limits the choices and the taste.

Speaking of ketchup, I just don’t see putting it on eggs. Ketchup on scrambled eggs is not a pretty picture. Nobody puts it on fried eggs or boiled eggs, just scrambled and sometimes omelets. Why is ketchup for some eggs but not for others?

I never put ketchup on onion rings, just on French fries. I never use much salt, but I do put salt on both of those. They just seem to taste better. I also like mayonnaise for my fries. That probably seems weird.

I love cheeseburgers. When I go out, I order them often as I don’t eat them much at home. Sometimes I add lettuce, onion and tomato, and when I do, mayonnaise is my condiment of choice. If I don’t, ketchup is just fine.

On my sub sandwiches, depending, of course, on the sandwich, I add pickles, onions and hot peppers. My love for hot peppers comes from the father of an elementary school mate of mine. I was at her house sometimes for lunch and her father always added hot peppers to his sandwiches. He offered them to me, and I tried them and liked them. I also like to add chopped jalapeños. Sandwiches need the kick.

Ghana was where I became an adventurous eater. It was where I first ate Indian food and Middle Eastern dishes like hummus, falafel and tabbouleh. I saw and ate okra for the first time. The slime in the soup was a bit much, but I got over that. Bush rat and goat were tasty.

I learned in Ghana to ask very few questions about what I was eating. It was better that way.

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16 Comments on ““Nobody knows the truffles I’ve seen.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I agree. Ketchup on hot dogs or eggs is wrong. Salsa, on the other hand, is perfectly acceptable on hot dogs or cheese omelets but not any other kind of egg.
    It’s funny how particular we can be about food.
    One of my nephews put ketchup on everything from when he was about two years old until he suddenly acquired adult taste buds at age twelve. He put ketchup on cucumbers. Eww.

    It’s sunny and warm here today. I’m waiting for the refrigerator repairman to come. I hope it’s an easy fix because Peapod came yesterday and I don’t want to unload the fridge.

    Enjoy the day.

    • Bill S. Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I agree with all your condiment choices, and I like salsa on the omelets.

      My nephew always ordered the same thing when we went out. I told him when he was eight he had a bland palate. He is 28 now and still remembers. His palate has expanded greatly.

      I`m in New Hampshire, and it is quite warm. The ride up was pretty.

      Enjoy your evening!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Of course one has ketchup on fried eggs and hot dogs! Especially if You have both at the same time and if You do You’ll naturally also have meatballs and fried potatoes. But those are the only times I have ketchup. Well hamburgers anfd fries too but that’s it. I don’t think You’ll be surprised to know my mother has ketchup on everything, including pancakes 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Mayonnaise together with fries is a Belgian thing, not so popular here in Sweden though. Mustard is unedible unless it is on the Christmas ham 🙂

    I do like beans of all kinds and baked brown and baked white beans are very popular here in Sweden. Many in this area have baked brown beans at the Christmasbord.

    I do like hot peppers but I’m more of a tomato person myself, life would be so empty without tomatoes 🙂

    Have a great day and see You on Sunday!

    • katry Says:

      No!! Never!, We do not ever put ketchup on hotdogs. That is not right! Here it is mostly kids who use ketchup.

      I don’t know why I use mayonnaise. I really like the combination. I think it predates my trip to Belgium.

      I love tomatoes, especially the native ones in August.

      Have a gray weekend!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Kat, try Ajvar instead of ketchup, if you can get it. Much better!
    Have a great weekend!

  4. flyboybob Says:

    To me ketchup is for hamburgers and mustard is for hot dogs. I’m not a fan of mayo nor Piccalilli. Pickles to me are either sour dills or half sours. Kraut only goes along with the brown mustard on brats, dogs or any other variety of sausage. I’m from NYC and have a New York deli taste preference. I would love the raise my blood pressure by eating my way through Katz’s deli on the Lower East side of Manhattan. That’s where Meg Ryan faked an orgasam over a hot corned beef on rye in “When Sally Met Harry”.

    A Chicago hot dog with pickles, Piccalilli, cucumbers or tomatoes is sacrilegious. Chili dogs with or without cheese give me indigestion just thinking about them. They are a southwestern creation along with calling a dog a wiener and I will pass them up every time. A Fenway Frank with brown mustard was about as good as hot dog can get.

    Like you I am not a fan of most beans including the re fried pinto beans served in most Tex Mex restaurants. My favorite are black beans and I have eaten them re fried with breakfast in Mexico. I do like Boston baked beans. Is Boston still referred to as ‘bean’ town?

    We finally got a day of soaking rain with a line of thunderstorms this afternoon.

    • katry Says:

      Yes, Boston is still Beantown, and people do love their Boston baked beans, except me.

      My mother always made piccalilli when there were enough green tomatoes. I loved getting my jars every year.

      I could at eat that Chicago dog. It sounds great. I wouldn’t mind a chili dog. I always get franks at Fenway.

      I’m glad you finally got rain.

  5. Coleen Burnett Says:

    I’m with you on the cheeseburgers. Love them. I also like deli food. Can’t eat it much anymore but when I do it makes my day.

    My friend and I go to an event twice a year called the Chiller Theatre Expo, which is held in Parsippany NJ. Afterwards we go to a place called Harold’s in Edison NJ, which is a NY-style deli that serves HONKING HUGE portions. It’s a tad expensive but you can eat off your order for 4 days…I am not kidding.

    You can blame this post on FlyBoyBob, who got me on the deli kick

    Crappy weather today…better for the weekend…

    Enjoy being offline, friend!

    waving from Jersey…


    • katry Says:

      There are no New York type delis on the cape, our loss.

      I always order a cheeseburger at The Lost Dog Pub. They are delicious. The other night I ordered a cheeseburger sub delivered. It was delicious.

      Any place which gives you that much food is well worth the expense. I have a favorite restaurant which is big bucks. We go a couple of times a year. Well worth it.

      Crappy weather here too.

      Waving from Mont Vernon, New Hampshire!

    • flyboybob Says:

      I travel to Parsippany occasionally and always enjoy the great Italian food in NJ. I actually like the Italian food in Northern NJ better than the food I had in Northern Italy. If you want to try a great Italian place go north on 287 from Parsippany and take the next exit after passing Interstate 80, I can’t remember the name of the exit. Turn right and go down to the bottom of the hill and eat at the Reservoir Tavern. Homemade huge portions of everything. Family owned since the depression. The one in the 1930s, not the recent one created by the Bush Jr. Get there early because the place gets very crowded especially on Friday and Saturday nights.

      • katry Says:

        I liked the Northern Italian food as it wasn’t as heavy as Southern Italian food. I haven’t been to New jersey all that much and mostly it was driving through to get somewhere else.

        I do like Italian food, and there are few Italian restaurants down here. I had a favorite which was, like the one you mentioned, a family owned business for years. They had a huge family table next to the kitchen where they all sat. Over the years the family got smaller and smaller, and then they sold the restaurant for the land. I was so sorry to see it go.

      • Coleen Burnett Says:

        I will check that out. Thanks, Bob!

  6. Jay Bird Says:

    Ketchup on a Western Egg sandwich (scrambled with onions, peppers, ham) is OK. All else is an infamnia! Mustard on hot dogs; ketchup on burgers, yes! Southerners put mayo on everything. Cleveland brown mustard is repulsive looking but very tasty. Chicago hot dogs not so much. Interesting how our condiment tastes develop regionally.

    • katry Says:

      Jay bird,
      I can see ketchup on the Western, but not for me.

      I’m with you on the mustard, ketchup use, and I do like brown mustard.

      I never gave regional condiments a thought untiI one blog entry a while back. My sister in Colorado makes green chili side dishes which are delicious. You never see the in Massachusetts.

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