“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”

My doors and windows are open. I have rejoined the world if only for a while. There is a breeze coming from the north, the window behind me, keeping the den cool, and the sun is still working its way around so it’s also dark. The weather report is for heat but less humidity so I’m taking advantage and giving the house some fresh air before the onslaught of the heat.

My life of late has been boring. Staying inside the house doesn’t make for adventure, for stories. I do have to go to the dump, but that’s not a plot line for a good story. It’s just trash.

My neighborhood is quiet. I have no idea where the kids are. There are 9 of them on this street. I’m thinking it’s difficult to hide them all. Perhaps their parents are using gags and tricking the kids into thinking it’s a game. When you’re little you believe everything your parents tell you. That’s why I didn’t eat Chinese food until I was around ten or eleven.

I’ve tried salmon a couple of times but I still don’t like it. It’s the only fish I haven’t liked. No respectable fish is pink and why don’t you pronounce the l?

I make a great chili. It is a recipe from my brother-in-law. In his recipe, Rod has beans listed. For my copy, he also has a footnote: if making chili for me, don’t add the beans. I have never made chili with beans. My defense is that real chili has no beans.

I eat a lot of chicken. It’s not all that expensive and chicken recipes number in the millions. I like chicken thighs and think they are the tastiest part of the chicken.When I go out for a casual dinner, I usually order a cheeseburger.

When I go out for a casual dinner, I usually order a cheeseburger with onion rings on the side, but one pub where I eat doesn’t make onion rings at night, only during lunch, so I order French fries. I don’t eat my fries with ketchup; instead, I dip them in mayonnaise. I seldom use salt, but I do salt my fries. They seem to taste better that way.

My mother told us stories about World War II and rationing. She said they seldom got butter so they used oleo instead. It was white but it came with packets of yellow to make it butter-like. When I was a kid, my mother never bought oleo. Having it in the war was enough for her; instead, she always bought butter. My sisters and I still do.

I remember a lunch at a friend’s house.  She made sandwiches with salmon and dessert with peaches. I ate both of them out of courtesy. It rates as the worse lunch in my memory drawers.

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10 Comments on ““There is no sincerer love than the love of food.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I can’t stand pickled salmon or cold smoked, which both are very popular here but I can eat it fried or even boiled but it isn’t a favorite of mine. We do however call it Lax and the L isn’t silent 🙂

    I feel, that french fries need both salt and ketchup but I can survive without the ketchup to be honest. I have however never ordered a hamburger on a restaurant so I don’t know if one can get onion rings on the side. It does sound tasty though.

    I always use butter but margarine is still rather popular here, I can’t understand why though, it isn’t even especially cheap. From what I know they have always made it yellow before selling it here, even during the war. I don’t think I even could try it if it was white 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

  2. katry Says:

    Christer,
    I love onion rings, but you have to order them as they don’t usually come with burgers. A local fish restaurant is wonderful, and they make the best onion rings. I always order them when I eat there.

    Margarine is now always yellow here. I also can’t understand its popularity as I hate the taste.

    I just turned on my air conditioner as it is getting really hot. The breeze has disappeared and Gracie had started panting.

    Have a great day!!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Keep the chickens, I’ll gladly take the salmon and all kind of beans 🙂
    A good hamburger is hard to find here, just this McD fast food stuff they call hamburger. No serious option when you can have a tasty döner kebab instead.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I’ll gladly give you the salmon and all the beans.

      I have all sorts of places where I can get a good hamburger and we grill them all summer. I sometimes have cheddar, swiss or provolone but never American cheese on my burger.

  4. Coleen Says:

    OK…now we have a disagreement.

    Love salmon. Eat it whenever I get a chance. Loved to grill it for dinner on my back deck. Miss not being able to do that as much anymore.

    At least we agree on onion rings. In fact, I had some last night. The Circus Drive-In in Wall, NJ makes some of the best I have ever tasted. You should check their website (www.circusdrivein.com). It’s 5 minutes from my house.

    I would be most happy to share their onion rings with you should you visit. I am not gonna ship them to you. They don’t travel well, being fried and all… 🙂

    Waving to make a breeze…

    Coleen

    • katry Says:

      Hi Coleen,
      I love fish but salmon just didn’t appeal to me. I don’t know if it is the flavor or the color.

      I’ll do the same should you visit me. I have a couple of places with wonderful onion rings, and I’ll be happy to share.

      I’ll send you a breeze as I’m inside in the cool air. Here it comes!!

      Kat

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’ll eat salmon and beans. Not together, maybe, but it would depend on the recipe.
    Apparently the “l” is silent because the pronunciation came from the French word for salmon which is saumon. Then, for some reason, the spelling changed back to the original Latin for salmon which is salmo. Or so the internet says. Take it with a grain of salt (which does have a vocalized “l”).

    It’s been quiet here, too. Too hot. The dogs and I hung around outside in the back yard yesterday while I was waiting for the first load of laundry to finish washing so I could put it in the dryer and start the second load. It was not too bad out back but it’s deep shade. Out front it was hotter than the sunward side of Mercury. Even the birdbath water was too hot for them to sit in. I changed it to cooler, cleaner water and they were happy.
    Today is marginally better. Not so humid, not so hot. No breeze. My big outing for the day was to Starbucks for a sandwich and some iced tea. I needed to get outside and see some natural daylight.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’ll gladly give you all my beans, but I don’t think I’ll have salmon to give. Not all that many restaurants have it on the menu.

      The French word makes sense to me so I’ll buy that as the reason for the crazy pronunciation. Salvo is another word where the L is heard. It is just another weird example of the English language.

      I left the house yesterday just to get the papers. Today I did do an errand as I needed coffee. I would have gone out in a hurricane for coffee.

      I didn’t put the air on until around one as the den stayed cool. It is now quite comfortable in here with the AC blasting.

      I went outside and watered the deck plants. The poor things were wilting. Now I have to water the ones inside the house. That’s about it for exerting myself!

      Have a good evening!!

  6. Bob Says:

    I love salmon in any form except canned. Broiled salmon on a cedar plank is a Northwest favorite. Fresh grilled salmon steaks is my favorite fish. I also enjoy smoked salmon, especially lox.

    Real Texas chili has no beans. Chili with beans is a northern knock off of the real stuff. I don’t enjoy onions on my cheese burger but I love fried onion rings on the side.

    I don’t understand why breast meat chicken is so popular because it tastes dry. There is nothing as good as thigh meat. It has a little more fat but it’s chock full of flavor. BTW low fat diets are not that healthy. Low carb diets are the way to lose weight. Therefore, real butter is healthier than margarine. The National Dairy Association kept margarine white for several years to make butter more appealing.

    Today we topped out in the low 80s with cloudy skies and scattered rain.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      My mother never served salmon when I was growing up. I think it was probably because either she or my father didn’t like it. I did try it when I was older but just didn’t like it. I was served it in first class once on a plane. It was an appetizer. I thought it was a daring choice.

      I couldn’t find where the addition of beans to chili was a northern knock off. I did find this, “There’s a saying in Texas – “if you know beans about chili, it’s that there’s no beans in chili.” There’s a common thought that chili with beans is a Yankee thing. Texas chili does not have beans.

      Except, when it does. Texas chili is chili con carne – peppers with meat. But, just as popular is chili con carne y frijoles – peppers with meat and beans. You will find both to be common – with one binding rule – the purpose of a chili tasting is to judge the meat and gravy, so beans are forbidden in competitive chili.

      Chili with beans is often more popular with the budget conscious, because it’s cheaper.”

      I agree about chicken breast. It can get really dry. I have friends who won’t eat thighs as it is dark meat. They are missing out on the most flavorful meat.

      I am a butter fan all the way!

      I like your weather than what we had today. It was in the mid 80’s but no rain.


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