A Question of Taste?  

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
3484 posts
1/9/2006 10:32 am

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A Question of Taste?

One of the nice things about my current job is that there are usually little treats available. It's standard operating procedure at birthdays and other special occasions as well as after holidays to bring some edible goodies in for the other staff. The consultants are particularly generous. We were almost overwhelmed by chocolates, biscuits and cakes before Christmas; I would hardly have needed to buy any other food, provided I was prepared to live on a diet that was high in fat and sugar and low in just about any other nutritional requirement you'd care to name!

And you'd think we were all starving, seeing how fast the snacks disappear.

Today, though, the special of the day sat around, relatively untouched. People would pick up the box, look at the contents with a rather bemused expression on their faces, and then put it down again. At the end of the day, the box was not empty - an almost unheard-of occurrence.

One of the radiographers had been to Thailand and had brought back a box of sweet tamarinds.

Now, I've always thought of myself as open to new foods. I've eaten buffalo balls in Colorado and deep-fried crickets in Australia. I've devoured black pudding (also known as blood pudding for those of you unfamiliar with the delicacy) and just about every part of the cow apart from its skin and moo. Snail stew held no horrors for me. Goat and horse have both passed through my system in their turn and I've contemplated the likes of frogs legs, dog meat and some of the more outrageous Japanese delicacies with relative equanimity. Though, now I come to think of it, I do wonder whether these considerations have played their part in generating my current vegetarian tendencies.

Yet tamarinds ... how shall I put this? I'm sure they're very tasty and yet most of us failed at the first hurdle, on sight. Look at the photo top left, if you would ... in reality, the specimens before us looked darker and mustier and even more like old, dried-up (I'm sorry, there's no avoiding this) faeces. It's a strangely off-putting sight, you know.

Some of my colleagues were debating over leaving one on a colleague's chair or on top of a pillow at home ...

It makes one wonder who exactly had the idea of tasting something that looks like the kind of thing you'd normally avoid treading in. "Hmm ... looks like dog droppings ... I've always had a craving to try one of those".

Of course, once rational thought re-establishes itself I am well aware that as our species developed, senses other than sight were brought into use to determine what was and was not good to eat. There will also, no doubt, have been times when eating anything that hung from a tree seemed a good idea, when those who were too choosy starved. In these ways a new foodstuff could be discovered.

Even so ... call it cultural conditioning, call it misplaced western sensitivies, call it foolishness ... I'll still leave the tamarind taste test for another time!


rm_FreeLove999 46F
16127 posts
1/9/2006 10:41 am

hmmm, i had no idea that is what i looked like. we get tamaring paste here, which looks like treacle or something. it is delicious! very sour tho...

i don't think i would have tried it either... i can't face dates cos to me they look like ... ok, ok, i won't tell you, don't wanna make u sick too...

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rm_KingCursive 43M

1/9/2006 10:49 am

yeah i wouldnt want to be the first one to eat one of those at work...or the 20th for that matter!

CelticKarma 43F
1350 posts
1/9/2006 10:49 am

Oooh, tamarinds! YUM!! That reminds me they'll be in season here soon

Trust me, Q, they look muuuuuuch more appealing fresh off the tree or even better, when the pulp is pulled off the seeds (some leave the seeds in, doesn't matter), shaped into a ball and rolled in a little golden caster sugar; mmmmmmm-MMM!

Just be warned of one thing, if you do venture to try them: too much tamarind at one time (say, more than an ounce, or one or two seedless balls about 2 cm in diameter) will have a laxative effect, especially if you're not used to it.

SaucyNSassy 39F

1/9/2006 4:00 pm

Okay, that picture is just nasty! The only thing that made me feel better was when I looked at YOUR sexy picture. Damn, some men are just so hot!

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
1/10/2006 10:49 am

FreeLove ... Yes, I think getting prepared tamarinds might might the whole eating experience much more acceptable!

KingCursive ... For what it's worth, it's one whole working day later and the box is still not empty!

CelticKarma ... Princess, thanks for the warning. I actually asked the head of department whether he'd had people phoning in sick today and explained your warning. He pointed out that there were unlikely to be any casualties, though, as no one seems to have dared eat them, let alone in any quantity!

Sassy ... I know what you mean ... even I would rather look at that picture of me than look at the tamarinds ... and that, believe me, is saying something!

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