Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A question

The people who write recipes for newspapers, do they actually cook them and eat them? This morning our newspaper has a recipe for "Grapefruit-Mint Shrimp" - Ewww!!!


Kengo Biddles said...

something tells me yes, and that the person that came up with it was a little unhinged at the time.

There's no accounting for taste...the French drink what's called "sirop de sapin." (Lit. translated: Pine Tree Syrup).

In a drink it tastes like Pine-Sol.


No accounting for tastes.

drex said...

Correction: No accounting for the French.

Grapefruit-mint = eww.

Abelard Enigma said...

Kengo, that reminds me of a time when I was in France and was invited into a home of someone I met. They kept offering me wine to drink which I kept politely turning down. They insisted that I drink -something- so they got down this bottle of mint syrup and mixed it with lukewarm water. It tasted like drinking toothpaste.

Anybody ever tried the "Wheatgrass Shot" at Jambajuice? I've not tried it, but it smells like lawn. I might as well go out and graze in my front yard.

Cliff said...

In the crowd I work with, I've had to make myself more open to culinary weirdness. Mostly it's been good...but not always.

My favorite weird combination that actually turned out great was on my mission where we were often served raw bananas with cooked beef. Really, really good.

Abelard Enigma said...

we were often served raw bananas with cooked beef

I actually enjoy trying different recipe's and new cuisines. Banana's and beef is just kinda weird, and something I might be enticed to try. In my younger years I used to eat things like: dill pickle sandwiches, peanut butter/bacon/cheese sandwiches, and fried bologna. Heck, I'll even eat Vegamite.

But, Grapefruit-Mint Shrimp??? Does that even sound good to anyone? Maybe it just needs a little sirop de sapin to spice it up.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it typical to squeeze some lime/lemon on freshly cooked sea food? Grapefruit is not that far removed, and then perhaps some mint for garnish.

It doesn't sound that bad to me.

Abelard Enigma said...

The mint is not merely a garnish. The shrimp is marinaded in grapefruit juice and mint leaves. Does it still sound tasty?

Don't get me wrong. I love grapefruits (especially our Texas Ruby Red, yummy) and I like mint - but those two flavors just don't go together IMOHO.

[kɹeɪ̯g̊] said...

Did you try the recipe? If not, you cannot criticise. I'm somewhat of a amateur chef myself, and the grapefruit-mint combination sounds like a good one to me. I would probably put a couple more ingredients in the marinade, but I think the base would go fantastically with seafood. Mint and lemon go very well together, and both go well with seafood, so grapefruit truly isn't that great a stretch.

Bottom line: At least try it. You'd be surprised what sorts of ingredients can complement each other (like dill pickles and a good (natural) peanut butter).