So far, I’ve prided myself in eating weird looking food. Anyone raised on predominantly traditional Asian cuisine for first 20 years of their life, tends to think so. As a kid, I ate rehydrated tiger lily buds steamed with meat, bitter melon. Heck, I’ve crunched on ugh, sea cucumber in a restaurant. It’s gelatinous AND crunchy. It definitely is not my palate at all. But heck, the other stuff I do try.
Love Matcha Tea Desserts
Later, I enjoyed myself on matcha green tea desserts at Basho Café, a Vancouver coffee place run by Japanese-Canadian family. Jack was underwhelmed, bored. Well, what do you expect from someone with a family heritage of German gourmet dessert baking and a family vineyard in his family tree since 1700’s?
Green Tea Ice Cream and Desserts: Too Weird for Prairie Taste?
In Calgary, at a popular handmade ice cream store, I inquired if the company produced green tea ice cream, a flavour I enjoy in Vancouver. Not surprisingly, the employee told me they were still experimenting in making it sweeter. Now Calgary has far more limited and less adventurous cuisine choices than Vancouver and Toronto –despite what you might read in Calgary tourist information. Green tea desserts do have a slight herbaceous taste..of tea, a slight green taste. It must be offensive to cow, er, beef eaters in the prairies.
Monster Squash Sprout Garden
But my snooty worldly palate was seriously challenged last autumn. I cut into a butternut squash stored in a cupboard for over 2 months. I was in shock. An entire bean sprout garden had grown in its dark squashy womb from the squash seeds. The squash was self-seeding monster gone bonkers.
I did gingerly try a tiny sprout. It was ok. But honest, after 10 seconds, I gouged out the frankenstein bean sprout garden from its squash womb and threw away the sprout jungle into the garbage. The sight was just so abherrent to me, that I didn’t want to make squash bean sprout meal.
But I did cut up and cook the squash. Fine.
I do eat other bean sprout types that we find at Vancouver’s farmers markets –chive, garlic, etc. It’s wonderful stuff for a salad entirely made of 2-3 types of bean sprouts with cherry tomatoes and light homemade dressing.
Would you have eaten squash bean sprouts if you made the same kitchen discovery? Or perhaps matcha green tea desserts is more your cup of tea or coffee?