Can Our Taste Buds Have Orgasms?

This question begins with two stories: one about cauliflower and the other about an omelette.

First story: Being the harvest season, the cauliflowers are fresh and abundant. I microwave a head and serve it without adornment for dinner. The flavour is the essence of “cauliflowerness”: light, slightly sweet, delicious. I rhapsodize about it to the spouse.

He says, “It tastes like cauliflower.”

“But,” I remonstrate with him, “the taste is delicate and lovely.”

And he replies, “It still just tastes like cauliflower.”

Second story: We’re in a restaurant and both the spouse and I order omelettes. His is a cheese omelette; mine, plain. But the waiter, by mistake, gives me the the wrong omelette. Not realizing what has happened and not really looking to check, I take a large forkful, bite down, and…

POW! An intense and incredibly pleasur-able, salty, cheese-y taste explodes in my mouth. The thrill of it suffuses through my body. I swear I can feel it in my toes.

And not only am I hit hard, I want more of it of that creamy, salty, and rich flavour. Boy, do I want more. It takes all I have to push the dish over to the spouse and say, “This is yours.”

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Check It Out! (3)

For your perusal—five fascinating (well, to me) articles about food, eating, and dieting.

What’s your will-power quotient? As we all know, dieting takes will-power. But why isn’t it more steadfast? Why does your will-power desert you when you need it the most? This is Your Brain on No Self-Control” is the latest brain science that shows why your will-power is so willful.

Get the skinny on sugar—substitutes, that is. Start with consumer issues such as taste, choice, safety, chemical concerns, and so on and then find out the challenges that artificial sweeteners pose for manufacturers. These two articles cover the current landscape of pros and cons about sugar substitutes.

A scary fact: the typical household wastes one quarter of all perishable edibles that come into the kitchen. If you’ve ever had something go rotten in the fridge, it’s okay to ‘fess up now. It’s happened to us all, and apparently does so on a regular basis! “How to Prevent Food Waste: A Primer for Home Cooks” provides tips to help you “waste not, want not.”

Did you know that  the world’s most expensive hamburger sells for $295.00. It looks like a pretty ordinary beef patty and roll, but the list of ingredients defies sanity, in my opinion. What do you think? Oh yeah, and the price doesn’t include the tip.