Friday, 2 July 2010

VCB 24: Mustard is not always yellow.

Helen asked me to guest blog today for her while she was traveling to the States, And as long as she can't stop me I thought I would write a little about my favorite condiment.

In order to understand the humor in a blogpost based on and around my enjoyment of the worlds best condiment, you don't really need to know how much I love mustard as much as you should know how much the woman I love despises it.

I am not really a condiment person, I haven't really ever been, If I am going to put anything on to my food other than the occasion sprinkle of salt, it is going to be Mustard. I wont sit here and list all of the things I have put mustard on in the past but suffice to say I am willing to put it on nearly everything.

Helen loves me, and I am fairly certain, that there is very little I could do that makes her as unhappy as watching the man she is going to spend the rest of her life with squirt mustard all over his, eggs/hash browns/sausage/ etc,etc.

I have lived in a lot of countries and I have discovered that much like People no two mustards are the same. When I lived in Germany I grew accustomed to Senf, which is the colour of mustard, but has a distinct horseradish taste, the same goes with English mustard.

English mustard is very strong, though after living there for six months I had found that I was enjoying it on more things, especially Cornish pasties, which apparently everyone else found appalling and against the laws of decency, but the stuff was nomz nomz nomz.

According to Wikipedia: Romans were probably the first to experiment with the preparation of mustard as a condiment. They mixed unfermented grape juice, known as "must", with ground mustard seeds (called sinapis) to make "burning must", mustum ardens — hence "must ard" If you want more useless facts about mustard you can go to the wiki page HERE

To be fair there is a condiment that I feel very strongly against. I absolutely detest Mayonnaise! I don't know what it is about Mayonnaise but I have never liked it. I can hardly eat food with mayonnaise in it. I don't like, coleslaw.

That was one of the hardest things about living in Germany because the German friends I had used Mayo for everything, most gag worthy in my opinion was dipping their chips(french fries) in it as a sensible person would Mustard or Ketchup. Some people have the oddest idea of dipping sauces!!!

This has been a lot of fun, and I hope I have entertained you all. Tomorrow your regularly scheduled blogger shall return!!!

Question of the Day!!!! Is there a condiment you enjoy or despise???

My answer, other than the above mentioned mustard I also enjoy Ranch dressing as a dipping sauce for Chips (fries) and things like Buffalo wings.


PinkPixieDF (Heather) said...

Ewww, mayonaise as a dipping sauce? That is disgusting!

I like mustard, I don't like it on EVERYTHING, but I like it, so you don't seem that odd to me.

It's too bad that Helen doesn't like mustard too. We all have stuff we don't like though I guess. I hate tomatoes. It was fun when Bill still lived here because he loves tomoatoes, when we would go out to eat I would take the tomatoes off of my food and he would eat them. So that worked out for us. :-)

Beth said...

Well, as you know, I agree with Helen and am not a fan of mustard. I've tried to like it, but it's just not for me. I have grown to like mayonnaise, though, but I could not picture using it as a dipping sauce.

I'm not sure that it counts as a condiment, but if it does, I LOVE ranch dressing. I could eat it on a variety of things. It's just so good.

Helen E. Abbott said...


Mustard is the sux. Ew. I like to dip chips in mayo! Woo.

I am going to say Branston Pickle is my favourite. Eat it with cold meat usually. Very yum. And no. It is not just gherkin.

Kim said...

i despise all condiments, as in the ones that are cold sauces and that ae shiny. ergh lol

i may even almost have a phobia of them

Katherine said...

Like Hels, I am not a fan of mustard, but do enjoy dipping my chips/fries/whatever in mayo every now and again! I can tolerate wholegrain mustard, but I absolutely despise English mustard (sorry to be unpatriotic, but it's rank!). I've never tried American mustard but after watching James eat liberal amounts with the most unsuitable of foods I think I've been put off it for life! ;-P

I can't think of any condiments I especially love, but my hatred of mustard will last a lifetime!

Helen E. Abbott said...

@Kim - I get that. I have a phobia of oil. I woudn't do well living in Italy.

@Kath - He does love his mustard. It frightens me. lol