Hey everyone! It feels like forever since I have written a blog post. But this silly little thought was being laid on my heart to share, so I hopped on my computer and started blogging. I have had a lot of those promptings these last several weeks, I just don’t always follow through like I should. Sorry about that!
I’ve decided there are two groups of people in this world. People who love salt and pepper, and people who don’t. There is no in-between. There is no “Ohh I could give or take,” or “I like a little” when it comes to this situation. When I got married, the last battle in this entire world I thought I would be fighting is this one.
But there I was, eating a pleasant lunch with my husband who making his “I am not a huge fan of this dish” face as he politely
choked it down ate it. (When he makes that face, I know for sure we will have leftovers!)
Hubby- “Did you put pepper in this? Because there is a lot of black stuff in my food, and it’s grossing me out.”
Me- “Do you taste a lot of pepper?” I asked him.
Hubby- “No. But I *see* it, and I think it is gross to see black specs on my food!”
Me- Blank Stare
So there you have it, folks.
My husband falls in the people who don’t like salt and pepper category. He is one of the best eaters I have ever met, he will literally eat anything you put in front of him. He was raised to accept a meal with graciousness and to only take what he was able to clear off his plate. He has graciously eaten many experimental, mostly burnt, under cooked, questionable hectic thrown together meals for the sake of honoring me. So why were we having this conversation after I had put salt and pepper on every single meal I had ever cooked for the last 4 years?
He had hinted before with things like “Umm, I just want to make sure this is pepper and not bugs.” Or “This black stuff is not the result of a nonstick coating coming off the pans is it?” Or perhaps “Honey, this is good, but it tastes really salty to me.”
I let the comments go without much though, but I suppose I really should have known when my mother-in-law so sweetly found two tiny shakers the size of my thumb to add to the Thanksgiving spread for “those who would like it”- and not one single person in his family used it. I was doomed.
Seriously, in the house I grew up in at Thanksgiving dinner, nobody can get their hands on the sets (yes, I meant multiple) of shakers fast enough. We add it to everything! We even put it on top of our tossed salads- which we’ve been informed is weird on a few occasions.
Please, blame my Grandma. She has instilled pepper on the salad into every grandchild. I also blame my step-sister, Megan, for teaching me to put salt on my macaroni and cheese. “It just tastes better,” she assured me. Now I’m stuck with it.
I promise, though, we aren’t alone in this. I used to work at a restaurant, I’ve seen first hand. One of my jobs used to be to add salt and pepper on top of corn and potato dishes that were about to be delivered to the customer. And I cannot tell you how many times I set a basket of chips and salsa on the table, and before it was even so much as tasted, it was sprinkled all over with a coating of salt.
Then- there were the
oddballs others. The ones who would order “no seasoning, please!” or sometimes they would phrase it a lot less politely. Okay, a lot of times. There were some people who also sent their food back because they felt like they were eating “pure salt.”
Did I win or lose?
After a long debate, it’s official: when it comes to the battle of salt and pepper- I concede. I lose. I will never ever be able to put salt and pepper in a dish again. Okay- that’s an exaggeration, but that’s what I was hearing throughout our entire discussion. Here is the conclusion we *actually* came to:
-While salt is good for the body, too much is quite bad. And as far as I’m concerned- we’re pretty sure I have far exceeded that line in my diet.
-It’s perfectly fine to season/prep items for cooking to bring out the flavors during the cooking process. However, I agreed not to add any more salt and pepper to dishes that are already finished.
-Salt and pepper will be available on the table to those “who want it,” but I shall let others make that decision.
Yes, it sounds silly, but I definitely had to choose my battles on this one. I considered holding my ground and refusing to alter the way I prepare food, but some things, such as a little extra sodium, just aren’t worth the fight.
P.S.- An excellent way to cut sodium out of your diet is to cut out processed foods from your shopping and cooking routine. Be sure to check out some of my recipes for alternatives to pre-packaged items.
Questions for You:
1) Are you made at me for not blogging since July?
2) Do you love or hate salt and pepper?
3) Have you had to choose any battles lately?