Tuesday, December 13, 2011

From ..."Faith of a mustard seed..." to Gray's Papaya Hot Dogs, why are we so fascinated with this condiment?


From ..."Faith of a mustard seed..." to Gray's Papaya Hot Dogs, why are we so fascinated with this condiment?
Mustard. Almost everyone loves mustard. Childern love it on their hot dogs, hamburgers and even fish sticks. Adults love it on pork, chicken, roast beef and even turkey. Mixed with lemon juice and vinegars it can trasnform a salad dressing or even enhance a barbeque sauce.  I wondered... How can one little seed make such a big impact?

It's a simple, very small seed with a profoundly recognizable pungent taste. It can be used in it's whole grain form or toasted, roasted, mixed with wine, herbs or blended with honey. No matter what you do to it...it still retains with original vibrant flavor.

Not only is the mustard seed versitle it's traveled around the world and it's been used in kitchens since the 13th century. That's one hardy grain.

What do I love about the mustard seed? It's consistent. I can always count on it to flavor any dish that I prepare. But, most of all I love it's history and simplistic nature. Robust, flavorful, a blank canvas willing to ebb and morph itself into whatever I desire. It's predictable and constant. And, in the world of culinary creations it's something I can can count on.

Take a second look at the value this small grain and how it can impact your culinary creations.

Remember.... cooking with love, always makes any recipe tastes better.
XO, Lady E