July 03, 2008
I am so happy that I finally have a place to share this where people will understand!
I was eating dinner at my aunt's house, she used to be a caterer, her son and his wife (for whom the dinner was in honor of) are both chefs at prominant restaurants.
One item on the menu was tortilla chips and fresh salsa, and I was VERY excited about it. I had actually never had the pleasure of eating fresh salsa (nor, it should be noted, had I ever had fresh cilantro) and I couldn't stop thinking about how great it would be. I took my first bite with the three of them around me watching expectantly. There was a moment of awkward silence before my cousin asked me if I liked it or not. I said I couldn't really tell, becasue I thought that the bowl they put the salsa in my not have been washed out properly, it tasted like dishsoap. They all tried it and said they couldn't figure out what I was talking about. I figured maybe it was just me and steered slear of the salsa the rest of the night. I couldn't help but wonder though if a trick was being played on me, I mean, how could someone not notice that, or were their palates just desensitized from working with food all the time? Or maybe they were just pretending to like it becasue it's an ingredient not commonly used?
As my aunt was finishing up the last bit of cooking she asked me to taste a sauce she made for the fish we were having to see if I thought it needed anything, I tasted and told her it was great, nothing more was needed.
She decided however that some cilantro would do the trick, added it, then had me taste again. That's when I realized what that vile taste was in the salsa. It rendered the rest of the meal inedible too.
This wouldn't have been so bad except, I was dining with three chefs, and not one of them had ever compared, or had someone compare to them the taste of cilantro to dishsoap before. You would have thought that when I asked about the salsa someone would have clued me in. This is why on top of disliking the taste of cilantro, I equate it with either stupidity, or dishonesty.