15 June 2010

A sad waste of greens

Posted in CSA, food tagged at 7:51 pm by Tricia

If you come across a recipe that calls for 1 teaspoon of curry powder to season 2 pounds of mustard greens and a can of tomatoes, don’t bother making it. It’s boring and bland. Even with 1 tab fresh ginger. I suppose you could try increasing the seasoning, but if that doesn’t work out, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

And on top of this recipe fail (where I used up all my mustard greens AND my chard), I’m beginning to think my husband has a bitterness detector that I’m missing. He often claims that a greens dish is too bitter when I can’t taste any such element. Or maybe I’m fine but he’s like those people who think cilantro tastes like soap, and he’s missing subtle aromas and top notes and complexities…


  1. Cindy said,

    I have a hard time with bitter greens as well. However, I love, love, love cilantro and even after hearing that NPR piece I still can’t detect a soapy taste even when looking for it. It was a real eye opener though that some people could loathe cilantro!

  2. Tricia said,

    Cindy, take comfort: you can’t taste the soap because you have a well-developed sense of smell! Maybe I need you to come over and eat greens with us – you could be the deciding vote between “bitter or not bitter?” :^)

  3. Leila said,

    Cilantro tastes like Tide. I’d rather eat Tide.

    There is definitely a personal difference in bitterness detection, I think.

  4. The Mrs.... said,

    I recently read an article that talked about “super tasters”… they usually like a lot of salt and bitter tastes are amplified. I came to the conclusion that I’m one of those. I love love love salty foods, bitter tastes are pretty bad to me and I really can’t stand cilantro.

    • Tricia said,

      Have you heard the song (Super Taster) by They Might Be Giants? Kind of funny.

      We joke that our eldest son is a super taster, although we haven’t done the easy home test to confirm (something to do with staining then counting taste buds). But my husband – who is the one who objects to more greens that I do – is definitely NOT a super taster. He must have something else going on!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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