Maybe you heard NPR’s Talk of the Nation yesterday, when guests nominated institutions and traditions that need to go, all in the spirit of spring cleaning. Things like military academies, cable’s tiered fee system and daylight savings were brought up. My personal favorite? Homework before ninth grade.
The whole discussion got me thinking (that’s the point, right?): What food/cooking items are either ridiculous or just plain obsolete? What would I argue for getting rid of?
Here’s my list. Leave a comment weighing in with your own.
- Curly parsley — Wouldn’t we be better off growing something which has a purpose greater than that of just posing prettily on a plate? Not that it even has cosmetic value. Its presence is more like a warning: “The food you are about to ingest is going to keep you up tonight.”
- Kid food — You’ve heard my didactic intolerance regarding this one before, but I’ll say it again. The whole notion that kids must eat food that’s the same color as crayons, and with about the same number of natural ingredients, is bizarre. And I would include the grand tradition in this country of school hot lunch.
- Herb choppers — Just pick up a chef’s knife already. I admit: before I became more or less handy with a knife, I was easily tempted by pretty, shiny gadgets. Turns out they’re not faster or more efficient. Nor do they properly allow you to unleash a day’s worth of frustration on a heap of cilantro.
- Marshmallows on sweet potatoes — Some seemingly incongruous food pairings make sense, like chili and chocolate. And some are just gross.
- Shredded carrots in Jell-O — Same principle. Who’s behind this carrot degradation, anyway? There are far better things to do with carrots than float them in the trembling, transparent mass that is Jell-O. Wait, why don’t we just get rid of Jell-O? Who’s with me?