I would venture to say that since I became a vegetable-inarian approximately 2 years ago, I’ve expanded my palate… quite a bit. I’m certainly not the prime example of a well-rounded eater… unless you count the fact that I’m well… and I’m round… and I eat things. By that definition, I’m totally well-rounded eater extraordinaire. But I’ve ventured to try things that I would never have tried before, especially in the vegetable department. Back in the olden days, there was no way you’d catch me putting peppers, zucchini, or mushrooms in dishes or eating grape tomatoes by the truck load… and I certainly would have never thought a mostly vegetable-laden dish would be an acceptable dinner. My version of a vegetable back in them days was whatever lettuce they happened to put on my burger and the french fries were potatoes, which were totally veggies. Getting in my produce, folks… that’s right!
So, now that I’m expanding my palate, it’s time to expand the cuisines. I’ve had Indian food approximately once… it was not my favorite that time and I learned I was not a fan of curry or any of it’s spicy relatives. So, when Madre suggested we head to the Indian Oven on Saturday when the family was down basking in peachy goodness, I was not excited… and was mostly hoping they served salads… salads are universal, aren’t they? It didn’t help that I couldn’t pronounce any of the entrees on the menu… what a what? Goobildy doobildy!? Thankfully they had a short description of each dish under the name… phew…. and the best part was that they had a full page of vegetarian options. That almost NEVER happens… pretty much EVER! I finally settled on a dish called Vegetable Coconut Kurma… mostly because I knew what vegetables and coconut were and Kurma reminded me of my good pal, Kermit the Frog. It ain’t easy being green… or, in my case yellow-bellied lizard.
They first brought us out a plate of these wagon wheel looking things… and we all got excited thinking they were some impressive Indian cuisine with an equally impressive name. We asked the waitress what they were called. When, she answered “crackers,” we immediately donned our dunce caps. The mint sauce on the right was an interesting thought!
Nephews, Christian and Ethan getting their wagon wheel cracker on! You know it!
My vegetarian dish, with potatoes, cauliflower, peas, carrots, raisins, and a coconut spice sauce, which, to tell you the truth, was pretty durn good. I’d eat it again. Take that you stagnant palate! Add some Naan bread to the dish and you have yourself a meal!
Mmmmm… Naan bread. Which cuisine will be next? I haven’t tried the dog food cuisine yet… maybe that’s the next best bet. I hear kibble causes bad breath, so I best stock up on the Mentos!
Question of the Day: What has been the most adventurous thing you’ve eaten?