It's been so hot, I lost any desire to cook. Plus, my aunty Scotty fell and broke her hip Monday night. So, I've been hot, sticky, and distracted. My meals yesterday were tomato sandwiches, yogurt, and half a jar of Agrimontana cherries. I'm trying to motivate myself to plan some sort of menu for the next few days, but it's slow going. Ages ago, the lovely Spicehut tagged me with a 10 Foods I Miss The Most meme. After much delay, here's my list. Maybe doing it will inspire me to start cooking again.
10 Foods I Miss The Most Meme
My mother's seafood gumbo
Making this was always an event, with us shelling as much as 40-60 pounds of shrimp. We had teams of people shelling for hours, as my mother made the roux and chopped the vegetables for the stock. She always made a huge canner full of the gumbo, in order to feed all the people who lusted after it and showed up at our house like vultures spotting a fresh kill. She died almost 10 years ago and I still can't make gumbo as good as hers.
Jay's Potato Chips
And I mean Jay's Original Potato Chips, not the ruffled kind or chips tricked up with fancy flavors. I sometimes dream about those extremely thin, almost lacy potatoes chips I ate when I was a teenager in Illinois.
Frozen Custard, Lafayette, Indiana
While Bob was attending Purdue University we often joined throngs of people lined up at a landmark business, whose name escapes me now. Their dense frozen custard was made in ornate metal mixers from the 1930's, and it was fascinating to watch them pull it out of the machines with big paddles. It wasn't Dairy Queen ice cream. It was fabulous.
Peking Restaurant, Lafayette, Indiana
We also ate Chinese food at a restaurant that served amazingly good food. For years after leaving Indiana we compared the food from other Chinese Restaurants to the food served at this small (yes!) Midwestern restaurant. The Midwestern restaurant usually won.
Beignets, Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans
People always rave about the wonderful fried pastries served at Cafe Du Monde and the atmosphere of the French Quarter. It's true. The beignets are freshly cooked, and often arrive at your table minutes from being taken out of the cooking oil.
This is one of the best dishes I've ever eaten, almost an erotic experience. And since I don't get reservations at the French Laundry very often--I sure miss it a lot. I've had this dish three times and it still haunts my dreams. Two gorgous oysters floating in a tapioca sabayon, topped with a huge spoonful of the best caviar. Actually, I miss everything I've ever eaten at The French Laundry.
Crazy, I know. I haven't had them in years. Have you read the ingredients list on the bag?? Shudder.
Fresh, vine ripened tomatoes
Sure, I have them coming out of my ears right now, but the season will end and I'll have to rely on the canned stuff for the rest of the year. Then I will really miss the tomatoes that are starting to overwhelm me now!
Speckled Butter beans
I grew up eating these wonderful beans that put all other legumes to shame. They don't grow or sell the fresh variety here in California, and I can never grow enough to suit me.
Door County, Wisconsin smoked chubs
Years ago Bob and I vacationed in Door County and visited a business selling their own freshly caught and smoked chubs and whitefish. The owner took us out to a weathered, wooden smokehouse full of fat, golden chubs hanging on racks. It was an amazing sight. We bought pounds of them, for almost nothing, then gorged on them for a week. I've never forgotten how good they were and no chubs I've bought since then lived up to that memory. The best: smoked chubs with scrambled eggs.
That's it, but I'm sure I will think of foods I forgot. I tag Glenna, and anyone else reading this who has a list of their own missed foods to share.