Wednesday, April 27, 2011

52 Pickup: Be a Dish

Remember, all 52 pickups are open to interpretation. My interpretation might not be the same as yours - make it yours, make it a mantra, make it life lived well.
This week the pickup is:

A fun one this week!

What's your favorite food? Your very favorite? The one you come back to time and again? Pasta? Ice cream? Something a family member made? Something you had in a far-away land? A late night snack at local pub?

Is it greasy and fried, served in newspaper cones? A warm and soothing soup, cradled in your hands on a cold day? Maybe a sweet pop, cold and unexpected, a summer treat?

This week try to find your favorite dish. Maybe you have more than one. Then be that dish. Own it!

Is your dish dramatic, classic, earthy, savory, messy, comforting, sweet? Does that sound like you?

If it makes you feel better I've been thinking about this same question for weeks and I still don't know what my favorite dish is. I think though, that it's red beans and rice. A classic cajun dish, for sure.

Red beans are rice...pretty much everything I love. It's warm, it's comforting, you can eat it hot or cold, the heat slowly builds, it's simple as can be, maybe even minimalist but it's got depth. Red beans and rice...layers of simplicity that intertwine to become indistinguishable, one part from the other. Made slowly, blending and thickening with time, becoming ever more complex, yet oh-so-naturalistic and earthy.

Am I that dish? Could I be red beans and rice? Certainly on some days. I've got a bite sometimes, I'm complicated but actually pretty simple, I love comfort and classics, and yet, I'm pretty earthy. This week, I'm red beans and rice. Next week though? I'm going for something really unexpected! :)

What's your dish? There's got to be a homemade mac and cheese out there in the crowd - who will speak for it? Who's the spicy guacamole? The simple perfection of vanilla ice cream - where are you?

Of course if you are at a loss you could always use Mable for help ;)


Tara said...

Hmmm, there are so many I could choose. But most of them I cannot eat anymore. But if I ignore dietary restrictions I'm pretty sure I've got two tied for first.

1) Lemon curd - don't get me started on all the ways you could describe it that fit my personality ;o)

2) Anything with crispy baked cheese on it. I used to just fry cheese. Like sprinkle it in a nonstick pan and let it bubble and get almost burnt. Oh yeeeeaaah...

Brandi said...

You know what's funny? I have several dishes that I'd consider my favorites. And I think that speaks volumes about me. I'm the same way with my interests and the sides to who I am. There's no one dish that describes me perfectly -- I need several.

Marty said...

I'd be a pasta dish--and I know just which one :) pesto sauce on spaghetti, with sauteed chicken thrown I just have to figure out how IT is like ME. Which sounds so fun to me! I'm glad I came across your site (via stumbleupon). You can find me at