"We need to start keeping a list of super foods," Ethan says. "What is a super food?" I asked. "You know, something that tastes good no matter what you do to it." So over the last few weeks, we have taken the task seriously.
Amid a pile of potato pancakes, we decided that potatoes are a super food. Roast them and the outside is crisp and the inside is creamy. Fry them in hot oil and they become an even better version of crisp and creamy. Then you dip them ketchup and it's a whole new experience. But what about boiled and mashed? Boiled, mashed and gently mingled with butter and heavy cream? Overwhelmed yet? We have just gotten started! Potato chips! Thinly sliced, fried, salted and sat next to a sandwich. Then you can have entire meal with a baked potato. Chewy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and then you embellish it in butter, salt and pepper and suffocate it in chili and cheddar cheese. All this and you can get a 5 lb bag of these beauties for under $2.
Potatoes are a super food, are they not?
After muddling over our first super food, we came upon another one a few days later. Bacon, glorious bacon. It makes anything taste richer, better and well, better. It never ceases to satisfy. Breakfast, next to eggs or even in them. Lunch, while getting cozy with bread, mayo, lettuce and tomatoes. Dinner, swirled into a tomato sauce. Then bacon shocks us all and shows off by tasting good with sweet. With chocolate in a candy bar! Who would have thought? Rubbed with brown sugar and then baked, yielding a surprising clique of sweet and salty. All in one bite, bacon is chewy, smoky, greasy and salty.
Bacon, a super food if I ever saw one.
We have now hit a dead end. Chocolate doesn't work because it's a combination of lots of different ingredients. Butter doesn't work because a super food entails being able to eat it plain. You can eat a potato or bacon plainly cooked, but not butter. So have we hit a dead end?