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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Saturday, August 26, 2006
Guilty Pleasure
I was toasting a muffin for my wife this morning and wondered what to put on it. Yesterday I bought some proper frankfurters, so I zapped one in the microwave and cut it into sections. Took the toasted muffin, buttered it and added a swipe of Dijon mustard, only because we were out of horseradish, D's favourite condiment, then topped it with pieces of sausage. It looked pretty good too, so I made one for myself, only there was no mustard for me. Sometimes I surprise myself as a foodie as I reached for the tomato sauce, a full noise, commercial brand.

It's nothing for me to whip up a batch of homemade mayo, or turn pan drippings into a dark brown gravy, but show me a frankfurter and it just has to have a commercial tomato sauce. And I know I'm not the only one who likes tomato sauce. This from La Tante Claire by Pierre Koffmann, talking about staff meals: "We never eat the restaurant food; we have something simple like a steak with sauteed potatoes, a salad, or some rice, and we eat to feed ourselves, not for a gastronomic treat. Nevertheless even simple food can be cooked well. The other day I found all my cooks, French as well as English, eating chips covered with mounds of tomato ketchup. I was really shocked. That the English cooks were eating it hardly surprised me, but that the French were doing it as well, really did!"

Ahhh, the shocking truth! My sinful, plastic, squeeze bottle of tomato sauce. What's your non foodie guilty pleasure?
  posted at 12:16 pm

At 10:17 am, Blogger Reb said...

I love ketchup too - on ... wait for it ... poached free range eggs and sourdough toast. But honest, try making it. It's dead simple and way nicer than the comemrcial stuff. See recipe: http://cucinarebecca.blogspot.com/2006/03/traditional-tomato-ketchup.html

Other GP: tinned Santa Maria Portuguese sardines in hot sauce, mixed with malt vinegar, on cream crackers.

At 9:40 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with Helen and Rebecca - it's the ketchup. Homemade mayonnaise, red wine reductions, jus... it can't be helped, some things just taste better with store-bought tomato sauce :)

At 10:13 am, Blogger Ange said...

Well mine is really really bad, those absolutely delicious NOT homemade hash browns from Maccas!

At 11:33 am, Blogger neil said...

Hi helen, that is just sooo Australian country pub, right down to the Fountain sauce. Especially if you're having the mixed grill, oh, and never mind asking how you want your steak done!

Hi reb, you're not on your Pat Malone with sauce on eggs, it's pretty common around these parts, though your other suggestion would be unheard of, but does sound pretty good. Maybe with a pickled onion or two.

Hi ellie, you're dead right, sometimes nothing beats commercial tomato sauce, it's like having a relax from foodie stuff, kinda like feet on the couch sorta thing.

Hi ange, I know the ones you mean. Sometimes on the way to my fishing trips, I'd grab an egg and bacon McMuffin and a hash brown. Yummo!

At 9:25 am, Blogger Gigi said...

Trader Joe's basil pesto in a jar! I can't get enough, and have even been known to serve it to guests straight from the bottle at parties in pretty little bowls as a dip. Shhh ~ don't tell.

Oh, and Lays 'Classic' Potato Chips; a perfect storm of fat, salt and potatoes. And M&M's. And...

Well, nevermind. We know that I'm not a true foodie, just a wannabe. I'm afraid my GP's are far too numerous to mention... ;D

At 3:24 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom Piper canned steak and onions.


At 8:54 am, Blogger neil said...

Hi gigi, I think in your heart, you are one of us. Nice list!

Hi kitchen hand, we are usually pretty similar in our tastes but part company here. One time when the supermarket didn't have Kraft braised steak & onion for my jaffle, I tried Tom Piper and didn't like it at all.


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