Saturday, February 19, 2011
the catalan snack that changed my life
Check out this raw tomato, just chillin' on my plate like it ain't no thang.
It's finally happened, folks. I think I've found my gateway drug to raw tomato enjoyment.
Regular readers will recall my long-standing distaste for raw tomatoes. I had almost resigned myself to a life of missing out on that sharp, acid bite of a raw tomato that people with more fortunate tastebuds are always raving about.
Then, last saturday, came pa amb tomàquet. That's right, you clever linguists: bread and tomato. It's crazy simple: toasted bread, rubbed with garlic, smeared with a raw tomato cut in half, and drizzled with olive oil. Oh no, you don't get to cook it once the tomato's on there: you just rub that tomato snot all over the place, then go to town.
I tried it; I liked it.
Then I had it again on Sunday; I loved it.
Then, curious to see if perhaps it was just something in that magical Catalan air, the same something that had possibly influenced the fantastical thought lives of Salvador Dali and Antoni Gaudi, I bought my own crusty bread and a tomato back in Bilbao.
I made it myself; I liked that, too (though not as much as the Sunday one; see picture. Seriously, that stuff was killer).
Sunday's p amb t
I'm still not up to full tomatoes yet, but that distinctive flavor and tomato snot are right there, on the bread, and I'm pretty into it.
There's hope for me yet.