Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hot Mess

     We took a Canadian colleague of my husband's to dinner last week. He insisted we try a small plate of poutine. It has been a popular dish in Canada for decades. Perhaps you have heard of it.

     I hadn't.

     French fries smothered in gravy with bits of meat, cheese curds and scallions. It sounded rich, heavy and slightly disgusting to me. A hot mess of grease on grease on grease. Not my idea of deliciousness. But I didn't want to be a stick-in-the-mud so I took a bite. It was rich, heavy and one of the most toothsome appetizers I have ever eaten. I ate a couple of bites of the one we had ordered to share, and then ordered one for my dinner with a house salad to balance the flavors and mitigate the guilt. Crisp fries, tender short rib pieces with savory gravy, melting cheese curds and bright scallions. Yum. I could go for another one right now.

     But I won't. At my age, it isn't the kind of food I can make a habit of; I can't afford to make a hot mess of my health, but you can be sure it won't be the last time I will order poutine.

     And also most likely not for the last time, I am reminded not to judge a book by its cover.


  1. I've heard or poutine but have never had the opportunity to try it...that's one for the books!

  2. I still don't think I would like it but I am not fond of mixing all my food together unless it is soup. The only thing I liked was your Shepards Pie. Glad to see you were willing to step out if your box and give it a try.

  3. Poutine seems to be one of those dishes that can be as disgusting as you imagined, or as the beautiful plate you experienced! Comfort food for the strongest of stomachs:-)