Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I've been doing some research for a roasted red pepper sauce recipe the last week or so. I have my own, but I'm just not that happy with it. There seems to be something missing and I can't quite put my finger on it. I've been in love with red pepper sauce since I had it five years ago at a seafood restaurant in Burlington, Vermont. It was served with seared scallops and linguine and it was so gosh-darned delicious that I had a hard time not sticking my whole face in the bowl and licking it clean. Thankfully, there was a nice crusty Italian bread served with the meal. It was the only thing that saved me from embarrassment and total humiliation in front of my husband, mother-in-law and a restaurant full of reserved-looking diners.
I will be making this same dish for a couple of friends in two weeks and I want it to be perfect, or as perfect as a self-learned cook can make it. Soooo, I found one that has garnered rave reviews on Pioneer Woman's blog, but in reading the comments I found this interesting tidbit of info from another blogger, ZoeSelina. Apparently, certain pine nuts originating from China can cause an adverse reaction. A day or so after consuming them, you develop a horribly bitter, metallic taste in your mouth that nothing, NOTHING will remove. Eating sweet foods seems to make it even worse. Sometimes it can take up to a week to dissipate and until that happens, you are miserable.
So, friends, if you have pine nuts in your pantry, RUN, do not walk, and read the package to see if the country of origin is China. One commenter said the same thing happened with nuts from Vietnam, so those would be suspect also.
By the way, I think David is getting tired of meals that include roasted red pepper sauce.