For as long as I've known Mr. Goat, he has thought a particular food pairing of mine to be odd. Now mind you it isn't THAT odd. It isn't peanut butter and hot dogs (my friend Mark) or a lot of other peculiarities that people like. It is actually relatively common I think. The pairing?
Maple Syrup and Pork - Maple sausage, bacon dipped in maple syrup, maple glazes...yum.
In fact, Maple can go on just about any breakfast item in my mind. Sweet and Savory. Yes, I've been known to put it on my eggs too, which may be a touch weirder than most.
But really maple and pork doesn't seem that strange does it?
Mr. Goat thought so. My breakfast choices would make him cringe. He just didn't like the combination, though he loves both seperately. So I was resigned that I would have to have my maple/pork when were were out or when I was alone.
And I've managed for the 12 years we've been together to keep my love seperate from family meals.
But the St. Paul Farmer's Market was the scene of a shocking occurance today.
Picture a maple syrup stand with a crowd surrounding it wanting to taste the infused maple syrups (bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, etc). I waited with little goat while Mr. Goat wandered ahead. Finally I was at the head of the crowd and was rewarded with a little communion cup of bourbon maple syrup and one of ginger maple syrup. I took a sip and called through the Farmer's Market for Mr. Goat to join me.
(Yes, I actually called for Mr. Goat too. It is much more identifying in a crowd than his extremely common first name).
And I gave him my maple shots to try.
(Little goat got the remnants and he was trying to stick his entire face into the communion cup to get the last drops)
Folks we left with two infused maple syrups of our own and as we were driving away Mr. Goat casually remarks, "We should try that ginger maple syrup on the pork chops we've got at home"
Well, blogland, I'll admit it. I think I may have cackled a bit. And then whole heartedly agreed that it sounded delicious.
And wouldn't you know it...it was. Even Mr. Goat thought so.
It only took 12 years, but this just goes to show you: Change is ALWAYS possible.
(Do you have any weird food pairings that I should try?)