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Taster's Cherce

My favorite part of the Passover seder is when you get to eat the bitter herbs—horseradish on a piece on Matzoh. Sure to clear any congestion, if you do it right. Here’s two of my cousins and me last night, loading up:

And paying the price (notice me pouding the table):

Whoa, boy.

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1 YankeeAbby   ~  Mar 30, 2010 1:36 pm

Yeah...that reaction pretty much says it all! HAHA!

2 thelarmis   ~  Mar 30, 2010 1:42 pm

our horseradish is always red (pinkish-red kinda). in all my years and seder's, i've never tasted it. ick! i just have the two torn pieces of matzoh, nothing inside. (hi RI!)

and Swish goes BOOM! oppo field. 2-1 Yanks.

3 RIYank   ~  Mar 30, 2010 2:12 pm

[2] You wouldn't like horseradish. Besides its intense spiciness it has very little taste.

I think it must be the spiciest food that isn't a capsicum pepper. What else did they use in Europe and Asia before Columbus? -- black pepper, garlic, mustard. Horseradish brings more tears than any of those.

4 thelarmis   ~  Mar 30, 2010 2:14 pm

i would've had matzoh bri if i were in NY today. i guess most folks douse it sugar - or cinnamon - but i drench it in salt.

5 ms october   ~  Mar 30, 2010 2:15 pm

haha - you guys are definitely making the spicy face.

[3] yeah i can handle pretty hot food - nothing like my mom or brother - but i don't like it because there is not much taste to it.

6 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 30, 2010 2:20 pm

Yeah, you are right, it's just good for a dare, to knock the tears out of your face, but it isn't as tasty as some other hot food. The red stuff is red cause you add a little beet juice to it. Alarmis, I know THAT is making your mouth water....LOL

7 thelarmis   ~  Mar 30, 2010 2:43 pm

[6] beet juice! feh! : )

[5] i actually love spicy food. can you do the vindaloo? i dig it sometimes!

[6] ooh, btw, it's "thelarmis" like "thelonious", not " the (a)larmis". i know that's gotten confusing here over the years. i'll explain to you the stage name bestowed on me someday (not that it's interesting...)... : )

btw, juan miranda just smoked a double and curtis scored easily from 1st. 5-4 bravos. pat venditte threw 2 pitches. they did not show his warmup. robbie looks really good in the field today!

8 williamnyy23   ~  Mar 30, 2010 2:47 pm

[3] Wasabi and certain mustards might give it a run for its money. Also, all of the above aren't "spicy" and don't really react with the tastebuds. Rather, the chemicals involved impact the sinuses.

9 RIYank   ~  Mar 30, 2010 2:48 pm

[4] Hey, that's how I like matzoh brei, too! Gulp. Somehow I find this disconcerting. But damn it's good. I think I'd better pick up a box of matzoh on the way home so I can cook some up tomorrow for breakfast.

10 thelarmis   ~  Mar 30, 2010 2:49 pm

he's throwing lefty. he's throwing righty. this is soooo cool!!! : o

11 ms october   ~  Mar 30, 2010 2:50 pm

[7] yeah i love vindaloo. both my mom and my grandma make a mean vindaloo - i think mine is pretty good too.
you like some thai and indian food, right?

i used to find beets disgusting until i tried some fresh ones - they ware quite good.

12 ms october   ~  Mar 30, 2010 2:51 pm

[10] he alternates every pitch or just by the batter?

13 RIYank   ~  Mar 30, 2010 2:52 pm

[8] Oh, right, I was thinking of wasabi as a kind of horseradish. Looks like maybe it's only a close relative.

14 thelarmis   ~  Mar 30, 2010 2:52 pm

[9] ooh, yes, that would be rather disconcerting for you! and thanks for letting me know how to spell "brei" - i was wondering! i'm having "breakfast" right now...

venditte is super cool. now, he just unleasehed a lefty sidearm pitch. he's not having a very productive inning though. not terrible, but not great. walk, sacrifices, earned run, a couple of decently hit balls. either way, this is very impressive!

inning over. 1.1 innings. he's prolly done. i'm glad i got to see him!

15 thelarmis   ~  Mar 30, 2010 2:53 pm

[12] just by the batter.

[13] i used to play in a band called wabi sabi.

16 williamnyy23   ~  Mar 30, 2010 2:56 pm

[13] They are all pretty similar. The house mustard you get at Chinese restaurants can be very potent too.

17 williamnyy23   ~  Mar 30, 2010 2:59 pm

[7] The next time you come to NY, you need to try phaal, which is a very spicy Indian curry (think vindaloo x 10). A restaurant here runs a contest to see if you can finish the entire thing. I was able to do it easily (I love the hottest of hot foods), but some of the people I was with couldn't tolerate even the smallest amount.

18 thelarmis   ~  Mar 30, 2010 2:59 pm

EDSP now pitching. walked gritner. he best steal. Swish up. he hit an oppo homer in his last AB...

19 thelarmis   ~  Mar 30, 2010 3:00 pm

[17] wow, that sounds great! i need to mention this to a buddy of mine. i've never heard of phall, i don't think.

and there goes brett the jet. he stole 2nd rather easily.

20 thelarmis   ~  Mar 30, 2010 3:09 pm

i am having a helluva time here lately w/ word press. : /

posada took EDSP deep for a 2-run, game-tying homer. 6-6.

venditte done. zack segovia in. and with that, my interest in the game has waned and i can get on with my day now! : )

21 RIYank   ~  Mar 30, 2010 3:10 pm

[16] Ah, good point, I'd forgotten how hot Chinese-style mustard can be.

22 thelarmis   ~  Mar 30, 2010 3:18 pm

[17] so, whatjya win for finishing the phaal?!

just like i saw when he was w/ detroit, "dancers groin rust" takes some, um, interesting routes to the ball in center. lotsa turning, turning back, cutting the other way, putting his head down, changing course, etc. yet, he still seems to find the ball. interesting.

23 edoubletrouble   ~  Mar 30, 2010 3:19 pm

[7] [17] Funny I was gonna suggest the phaal too it's outrageous ... to us Americans ... to an ol' Indian lady I met there, she said it was no big deal ... if you finish one dish (even if you share!) Brick Lane will give you a free beer on East 6th Street just east of Second Avenue

24 thelarmis   ~  Mar 30, 2010 3:21 pm

kevin russo has a really good idea of what he's doing at the plate. he also made a nice play at SS earlier in the game. ..

25 edoubletrouble   ~  Mar 30, 2010 3:22 pm

For the record: the horseradish was freshly ground -- with a little kosher white vinegar added - had to buy it at a Hasdic grocery store. The Hasidim were buying the actual radish and grinding it at home. Maybe next year I'll do the same. Also - I like the taste.

26 thelarmis   ~  Mar 30, 2010 3:23 pm

[23] free beer! wahoo! i'm really intrigued by this phaal. i can't believe i hadn't heard of it. who knows, maybe i have before, but forgot. vindaloo can be pretty strong, so this sounds crazy-like!

27 Bluenatic   ~  Mar 30, 2010 3:26 pm

Ah, the classic Hillel Sandwich. Gotta love it.

At our family seder, we take the whole horseradish thing seriously. In fact, we take it way too far, to the point of staging a contest to see who can construct and down the most obnoxious Hillel sandwich possible. And that means putting an extreme amount of the white stuff (fresh ground, from The Pickle Guys) on it. Over the years this contest (waged only among the family's males) has reached the point where we're putting horseradish on everything, including the brisket. But I have to tell you... take a hard-boiled egg... take a bit off the top...sprinkle some black pepper on that sucker and top it off w/ some white horseradish. Heaven.

28 edoubletrouble   ~  Mar 30, 2010 3:30 pm

good luck and let us know how it goes

29 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 30, 2010 3:40 pm
30 unmoderated   ~  Mar 30, 2010 3:50 pm

We do the same for Easter with horseradish and kielbasa.

PS - anyone else have login problems on BB? I often have to close the browser and reopen to get it to work.

31 williamnyy23   ~  Mar 30, 2010 4:23 pm

[22] You win a free beer and the option of having your picture posted on the restaurant's website. I never got around to sending them a photo.

[23] To be honest, I didn't think it was hot at all. In fact, it was very tasty and I would order it aside from the novelty. I've been eating very hot things since I was kid, so I probably have an unusual tolerance. Instead of Tabasco or Franks, I use 500,000-1,000,000 Scoville unit hot sauce, so I'm a bit of a psycho.

32 williamnyy23   ~  Mar 30, 2010 4:25 pm

[29] The dreaded ghost chili! The phaal supposedly has ghost chili, but I don't believe it. I have one sauce (1,000,000 scoville) with it as an igredient, and it ridiculous.

33 RIYank   ~  Mar 30, 2010 4:42 pm

[30] What browser?
With Safari I have to refresh the page after I log in (not restart the browser). With Firefox, no problem.

34 thelarmis   ~  Mar 30, 2010 4:46 pm

[30] yeah, i am. i mentioned either here or on the last post (tiger). word press has me re-enter my password all the time. half the time, it doesn't even work, and says to log in again. i guess word press is still in spring training mode...

i use Firefox. i haven't had to close any browsers, just refresh...

[31] the free beer is cool, though Indian beers like King Fisher, are usually too pale for me. yeah, i wouldn't do the picture, either...

35 unmoderated   ~  Mar 30, 2010 4:48 pm

[33] , [34] I generally use Firefox, but I've had the same problems on Chrome and Opera as well.

I don't normally have that problem on other wordpress sites.

36 ms october   ~  Mar 30, 2010 4:52 pm

i am on firefox too and sometimes i have to refresh or log in a couple of times before i am actually logged-in.

37 thelarmis   ~  Mar 30, 2010 4:54 pm

i always check the "remember me" box, but it hasn't done diddly-squat lately.

38 RIYank   ~  Mar 30, 2010 6:39 pm

[37] Story of my life, thelarmis.

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