And off we go! It's the start of the A to Z Challenge in which I am writing about reasons to be cheerful.
Inspired by Ian Dury and the Blockheads' single Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3, my choices might appear idiosyncratic, but I suppose we all have our foibles.
So my A reason to be cheerful is the anchovy. They're only small fish but they add a lot to all sorts of dishes and I love 'em.
I realise they're not to everyone's taste and if you happen to be related to an anchovy - I dunno, it might be possible - you might not like the idea of me eating one of your relatives.
Be that as it may, anchovies are eaten all around the world in various forms. Their strong taste comes from the curing process and if eaten uncured they have a much more mild flavour. Anyway, it's the smack round the tastebuds I like them for.
Anchovies appear in all sorts of dishes ranging from pizzas to beef stews. Yes, that's right, a beef stew can be made even tastier with the judicious addition of a few anchovies. No, I don't think you then need to call it beef and anchovy stew.
|A PERFECT MEAL: A box of anchovies and a tomato.|
Music plays an important part in my blogging and I try to pick music that's appropriate to the subject. So, songs about anchovies? Well, actually there is one, sort of, and here it is. It's from the popular cartoon show Spongebob Squarepants and if you listen very carefully you will hear the word anchovies, but maybe only once.
I'm not going to make this entry too long, we've got a long way to go and I don't want to wear you out, but just a couple more points. I should say at this stage that not all my entries in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge will be about food, although it is a subject close to my heart. Also I'd really welcome your comments in the section below.
- Question: Do you like anchovies or do they send you heading for the restaurant door? Give me your answers and any other views in the comments section.
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* Anchovies picture taken by Kurt Kulac and used under a Creative Commons licence.