I’ve been thinking of that little ditty lately:
Jack Sprat could eat no fat;
his wife could eat no lean.
So between the both of them;
they licked the platter clean.
Mr. D and I have been finding that we’re very much like the Sprat family portrayed above in the little nursery rhyme. Though, the roles are usually a bit reversed. He seems to be the one who enjoys eating up the fats and sugars while I tend to usually nom the foods traditionally seen as “lean”. But no matter which way it works out; it seems that there are many foods that we both find ourselves preferring opposite sections of; which results in very little wasted food at our house. I find that to make us very lucky that our preferences work this way. I also find myself a bit amused at how well Team D works together to “lick the platter clean”.
Examples? He loves the dark meat of chicken. I best enjoy the white meat. He feels the best part of iceberg lettuce is that inner-most yellow-ish crunchy bit. I prefer the darker outer green leaves. Mr. D noms up the very sweet center of the watermelon; I much prefer the crisper chunks closer to the rind.
The example which brought the nursery rhyme to mind most recently though was a lotus-seed paste and egg yolk filled bun we had at dim-sum in Chinatown (Boston) this weekend. During the August Moon Festival. Sooo many people walking around in above 90 degree temps but we all had a great time walking for hours around the festival!
Anyways, that bun was incredibly tasty to both of us. Yet what I loved most (the filling), was not at all what he found to be the most delectable (the bun). It just made me reflect a bit on how vastly different all of our human taste pallets can be. Food experiences are not universal by any means. And sometimes, if you’re lucky, you might be teamed up with someone whose experiences mesh enough with your own to result in a cleaned plate and two happy tummies.