Friday, April 3, 2009

Gross Things That You Like Anyway: Shmura Matzoh

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 12:42 PM

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My Bites brainstorm list has had this cryptic entry for the last couple weeks:

"Schmurah (sp?) matzo: things that are gross"

Next week I'm heading to California for Passover, so I've had seder on the brain. Then, I saw this post on the New York Times blog Bitten and was finally spurred to action.

This guy is arguing for the culinary virtues of shmura matzoh, an uber-authentic incarnation of the traditional unleavened bread. This is how he closes his post:

Shmura matzoh is an authentic product--not the re-creation of one--and authenticity is to be prized, especially when it tastes so good.

Dude is fracking insane. Shit is gross. My dad used to special order the stuff every year from Brooklyn to further Jew-up our already epic seders. It tasted like cardboard. Stale cardboard, covered with a thin layer of delicious carcinogens.

Yet we would eat it up. And now that my father has passed away, I don't think any of us could fathom the idea of a Hillel sandwich without that bland wonder--we're shipping a whole box to the West Coast. It's a gross thing that I love. Oh, the power of nostalgia.

So, what about you? Are there any foods that you love for everything except taste? What are the gross foods that you like?

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