Wednesday, May 13, 2009

There Was Something in the Air That Night, The Stars Were Bright--Cilantro!

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2009 at 8:00 AM

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In yesterday's Snack Tray, I expressed amazement at a site devoted to nothing but belittling one of my favorite foods: the zippy, versatile yet inexpensive Coriandrum sativum, or cilantro. Scramble it in eggs with crushed corn chips and salsa, and behold--migas! Sautee it in butter with coconut and stuff it into chicken breasts, and the earthy aroma alone will make your company tingle with hunger.

And yet here's to attack this miracle herb with a fury better reserved for the Jacksonville Jaguars. One testimonial, from a Paul J. of Tecumseh, Mich.:

When I cut into the enchilada what poured out looked like pesto. It turns out that the recipe called for 1/4 cup chopped cilantro for the whole batch but instead she used 1/4 cup PER ENCHILADA. Since I had never been exposed to cilantro before I took a huge bite. When it hit my lips I knew something was wrong. Did she add dish soap to these enchiladas? Is there some sort of industrial paint stripping solvent in my Mexican food? Was she doing mechanical work on fuel lines before cooking? Of course, it was only the devil weed.

"Devil weed"? Did I fall asleep and wake up in Reefer Madness? Evidently so, as the anti-cilantro brigade resorts to the cheapest of rhetorical shots--attack haikus.

What's that awful taste?

Is this the flavor of death?

No, it's cilantro.

Shitty Cilantro

You taste like old dying goat

Why did God make you?

Palmolive or Joy

Pour it all over your food.

Thus is cilantro.

Kudos, though, to the brave truthteller who manages to hoist cilantro cynics on their own caesuras:

Cilantro is dope.

I grow it in my garden.

You're all batshit nuts.

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