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As is custom in the southeastern United States on summer holidays, I've been busy eating a LOT of barbecue for the past 48 hours. Today was no different. I was invited to, and chose to attend, a family barbecue gathering. Quite a few relatives and family friends, all together, breaking bread and sharing time. A good way to spend a beautiful day. Or so it should have been.
As it happens one of the foods prepared for this event was flame grilled steak. I love steak. In fact my ex and I used to refer to it as "playing steak"... an homage to a bit from the TV show Scrubs. As it happens, I like a bit of ketchup on my steak. It's a personal preference that I never really lost from my childhood. I've had a few folks comment on this. But, until today, never really had anybody get angry over my habit...
I got myself a heaping plate of steak, baked beans, potato salad, fresh bread, and broccoli. Hungry, with the smells of fire cooking over flames, I went to sit down, mouth watering, and stomach growling. Upon sitting down, I placed my plate, drink ( sweetened iced tea! ), and napkin down and began preparing to dig in. Part of this process was to grab the ketchup bottle, from off the table, and to put a small amount on my plate. I don't drown my steak in ketchup... I just add a small bit for flavor enhancement.
And that's when it happened. A member of my family ( who will remain anonymous - as one never knows exactly who might be on ATS - even the person I speak of ) went nuts. "How dare you ruin excellent meat by putting freaking KETCHUP on it! Oh my GOD you are the most selfish and inconsiderate SOB I've never met! I cannot believe that you'd pull something like this!!! This is a total slap in the face of everyone here!!!"
I admit that I froze up. This family member and I have no history of bad blood or ill will. We've always gotten along. So, shocked, I sat there, ketchup bottle in hand, mouth agape, eyes wide... unable to reply.
Then, to my horror... a sort of war erupted, right before my eyes. The family literally broke into two factions, right in front of me, and instantly. Words became harsh, then harshness gave way to screaming. All as I sat there, utterly confused and lost.
Something as benign as ketchup could really take a relatively close family and break it in two??
After awhile the war subsided - but it wasn't resolved. For the rest of the afternoon people were predisposed towards having attitudes and the two distinct "camps" pretty much stayed separated.
Originally posted by novemberecho
many chefs who go to years and years of culinary school would FLIP if there was ANYTHING else added by the person.
in some places, they won't even put salt and pepper out, because the chef seasoned it PERFECTLY to get it to taste just right. this is with years of schooling.
they would get SO offended if someone "disrespected" the chefs meal like that.
so that is just a different perspective, I guess. but I'm guessing your family member might not be a 5 star culinary pro.
but very cool thread. very nicely put together.
or, is he from Chicago? people in Chicago FLIP if you put ketchup on a hot dog. I have to warn my friends when they come and visit from out of state. some places will refuse to serve you if you want ketchup xD.
Originally posted by Hefficide
reply to post by Trexter Ziam
These connections. You don't see them?
Originally posted by RobertF
Next time just tell the man you don't have what it takes to appreciate a proper steak. Then ask him to blow your mind away with a well ( not as in well done but, a hamburger grilled to perfection) cooked hamburger. He will respect that, and you will have one of the best hamburgers ever made.edit on 2-9-2012 by RobertF because: (no reason given)