It’s a fact that your taste buds change throughout life. When you were a kid, there were probably things you’d never eat because of one reason or another. However, as we get older and our palates become more ‘mature’ we sometimes have hankerings for certain tastes, textures, flavors. Or we have aversions to certain tastes, texture, flavors. Foods we may not have cared for in earlier life, now become palatable. You couldn’t get me to eat vinegar as a kid for any amount of money or coercion. That’s all changed. And, this salt & vinegar sauce chicken strips proves it.
At this stage of my life, I love the taste of vinegar! Yes, there’s something about that taste that makes my palate happy. I’ve always loved olives. I think it’s the salty flavors of these delicacies. And, pickles. Oh, man, oh, man! I love love dill pickles and kosher pickles. Then there’s hot sauce. Man, oh, man, give me some hot sauce for eggs, for soups, pasta, chicken, beef and more. I just love a kick of spice and heat.
When I pulled out this chicken for dinner and wondered how to prepare it, the flavors of pickles, vinegar and pepper were swirling through my head and mouth. I mean to the point that I could taste it. That’s what happens when I cook. I imagine the flavors and textures and how everything comes together into this one whatever dish I’m making. And, this dish was exactly what I imagined. No, I take that back, it was better!