Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Food Pairing 101: What Goes Well With Maple Baked Beans & Cornbread Casserole

My problem with cornbread has always been that, despite its decent taste, it is just too dry for me to deal with. Even a cornbread that is promoted to be "the moistest cornbread ever!!!!!" still clunks my mouth up so much that a gallon of water is necessary to break the back-up. It's so bad that I've been known to, in the middle of a raving frat party, utter the phrase "the cornbread's drano" right before shotgunning a forty of water. Hey, when the frat boy's stop cheering and fist bumping me, I'll stop shouting it.

So let's imagine a world where the water has run dry. Ignore the obvious catastrophic issues for a few seconds and just think about my cornbread problem. What would I do? In the past, I would give cornbread up and make my way to the world of banana bread or baguettes. But now, thank's to Fettle Vegan's Maple Baked Beans & Cornbread Casserole, I have a solution that allows me to continue enjoying cornbread in a world without water (hey, you're still ignoring catastrophe right?). It's called bake the cornbread right into a baked bean casserole. The liquid of the beans envelopes the corn bread and offers a nice wet contrast to the cornbread's dry exterior. Think of it as like a lubri...uh, never mind. J-Fur told me to stop mixing sex and food metaphors. She says it is unappetizing. I say, what does she know. I could do that all day long.

So what pairs nicely with this world of wet and dry? I'll go with Transviolet's new single "New Bohemia." This single is the follow up to their killer "Girls Your Age" and "Bloodstream." In "New Bohemia" Transviolet delve into a mindset that suggests individuals have the power to change the world as long as they let go of the prejudices and stereotypes that keep everyone divided. Our current generation has the power to eliminate negative forces like racism, sexism and homophobia. We can also choose to put an end to war, police brutality, violence, destruction of our environment and dry cornbread (that was my addition). In order to do this, we must speak up. Everyday we wake up, we decide what the world looks like. We create our own reality through the choices we make. Everyone is wonderfully different but we all strive for the same thing. We all want to be loved. We all want to be human. We have the ability to paint that canvas any color we like.

And we can also make it as wet as we want.