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What’s for dinner? It’s “X”

December 22, 2009

After breaking a fingernail 15 years ago, Trophy Wife swore off cooking, leaving Rocky as Chef de Cuisine in the Humbert Family.

For Tuesday’s dinner, Rocky prepared Roasted Duck Breast; a cold diced cucumber and tomato salad; and X (see picture above.)

Rocky discovered X in an ethnic food store last weekend. The knowledgeable and friendly store owner convinced Rocky to give X a try. Things went downhill from there….

Trophy Wife pushed X to the side of her plate without even a nibble.

Rocky’s daughter said, “Dad, you gotta be kidding! This looks like a microscope slide of bacteria colonies from my biology class.”

[Disclosure: The first reader of Rocky’s blog who either correctly identifies X or provides a decent recipe for X will win a Unique Prize of Dubious Monetary Value. Hint: The owner of the ethnic food store was Armenian.]

  1. FX
    December 23, 2009 at 3:43 am

    X is chickpea ??

  2. December 23, 2009 at 7:51 am

    FX: Thanks for entering the “Guess the Mess” contest. However, you are incorrect.

  3. December 23, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Fish eyeballs?

  4. December 23, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Nope. Hint: The dish would be acceptable for vegetarians.

  5. December 23, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    You have to admit, it does sort of look like fish eyeballs. And anyway, some vegetarians would eat fish eyeballs, just not cow eyeballs.
    Being quite the gourmet, Fakename already figured out it was a vegetable since the meat and salad portion of the meal were covered and it doesn’t look like a dessert (although maybe if you put sugar on it?)
    As a warning to other players, trying to cheat by Googling “Armenian food” and “Armenian vegetables” does not work.
    I’m leaning in the direction of thinking it’s an embryonic form of some vegetable we’re more used to seeing in its adult form.

  6. December 23, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Rocky never suggested that the dish was Armenian. He said the owner of the store was Armenian — which was a clue about the Continent from which the dish derived; not necessarily the country.

  7. allocator
    December 23, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Such presentation …

    I’d guess, but then I’d risk winning another UPODMV. So … it looks like chick-peas to me too (and something I MIGHT eat if I was really hungry and needed to survive). These do look familiar, though. Where have I seen these before?

    Could be Borlotti beans or soybeans – but that’s not my guess!


  8. masteroftheuniverse
    December 23, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Saute some garlic and minced onion in some bacon grease. Add a little flour or corn starch. After sauteing, add the X along with chicken stock to the pan, along with a ham hock or some salt pork. Add some chicken stock, and let simmer at a low heat, while add a bay leaf, some cumin, and a dash of tumeric. Allow X to cook fully until tender but not overdone. Salt and pepper to taste.


    In other news, my jet lagged body and mind has snapped. Last night I had a strange dream in which you and trophy wife took part. The three of us plus a friend of mine were hanging at this place between 88th-89th and Madison, and y’all walked me over to the subway to take us for a joy ride. Somehow, Woody Allen and Tony Sporano showed up and we all ended up going to see a burlesque show. We sat behind Tommy Tune and I asked him to slouch so we could see the stage. He got pissed off and started hammering me and his young companion wanted to settle it outside. Luckily, I woke up before the dream got out of hand.

    • December 24, 2009 at 7:47 am

      Jeff: Thank you for your attempt to “guess the mess.” However, the cuisine of this region does not include bacon or any swine products.

  9. jim
    December 23, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    hahahah. That is so funny. Being armenian and have eaten armenian my entire life i cannot recognize the dish. I should know it. We do alot of dishes with white beans. Did those used to be white beans? Lupia? My momma used to make a fantastic recipe with them. So good she had to tell us “be careful not to eat your fingers!” I have some in my freezer.

    • December 24, 2009 at 7:50 am

      Hi Jim. Thank you for your entry in the “Guess the Mess” contest. This is NOT an Armenian dish. However, the wonderful Armenian store owner told Rocky that there is an Armenian version of the dish. It is not beans either. Here’s a hint: It’s a Lebanese dish.

  10. masteroftheuniverse
    December 24, 2009 at 8:34 am
  11. December 24, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Ladies and Gentlemen : WE HAVE A WINNER!

    Lest there were any concerns that the Master-of-the-Universe’s moniker was hyperbole, his briliant culinary and cultural insights (and adroit Googling) puts those suspicions to rest.

    Jeff- please email Rocky with your snail mail address, and your Unique Prize of Dubious Monetary Value will be shipped forthwith.

  12. December 24, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Drat! One of my employees–his inlaws run a Lebanese/Greek restaurant..all I had to do was wait for him to come to work today at 2:00 P.M. and I was sure I would have it! Then Jeff had to go and get it right at 8:30 A.M. Then my employee came to work, I showed him the picture…and he didn’t recognize it. What the hell do they know anyway? They’re all Palestinian. I guess “Sahara Palestinian Restaurant” just doesn’t have that same ring to it.
    As long as someone had to win, glad it was Jeff!

  13. allocator
    December 24, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Welcome to the UPODMV Wall of Fame, Jeff. 🙂

  14. December 25, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Fakename2: Presumably your “ringer” family run the Sahara Greek & Lebanese Cafe. See: http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/302/1280561/restaurant/Sahara-Greek-Lebanese-Cafe-Tallahassee

    Having examined the menu from this fine establishment, Rocky concludes that your employee’s in-laws must come from a different part of Lebanon — where Chicken Fingers and Grilled Cheese Pitas are endogenous. 😉

  15. December 25, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Rocky: Jeff’s adroit Googling skills pale in comparison to yours. Indeed, this is the very restaurant of which I speak. In its defense, I must say that it is mere blocks from FSU. College food. Remember that? People in college get to have the illusion that they are eating in some sort of international atmosphere where they can then order chicken fingers.
    In a relatively enlightened town like Tallahassee (please mentally underline “relatively”) this is what passes for “ethnic”.
    Also, I misspoke. Employee is a self-described Palestinian, born in Kuwait. Fled to Jordan during the so-called first “Gulf War”. Married a Jordanian woman. His inlaws are Jordanian. I guess “Sahara Jordanian Restaurant” doesn’t ring any bells either.

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