In a way, spring is a time for reflection. You’ve made it through the New Year and the worst of winter, decided upon your goals for the months to come, and set out to achieve them. As spring begins to edge into summer, there comes a time to evaluate your progress—resolutions kept, resolutions broken, classes passed, classes failed, chances taken, chances missed, yada, yada, yada.
Don’t worry, I didn’t fail any classes.
Three A’s and a C.
Anyway, before it’s time to break out the grill and buy your Fourth of July firecrackers, it’s a good idea to take stock of things, to ponder your choices, to adjust the sails, and, in my case…to realize just how much you hate the taste of guava.
What? You thought this post was going to be serious? Some sort of inspirational admonition about sticking to your lofty goals and following through on your previous commitments? Have we met? Don’t get me wrong, all of those things are admirable and you should do them, but I’m not about to dedicate my first post-finals write-up to anything that resembles serious thought. My brain needs a breather, people. Today, we talk about guava.
Have you tried guava paste? Up to this point, I never had. After spotting some yummy looking recipes and photos around blog-land, I was feeling mighty inspired to give this mystery fruit a try. Having happened upon this recipe, which includes manchego cheese and cinnamon sugar, all bundled up in an empanada, I felt completely assured that this would be a delicious combination.
I repeat: Have you tried guava?
Why did my food angels not swoop down from food heaven (a.k.a. Sur la Table) and stop me from eating guava paste? It tastes like some sort of bitter cheese that dressed up as a fruit for Halloween. While guava paste may lure you in by looking an awful lot like strawberry jam, it is entirely different. This fruit possesses a decidedly sour bite, undoubtedly aided by this recipe’s addition of lime juice. Combined with some pungent manchego cheese, this stuff is…interesting.
And by “interesting,” I mean “yucky.”
That being said, I can see how guava might just be an acquired taste. After all, this was my very first attempt at this guava-osity, so I could be missing out on a better way to prepare it. Either way, I like to share the misses as well as hits around here, because we certainly all have experienced them. Live and learn, no?
Really, honestly, truly, the point of this post is just to say that I am finally returning to regular blogging. After about two months of utter chaos in what felt like every aspect of my life, things have settled down and I’m itching to get back in the kitchen. Plus I totally missed you guys! So expect lots of yummy, guava-free stuff coming very soon!