Wednesday, April 29, 2009
In college I had food poisoning from sliced deli style turkey, since then I've become the pickiest deli meat eater ever. I'm a die-hard Boars Head girl, anything else scares me.
It appears that sliced turkey is no where near as popular in Australia, as it is in the U.S., and when you do find slice turkey here it's basically always smoked and highly processed, both of which make me want to hurl.
That all being said, I've recently become more open-minded to the wide world of ham, and there is no shortage of ham down under.
Norton St. Grocer, the local gourmet food store in our hood, has this amazing Mango Honey Glazed Ham. Not only does this ham look beautiful with a sparkling criss-cross pattern of charred sugar on the outside, but it tastes like a little slice of hammy heaven.
Last week when I arrived at Norton St. to reload, the beautiful ham I expected to find in all of it's largeness, was only a small end piece which no doubt would yield pitiful ham scraps instead of the enormous circular slices I had my hammy-heart set on.
The conversation with the girl at the deli counter went like this:
Me: Wow, it's so small. Can you possibly bust out a new ham?
Ham Keeper: We'll have to finish this one before we can start a new one.
Me: Can you slice a piece so I can see what it looks like? (angling for a free ham taste, yo).
Ham Keeper: Sure.
She comes back a few minutes later with a slice of ham the size of my thumb...
Me: Do you really consider those "slices" of ham??
Ham Keeper: Um, yeah. Well, how much did you want?
Me: Oh, I need a lot!!! Probably about a kilo. (Um, did I really just say "a kilo"-- that's 2.2 lbs., oh man).
Ham Keeper's co-worker: Just get a new one and slice it up.
What's a girl to do? Buy ham scraps, or buy enough ham to feed like all the Jolie-Pitt children for two weeks?
Ham and cheese sandwiches. Tomato, boccocini, and ham stacks topped with drizzled balsamic vinegar. Green eggs and ham. Pasta salad with ham, peas and ranch dressing. Moons over my Hammy. Ham on crackers. Ham roll ups. Ham. Ham. Ham. Did I mention we've been eating a lot of ham?
I think I've said the word "ham" so many times it looks like it's spelled wrong now. I hate when that happens.