[Sca-cooks] Peanut butter and???

Elaine Koogler ekoogler1 at comcast.net
Wed Aug 9 11:43:33 PDT 2006

lilinah at earthlink.net wrote:
> When my daughter was about three, i used to feed her...
> ...peanut butter, lettuce, Bac-Os, tomato, pickle relish, on whole wheat.
> I don't recall how i came up with this, but i have to confess, once 
> again, that it was probably inspired by my familiarity with 
> non-American food. I'm sure she would repudiate it completely now 
> that she's 25 :-)
> While peanut butter is for sweets in the US (and spread with jam on 
> bread it's sweet), in Africa and South East Asia it is for savories - 
> in Indonesia, in sauce for satay (grilled meat on a skewer), mixed 
> with ground hot red chilis as a sauce for fruit; in Thailand in Pra 
> Ram (meat in coconut-peanut sauce over kangkung (substituted by 
> spinach in the US)) and in Gaeng Masaman (beef or chicken (and often 
> potatoes) in peanut sauce); in parts of Africa in hot spicy soups and 
> stews.
> So, again, i think of peanut butter, as i think of cinnamon, as being 
> for savories rather than sweets.
And then, of course, here in the south, we have peanut soup, which is 
usually made with crunchy peanut butter, cream and other seasonings, 
along with bacon.  So-o-o-o good!!


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