Over ten years ago, my friend Vicky told me about peanut butter and cucumber sandwiches. I thought, Yuck! Peanut butter and cucumber? Disgusting.
Last summer, I accidentally tried the combination though. I was having peanut butter on toast for breakfast. I was also making a salad for my lunch. I guess I used the same knife for buttering peanut butter and cutting the cucumber.
If you know me, I always have to sneak a quick taste of my ingredient–especially if it is a raw vegetable. In this case though, some peanut butter had rubbed off on my cucumber slice. WOW. I thought. How delicious.
And I thought of my friend Vicky and how she told me ten years ago that it was a great taste combination. And I thought how unfortunate of me to have dismissed it so quickly, without even trying. And I thought, how unfortunate that I have been missing this delicious, crunchy, savory, taste for ten years.
And now I’m glad that I have actually tried it. I eat peanut butter on toast with slices of cucumber all the time. I will encourage you not to dismiss it so quickly either. Because in ten years, you’ll be thinking of how you once read somebody’s blog and they encouraged you to try this new, unconventional combination, and you didn’t because it sounded yucky. And when you do try it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner. And you’ll remember me, maybe, and you’ll wonder what I’m doing. And maybe you’ll look me up.
I don’t need to look up where Vicky is. We keep in touch. She now lives in France, with her husband and two (yes two!) children. I’d like to visit her this year. I think I’m going to try for September. And this time, if she recommends any sort of taste combination, I’m not going to dismiss it so quickly. I’ll give it a try.